By John Swartz
The Images Studio Tour is happening all weekend. There are 20 venues on the tour, which are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The ones closer to town are Paul and Pam Allen’s in Marchmont, Marlene Bulas’ s, Michael Scott’s, Tony Bianco and Dave Beckett’s. Xavier Fernandes is now a stop instead of being a guest at another studio/gallery.
Check out the map and have fun. Jimi McKee is not officially on the tour this year, his health has not been good. Most of you are used to visiting him on Orchard Point, but he has moved. You can stop by his new place, 78 Lahay Avenue on Saturday and Sunday only.
Take note below of the concerts happening next weekend, there are a few. One is at St. Paul’s Centre with Tommy Youngsteen playing. This band is made up of members of other bands like, the Stars, The Sam Roberts Band, The Arkells, The Trews, July Talk, Lowest of The Low and the Serena Ryder.
They were here last spring for the Roots North Music Festival. While they did cover tunes from a range of other bands, they did do a good chunk of their show playing Fleetwood Mac tunes. This time it’s all Fleetwood Mac, especially stuff from the Rumours album. You can get tickets online.
Complicating the concert menu is the Orillia Museum of Art and History’s opening of the annual Canadian Landscape Show October 14. This is a juried exhibition and there are dozens of artists from across the country who have works included. The opening reception is from 1 to 3 p.m.
- Streets Alive is running an online auction for 48 of the Lightfoot Guitars which have been displayed downtown. It closes Oct. 12 at 9 p.m., which on that date is also an event for everyone – artists and bidders, and the curious at Creative Nomad (starts 7 p.m.).
- The Orillia Jazz Festival happens Oct. 13, 14 and 15. The headline acts play at the Opera House. Holly Cole kicks it off on the 13th. Do I need to say who she is? Lance Anderson and the World Jazz Asylum play Friday. Do I need to say who he is? Brassworks, with Alex Dean and a jazz band made up of students from all the high schools play Sunday afternoon. Get tickets for those online. At the venues, Saturday October 14 the Joe Huron Trio with Ted Quinlan is at Couchiching Craft Brewing; The Phoenix Jazz Quintet is at Lake Country Grill; the 4th Street Jazz Project with the Jazz Beans are at Cards and Coasters; the Chris Taggart Trio plays Lot 88; guitarist James Brown is at the Lone Wolf Café. Sunday Mitch Beube is at the Common Stove. The next afternoon Will Davis and Chris Robinson are at Couchiching Craft Brewing and James Brown moves to Picnic.
- The 4th annual Trunk or Treat happens Oct. 28 at ODAS Park. The concept is people decorate their cars or other vehicles and stock them with candy for the kids. There have been dozens of such people participating on that end. Meanwhile the little ones get to do their thing in a controlled place and at an out of control pace. You can register you vehicle online, and you can also get tickets for your kids at the same place. There is no cost, but they will take a donation for the tickets which offsets the costs of putting on the event. Any excess donated money goes to the Orillia Youth Centre. This event has sold out, so to speak, every year it has run, so go to the registration link and get tickets now, we’ll still be here when you are done.
- Mariposa’s third annual outdoor autumn concert features Aysanabee, Aleksi Campagne, Angelique and My Son The Hurricane. It’s Oct. 14 at ODAS Park and you can get tickets online. Lance Anderson is recreating the 60 in 60 concert he did at last year’s Mariposa Folk Festival on Nov. 18 at the Opera House. It’s been expanded to a 90 minute show and Matt Weidinger, Quisha Wint, Selena Evangeline Mike Daley (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Wayne Deadder (guitar and vocals) Russ Boswell (bass) Bucky Berger (drums) will be performing with Lance. You can get those tickets online.
- The Washago Lions are doing Oktoberfest at the Washago Community Centre Oct. 14. The music starts at 5:30 p.m. with Outcast (not that Outcast) plays the tunes. This one is a brass band playing Polkas. Admission is $10 and they have sausages, cabbage rolls, and other German food.
