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

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  

"Being happy never goes out of style." 
- Lilly Pulitzer
Tuesday, June 4th, 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
Throughout June

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

Information Orillia - Great Canadian Giving Challenge

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
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Orillia & Area Canadian Index of Wellbeing: Results Are In!


Orillia Public Library: June Program Highlights
Throughout June

Orillia Community Kitchen Workshop: Spinach and Raspberry Salad with Open Faced Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches
June 5th

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

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

Trillium Manor: Volunteers Required

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

City Of Orillia: Funding Program Continues to Incentivize Downtown Development
Media Release


The City of Orillia awarded three recipients with grants through the Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP), bringing the total funding awarded for 2019 to $122,500.
"It's a really exciting time in Orillia and we are seeing a diverse range of businesses choosing the downtown core as their new home," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "The grants awarded today help facilitate the expansion of Wilkie's Bakery, the creation of a new entrepreneurial hub, and the sale of a key piece of property in the center of town."
Bowood Properties is the recipient of a $7,500 façade improvement grant, which will allow for renovations to the front façade of 160 Mississaga St. E. New windows, an awning and an accessible door are just a portion of the extensive renovations planned for the currently vacant location in preparation for its new tenant, Wilkie's Bakery and Pizza.
"With the assistance of the grant program funding, we were able to complete a larger project for our new tenants," said Tracy Christie, owner of Bowood Properties and 160 Mississaga St. E. "We are able to create a beautiful new space and new landmark for Wilkie's Bakery and Pizza who will be relocating from their existing location to this building." 
Two additional grants, totaling $22,500, were awarded to Anitta Hamming, the new tenant of 23 Mississaga St. W., commonly referred to as the former BiWay building.
"The Downtown [Tomorrow] Improvement Plan has been a key component to move this project forward and has allowed me to negotiate the completion of the initial engineering studies," said Hamming. "Without the extensive support of the City of Orillia and this grant program, this project may not have even gotten off the ground."
Hamming will be completing façade improvements to replace and upgrade the front windows, add an accessible door as well as new signage. In addition, she will be completing building improvements to renovate this vacant building into a flexible workshop and teaching space for creative entrepreneurs called Creative Nomad Studios.
Empower Simcoe at 4 King St., is the recipient of a $5,000 feasibility and design study grant and has plans to use the funding to obtain a risk assessment report to facilitate the sale of the building.
In 2017, the first year of the DTCIP, the City awarded $106,500 to local recipients. Within the first two intakes of 2019 alone, the City exceeded this total by awarding $122,500. A total of $77,500 remains of the $200,000 in funding approved by Council for the DTCIP for 2019. The final intake deadline for this year is Oct. 31, 2019. 
Downtown business and property owners are encouraged to contact the City of Orillia Economic Development Office at 705-325-4900, or visit the project webpage at orillia.ca/downtowncip for more information.
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.
Laura Thompson
Manager of Real Estate and Commercial Development
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

The City of Orillia presented three recipients with grants as part of the Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan on May 30, 2019. From left to right are: Coun. Tim Lauer, Coun. Pat Hehn, Anitta Hamming of Creative Nomad Studios, Mayor Steve Clarke, Tracy Christie, owner of Bowood Properties and 160 Mississaga St. E., and Coun. Rob Kloostra.

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.


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

Orillia Business Women Association: Networking Meeting Barbeque
June 12th

Orillia District Literacy Council: Annual General Meeting
June 10th

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

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.

Upcoming Events: List Created by Marilyn Wilson
Various Dates

Click Here for PDF to view the complete list of various events and important dates happening locally!  



SafeTALK Workshop: Suicide Alertness for Everyone
June 10th

Community Development Corporation: Regional Tourism Investment Opportunities Meeting
June 11th

Community Development Corp Series Schedule
May  & June

Community Development Corp
Workshops in June

Leadership, Management & Communication:  JUNE  1 1

Are you tired of high staff turnover?
Do you struggle to be heard by your team?
This workshop will teach effective communication and show you how to improve your business' bottom line through outstanding management and leadership!

Presented by Risha Yorke, success coach and business consultant,  Yorke Motivational Consulting.


St Paul's: Project Connect- Community Educational Workshops

May 7th to June 11th




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



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: 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.

Mariposa Arts Film Nights: Thanks For A Great Year!

Thanks for a great year!
Many thanks to the 5262 of you who attended MAT FILM NIGHTS during our 2018-2019 season. We set a new record for highest attendance since FILM NIGHTS started in 1996. You are a loyal and enthusiastic audience, and we look forward to seeing you again next September for another season of outstanding and award-winning films!

Just in case you missed one or two this past season, here were the 14 films we showed:


We don't want to mess with success, so next season's ticket price will remain $10. We will continue to show films at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Orillia Galaxy Cinemas twice a month beginning in September, with 2 theatres available for the 4 p.m. screening. All ticket sales will still be cash only, with the sales desk open for one hour before each screening.

And here's some more good news: we will be adding a second movie in April, to bring our season total to 15 films!

Thanks again from your FILM NIGHTS COMMITTEE:
Lynn Abbott-Lennox, John Caryl, Suzanne Cotnam, Christine Johnstone, Martin Ward, Emilie Michalik, Sue Noble, Dianne Richardson, Ruth Watt

We'll see you at the movies again in September!

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