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Art in the Heart

Weekly Planner: July 2 to 8

Real rodeo excitement comes to Muskoka in the Bracebridge Bullnanza (photo courtesy of Double D Rodeo Productions)

Thrill to the real rodeo action of the Bracebridge Bullnanza, taking place on Thursday at the J.D. Lang Activity Park. The show features bull riding, barrel racing, a performance by the Canadian Cowgirls mounted drill squad and more. Yeehaw!

Meet Muskoka artists and craftspeople—and perhaps purchase some of their beautiful ceramics, paintings, jewellery and more—as the Art in the Heart outdoor market opens for its fifth season this Saturday. Running from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., it takes place along Manitoba Street and Chancery Lane in downtown Huntsville.

Craftsmanship of a different kind can be viewed on Saturday in Gravenhurst—the Muskoka Wharf hosts the region’s 32nd annual Antique and Classic Boat Show, with more than 100 exquisite wooden watercraft displayed in-water.

Should you find yourself salivating in Port Carling, it may be due to the aroma of fresh-cooked seafood. The town hosts its summer Lobsterfest on Saturday, so be sure to book your tickets in advance at the Apothecary Shop (86 Joseph St.). Not a fan of crustaceans? There’s a steak dinner, too.

Perk up your ears to some great music. Muskoka venues host three must-hear concerts this weekend. On Saturday, slide guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth takes the stage at Peter’s Players, while Canadian rockers Big Wreck reunite at The Kee to Bala. On Sunday, head to Deerhurst Resort, where Trooper will try to live up to its reputation as the country’s “greatest party band.”

The Muskoka Seven: Things to Do from July 18 to 24, 2011

Ron Sexsmith

1. Major Canadian talent makes the trip to Muskoka this week, as acclaimed singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith takes the stage for two shows at Peter’s Place Live on July 23 and 24.

2. Check out the latest pleasure crafts and cottage accessories from July 22 to 24, as Gravenhurst’s Muskoka Wharf hosts the annual In-Water Boat and Cottage Show. If all that salivating (at boats) makes you actually hungry, you’re in luck, the Muskoka Cottage Brewery lounge, also on-site, offers a filling Ribfest, too. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, July 1 to 4

Celebrate Canada Day weekend with an explosion of events—we’re not just talking about the fireworks!

Enjoy a Canada Day cruise aboard Parry Sound's Island Queen

Thursday, July 1
Commemorate Canada Day aboard the Island Queen’s Sunset Musical Cruise, part of Parry Sound’s annual Festival of the Sound. Enjoy ebullient tunes by the Shores of Newfoundland band, then open your eyes wide for a fireworks display in the harbour.

Sway to country, folk, gospel, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and children’s music with Bracebridge’s Memorial Park Bandshell Concert Series. Or, try your luck by entering the annual duck derby at Bracebridge Falls.

Friday, July 2
Mark your calendars! The Huntsville Festival of the Arts returns to Muskoka today, and runs through to August 11. Tonight, catch Canadian rock band Lighthouse at the Algonquin Theatre.

Head over to the Kee to Bala to see Matthew Good live in concert. The popular singer-songwriter‘s eponymous band also features Dave Genn on keyboards and guitar, Ian Browne rocking the drum kit, and Rich Priske on bass.

Saturday, July 3
If you’re one of the lucky ticket holders for the popular Baysville Beef and Lobster Fest, you’ll be sure to spend the day feasting on succulent lobster and juicy meat. Participate in the silent auction and win prizes.

Witness rising star Mark Masri performing live with Canadian songbird Amy Sky at the Algonquin Theatre.

Sunday, July 4
View the works of emerging artists, displayed throughout historic downtown Bracebridge for Art in the Heart.

Walk the line to Gravenhurst’s Music on the Barge show. Tonight offers a “Legend in Black” tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter.

Weekend Roundup, August 14 to 16

It’s all about festivals in Muskoka! Perfect for the (anticipated) sunny weather this weekend.

Enjoy a day of boating and fishing at Arrowhead Provincial Park (photo by John Vetterli).

Enjoy a day of boating and fishing at Arrowhead Provincial Park (photo by John Vetterli).

Friday, August 14
Kick-off the weekend by picking up something original from one of more than 130 Canadian artists and craft vendors at Gravenhurst’s 18th annual Dockside Festival of the Arts. Purchases in hand, stay for the food and live entertainment.

Instead of dinner and a movie, do dinner and a play tonight. In its fourth year of bringing dinner theatre to the Gravenhurst Opera House, the Dragonfly Theatre Company performs “See How They Run,” a fast-paced comedy set in an English vicarage.

Saturday, August 15
At Bracebridge’s Art in the Heart, discover painters, woodworkers, sculptors and other emerging Muskoka artists honing their crafts along Manitoba Street and its connected laneways. This year the festival also offers street entertainment, from theatrical performers and dancers to musicians and magicians.

In the afternoon, indulge in a cottage country beer and food tasting at Muskoka Cottage Brewery. The event includes an exclusive tour of the Bracebridge microbrewery.

Sunday, August 16
Head out on a Sunday-morning fishing trip with the family for rainbow trout and small-mouth bass at Arrowhead Provincial Park.

Tap your toes to the guitar, autoharp, and banjo sounds of country-bluegrass band The Good Brothers tonight at Gull Lake Park. The nine-time Juno Award winners play the closing set for Gravenhurst’s Music on the Barge, a regional tradition since 1949.

Weekend Roundup, July 10 to 12

Summer continues in Muskoka’s laid-back cottage country. There’s lots to see and do!

The Kee to Bala is Muskokas famed concert hall (photo by Reegmo).

The Kee to Bala is Muskoka's famed concert hall (photo by Reegmo).

Friday, July 10
Revere the reggae sound of Toots and the Maytals, as they reign over the Kee to Bala tonight.

Saturday, July 11
Admire the charm and history behind venerable vessels at the Antique and Classic Boat Show.

Coddle the kids with carnival buskers and crafts during Muskoka Summerfest at Bracebridge Bay Park.

See puppet shows plus dance and music performances at The Edge of Woods Theatre Festival in Huntsville.

Sunday, July 12
Marvel at Bracebridge’s downtown milieu as the Art in the Heart outdoor art market covers the town with colour.

Experience the rolling terrain of a traditional Scottish golf course by playing a round at Muskoka Highlands.