LOCAL COLOURS ART EXHIBIT
Until October 31. Drop by the Muskoka Place Gallery on Foreman Road in Port Carling to view a retrospective of works by artist Shirley Harris for her first ever solo exhibition. Artist’s reception is on Sunday October 13th, from 1-3 p.m.
RUBY RED EXHIBITION
Until October 15. Rubies are the traditional 40th Anniversary gift. The folks at the Oxtongue Craft Cabin in Dwight have invited artists and artisans to create a piece in a Ruby Red theme.
WIND, WATER, ROCKS & TREES PAINTINGS BY MARGARETHE VANDERPAS
Until October 19. Margarethe is fascinated by the powerful forces that have shaped the Canadian landscape and the effects that time and weather have had upon the earth’s surface. She delights not only in the discovery of these locations on hiking and kayaking journeys but in translating her experiences onto canvas. In this exhibition at the Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge, she will be featuring oil paintings based on her travels around Georgian Bay and Lake Superior.
DEETER HASTENTEUFEL AT THE TREE MUSEUM
Until October 31. Do you like sculpture and do you like walking? Then visiting The Tree Museum on Doe Lake Road near Gravenhurst is a must. This year Canadian Artist Deeter Hastenteufel has created a new outdoor sculpture. He has carved a large granite boulder and in the Gallery you will find his clay sculptures and drawings. Deeter Hastenteufel will be in the gallery each weekend in October, Friday to Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The Tree Museum is open from May 1st to October 31st, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Tree Museum if Free, and a great place for all the family, including dogs. Bring water and good shoes be prepared for a walk/hike.
FRESH FALL FASHION SHOW
October 10. See great fashion at the Gravenhurst Opera House. This community-driven event supports and features local fashion, food, services and entertainment. All proceeds go toward further amelioration of historic downtown Gravenhurst.
October 12 and 13. The legendary band performs at The Kee to Bala. With special guests Sam Polley on October 12 and Old Tomorrow on October 13.
BETHUNE MEMORIAL HOUSE THANSGIVING FESTIVAL
October 12-14. Every year on Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend, thousands of visitors from China, along with Chinese-Canadians make a pilgrimage to the site in Gravenhurst to pay their respects to Norman Bethune and to tour and enjoy the internationally famous fall colours in Muskoka and Algonquin Provincial Park. You can be a part of this tradition and see the site at its busiest! Bethune Memorial House admission and programs will be available on a first-come-first served basis. Open 9 a.m to 5 p.m. (This is an extremely busy event, but Bethune House is open until November 1, and then reopens in May if you’d like to see it without as big a crowd).
THANKSGIVING MINI PUTT
October 12. In celebration of the Thanksgiving long weekend, bring an item for the FOOD BANK to Muskoka Mini Golf in Bracebridge and play for only $5 plus tax. Open 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
THE GREAT MUSKOKA PADDLING EXPERIENCE
October 12. A set of canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) races with distances of 5, 10, and 20 kilometers. This exciting water-race welcomes all levels of experience and age. Funds raised are donated to groups supporting the Muskoka watershed (i.e. Friends of the Muskoka Watershed and the Muskoka Watershed Council). Event takes place on the Muskoka River. The information and parking hub is located at Annie Williams Memorial Park in Bracebridge.
THANKSGIVING OPEN HOUSE AT MUSKOKA LAKES MUSEUM
October 12-13. Come to the Museum in Port Carling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4pm Sunday for the annual Thanksgiving Open House. Come for complimentary pumpkin muffins, hot mulled cider and other refreshments, while enjoying the pioneer demonstrations, including spinning, apple-pressing, butter-churning and corn-husk doll-making.
October 17. Have you ever wondered how Debbie Collins would play the leading role in ‘Annie’? Or Anita in ‘West Side Story’? How about J.P. Baldwin as ‘The Little Mermaid’? These are only a few examples of the roles that got away from these two zany performers. Debbie and J.P. have over 50+ years experience in Canadian theatre and have some amazing tales to share! Come to the Gravenhurst Opera House for a musical romp with wonderful songs and stories. . . and of course a behind the scenes, backstage look at what performers really do. Enjoy a cabaret style dinner in the theatre or come for the show only.
