Rating: NNNNNout of town event listings C Indicates kid-friendly events Environs 905 Oakville Hamilton Burlington.
out of town event listings C Indicates kid-friendly events
Environs 905 Oakville Hamilton Burlington
EVENTS/FESTIVALS C bread and honey Streetsville celebrates Jun 3-5 with a parade, sports, music and a candlelight walk. $6 wknd pass, $5 Sun only, $2 child under 12. Streetsville Memorial Park and downtown. 905-816-1640. CARABRAM Multicultural fest has 11 different pavilions representing cultures and heritage through dance, displays and food. Jul 9-11, various venues in Brampton. Passport $10, adv $8. 416-452-4917,www.carabram.com. C dundas buskerfest Outdoor street comedy and carnival. Jun 3-5. Fri 6 to 10 pm, Sat noon to 10 pm, Sun noon to 6 pm. Free. Cross to John, downtown Dundas. 905-627-1287. Everdale environmental learning centre Home Alive!, environmentally smart house open house Jun 25. $5, stu/srs $3. Nia solstice dance celebration Jun 24, 7-9 pm. $20. The Buzz On Bees seminar Jul 23. $55. Workshops on solar energy systems, wind power, organic gardening and more. Hillsburg. 519-855-4859, www.everdale.org. C fiesta week Oshawa hosts a multicultural celebration including food and entertainment at international pavilions and a concert at Memorial Park. Jun 19 to 25. $8, srs $4, under 14 free. 905-725-1624, www.fiestaweek.ca.
C georgetown village festival Entertainment, dancing, family fun. Jun 17-18. 905-873-4970, www.downtowngeorgetown.com.
C go skateboard day Watch, participate or learn about skateboarding at three skate parks Jun 21: Maple Park (Maple Ave, Burlington), Shell Park (Lakeshore at Burloak, Oakville) and Beasley Bowl (Beasley Comm Ctr, 27 Eligan Rd, Hamilton). www.transferskateboards.com. hamilton international tattoo Pipes and drums, dancers and more. Jun 12 at 2:30 pm. $27, srs $22, stu $18, under 13 $15. Copps Coliseum, 101 York, Hamilton. 905-546-4040.
hamilton pride festival Pride events run Jun 11-19 w/ rally and march Jun 18, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, market, entertainment (Canada Marine Discovery Centre, 57 Guise E) noon to 6 pm. Free, some ticketed events. 905-528-0207 ext 45, www.hamiltonpride.com.
hands and feet run All ages 10 or 5 K run, 1.3 K walk, Jun 4. 9 am. $3-$35. Bruce’s Mills Conservation Area, Warden/Stouffville Rd, www.runningroom. com.
heritage faire and militia muster Georgina Pioneer Village hosts a day of history and re-enactment Jun 11-12. 10 am to 5 pm. $2, under 5 free. 26557 Civic Rd, Keswick. 905-476-4305, www.uppercanadianheritage. com/lakesimcoe. C international children’s festival of mississauga Jack Grunsky, Emerita Emerencia, Loretta Penny and others entertain Jun 14-18. $9, family $27. Free outdoor activities 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts, Mississauga. 905-306-6141, www.kidsfestival. org. newmarket doors open day Learn about Quaker heritage and the history of this Rouge Trail town. Jun 11, 10 am-4 pm. Free. 905-953-5314, www. newmarket.ca.
24 hr summer bike races Watch the solstice race, Jun 18-19 from noon to noon. $4.25, srs $3.25, child $2.25. Hot Aug nights race Aug 20-21. Albion Hills Conservation Area, hwy 50, north of Bolton. www.chicoracing.com. C unionville village festival Main streets’ heritage buildings come alive. Waiter races, parade 10 am, 5K fun run, fireworks and lots more. Jun 4-6. Crosby Park, Toogood Pond and Main St. www.unionvillefestival.com.
windfall ecology festival Sustainable living festival w/ health and wellness exhibits, trash fashion show, organic foods, performance by Don Ross, native plant swap and more. Jun 11-12 from 10 am. Free. Fairy Lake Park, Newmarket. 1-866-280-4431, www. windfallcentre.ca.
world’s longest street festival on the world’s longest street Street dance on Yonge Street Jun 4 from 7 pm-midnight, Festival Jun 5 from 11 am-5 pm including musicians, clowns, skateboard park and buskers. Free. 905-727-7262.
avril lavigne Jul 12, doors 6 pm. $48.75. Copps Coliseum, Hamilton. 416-870-8000.
C brampton folk festival Murray McLauchlan, Finest Kind, General Store, comedy w/ the Three Headed Trio. Workshops, crafts, Morris dancing and kid’s entertainers. June 18 from 9 am-11 pm. Free. Gage Park, Brampton. 647-233-3655, www3.sympatico.ca/bramptonfolk. concerts in the parks Quartetto Gelato, Jun 7, Father Ermanno Bulfon Park (8141 Martin Grove, Woodbridge). The Nomads, Jun 21, Chancellor Park (350 Ansley Grove, Woodbridge). Neil Diamond tribute, Jul 12, Dufferin Park (1441 Clark W, Thornhill). Groove Corporation, Jul 26, York Hill Park (501 Clark W, Thornhill). 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Free. www.vaughan.ca.
EAGLEWOOD FOLK FESTIVAL Songwriters fest w/ Lynn Miles, Stephen Fearing, Fred Eaglesmith, Susie Vinnick and others. Aug 26-28. Wknd $60, Fri $15 (no adv), Sat-Sun $30 adv (till Jun 30) wknd$40, Sat-Sun $20. 9715 Morning Glory Rd, Eaglewood Resort, Pefferlaw. 1-800-437-1567, www.eaglewoodfolk.com. C markham village music festival Main Street closes Fri evening and all day Sat, Jun 17-18. Musicians, crafts, silent auction and more. Fri 6-11 pm, Sat 7 am-7 pm. Free. www.markhamvillage. com. metis arts festival Métis, First Nations and Inuit musicians play this 19th-century village. Dance, song, artistry, traditional foods and more. Jul 23-24, 11 am-5 pm. $11, stu/srs $10, under 14 $7. Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy. 416-736-1733. C mississauga waterfront festival Port Credit Memorial Park hosts a family fun fest Jun 17-19. Wknd pass $12, kids $6. JC Saddington Park, Mississauga. 905-891-0002. www.mississaugawaterfrontfestival. com.
C music in the park Variety of musicians, face painting and refreshments. Every Tue 7-9 pm. Free. Gage Park, Wellington and Main S, Brampton. 905-793-6976.