- St. Paul’s Centre has a slate of concerts happening. Matthew Good is in Oct. 19 and Sloan’s Chris Murphy is in Nov. 16; the Skydiggers will be in Dec. 14 for a Christmas concert. You can find tickets for all those online. The Orillia Concert Band and the Orillia Big Band (one before, the other after halftime) have a fundraising concert for Hillcrest Lodge Oct. 21; you can get tickets online.
- The Leacock Museum’s Fall High Tea event was so popular last year, they’re doing it again. It’s an afternoon thing, arrive between 2 and 3 p.m. and you get all the tea in China you can handle, plus some finger food and a tour of the house. You can get tickets for several dates between Oct. 19 and Oct. 28 online. They also have Ghost Walks Oct. 21, 22, 27, and 28 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Get those tickets here.
- The Orillia Silver Band’s season opening concert is Oct. 22 at the Opera House. The 2 p.m. show features pianist Kyung-A Lee. She has been the accompanist at Cellar Singers concerts and is very accomplished. She will be playing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Libertango by Astor Piazzolla – both backed up by the OSB to arrangements by OSB conductor Neil Barlow. The band will be playing music by Bach, Chopin, Gershwin and Verdi. You can get tickets online.
- Tangents is organizing a Halloween concert/fundraiser for the Comfie Cat Shelter at St. Paul’s Centre. Joining them are Dead Beyond Fear and Get ‘N Dirty. Its Oct. 28 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for this all-ages event and you can get them online. The music is metal and there will be vendors and grub. Wear your costume.
- The Orillia Museum of Art and History has a fundraising concert Oct. 28 at St. Paul’s Centre. Top of the bill performers are Jacquie Dancyger Arnold and Hugh Coleman. Blair Bailey is the MC, and Ross Arnold, Laura Kelly and Gail Spencer are also performing. The first half of the concert is Classical music, the second Jazz. You can get tickets online.
- The Orillia Concert Association has an inflation proof, deal of the century – season passes for all 5 concerts are still only $90. They are available online. The Stratton Soloists ensemble opens the series Oct. 29, pianist Daniel Vnukowski performs Nov. 26, the Chris Robinson / Will Davis Quartet plays Jan. 28, James Campbell and Angela Park perform March 24, and Ensemble Vivant closes the series May 5.
- The Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation annual gala is Nov. 18 at Casino Rama. The event is moving into the Entertainment Centre, so there’s more room for more people. It’s in there because the entertainment is Cirque Under the Stars. There is an online auction tied to the fundraiser (wait until Nov. 10 to bid). Tickets are available online.
- Cloud Gallery has their fall series of exhibits returning; starting October 21. Each show will run two weeks with opening night receptions (6 to 9 p.m.). First are Lori Meeboer and Jennifer Woodburn; next is Julie Veenstra (November 4); Patricia Clemmens has her work up November 25 (all artists in the gallery) and December 9 it’s a group show with many of the artists represented by the gallery in attendance… The Orillia Museum of Art and History also has three new exhibits 50 Years Of Mariposa Arts Theatre, A Close up on Carmichael (showcasing OMAH’s collection of related items) and Jennifer Zardo’s Home Sweet Home.; meanwhile in the basement see The Orillia Police And The Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building… St. Paul’s Centre has the Call to Action 83 Art Project in the Ogimaa Miskwaaki Gallery… Hibernation Arts’s guest artist for October is Ashley Gringhuis and she’ll be at the gallery Oct. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.
- Quayle’s Brewery has Andrew Walker in the afternoon of Oct. 7 with Jakob Pearce in for the evening; Michael Schultz has the afternoon slot and Steph Dunn the evening Oct. 8; Vince Therrien plays Oct. 12; Kyle Wauchope Oct. 13; Sammy is in Oct. 14 and Patrick Hunter Oct. 15.… Couchiching Craft Brewing continues their Rocktoberfest series with Cam Galloway in Oct. 7 and Chris Lemay Oct. 8; the Flailing Shilaleighs play Oct. 12; it’s a Drag Spooktacular Oct. 13; The Joe Huron Trio with Ted Quinlan do the afternoon Oct. 14 and Will Davis and Chris Robinson are in Oct. 15.
(Photos by Swartz – SUNonline/Orillia and Images Supplied)