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Experience the outdoors in Orangeville this summer
The great outdoors are closer than you think. Orangeville’s location features scenic landscapes and urban amenities that combine to make it an ideal spot for outdoor adventures. Whether you’re a visitor looking for a day trip destination or a local resident planning a staycation, here are five ways to get outside in Orangeville this summer:  

Hit the trails and tours  

Over 20 kilometres of  multi-use trails  wind and weave through Orangeville and connect to an additional 12-kilometre trail system at  Island Lake Conversation Area . Whether you're out for a leisurely walk or a hardcore hike, you’ll be treated to views of parks and playgrounds, wildlife and water. Add some cultural flair to your journey by following one of Orangeville’s self-guided walking tours. The  Art Walk of Tree Sculptures  features over 50 trees that have been transformed into unique pieces of art.   Footsteps from Our Past  takes a different route and introduces you to Orangeville’s impressive collection of historical buildings and architectural styles. If you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in a culinary walking tour led by  Savour the Flavours .  With this option, you’ll stroll around downtown Orangeville while tasting samples from local eateries and food shops.  However you choose to wander, you’ll enjoy both the journey and the destination.  
Dine outdoors 

Patios popping up along Broadway signal the start of summer in Orangeville and dining outdoors is a scrumptious way to enjoy the season. Picnics are also an easy option with over  35 parks  in Orangeville, each offering a pleasant setting for a blanket. Load your basket with local produce, meat and goodies from the  Orangeville Farmers’ Market  on Saturday mornings or visit one of many  downtown food shops  for charcuterie, sandwiches, and treats. Make it an event by attending a local food festival.  Rotary Ribfest  serves up ribs and entertainment in July and the  Great Taste Fashion Gala  and the  Taste of Orangeville  are on the menu in August, both offering tastes and treats under the Mill Street tent. 
Loosen up by the lake 

The waterfront amphitheatre at Island Lake  offers a stunning setting for the ultimate yoga experience.  Surrounded by water, trees and the natural beauty of Orangeville, participants can enjoy yoga and meditation classes offered five times per week by  GoYoga , a local studio.  “Practicing yoga outdoors allows you to connect with nature and embrace its elements,” says Shelley Wishart, yoga instructor and owner of GoYoga. Classes are suitable for all levels and run rain or shine. Registration is recommended and fees apply. 

Just add water  

Island Lake’s  400-acre reservoir offers ample opportunity to enjoy the water. Boating, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and windsurfing are all options to help you explore the lake. Weave around the islands and paddle by the boardwalks while keeping an eye open for local wildlife. Fishing is a popular activity and for the competitive set, the  Island Lake Bass Fishing Derby  in July provides an opportunity to show off your skills.   

Come along for the ride 

Spin your wheels around one of Orangeville’s  bike routes . Two local independent cycle shops –  Cycling Elements  and  The Epic Ride  - offer gear and service to get you rolling. Cyclists looking for off-road adventures can also use Orangeville as a convenient base for mountain biking.   Albion Hills Conservation Area Mono Cliffs Provincial Park , and  Palgrave Forest and Wildlife Area  are all less than 30 minutes from Orangeville and are favourite spots for local riders. 

Opportunities for open air adventures don’t stop here. Activities like golfing, horseback riding, and birdwatching are conveniently nearby and  outdoor movie nights   and  theatre performances   add even more variety. For more information about experiencing the outdoors in Orangeville, visit .
Theatre Orangeville – Realizing a once-in-a-lifetime dream  
Since 1994, Theatre Orangeville has played an important role in creating and supporting the community’s vibrant arts and culture sector. Under the stewardship of David Nairn, Artistic Director since 1999, Theatre Orangeville has become more than a theatre. It’s commitment to youth, inclusion and diversity is continuously demonstrated through its diverse playbills, support of emerging artists, and targeted programming for youth and those with developmental disabilities. After celebrating its 25th season in 2018, Theatre Orangeville was ready to do something different to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to the community. With that, The Dream was born. 

