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music on the barge

Weekly Planner: August 13 to 19

Try to guess the artifact at the Muskoka Lakes Museum’s annual fundraiser

Enjoy an evening of historical fun at the Muskoka Lakes Museum‘s annual ArtiFact or Fiction fundraiser. Taking place on August 14, the event features local food, live entertainment, and a challenging game that tests attendees’ knowledge of historical artifacts.

Don’t miss Gravenhurst’s last Music on the Barge show of the summer on August 19, featuring tunes from the ever-popular Good Brothers. The country-folk band has been entertaining audiences with its sterling harmonies and top-quality musicianship for more than 40 years.

Also on August 19, Juno Award-winning singer and songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk brings her signature brand of pop to the Algonquin Theatre as part of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.

A weekend of eye-catching visuals awaits as the Artists of the Limberlost—more than 20 talented artists and craftspeople in the Muskoka region—offer their annual summer studio tour on August 18 and 19.

 

The Muskoka Seven: Things to Do from August 8 to 14, 2011

Will the wolves be howling this week at Algonquin Park? (photo by White Wolf Photography)

1. Learn about the ecology of wolves at Algonquin Park’s “Wolf Howl.” Attend a slide talk about a wolf’s life history then travel to a designated location where wild wolves may answer to imitations by the park staff. (Weather permitting.)

2. Head out to Annie Williams Park in Breacebridge for Prism Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. The classic comedy is suitable for all ages and opens on August 9.

3. Looking for a laugh? Check out the Cottage Country Comedy Festival featuring a full schedule of comedians performing on August 12 and 13. The line-up includes Mike Wilmot, Gilson Lubin, Kathleen McGee, and many more! (more…)

The Muskoka Seven: Things to Do from August 1 to 7, 2011

Take a trip on the Island Queen

1. Pick a pleasant-looking day (blue-skied and sunny, perhaps with a calm little breeze) to enjoy touring the Georgian Bay biosphere on an Island Queen Cruise. Don’t forget your camera—the rugged landscape is definitely worth framing.

2. Take a trip to the English countryside from within the Gravenhurst Opera House, which presents its annual dinner theatre production from August 2 to 13. This year’s show is a hilarious British farce entitled Beyond a Joke. (more…)

The Muskoka Seven: Things to Do from July 25 to 31, 2011

See Georgian Bay from the water on a White Squall kayak tour

1. Beat the summer heat and book a kayak tour with White Squall Paddling Centre to glide through the smooth blue waters of the Georgian Bay.

2. The summer harvest is in full swing! Find the freshest Ontario fruits and vegetables for your cottage meals at the Gravenhurst Farmers Market (on Wednesday) and Rosseau Farmers Market (on Friday). (more…)

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. (more…)

Hot Date: Lakeside Tunes in Gravenhurst

JUNE 19 TO AUGUST 14, 2011 Bring your own seat and settle in at Gravenhurst’s Gull Lake Park for Music on the Barge. Watch the sun set over the waterfront stage while a diverse roster of bands serenades audiences every Sunday evening. Hear the classic sounds of the Muskoka Concert Band and Big Band on opening night, June 19. Tributes to Shania Twain (July 10), The Eagles (July 17), and Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette (August 7) make for memorable and melodious nights, too. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m., free; call 705-687-3412 or visit here for more information.

The Muskoka Seven: Things to Do from June 13 to 19, 2011

The candy cane fountains at Santa's Village

1. There’s only six months until Christmas! See how Saint Nick’s preparing for his 2011 toy delivery—or perhaps he’s still relaxing in the Muskoka sun—by visiting Santa’s Village, where kids can ride the Christmas ball ferris wheel, cool off under candy cane showers, get crafty in the elves’ workshop and more.

2. Witness the Kee to Bala be transformed into the “dogg pound” as legendary rapper Snoop Dogg enlivens cottage country with his distinctly brand of West Coast hip hop on June 17.

3. If you can handle the black flies and mosquitoes—and really, if you’re in Muskoka, that should be a given—then consider planning a camping trip to really experience the Canadian Shield. Well-known retailers like Algonquin Outfitters and Muskoka Outfitters can equip you with all the latest outdoorsy gear. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, August 6 to 8

Weekends in Muskoka are always packed with music, art and outdoors activities. This one’s no different. Get out there and enjoy it!

Climb aboard the M.V. Chippewa

Friday, August 6
What better way to start the weekend than with a Baroque on the Boat morning cruise? Allow the Festival Winds to serenade you aboard the M.V. Chippewa, departing from Parry Sound.

Spend a rockin’ night in Gravenhurst with the Holmes Brothers. The acclaimed roots-R&B-gospel-blues band stages a barn-burning show at Peter’s Place.

Saturday, August 7
Enjoy a true Woodland Art Experience in the scenic gardens, courtyards and rooms of Wood’s End Studios, where 25 artists display and discuss their excellent work. A garden luncheon is catered by North Restaurant.