C oakville waterfront festival Concerts by Tom Cochrane, Jimmy Bowskill, David Rotundo Band, rides, a children’s village, dog shows and fireworks fun Jun 24-26, Fri 5-11 pm, Sat 9 am-11 pm, Sun 9 am-5 pm. Wristbands $15, adv $12. Coronation Park, Lakeshore W, Oakville. 905-847-1216, www.oakvillefestival.com. orangeville blues and jazz fest Downtown, Alexandra Park and other venues host this fest, Jun 2-5. Free park concerts include Alex Pangman, JW Jones, Paul James Band, Fathead, Beverley Taft, Chris Whiteley. Opening gala w/ Danny Marks and the Bluz.fm Band, $20. Orangeville. 519-940-8291, www. orangevillebluesandjazz.ca.
sensational sounds of summer Varied musicians play Sun 2-4 pm, Jul 3-Aug 14. $11, stu/srs $10, under 14 $7. Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy. 416-736-1733.
sound of music festival Outdoor festival, Jun 16-19, featuring Sloan, Jack de Keyzer, Jane Bunnett & the Spirits of Havana, Honeymoon Suite, the Good Brothers, Marc Jordan, the Ennis Sisters, Murray McLauchlan and many others. Free. Spencer Smith Park, Lakeshore at foot of Brant, Burlington. 905-333-6364, www. soundofmusic.on.ca.
sounds of the underground Lamb of God, Clutch, Opeth, Poison the Well, From Autumn to Ashes, Unearth, Chimaira, Gwar, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, High on Fire, All That Remains, Devil Driver, A Life Once Lost, the Red Chord and Madball. Jul 4, doors 11 am. $37.50. Arrow Hall, 6900 Airport, Mississauga. 416-870-8000.
tottenham bluegrass festival Pond outdoor amphitheatre hosts three days of bluegrass, Jun 24-26, including Blueridge, Gerald Evans & Paradise, Stephen Helton & the Flint River Boys, Hard Ryde. Workshops, kids’ programs, gospel hour, crafts. Camping avail. $15-$25, wknd $65. Tottenham Conservation Area. 1-888-258-4727, www.tottenhambluegrass. ca.
world electronic music festival Massive stages feature Mix Master Mike, Rabbit in the Moon, Superstar DJ Keoki, Ed Rush, Shy Fx, Hatiras and tons of others, Jul 8-10. $50-$175. Orangeville Fairgrounds. 416-631-8821, for a spot on the bus: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wemf. com.
ART/THEATRE century church theatre My Heart Reminds Me plays Jul 14-17 and 20-23. Weekend Comedy runs Aug 18-21 and 24-27. 8 pm, some mats at 2 pm. 14 Boland Drive, Erin. 519-855-4586, www.erinlivetheatre.com.
driftwood theatre The Compleat Works Of
AWilliam Shakespeare plays this outdoor theatre Jul 27 at 8 pm. Donations. Esplanade Park, Civic Comples, Pickering. 416-785-9291, www.driftwoodtheatre.com.
festival of classics
A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs Jul 11-Aug 6 (Coronation Park, Oakville), and Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) plays Aug 15-Sep 3 (Bronte Harbour Park, Oakville). 8 pm. $22, family $88. 905-815-4049.
functional & fine art
Garden creations, photography, painting, sculpture, live music and more. June 4, 10 am-5 pm June 5, 11 am-4 pm. Free. 140 Mountain, Grimsby. www.freewebs. com/backroadsstudiotour.
Open-air performance of the folk opera about the needy and greedy w/ James Gordon, Ken Brown, Nonie Crete and others. 8 pm. Pwyc. Ken Whillans Square, downtown Brampton. www3.sympatico. ca/bramptonfolk.
Adult workshop, Jun 18, – 10 am-4:30 pm. $45. McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington, Kleinburg. Register 905-893-1121, ext 2228, www.mcmichael. com.
RED BARN THEATRE
Beneath The Banyan Tree runs till Jun 4, The Love List, Jun 15-Jul 2 Having Hope At Home, Jul 7-23 Confessions Of A Dirty Blonde, Jul 28-Aug 13 Give My Regards To Broadway, Aug 16-20 and The Wicked Best Revue, Aug 23-27. 8 pm, some mats. Call for schedule. $26, srs/stu $22, mats and Tue evgs $22. 991 Lake Drive E, Jackson’s Point. 905-722-3249.
sizzling summer sundays Artist demos, live music, tours, hands-on art activities and more. 11 am-4 pm. $12, stu/srs $9. McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington, Kleinburg. 905-893-1121, www.mcmichael.com.
theatre in the square Merry Wives Of Windsor, Jul 1, 4, 8, 11, Aug 1, 5, 8 All’s Well That Ends Well, Jul 22-25, 29, Aug 1 Richard The Third, Aug 12, 15, 19-22, 26-29. Free, donations appreciated. Ken Whillans Square, 2 Wellington E, Brampton. 905-874-2800.
towards the spiritual in canadian art Exhibit exploring the powerful spiritual aspect of the Group of Seven and contemporaries runs till Jul 31. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun noon-5 pm till Jun 30, Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. $4, stu/srs $3, child $2. Varley Art Gallery, Main/Carlton, Unionville. 905-477-9511.
visual arts centre of clarington Home Turf exhibition w/ visiting artists Vincent Hron and Cynthia Harper runs to Jul 3. Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat 11 am-5 pm, Thu to 8 pm, Sun 1-4 pm. Free. 143 Simpson, Bowmanville. 905-623-5831, www.vac.ca.
creative hands gallery show Handcrafted pottery, stained glass, fibre art and more. Jun 18, 10 am-4 pm. Donation. Guild bldg, 11 Church, Markham. www.guidingstar. ca/mgvc.
Local produce, baked goods. Sat 7 am-1 pm from Jun 19 to Oct 9. Free. Main St between Nelson W and John, Brampton. 905-874-2650.
georgetown farmers market Sat Jun 18-Oct 8, 8 am-12: 30 pm. Downtown. Free. www.downtowngeorgetown.com.
markham farmers market Sat 8 am-1 pm. Live entertainment weekly. Main St, Markham/Robinson. 905-947-9202, www. markham. ca.
markham flower & garden festival Free seminars, lectures and hands-on demos. Jun 10-12. Fri 10 am-7 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am-5 pm. $8, srs $7, under 12 free. 905-475-7674.
stouffville country market Fruits, veggies, housewares, tools and more. Sat 8 am-4 pm, Sun 9 am-4 pm. 12555 Tenth Line, Stouffville. 905-640-3813.
historic streetsville Heritage walk. Jun 18, 10 am-12:30 pm. Free. 271 Queen S. 905-858-5974.
kettleby herb farms
Tour the herb gardens and relax with tea and herbal fare. Sat-Sun till Jun 19, 10 am-5 pm. Reservations. 15495 Weston, Kettleby. 905-727-8344, www.kettlebyherbfarms.com.
Walking tour of Hamilton’s historic art and architecture, Jun 16, 1 pm. $25. Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King W. Reserve 905-527-6610, ext 246.
Guided tours daily of the grounds, permanent and special collections. Free w/ admission. 11 am, 12:30 and 1 or 2:30 pm. $15, stu/srs $12. Tours in Jun Sat-Sun only, Jul-Aug, Mon-Fri 11 am, 12:30 and 2 pm, Sat-Sun 1 and 2:30 pm. McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington, Kleinburg. 905-893-1121, www.mcmichael.com.