DEREK EDWARDS – SO HERE’S THE THING
October 17. A breath of fresh air, finely honed and relentlessly funny at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville. Take a break from the world and settle in for a seamless glide over life’s troubled waters. Like the canoeist seated deftly atop his life jacket, with whiskey and pot cookies sealed in airtight containers, Derek Edwards has left little to chance in this polished comedic adventure.
BRUCE IN THE USA
October 18. Bruce In The USA is much more than just another tribute. This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band show. At Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst.
BALA CRANBERRY FESTIVAL
October 18-20. Named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals and one of the World’s 15 most delectable Harvest Festivals, exceptional shopping, exciting entertainment and culinary delights come together for one of the province’s most popular fall festivals.
THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH
October 19. Starring the amazing Jim Yorfido as “The Man in Black” backed by a live all-star band. As an international touring artist, Yorfido has thrilled audiences around the globe with his portrayal of Johnny Cash, which captures the look, charisma and striking baritone voice of Johnny Cash in concert. As a special bonus, Jim will be joined on stage by his lovely, multi-talented wife Pam in the dual roles of Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn. At the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.
HALLOWEEN PARTY & CRUISE
October 19 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Muskoka Discovery Centre, with a Halloween Cruise aboard the Wenonah II from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.. Lots of fun for the kids. Pirate Captain Corbin leads a raiding parade from the Discovery Centre at 2 p.m. to capture the Wenonah, then the ship sets sail for an hour on Lake Muskoka.
October 19. Join Muskoka Steamships as we celebrate Oktoberfest our way on a special Pub Night Cruise, the final cruise of this season. Music, Pub style snacks and beverages available for purchase all with an Oktoberfest theme, of course.
October 19 to 27. Calling all goblins, ghouls and ghosts – Santa and his Elves have transformed Santa’s Village into a Spooktacular Village on weekends from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.! There will be a Haunted House, Trick or Treating, a Pumpkin Patch and so much more! Don’t forget to wear your costume too!
MUSKOKANS FIGHT THE GREAT WAR – SPEAKER SERIES
October 20. J. Patrick Boyer, a fourth generation Muskokan with a masters degree in Canadian History, is a writer who places Muskoka’s historic events and people in context. In this talk, he will discuss the “loyal Home Front’s response to inescapable world events.” At the Muskoka Discovery Centre in Gravenhurst.
ORILLIA SILVER BAND FALL HARVEST
October 20. The Orillia Silver Band returns to the Gravenhurst Opera House for a Fall Concert that is sure to entertain. Conducted by Neil Barlow, well known in Muskoka music circles, the band will open the concert with Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s The Light Fantastic, encapsulating the grandeur and spirit of the 2008 Olympic Games whilst also paying homage to the host city of Beijing. The band will also be performing John William’s march, Midway, an exciting tune called A Redbridge Raga by Chris Wilcox – which is a mix of modern British pop with Indian folk music elements – and selections from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Also on the program is Steven Verhelst’s beautiful, A Song for Japan and Alan Fernie’s arrangement of Italian Love Song. The band will wrap-up the concert with Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, complete with cannons, bells and other special effects.
THE LONELY – THE MUSIC OF ROY ORBISON
October 24. A sensitive and dynamic tribute to the one and only Roy Orbison plus the hits of The Traveling Wilburys and The Everly Brothers. Veteran Mike Demers leads this group of musical journeymen in their mutual and deep appreciation of the timeless music of an era, as they approach the music with a humble spirit and sincere desire to recreate the sounds and feel of the original recordings. The band has been selling out shows right from their debut. At the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.
BILLY JOEL AND THE PIANO MEN
October 25. Celebrate the greatest piano artists of all time including Billy Joel, Elton John, Burton Cummings, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nat King Cole, Liberace, Fats Domino, Floyd Cramer and more. Starring the amazing Bruce Tournay from the Memphis Cats on piano and vocals, this unique show combines fantastic live performances with costumes, humour and interesting stories relating to the music and artists being performed. You’ll hear Bruce sing many of your favourite classics including “Piano Man,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “My Own Way To Rock” and “Blueberry Hill” amongst many other timeless piano classics. At the Gravenhurst Opera House.
LET THE SPIRITS RISE IN DOWNTOWN GRAVENHURST
October 26. Trick or Treating at downtown shops – look for the orange & black balloons. Free Family Activities at the Gravenhurst Opera House – children’s crafts, face painting and live music.
