Marci Csumrik                                                                                                
13+ years experience with Remax Orillia.  Great knowledge of the local market and Trent Severn Waterway.  A true professional with your lifestyle in mind!  Serving Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Severn, Washago, and Ramara. 
Visit  www.marci.ca
St. James' Anglican Church

58 Peter Street North, Orillia
"A dynamic organ recital to accompany your lunch"  This Wednesday's recital features the return of Brian Turnbull who has taken  award winning bands and choirs throughout North America and Europe.   Bring your bag lunch -- cool drinks 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  

" A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal." 
- Steve Maraboli  

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019.
In This Issue
Table of Contents

The Month Of


July 1: Canada Day

July 20th: Canada Parks Day

Information Orillia: The Great Canadian Giving Challenge 
Thank you 

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.


City Of Orillia: Artrepreneur  Applications  
September 12th- December 12th 

Couchiching Jubilee House: Recruiting Volunteers 
August 20th-21 st

Georgian Collage: Academic and Career Preparation 


City Of Orillia: Couchiching Beach Swimming Advisory
News Release 

Couchiching Beach swimming advisory lifted July 26
For immediate release (July 26, 2019)  - The City of Orillia has received notice from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit that the swimming advisory at Couchiching Beach, located at Couchiching Beach Park, has been lifted.
A swimming advisory was issued by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on July 23, 2019, due to higher than normal bacteria count.
All three swimming areas in Orillia are open for swimming. This includes Moose Beach, Portage Bay, and Couchiching Beach.
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.
Shanna Reid
Manager of Recreation Services
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City Of Orillia: Safety Concerns Prompt Front Street Road Closures
Monday July 29th 

Map indicating road closures for Phase 1 of the Front Street reconstruction project.


Safety concerns prompt Front Street road closures
Road closures come into effect on Monday, July 29
For immediate release (July 26, 2019) -  Sections of Front Street South will be closed for a period of time starting on Monday, July 29, 2019 to ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians and workers as this important infrastructure project is completed.
Front Street from King Street to Elgin Street will be closed for approximately seven business days (weather dependent). Once work is complete in that area, the Front Street/Elgin Street intersection will be closed for approximately four business days. Simultaneously, Front Street from Elgin Street to Colborne Street South will be closed for approximately seven business days (weather dependent).  Road closure and detour signage will be in place.
"Worker and public safety has become a concern due to dry, sandy soil conditions, which require trench protection and wider road cuts to protect workers. This has resulted in narrower travel lanes for motorists, which have become a public safety concern," said Wesley Cyr, Manager of Engineering and Transportation.
Although the Front Street reconstruction project intended to maintain a minimum of one lane open throughout construction, public and worker safety is paramount.
The City of Orillia does everything it can to limit the inconvenience of road improvements and we would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience and co-operation throughout the duration of the project. All businesses in the area remain open and accessible during construction.
Work on the first phase of the two-year project to reconstruct Front Street started in May 2019. The work takes place between Colborne Street East to Queen Street East and is being completed by John Bravakis Enterprises Ltd. The project includes full reconstruction of the road, new stormwater and sanitary sewers, sidewalks and landscaping. The existing trunk sanitary sewer is being relocated from the waterfront area to Front Street in order to eliminate design and future development constraints for Centennial Drive and the overall waterfront area.
The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion in fall 2019.
For more information on this project and to sign up for e-mail updates, visit  orillia.ca/frontstreet .
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.
Wesley Cyr
Manager of Engineering and Transportation
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City Of Orillia: Local Artists Take up Residence in Leacock Boathouse
News Release 

Local artist Craig Mainprize paints a landscape piece in J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park. The Leacock Museum is pleased to welcome Mainprize and guests to its first Artist in Residence Program.
Artist Supplied Photo, Credit: Through My Eyes - Photography by Deb Halbot