MERLIN’S HOLLOW GARDEN TOURS
English flower garden open to visitors Jun 11, Jul 2 and Jul 10, 10 am-5 pm. Fragrant, knot, alpine, fern gardens and more. Wheelchair accessible. Free. 181 Centre Cres, Aurora. 905-727-8979.
summer house tour and english tea room Eight-house self-guided tour from old to new, plus tea ($5) at an an old Whitby home. Jun 11, 10 am-4 pm. $12. Tea room, 417 Euclid, Whitby. 905-430-2714, 905-668-0536.
whitchurch-stouffville doors open Walking tour of historical Stouffville. Jun 4, 11 am, 1 and 3 pm. Free. Train Stn, 6176 Main, Stouffville. www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.
Barrie Collingwood Midland Orillia
EVENTS/Festivals chili cookoff Local cooks compete at the Ontario Chili Championships to advance to the world cookoff. Chili tasting offered Jul 9, 11 am-5 pm. Free, $10 tasting kit. Village of Blue Mountain, Collingwood. www. tcrotary. ca. C kitefest Single, dual, quad line, pairs, team flyers, stunt and sport, power and traction kites flown Jun 18-19, 11 am-4 pm. Free. Wasaga Beach, Area One. 1-705-429-2247.
Le festival du loup Celebrate French Canadian joie de vivre in historic Lafontaine w/ French concerts, wolf howling, dance, historical artifact exhibits and art. Jul 14-17. $5-$10, srs/stu $5-$8, museum entry $2. Lafontaine, Penetanguisine. 705-533-3200, www.festivalduloup.on.ca.
minesing unplugged: the original wetland festival Jason McCoy, Fred Eaglesmith, Serena Ryder and others play this folk fest of music, yoga, drumming sessions in aid of the Minesing Swamp. Jun 4. $25, under 10 free. Grenfel Community Centre, 10 min west of Barrie. 705-424-1479 ext 241.
mountain bike 101 Basic riding skills, bike fit and pedaling techniques offered, 10 am-3 pm. Jun 18, Jul 9, 24 and Aug 7, women only Jun 26 and Aug 20. $80. 402 W Old Barrie Rd, Oro Station. 1-800-387-3775, www.hardwoodhills.ca.
C national aboriginal day Historic setting activities and displays. Jun 21, 10 am-5 pm. $11, stu/srs $9.50, under 12 $8, under five free. Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, Midland. 705-526-7838.
C old time fiddle and step-dance contest Feet and fingers fly at this annual comp Jul 8-9. Spectating $8-$12, stu $6-$8, child $4, wknd pass $25, stu $16, child $10. Penetanguishene Curling Club, Water and Owen, Penetanguishene. www.huroniaopen. com.
C orillia scottish festival Festivities Jul 15-17 include pipe and drum competitions, a downtown parade and a ceilidh at the Legion. Festival button $2. Couchiching Beach Park, Royal Cdn Legion, Orillia. 705-325-8442, www. orillia.com/visitors/scottish.html. world class fastball series Major men’s fast pitch tournament. Jul 15-17. Fri 5 pm, Sat 8 am-11 pm, Sun 1:30 pm. $6-$25. West St, Kitchener Park, West St S, Orillia. 705-325-2050,email@example.com.
aqua theatre jazz Live jazz under the stars every Thu and Sun evg at the Aqua Theatre. Jul 8-Aug 26, 6:30 pm. Free. Lake Couchiching Beach Park, Orillia. 705-329-7570.
barrie jazz and blues festival Fest runs Jun 10-19 w/ Carlos Del Junco, Rick Fines, Toby Koenigsberg, DD Jackson and many others. Free out-to-lunch concerts 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Various venues in Barrie. www.barriejazzbluesfest.com.
CASINO RAma Steve Winwood, Jun 16 at 8 pm Carole King, Jul 3 at 7, Jul 4 at 8 pm Tom Jones and Tower of Power, Jul 19-20 at 8 pm the Doobie Brothers, Jul 27-28 at 8 pm Tim McGraw, Aug 30-Sep 1 at 8 pm and many others. $29.25-$146.25. Casino Rama, Orillia. 705-739-7666, 416-870-8000.
COLLINGWOOD ELVIS FESTIVAL The King lives on at this fest featuring an Elvis tribute artist competition, street dances, a parade, memorabilia, a gospel service and more. Jul 20-24. $20-$70. 1-866-444-1162, www.collingwoodelvisfestival.com.
COLLINGWOOD music festival Pavlo plays Jun 17, David Jalbert Jul 28, Quartetto Gelato Aug 12, youth concerts and more. $10-$45. New Life Brethren in Christ Church, Tracey and Hurontario, Collingwood. 1-888-283-1712.
jazz in the park Fig Leaf Jazz Band plays Jul 5, Beverly Taft Quintet Jul 12, Toronto All Star Band Aug 2, Sandy Faux Quintet Aug 23 and others. Tue 7 pm. Free. Nancy Island Historic Site, Wasaga Beach. 705-429-2247, www. wasagabeach.com. C MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Cochrane, Sarah Harmer, Murray McLauchlan, Stacey Earle and many others play this Lake Couchiching fest Jul 8-10, plus food, crafts and camping. Day $40, evg (after 5 pm) $35, adv $22-$44, under 12 free. Tudhope Park, Atherley Rd, Orillia. 705-329-2333. www.mariposafolkfestival.com. warped tour MxPx, Thrice, Dilinger Escape Plan, Dropkick Murphys and tons of other bands, a skate jam, punk rock history tent and more. Jul 30, noon till late. $30.25. Molson Park, Barrie. wwwticketmaster.ca, www.hob. ca.
ART/THEATRE GRYPHON THEATRE Intimate Exchanges, Jul 25-30 Vegas Knights, Aug 8-13 They’re Playing Our Song, Jul 4-9. 8 pm, some 2 pm mats. $28. Georgian College, Barrie. 705-728-4613.
KINGS WHARF THEATRE
42nd Street to Jun 25 Give My Regards To Broadway, Jun 28-Jul 9, Twist And Shout: The British Invasion, Jul 13-Aug 6 and The Last Resort, Aug 10-Sep 3. $27-$34, stu $20, mat $33. Tue-Sat 8 pm, some 2 pm mats. 97 Jury Dr, Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene. 1-888-449-4463.
The New North: WJ Wood and the Group of Seven exhibit runs till Aug 20. Tue-Fri 10 am to 6 pm, Sat 10 am to 4 pm. Voluntary admission. 37 Mulcaster, Barrie. 705-721-9696, www.maclarenart.com.
spike and spoon
Outdoor sculpture exhibition July, horse exhibition Aug, experimental glass Sep. Tue-Thu noon-9:30 pm, Fri-Sat noon-10 pm, Sun 5-9 pm. 637 Hurontario, Collingwood. 705-446-1629.
