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huntsville festival of the arts

Weekend Roundup, July 9 to 11

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Muskoka’s still hot with things to do!

See the Cavenerners interpret Beatles classics this weekend

Friday, July 9
Justin Hines exudes an optimistic attitude through his music. A genetic joint condition confines him to a wheelchair, but this singer-songwriter’s tunes display a soaring spirit. Be inspired tonight at the Algonquin Theatre.

Wade into the cool water with your fishing rod in tow for Ontario Family Fishing weekend. This weekend only, Canadians can fish without a license!

Saturday, July 10
Discover Gravenhurst’s water-bound heritage at the annual Antique & Classic Boat Show. Saturday features a showcase of finely crafted wooden boats, while Sunday brings classic fiberglass boats and classic cars.

Devour a pancake and sausage/peameal breakfast or participate in an evening barn dance at the Muskoka Pioneer Power Show. After checking out the grand parade, meander through the heritage exhibits, blacksmith shop and classic and antique vehicle displays on the Bracebridge Fairgrounds.

Sunday, July 11
Kick back in a comfortable lawn chair on the grounds of Spencer’s Tall Trees restaurant while the soothing melodies of Jazz in the Garden caress your ear.

If you want to avoid “A Hard Day’s Night,” get your groove on at Canada’s premiere Beatles tribute show, performed by The Caverners for Gravenhurst’s Music on the Barge.

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.

Hot Date: Big Names in Town

Sarah Harmer is just one of the major musicians slated to perform at the Huntsville Festival of the Arts

JULY 2 TO AUGUST 22 Muskoka’s concert calendar is once again packed to the brim thanks to the ever-popular Huntsville Festival of the Arts. Canadian rock band Lighthouse kicks off this summer’s schedule on July 2. The excitement continues with returning artists Hawksley Workman on July 17 and John McDermott on August 17, plus fiddle and step-dance masters Leahy on July 10 and rootsy singer Sarah Harmer on August 22. Fans of improvised music won’t want to miss the weekend-long Huntsville Jazz Festival—from July 29 to August 1—which features performances from jazz-pop specialist Alex Cuba, rising jazz singer and pianist Laila Biali, and many others. Most performances at Algonquin Theatre, $25 to $45; call 705-789-4975 or click here for a complete schedule and to purchase tickets.

Weekend Roundup: May 28 to 30

The Muskoka region melds the glory of nature with modern convenience and amenities. Experience it all this weekend!

Saturday: Spend time at Muskoka Wharf

Friday, May 28
On your way north, stop in at Bayfield Mall to stock up on necessities. More than 70 stores—including Winners, Canadian Tire, Price Chopper and Pharma Plus—help ensure you’re prepared for any situation.

Take in stunning greens, tall trees and expansive Muskokan vistas while challenging yourself to a round of golf at North Granite Ridge.

Saturday, May 29
Head to Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst to stroll along the boardwalk, investigate the the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre or indulge in dining and shopping. Kids can frolic in the playground and water-play area.

Enjoy modern artists’ interpretations of works by the Group of Seven and Tom Thompson—more than 40 pieces are displayed at Huntsville’s Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery.

Sunday, May 30
View Ontario wildlife at indoor facilities and while venturing across 50 acres of walking trails. The Muskoka Wildlife Centre is an interactive learning park for all ages where furry woodland creatures make for a memorable trip.

Browse the shelves of The Bookcase, an independent bookstore housed in a Huntsville historic building, and pick up a new tome or an old favourite to read on a quiet cottage-country evening.

Weekend Roundup, July 17 to 19

This weekend, enjoy all the trappings of a cottage-country summer in Muskoka.

Algonquin Park offers hundreds of acres of pristine wilderness (photo by Craig Moy).

Algonquin Park offers hundreds of acres of pristine wilderness (photo by Craig Moy).

Friday, July 17
Admire the aerial ambience aboard as you fly over the 30,000 Islands on a Georgian Bay Airways floatplane sightseeing tour.

Paddle and portage through the pristine paradise of Algonquin Provincial Park for a breathtaking backcountry experience.

Saturday, July 18
Marvel at the popular melodies of Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli, as performed by tenor Mitch Seekins at the Hunstville Festival of the Arts.

Enjoy a pint of premium ale at the Lakes of Muskoka Cottage Brewery—take a tour and have a taste of country food and charm.

Sunday, July 19
Survey more than 200 artists showcasing everything from fashion and furniture to paintings and pottery during the 47th annual Summer Show presented by Muskoka Arts and Crafts.

Tee off amidst the graceful fairways of the Bracebridge Golf Club, then cool down on the licensed patio for a leisurely conclusion to the weekend.

Hot Date—Huntsville Festival of the Arts

 

Hawksley Workman

Hawksley Workman

July 3 to August 26:  The Huntsville Festival of the Arts packs an eclectic punch of musical entertainment over six fun-filled weeks. Headlining musicians include returning favourites Hawksley Workman on August 12 and Jim Cuddy on August 25 and 26, as well as folksy singer and songwriter Serena Ryder on July 9 and a tribute evening to country music singer Patsy Cline on July 25. Don’t miss the annual homage to Dixieland at the Huntsville Jazz Festival, from July 30 to August 1. This fest-within-a-fest features vibraphone specialist Peter Appleyard. Most performances at Algonquin Theatre, tickets $25 to $45; call 705-789-4975 to purchase.