March 2020 events

TWO ROADS DIVERGED
March 7-28. Inspired by the poem, The Road Not Taken, Roxanne Driedger and Marike MacDonald will show that with many commonalities, artistic expression is individual and expressed differently.  At The Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge.

MUSKOKA MAPLE TRAIL
March 13 to April 24. The most Canadian of culinary trails, the Muskoka Maple Trail features stops across Muskoka that have infused locally harvested maple syrup into their culinary offerings. From maple drizzled waffles to smoky-maple ribs, maple craft beer to maple gelato, discover the incredible depth of Canada’s most beloved natural product on the Muskoka Maple Trail.

THE AC/DC SHOW CANADA
Saturday, March 14. Ultimate Artists Live brings to you the magic and music that has created The AC/DC legacy with this authentic audio/visual recreation of the legendary Australian band. Re-live the experience with The AC/DC Show – CANADA at The Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville. You’ll hear hits from both the Brian Johnson and (the late) Bon Scott eras. The show is an authentic audio/visual recreation of the legendary Australian band. With the stacks of Marshall amplifiers and the grit of the mighty Gibson SG guitar, this musical tone is sure to capture your attention from the opening notes.

SATURDAY SESSIONS AT LAKE OF BAYS BREWERY
Saturday, March 14, March 28, and April 11. Come on out from 1pm-4:30pm for great music hosted inside the Brewery by Baysville’s very own Petra! The $8 cover charge at the door includes your first beer.  With acoustic music with guitars, djembe, washboard and just the right harmonies, Petra performs acoustic music from every decade of the last half century and also presents three new acoustic acts at every session.

CRANBERRY DINNER
Saturday, March 14. Come join us at the McArthur House Cafe at the Muskoka Lakes farm & winery for a delicious Cranberry Dinner in Bala. Enjoy the three course dinner and one glass of wine, only $60 per person. There are two seating times 5:00pm -7:00pm or 7:30-9:30pm.

J. LIGHTMAN – “THE TREE MUSEUM”- SPEAKER SERIES
Sunday, March 15. The Tree Museum was established in 1997 and is a site set on the pre-Cambrian shield amidst the cottage countryside of Muskoka. It is located on Ryde Lake near the town of Gravenhurst, Ontario. The site is undeveloped and includes both waterfront and forest. For the participating artists, this opportunity represents a rare occasion to realize major outdoor artworks in an uncultivated environment. Shows at the Tree Museum included sculptures, works on paper, installations, dance, contemporary music with over 80 artists participating. The Tree Museum has hosted artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US, Europe, Mexico and of course Canada. Curator E.J. Lightman will discuss the museum at the Muskoka Discovery Centre.

THAT MAGIC GUY – PETER MENNIE
Monday, March 16.  Peter Mennie takes great pride in being a CLEAN COMEDY Magician and making his magic show a jaw dropping combination of ‘how-did-he-do-that’ Magic & Mind Reading, ‘laugh out loud’ Comedic Interaction and ‘never-embarrassing’ Audience Involvement that maximizes both the amazement factor and the laughter quotient – live on stage at The Gravenhurst Opera House! Fun for the whole family!  Show starts at 2pm and admission is 5$ per person at the door.

MARCH BREAK ADVENTURE AT ZIG ZAG ESCAPE ROOM
March 16-20. A fun family-friendly activity in Huntsville over March break. Enjoy 20% off when you visit the website and select Sven’s Last Secret as your Escape Cabin adventure. Learn about Sven, the eccentric Norwegian prospector who stashed cash and a deed to an old gold mine. Engage your team of two or more to learn about his last secret and solve the puzzle.

ABOMINABLE – THE MOVIE
Tuesday, March 17.  After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family. But to do so, they must stay one step ahead of a wealthy financier and a determined zoologist who want to capture the beast for their own gain. At The Gravenhurst Opera House at 3pm for $2.

TEAM T&J
Wednesday, March 18.  Team T&J are a fresh dose of Active and Uplifting Family Entertainment for all ages. They create an environment where kids can explore and express their imaginations through the excitement and freedom of live music interaction. Sponsored by The Gravenhurst Public Library, 11am at The Gravenhurst Opera House.

SCIENCE NORTH PRESENTS FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Wednesday, March 18.  Sprout your inner green thumb with their agriculture exhibit. Come and get your hands dirty from 11am- 2pm as you test the pH levels of soil, examine real plant parts under their microscopes and challenge a friend to a fun pollination race.