From August 22 to 25, Theatre Orangeville will present Shakespeare’s most enchanting comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But this production will be unlike anything the audience has ever seen before. “This community collaboration will celebrate ability, equality and inclusion,” says Mr. Nairn. “We’re breaking down barriers by bringing together professional and community actors to work alongside performers from our Young Company and our Creative Partners On Stage program.” The collaboration doesn’t end there. Community organizations such as Credit Valley Conservation Authority and the Sweet Adelines Orangeville Chorus will help transform the waterfront amphitheatre at Island Lake Conservation Area into the timely, cultural world of Shakespeare.   

“This production is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will bring together talent from across our community,” says Mr. Nairn. “We invite everyone to experience the creative power that will be offered by this unique performance.” Tickets are now available for the four shows, running from August 22 to 25 at the Island Lake Conservation Area. To purchase tickets and learn more, visit .  
Nominations for Arts & Culture Awards are open
Since 2010, the Town of Orangeville’s Arts & Culture Awards have recognized businesses, organizations and individuals who contribute to the vibrancy of arts and culture in our community. Nominations are open to residents of the County of Dufferin and include eight categories:  
  • Established Artist of the Year 
  • Emerging Artist of the Year 
  • Student Artist of the Year 
  • Arts Educator of the Year  
  • Community Arts Volunteer Advocate 
  • Community Impact by a Business 
  • Community Impact by an Organization 
  • Creative Cultural Event 
The definition of arts and culture is all encompassing. It includes the more recognizable forms such as visual, music, dance, film, theatre, and written word, and can also include culinary arts, design, parades, festivals, community events, and much more. 

Award criteria and a simple online nomination form are available at . Nomination forms are also available at the Municipal Office (87 Broadway, Orangeville). The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, August 28 at 4 p.m. Nominees will also have an opportunity to provide judges with additional information once the Town has received the nominations. 
The awards will be presented on Thursday, September 26 during an evening reception, kicking off Culture Days in Orangeville. Culture Days is an annual celebration that was created in response to the growing recognition that a vibrant arts and cultural sector contributes directly to a healthy and stable society. From September 27 to 29, activities and performances will be hosted by artists, cultural organizations, and municipalities in communities across Canada. 

Help our community recognize and celebrate arts and culture by completing your nomination today. For more information regarding nominations for the Town’s Arts & Culture Awards, visit the Town’s website  or contact Katrina Lemire at  or 519-941-0440 Ext. 2258.  
Orangeville Farmers' Market Saturdays until October, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Orangeville Farmers' Market features the best in fresh produce, fruits, locally-raised meats, flowers, home-baked goods, and unique artisan crafts. Rain or shine, celebrate local food every Saturday morning beside Town Hall on Second Street.
Barry Burman Summer Shootout June 21 to 23
The 21st Annual Barry Burman Summer Shootout will be hosted by the Orangeville Northmen Minor Lacrosse Association. Over ninety lacrosse games will be played at the Alder Recreation Centre and Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre. Find the full schedule here.
Indigenous Peoples Day June 21 and June 22
This free, family-friendly event offers a wide variety of presentations and live music including traditional drummers, singers, and dancers. Hosted by the Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle at Alexandra Park.  
Celebrate Your Awesome June 22, 1 - 11 p.m.
Celebrate Your Awesome is a free event that will celebrate Pride & Diversity Day in Dufferin County. Join the fun on Mill Street in downtown Orangeville. 
Canada Day Celebrations July 1, 11:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Town of Orangeville invites you to celebrate Canada Day at Alder Recreation Centre. Enjoy free, Canadian-inspired activities and entertainment including birthday cake, the Great Canadian Lumberjack Show, free public swims, face painting, balloon twisting, and more. Festivities continue at Island Lake with a performance by the Campfire Poets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 10 p.m.  
I sland Lake Fishing Derby July 13 and 14 
Join the annual Island Lake Bass Fishing Derby for your chance to win over $5,000 in prizes. The two-day catch and release derby is hosted by the Friends of Island Lake (FOIL) as a fundraiser for Island Lake Conservation Area. 
North (519) Best of FRINGE July 19 to 21
Theatre Orangeville brings the best of Fringe back to Orangeville in 2019. Follow Theatre Orangeville on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram for show announcements and details.
Rotary Ribfest July 19 to 21 
Orangeville Rotary’s 10th annual Ribfest features mouthwatering BBQ ribs, a beer tent, midway, classic car show, and continuous live entertainment on the big stage. Hosted at Alder Recreation Centre, admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.
Great Taste Fashion Gala August 16, 7 to 10 p.m. 
Enjoy an evening of fashion, food, and shopping at the Great Taste Fashion Show. Downtown boutiques will showcase their new fall fashions. 
Taste of Orangeville August 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Taste of Orangeville offers tasting menus created by the talented chefs at some of Orangeville’s best restaurants. Extended patios and delicious food combine with fantastic shopping to fill out the day. Taste of Orangeville is the culinary event of the summer!  
Try cycling during Bike Month   

