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St. James' Anglican Church

St. James' church, located at 58 Peter Street North, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sir Sam Steele.  

At 10 am, June 23, all are welcome to enjoy a service that is traditional with that era, followed by a parade leading to RCL BR34 on Mississaga St.
  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  

"Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means."
- Ronald Reagan
Tuesday, June 18th, 2019.
In This Issue
Table of Contents

The Month Of


June 16: Father's Day

June 21: Summer Solstice

Information Orillia: Great Canadian Giving Challenge

 Happening all June, every dollar you donate to our charity qualifies us to win $10,000! Get all the details at www.givingchallenge.ca

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ArtsBuild Ontario: Forum on Creative Hubs
June 19th

City of Orillia: Leacock Museum Announces Connor Poetry Prize Winners
News Release

After receiving submissions from across Ontario, the Stephen Leacock Museum National Historic Site in c onjunction with the family of K. Valerie Connor are pleased to announce the winners of the 4th annual Connor Poetry Prize.
"The response we had this year for the annual Connor Poetry Prize was tremendous," said Tom Rose, Collections and Program Supervisor. "We had a really strong list of contenders with really great pieces. Everyone who entered should be very proud of themselves."
The contest winners are as follows:

Elementary Category
Corbin Hoffmann of Waterloo for his poem "The Dragon"
Orla Hockmann of Toronto for her poem "Hungry Bunnies"
Mistica Mariaynesan of Scarborough for her poem "Playing Roses"
Student Category
Shu Jing Li of Toronto for her poem "The Joys of Living"
Julia Felgner of Oro-Medonte for her poem "Teddy Bears, Cookbooks and Seashells"
Hannah Nie of North York for her poem "Sight Seen"
Adult Category
Roberta McGill of Orillia for her poem "Early Bird"
Faith B. Jones of Cobourg for her poem "The Colliers' Soft-shoe Shuffle"
Kate Felix of Toronto for her poem "Chicken Lady, In Repose"
The public is invited to the K. Valerie Connor Memorial Poetry Celebration on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Leacock Museum, 50 Museum Dr., at 3 p.m. to hear the winning poems and honour the winning poets. Light refreshments will be served and there is no fee for admission to the celebration.
Follow the Leacock Museum on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LeacockMuseum/ where the winning poems will be posted following the poetry celebration.
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
Leacock Museum National Historic Site
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

Orillia Community Kitchen Workshop: Potluck & Picnic Pleasers
June 19th

Downtown Orillia's Night Market
June 26th

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

Trillium Manor: Bike Night
June 26th


City of Orillia: This One's For The Bees
News Release

The City of Orillia is a buzz after receiving a Bee City designation.
Orillia received notification of its official status as a Bee City, a designation provided by Bee City Canada, on June 13. The designation acknowledges the efforts of residents and the City to bring awareness to the need for healthy, sustainable habitats for pollinators.
"Becoming a Bee City highlights the bee-friendly initiatives the City of Orillia has in place," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "We are pleased to work with the Bee City Working Group to help educate the community regarding the importance of pollinators to the overall health of our area and our planet. We encourage residents and businesses to join us in adopting pollinator-friendly habits throughout Orillia." 
Supporting pollinators in City-owned parks and maintained areas has been a focus for City parks crews. The City has more than 70 annual and perennial gardens and two community gardens with pollinator species planted throughout them. In addition, two butterfly gardens have been planted with species to attract butterflies and bees specifically. The City also has more than 140 flowering hanging baskets located in the downtown.  
Moving forward, new designs and construction projects will promote the creation of new gardens in parks, recreation centres, parking lots, and other public spaces with the intent to improve pollinator habitats.
The City submitted its application to Bee City Canada after a request was submitted by Jeannine Hutty, the Community Stewart of Orillia Bee City.
"The Orillia Bee City volunteers, a non-profit group, are very excited to have this designation," said Hutty. "This designation will provide us with access to educational material and other great resources in order to encourage residents to adopt pollinator-friendly habits. Orillia Bee City volunteers will be located at the Orillia Farmers Market on Saturday, June 22 sharing information on bees and other pollinators."
Bee City Canada was founded in 2015. Toronto became the first Bee City in Canada in March 2016. There are currently 28 Canadian municipalities with the designation, including Newmarket, Guelph, and King Township.
For more information on Orillia's Bee City designation, visit   orillia.ca/communitygardens.
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.
John McMullen
Manager of Parks Planning and Design
705-327-9627 (cell)
Jeannine Hutty
Community Stewart of Orillia Bee City
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