Local artists take up residence in Leacock boathouse
With the 25th anniversary of the reconstruction of the historic Leacock Boathouse fast approaching, the Stephen Leacock Museum National Historic Site is proud to welcome local artist Craig Mainprize and guests to its first Artist in Residence Program.
Celebrating the spirit of community which helped to bring this cultural and creative touchstone back to Orillia, the week-long residency runs from July 28 to Aug. 5 and will feature workshops by Birdbath Collaboration, Otter Art Club and Craig Mainprize.
"We're tremendously excited to partner with the local arts community for a new and exciting way to use our space at the boathouse. The various workshops, offered in a beautiful setting, appeal to artists young and old," said Tom Rose, Collections and Program Supervisor for the Leacock Museum.
Stop by to watch Mainprize and his guests at work in the boathouse, or register for one of the workshops detailed below. Each workshop will provide materials, but the facilitators encourage participants to bring their own materials if they have them, especially easels.
Monday, July 29 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Led by Otter Art Club (Travis Shilling and Naomi Woodman), this children's workshop gives kids the opportunity to explore their limitless creative side, allowing them to pick from a variety of mediums such as drawing, pen and ink, acrylics, watercolours, oil painting and sculpture.
Registration : $35 | Contact:  otterartclub@gmail.com
Thursday, Aug. 1 from 4 - 6 p.m.
Led by The Birdbath Collaboration (artists Tanya Cunnington and Bewabon Shilling), this workshop explores the world of collaborative painting en plein air. Participants are encouraged to work in groups of two as they take turns creating their own collaborative artwork. 
Registration : $30 | Contact:  tanyacunnington@gmail.com
Thursday, Aug. 1 and Friday, Aug. 2 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Two workshops by resident artist Craig Mainprize, 'An Introduction to Landscape Painting' (Thursday) and 'An Introduction to Still Life Painting' (Friday), guide participants through the process of planning and creating a painting from start to finish. 
Registration : $25 each | Contact:  mainprizeart@gmail.com
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.
Tom Rose
Collections and Program Supervisor
705-238-8124 (cell)
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City Of Orillia: Four Local Organizations Benefit From City of Orillia Grants
News Release 

Mayor Steve Clarke and Coun. Ralph Cipolla present representatives from the Born to Read Committee, Orillia Terry Fox Run, Orillia Jazz Festival, and the Orillia Vocal Ensemble with grants as part of the 2019 City of Orillia general grants program on July 25, 2019.

Four local organizations benefit from City of Orillia grants
For immediate release (July 25, 2019) - Mayor Steve Clarke presented grants to four local organizations at Orillia City Center as part of the 2019 general grants program on July 25, 2019.
"The City of Orillia is proud to continue to support local organizations through the general grants program," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Orillia is fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers and community groups who contribute to the betterment of the community, giving their time towards worthy causes and events."
Grant recipients:
Born to Read Committee                                                     $750
Orillia Terry Fox Run Committee                                    $706.87
Orillia Jazz Festival                                                           $1,000
Orillia Vocal Ensemble                                                      $1,500
This is the second round of grants for the 2019 general grants program. The total City of Orillia grants budget for 2019 is $32,000.
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.
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City Of Orillia: Excitement Builds as Orillia Recreation Center Takes Shape
  News Release 

The east wall above the main entrance of the Orillia Recreation Centre, located at 255 West St. S., is the final wall to receive brick veneer. The 132,801 sq. ft. facility is transforming a once vacant brownfield site into a modern, state-of-the-art recreation facility in the core of the city.