BETTY & THE TURNIPS
Wednesday, March 18.  Bet Smith is a well-known, local artist, singer and songwriter. Perhaps best known for Bet Smith & The Currie Brothers, she has now ventured into the world of children’s music with Betty & The Turnips with ‘kids’ music that celebrates nature’. Combining her love of nature, her crafty imagination and incredible musicianship, Betty’s songs are destined to please kids of all ages.  Come join the fun at The Gravenhurst Opera House.

MARCH BREAK WITH MABEL MOON
Thursday, March 19.  Visit Mable Moon in Gravenhurst from 11am until 2pm and have some fun while getting your face painted.

MATT GERBER & THE DANDY LIONS
Thursday March 19.  Like Vitamin Joy, from outer space, Toronto’s Matt Gerber provides a dose of up-beat/kid-friendly music to charm and delight listeners. With a knack for crafting quirky, yet heartwarming songs, he is known for his ability to capture an audience’s attention with his combination of ukulele, kazoo and clever lyrics. Matt is an award-winning songwriter, with his song “Buzz Off Mosquito” being chosen as the recipient of the 2019 Folk Music Ontario, Songs From The Heart Award for songwriting excellence in the Children’s Category. Matt is delighted to bring his music to live audiences, supported by his backing band, The Dandy Lions. Admission is $5 for Children and $10 for adults at 11am at The Gravenhurst Opera House.

THE STUNT VENTRILOQUIST
Thursday, March 19.  Master Ventriloquist, Tim Holland has been professionally entertaining for almost two decades. This high energy and hilarious show features, unruly puppets, juggling dangerous objects and high unicycle stunts that will keep everyone on the edge of their seats. Tim’s performances have taken him across Canada, as well as internationally to venues in Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has shared the stage with the likes of Sharon & Bram, Fred Penner and Martin Short. A show with something for everyone at 2pm at The Gravenhurst Opera House.

CAMP ARTICUS
Friday, March 20.  Come join us at 2pm at The Gravenhurst Opera House where you’ll learn all you need to know about camping in the great outdoors, circus style. Get ready to throw a pack on your back, holler the camp cheer, and learn the basic rules of camp life with Camp Counsellors Phillip and Lindsay. Yet beware: this camp is run by a couple of zany circus performers, and the rules don’t always make sense! Join these Camp Counselors on their backwoods journey where they’ll juggle marshmallows and dangle 20 feet above the ground where the bears can’t get them. Just be sure to double check their advice before heading out on your next camping trip. High flying fun for the whole family. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

SARAH HARMER ‘ARE YOU GONE’ TOUR
Friday, March 27.  Huntsville Festival of the Arts Presents Are You Gone? – the first new album in a decade from Sarah Harmer – is a deeply personal and momentous collection of songs motivated by the beauty of life, the urgency of climate crisis, and the question of loss.

55+ ADULT HEALTHY & ACTIVE LIVING – EXPO
Friday, March 27.  Join us at the Active Living Centre  for the 55+ Adult Healthy & Active Living Expo which includes nutrition activities, wellness, yoga, music, NIA, and art from 10am until 6pm.

MUSKOKA ARTS & CRAFTS SPRING MEMBERS’ ART SHOW
March 27-29. The Spring Members’ Show displays the strength, vitality, creativity, and wealth of talent found within Muskoka Arts & Crafts. The diverse and outstanding work by our members 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 7pm. With 350 members working at a wide variety of media at all levels of development, Muskoka Arts & Crafts is a dynamic organization. Throughout Saturday, and Sunday, the members are at the show offering demonstrations of their techniques and artistry. In addition to the work on display, these demonstrations are inspiring and educational glimpse into the creative world. The members are present to welcome you to the show, answer your questions, and help should you decide to purchase one of the pieces of art.

MATT SCHOFIELD
Saturday, March 28. The Schofield story is exploding internationally; the world is sitting up and taking note. Back from another well-received US tour, Schofield is expanding his borders. The LA Times stated, “In Schofield, the UK has produced the best blues guitarist from any country in decades. Head and shoulders above the herd.” Vintage Guitar magazine said, “The best of his generation’s European blues players. His feel for the music is incredible. His playing is so interesting that latching onto his records will reward any guitarist.” Come experience the music for yourself at Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst.