Shirley Valentine, Jun 9-25 Jesus Christ Superstar, Jun 30-Jul 30 Kiss Me Kate, Aug 4-27. 8 pm, some 2 pm. $27-$30. Orillia Opera House, 28 West St N, Orillia. 1-800-683-8747, www.sunshinefestival. ca.
talk is free theatre Musical comedy Ivanka Takes A Gamble runs Jun 2-26. Time and price tba. Park Place Theatre, 100 Molson Pk Drive, Barrie. 705-792-1949, www.tift.ca.
Theatre Collingwood Real Estate, Jul 6-9, 13-16 Bingo, Jul 20-23, 27-30 Nunsense II Aug 3-6, 10-13 and Wingfield’s Progress, Aug 17-20, 22-27. $30, stu $15. Evg shows 8 pm, Thu mats 2 pm. The Gayety Theatre, 161 Hurontario, Collingwood. 1-866-382-2200, www.theatrecollingwood.com.
Collingwood Waterfront Art and Crafts Show Jul 9-10, 10 am-4 pm. Free. Sunset Point Park, Hwy 26 E, Collingwood. 1-800-214-5855.
creemore art and CRAFT SHOW The Mad River Park hosts this juried outdoor show. Jul 2-3, 10 am-4 pm. Free. Creemore. 1-800-214-5855.
organic market Hempola farm and local organic produce every Fri 3:30 pm to dusk from Jun 24 to Thanksgiving. Free. Hempola Farms, 2133 Forbes, between Barrie and Midland, Cnty Road 9/ Forbes Road. 1-800-240-9215, www.hempola.com.
strawberry festival Creemore Farmers Market, Jun 25 from 8 am. Free. Creemore. www.creemore.com
maclaren art centre tours Jun 18, Jul 16 and Aug 20 at 1 pm. Free, donations welcome. 37 Mulcaster, Barrie. 705-721-9696, www.maclarenart.com.
coldwater Library Garden tour
A tour of five large gardens. Jul 9, 10 am-4 pm. $15. Rain or shine. 705-686-6301. www.librarygardentour.ca.
scenic caves nature adventures Cave tours, hiking trails and the longest suspension footbridge with a view of Georgian Bay. Daily from 10 am. $17, srs $15, under 17 $13. Village of Blue Mountain. 705-446-0256, www.sceniccaves. com.
sheffield park black history and cultural museum Explore the history of the first Black settlers and the slave ship to the Canada Steamship Lines. Tue-Sun 10 am-4:30 pm. $5, under 12 $3. Long Point Rd, off hwy 26, west of Collingwood. 705-445-0201.
wildflower farm High above the Oak Ridges Moraine, tour grow houses, a sunflower maze, (Aug 14, 11 am-4 pm) and gardens, attend seminars and craft demonstrations. Mon-Sun 8 am-6 pm. Free. 10195 Hwy 12 West, Warminster (10 K west of Orillia). 1-866-476-9453, www.wildflowerfarm.com.
Wye Marsh This wetland nature preserve offers canoe excursions daily Jul 1-Sep 6. $6. Dusk/Dawn canoe trips Jul 3, 17 and 31, Aug 14, 28. $10. Guided walks Jun wknds 10, 11:30 am, 1, 2:30, 4 pm, Jul-Aug daily at same times. $6.50, stu/srs $5.50. Hwy 12 E of Midland. Reserve for canoe programs 705-526-7809, www.wyemarsh.com.
Elora Fergus Cambridge Kitchener Stratford London
C arts festival Musicians and artists celebrate in performance, demos and displays. Jun 11 from 10 am to 10 pm. Free. Mill Race Park, Cambridge. 519-624-2301.
C brantford international villages Music festival and dance at several venues. Jul 6-9. Fest pass $7, day $3. Bellview Community Centre, Brantford. 519-759-1233. cambridge tour-de-grand Rural and urban ride, 25, 50 or 100K routes. Jun 12, register 7:30 am, rides 8:30-10:30 am. $15, family $35. Ducan McIntosh Arena, Churchill Park, Cambridge. 519-621-7260 ext 227, www.cambridgetourdegrand. com. C fresh ayr festival Celebration of rural roots w/ historical events, art, music and family activities. Jun 18 from 9 am. Downtown Ayr, south of Kitchener/Waterloo. 519-632-7720, www.freshayrfestival.com. southwestern ontario fiddle and stepdance championships Preliminaries for fiddlers and dancers begin Jul 1 at 7 pm, continue Jul 2 at 9:30 am, with finals 7 pm. $10-$12, child $3, weekend $25. Tavistock Recreation Centre, Tavistock. 519-271-6115, www.cyg.net/~huitema.
STRATFORD FESTIVAL CELEBRATED WRITERS
Rohinton Mistry reads Jun 26 Nicolas Billon, Peter Hinton, Dan Needles and Jason Sherman, Jul 3 Richard B Wright, Jul 10 Wayson Choy and Elizabeth Hay, Aug 14 and Jane Urquhart, Aug 28. 10 am. $25. Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford. 519-271-4040, 1-800-567-1600.
bluesfest John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Dr John, Edgar Winter, Jeff Healey and more. Jul 15-17. $20-$40, wknd $60. King and Clarence, downtown London. 519-259-4316, http://new.thebluesfest.com.
canterbury folk festival Lennie Gallant, Betty and the Bobs, Art Turner, Romeo Blanco and others. Jul 8-10. Free. Memorial Park and downtown Ingersoll. 519-485-5763, www. canterburyfolkfestival.on. elora festival Acoustic venues offer music Jul 8-31. Matt Dusk, Jul 16, 8 pm, and Patricia O’Callaghan, Jul 22, 8 pm, at Gambrel Barn (Wellington Rd 21) Karina Gauvin, Jul 30, 4 pm, at St John’s Church (Henderson/Smith) The Art Of The Cello, Jul 29, 7:30 pm, at St Mary’s Church (267 Geddes). $13-$45, stu $10. 1-800-265-8977, 519-846-0331, www.elorafestival. com.
hillside festival A celebration of music, dance, workshops and spoken word on Guelph Lake Island. Performers include Sam Roberts, the Weakerthans, Stars, the Arcade Fire, the Be Good Tanyas and many others. Jul 22-24, Fri 6 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am-11 pm. $30-$80. Guelph Lake Island, 519-763-8817, www.hillside.on.ca.
HOME COUNTY FOLK FESTIVAL Crafts, open stages and more. Jul 15-17. Free. Victoria Park, London. Free. Details 519-432-4310.
night music Stratford’s Festival Theatre hosts the Festival City Big Band Jun 27, Shaggy Haggis Jul 11, Ed Vokurka Jazz Violin ensemble Aug 22 and others, Mon in Jun, Jul and Aug, 7:30-9:30 pm. $20. Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, www.stratfordfestival.ca.
reminessence festival 50s, 60s, 70s rock and roll music w/ Pauly and the Greaseballs and others, period cars and memorabilia. Jun 18, 11 am-11 pm. $10. Fergus Community Centre, Fergus. 1-866-500-6652, www.remfest.com.
rock the park ZZ Top, Randy Bachman, Trooper and the Jimmy Bowskill Band, Jul 21 Sass Jordan, Lou Gramm, Chilliwack, Jul 22 REO Speedwagon and Glass Tiger, Jul 23 George Thoroghgood and the Destroyers, David Wilcox and Thundermug, Jul 24. Concerts begin at 5 pm. $69 pass. Harris Park, London. 519-672-1967, www.rockthepark.ca.
sarnia bayfest Centennial Park hosts Bayfest Jul 14-16. Kid Rock, Jul 16 3 Doors Down, Staind and No Address, Jul 14 David Lee Roth and Kalan Porter, Jul 15 Colin James and Bryan Adams, Jul 15 Billy Talent, Jul 16. Gates open Thu-Fri 6 pm, Sat 1 and 6 pm. $17-$34, wknd pass $80. 519-337-4474, www. bayfest.com.
