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2016

September

Sep 01- Oct 15

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: STORY POLES IN DOWNTOWN ORILLIA
City streets are alive with a display of 40 vertical sculptures created by area artists, each unique piece telling a visual art story in theme, materials & design! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Sep 01- Sep 09

- HIGHLIGHTS FROM OMAH'S COLLECTION
A showcase of some of OMAH's most treasured art, historical artifacts, photographs & archives, curated to highlight Orillia's legacy of culture, industry, proud heritage & budding future! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 01- Oct 15

- FESTIVAL OF BANNERS: PAST TO PRESENT & TOMORROW!
Colourful banners exploring the heritage, history, culture & future of the Orillia area create a vibrant outdoor art gallery in our streets! Designed & hand-painted by community members! Presented by Orillia Museum of Art & History. Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 01- Sep 18

- IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: THE ORO AFRICAN CHURCH
The story of the Oro African Episcopal Methodist Church National Historic Site, the African-Canadian settlers who built the church, & efforts since the 1940's by residents & governments of the Township of Oro (Oro-Medonte), & the County of Simcoe to preserve the site! The exhibit includes artifacts from the Township, Simcoe County Museum & descendants of the settlers. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 01- Sep 18

- SOMNIATIS I
An exhibition of costumes, props, photographs & original paintings inspired by the photography of Somniatis: Wearable Art Fashion Show 2015! The collection features the collaborative works of over 200 Orillia artists, designers, models, photographers, hair stylists & make-up artists! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 01- Sep 25

- HOMAGE: INSPIRED BY OUTSTANDING CANADIAN WOMEN
A collection of framed neck pieces by contemporary jewellery artist Donald Stuart, created as a celebration & tribute to Canadian women, past & present, & exploring history from a fresh perspective! Sketched portraits of the women by Susan Benson, RCA, along with short biographies, add to the educational aspect of the exhibition. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 02

- CELTIC THUNDER: LEGACY TOUR
An exciting new show celebrating the influence of Irish & Celtic music around the world! A Place in the Choir, Raggle Taggle Gypsy, Danny Boy, Buachaill on Eirne & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 08- Sep 11

- 46TH ANNUAL FALL AUTOMOTIVE FLEA MARKET
A car lover's dream! Collectibles, classics, hard to find parts, car sales corral, show & shine, Sunday auto auction, hundreds of vendors, great food & more! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half-way between Orillia & Barrie, 705-487-3663 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm / on-site camping available)

Sep 09- Sep 11

- 166TH ORILLIA FALL FAIR
Bushels of Fun for all ages! Midway, demolition derby, horse & tractor pulls, horse shows & competitions, animal exhibits, crops & crafts competitions, singing contest, live music & more! Presented by Orillia District Agricultural Society. ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-325-0353 (Free bus from various Orillia locations)

Sep 09- Sep 10

- WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY
The notorious country outlaw & special guest Aaron Lewis in concert! Always On My Mind, On the Road Again, Country Boy, Outside & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

Sep 10- Sep 11

- TOUGH MUDDER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
A team-oriented, hardcore obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test mental grit, camaraderie & all-around physical fitness! Brand new obstacles for 2016 from the twisted minds of the design team include Blockness Monster, Backstabber & Rainman! Participants receive a headband, Tough Mudder shirt, hard-earned beer & free photography. Tough Mudder Nation has raised more than $435,000 in support of Wounded Warriors Canada! Mount St. Louis Moonstone, 24 Mount St. Louis Road, Coldwater, 705-835-2112

Sep 13

- SNOWBIRD LIFESTYLE PRESENTATION
A showcase of Snowbird lifestyle products & services, including presentations by leisure & longevity specialist Dr. Robert MacMillan & Canadian Snowbird Association President Bob Slack. Entertainment by Canadian country superstar Michelle Wright & Scottish-Canadian tenor John McDermott! Sponsored by Medipac Travel Insurance & The Canadian Snowbird Association. 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Seats are free, but must be reserved)

Sep 16- Sep 17

- 164TH ORO WORLD'S FAIR
Midway, school fair, truck & tractor pull, classic car show, talent show, horse shows, horseshoe pitching tournament, demolition derby & more! Presented by The Oro Agricultural Society. Oro-Medonte Fairgrounds, 7th Line & 15/16 Sideroad East, Hawkestone, 705-487-1753

