THE ARTFUL GARDEN – FINAL SEASON
Until August 11. An outdoor gallery featuring the works of over 40 artists. Sculptures, ironwork, stone carving, jewellery, birdhouses, pottery and wall hangings; all displayed in the gorgeous Muskoka gardens of Jon and Suzann Partridge. Partridge Lane, Bracebridge. www.theartfulgarden.ca
DEAN & JERRY: WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN – CREATED BY JESSE COLLINS
Until August 16. Derek Marshall and Nicholas Arnold present a fabulous concert of hits and comedy. With their own brand of wacky humour, they pay tribute to the comedy team that dominated television, radio and nightclub stages in the 1950’s with timeless hits such as Everybody Loves Somebody, Sway, You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You, Volaré, and Jerry’s #1 hit, Rockabye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody. The comedy schtick and story-telling of these two terrific entertainers will take you through the real-life story that begs the question, ‘what if they had never split?’ www.gravenhurstoperahouse.com
HOMAGE: ART NECKLACES INSPIRED BY OUTSTANDING CANADIAN WOMEN
Until August 24. Homage is a collection of 40 framed neckpieces created by renowned jeweller Don Stuart as a celebration and tribute to Canadian women throughout the ages and across the country in a wide range of professions and contributions to our society. As a contemporary jewellery artist, Don has used the familiar form of the necklace to explore history from a fresh perspective. As one of Canada’s leading gold and silversmiths, Don has earned an international reputation for his work in jewellery, hollowware and architectural installations. At the Chapel Gallery, Bracebridge.
BRASS TRANSIT THE MUSIC LEGACY OF CHICAGO
August 1. Brass Transit was formed in 2008 and brought together 8 of the most talented and accomplished award winning musicians. Their sole purpose was to pay tribute to one of the world’s greatest and most successful pop/rock groups of all time, CHICAGO. Brass Transit will bring you back to the most memorable times of your life. At Peter’s Players, Gravenhurst.
THURSDAY NIGHT BANDSHELL CONCERT SERIES
Thursdays until September 5. A summer tradition in downtown Bracebridge, featuring local live music. Thursday evenings; 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket for comfortable seating. This week, Doug McLean.
August 1. Canada’s favourite classic rock band is turning 50 and inviting Canadians across the country to join the celebration. The band burst on the scene in 1969, with an explosive sound that defied all conventions. Between 1970 and 1973 they were awarded four Junos, four gold albums and Canada’s first platinum album for Lighthouse Live! while hits such as One Fine Morning, Sunny Days, Hats Off to the Stranger, 1849 and Pretty Lady raced to the top of Canadian and International charts. At the Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville.
SAWDUST CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL
August 2-4. The third annual festival returns to beautiful historic “Sawdust City” Gravenhurst. The 3-day multi-venue music festival will include two nights at the Opera House, evening shows at the Sawdust City Brewing Co. Saloon, a Songwriters’ Circle, Music on the Barge, Free Sunday Kids Zone, a vendor village in Gull Lake Rotary Park, performances at the Oar and Arts At The Albion.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS STREET FESTIVAL
August 2. Spend your Friday night mixing and mingling with cottagers and locals alike at this annual downtown festival in downtown Bracebridge. Don’t miss this fun night filled with music, excitement and bargains galore!
August 2. 54-40 is one of the most important popular music groups to emerge from the Canadian cultural landscape. Celebrating their thirty-year anniversary – a remarkable achievement in itself – the band has an unbelievable catalogue of hit songs, including “Baby Ran,” “I Go Blind” and “Ocean Pearl.” At The Kee to Bala.
TAPS SESSION MUSKOKA CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
August 3. Savour the best of Ontario’s Craft Breweries together with great food and live musical acts in Annie Williams Park, Bracebridge. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
August 3. Winner of the 2018 Polaris Prize winner, and a 2019 Juno for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, this incredible artist makes his first appearance on the Huntsville Festival Stage. A Wolastoqiyik member of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Dutcher studied music and anthropology at Dalhousie University. He recorded Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, following a research project on old archival recordings of traditional Maliseet songs at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. He painstakingly transcribed Wolastoq songs from 1907 wax cylinders. As he listened to each recording, he felt his own musical impulses stirring from deep within. Long days at the archives turned into long nights at the piano, feeling out melodies and phrases, deep in dialogue with the voices of his ancestors.
MAKE A SPLASH WATER FESTIVAL
August 3. Come to Gull Lake Rotary Park in Gravenhurst to enjoy people-powered water activities for free. Loads of fun for the entire family: Swim races, sandcastle building contests, kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing and rowing to name a few of the activities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CIVIC HOLIDAY FIREWORKS AT MUSKOKA WHARF
August 3. Come by car, bike, boat, or on foot and see the show! Fireworks display takes place at dusk. At Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst.