Stratford Summer music Festival Eclectic music at a variety of venues in Stratford, including Laura Vinson and Free Spirit, Jul 28-29, 12:30 pm (barge on the Avon) Quartetto Gelato, Aug 4, 11:15 am (City Hall), The Music Of Shakespeare’s Time, Jul 31, 11:15 am (City Hall) and more. Jul 27-Aug 14. Free-$25. 1-800-567-1600, www.stratfordsummermusic.ca.
sunfest Tinariwen, Omar Pene and Super Diamono, Jane Bunnett and Spirits of Havana and many others play this outdoor world culture celebration. Jul 7-10, Thu-Fri 6-11 pm, Sat-Sun noon-11 pm. Free. Victoria Park, downtown London. www.sunfest.on.ca.
track and field Social Arts Club event w/ Great Lake Swimmers, Animal Monster, Ninja High School, Kids on TV, Lenin I Shumov, frisbee, badminton and more. Jun 4-5. $15. Tantramar Farm, Eden Mills. www.socialartsclub. org.
uptown waterloo jazz festival Jul 7-10. Opening gala w/ Kevin Clark and the Joking Olivers, Jul 7, 8 pm. $35. Free stages include Dee Daniels, Jul 8, 9 pm Michael Kaeshammer, Jul 9,t 9 pm and Tim Lewis, Jul 10, 3 pm. 519-885-1921, www.uptownwaterloojazz.ca.
ART/THEATRE blyth festival The Ginkgo Tree plays Jun 28-Aug 13 Powers And Gloria, Jul 9-Aug 13 The Thirteenth One, Aug 2-Sep 3 I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Aug 16-Sep 3 Spirit Of The Narrows, Sep 6-10. Tue-Thu $20-$23, Fri -Sun $26.50-$29.50, youth $15. Blyth. 519-523-9300, 1-877-862-5984, www.blythfestival.com.
church theatre You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown plays Jun 3-5. Fri-Sat 7 pm, Sat-Sun mat 2 pm. $28, under 12 $22. The Church Theatre, 1376 King N, St Jacobs. 519-578-1570.
insights Juried art exhibition Jun 22-Sep 5. Opening reception Jun 22 , 8-10 pm. Mon-Fri 9:30 am-4:30 pm, wknds 1-5 pm. $3, stu/srs $3, child $1. Wellington County Museum and Archives, 519-846-0916 ext 221, www.wcm. on. ca.
macdonald stewart art centre First Nations Art: European Perspectives and Nunavut Artists 1950-2000 run to Jul 10. Tue-Sun, noon-5 pm. Admission by donation, 358 Gordon, Guelph. 519-837-0010, www.msac.ca.
nobody’s child Canada’s Home Children 1869 to 1930s runs till Jul 24. London artist David Poolman’s video and photo installation Long Gone Lonesome Blues runs Jun 4-Sep 11. Tue-Sun noon-5 pm. $5, srs $4, child $1. Museum of London, 421 Ridout N, London. 519-661-0333, www.museumlondon.ca.
st. jacob’s schoolhouse theatre Boeing-Boeing runs Jun 8 to Aug 28. Thu-Sat 2 and 8 pm, Wed 2 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. $34, stu $20. 11 Albert, St Jacobs. 1-888-449-4463.
stratford festival The Tempest, Hello Dolly, As You Like It, The Lark, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Fallen Angels, Into The Woods, The Brothers Karamazov, Wingfield’s Inferno, Orpheus Descending, Measure For Measure, The Donnellys: Sticks & Stones, The Measure Of Love, Ruth Draper On Tour, Edward II, all run in rep. $36-$114.40. Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, www.stratfordfestival.ca.
summer of painting Lawren Harris: From Landscape Into Abstraction runs till Sep 4. Tue-Sun, 9 am-5 pm. $5, stu/srs $4, under 12 free. 54 Romeo, Stratford. 519-271-5271, www. gallerystratford.on.ca.
theatre cambridge Five Guys Named Moe runs Jun 28-Jul 16, Shady Business, Jul 19-Aug 6 Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, Aug 9-27. $29.50-$21, srs $26-$21, stu $12. Cambridge Arts Centre, 47 Water, Cambridge. 1-800-265-8977, www.theatrecambridge.com.
garden show Sculpture and garden pieces Jun 4-5, 9 am-6 pm. Free. 315 Paisley, Guelph. 1-800-501-4820, www.cooperdesigns.on.ca.
kitchener farmers market Wed 8 am-2 pm, (Jun-Oct), and every Sat 7 am-2 pm. Organic foods, traditional Waterloo favourites, fresh flowers and more. Free. King between Cedar and Eby, dwntn Kitchener. 519-741-2287.
st. jacobs country farmers market Fresh produce, flowers, crafts, flea market, horse-drawn trolley rides and more every Thu and Sat, 7 am-3:30 pm. Summer market Tue Jun-Labour Day, 8 am-3 pm. Weber and King, St Jacobs. 519-747-1830.
canadian rivers day Guided nature walks of Mill stream on the Thames River Jun 12, 1:15 and 2:45 pm. $3, under 17 $2. Longwoods Road Conservation Area, 8348 County Road 2 (Longwoods Rd). 519-264-2420.
Self-guided tour of eight eclectic gardens and a talk by artist William Noah. Jun 26, noon to 5 (rain or shine). $10. Macdonald Stewart Centre, 358 Gordon, Guelph. 519-837-0010, www.msac.ca.
stratford festival tours
The festival offers backstage tours at 9, 9:15, 9:30 and 9:45 am. The 45-min costume warehouse tour leaves every half-hour, 9:30-11:30 am. Tours offered all summer long. $7, srs/stu $5. Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, www.stratfordfestival.ca.
stratford garden tours The head gardener leads one-hour tours of the Arthur Meighen Gardens at 10 am Tue-Fri. Jun 7-Sep 2. $7, srs/stu $5. Stratford. 1-800-567-1600, www. stratfordfestival.ca.