YUK YUKS ON TOUR
October 26. Ian Sirota has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Dennis Miller, Robin Williams and Dana Carvey and headlines comedy clubs across North America. He has been nominated for not one but two Gemini Awards including “Best Comedy Performance.” Tom Henry has been a regular on Andy Kindler’s alternative show at Just For Laughs. He was named as one of LA Riot Fest’s Comics to Watch in 2017 and was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Stand-Up Newcomer in 2012. Hunter Collins ihas graced the stage at countless illegal baby-fighting rings and festivals, including JFL42, The Halifax Comedy Festival and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He recently hosted the 18th annual Canadian Comedy Awards and his latest comedy album “Nincom2oop” debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts. Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst.
October 26. Join the Huntsville Festival of the Arts us as we celebrate the amazing music and performances from the concert that changed the world. Lance Anderson (who Festival audiences have seen in The Last Waltz and Mad Dogs & Englishman) has assembled an incredible cast of Canadian Blues and Roots all-stars for this show. Juno and Maples Blues Award winning Harrison Kennedy (Motown), Tony Springer (Wild T. and the Spirit), Matt Weidinger (Matchedash Parish) and Cheryl Lescom (Soulsville), will join an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest musicians. They will play the highlight moments of music from Woodstock at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.
GREAT PUMPKIN TRAIL
October 31. This annual Community Event is a great alternative to having your children go door to door through busy streets in traffic, in the dark. Held in the Pioneer Village within the gates of Muskoka Heritage Place, this traffic free and youngster driven Hallowe’en event proves as much of a social event for the parents as it is for the kids. Individuals or businesses sponsor our pioneer buildings by decorating the doorways and or outside areas in a theme, then dress in costume and shell out the candy Muskoka Heritage Place provides. The way to the buildings is lit with moonlights but if you have very young ones and wish to keep the experience even lighter, you might consider joining us early, before 6:30 p.m. nightfall
50 MILLION TREE PROGRAM – SPEAKER SERIES
November 2. Stephanie Chamberlain, Forestry Program Manager at Forests Ontario oversees major programs including the 50 Million Tree Program, Forest Recovery Canada Program and Grasslands Stewardship Initiative. Forests Ontario is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Ontario’s forests greener. Our ambitious tree planting initiatives, extensive education programs and decades of community outreach have resulted in millions of trees being planted each year. Through our extensive partnerships and our diverse planting programs, we are working each day to increase forest cover, restore forests impacted by natural occurrences and improve forest conditions in Ontario and across Canada. Join us at the Muskoka Discovery Centre in Gravenhurst to learn more about our programs and initiatives.
MUSKOKA LAKES CHRISTMAS MARKET
November 2. At the Port Carling Community Centre and Port Carling Legion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 40 unique and curated vendors to get your Christmas shopping done. Lunch will be available to purchase from the Bala/Port Carling United Church.
HUNTSVILLE’S GIRLFRIENDS’ GETAWAY WEEKEND
November 8-10. One of the biggest parties of the year in downtown Huntsville. Gather the extraordinary women in your life for the ultimate gal pal weekend of fun, fashion, music, food and shopping. Brett Kissel, winner of multiple CCMA and Juno Awards, will be kicking up excitement levels as the headliner at this year’s Girlfriends Getaway Weekend at Deerhurst Resort. Other highlights include The Country Legends Tribute Tour on November 8, and the Coyote Ugly Dance Party on November 9 at Canvas Brewing Co.
MUSKOKA ARTS & CRAFTS CHRISTMAS SHOW & SALE
November 15-17. This annual show & sale features twenty-seven festive exhibitors selling handmade work that’s perfect for gift giving. Bracebridge Sportsplex.
SANTA CLAUS PARADES
Bala – November 16. Parade at 1 p.m. Santa and a free family skate at the arena from 2-4 p.m.
Port Carling – November 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Gravenhurst – November 23, beginning at 11 :30 a.m.
Huntsville – November 29. Tree-lighting at 6:30 p.m and parade at 7 p.m.
Bracebridge – December 1 at 1 p.m.
Baysville – December 8 at 1 p.m.
Bracebridge – November 29
Gravenhurst – November 29
Bala – November 29
Dwight – November 30