Friday Nights Under the Lights
Friday, May 18. Mini-putt on a lit course, this and every Friday night in summer. To launch the season enjoy a special rate of $5 a player from 3 p.m. to midnight at Muskoka Minigolf in Bracebridge
Muskoka 2-4 Craft beer Festival
Saturday, May 19. Enjoy some of the best craft beer that our region and province has to offer. Located in Downtown Huntsville’s River Mill Park, patrons will enjoy a view of the beautiful Muskoka River as they take in a day of sampling some exceptional craft beer and listen to some amazing local bands. Advanced Tickets are $20.00 – including Three (3) free beer tickets and a 5oz mug. Must be 19 years of age to purchase tickets, but bring the family: under 12s get in free. Kids aged 12-18 can purchase a $10 ticket granting admission to the event. River Mill Park
Lake Muskoka Pike Open
Saturday May 19. From 7:30 am to 4:00pm at Boston Pizza docks on Lake Muskoka. Boundaries are the lake proper (No Locking) or closed areas (Muskoka River). All Federal and provincial boating / fishing rules and regulations must be adhered to. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
May Long Weekend Festivities
May 19-20 at Walker’s Point Marina. A customer appreciation weekend welcoming everyone back for the summer, with ski shows, vendors and fun activities.
Sloan in concert
Saturday May 19 at The Kee. Sloan is without doubt the most truly democratic group in the annals of rock, with Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, and Andrew Scott all contributing original compositions to each record, equal partners with equal say over every aspect of their work. Commonwealth – their first all-new release in three years – sees the Toronto-based quartet disassociating ever so slightly to create one of the more unique and ambitious recordings of their two-decade-plus career, an old-school double album with each member staking out a single side as their own artistic dominion.
The Barra MacNeils in concert
Wednesday, May 23 at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville. The Barra MacNeils are touring this spring in support of their latest release On The Bright Side, an exquisite collection of everything their fans love. It’s an upbeat album, with fiddle tunes that you know will erupt into a flurry of step-dancing on stage.
Summer Season Gala
Friday, May 25 at the Gravenhurst Opera House. The stars come out for this incredible evening of entertainment in celebration of another great summer season ahead! Starting at 6:00 PM with a Red Carpet Welcome, enjoy a ‘Taste of Gravenhurst’ with offerings from local, award-winning chefs and live music. At 8:00 PM, enter the theatre for a star-studded evening of music and laughter hosted by Canada’s own entertainment royalty; The Yes Men: Neil Crone, Kevin Frank & Patrick McKenna. The star-studded line-up includes Debbie Collins, Jane Miller, Mary Pitt, Robin Clipsham, Muskoka’s own, Peaches and more!
The Song Project
Friday, May 25 at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville. Celebrate 11 years of amazing music and talent. The current group features an ensemble of four amazing Huntsville High School vocalists singing a variety of funk, R ‘n’ B, pop, rock and new country songs backed by an all-star faculty/student 12-piece band will be performing its annual concert at The Algonquin Theatre
I Got You Babe: Iconic Duets
May 25 and 26. The Mad Raven Dinner Theatre at the ClubLink Grandview O’Meara Ballroom. Duets have been part of music since the beginning. Produced by Ian Crowley with Sean Cotton as musical director, the show features a superb dinner followed by some of Muskoka’s finest artists performing some of popular music’s iconic duets. The show features duets from Johnny Cash and June Carter, James Taylor and Carly Simon, Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, Peaches and Herbs, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, Patti Labelle and Mike McDonald, Sonny and Cher, Aretha Franklin and George Michael, Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock, Elton John and Kiki Dee, Phil Collins and Philip Bailey, and many more. Performances throughout the night by Sean Cotton, Leaynne Connolly, Juan Barbosa, Bridget Lougheed, Michael “Lopez” Phillips, Paul Noonan, Frank Berg, and Shon Roper.
Inspiretech Canada Spring Technology Expo
May 25 to 27. This Technology Expo at Deerhurst Resort is an opportunity to support youth in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Robotics) who live in Muskoka, Parry Sound and surrounding regions. This EXPO will provide an opportunity for youth in STEM and community alike to come together under one roof to enjoy all things tech. The Expo will offer a High-School Skills Robotics Challenge that will provide opportunities to win cash prizes. There will be a LEGO Pavilion for Elementary , and an Education Hall that showcases representatives from the top technology companies and post-secondary institutions.
Spin The Lakes Tour
Saturday, May 26. Take a tour around Ontario’s beautiful Muskoka region. The tour takes you around several of the Muskoka lakes along routes with breath taking views and spectacular rock cuts. The fabulous tour will have you traveling through several small towns and over terrain that consists of moderate rolling hills. This event is not a race and is geared for everyone to participate from the race enthusiast to the first time rider there is a course for you. The event is fully supported with vehicles, food and water stations.
