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The Muskoka Seven: Things to Do from July 11 to 17, 2011

Steven Page plays the Huntsville Festival of the Arts this week

1. The Huntsville Festival of the Arts has a big week. Former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page is sure to bring the house down when he plays the Algonquin Theatre on July 15. On July 17, the ever-popular Rod Beattie brings his curmudgeonly character Walt Wingfield to town in Wingfield’s Folly.

2. Parry Sound’s biggest annual event kicks off on July 15 as the Festival of the Sound hosts a “piano gala” featuring music by Debussy, Gershwin, Beethoven and more. Four additional concerts and two lectures round out the weekend’s programming.

3. No more excuses—summer’s sun ought to have warmed up the Muskoka lakes by now! Get out and enjoy some on-water fun. If you’re in need of new gear for waterskiing or wakeboarding, Bush’s Sports Centre in Bala has you covered.

4. Has all that activity made you a bit sore? Why not book a relaxing massage at one of the region’s lauded resort spas, like Indulgence, the Spa at Taboo or Touch Spa at Touchstone on Lake Muskoka.

5. No one need be afraid of the dark on July 15, as downtown Huntsville closes its main strip to traffic and lights up the evening with its annual Firefly Festival, which features live music, food and more beneath the stars.

6. The region’s oldest and largest outdoor art exhibition opens this week in Bracebridge, as the 49th edition of the Muskoka Arts & Crafts Summer Show brings together more than 200 artists and craftspeople—not to mention many more art lovers—from July 15 to 17.

7. Gravenhurst’s ongoing Music on the Barge concert series offers what’s sure to be a popular act on July 17—tribute band Hotel California lovingly recreates the laid-back pop-rock sound of The Eagles.

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