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Things to do in Orillia

The Orillia Opera House Summer Theatre Experience: The OOH!

We pronounce it “Oh” as in Oh, What a Season! Last year, thousands of audience members brought Orillia alive with great professional theatre at the iconic Orillia Opera House. This Season promises to be another wonderful romp, with three great … Continue reading →

What to expect with Lighthouse Festival Theatre’s 2017 Season

Since 1980, Lighthouse Festival Theatre in beautiful lakeside Port Dover has been the destination of choice for theatre lovers from all over southern Ontario and the North East United States. The picturesque small town of 6500 nestled on the North Shore … Continue reading →

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 →

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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 →

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 →