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

St James Anglican Church: Sam Steele Parade
June 23rd


St. James' church, located at 58 Peter Street North, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sir Sam Steele.  At 10 am June 23, all are welcome to enjoy a service that is traditional with that era, followed by a parade leading to RCL BR34 on Mississaga St.

Orillia Public Library: June Program Highlights
Throughout June

Mariposa Arts Theatre: Holding Auditions For: URINETOWN: The Musical
June 22nd & 24th

We are proud to announce the first auditions for our upcoming season!

Mariposa Arts Theatre is holding auditions for:

By Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis
Audition Dates: 
June 22nd, 7pm - 9pm
June 24th, 10am - 4pm

MAT Warehouse (12 Brammer Dr, Orillia)

In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. If the poor don't obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they'll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious "Urinetown." Well that sounds inviting - so who's with me?? 

We are looking for you to join us on this exciting musical journey to Urinetown this fall with Mariposa Arts Theatre!


For your audition, please wear comfortable clothing and shoes to do some light dancing. Come prepared to sing one song of your choice that best shows your vocal range and ability, and to perform a short monologue (preferably comedic) of your choice as well.
OPTIONAL: you can also prepare a short dance routine showcasing your abilities, if you would like to take the initiative.

For questions, or to book your time, please contact Valerie at 705-792-8010 or  valeriemvenables@hotmail.com.

(If you do not book an audition time, be prepared to wait, as priority will be given to those who have booked a time).

NOTE: Show dates are Nov 7-10 and 14-17. You must be available for ALL show dates and the week prior for dress rehearsals, NO exceptions.

Full Urinetown Character Breakdown:

Officer Lockstock: A corrupt policeman and the tongue-in-cheek narrator of our story. Bold and brash. An authoritative voice, with rich low notes but a firm G4
Suggested Gender and Age: Male, 35 to 55
Vocal Range: A2 - G4

Penelope Pennywise: The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest town urinal. Need to be clear and potentially shrill up to a G5.
Suggested Gender and Age: Female, 40 to 60
Vocal Range: A3 - G5 (C6 optional)

Bobby Strong: The rebellious everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest town urinal. He becomes an unsuspecting protagonist and romantic hero when he starts a revolution. A clear high tenor; a nimble falsetto is a plus
Suggested Gender and Age: Male, 20 to 35
Vocal Range: Bb2 - Ab4 (B4 optional)

Little Sally: A precocious and irreverent street urchin. She serves as a quasi-narrator who often questions Lockstock and the play's logic. Has a child's voice - because she is a child.
Suggested Gender and Age: Female, 16 to 30 (to play young teen)
Vocal Range: A3-D5

Hope Cladwell: An innocent, romantic optimist who becomes vengeful and determined after being exposed to her father's evil. Soprano. Needs a lovely Eb5
Suggested Gender and Age: Female, 20 to 35
Vocal Range: A3 - Ab5

Little Becky Two-shoes: One of the city's Poor. Relatively rebellious and impulsive.
Suggested Gender and Age: Female, Any
Vocal Range: D4 - F5

Soupy Sue:  One of the city's Poor. Relatively kind and anxious.
Suggested Gender and Age: Female, Any
Vocal Range: B4 - Bb3

Tiny Tom : One of the city's Poor. Relatively immature and confused.
Suggested Gender and Age: Male, Any
Vocal Range: A3 - D3

Joseph "Old Man" Strong:  Bobby's rebellious father. His refusal to follow abusive laws ultimately launches the revolution.
Suggested Gender and Age: Male, 50+
Vocal Range: Adjustable