August 3. It’s a collectors’ mecca convention located at the arena in Bracebridge. The MuskokaCon strives to be Ontario’s best and truest comic con featuring fandoms of multiple genres. The show will have exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, live wrestling, magazines, toys, gaming, video games, movies, records, wrestling, , television, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel plus much more. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals and fandom-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet.
Sundays until August 25, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The good ship Wenonah II sails from Gravenhurst through pirate infested waters. The crew aboard is eager to win the coveted Golden Hook award, thwarting Captain Ron Hook, who has won it every year! Did he cheat? Will our intrepid crew defeat him by successfully completing some special tasks? Only time and the mermaids will tell!
August 4. Toronto-based band The Beaches are a little bit glam rock and a little bit garage. They’retremendously warm cool girls with an infectious edge—the kind you’d want to introduce to yourparents and then sneak out and party with. However you break it down, The Beaches are 100% rock and roll. At The Kee to Bala.
REMEMBERING ED BICKERT
August 4. On February 28, the great Canadian jazz guitarist Ed Bickert passed away at the age of 86. From the mid-‘70s until his retirement in 2000, he recorded more than a dozen albums as a band leader and more than 50 records as a sideman for Paul Desmond, Rosemary Clooney, Peter Appleyard, Moe Koffman, Phil Nimmons, Rob McConnell, Ron Collier and more. His impact on Jazz in Canada, and in fact the world, cannot be overstated. This very special concert will celebrate his legacy through his music. Led by jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky, the group is made up great jazz artists that have played with Ed Bickert over the years, who can share stories about their experiences with him and how important he was both personally and to the Jazz world. At the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.
SUMMER MUSIC LUNCH CRUISE
August 5. This four-hour cruise will have a buffet style dinner and two amazing bands: Brian Neale & Northern Harbour and New Kid In Town (Eagles Tribute). Presented by Peter’s Players.
ARTIFACT OR FICTION
August 8. A gala fundraiser presented by the Muskoka Lakes Museum at the Port Carling Community Centre, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This year’s gala will continue the tradition of exceptional food with a convenient Muskoka location. Lamb dinner, choice salads, and delicious desserts are all part of the experience.
FLAVOURS OF ONTARIO
August 8. Huntsville’s historic waterfront, six gourmet courses, a very long table and dancing on the dock! This is Flavours of Ontario, and it’s going to be the dining experience of the summer. Dine al fresco at the Town Dock with a front-row view of the beautiful Muskoka River and historic Downtown Huntsville. A unique Muskoka “field-to-fork” dinner showcasing fare from every region in Ontario. To execute this tall order, local chef extraordinaire Jeff Suddaby will bring together culinary arts students from Niagara College. After dinner, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts hosts “Dancing on the Docks.” Local musician Neil Barlow fronts a 10-piece band playing golden oldies as the sun goes down.
CELEBRATE GRAVENHURST SIDEWALK SALE
August 9-10. Celebrate Gravenhurst features unique opportunities for shopping, entertainment and family fun. Come explore Historic Downtown Gravenhurst enjoy two days of celebration.
NATALIE MACMASTER & DONNELL LEAHY
August 9. Two of the world’s most celebrated fiddlers, who also happen to be married, create a whirlwind performance of fiddle-driven music, dance and song. Natalie MacMaster is a member of the order of Canada and has toured with the Chieftains, Faith Hill, Carlos Santana and Alison Krauss, and has recorded with Yo-Yo Ma. Donnell Leahy is a multiple Juno Award winning musician, part of the Leahy Family, who has played with likes of Shania Twain amongst others. Together they bring unparalleled musicianship, down-home humour, and a whole gaggle of their kids. At the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.
BAYSVILLE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
August 10-11. Meander through the paths amongst the beautiful flower gardens visiting 74 original artisans from all over Ontario. Feature items include jewelry (costume, silver and gold), women’s fashions and accessories, wood and metal products, gourmet foods, toys, leather goods, paintings, home accessories, fiber and glass and more. The Baysville Anglican Church group will be on location barbecuing under the band shell. Rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park is easily accessed by boat or car. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the Horticultural Society in Baysville who are responsible for the beautiful gardens you will see throughout.
GRAVENHURST POWER BOAT RACES
August 10-11. Situated in the heart of Gravenhurst at Muskoka Bay’s landmark Muskoka Wharf, racing will truly be spectator-friendly with ample shoreline and dockside viewing. This is quite possibly the most scenic boat race site in North America. Racing starts at 10 a.m. Free admission, vendors, family entertainment, great food, land displays, vintage boat/motor displays.