Sep 16- Sep 18

- SIMCOE COUNTY QUILT, RUG & CRAFT FAIR
Quilting, spinning, weaving, rug hooking, handmade teddy bears & more by Simcoe County Craft Guild members! Folk art painting, knitting & beadwork by Simcoe County Arts & Crafts Association members! Hands-on demonstrations, raffles & draws. Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy. 26, Minesing, 705-728-3721 (Fri. & Sat: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm / Sun: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Sep 16- Sep 17

- RAMARA'S PAINT THE TOWN EVENT!
Artists & artisans show & sale! Paintings, jewellery, stained glass, soaps & more! Friday evening Paint Night with area artist Nancy Hunter, & craft beer tasting hosted by Muskoka Brewery. Ramara Centre, 5482 Hwy. 12 South, between Atherley & Uptergrove, 705-325-3091 (Fri: 6:00 - 9:30 pm / Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Sep 17

- ELVIS & ME: AN EVENING WITH PRISCILLA PRESLEY
A personal odyssey into the heart & soul of Elvis, told my the woman who knew him best. Stories, home movies, videos, musical tribute & audience Q&A segment! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 17

- 127TH RAMONA AGRICULTURAL FALL FAIR
Horse pull, interactive heavy horse display, livestock shows, exhibit hall, arts & crafts, vendors, free games for kids, spelling & reading contests, delicious food & more! Presented by Ramona Agricultural Society. Ramona Hall, 2212 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 169 South, Washago, ramonafairgrounds@gmail.com

Sep 17

- MOM TO MOM SALE
Gently used children's clothing, maternity wear, toys, games, books, baby equipment & more! Variety of vendors. Swag bags to first 200 attendees! 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-325-0353 or cakeeventsorillia@hotmail.com (Admission: $2.00 or donation of baby food, diapers, etc. to The Sharing Place Food Bank)

Sep 18

- BRUNCH IN THE WOODS
A delicious event! Fabulous food, wine, beer & music at 3 stunning sylvan settings on Leacock Point! Proceeds to Orillia Museum of Art & History. Noon - 4:00 pm, Leacock Museum grounds, 50 Museum Drive, 705-326-2159

Sep 18

- TOM JONES
It's Not Unusual, Delilah, She's a Lady & more! 7:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 22

- HYPNOTIST CYRUS
Spectacular & hilarious mystical entertainment! Cyrus welcomes volunteers & enchants audiences with one of a kind, mind-blowing hypnosis performances! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Recommended for ages over 12)

Sep 23- Sep 25

- 123RD COLDWATER FALL FAIR
Midway, parade, demolition derby, horse & pony pulls, beef & dairy shows, dog show, spelling bee, tractor & truck pulls, junior mud race, nail driving & log sawing, live entertainment & more! Presented by Coldwater & District Agricultural Society. Coldwater Fairgrounds & Arena, 11 Michael Anne Drive, Coldwater, 705-826-0826

Sep 23

- BRET MICHAELS
Every Rose Has Its Thorn, All I Ever Needed, Unskinny Bop & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 24

- DALLAS SMITH
Juno & CCMA Award winning country star! Tippin' Point, Jumped Right In, Wastin' Gas & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 24

- MEC BARRIE RACE FOUR: TUDHOPE PARK, ORILLIA
5, 10 & 15k race for beginner to advanced runners. Custom medal for top 3 overall finishers in each distance! Nuun, bananas, oranges & massages at finish line! Hosted by Mountain Equipment Co-0p store, Barrie. 9:00 am - Noon, Millennium Trail, Tudhope Park, 705-792-4675, Ext. 247 (Registration: $15 online before Sept. 21 & $25 race day / Packet pick-up: Sept. 22 & 23 at MEC, Barrie or race day / Chip pick-up: race day only between 7:30 & 8:45 am)

Sep 24

- HEART OF GOLD: A TRIBUTE TO NEIL YOUNG
A celebration of music's ultimate survivor through the eras of Woodstock, classic rock, country-folk, punk, & grunge! Young's dark, difficult songs broke every rule of song writing & still climbed the charts. Ohio, After the Gold Rush, Cinnamon Girl, The Needle & the Damage Done, Old Man & more! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Sep 25

