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Welcome to Arts & Culture Collingwood, a year's glance at the 2016 arts & culture events happening in Collingwood as well as general announcements, upcoming workshops, classes and calls for participation. 

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Events

January 2017

For the Love of Maps by John Haines
December-February 28, 2017
Press Gallery, 65 Simcoe Street, in Collingwood
A collection of paintings that provided the images for various maps including the tapestry series, and other works by the artist. Since a young age, John's life has been primarily focused on art and music.  Most of his formal art training was received while studying landscape architecture at the University of Guelph.  His fascination with maps was sparked at an early age by one particular incident. The maps are essentially bird's eye views that attempt to show as much of the structure, history and beauty of the landscape as possible. A silent auction is being conducted for most of the works on display. 

8th Annual Winters Gift Show & Sale
November 2016 - January 8, 2017
Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, 163 Hurontario Street, Collingwood
Annual show for the gift giving season.  Features fine art and craft from local artists and artisans.
Jewellery, pottery, hand knitted items, paintings, glass, accessories and much more.
Gallery will be open daily for the duration of the show, closed for holidays.
www.bmfa.ca
705-445-3430

Meet a Local Author: Alan Mallory
Thursday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie Street
Don't miss the opportunity to hear Alan Mallory, author of "The Family That Conquered Everest." This Barrie author will speak about his family's two-month expedition and world record on Mt Everest. This event is free, but register at the Library’s Public Services Desk or call 705-445-1571.
 
Artrepreneur Information Session
January 10, 2017
Collingwood Public Library, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Artrepreneur is a program designed to equip independent artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs with vital business skills needed for success across all arts disciplines and industries. It's comprised of weekly seminars and workshops, assignments, mentorships and a final presentation and expo over a period of four-months. This Information session is an opportunity to learn about the program and the application process as well as meet Artrepreneur Alumni.
Location: FreeSchools World Literacy Room
http://experience.simcoe.ca/artrepreneursimcoecounty
 
Georgian Bay Photography Club Meeting
Guest speaker: Wesley Likane (Cowboy with a Camera)
Thursday, January 12th, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Chartwell Georgian Traditions Retirement Residence (Theatre Room), 57 Trott Blvd. 
Wesley Likane is a freelance photographer who loves the night sky, landscapes and wildlife. He tries to bring a unique perspective and artistic interpretation to all his photographs. His mission is to inspire and help you with your photography. Wesley leads workshops, private lessons and guiding around North America but mainly in Muskoka and Algonquin Provincial Park. He prides himself on developing a relationship with his guests and getting to know them and what kind of images they are looking to capture. Also, included in the meeting will be a discussion on the Competition results for People General and for Nature: Animals. There will be an overview of January’s competition categories. Present competition entries due by January 12th and are for Scapes and Still Life. The meeting is free for all members and non-members pay $10 at the door. 
For further information please go to www.georgianbayphotograpyclub.com
 
Quarter Century Theatre's Grand Opening Gala
January 13th, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Simcoe Street Theatre
Join Quarter Century Theatre at their official grand opening celebration happening at the Simcoe Street Theatre in the New Year. There will be delicious food and drinks and live entertainment from local musicians! Meet the stars of Salt-Water Moon and maybe even catch a sneak peek of the show! This is your chance to learn more about Collingwood's newest professional theatre company on a fun, friendly, personal level.
Tickets on sale December 1st!
www.qctheatre.ca
 
A Little Lunch Music with Jasmin Millar & Arran Hodgart
Tuesday, January 17 at 12:15 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie Street
Listen to the vocals and guitar of Jasmin Millar and Arran Hodgart. Free admission but donations appreciated. Coffee and treats provided.
 
#takeashotcpl for teens
Wednesday, January 25, 4:00 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie Street
If you’re a teen interested in photography, join the Collingwood Public Library Photography Club. Each month you’ll be given a fun and exciting challenge to complete. Follow the hashtag #takeashotcpl on Instagram to see all of our great photos. Join us on the last Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. For teens 13 to 18.
 
Salt-Water Moon
January 25-27, 7:30 p.m. & January 28, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
The Creative Space, 60 Hurontario Street
A Play by David French and presented by Quarter Century Theatre
www.qctheatre.ca

February 2017

Meet the Artist: Katerina Pravdivaia
Friday, February 3 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie Street
Meet Collingwood artist Katerina Pravdivaia at a reception to open her new show "Dancing the Animal,” an exhibition of mixed media works celebrating the incredible species that share our planet. Everyone is welcome. Show runs in the Art Walk & Bridge Gallery February 2-27.
 
For the Love of Maps by John Haines
December-February 28, 2017
Press Gallery, 65 Simcoe Street, in Collingwood
A collection of paintings that provided the images for various maps including the tapestry series, and other works by the artist. Since a young age, John's life has been primarily focused on art and music.  Most of his formal art training was received while studying landscape architecture at the University of Guelph.  His fascination with maps was sparked at an early age by one particular incident. The maps are essentially bird's eye views that attempt to show as much of the structure, history and beauty of the landscape as possible.
A silent auction is being conducted for most of the works on display. 
 