Explore the world of locomotives at the Muskoka Model Train Show. At the Bracebridge Fairgrounds, peruse the collections of train enthusiasts, vendors and manufacturers, earn souvenirs and door prizes, and nibble on barbecue fare.

Sunday, August 8
Assemble at Annie Williams Park to cheer on the competitors in the Bracebridge Triathalon. You’ll be amazed by these athletes as they swim, cycle and run for glory.

Finish the day right with Endless Summer Live, a California-inspired show, part of Gravenhurst’s Music on the Barge festival.

Weekend Roundup, July 30 to August 2

July is not going down without a party first. Take particular note of numerous jazz concerts as you celebrate this Civic Holiday long weekend!

North Restaurant chef Alain Irvine serves up the flavours of the Muskoka region

Friday, July 30
Don’t miss the Huntsville Jazz Festival, running this weekend only!  Juno award–winner Alex Cuba opens tonight at the Algonquin Theatre.

Prepare for an evening packed with family fun, shopping and entertainment at the Bracebridge BIA Midnight Madness event.

Saturday, July 31
Indulge in one of Muskoka’s best meals at Gravenhurst’s North Restaurant. Chef Alain Irvine’s fresh, seasonal cuisine is sure to please.

Continue the jazz extravaganza tonight at the Festival of the Sound. The 16-piece Dave Young Big Band performs the renowned bassist’s original compositions and breathes new life into old standards.

Sunday, August 1
Find swing of a different kind by booking a tee time at the exceptional Ridge at Manitou golf course.

Dash into the 1950s tonight as the Lincolnaires offer a nostalgic set of early rock ‘n’ roll classics for Music on the Barge.

Monday, August 2
If the greens are still calling, tee off at the Muskoka Bay Club’s naturally beautiful 18-hole course. On site, the newly renovated Clifftop Clubhouse boasts a pro shop plus indoor-outdoor bistro with tantalizing dining options.

Step aboard the Island Queen for its Sunset on the Bay Musical Cruise. Watch as the sun dips under the water while vocals and instruments provide a musical lullaby.

Weekend Roundup, July 23 to 25

Music and art continue to make their marks this weekend in Muskoka.

Vintage goods abound at the Muskoka Antique Show

Friday, July 23
Look out for antique goodies as 40 dealers from across the country gather at the 29th annual Muskoka Antique Show in Port Carling.

Take in a memorable celebration to one of country music’s modern legends, as Leisa Way stars in Rhinestone Cowgirl: A Tribute to Dolly Parton. The performance, part of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, makes its way to the Algonquin Theatre tonight.

Saturday, July 24
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with live music or set up the kids with some face painting and a petting-zoo experience at the Baysville Walkabout Festival. After that, treasure seekers can peruse the offerings of more than 120 artisans and craftspeople who line the town’s main street.

Combine art and nature at Bracebridge’s Artful Garden. Here, more than 40 artists showcase their original garden-inspired visuals in the open air at the studio and home of area residents Jon and Suzann Partridge.

Sunday, July 25
Pay homage to true divas at Classic Primadonna, a Festival of the Sound production starring soprano Mary Lou Fallis. Dessert and coffee are served while you enjoy a classy evening with music by Mozart and Schubert.

Rock on with jukebox hits performed live on the water by Freddy Vette and the Flames as part of the Music on the Barge Festival concert series in Gravenhurst.

Weekend Roundup, July 16 to 18

Muskoka’s arts and music scene is abuzz this weekend.

The Festival of the Sound kicks off Friday night at the Charles W. Stockey Centre

Friday, July 16
Browse creative and colourful pieces at the Muskoka Arts and Crafts Show. More than 200 local artists and craftspeople offer their original works at this weekend-long event in Bracebridge.

Be dazzled by classical music. The much-anticipated Festival of the Sound kicks off this weekend at Parry Sound’s Charles W. Stockey Centre with a gala opening concert featuring Oxford Six Pianos.

Saturday, July 17
Stay in Parry Sound and take the opportunity to check out the premiere of Impressions of the Massasauga Provincial Park, and meet the artists as they share their interpretations of this breathtaking Canadian landscape.

Prepare for a thunderous roar as vintage planes soar overhead at the Muskoka 2010 Air Show, which this year honours the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Norway and the Battle of Britain. This year’s event is held slightly southwest of Muskoka in the town of Midland, site of the Norwegian Air Force’s WWII training base.

Sunday, July 18
Partake in an artful afternoon at Huntsville’s River Mill Park. From noon to 3 p.m., kids can paint a masterpiece (or have their faces painted) for free as part of Art Splash. Those with an interest in more “established” talents can enjoy an arts walk with live demonstrations by local artists.

Dance to some hot new-country music as an uncanny look-alike performs the Ultimate Tribute to Shania Twain at a Music on the Barge concert in Gravenhurst.

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.