- AL BANO & ROMINA POWER
Italian music royalty duo! Felecita, Sharazan, Ci Sara & more! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 25

- FREE KIDS' FISHING DAY!
Free bait, lunch, drinks & super prizes! Help with lines, tackle & live release. Meet OPP Officers & Orillia Firemen, & check out police cars & fire trucks! Presented by The Orillia Fish and Game Conservation Club. 9:00 am - Noon, Port of Orillia Fishing Pier & Centennial Park, Lake Couchiching, 705-331-3216 (Kids 14 & under / Parental release required / Fishing rods to borrow for those who don't have one)

Sep 29- Nov 27

- CARMICHAEL CANADIAN LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION: TRADITION TRANSFORMED
A Canada-wide, juried, all media show that embraces, challenges, examines & re-works interpretations of Canadian landscape! Created in recognition of Orillia born Group of Seven member Franklin Carmichael, this inspiring exhibition is celebrating its 15th year. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 (Opening Reception: September 29, 7:00 - 9:00 pm)

Sep 29- Nov 12

- JAZZ IMPRESSIONS: VISUAL RIFFS ON LEGENDARY MUSIC
Inspired by the 20th Century's most popular genre of music & the Orillia Jazz Festival, this exciting exhibit features new works by OMAH's Artist in Residence Jim Ireland, & local printmakers who find inspiration in the sounds & visuals of jazz! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 (Opening Reception: September 29, 7:00 - 9:00 pm)

Sep 30- Oct 02

- DOORS OPEN / CULTURE DAYS ORILLIA
Heritage Meets Culture! A celebration of Orillia's built & cultural heritage, combining free visits to significant heritage sites with free cultural activities throughout the City! Various Orillia locations. 705-325-2153

Sep 30

- THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEE GEES
A spectacular, multi-media concert event! Staying Alive, You Should Be Dancing, Jive Talkin' & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 30

- JAIL, BAIL & JAZZ!
A day of incarceration, celebration & syncopation! Local celebrities will be arrested on humorous charges at their place of business by an OPP officer, attend the OMAH jail to face the wrath of Peter "Judge Pepperleigh" McGuinness, & pay their bail! Everyone welcome to visit the jail, have a photo taken in a cell & view a display on the history of policing in Orillia. Jailhouse Jive evening reception & roast with music by The Felonious Monks! Fundraiser for Friends of The OPP Museum & OMAH. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 (Jail & Bail: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm / Reception: 7:00 - 9:00 pm)

October

Oct 01- Oct 15

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: STORY POLES IN DOWNTOWN ORILLIA
City streets are alive with a display of 40 vertical sculptures created by area artists, each unique piece telling a visual art story in theme, materials & design! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Oct 01- Oct 15

- FESTIVAL OF BANNERS: PAST TO PRESENT & TOMORROW!
Colourful banners exploring the heritage, history, culture & future of the Orillia area create a vibrant outdoor art gallery in our streets! Designed & hand-painted by community members! Presented by Orillia Museum of Art & History. Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Oct 01- Oct 02

- DOORS OPEN / CULTURE DAYS ORILLIA
Heritage Meets Culture! A celebration of Orillia's built & cultural heritage, combining free visits to significant heritage sites with free cultural activities throughout the City! Various Orillia locations. 705-325-2153

Oct 01

- TEARS FOR FEARS
Rescheduled from July 14. Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Shout, Head Over Heals & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 01

- BRECHIN SCARECROW FESTIVAL: FIFTY SHADES OF HAY!
Fun for all ages! Arts & crafts, vendors' market, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, games for kids, mini putt, doggie parade, scarecrow contest & more! Enter a scarecrow for a chance to win $100! Presented by Brechin & Beyond. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Brechin Community Ball Park, 3227 Ramara Road 47, Brechin, 705-305-6895

Oct 01- Nov 27

- CARMICHAEL CANADIAN LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION: TRADITION TRANSFORMED
A Canada-wide, juried, all media show that embraces, challenges, examines & re-works interpretations of Canadian landscape! Created in recognition of Orillia born Group of Seven member Franklin Carmichael, this inspiring exhibition is celebrating its 15th year. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Oct 01- Nov 12

