GRAVENHURST WINTER CARNIVAL
Feb 14 to 18. This longstanding Gravenhurst tradition celebrates all the community has to offer, and features super-fun events including Puddle Jumps, Kids Events, Skokie’s Pizza and Birthday Parties, Polar Bear Dip, Donut Eating on a String, Demolition Derby, Live Entertainment and so much more. Be sure to visit the Heat Up The Night event on February 14, featuring fire juggling, free hot dogs, and wagon rides downtown. skokie.wixsite.com
Thursday Feb 14. JUNO award-winning singer-songwriter Matt Mays returns to Huntsville with a very special acoustic performance for Valentine’s Day. Accompanied by band mates Adam Baldwin and Ryan Stanley (a.k.a The Dark Promises), the shows will feature stripped down and “woody” interpretations of songs from his new album Twice Upon a Hell of a Time…, as well as selections from the deep well of Mays’ critically acclaimed back catalogue.
A SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DINNER
Thursday Feb 14. Choice of appetizer & dessert, main course buffet, tea and coffee, and live entertainment by the fabulous Jack Hutton at the Blue Willow Tea Room, Gravenhurst. $50.00 per person, reservations required, from 5:30 p.m.
DORSET SNOWBALL WINTER CARNIVAL
Feb. 15 to 16. Come and join the fun at the 29th annual Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival.
SNOWMOBILE SPEED RUNS
Feb 15 to 16. The fastest sleds on the ice, on Muskoka Bay in Gravenhurst. www.nbssr.com
Saturday, Feb 16. Muskoka Brewery brings together local craft brewers, food vendors and artisans, win an indoor market and live music, all inside the brewery on Muskoka Beach Road, in Bracebridge. An ice bar on the patio, s’mores by the fire, and of course lots of superb craft beers. Noon to 5 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 18. Free family fun from 8:30am to 3:00pm at the Community Centre in Baysville. www.baysvilleontario.com
Feb 21 to March 2. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! A community musical at the Rene Caisse Theatre in Bracebridge. www.thecaisse.com. Show is also presented in Huntsville from March 22 to 31.
THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY
Feb 21 to 24. In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends. At the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.
COMEDY TOUR WITH HEADLINER JEFF LEESON
Saturday Feb 23. Nationally touring, stand-up comedian, Jeff Leeson (as seen on: Global TV, CTV, Amazon Prime, Sirius XM) brings his brand new tour to The Gravenhurst Opera House for a night of live stand up comedy you will never forget. Please be advised that Jeff Leeson’s comedy contains strong language and subject matter. This show is PG-13.
Saturday, Feb 23. Skate, Snowshoe and Drink in a new event sponsored by Deerhurst Resort and Muskoka Brewery. The race: skate 4 km on the lake, snowoshoe 2 km on the golf course by the bay and drink a Muskoka beer! All while raising money and hell for The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. www.muskokacup.ca
“WHO KILLED TOM THOMSON” – SPEAKER SERIES
Sunday, Feb 24. John Little, author of “Who Killed Tom Thomson” will show a video that will explain what was known about Thomson’s death by the local people around Canoe Lake in 1917, starting with the discovery of the body, the burial and inquest. At the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre in Gravenhurst. www.realmuskoka.com
Wednesday, Feb 27. Donovan Woods’ new album is a study in contrasts, as one would expect from its name: Both Ways. That push-and-pull, especially in relationships, has long been Woods’ stock in trade. That masterful perspective has led to nominations for the Polaris Prize and the Juno Awards. In addition, his single “What Kind of Love Is That?” climbed to No. 1 on the CBC Top 20 Chart, while his catalogue has accrued nearly 45 million streams. At the Gravenhurst Opera House.
A WEEKEND IN COTTAGE COUNTRY WITH CHEF LYNN CRAWFORD
March 1 to 3. Celebrity chef, best-selling cookbook author and Food Network host, Lynn Crawford, is making tracks from her home base of Toronto to Deerhurst Resort for a culinary adventure in cottage country. The highlight will undoubtedly be Saturday night’s dinner and culinary demo featuring a menu that Chef Lynn will design specifically for this special weekend. And, since this is Deerhurst after all, you’ll also enjoy lots of cottage country fresh air, winter fun and cozy relaxation. In addition to cross-country skiing, skating and snowshoeing, which is included with your nightly resort fee, be sure to check out skating the nearby Arrowhead Park Ice-Trail, Amba Spa services, horse-drawn sleigh rides, Yamaha Snowmobile Tours and so many other pay-as-you-play onsite activities. www.deerhurstresort.com
JACK DE KEYZER
Friday, March 8. One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand live performers and session guitarists, Jack has relased 9 CDs and 1 DVD. He has also played on hundreds of recordings and live sessions with artists ranging from Etta James to Ronnie Hawkins and Bo Diddley to Blue Rodeo. He is an exciting live performer, soulful vocalist and world class song writer and performs an average of 120 shows per year. In concert at Peter’s Players, Gravenhurst.
BREW TOURS: MUSKOKA EDITION
Saturday, March 9. Guided tours and tastings at Sawdust City, Muskoka Brewery and Lake of Bays Brewery, with lunch at the Griffin Gastropub. Meeting point at Sawdust City Brewing Company at 11 am. www.brew-tours.myshopify.com
MARCH BREAK FREE SKATING
March 11 to 15. At the Bracebridge Arena. Sponsored by Paul and Lea Kane of REMAX. Daily from 1 – 4:30 p.m.
WASHAGO CARVING EVENT
March 15 to 17. The best chainsaw carvers show their skills at the Washago Centennial Park. There will be an auction on the Sunday from 1-3pm and guests will have the opportunity to purchase items all throughout the 3-day event. All proceeds from this event will be going towards a Mobi-Mat to allow beach access for those with wheelchairs and mobility restrictions, as well as parents with strollers and wagons.
Saturday, March 16. Fresh off of a 2018 Canadian Tour and appearances as best new band at the Boots and Hearts Showcase, Kansas Stone bring their exciting brand of country rock and new hit single ‘Blaze of Nothing’ to the Gravenhurst Opera House.
MUSKOKA ARTS & CRAFTS SPRING MEMBERS’ ART SHOW
March 22 to 24. The diverse and outstanding work by local artists creates an exciting three day exhibition. Over one hundred members have their work in the show. The Spring Members’ Show opens with an awards presentation and reception on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. After the awards presentation, Moonglow takes the stage to provide an evening of entertaining music as the artists and the public mingle to share ideas about the work on hand as well as creativity in general. Show hours are Saturday, 10 to 5 and Sunday 11 to 4 at the Bracebridge Sportsplex.
March 22 to 31. If you missed the run in Bracebridge at the beginning of the month, here’s your chance to see this exciting community musical in Huntsville. On stage at the Algonquin Theatre.