A Little Lunch Music with Colin Eccles & Marilyn Bourne
Tuesday, February 7 at 12:15 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie Street
Listen to classical art songs and piano with Colin Eccles and Marilyn Bourne. Free admission but donations appreciated. Coffee and treats provided.
 
Canada 150 Historical Journeys: Forgotten Footsteps with Robert Burcher
Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie Street
Find out the stories behind the tantalizing discoveries that local historian Robert Burcher has made at the Meaford Museum. Free admission, but register at 705-445-1571.
 
A Little Lunch Music with The Maple Tones
Tuesday, February 21 at 12:15 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie Street
Listen to the vocals, piano, and guitar of The Maple Tones (Scott Guitar and Haley Pearson). Free admission but donations appreciated. Coffee and treats provided.
 

March 2017

Les Belles Fleurs
March 1 to April 6, 2017
BMFA Arts Centre
Opening reception, Friday, March 3rd, from 5 to 6:30 pm
Spring has arrived at the BMFA Arts Centre!  If you need to be uplifted after a long bleak winter, come in, relax and enjoy the floral works of art.  Juror, Nancy Newman will be on hand at the reception to welcome and celebrate our artists.
www.bmfa.on.ca 
 
Confessions of a Red Headed Coffeeshop Girl
March 3 & 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Simcoe Street Theatre, Collingwood
Created & Performed by Rebecca Perry
Anthropology graduate Joanie Little is stuck working as a barista. Rather than let this get her down, she decides to make the most of her “underemployment”. So, much like Jane Goodall did with chimpanzees, this upbeat Miss studies her only available subjects: the customers of her coffee shop ‘jungle’… hilarity ensues! Created and developed by Toronto’s critically acclaimed solo performer, Rebecca Perry, Joanie Little brews up a storm that you won’t want to miss! Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl is the internationally successful show for anyone who has ever had a job they didn’t like.
Tickets at Creemore Coffee Studio and ticketscene.ca $28.50 + HST, Box Office 705 888 8502
www.whatsonsimcoestreet.com
 
Magic of Children in the Arts Show 
March 4 to April 28, 2017
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie Street
The Awards Day reception for Jr. Kindergarten – Grade 6 is April 8, 1pm-4pm at the Collingwood Public Library. Pick up your prize and celebrate! Music, snacks and activities. Open to anyone to attend. The Awards Day reception for Grade 7 & 8 is April 22, 1pm-­‐4pm at the Press Gallery, Simcoe St Theatre, 65 Simcoe St., Collingwood, ON (across from the library). Pick up your prize and celebrate! Music, snacks and activities. Open to anyone to attend.
705-812-2914, lorymacdonald@gmail.com
 
 
Collingwood & District Historical Society
"The Petun: The People of the Hills"
March 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Leisure Time Club, 100 Minnesota Street
Pat Raible, author and historian and Carole Stuart, Coordinator of Local History and Genealogy at the Collingwood Public Library will provide an appreciative look at the First Nations people who lived in this locality 400 years ago.
 
A Little Lunch Music with Adam Webster
Tuesday, March 7 at 12:15 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie Street
Listen to the vocals and guitar of Adam Webster with special opening by Laurie Zwarych. Free admission but donations appreciated. Coffee and treats provided.
 
Theatre Collingwood March Break Drama Camp March 13th-17th
Simcoe Street Theatre, for children ages 7-11 years. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Camp will be led by local actor and Artistic Director Rochelle Reynolds. Rochelle recently debuted her theatre company, Quarter Century Theatre. This camp will be an introduction to theatre and will focus on learning about live performance and having fun! The price for camp is $160 plus HST per child. On the Friday of the March Break Camp (Mar.17th) we will also have professional puppeteer Jay Wilson in town to perform his show "Puppets and Songs". This is a fun-for-all-ages show and will be performed at 2pm and 5pm at the Simcoe Street Theatre. Tickets are only $5/person for this one hour show. Since its inception "Puppets and Songs" has undergone a number of transformations, but always entertaining for the whole family, for ages 2-102! The show is performed by Jay Wilson and his band of hilarious characters! Meet: Lionel, a very friendly lion; Valerie, a simple marionette who doesn't say a word, but loves to assist with puppet warm up exercises; Boo, named by audience members, this ghost is sure to please; Pandora and Prometheus, fun characters from Greek mythology, who tell silly jokes and deliver clever routines; and finally Petunia, a skunk with an interesting history and a very special tail. Children attending our March Break Camp will have this puppet show included in their camp. 
Call 705-445-2200 or visit 104-115 Hurontario Street, Collingwood. www.theatrecollingwood.ca
 