Joey Landreth Band
Saturday, May 26 at Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst. Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Joey Landreth has grown up with a guitar in his hands. Working as a side man through his teens and early twenties Joey grew up on the road, playing music across genres from gospel to country. At twenty-five Joey joined forces with his older brother as they worked on their first independent project The Bros. Landreth. The band was immediately successful, winning a Juno with their first album, among other awards across multiple genres. The band rose quickly to success turning the heads of musical heavy-weights such as Bonnie Raitt, John Oates and Jimmie Vaughan. In 2016 Joey is launching his solo career. With the rare ability to be at once vulnerable and open yet seriously blow audiences away with his musical proficiency, Joey’s career as an independent artist is expected to rise to great heights quickly. Support Act for Joey Landreth will be Johnson Crook.
Saturday May 26. It’s a rock’n roll spring tradition in Muskoka! Returning for its 6th year, April Wine is bringing another fantastic show to Deerhurst Resort. One of Canada’s most popular and enduring rock bands, these rock icons are known the world over for timeless hits like “Bad Side of the Moon,” “You Could Have Been a Lady,” “Just Between You and Me,” “You Won’t Dance with Me,” and so many more.
All Roads Lead to Home: the works of Lloyd Walton
May 26 to June 16 at the Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge. Lloyd Walton has travelled coast to coast, looking for landscapes, objects and architecture that tell a story. As an award winning director cinematographer, camera placement and framing of the image was paramount to bring the eye in and move it around the scene. As a successful writer, his attention to detail draws the reader into his stories. As a painter, he combines those disciplines to engage the viewer to experience the quiet language of objects and architecture moving on in time.
Reel Paddling Film Festival
Friday June 1. Algonquin Outfitters presents the 13th annual festival at Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville. Since 2006, the Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. Join us for this year’s best paddling films. You’ll be inspired to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the wild places.
Friday, June 1 at Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst. “Sugaray” Rayford is an American electric blues singer and songwriter. He has released four albums to date and in 2017 was nominated for 4 blues music awards.
Port Sydney Village-Wide Yard Sale
Saturday, June 2. The 19th Annual Village-Wide Yard Sale will have over 50 vendors. Great bargains located throughout Port Sydney.
Spring Music Cruise
Saturday, June 2. Two great bands and a buffet dinner on board the Wenonah. Chuck Jackson & The Allstars, starring the lead singer from Downchild, a singer who rates Big Joe Turner, Otis Redding and Junior Wells as major influences, Jackson’s also is an excellent songwriter, and there are plenty of his songs on many of the groups recordings. Also, The Almost Hip, Canada’s leading Hip tribute band since 1990. Cruise leaves Gravenhurst Wharf at 4 pm sharp and boarding begins at 3:30 (or so). Tickets at Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst.
Sunday Morning Soul with Johnny Max
Friday June 8 at the Gravenhurst Opera House. Juno-nominee and host of Sunday Morning Soul, Johnny Max brings his radio show to the stage. Tom Barlow, Samantha Martin, Tyler Yarema, LP & The Groove and Johnny himself, will perform some of their favourite Canadian Blues, Roots, Soul and R&B tunes, kicking off Summer concerts with some of Canada’s finest artists who are coming together for the very first time. Samantha Martin of Delta Sugar has been described as an ‘artist of extraordinary power who performs with deep-seated emotion’. Tom Barlow, Canadian singer-songwriter and four-time Juno-nominee has held his place in the Top 10 multiple times and brings his rockin’ roots back to the stage
On a First Name Basis
Friday, June 8. This delightful Norm Foster play tells the story of a very successful, but cantankerous, novelist who suddenly discovers that he knows nothing about his maid of 28 years. She, on the other hand, knows absolutely everything about him! He makes it his mission to learn all he can about her in a most engaging conversation. With revelations that are surprising, funny, and extremely moving, this is a love story, a social commentary and a mystery wrapped in witty dialogue and vivid imagery. Starring William Colgate and Teal Cochrane. Presented by Dot The T Productions at the Royal Canadian Legion, 168 Muskoka Rd., S, Bracebridge, with proceeds to support arts education through Muskoka Chautauqua.
SS Bigwin Community Barbecue
Saturday, June. 9. Celebrate the start of summer at the Annual SS Bigwin Community BBQ in the hamlet of Dorset (the Bigwin’s home port). The Moose FM street team will be on site with music and some awesome samples to giveaway. 10am-1pm at Dorset docks (next to the Lake of Bays Marine Museum, 1090 Main St, Dorset). The Dorset Community Health Hub will be having an Open House up the street at 1096 Main St from 10am-2pm, so be sure to drop by after your cruise to check it out. Free BBQ, face painting, and complimentary public cruises aboard the SS Bigwin (no reservations). At 2pm: Regular cruise schedule resumes (reservations accepted).
Band on the Run
Saturday, June 9. The most fun you will have at a running event. Period. All participants receive a tech t-shirt, a finisher medal and free admission to the Music Festival.