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St. James' Anglican Church

For variety the July 17th recital features a piano recital by a well known  pianist Ron Greidanus. He has performed as a recitalist,chamber music  and soloist with orchestras in over 30 countries throughout the world.

Bring your lunch - cold drink supplied - free will offering

  Geneva Event Centre
When you're looking for an event centre that provides so many choices of entertainment, you'll trust Geneva Event Centre to deliver just that.  Hosting live music performances, private parties, community events, art shows, and everything in between-we are fully licensed to offer a variety of adult refreshments and in-house catering services.  For bookings & inquiries, check out Geneva Event Centre: www.genevaeventcentre.ca | 705-327-3696 | info@genevaeventcentre.ca  

"Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try."
- Jack Canfield

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019.
In This Issue
Table of Contents

The Month Of


July 1: Canada Day

June 20th: Canada Parks Day

Orillia Matters: Orillia Man Picking Up The Pieces After Lego Theft
News Release

"Christopher Bellchambers is a devoted volunteer and helper-about-town who can be counted on to wear two things when he leaves the house: a reflective safety vest and a smile.  However, Bellchambers' typically cheerful demeanour dropped a notch as he recently described the loss of a beloved Lego collection, stolen last summer during an event at Orillia's waterfront."
Click here to access the full article.

  Contributions of new or used Lego can be dropped off at The Sharing Place Food Centre, located at  95 Dufferin St,  as well as to the Information Orillia office, located in the Orillia Public Library.

Did You Know?
Message Board


Information Orillia is working together with the City of Orillia to streamline information sharing by partnering on our events calendar. 

To include your event, follow this link.  

The info is accessible online and through the City's free PingStreet mobile app .

To post on The HUB please contact info@informationorillia.org

Order With Us!

The Coffee Hub: A Social Enterprise by Information Orillia
Serving you premium coffee every Saturday 8 am to 12 noon.


The Lighthouse & Couchiching Jubilee House: 2019 Fall Classic
September 20th


Westmount Congregation: Searching For A Music Director

Mariposa Arts Theatre: 2019-2020 Season Line-Up
Various Dates

Mariposa Arts Theatre is proud to present the line-up for our 2019-2020 season, kicking off with a splash this Fall!

Written by Greg Kotis with Music by Mark Hollmann
November 7-10 and 14-17, 2019
The Art of Dining
Written by Tina Howe
February 13-16 and 20-23, 2020
Rabbit Hole
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
April 16-19 and 23-26, 2020

The Gin Game
Written by Donald L. Coburn
May 21-24 and 28-31, 2020

Rehearsals for our first show, Urinetown, are already under way. Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar, and stay tuned for more exciting news as we kick off another fantastic season of local community theatre!

Oh! And we have a special offer - just for you!

If you are in theatre withdrawal during our off-season, we have the solution...

 Theatre by the Bay's summer season is about to begin, and they want to offer special ticket prices to our newsletter subscribers. (That's you!)

For the July 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th performances of their new original play The Cenotaph Project, you have access to discounted tickets - only $20 (before fees) - when you use the exclusive promo code 'MARIPOSA'! That's a savings of almost $15 off the general admission ticket price!

The Cenotaph Project runs at The Five Points Theatre in Barrie from July 17th - 28th. This new original play is inspired by the book The Boys from Barrie (written by local history teacher Clint Lovell, with the help of his students), and investigates the legacy of World War II in 2019, exploring how we keep our history alive - even generations after the events have passed.

For more information please  contact Theatre by the Bay , and to purchase your discounted tickets, just follow  this link  or click the button below, and submit your Promo Code when prompted!

Get My Tickets

City of Orillia: Support The Work of Your Council by Joining A City Committee
Application Deadline July 31st

For convenience, anyone interested can also apply using the online tool found here.


St James' Church: The Feast of St James' Parish Picnic
July 21st


Orillia Museum of Art & History: 8th Annual Croquet Tournament 
Registration Open


Join us for this annual FUNraiser at Couchiching Beach Park. No previous
croquet playing experience required. Games, food, prizes and so much more!

Entry is $50 per person and all proceeds will go towards supporting the
development of community engagement initiatives for youth. 

Croquet registration is open now! Register your team online  here , by phone 705-326-2159, or by paying at OMAH's front desk. 

For more information about the event, contact Ninette Gyorody by  email  or call 705-326-2159 x101.

Orillia Museum of Art & History: Galleries & Events

Opening Reception: July 13, 1-3 PM

The Franklin Carmichael Gallery
An exhibition mash up of a road trip, Champlain's touchdown in Orillia and the Apollo 11 moon landing by artists Gary Blundell and Victoria Ward, in an exploration of place and time.
Victoria spent her summers in Orillia as a child at her family cottage - a place layered with meaning for her.  She watched the Apollo 11 moon landing on a television that her father put on a beach along the shore of Lake Simcoe.  
As a child Gary immigrated to Canada from England.  One thing that was a constant during his childhood were the statues of Samuel de Champlain that seemed to be everywhere he and his family traveled; to Quebec City, in Ottawa at Nepean Point, and eventually also in Orillia.
The theme of exploration is therefore very prevalent in Project Voyager. So is place. 