Officer Barrel : Lockstock's patrol partner. A thuggish and aggressive policeman.
Suggested Gender and Age: Male, 30 - 60
Vocal Range: Bb2 - Eb4

Senator Fipp : A greedy politician in Cladwell's pocket. A bumbling coward.
Suggested Gender and Age: Male, 40+
Vocal Range: F4 - C#3

Caldwell B. Cladwell : The president and owner of the Urine Good Company. A tyrant who both gleefully exploits the poor and genuinely believes he is helping the city. Baritone, needs crisp diction.
Suggested Gender and Age: Male, 50 to 65
Vocal Range: A2 - F4

Mr. Mcqueen : Cladwell's sycophantic lackey. A servile assistant.
Suggested Gender and Age: Male, Adult
Vocal Range: A4 - B2

Dr. Billeaux : Head of Research and Development at Cladwell's company UCG.
Suggested Gender and Age: Male, Adult
Vocal Range: A3 - E3

Mrs. Millennium : Cladwell's greedy secretary at UCG.
Suggested Gender and Age: Female, Adult
Vocal Range: Soprano (Up to G5)

Josephine "Ma" Stron g: A strong-willed woman with fight, and a better ability than most to deal with the hard hand life has dealt her.
Suggested Gender and Age: Female, 50+
Vocal Range: Bb3 - D5

Hot Blades Harry : One of the city's Poor. Relatively violent and unpredictable.
Suggested Gender and Age: Male, Any
Vocal Range: D3 - F4

Robby the Stockfish : One of the city's Poor. Relatively curious and eager.
Suggested Gender and Age: Male, Any
Vocal Range: Adjustable

St James' Anglican Church: Lawn Sale
June 29th


Couchiching Jubilee House: Finding The Beauty Within- Fashion Show Fundraiser
June 24th

St James' Anglican Church: Nine and Dine Golf Tournament
June 22nd



Canadian Index of Wellbeing: Transforming Our Social Landscape: Session 1
June 21st


WHEN:  1:30 TO 3:30 PM FRIDAY JUNE 21
WHO:  Local non-profit organizations, non-governmental, academic and public sector audiences

INFORMATION ORILLIA has a commitment to share the findings from the CIW with the public. This facilitated event is to demonstrate how the survey worked, and to introduce some of the key findings so that the data can be used for projects and plans more accurately, efficiently and with meaning. Our hope is that our community will discover their common needs and collaborate towards common goals.

For more details contact the IO office: 705-326-7743.
Seating is limited.

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

Calling All Creatives: Artrepeneur is Coming to Orillia
Info Night June 18th

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.


MOU Reinforces Further Collaboration Between City of Orillia and Lakehead University
Media Release

The City of Orillia and Lakehead University have formalized their long-standing relationship with a commitment to ongoing collaboration.
Earlier today, City of Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke and Dr. Moira McPherson, President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that outlines the ways that the City of Orillia and Lakehead University will leverage existing and future relationships in order to achieve commons goals.
"The City of Orillia and Lakehead University have a well-established, positive relationship that is further reinforced through this MOU," said Mayor Clarke. "Formalizing this relationship enshrines our joint commitment to identify and pursue strategic opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, innovation and incubation. We look forward to the many positive impacts this continued collaboration will have on the Orillia community and broader region."
Lakehead University is an economic driver for the city with 82 full-time staff and faculty and 1,350 students who live, work, shop and give back to the community. The University is also home to a wealth of human capital that can help strengthen the community by finding solutions to societal challenges and concerns.
"The people and City of Orillia have worked with Lakehead University to create post-secondary opportunities for this region even before we broke ground and opened our doors in Orillia," explained Dr. McPherson. "This MOU formalizes our mutual desire to collaborate further and establish a strong and active partnership that benefits students, faculty, the business community and residents."
Areas of possible collaboration between the City and University are outlined in the MOU - from policy development to funding opportunities and entrepreneurship, to international engagement and advocacy with other levels of government. This MOU formalizes and gives momentum to the pursuit of these cooperative efforts and initiatives. 
Orillia Council ratified the approval of the MOU with Lakehead University at its meeting on Monday, June 3, 2019.
Dan Landry
Manager of BR&E and Industrial Development
City of Orillia
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
City of Orillia
705-238-9209 (cell)
Jaclyn Bucik
Marketing and Communications Associate
Lakehead University
705-330-4008 ext. 2014
Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Moira McPherson with City of Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke at the Memorandum of Understanding signing event in Orillia Council Chamber on June 5, 2019.
City of Orillia
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.
Lakehead University
Lakehead University has approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario's newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. Maclean's 2019 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities and in 2018 Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the fourth consecutive year. Visit lakeheadu.ca.