- JAZZ IMPRESSIONS: VISUAL RIFFS ON LEGENDARY MUSIC
Inspired by the 20th Century's most popular genre of music & the Orillia Jazz Festival, this exciting exhibit features new works by OMAH's Artist in Residence Jim Ireland, & local printmakers who find inspiration in the sounds & visuals of jazz! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 (Music by Orillia's Will Davis Trio: October 14, 7:00 - 9:00 pm)

Oct 07- Oct 10

- 33RD ANNUAL IMAGES THANKSGIVING STUDIO TOUR
A self-guided studio tour & juried presentation of works by over 30 of the area's finest artists & craftspeople! Painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, wood turners, jewellry makers & more! 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Orillia, Barrie & surrounding area, 705-727-8415 (Brochure & map available at venues, Orillia District Chamber of Commerce & various locations throughout Simcoe County)

Oct 07

- TONY BENNETT
Fly Me to the Moon, The Way You Look Tonight, I Left My Heart in San Francisco & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 08

- ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK
After the Lovin', The Last Waltz, Release Me & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 13

- IL DIVO: AMOR & PASION TOUR
With sales of over 30 million albums, this operatic pop vocal quartet celebrates their latest release with the sounds of traditional tangos, smoldering boleros & classic mambas! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 13

- MOLLY JOHNSON SINGS BILLIE HOLIDAY
Canadian icon & Juno Award winner Molly Johnson performs her own compositions, music by Billie Holiday & other classics! Accompanied by her stellar lineup, Mike Downes (bass), Robi Botos (piano) & Terry Clark (drums), the show is a who's who of jazz greats! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Oct 14- Oct 16

- 26TH ANNUAL ORILLIA JAZZ FESTIVAL
A weekend of fabulous live jazz at Orillia restaurants, pubs & other great venues, including Orillia Public Library, Museum of Art & History, Carousel Collectables & St. Paul's Centre! 705-326-6526 (Reservations recommended for evening dining)

Oct 14

- RED GREEN: I'M NOT OLD, I'M RIPE!
A brand new show with popular TV star Red Green, known worldwide for his flannel shirts, duct tape, humour & wisdom about life! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 14

- ELVIS: 20 YEARS OF MUSIC WITH STEVE MICHAELS
A special thank you concert by international, award-winning tribute artist Steve Michaels! A celebration of a memorable 2 decades, Elvis 57-77! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Oct 15

- CHARLEY PRIDE
Celebrating 50 years in country music! Kiss an Angel Good Morning, Crystal Chandeliers, The Snakes Crawl at Night & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 15

- LAST BLAST FALL STEAM UP!
Steam powered rollers, vintage road building, rock crushing, grading & other historic construction equipment is powered up for one last blast before winter! Vintage tractor & classic truck displays, vendors & more! Presented in conjunction with Historical Construction Equipment Association of Canada. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy. 26, Minesing, 705-728-3721

Oct 15

- CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: THE BAND-THE LAST WALTZ
The world-class artists of Classic Albums Live perform the famous farewell concert of The Band, note for note, cut for cut! The Last Waltz was held on American Thanksgiving Day 1976 at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, & included special guests Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Joni Mitchell & Van Morrison. This is the largest production in the history of Classic Albums Live, due to the number of guest artists! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Oct 16

- JERSEY NIGHTS: TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS
Rescheduled from June 09. The exciting, dynamic show band Jersey Nights dazzles audiences while celebrating the legendary music of Franki Valli & the Four Seasons! Sherry, Working My Way Back to You, Walk Like a Man & more! 2:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Oct 19

- ANNUAL COLDWATER WITCHES WALK
A night for ladies to dress up in witch finery & have fun! Spooky sights, treats, contests & special promotions at village shops! Fill a passport with stamps for a chance to win a great draw prize! 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Downtown Coldwater, 705-686-3455 (Adult only event / Donations to Coldwater Food Bank appreciated)

Oct 20

- 6TH ANNUAL ORILLIA & LAKE COUNTRY BUSINESS EXPO
Where consumers meet business! Discover the benefits of shopping locally! Businesses from Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara & Severn showcase their products & services. A great opportunity for consumers & businesses to network, connect & create partnerships. Draws, giveaways & special promotions! Noon - 7:00 pm, Best Western PLUS Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, 400 Memorial Avenue, 705-329-1084

Oct 21- Nov 06

- FLAVOURS OF ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY
Savour local flavours & culinary delights created by Ontario's Lake Country chefs! Delicious two & three course, set-menu lunches for $10 or $15, & three course dinners for $20 or $30 per person, plus alcohol, taxes & gratuities! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 for information. Call participating restaurants for reservations.

