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Muskoka Arts and Crafts

Weekly Planner: July 16 to 22

Jim Cuddy plays the Huntsville Festival of the Arts this week.

The 20th annual Huntsville Festival of the Arts is now in full swing, with it’s slate of daily concerts by local performers plus three headlining shows this week. First up is Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy, playing on July 17 in an intimate trio setting with violinist Anne Lindsay and guitarist Colin Cripps. On July 19, powerhouse vocalist Molly Johnson demonstrates why she’s one of the country’s best-known jazz and blues singers. And on July 21, CBC radio host, writer and musician Jian Ghomeshi takes the stage to share stories and insight from his time behind the microphone.

The Festival of the Sound, another hugely anticipated annual concert event, returns on July 18 with a gala featuring England’s Choir of Trinity College performing Eleanor Daley’s festival-commissioned Paradise: A Song of Georgian Bay, plus works by Bach, Mendelssohn and more. And if that wasn’t enough, the event offers classical music every day this week, including an appearance by the Canadian Brass on July 21.

Want more music? You’ve got it at Bracebridge’s Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre, which hosts a Jazz in July celebration on July 21. Expect an ebullient evening of big band swing, Latin jazz, R&B, motown and more, as interpreted by 12-piece ensemble Spektrum.

Once you’ve taken in the tunes, it’s time to eye some superlative visuals at the 50th Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show. Running from July 20 to 22 at Bracebridge’s Annie Williams Park, this very popular gathering brings together dozens of Ontario-based painters, sculptors, jewellers, fashion designers and even a batch of gourmet food vendors. It’s a veritable one-stop shop to help make your home or cottage look its best for years to come.

 

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.

Weekend Roundup, May 15 to 18

The Victoria Day long weekend marks Canada’s unofficial start of summer, and where better to celebrate than in the Muskoka region?

Friday, May 15
Take home a piece of Canadian country charm at the Muskoka Lifestyle Show in picturesque Port Carling.

Support local art at the Silver Bridge Gallery as it presents Metal Petals, featuring one-of-a-kind hand-sculpted garden art.

Enjoy French Cuisine and lakeside scenery in the charming Twigs dining room at the Inn at Christie’s Mill.

Saturday, May 16
Enjoy a tuneful day with the family at the annual spring concert presented by the Muskoka Children’s Choir and Inspiring Sounds Music Studio.

Relive the vivacious performances of Elton John circa 1970 at a tribute concert, the Goodbye Yellow Brick Roadshow, by Ronnie and the Jets.

Celebrate the season at Deerhurst Resort’s Eclipse restaurant with local gourmet flavours including Milford Bay smoked trout, spring lamb and fiddleheads.

Sunday, May 17
Revel in the spectacular vistas as you swing for the fairways at pristine Taboo Resort. Its challenging golf course is the home course of 2003 masters champion Mike Weir.

Sip cocktails and breath in the crisp cottage-country air aboard a Lady Muskoka Cruise.

Take a stroll through downtown Hunstville and marvel at the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery, featuring replicated murals created by Canadian artists.

Monday, May 18
Venture back to the turn of the century at Muskoka Heritage Place, where costumed interpreters teach everything from pioneer baking to candle dipping.

Treat yourself like Queen Victoria and pursue handcrafted natural soap bars from Huntsville boutique Soapstones. Fragrances like Algonquin Morning and Muskoka Blueberry stimulate the senses.