COLUMN: Local arts, entertainment scene heating up


Concerts, competitions, studio tours and more among upcoming offerings, says columnist

And the hits – and the events – just keep coming.

Taking full advantage of the arrival of summer, the Orillia Arts District is hosting a Summer Solstice Art Hop this Saturday, June 18 from noon to 3 p.m. All of the city’s art galleries will be participating, and you can jump between them with the help of the handy QR code found on the Arts District posters at each location. If you buy art – and you really should – you can be entered into a raffle to win an arty goodie bag. So jump.

If you are an artist, the deadline to enter the Sustainable Orillia Art Contest — What Will Orillia Look Like in 2050? — is June 30, and it’s fast approaching. Get your entry by taking a photo of your artwork and emailing it to [email protected], along with your name, address, phone number and email address, along with a brief description of your artwork idea and the materials used. You can also email to have your part picked up, if a photo is not possible.

There are prizes of $500, $300 and $200 and entries will be posted during Orillia Sustainable Month in September. There will also be entries in the public school and high school categories. For more information, visit Thank you for your support.

The Coldwater and Area Studio Tour returns June 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. It’s a wonderful opportunity to take a day trip around the country and visit artists’ studios, meet artists and, of course, discover art. It’s the 20th anniversary of the tour this year and 19 artists are taking part. For all the details and the map, click here.

It’s National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 and there are a few local events, open to the public, to celebrate. This Saturday, June 18, Lakehead University in Orillia is hosting a teepee rally, along with other events. Beginning with a Sunrise Ceremony with Elder Trish Monague at 5 a.m., the day will continue with crafts, wampum teaching, drumming teaching, as well as tepee and tepee teachings. breeding with the eldest Jimmy Dick. Everyone is welcome; just bring a lawn chair, light refreshments will be served. This special event lasts until noon.

There will be a sunrise ceremony at Couchiching Beach Park at 5 a.m. on June 21 and at 6:30 p.m. on June 21, the St. Paul’s Center will bury the orange ties, symbols of missing and murdered residential school children, as well as hoist the First Nations flag. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux will be there to say a few words.

On June 21, Rama First Nation has planned a full day of events, starting with a sunrise ceremony at 5:30 a.m. and continuing with a breakfast, parade, music, lunch , a bingo for the elderly, canoe races, a circle of hand drums, etc. much more, ending with fireworks at dusk. Everything is open to the public, with the multipurpose court and community hall being the center of the action. It will be a wonderful day of celebration and discovery of our First Nations neighbours. Come enjoy and celebrate their day. For more information, email [email protected]

Couchiching Craft Brewing Co. is hosting a vinyl night on June 16 at 7 p.m. This is a take-out jam with DJ Wilverine on the second floor of the brewery. There will be prizes, and reservations are not required, so come along.

Zachary Lucky is set to tour Europe soon, and he’s giving you a chance to send it on in style, with a show at Picnic on June 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and you can get them. here. Take a ticket and come say bon voyage to this excellent musician.

Speaking of European tours, Jerry Leger has just returned from a five-week tour of the continent with his band, The Situation, and will be heading to Bracebridge Hall on June 23 at 7 p.m. with his bassist, Dan Mock. Come hear the tunes from Jerry’s critically acclaimed latest album, No rush, and welcome him back from Europe. Tickets are $25 and you can get them here.

The Orillia Concert Band performs a concert in the park at the Rotary Aqua Theater in Couchiching Beach Park on Sunday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a whole load of band classics in the hopefully warm and clement evening air. There are then a few weeks off before the start of the City of Orillia’s Sunday Evening Band concert series on July 10.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Roger Harvey Tour benefiting the Orillia Youth Center. There are two shows, June 30 and July 1, one at the Eclectic Café, which includes dinner and also features SAMMY, and the other at Farmfest in Sebright, featuring Kayla Elizabeth and ALEX the Band. For tickets, click here.

Anne of Green Gables: The Ballet arrives at the Orillia Opera House June 25 at 7 p.m. Presented by Ballet Jorgen, this Canadian classic now in ballet form will delight all viewers with beautiful music and dance. Buy your tickets today, here.

A little further afield, the Simcoe County Theater Festival runs June 15-26 at the Five Points Theater in Barrie. If you like theater, you’ll love this. Get your tickets here. It is produced by Theater by the Bay.

Coming ? Bard in the Yard, by Mariposa Arts Theatre, at Leacock the Museum; a rodeo at ODAS Park, June 25 and 26; and Canada Day celebrations. More information next week.

Have a great week, and if you have any arts news, send them to [email protected] by Tuesday noon to be included.


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