Oct 22

- HOWIE MANDEL
Popular Canadian comedian & judge on hit television show America's Got Talent! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audience)

Oct 25- Oct 26

- THE HAUNTING!
Experience things that go bump in the night! Spooky tours at Orillia Opera House, haunted house at Museum of Art & History & more! Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Further info to follow)

Oct 25- Oct 27

- AN EVENING OF HALLOWEEN
Great Halloween fun with ghosts, goblins & ghouls! Haunted walk, spooky games, treats & activities for all ages! 6:00 - 8:30 pm, Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy. 26, Minesing, 705-728-3721

Oct 27

- DEREK EDWARDS: ALLS I'M SAYING
Four-time Canadian Comedy Awards nominee & 2004/05 winner for Best Standup Comic! Like a sniper with the hiccups, Edwards takes aim at life's galling moments, exhales slowly & jerks back the trigger. A riotous evening of homegrown comedy! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Oct 29

- GEORGE LOPEZ
Acclaimed actor & comedian with a hilarious take on Mexican American culture, is back just in time for the US Presidential election! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audience)

Oct 29

- SOMNIATIS II: WEARABLE ART FASHION SHOW & SILENT AUCTION
A gala event where awe inspiring art meets the runway! Over 200 local artists, designers, models, hair stylists, make-up artists, poets, musicians & photographers collaborate & donate their time & creative talents to the show! Silent auction & light buffet. Presented by & fundraiser for Orillia Museum of Art & History. 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Silvernightingale Ballroom, Casino Rama, 705-326-2159

Oct 29

- ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HOWL FUN RUN / WALK
A fun run/walk full of ghostly encounters & Halloween surprises! 5 or 10 km runs, 5 km walk & 10 km team relay. Prizes for best costume & fastest times in various age divisions! Presented by City of Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture, with proceeds to Special Olympics Orillia. 10:00 am, Tudhope Park, 705-329-7250 (20% discount on registrations before October 21)

Oct 29

- ANNUAL BASS PRO SHOPS LAKE SIMCOE OPEN
Canada's premier one day bass fishing extravaganza, hosted by Aurora Bassmasters! The event that in 2010 set the all time Canadian record of 31.5 pounds for the heaviest 5 bass ever weighed in during a Canadian bass tournament! Up to 100 teams compete in the world class bass fishery of Lake Simcoe for paybacks exceeding 100% of entry fees! Port of Orillia & Couchiching Beach Park, Centennial Drive, aurorabassmasters@gmail.com (6:00 am - 5:00 pm / Weigh-in: 3:00 pm)

Oct 29

- HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY!
Dress in your Halloween finest & dance the night away with the fabulous Dr. Krane band! Costume prizes, 50/50 draw, treats & more! 9:00 pm - 1:00 am, ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-325-0353

Oct 29

- ALICE IN WONDERLAND: MOTUS O DANCE THEATRE
An exhilarating adventure that spins you off into another land, this adaptation of Lewis Carroll's whimsical stories is rich in athleticism, innovative dance & theatre. In her search for home, Alice must maneuver through this topsy-turvy world! 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Oct 29

- THE CELLAR SINGERS: PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE
Gioachino Rossini's famous masterwork of 1863, performed with piano & organ. Written shortly before his death, Petite Messe Solennelle belonged to a late output of music that influenced the next generation of French composers! 7:30 pm, St. James' Anglican Church, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-481-1853

November

Nov 01- Nov 06

- FLAVOURS OF ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY
Savour local flavours & culinary delights created by Ontario's Lake Country chefs! Delicious two & three course, set-menu lunches for $10 or $15, & three course dinners for $20 or $30 per person, plus alcohol, taxes & gratuities! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 for information. Call participating restaurants for reservations.