Muskoka Huntsville Parry Sound
EVENTS/FESTIVALS bala falls triathlon Swim 750 metres in the Moon River, bike 30K and run 7K on Muskoka roads. Jul 24, 8:30 am. Individual and team relay events. Jaspen Park, Bala. 416-797-5204, www.trihardinc.com.
doors open muskoka-huntsville Visit heritage homes, a railroad station, lookout pavilion, steam and train museum and more. Jun 4, 10 am-4 pm. Free. www.huntsvillelakeofbays. on. ca.
dragon boat festival Beach party, races and musicians. Jun 24-25, Fri parade 7 pm, Sat from 9 am. Waubuno Beach Park, Parry Sound. 705-746-4540 ext 319, www.dragonboatfestival. org.
flavours of muskoka Culinary extravaganza with local chefs. Jun 29, 6:30 pm. $60. The Centre, Port Carling. 1-888-311-2787, www.artsinmuskoka.ca.
green festival Ecological sound practices, ecotourism, demos, hybrid vehicles, native healers, conservation and more. Jun 11, 11 am-3 pm. Free. Charles W Stockey Centre, Parry Sound. 705-746-2921.
C huntsville festival of the arts Opera, children’s performances, films and theatre at this festival. Jul 1-30. 705-788-2787, 1-800-663-2787, www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca.
C kaleidoscope children’s festival Hands-on workshops, song and dance. Jun 4, 9 am-1 pm. Donations. The Centre, Port Carling. 1-888-311-2787, www.artsinmuskoka.com.
phantom of the opera Festival Of The Sound presents a screening of the 1925 silent film accompanied by live music. Jul 30 at 3 pm. $19, stu/srs $16. Charles W Stockey Centre, 2 Bay, Parry Sound. 705-746-2410. www.festivalofthesound.ca.
sportbike rally Thunder Run events, radar run trials and demos of sport bikes in Parry Sound. Jul 8-11. www.sportbikerally.com.
writer’s retreat June 3-5. $175, including meals and accomodations. Camp Pinecrest, Muskoka. 705-762-3377, www.camppinecrest.ca.
CONCERTS/MUSIC FESTIVALS FESTIVAL OF THE SOUND The fest runs Jul 15-Aug 7, with a kick-off by Quebec orchestra Les Violons du Roy, Jul 15, 7:30 pm. The New Zealand String Quartet plays Jul 21, 7:30 pm. Quartetto Gelato, Jul 24, 7:30 pm. Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana and the Penderecki String Quartet, Jul 31, 2 pm. $25-$40, stu/srs $16-$36. Charles W Stockey Centre, 2 Bay, Parry Sound. 1-866-364-0061, www.festivalofthesound. on.ca.
HUNTSVLLE FESTIVAL of the arts Algonquin Theatre features Harry Manx, Jul 12 Ashley MacIsaac, Jul 15 Matt Dusk, Jul 22 Amy Sky and Marc Jordan, Jul 29. 8 pm. $25-$45, yth $15-$20. Grandview Resort, 37 Main, Huntsville, 1-800-663-2787, 705-788-2787. www. huntsvillefestival. on.ca.
JAZZ on the river Huntsville’s waterfront offers free jazz, Jul 2 and Jul 16, 3-5 pm, as part of the Festival Of The Arts. Free. Huntsville. 1-800-663-2787, www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca.
kee to bala Blue Rodeo plays Jun 3 David Wilcox, Jun 25 54-40 plays Canada Day, Jul 1 George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Jul 26 Spirit of the West, Jul 31 Sam Roberts, Aug 20 and more. $24.50-$49. Bala Falls Rd, Bala. 416-870-8000, 705-762-3134, www.thekee.com.
muskoka music festival Performers include the Foggy Hogtown Boys, Aug 5 Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Aug 10 Alex Pangman, Aug 12 and more. $20-$35. The Centre, Port Carling. 1-888-311-2787, www. artsinmuskoka.com.
ART/THEATRE art in the park Market Square Park hosts a huge craft show. Jul 15-17, Fri-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 10 am-4 pm. Free. Parry Sound. 705-746-4545, 1-800-567-5491.
arts walk Huntsville Festival Of The Arts event Jul 17, noon-4 pm. Free. Huntsville Train Station, Avery Beach, Huntsville. 1-800-663-2787.
big art thing studio tour Visit artists in their studios from Severn Bridge to Muskoka. Jul 23-24, 10 am-5 pm. Maps at Muskoka Tourism, Hwy 11. 705-646-1367, www.thebigartthing.com.
connecting, images of the park to park trail Show in conjunction with the iniative to create an east-west recreational trail linking Killbear Park to Algonquin Park. Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville Jun 3-27. Musem on Tower Hill, Parry Sound, Jun 30-Aug 8. Killbear Park Aug 12-Sep 12. www.ParkToParkTrail.com.
theatre muskoka Nurse Janes Goes To Hawaii, Jul 20-Aug 6, 8 pm Toad Of Toad Hall, Aug 11-16, 7 pm Affections Of May, Aug 18-27, 8 pm, some 2 pm. $20-$32, srs $18-$29. Gravenhurst Opera House, 295 Muskoka S, Gravenhurst. 705-687-5550, 1-888-495-8888, www.theatremuskoka.ca. haliburton school of fine arts Lectures every Tue, 7:30 pm, walk-about every Thu 4:30 pm, Jul-Aug. Free. Sir Sanford Fleming College, Cnty Rd 118, Haliburton. 705-457-1680.
ARTS AND CRAFTS Summer show of original handmade works by Canadian artists. Jul 15-17, Fri 10 am-7 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am-5 pm. Donation. Annie Williams Memorial Park, Santa’s Village, Bracebridge. 705-645-5501.
gravenhurst farmers market
Gull Lake Park offers organic produce, plants, maple syrup, soap, crafts and more. Every Wed to Oct 5, 9 am-2 pm. Free. Gravenhurst.
miniature show and sale Antiques and collectibles. Jul 16-17. $3. Minden Community Centre, Parkside, Minden. 705-286-3763.
minden artisan show Original arts and crafts. Jul 1-2. Minden Hills Museum, 176 Bobcaygeon Rd, Minden. 705-286-3763.
MUSKOKA ARTS AND CRAFTS Water, Sky, Rock & Earth, black and white photos of Muskoka by Tim DuVernet, till Jul 2 Elspeth Wood, till Jul 30. Tue-Sat 10 am-1 pm, 2-5 pm. Chapel Gallery, 15 King, Bracebridge. 705-645-5501, www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com.
garden and cottage tour Jul 10, 9 am-4 pm. Self-guided tour. Map/passport $20. Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce, 3045 Muskoka Rd 169, Bala. 705-762-5663. www.muskoka-lakeschamber.on.ca
heritage walking tours
Every Fri Jul 8-Aug 19 from Minden Mills Museum. $2. 176 Bobcaygeon Road, Minden. 705-286-3154.
muskoka lakes art tour
Self-guided tour of local artist studios. Jun 11-12, 10 am-5 pm. Follow the yellow signs. Gravenhurst, Bala to Three Mile Lake. 705-762-5663, www.muskokalakeschamber.com.