Listen to Gary & Victoria's summer road trip playlist  here.

A rtists Talk With Gary Blundell and Victoria Ward

Thursday, July 25 at 12:30 pm

Join artists Gary Blundell and Victoria Ward, in this talk about their exhibition "Project Voyager". 

Cost:   MEMBERS = $5
            NON-MEMBERS = $10

Registration: Ticket sales open on July 3rd, 2019. Registration is required. Please call or come into OMAH to register for this course today! 705-326-2159

Community Development Corp With The  Orillia Chamber of Commerce: Making The Most of Your Membership
July 17th

For more information, click here.

Trillium Manor: Christmas Crafters Market
November 16th

Orillia Museum of Art & History: When Raven Became Spider
June 29th-August 16th

Curated by Leena Minifie (Gitxaala)
Organized by Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library

Saturday, June 29, 2019 

Curatorial Talk: 1 PM
Opening Reception: 2-4 PM

The Mulcahy Family Gallery
When Raven Became Spider features work by six contemporary Indigenous artists and storytellers whose work blurs the line between modern oral stories and contemporary pop art. Their work prompts many questions: How does the transformation of Indigenous images and stories into superhero tales change modern dialogue? Have traditional tricksters like Raven and Coyote been forgotten, or have they inserted themselves into these popular and widely-accessible forms? And where are their wise, noble, and stoic counterparts, the Eagle and the Badger? Have they lost the fight, or are they still present, silently and invisibly guiding the actions of our enduring heroes?

- Leena Minifie (Gitxaala), Guest Curator
 When Raven Became Spider shows works by Joi T. Arcand (Cree), Sonny Assu (Kwakwa̱ka'wakw), Shaun Beyale (Navajo), Julianne Beaudin-Herney (Cree/Mik'Maq/Métis), Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sami), and Jeffrey Veregge (S'Klallam).

Tea in a Mariposa Garden
August 17th

St James Church: Wednesday Noon-Hour Organ Recitals
Throughout July & August

St. James' Anglican Church, 58 Peter St. North, is again featuring talented organists for the Wednesday Noon-Hour recitals.  The season kicks off on July 3 with Richard Hansen (St. James Anglican, Dundas). Bring your lunch, a cool drink will be supplied.  Free-will offering.

Orillia Museum of Art & History: Summer 2019
Throughout Summer


For more information, please contact Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director at 705-326-2159 x101 or by  email.

Admission is free with a current membership or $5 per person (children
under 12 are free). Admission includes entry to all exhibitions.

30 Peter Street South, 
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 5A9

Monday to Saturday: 10am - 4pm 
Sunday: 1pm-4pm


Trillium Manor: Tea Cups Rentals
No Date


Trillium Manor: Golden Heir Southern Gospel Concert
July 22nd


Strings For Students: Bleeker Unplugged w/ Friends, Doug Trucker & Danny Webster
July 27th



Community Development Corp: Professional Development Series Schedule
Various Dates

Community Development Corp: Annual Lunch N' Learn- Selling Happiness
October 3rd

Click here for more information & registrations.

Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle: Cross Cultural Awareness Training
July 9th & August 9th

Open to Grace Christian Yoga: 4 Week Series
Series Start July 9th & July 11th

Orillia & District Literacy Council: Learn Computer Basics For Job Search



Downtown Orillia: Summer Block Party- Seeking Vendors & Volunteers
July 27th

Trillium Manor: Volunteers Required

Please visit our website for more information and to access the volunteer application.

City of Orillia: Orillia 20/20 Winter Games Seeking Volunteers
February 27th to March 1st 2020


Helping Hands Seeking Volunteers

Information Orillia Volunteer Database

To suggest on opportunity,  click here .

Information Orillia is the Orillia and area's official volunteer centre. We are a proud member of Volunteer Canada and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network. Information Orillia organizes and maintains a volunteer database that allows organizations to post new opportunities and allows volunteers to access those opportunities.

Services for volunteers:  IO's volunteer database allows volunteers to  create a volunteer profile  that allows organizations to contact them directly. In addition, our organization provides volunteers with counselling, referrals and training via workshops and appointments. 

Services for organizations:  IO's volunteer database allows organizations to post opportunities, access volunteer profiles, as well as other volunteer resources such as registration templates and screening tools. For more information about software that helps to manage volunteer recognition and recruitment,  website .

To book an appointment with our Manger of Volunteer and Youth Engagement Services, Sukhi Kaur, call 705-326-7743 or email.