Nov 01- Nov 27

- CARMICHAEL CANADIAN LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION: TRADITION TRANSFORMED
A Canada-wide, juried, all media show that embraces, challenges, examines & re-works interpretations of Canadian landscape! Created in recognition of Orillia born Group of Seven member Franklin Carmichael, this inspiring exhibition is celebrating its 15th year. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Nov 01- Nov 12

- JAZZ IMPRESSIONS: VISUAL RIFFS ON LEGENDARY MUSIC
Inspired by the 20th Century's most popular genre of music & the Orillia Jazz Festival, this exciting exhibit features new works by OMAH's Artist in Residence Jim Ireland, & local printmakers who find inspiration in the sounds & visuals of jazz! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Nov 04

- LARRY THE CABLE GUY
Multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy nominee & Billboard Award winner! Git-R-Done! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audience)

Nov 04- Nov 06

- ORILLIA LIGHTFOOT DAYS
A celebration of Orillia-born, Canadian music legend Gordon Lightfoot! Memorabilia & various events, including Early Morning Rain concert at Orillia Opera House. Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Further info to follow)

Nov 05

- OUR LADY PEACE & I MOTHER EARTH WITH GUESTS: THE STANDSTILLS
One More Astronaut, Another Sunday, Innocent, Somewhere Out There & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Nov 05

- ORILLIA LIGHTFOOT DAYS: EARLY MORNING RAIN CONCERT
Toronto folk singer & songwriter Nicole Coward, influenced by strong songwriters of the 1960's, performs her own music & songs by Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen & other powerful artists of the time! 4:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Nov 10- Nov 13

- WAITING FOR THE PARADE: A DRAMA BY JOHN MURRELL
Five Calgary women, working for the war effort while the men they love are away, respond very differently to civilian life during WWII, providing a portrait of 1940's Canadian society. Episodic in structure & focused on the women's shared common purpose of serving the war effort & surviving the war, the play reminds us that the wounded are not always at the front! Mariposa Arts Theatre, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:30 pm / Sun: 2:00 pm)

Nov 11- Nov 12

- ROGER HODGSON: FORMERLY OF SUPERTRAMP
Give a Little Bit, Breakfast in America, The Logical Song & more, with symphony orchestra! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

Nov 13

- STADIO & GUEST: MICHELE ZARRILLO
Un Giorno Mi Dirai (sanremo 2016 winner), Stabiliamo Un Contatto, Cinque Giorni, La Notte Dei Pensieri & more! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Nov 17- Nov 20

- WAITING FOR THE PARADE: A DRAMA BY JOHN MURRELL
Five Calgary women, working for the war effort while the men they love are away, respond very differently to civilian life during WWII, providing a portrait of 1940's Canadian society. Episodic in structure & focused on the women's shared common purpose of serving the war effort & surviving the war, the play reminds us that the wounded are not always at the front! Mariposa Arts Theatre, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:30 pm / Sun: 3:00 pm)

Nov 18

- CHILDREN'S CANDLELIGHT PARADE & TREE LIGHTING
Hundreds of children, led by the Town Crier, carry electric candles & carol through downtown to turn on the giant Opera House Christmas tree & light the way for Santa! Free treats & hot chocolate! 6:30 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Mississaga Street, from Legion to Opera House / Free parking in downtown lots)

Nov 18- Nov 19

- STYX
Come Sail Away, Renegade, Babe & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

Nov 20

- ORILLIA SANTA CLAUS PARADE: WINTER WONDERLAND!
One of the largest Christmas parades North of Toronto! Over 100 floats, bands & Santa himself celebrate the season & usher in a Winter Wonderland! 1:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Centennial Drive to Front to Colborne to Volunteer Drive to Mississaga & return to Centennial / Bucket Brigade collection by Orillia Kiwanis Club in support of a great parade / Free parking in downtown lots)

Nov 25

- DOWNTOWN ORILLIA BLACK FRIDAY SALE!
Outrageous specials all day at participating stores & restaurants! Stock up for Christmas with Big Sale Items in stores decked out with black decor window displays! 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)

December

Dec 01- Dec 02

- THE MIDTOWN MEN: HOLIDAY SHOW
The 4 stars from the original cast of the Broadway smash Jersey Boys blend iconic 1960's rock 'n roll hits with all-time great Holiday classics. Dynamic choreography, electrifying rock 'n roll arrangements & signature four-part harmony! The Christmas Song (Chestnuts), Big Girls Don't Cry, All I Want for Christmas is You & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Thurs: 8:00 pm / Fri: 9:00 pm)

