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  

"Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now." 
-Paulo Coelho
Tuesday, May 28th, 2019.
In This Issue
Table of Contents

The Month Of


May 12: Mother's Day

May 20: Victoria Day

Information Orillia: Great Canadian Giving Challenge
Throughout June

Have you heard of the 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

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!

T he Coffee Hub: Our Social Enterprise
Information Orillia

A delicious start to your visit to the Orillia Farmers' Market.

Serving you premium coffee every Saturday, 8 am to 12 noon.


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

To our partners, funders, and community,
We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Index of Wellbeing survey results, as well as additional resources, are now available at no charge on our website  www.informationorillia.org

If you have any questions, or require any assistance to download, call our office 705-326-7743.
Stay tuned for details of upcoming Town Hall meetings "We have the data, now what?"

City of Orillia: First Phase of Front St Reconstruction Underway
News Release

For immediate release (May 16, 2019) - Exciting changes to Orillia's downtown waterfront area are underway as the reconstruction of Front Street begins.
"The reconstruction of Front Street is the first step in several key projects over the next few years to help revitalize the downtown waterfront area and prepare for future growth," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "We look forward to the improvements this project will bring to the Front Street corridor."
The first phase of the two-year project to reconstruct Front Street takes place between Colborne Street East to Queen Street East. The work is being completed by John Bravakis Enterprises Ltd. and will include full reconstruction of the road, new stormwater and sanitary sewers and sidewalks. A minimum of one lane will remain accessible throughout the construction and all businesses in the area will be open.
In April 2017, the City of Orillia initiated a Schedule 'C' Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Municipal Class EA) to facilitate improvements to Front Street from Queen Street East to Neywash Street and Neywash Street from Front Street to Laclie Street.
Following the completion of the Municipal Class EA process, the City of Orillia selected a design which includes a three-lane urban cross-section from Laclie Street to King Street and a four-lane urban cross-section from King Street to Queen Street East.  Improvements will also be made to intersections, servicing, sidewalks, boulevards, 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.
For more information on the Front Street reconstruction project and to sign up for updates, visit orillia.ca/frontstreet . Follow the City of Orillia on Twitter and like us on Facebook to get the latest project 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.
Jeff Hunter
Manager of Construction and Transit
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)
Below is a map indicating Phase 1 (2019) and Phase 2 (2020) of the Front Street reconstruction project.

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!

Orillia Business Women Association: Networking Meeting Barbeque
June 12th

Mariposa Arts Theatre: Educating Rita- By Willy Russell
May 23rd to June 2nd

Written by British playwright, Willy Russell, this witty play features a lively working class woman who aspires to be more. Rita enrols in a course at an open university where she has a tutor/mentor named Frank. She strives for inner growth and he is a heavy drinker, bored with his life and job at the university. While both experience life struggles, their journey is entertaining, thought-provoking and beautiful.

The award-winning production was originally performed on the British stage in 1980 and the movie starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters, released in 1983. The script was updated by the author, Willy Russell, in 2003. According to the Mr. Russell, "I wanted to make a play which engaged and was relevant to those who considered themselves uneducated, those whose daily language is not the language of university or the theatre. I wanted to write a play which would attract, and be as valid for, the Ritas in the audience as the Franks."


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: Nine and Dine Golf Tournament
June 22nd

Orillia District Literacy Council: Annual General Meeting
June 10th

St James' Anglican Church: Lawn Sale
June 29th

Orillia Museum of Art & History: May is Museum Month
Throughout May


May is Museum Month!

The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH), invites you to join us in celebrating museum month!

May is Museum Month is a program of the Ontario Museum Association and celebrated by Ontario's 700+ museums, galleries, and heritage sites. Museum Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of museums to their communities.

We are proud to be the hub for the significant and growing arts, local history and cultural community in Orillia and surrounding area by offering exciting and innovative exhibits, events, programming and activities that reach out and engage all citizens, seasonal residents and visitors. We have many exciting events and programs this month, click here to check out our events calendar

Thank you to the generosity of our patrons and stakeholders, we are able to offer engaging exhibitions and programmes. Thanks to community support, we are able to offer youth programmes such as portfolio development and Create and Curate. We would be honoured if you could support OMAH by becoming a donor today! 

Did you know that The Orillia Museum of Art & History turned 20 this year? Celebrate OMAH's 20th birthday by donating 20 dollars a month!

If you have any questions about donating, please contact our Executive Director, Ninette Gyorody, by phone 705-326-2159 extension 101 or by  email.

OMAH is open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm

30 Peter Street South
Orillia, Ont
L3V 5A9

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

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!  