City of Orillia: Orillia Unveils Its New Waterfront Banners
News Release

The City of Orillia has installed 42 banners, highlighting five themes, that celebrate the spirit of Orillia on street side light poles along Mississaga Street East and Centennial Drive.
"The new banners bring vibrancy to one of Orillia's greatest tourist destinations - our beautiful downtown and waterfront," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Seeing a unique artistic interpretation of some of Orillia's greatest attributes will instill community pride and inspire visitors to explore all that Orillia has to offer."
The artwork was created by Jieun June Kim, a Toronto-based Korean painter and muralist.
"It's been an honor to be part of the City of Orillia banner project and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to design five banners that capture the essence of Orillia," said Kim. "From beautiful nature and bike trails to historical sites, Orillia has many attractions. My design uses bright colors and geometric patterns to emphasize the city's brightness and vibrant character. I hope that my artwork will create a sound dialogue between old and new, and bring more attention to the city."
Jieun has exhibited her paintings around the world since 2010. Jieun immigrated to Canada in 2017 and is the co-founder of KJ Bit Collective, a group that creates murals and street art events. In 2018, Jieun was the recipient of the Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant from Toronto Arts Council.
The project was launched with a call to artists to create five renderings, one for each of the five chosen themes. Prospective artists were tasked with submitting one design sample to the City. The samples were adjudicated by a panel of jurors organized by the Orillia Public Art Committee. There were five artists in total that submitted samples.
The five themes being depicted on the waterfront banners are:
  1. Heritage - Stephen Leacock Museum National Historic Site
  2. Culture - Orillia Opera House
  3. Lifestyle - Downtown Orillia
  4. Recreation - Waterways and Trails
  5. History - Mnjikaning Fish Weirs National Historic Site
Kim will also be at the Port of Orillia this afternoon painting one of the City's outdoor pianos available this summer for the public to enjoy. All are invited to come by and meet the artist and see for yourself how she brings her unique style to life. #tunein
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Michael Ladouceur
Manager of Tourism
705-330-7595 (cell)
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

Mayor Steve Clarke stands with artist Jieun June Kim next to a couple of the new Orillia waterfront banners located along Mississaga Street East and Centennial Drive on July 3, 2019.

City of Orillia: Stay Cool in The Sunshine City
News Release

As we continue to ride this recent heat wave, the City of Orillia would like to share some ways you and your family can stay cool.
The Orillia Fire Department recommends the following tips to stay cool and hydrated during the heat wave:
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity and exercise.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • If you go out, wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Keep your home cool - close curtains to block direct sunlight and use fans or an air conditioner.
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, visit local public buildings or shopping malls to cool off.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The following public places are available to cool off during their regular hours:
Orillia Public Library
36 Mississaga St. W.       
Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: closed
Rotary Place
100 University Ave.
8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Orillia City Centre
50 Andrew St. S.
Monday to Friday : 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
Saturday and Sunday: closed

Splash Pads will also be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the following locations:
McKinnell Square Park
135 Dunedin St.
Clayt French Park
114 Atlantis Dr.
Victoria Park
75 Coldwater Rd. W.
Hillcrest Park
255 Matchedash St. N.
Moose Beach at J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park
450 Atherley Rd.
City beaches are officially open and lifeguarding supervision is provided at the following locations:
Couchiching Beach Park
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Moose Beach
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The City would like to thank The Water Store for providing a hydration station at the City Centre.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca .
Jeff Kirk
Deputy Fire Chief
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

 Couchiching Jubilee House: Assistance Program Coordinator
Accepting Applications Now

Couchiching Jubilee House Hiring: Assistant Development Coordinator
Now Accepting Applications


City of Orillia: Seeking Artists To Submit Original Works of Art T0 Be Displayed in The New Orillia Recreation Centre
Submission Deadline August 16th

The City of Orillia is seeking artists to submit original works of art to be displayed in the new Orillia Recreation Centre. 
The new Orillia Recreation Centre will feature a free gallery space for artists to display their work. The theme for the gallery's inaugural exhibit is 'From Foundry to Future', which challenges artists to consider the site's transformation from its industrial past to its exciting future as a state-of-the-art sport and recreation facility. 
"The site of the new recreation centre has a storied history as a major producer and employer within the City of Orillia. In the 1900s, it produced farming implements, Minnitoys, boating equipment, and even a new metal known as Ductalloy iron," said Mayor Steve Clarke.  "Today, the City has reclaimed the site as a community hub and recreation centre for the benefit of Orillia residents today and for generations to come. Earning Orillia a prestigious Brownie award, the redevelopment of the site is something we can all be very proud of."
Artists looking to be featured in the gallery are invited to interpret the theme, either through new or existing work.
Design considerations:
  • The gallery is an area located within the lobby of the new recreation centre next to the reception desk. It includes a 25' rail system and 10' ceilings suitable for two-dimensional artwork.
  • Artists can interpret the theme through any subject matter that resonates with meaning for the artist provided it is suitable for display in a public space.
  • Collaborations of two or more artists are welcome.
  • Artwork must be original to the artist(s) and correctly wired so it can be affixed to the existing rail and cable system.
  • Larger horizontal and vertical pieces are preferred. Minimum sizing on any side is 24" (with frame).
The competition is open to all artists; however, preference will be given to local/regional artists. Submission requirements are available on our website at orillia.ca/publicart or by contacting the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department at 705-325-4530 or jsoczka@orillia.ca .
The deadline for submissions is Aug. 16, 2019.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Jacqueline Soczka
Manager of Culture, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

Rendering of the gallery space within the lobby of the new Orillia Recreation Centre.


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