MATT ANDERSEN
Sunday, March 29. Huntsville Festival of the Arts presents a powerhouse performer with a giant, soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt Andersen has built a formidable following the old-fashioned way: touring worldwide and letting his stunned audiences and new devotees spread the good word of his righteous tunes all over. And the world has indeed woken up and discovered him, helping him amass over 18 million views on YouTube. In addition to headlining major festivals, clubs and theatres throughout North America, Europe and Australia, he has shared the stage and toured with Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Randy Bachman, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Serena Ryder, and more. Andersen nabbed the 2013 and 2016 European Blues Award for Best Solo/Acoustic Act, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012, and was the first ever Canadian to take home top honours in the solo/duo category at the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Since the release of Weightless in early 2014, Andersen has received a JUNO nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, a CIMA Road Gold award, and six Maple Blues Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year.

HUNTSVILLE FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
April 2-5. The Huntsville Festival of the Arts is pleased to announce the “Huntsville Festival of Music”. This program is modeled on the Kiwanis Music Festival’s mission to “encourage young and all age groups to know and love the arts and foster the values of self-discipline, teamwork and excellence”. The festival will consist of competitive and non-competitive classes taking place on April 2 & 3. Participants will perform and receive coaching led by qualified adjudicators/teachers and will be awarded with a participation certificate or an award certificate for the top three marks. There will be an opportunity to perform on the stage of Algonquin Theatre at the end of the Festival, for the gala concert ‘Concert of the Stars’. Participants for this event will be chosen on merit (winner of each class) and special consideration. The Concert of the Stars will be held on April 5, 2020.

SEARCHING FOR THE LIGHT
April 4 to May 2. Gwendolyn Boyes-Sitler revels in her search to capture the light and ultimately enable others to discover that light through her paintings. The public reception will be held in Bracebridge from 1-4pm.

SIX GUITARS STARRING CHASE PADGETT
Saturday, April 4. Six Guitars starring, Chase Padgett is ‘A Love Letter To Music’. The Gravenhurst Opera House is very excited to present this unbelievable, one man concert before he returns to Mirvish theatres for another run. With a pitch perfect blend of music, comedy and incredible characters, this show received the Orlando International Fringe Festival Best Solo Performer, Best Male Actor, and Best Musician.

EASTER BUNNY HOP
Saturday, April 4. In collaboration with the Town of Gravenhurst and their Recreation Department, we are proud to be hosting the Downtown Gravenhurst Easter Bonny Hop event.  The event will consist of an Easter Egg Hunt, Activities at the Opera House, a Window Display Contest (for Businesses!) and an Easter Bonnet Contest (for attendees). Yes, BIA businesses who decorate their window will be judged against each other and have the potential to win a $500 advertising gift certificate!

DAVID GILLETT – TOWARDS A MUSKOKA ARCHITECTURE – SPEAKER SERIES
Sunday, April 5. This presentation in Gravenhurst will give a brief overview of Muskoka architecture (style influences, materials, how people accessed the summer places, etc.) using some examples of his own work , as well as others, and historical photos.  Mr. Gillett will discuss what are the key defining features of the Muskoka Style, what things work well in terms of style and materials etc. Also, to be discussed are – Recent trends (good and bad!) in architecture in general and how this has affected lakefront architectural design. (Style, size, materials, siting, building use, etc.)

BRETT POLEGATO ACCOMPANIED BY ROBERT KORTGAARD
Sunday, April 5. Brett Polegato is one of Canada’s best baritone singers. He is equally comfortable on the concert or the opera stage.  His musical ability has earned him the highest praise from audiences and critics. The New York Times praise him for his “burnished, well-focused voice” which he uses with “considerable intelligence and nuance.” He will be accompanied by Robert Kortgaard at Gravenhurst’s Trinity United Church who is a favourite collaborator for many of Canada’s finest soloists and vocalists.

EASTER EGG HUNT MUSKOKA HERITAGE PLACE
Sunday, April 12. The Muskoka Heritage Place and The Nutty Chocolatier Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt gate opens at 12:00 noon sharp and children are split into various age groups, even the very young. They then embark upon a chocolate treasure, hunt and search for the golden eggs to win prizes. The entire event lasts one hour and admission is free. Please no pets and we allow registered service animals.

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