Dec 03

- FREE HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES
An old-fashioned shopping experience! Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon, explore downtown & get into the Christmas spirit! 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)

Dec 03

- MARTINA MCBRIDE: LOVE UNLEASHED TOUR
Multiple Grammy nominee with sales of over 18 million albums to date, including 20 Top Ten singles & 6 Number One songs! Reckless, I'm Gonna Love You Through It, In My Daughter's Eyes & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, Ticketmaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Dec 07- Dec 09

- CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Scrooge's journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas comes alive with song, dance, special effects & a brilliant cast led by Shaw Festival & Broadway actor Rod Campbell! A joyous & entertaining experience for young & old, complete with a fabulous concert of Yuletide favourites! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Dec 08- Dec 09

- CHRISTMAS PAST & PRESENT
Carolling, crafts, lantern lit pathways, horse-drawn sleigh rides, traditional holiday treats & more! Proceeds to Friends of the Simcoe County Museum. 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy. 26, Minesing, 705-728-3721 (Unwrapped toy collection for Simcoe County Paramedic Services Annual Toy Drive)

Dec 10

- FREE HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES
An old-fashioned shopping experience! Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon, explore downtown & get into the Christmas spirit! 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)

Dec 17

- FREE HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES
An old-fashioned shopping experience! Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon, explore downtown & get into the Christmas spirit! 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)

2017

April

Apr 21

- 37TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL: OPENING CEREMONIES
An evening of fun, draws & prizes kicks off the 37th Annual Orillia Perch Festival! 7:00 pm, ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

Apr 22- May 13

- 37TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies! Great cash & product prizes, adult & children's categories. Special OPP Kids' Day Saturday, May 6th! Just fish to win!!! Organized by Orillia District Chamber of Commerce. Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

May

May 01- May 13

- 37TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies! Great cash & product prizes, adult & children's categories. Special OPP Kids' Day Saturday, May 6th! Just fish to win!!! Organized by Orillia District Chamber of Commerce. Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

May 13

- 37TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL: CLOSING CEREMONIES
An evening of fun, draws & prizes wraps up 37 years of Orillia Perch Festival memories! 7:00 pm, ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

June

Jun 09- Jun 11

- SPRING BOAT, COTTAGE & OUTDOOR SHOW
Great in-water selection of new & pre-owned private & dealer boats, cottage & outdoor product displays, marine safety demonstrations, artists & artisans, variety of vendors & more! Port of Orillia & waterfront parks, Centennial Drive, Lake Couchiching, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Fri: Noon - 8:00 pm / Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Jun 24

- CHRISTMAS IN JUNE
A festive day at the Port of Orillia! Large boater rendezvous & fabulous decorated boat contest, free to viewing public! Port of Orillia, Centennial Drive, Lake Couchiching, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

July

Jul 07- Jul 09

- MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL
Thrilling audiences for over 55 years with an incredible weekend of music, dance, stories & crafts! Fantastic lineup of folk/roots artists includes more than 100 performances on 11 stages. Emporium, artisans' village, workshops, kids' folkplay area, great food, beer tent & more! Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, on the shores of Lake Couchiching, 705-326-3655 (On-site camping available)

Jul 14- Jul 16

- 40TH ANNUAL ORILLIA SCOTTISH FESTIVAL
A celebration of Scottish culture & heritage! Ceilidh at Legion Friday & Sunday; parade through downtown to waterfront, pipe & drum competitions, entertainment & vendors at Couchiching Beach Park Saturday. Buy a button & support the Festival! Royal Canadian Legion, 215 Mississaga Street East at waterfront, 705-325-8442

Jul 28- Jul 30

- WAYHOME MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
A celebration of music, food, art & film! A place for people who love one or all of these things to come together to make a kaleidoscope of sound, smell, colour & spectacle! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half-way between Orillia & Barrie, info@wayhome.com

August

Aug 11- Aug 13

- ORILLIA WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
Fun for all ages! In-water boat show, cottage & outdoor products, artists & artisans, variety of vendors, dock dogs diving contest, water ski shows & more throughout the weekend! Hilarious Cardboard Boat Race Sunday at Noon! Port of Orillia & waterfront parks, Centennial Drive, Lake Couchiching, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Fri: Noon - 8:00 pm / Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm)
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