June is Bike Month in Ontario and the Town of Orangeville has partnered with Commute Ontario to encourage residents to tune up their bikes and get cycling. The month-long campaign aims to encourage employees, students and residents to discover the benefits of cycling. Participants have a chance to win a $500 Sport Chek gift card by tracking their cycling trips on  Active Switch , a free online tool. By registering at , cyclists will earn one prize draw for each trip logged from June 1 to 30, 2019.  For more information about Bike Month Ontario or the Commute Ontario program, visit .  
Summer Company 2019

Five local students have been selected to participate in the 2019 Summer Company program. The provincially-funded program is delivered by the Orangeville & Area SBEC and provides training, mentorship and business grants of up to $3,000 to eligible students who are planning to start and run their own summer ventures. This year’s recipients include Cameron Sheedy, Headwaters Pest Control ; Emma Bradley, The Squash Pottery ; Harley Duck, Eraser Tip Art Classes ; Judel Tabsing, JT Home Tours ; and Ameena Abdulaziz, Riveting Adventurez . To find out more about these young entrepreneurs and to support their new businesses, contact the SBEC at 519-941-0440 Ext. 2270 or email   
Canada-Ontario Job Grant available to support employee training

Employers can access direct financial support for employee training through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.  With flexible training options, employers can choose the individuals they would like to have trained and the training that meets their workforce development needs. In Dufferin County, the program is offered by the Georgian College Centre for Career and Employment Services.  Employers can apply online or contact Georgian College for more information .
Outsmarting the competition with Terry O’Reilly 
Nancy Frater of BookLore and Sigrid Wolm of Kitchen to the Table attended Terry O'Reilly's presentation on May 14
Terry O’Reilly captivated an audience of 160 entrepreneurs and community members on May 14. The CBC radio show host and marketing guru presented Don’t outspend them, Outsmart them -- a relevant and entertaining discussion about using wit and wisdom to create effective advertising.  

Speaking to the sold-out crowd, Terry explained that budget should never get in the way of great marketing. Because small companies can’t compete with the budgets afforded to larger companies, their marketing needs to be creative and vibrant to get noticed. Drawing from his own award-winning advertisements as well as internationally recognized campaigns, Terry presented dozens of examples of cost-effective, yet successful strategies. Key to many effective campaigns is the element of humour. Since advertising is an interruption, using humour is a disarming tactic that makes the intrusion entertaining and rewards the audience for their time spent listening. Several enthusiastic audience members had the opportunity to speak with Terry after the event while he signed copies of his two books, The Age of Persuasion and This I Know: Marketing lessons from Under the Influence. 

This Bridges to Better Business event was hosted by the Orangeville & Area SBEC. The annual initiative provides access to business expertise, training and networking. 
The Town extends a warm welcome to these new businesses:
Congratulations to the Harris Lodge of Orangeville (Masonic Lodge) which celebrated its 150th anniversary in Orangeville on June 1st! 

Happy 25th anniversary to Styling Essentials in downtown Orangeville and congratulations to New Wave Pools & Spas which is celebrating 30 years in business! 
75 Broadway
An excellent opportunity to lease a 900 square foot commercial/retail space in Orangeville’s prime downtown area. Located in The Foley House at 75 Broadway within the Central Business District Zone (CBD), this front unit has full window exposure and a large municipal parking lot across the street. Gross lease rate of $32/square foot (plus HST) includes utilities, on-site parking, and common area cleaning. Available from August 1, 2019.  Appointments are necessary to view the property.  Please contact Dave Potter, property owner, at 416-304-0945.