Town of Orangeville | Arts, Culture & Tourism Newsletter | March 2020
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Call for Artists announced for Orangeville's growing public art collection
The Town of Orangeville has issued a Call for Artists to offer local artists an opportunity to help beautify the community through the installation of public art. This year, up to five utility boxes will be transformed into colourful works of art and new mural installations will be added to Alder Recreation Centre’s walking track.

The objective of the Call for Artists is to promote the talent of local artists and enhance their connection with the community. New this year, the program also provides an opportunity for aspiring young artists to share their creativity. Submissions for an utility box location at Alder Street and C Line will be open only to secondary school students, aged 13 to 17 years.
 
The Utility Box Art Display Program was initiated by the Town of Orangeville in 2016 with an objective to enhance the community’s public places through the installation of high quality public artwork. Sixteen utility boxes are now part of this growing collection. “As the utility box art program continues to expand and flourish, it is clear that our arts community is vibrant and strong,” says Councillor Lisa Post.
 
Local artists are invited to respond to the Call for Artists by Friday, May 15. Winning submissions will be selected by jury and those artists will receive $500 for their work. All applicants must reside in Dufferin County. Artists are encouraged to carefully review the specific themes and requirements outlined in the Call for Artists before submitting their work.
Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival wins Top 100 award
The Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival has once again been recognized by Festival and Events Ontario (FEO) as one of the 2020 Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario. The Top 100 recipients represent festivals and events that excel within the industry. This award represents the ninth year that the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival has been recognized as a Top 100 recipient.

Festivals and events of all kinds from every corner of Ontario were represented in the submissions – from community festivals to internationally recognized events. The 2019 Top 100 Awards were given out on Thursday, February 27th during FEO’s Annual Conference.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition of our festival once again and we look forward to presenting our 18th annual festival this year. Our festival grows steadily every year and we continue to present some of the very best in both local and Canadian talent” said Larry Kurtz, Festival Founder and Artistic Director.

The 18th annual Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival will take place from June 5th to 7th, 2020.
Upcoming Events
March 7 and 21
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Inside Town Hall
March 7
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Island Lake Conservation Area
March 20, 21 and 28
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Island Lake Conservation Area
March 23 - From the Vine
Galaxy Cinemas
April 3 and 4
Tour times: 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Island Lake Consevation Area
Auditions for the Summer Emerging Artists Program
Wednesday, March 11 | 7 to 9 p.m. | Theatre Orangeville Rehearsal Hall

Ontario Musicians Co-operative Inc. (OMCI) is offering young, emerging artists a unique opportunity to work in the music industry this summer. The program provides high-quality work experiences specifically geared to musicians, 16 to 30 years old. Learn more the program and apply to audition on Wednesday, March 11.
Town Hall Opera House Performances
March 12 to 29
There's a knock on Margaret's door in the middle of the night. It's her daughter Julie, with grandson Conor in tow, on the run from the big city after her marriage has imploded. Margaret's simple, small town life is turned upside down with unexpected romance and unresolved issues. Join them on their journey to learn what it means to be a family, all over again.  
April 2 to 4
The days are peaceful and predictable. The neighbourhood is ordinary and perfect until someone new and a little different moves in. Using music, jokes, dance, and song, There Goes the Neighbourhood tells a story about the people around us who are not so ordinary after all! 
Things to Know
How to create amazing customer experiences: It's all in the details
Business owners in the hospitality, retail and tourism sectors are invited to laugh, learn and be inspired at this upcoming lunch and learn. Presented by Chris Hughes, Director with the tourism development, management and marketing experts at BC Hughes , this seminar is a must for any business wanting to deliver an amazing customer experience. Paying attention to small details can make a big difference when it comes to creating memorable experiences for your customers. Discover simple and effective ideas that can help you maintain your loyal clientele while attracting new shoppers and catering to tourists.

Join fellow business owners on Tuesday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Banquet Hall at Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre.

Register online for just $25, including lunch provided by Lavender Blue Catering.
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