MUSKOKA VEG FEST
August 10. Muskoka’s own plant-based festival, now in its second year, showcases delicious, dairy-free, meatless food and beverage options along with over 70 conscious minded vendors and businesses. VegFest provides access to numerous vegan clothing companies, bath & beauty products, and craft goods. Spend time learning from industry experts and sustainability gurus, take part in yoga and listen to live music. And best of all… it’s FREE! At River Mill Park, Huntsville
MUSIC ON THE BARGE – THE LIVERPOOL 4
August 11. Canada’s top Beatles tribute band has been delighting audiences across North America for well over a decade. Providing an accurate reproduction of a Live Beatles performance, fans are consistently thrilled and pleasantly surprised at the authenticity, high quality and energy orchestrated by The Liverpool 4. Sing along, get up and dance or sit back and enjoy the performance! Collection for donations to support the Music on the Barge is taken during the concerts. Bring a chair or blanket to Gull Lake Park in Gravenhurst. Showtim 7:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather – such as rain or lightning – concerts will be cancelled.
DOCKSIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
August 16-18. Arts, music and entertainment come together lakeside at the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst. Shop and discover one of Muskoka’s best craft shows. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
August 17-18. Muskoka Muscle will be bringing power-lifting athletes from all over Canada to Hidden Valley Resort.
ARTISTS OF THE LIMBERLOST OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND
August 17-18. Meet the makers who live along Limberlost Road and experience the studios and workshops where they create. You’ll discover nature-inspired pottery, jewellery, glass art, sculpture and paintings in many styles and media, and functional art crafted from local wood. Limberlost Road is close to Algonquin Park in the Huntsville/Lake of Bays area of Muskoka Ontario, and winds through forest, rock and wetlands rich in wildlife and natural beauty.
DOWNTOWN HUNTSVILLE SUMMER SIDEWALK SALE
August 17. The kids will love the activities. Everyone will love the live music at this street festival. The downtown shops will be bursting out onto the street with bargains during this day-long sidewalk sale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main street will be closed from Centre Street to Brunel Road.
PARANORMAL MUSKOKA TOUR AT WOODCHESTER
August 17. A night of ghostly fun at the historic octagonal house in the heart of Bracebridge. Spook your interest in the history surrounding Woodchester and its previous owners, the Bird family, all the while learning about spirits, orbs, and EMF monitors. The tour will begin at 7:00 p.m. and run until approximately 8:30 p.m. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the 7:00 p.m. start time.
JACK HUTTON & FRIENDS: THE FAREWELL TOUR
August 17. They’re back! Jack Hutton & Friends will be playing at the Gravenhurst Opera House this summer after a one year hiatus! Following in the footsteps of the Rolling Stones, they’re calling this their ‘Farewell Tour’ and they’re looking forward to bringing us the most memorable moments of their shows of the past. The group’s very first Gravenhurst performance on July 26, 2003, may have set an attendance record, filling every seat. The tribute to Walter Donaldson got standing ovations for tunes like ‘Yes Sir, That’s My Baby’, which they’ve included in this program.
ALL DAY BALA CRUISE ABOARD SUNSET CRUISES
August 18. Join Captain Potts for an All Day Bala Cruise aboard the Peerless II. We will be departing from Port Carling at 10:30 a.m. returning at 4:00 p.m. The cruise will include lunch. Tickets: $80.00 per person.
THE GOOD BROTHERS – MUSIC ON THE BARGE
August 18. Canada’s multi-award-winning country group has gained a worldwide audience, capturing 8 Juno Awards for County Music Group of the year. They were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Collection for donations to support the Music on the Barge is taken during the concerts. In the event of inclement weather – such as rain or lightning – concerts will be cancelled. At Gull Lake Park in Gravenhurst.
LAKE OF BAYS ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAR AND BOAT SHOW
August 18. From noon to 4:oo p.m. in downtown Baysville. Highlights include the 109 year old S.S. Bigwin, a 66’ steam ship which once cruised as a ferry for famed Bigwin Island, back in her glory days; antique and classic cars and trucks (last year, there were 110 cars in attendance); Northern Lights Steel Orchestra Band. Bring a lawn chair or throw down a blanket, grab a bite to eat, some pastries or an ice cream cone at one of our local establishments and bring it back to the park and enjoy the show. Grand finale at 4:00 p.m. bagpiper Sharon Mace pipes out the procession of boats. Admission by donation to the Winter Pantry Food Support Program. This cause supports both Baysville and Dorset families who find it hard to get by financially during the cold months.