 Couchiching Jubilee House: Assistance Program Coordinator
Accepting Applications Now

Couchiching Jubilee House Hiring: Assistant Development Coordinator
Now Accepting Applications


City of Orillia: Recreation and Parks Month returns to Orillia this June
Throughout June

June is Recreation and Parks Month in Orillia! Join us as we celebrate a month full of events and activities geared towards celebrating the outdoors.
"Recreation and Parks Month is a great initiative and I am very excited to see it returning this year. Orillia will have different events happening almost every day throughout the month that will appeal to a variety of age groups and interests. It's a great way to reinforce the importance of getting outside and enjoying all the recreation opportunities Orillia has to offer," said Mayor Steve Clarke.
The Charter for Recreation and Parks in Ontario created the yearly movement with two goals in mind:
  • Increase awareness about the benefits and importance of recreation and parks
  • Encourage citizens to become more active and engaged in their communities
Some of the events being featured this year: 
  • Annual Scavenger Hunt - Venture around Orillia looking for hidden treasures, using secret clues from the Orillia, Parks, Recreation, and Culture Facebook and Twitter pages. This event begins June 3.
  • Geocache Hunt - Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunting game that is played using your smartphone. There are millions of geocaches hidden around the world including more than 30 in Orillia. This event begins June 1.
  • Water Smart Day - Residents will enjoy water safety presentations, educational videos, handouts and lifeguard demonstrations on June 22. There will also be face painting, games, and prizes. Parent/guardian is required.
For a full list of events and activities please visit orillia.ca/recreationevents .
Orillia will offer a variety of free events as part of June is Recreation and Parks Month. Some events have age restrictions or will require pre-registration. For these events please register through our S.U.N. Registration System .
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.
Jack Mair
Aquatics and Fitness Supervisor
Parks, Recreation and Culture
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia Recreation and Parks Months calendar.

City of Orillia: Annual Treasure Hunt Program
News Release

For immediate release (May 16, 2019) - The City of Orillia's Waste Management Advisory Committee (WMAC) annual Treasure Hunt program is returning once again! On the third weekend of the month, from May to October, residents are encouraged to recycle or re-use their large household items. It's like a community garage sale!
Residents can leave unwanted, but still useful, household items at the curb after 5 p.m. on the Friday of the event weekend, but must remove all uncollected items by Sunday at 11 p.m. Residents who fail to remove uncollected "treasures" from the curb will be subject to fines pursuant to Chapter 877 of the City of Orillia Municipal Code - Solid Waste Management.
"This is a great program as residents have the opportunity to remove their large household items that they may have no use for, and other residents may take an interest in the items. It is simply a win-win for everyone," said Shaun Wakefield, Chair of WMAC.
The 2019 Treasure Hunt dates are:
  • June 15-16
  • July 20-21
  • Aug. 17-18
  • Sept. 21-22
  • Oct. 19-20
Residents are reminded to take items placed at the curb only. Do not take any items from the lawn. All treasures are claimed in "as is" condition.
If residents wish to further embark on a treasure hunt, residents can visit the Waste Diversion Site (100 Kitchener St.). There are a number of different types of items in the City's Reuse Depot to take, free of charge. Items include: household items, such as pictures, furniture, books, paints, stains, car care products, waxes, polishes, paint thinners, home and garden products and more!  The Reuse Depot is open during regular site hours in the summer and closed during the winter.
For more details on the City's reuse programs, visit orillia.ca/en/living-here/reuseprograms .
Shaun Wakefield
WMAC Chair
Greg Preston
Manager of Water and Waste Management
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications

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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