Building Hope Country Gala
May 31st

Canadian Federation of University Women: House Tour & Tea For Scholarships
June 2nd



SafeTALK Workshop: Suicide Alertness for Everyone
June 10th

SENCO: Social Impact Gathering
June 3rd & June 4th

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

Community Development Corp Series Schedule
May  & June

Community Development Corp
Workshops in June

Social Media Influencer Marketing:  JUNE 5

Influencer marketing has taken the online world by storm in the past couple of years, and businesses of all shapes and sizes are getting in on the action.
By partnering with people who are considered influencers, businesses can gain visibility, expand their reach online, and drive more traffic to their website.

This interactive workshop will be lead by Arienne Parzei, travel videographer, writer & photographer, and Emily Baillie, Digital Marketing Professor & Entrepreneur.

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.

Community Development Corp Workshops/Events
Various Dates

Georgian College: Ramp Up To Employment
May 14th to May 30th



St Paul's: Project Connect- Community Educational Workshops

May 7th to June 11th




Orillia Community Kitchen Workshops
May 29th

Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm
St. Paul's Centre, 62 Peter Street N
For more Information, Contact:

stpaulscentre.ca - orillia community kitchen

Wed, May 29, 2019 Colourful Quinoa Salad: sample The Canada Food Guide

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: City-Owned & Leased Properties Now Smoke & Vape Free
News Release

City of Orillia: Orillia Extends Backyard Hens Pilot Another Four Years
News Release

Orillia residents can keep backyard hens for at least another four years. The City of Orillia is extending its pilot project for the keeping of backyard hens on certain properties until June 5, 2023.
"Extending the backyard hens pilot project another four years will hopefully encourage more residents to take part in the opportunity so that Council can further evaluate whether to make the program permanent," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "The initial two-year pilot resulted in only four hen coop licences being issued and Council agreed that more participants and time was needed to make a final decision."
The pilot project allows for a total of 12 hen coop licences throughout the City. With only four hen coops licences currently issued, eight licences are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is developing educational programs for those wishing to keep urban chickens and for small-animal veterinarians. It is anticipated that these programs will be fully developed by the end of the extended four-year pilot project, at which time these resources will be available in Orillia.
The regulations for the extended pilot project remain the same. A hen coop may be located on a property that is zoned Rural (RU), Residential (R1, R2, R3, R4), Open Space One and Two (OS1, OS2). The property must be at least 500 sq. m. (approx. 5382 sq. ft.) in area to support a hen coop. No hen coop is permitted unless a valid licence has been issued by the City under the Hen Coop Licensing By-law. There is a one-time licensing fee of $100.
The original pilot project was initiated in response to requests by residents and in the interest of encouraging local food production. The original pilot began on June 5, 2017 and will expire on June 5, 2019.  The extended pilot will expire on June 5, 2023.
For more information visit the City's website at  orillia.ca/backyardhens  or contact the Legislative Services Division at 705-325-2313.
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 atorillia.ca.
Shawn Crawford
Manager of Legislative Services
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia: Council Approves Sale of Former Train Station At 150 Front St. S
News Release

Council approved the final step in the sale of a former train station located at 150 Front St. S. at its meeting on May 6, 2019.
The City-owned property was determined to not have a municipal use and was therefore deemed surplus to the City's needs in 2011.
"Council recognized the unique heritage features of the former train station and has protected these features by designating the property through the Ontario Heritage Act prior to sale," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "The purchaser, Tim Chow, presented Council with several potential opportunities for redevelopment of the site and we look forward to seeing this property revitalized."
The 150 Front St. S. property was most recently listed for sale in October 2018 at a listing price of $900,000 with a deadline for offers of Jan. 11, 2019. Several offers were received before one offer was selected by Council for further negotiations. Council passed the by-law authorizing the sale of the property to Chow on May 6, 2019. Details, such as the terms of the agreement and purchase price, will remain confidential until the property sale closes on Nov. 1, 2019.
"The accepted offer represents the highest value financially and exceeded the City's asking price," said Laura Thompson, Manager of Real Estate and Commercial Development.
Former tenant, the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce and Service Ontario, recently relocated to a new home at 575 West St. S. Current tenant Ontario Northland, which offers inter-city bus service, can continue to operate from their existing location until Oct. 31, 2019. The purchaser has also committed to speaking with the bus line to determine if there's an opportunity for them to stay on-site beyond this date. Ontario Northland has expressed an interest in having a continued presence in Orillia.
"Ontario Northland has minimal site requirements and we are confident that the City can assist them in finding another location in the downtown if they are not able to stay in their current location," said Thompson.
The City of Orillia investigated potential uses for the site, such as a municipal transit hub; however, several factors such as easements over the property, the heritage designation, the lack of direct access to a signalized intersection which has the effect of impeding turning movements for buses entering and leaving the site, and a lack of alternative access points to the site, revealed the site was not well suited for a transit hub.
Moving forward, the purchaser will be required to further complete their development concepts, and will be required to proceed through the applicable municipal approval process prior to starting work on the lands.
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 atorillia.ca.
Laura Thompson
Manager of Real Estate and Commercial Development
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)


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