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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 →

Westben Arts Festival Theatre, Campbellford

We are on the prowl for a giant toonie. Arriving in Campbellford on the west side of the canal, my Designated Travel Companion (DTC) and I search for the landmark, a nod to local wildlife artist Brent Townsend who designed … Continue reading →

Drayton Entertainment, Dunfield Theatre Cambridge

My day starts early, waking up in the middle of an impossibly delicious king-sized bed, sun just peeking around the edges of the window blinds, plaintive song of a mourning dove nudging me back under the covers. Tough gig. I … Continue reading →

Blyth Festival, Blyth

I think I could spend a week in Huron County and still not see everything. Suspecting this, Joan Karstens, owner of Brentwood on the Beach, had encouraged me to come earlier when I was making arrangements for my visit. It wasn’t possible, … Continue reading →

Globus Theatre, Bobcaygeon

It is impossible to plan a trip to Bobcaygeon, or to see the word Bobcaygeon on a map or a sign without hearing the Tragically Hip song in your head. On repeat. Even if you don’t know all the words. Especially … Continue reading →

Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque

  The trip to Gananoque, or Ganawage, or Cadanocqui, or one of the myriad other spellings throughout its long history, has an inauspicious beginning. Designated Travel Companion (DTC) gets stuck in a jam on the 401, the cause of which … Continue reading →

Festival Players of Prince Edward County

The view literally stops me in my tracks. A cadmium yellow glider towed into an endless cerulean sky. Below, a glint off scarlet metal roofs atop cedar shakes the shade of juniper. Colours so vivid, so basic, you could fill … Continue reading →

Rose Theatre, Brampton

Today we are approaching Brampton from the northeast, having made an earlier errand run to Schomberg. Rather than hopping back on yet another 400 series highway, we decide to zigzag through pretty Peel Region, along Mt. Wolfe Road and Old … Continue reading →

Highlands Summer Festival, Haliburton

My theatre weekend in cottage country requires a nighttime drive to our accommodations, Bala to Haliburton. Double lane double line blacktop, the yellow ribbon unspooling before our headlights, the road weaving in and out of dark forest, up and down small … Continue reading →

Actors’ Colony Theatre, Bala

With my Designated Travel Companion (DTC) at the wheel, I am headed north to the land of sixteen hundred lakes, granite outcrops, millionaire mansions, Kurt and Goldie. Cottage country. I know this area mostly by reputation: endless bumper-to-bumper drives up … Continue reading →