Northumberland Prince Edward County
EVENTS/FESTIVALS C Cobourg Highland Games Pipe bands, highland dancing, sheep dogs and more. Jul 1, 8 am-6 pm, ceilidh 5-10 pm. $10, under 16 free. Donegan Park, D’Arcy S, Cobourg. 1-888-262-6874.
county fibrefest Angora bunnies, Shetland sheep, llamas, working dog demos, displays, fibre arts on a working sheep farm. Jul 23, rain or shine. $5, child $2. Rose Haven Farm, 13762 Loyalist Parkway, between Picton and Bloomfield. 613-476-7109, www.rosehavenfarm.net.
fiddlers on the trent Three-day fest w/ a music parade on water, concerts and paddle auction. Jun 17-19. Frankford Tourist Park, Trenton. 613-398-0505, grichard@reach. net.
joust in the county Medieval faire w/ falconry demos, recreated jousts and more. Jun 18-19, Sat-Sun 2 and 5 pm. $25, stu $15, srs $20. Black Prince Winery, 13370 Loyalist Parkway, Picton. 613-476-4888, www.blackprince-winery.com.
ride to remember Motorcycle rally for Camp Trillium. Motocycle museum display, demo rides and more. Jun 4-5, Sat 9 am-6 pm, Sun to 5 pm. $10, kids free. Picton Fairgrounds. 613-393-5357, www.ridetoremember.ca.
waupoos island day History of the island and reminiscing with island residents and vacationers. Jul 16, 10 am- 4:30 pm. By donation. Rose House, 3333 County Rd 8, Waupoos. 613-476-5439.
CONCERTS/MUSIC FESTIVALS chamber music festival Friday evening concerts Jul 15, 22, 29, Aug 12. 8 pm. $15, stu $8. St Mary Magdalene Church, Picton. 613-476-7647, www.mpmcamp.org.
classic country music reunion
Country performers every evening, clogging, two-stepping and an open stage at the watering corral. Jul 28-31. $12, wknd $35-$50. Centennial Park, Trenton. 905-986-4140, www.ccmr.ca.
Summer concerts Thu at 7 pm till end of Aug. Memorial Park Band Shell, Port Hope. 1-888-767-8467.
shelter valley folk festival
Folk, roots and blues plus an artisans village, wellness workshops and family camping. Sep 2-4. $30-$45, stu $30-$35, srs $25-$30. Grafton. 905-377-9556, www.sheltervalley.com.
TUESDAY Concerts The Concert Band of Cobourg performs outdoors weekly at 8 pm. Bring lawn chair. Victoria Park, Cobourg. 1-888-262-6874.
westben concerts In a timber-frame barn and open meadow, hear Rapunzel, Jun 10-19 Mendelssohn-Shine w/ the Gryphon Trio, Jul 9-10 Bring Him Home Broadway Homecomings, Jul 21-24 Jazz Sunny-Side Up! w/ Rob McConnell & Friends, Jul 30-Aug 1 and more. $35-$40, stu $20. County Rd 30, outside Campbellford. 1-877-883-5777, www.westben.on. ca.
ART/THEATRE art on the fence Painting, pottery and more. Jun 12, 10 am-5 pm, rain or shine. $2. Ameliasburgh Museum, Ameliasburgh. 613-968-9678.
brighton barn theatre
This reconstructed 19th-century barn theatre stages black light show The Light Magicals, Jun 3-4, 7:30 pm. $12, under 12 $8. Remembering Yesterday runs Jun 30-Jul 16, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun mat 2 pm. $12. 96 Young, Brighton. 613-475-2144.
Born Yesterday runs Jun 9-25, Dial M For Murder, Jun 30-Jul 16 One For The Pot, Jul 21-Aug 6 My Fair Lady, Aug 10-28. 8 pm and some 2 pm mat. $21-$24. 20 Queen, Port Hope. 1-800-434-5092, www.capitoltheatre.com.
GANARASKA FESTIVAL THEATRE
Northumberland Players present Dames At Sea, Jul 29-Aug 15. $25, stu $20. 8 pm, some 2 pm. Victoria Hall Concert Hall, 55 King W, Cobourg. Details 905-372-2210. C heritage centre of the 1000 islands Gallery artists share their work through lectures and demos, Jun-Aug, Sat 10 am-1 pm. Robert Orr demonstrates wood bird carving, dates tba. $2. 125 Water St, Gananoque. 613-382-2535. in a garden Works inspired by and for the garden Jul 16-17. 10 am-5 pm. Free. County Rd 2, Village of Welcome, 2K north of Port Hope. 905-753-2196.
landscapes imagined Photos by Anne O’Callaghan and Graham Davies till Jun 25. Sculpture and mixed media by Graham Metson, Rachel Ovadia and Doug Robinson, Jul 28-Sep 25. Thu-Sun noon to 5 pm. Oeno Gallery, 316 Old Orchard Rd, Carrying Place. 613-394-2216, www.oenogallery.com.
theatre in the park Sandbanks’ prehistoric past is played out Jul 21, Aug 4 and 25. 8 pm. $7-$12/vehicle, donation to theatre group. Sandbanks Provincial Park, 613-393-3319, www.pec.on.ca/friends.
THOUSAND ISLANDS playhouse Firehall Theatre: Trying, Jun 29-Jul 30 I, Claudia, Aug 3-Sep 4. Springer Theatre: Communicating Doors, May 11-Jun 11 Dads 2-The Toddlers’ Revenge, Jun 16-Jul 16 Anne Of Green Gables, Jul 20-Sep 3. Tue-Sun 8 pm, Wed and Sat mats 2:30 pm. $30, srs $28, stu $15. Thousand Islands Playhouse, 690 Charles St S, Gananoque. 613-382-7020.
MARKETS/CRAFT SHOWS art in the country Fine arts and crafts show. Jun 25-Jul 16, 10 am-5 pm. Free. Old Town Hall, Picton. 613-399-5392.
cobourg farmers market
Summer Sat 7 am-1 pm. Enjoy the bounty of the seaon with local produce. Behind Victoria Hall, Cobourg. 1-888-262-6874.
port hope farmers market Behind Town Hall on Queen is a market of locally grown food and flowers operating Sat mornings in summer 8 am-noon. Port Hope. 1-888-767-8467.
Roseneath Carousel Day Ride the antique carousel. Sun 2-4 pm, Jun-Sep. $2. Roseneath. 905-352-3778.
