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The place where summer theatre was born

By Andrew Wagner-Chazalon There are dozens of professional theatres in rural and small town Ontario, presenting hundreds of plays to tens of thousands of people. Summer theatre is an economic engine, part of a cultural and creative sector that contributes … Continue reading →

Sweeney Todd at the Shaw Festival

By Andrew Wagner-Chazalon What sort of parting gift do you give someone who’s been running a theatre company for 14 years, someone who has taken it to heights both critical and financial, built it into an even greater success than … Continue reading →

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Port Stanley Festival Theatre

By Andrew Wagner-Chazalon Denise Mader’s This One is about family and loss, farming and dating, and how to make a really good pecan pie. It’s funny and touching and completely engaging, and while they don’t grow pecans on the shores … Continue reading →

Gravenhurst Opera House

By Andrew Wagner-Chazalon There are lots of lovely theatres in Ontario, and many have statues of prominent local citizens in front. But Gravenhurst must be the only town in the province – maybe in all of Canada – to give … Continue reading →

Port Hope Festival Theatre, Port Hope

  The first rule of road travel: when the top-reviewed restaurant in town is a burger joint, you go to the burger joint. Port Hope’s Olympus Burger is fun. Menu items are named after Greek gods, a nod to co-owner George … Continue reading →

Orillia Opera House, Orillia

The air has cooled overnight. Old jazz standards play softly in the background as I descend the curved staircase to greet Guy Laporte and Craig Ashton in the kitchen of their Collingwood B&B, Craigleith Manor. They have hosted Designated Travel … Continue reading →