COLUMN: ’Tis the year of regional new music and art

Can you believe that it’s much less than two weeks to Christmas Day? And Hanukkah is this weekend? We hope you have been feeling some festive/holiday break cheer presently, thanks to community occasions. If you have not, what have you been waiting for? Here we go.

Thursday, Dec. 15, Music and Mocktails returns to the Orillia Museum of Artwork and Background (OMAH), with unique musical guest Sydney Riley. This specific occasion runs from 5 to 7 p.m. You get free of charge admission to all of the museum’s reveals, excellent audio, and a totally free mocktail or hot chocolate.

Also, occur and witness the start of a new reserve by means of OMAH’s in-property printing push. The Heritage of Orillia in 50 Artefacts is currently being released from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. through this week’s New music and Mocktails function.

Also Thursday, but luckily at 7 p.m., occur get pleasure from the Appears of the Season at Orillia Secondary School’s winter live performance. A lot of talented musicians and excellent tunes at this unique holiday exhibit. Admission is by donation.

Twin Lakes Secondary School is also presenting a winter concert Thursday. It, too, is termed Sounds of the Period and it will get started at 7 p.m. Tickets are readily available at the doorway, by donation.

Also this Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m. (do you see how your night is shaping up?), Jakob Pearce and Dave Hewitt carry out at Couchiching Craft Brewing Co. Delectable meals and beverages and good tunes. What else do you need?

Talking of Couchiching Craft Brewing Co., there is a lot of magnificent new music there all weekend long. Friday evening, come get pleasure from the Ronnie Douglas Blues Band. Ronnie and his band are very proficient. Reservations can be built and are recommended. The band plays from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Saturday, Run With the Kittens is back again at Couchiching Craft Brewing Co., playing from 8 to 11 p.m. This band has experienced a 15-yr residency at the famous Cameron Property in Toronto, and it shows. Outstanding reside new music. Make a reservation, for sure. The area will be hopping.

Sunday, a much more sedate Chris Robinson-Will Davis jazz duo will mellow out your chilly afternoon, from 1 to 4 p.m. All in all, an incredible weekend of stay new music at Couchiching Craft Brewing Co.

Chris Robinson and Will Davis are also taking part in at Large amount 88 on Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m., if that fits your routine superior. Tons of alternatives for dwell new music.

This Friday, Dec. 16, really do not forget about about the Costume for Success Orillia and Barrie/Environmentally friendly Haven Shelter for Gals generation of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Centre. This exclusive reside party capabilities five speakers telling the story in five staves, interspersed with amazing reside new music curated by Blair Bailey. The speakers are MP Adam Chambers, Mayor Don McIsaac, Krista Storey, Marci Csumrik and Kyla Epstein.

The complete celebration is in assist of the two charities. There will be delicious cookies and incredibly hot beverages, and it will certainly be one particular of those evenings to be remembered. You can grab your tickets in advance here or get them at the door.

Also this Friday, Rustica Pizza Vino presents its final Xmas Night time Industry of the year, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard. Lots of excellent area sellers, dessert pizza, and mulled wine. This is a fantastic way to store regionally in a excellent atmosphere.

Saturday, take pleasure in Cinderella: Stepsisters’ Revenge at the Orillia Opera Dwelling at 2 p.m. This is a musical panto for the full family and capabilities a pair of new tunes poking exciting at the pandemic, elections, TikTok, and heaps a lot more, as well as comedy and tunes for every person. Tickets are $30 or you can get a relatives 4-pack for $100, at 705-326-8011 or

Sunday, really do not ignore the Orillia Silver Band’s Sleigh Bells and Brass concert at the Orillia Opera Residence at 2 p.m., featuring lots of vacation new music and cornet soloist Tom Hutchinson, principal solo cornet with the Cory Band in Wales. This will be a festive live performance, as normally. Tickets are $25 for grown ups and $10 for pupils. Get them via the Orillia Opera Property box workplace as per the previously mentioned.

Wednesday, Dec. 21 is the past Orillia Farmers’ Market place specific Xmas marketplace, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Orillia Public Library. The initially 50 shoppers will obtain $5 market place vouchers to commit at a Xmas marketplace vendor. So, all over again, come out, store domestically, and give your holiday shopping bucks to the tiny businesses in your community this getaway season.

Also up coming Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m., occur appreciate an indoor lighting of the menorah at Manticore Textbooks, thanks to the Chabad Jewish Centre of Barrie. There will be game titles and fun and music and, of program, latkes and doughnuts, so appear out and celebrate Hanukkah with anyone there.

Never fail to remember your community art galleries in your vacation browsing. Peter Avenue Fantastic Arts Gallery and Studio has its yearly 6-by-6 present up, the place you can buy a six-inch-by-six-inch piece of original artwork for tiny income and wow the artwork lover on your record. Local artist MJ Pollak is having a huge sale at Hibernation Arts, and Three Crows Communicate always has gorgeous art and wonderful handmade soap. Occur look at them all out this period.

And finally, if you are an artist, or want to exercise, come out to City Sketchers Orillia Sketch ’n’ Sip Saturday, Dec. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mariposa Marketplace. Grab a incredibly hot consume, do some sketching, and share your perform with this friendly group of artists this weekend.

As you can see, there are however loads of enjoyment and holiday break browsing prospects left. If you have arts information, deliver it to [email protected] by Tuesday at midday to be provided in this weekly column.