TOURS ranney gorge suspension bridge Shake your fear of heights hovering over 30 feet above the Ranney gorge. Dawn to dusk. $7/vehicle. Ferris Provincial Park, Campbellford. 705-653-0551, www.friendsofferris.ca.
sandbanks history hike
Guided hike Jun 5, 10 am-3 pm. Free, donations. Sandbanks Provincial Park. 613-393-3319. Register firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgian Bay Grey County Lake Huron Owen Sound
EVENTS/FESTIVALS broken man triathalon Racers swim, run and bike at this unique transition-free event. Jul 24, 9 am. Race entry $25-$50. Spectating free. Cape Crocker Park, Wiarton. 519-534-0571. C chesley homecoming days Mud volleyball, home and garden tour, parade, fireworks, fish fry, dance and more. Jun 29-Jul 3. www. chesleyhomecoming.com. doors open owen sound Visit Tom Thomson Art Gallery, a Mennonite church, Billy Bishop Heritage Museum and more. Jun 4-5, 10 am-4 pm. Free. 519-376-1440.
huron fringe birding festival
Wildflower hikes, guided walks, birding lectures, owl prowls and more till Jun 5. $10, child $5, wknd $30. Visitor Centre, MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Port Elgin. www.friendsofmacgregor.org.
kincardine scottish festival Celtic concerts, pipe bands, highland dance, heavy events and more Jul 1-3. Fri $5, Sat $15, Sun $5, wknd $20, under 12 free. Victoria Park, Kincardine. 519-396-9300. north american butterfly count Bring your butterfly books, lunch, net and binoculars. Jul 9 (rain date Jul 10), 9:30 am-4 pm. $5. Visitor Centre, MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Port Elgin. 519-389-9056, www.friendsofmacgregor.org.
step, square and clogging festival Dancers of all ages compete. Parade, jamborees, bake sales, and more all over town. Jun 24-26. Dundalk Community Centre, Dundalk. www.geocities.com/dundalkdancecompetition.
tom thomson days Festival of art, music, literature and history, free screening of documentary on Thomson, West Wind, at 11 am and 2 pm (Heritage Centre). Jul 27-Aug 7. Leith (8K east of Owen Sound) and Owen Sound. 519-376-1932, www.tomthomson.org.
women’s triathlon Carbo-loaded gals run, bike and swim. Jul 16, 9:30 am. Entry $55-$105. Spectating free. Station Beach and boardwalk, Kincardine. 1-800-418-7318.
CONCERTS/MUSIC FESTIVALS FAIRY LAKE Bandshell Concerts Serenade the sunset at 7:30 pm every Sun, Jun 26-Aug 28. Free. Southampton. 519-832-2008.
Sun evg concerts Jul 4-Sep 5, 7 pm. The McCarrel Sisters, Jul 4 the Shards, Jul 18 Ian Tamblyn, Aug 1 the Gypsy Jive Band, Aug 15 and more. Free. Owen Sound Visitor Centre, 1155 1st Ave W. 519-271-9833.
saugeen summer serenades
Listen to music under the stars Jul 22, 29, Aug 5, 12 at 8 pm. Free. Mill Pond. Durham. 519-369-3741.
scottish pipe band parade
Scottish bands Sat all summer long, 8-10 pm. Queen to Victoria Park, Kincardine. 519-396-2731. C summerfolk Folk, roots and traditional performers Trout Fishing in America, Aengus Finnan, David Essig and others, arts and crafts, workshops and more. Aug 19-21. Fri $25, Sat/Sun $45, wknd $80, srs/stu $70, under 18 $50. Kelso Beach Park, Owen Sound. 1-866-528-8225, www.summerfolk.org. ART/THEATRE artfest on the bay Meaford Harbour hosts a show by local artists. Jul 9-10, 10 am-5 pm. Free. Meaford. 519-538-1520.
BLUEWATER SUMMER PLAYHOUSE
A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline runs Jun 23-Jul 9 Wrong For Each Other, Jul 12-30 The Kitchen Witches, Aug 4-20 A Broadway Romance, Aug 23-Sep 3. $22, mat $20. Kincardine Arts Centre, 707 Queen, Kincardine. 1-877-396-5722.
georgian theatre That Summer runs Jul 7-23 Scatter The Ashes, Jul 26-30 Cotton Patch Gospel, Aug 4-20 Dump Guys, Aug 23-27. 8 pm, some 2 pm. $23-28, stu/srs $21, mat $20. Meaford Hall Opera House, 12 Nelson, Meaford. 1-888-541-4444, www.geotheatre.org.
the masked canary Musical comedy plays Jun 20, Jul 1-3 at 7:30 pm as part of the Chesley Homecoming. $15, stu $7. Bijou Theatre, 1st Ave S, Chesley. 519-363-5837.
roxy theatre Educating Rita, Jun 8-11, 7:30 pm. $16, stu/srs $14. 251 9th E, Owen Sound. 1-888-446-7699, www.roxytheatre. ca.
storytelling dinner theatre Seven-course country supper followed by a full-length storytelling concert. Tue-Sun 6 to 10 pm. $40, stu/srs $36, child $30. 56 Brinkman’s Rd, Dyers Bay Rd/ hwy 6, Northern Bruce Peninsula. Reserve 519-795-7477, www.voyageurstorytelling.ca.
MARKETS/CRAFT SHOWS country market Celtic food, Scottish regalia and crafts. Jul 30, 11 am-7 pm. Free. Leith Church, Leith (8K east of Owen Sound). 519-376-1932, www.tomthomson.org.
flea and farmers market
Every Monday in summer, 9 am-3 pm. Victoria Park, Kincardine. 416-396-2731.
Historic building filled w/ just about everything. Outdoors Thu-Sun also. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Hwy 21, Southampton. www.southamptonmarket. com.
Fine arts by local artists and music on the harbour, Muskoka chair and lunch box auctions. Jul 10-11, Sat-Sun 10 am-5 pm. Free. Meaford. 519-538-1640. TOURS guided nature hikes Mon and Thu at 10 am Jul-Aug. $7/vehicle till Jun 24, $10/vehicle till Labour Day. Visitor Centre, MacGregor Point Provincial Park, Port Elgin. 519-389-9056, www.friendsofmacgregor.org.
Mon-Fri at 11 am and 2 pm, Jul-Aug. $10, under 12 free. Saugeen Amphitheatre, hwy 21, Southampton. 519-797-2781.
Visit Chantry Island Lighthouse by boat for guided tours Jun 4, 5, 8 at 1 and 3 pm, Jun 11-31 at 1 and 3 pm, Aug 1-Sep 5 at 9:30 am, 1 and 3 pm. Reserve 1-866-797-5862, www.chantryisland.com.
meaford garden tour Secret country gardens, Jun 26, 10 am-4 pm. $14. Tickets from Georgian Theatre Festival, 12 Nelson E. Meaford. 519-538-3569.
tom thomson trail hikes Retrace the stops of young Tom. Jul 30, noon-4 pm. Free. Leith Church, Leith (8 K east of Owen Sound). www.tomthomson.org.
EVENTS/FESTIVALS C canada day Children’s games and fireworks at dusk. Jul 1 from 1 pm. Free. Memorial Park, Welland. 905-732-7300.
C canal days Tall ships, unique marine vessel tours and cruises, fireworks, concerts, naval gun run, parade and more. Jul 29-Aug 1. Free. Downtown Port Colborne. 1-888-767-8386.
dragon boat racing Colorful Chinese dragon boat races. Jul 23. Henley rowing course on Martindale Pond, St Catharines. 905-984-8880, www.stcatharinesdragonboat.org falls, fireworks and concerts Free concerts by the Falls Fri, Sun and holidays, 8 pm, fireworks, 10 pm. Niagara Parks. 1-877-642-7275.
friendship festival International celebration of culture a