Excitement builds as Orillia Recreation Centre takes shape
For immediate release (July 24, 2019) - Construction of the Orillia Recreation Centre at 255 West St. S. continues to progress at full-speed. With 60 to 80 workers on site daily, the new 132,801 sq. ft. facility is transforming a once vacant brownfield site into a modern, state-of-the-art recreation facility in the core of the city.
"Residents have every reason to be excited and eager for the Orillia Recreation Centre to open. We understand the construction is taking longer than expected, but we want to make sure this once-in-a-lifetime project is done right; and it really is shaping up to be an amazing project. We do not want to sacrifice the quality of work for speed and would like to thank the community for its patience," said Mayor Steve Clarke.
The building is closed in, with the exception of a few remaining windows. The east wall above the main entrance is the final wall to receive brick veneer. Landscaping has started throughout the 36-acre Foundry Park site, including a new paved, lit pathway that will connect the site to the Lightfoot Trail System. The City is trackingnumerous construction milestones and anticipates a late fall 2019 opening.
The $55.5 million project is on budget. The City has also been proactively planning for the opening of the Orillia Recreation Centre by gradually phasing in the operating costs of the facility over the past several years. This means there will be no large, single-year tax increase when the facility opens as the operating costs have already been built into the City's budget.
A complete construction update is available in the attached document: "Progress Report: Behind the Scenes of Construction."
"City staff are busy gearing up for the opening of the new Orillia Recreation Centre. This includes recruiting and training lifeguards, developing new recreation programs, consulting with facility user groups, ordering equipment and much more. Excitement is certainly building as we enter into the final stage of this project," said Ray Merkley, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture.
The City of Orillia is still recruiting lifeguards and swim instructors to work at the Orillia Recreation Centre. The City needs to hire approximately 70 lifeguards and swim instructors for when the facility opens. For more lifeguarding information and training opportunities, visit orillia.ca/lifesaving .
Keep up-to-date on the Orillia Recreation Centre construction project at orillia.ca/recreationfacility . To learn more about the Orillia Recreation Centre user rates, job opportunities and more visit orillia.ca/ORC .
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.
Ray Merkley
Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia: Opens Cooling Centers  as Heat Wave Continues 
News Release 

Orillia opens cooling centres as heat wave continues
For immediate release (July 19, 2019) - Due to extreme temperatures, the City of Orillia is opening three air-conditioned cooling and hydration centres for public use. The City encourages anyone - especially those susceptible to extreme heat - to make use of the centres. The cooling centres will remain open until the heat wave breaks.
The following public places have been identified as cooling and hydration centres:
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.
7 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.

Lifeguards are off duty at Couchiching Beach Park due to a swim advisory in effect and swimmers are cautioned to swim at their own risk. Moose Beach remains open and is providing extended lifeguarding supervision from 11 a.m. and 6 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 .
Brent Thomas
Fire Chief (Acting)
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)


Orillia Museum of Art & History: Melody Lynn Madden - Exquisite to Sublime 
July 20th to September 22nd 2019

Melody Lynn Madden:
Exquisite to Sublime

Saturday, July 20 to Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Lounge Gallery
The suite of works in Exquisite to Sublime will provide a glimpse of Melody's development as an artist.   She began her professional artistic journey in textiles. Having grown up watching her grandmother embroider instilled a value of working with her hands.  Her free motion embroidered works are a stage in her seamless transition into painting with oils and acrylics. Her paintings evoke a sense of calm and introspection while simultaneously engaging palpable emotions.
I feel as if I paint places I would like to step into... places that not only inspire but comfort me.- Melody Lynn Madden
Enbridge Gas

To learn more about Melody Lynn Madden, 

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

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

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

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


Orillia & District Literacy Council: Feast for Learning / Save the Date 
September 12th  


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


Trillium Manor: Tea Cups Rentals
No Date



Georgian Collage: Need Chemistry for Program Admission 
September 4th 

Need Chemistry for Program Admission?
ACE Chemistry (Academic & Career Entrance) credit

Monday and Wednesday
8:00 am to 11:00 am
Starting September 4, 2019
Georgian College, Orillia Campus
For further information, contact Jennifer at:
705-325-2740 ext. 3024 or jennifer.rousseau@georgiancollege.ca
This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.                                                                                                     


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
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



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.


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.

Westmount Congregation: Searching For A Music Director

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.

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: 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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