 
Puppeteer Jay Wilson "Puppets and Songs"
March 17, 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Simcoe Street Theatre
This is a fun-for-all-ages show. Tickets are only $5/person for this one hour show. Since its inception "Puppets and Songs" has undergone a number of transformations, but always entertaining for the whole family, for ages 2-102! The show is performed by Jay Wilson and his band of hilarious characters! Meet: Lionel, a very friendly lion; Valerie, a simple marionette who doesn't say a word, but loves to assist with puppet warm up exercises; Boo, named by audience members, this ghost is sure to please; Pandora and Prometheus, fun characters from Greek mythology, who tell silly jokes and deliver clever routines; and finally Petunia, a skunk with an interesting history and a very special tail. Children attending our March Break Camp will have this puppet show included in their camp. 
Call 705-445-2200 or visit 104-115 Hurontario Street, Collingwood. www.theatrecollingwood.ca
 
A Little Lunch Music with Craig Smith
Tuesday, March 21 at 12:15 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie Street
Listen to vocals and guitar of Craig Smith. Free admission but donations appreciated. Coffee and treats provided.
 
Theatre Collingwood presents Miss Caledonia
Friday, March 24, 2017, 7:30pm
New Life Church, Collingwood.
Written and performed by Melody A. Johnson. Directed by Rick Roberts and Aaron Willis. One women comedy accompanied by a fiddle player. The year is 1955. Desperate to escape the chicory-pulling, stall-cleaning, hay-baling drudgery of life in RR#2 Caledonia, Peggy Ann Douglas has a plan. Following in the footsteps of starlet Debbie Reynolds, Peggy Ann will simply become a movie star - and she will start her journey to the top by winning the local pageant. Can she sing, twirl and pivot her way into the judges' hearts, or will shaky nerves and a "Puritanical Work Ethic" sabotage her efforts? Brimming with love, comedy, and a staggering work ethic of its own, Miss Caledonia is a delightful exploration of optimism and reality down on the farm. Supported by fiddle accompaniment, Dora and Canadian Comedy Award winner Melody A. Johnson will have you in the palm of her hand on her quest for the tiara in Miss Caledonia.
Call 705-445-2200 or visit 104-115 Hurontario Street, Collingwood. www.theatrecollingwood.ca
 
Canada 150: Build Your Family Tree with Ancestry
Tuesday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie Street
Celebrate Canada 150 with Historical Journeys at the Collingwood Public Library. Genealogy Coordinator Carole Stuart will show you how you can use the Ancestry database to discover your roots and build an online family tree. This talk is free but register at 705-445-1571.
 
Writing Workshop
March 30, 2017, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 
Quarter Century Theatre is hosting monthly writing workshops in partnership with Grant Thomsen and the Shale Rock Coffee House
Shale Rock, 1-, 209544 ON-26, The Blue Mountains
Each month will focus on a different idea/theme. This month's theme is all about DIALOGUE!
Bring your pen, paper and imagination and join us over a delicious drink or pastry for an evening of writing, sharing and collaborating. 
There is a $10 participation fee, but if you bring a friend, you'll get in for half price! 
quartercenturytheatre@gmail.com, www.qctheatre.ca 

April 2017

4 Scenes and a Cup of Tea
April 2, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood
Join us at 1p.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Simcoe Street Theatre, for a wonderful afternoon.  
For the low ticket price of $10, you'll get to see 4 locally written scenes in performance.  At the end of the performances you'll enjoy tea or coffee with a baked treat. 
This annual event sells out quickly.
Please contact info@gaslighttour.com for ticket information.
 
"Hurontario Street - The Changing Scene"
April 3, 2017, 7:00 p.m. 
Collingwood and District Historical Society presents guest speaker Penny Skelton with her look at "Hurontario Street - The Changing Scene".  The Societies AGM also takes place at this meeting.  
Leisure Time Club, Minnesota Street, Collingwood.  
Admission is CDHS membership or $5.00  
 
Magic of Children in the Arts Show 
March 4 to April 28, 2017
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie Street
The Awards Day reception for Jr. Kindergarten – Grade 6 is April 8, 1pm-4pm at the Collingwood Public Library. Pick up your prize and celebrate! Music, snacks and activities. Open to anyone to attend. The Awards Day reception for Grade 7 & 8 is April 22, 1pm-­‐4pm at the Press Gallery, Simcoe St Theatre, 65 Simcoe St., Collingwood, ON (across from the library). Pick up your prize and celebrate! Music, snacks and activities. Open to anyone to attend.
705-812-2914, lorymacdonald@gmail.com
 
Canada 150: In Search of the Illusive Lemuel Brown
Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie Street
Celebrate Canada 150 with Historical Journeys at the Collingwood Public Library. Historian Janie Cooper-Wilson will discuss the results of her amazing 20-year search for her paternal 2x great grandfather, who was a resident of Collingwood at the time of Canada's Confederation. This talk is free but register at 705-445-1571.
 
37th Annual Juried Art Show
April 12 - May 28, 2017
BMFA Arts Centre, 163 Hurontario Street
www.bmfa.on.ca
 

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June 2017

Canada 150: Ships and Shipwrecks!
Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste Marie Street
Celebrate Canada 150 with Historical Journeys at the Collingwood Public Library. Maritime historians and underwater photographers Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg will present a multimedia presentation about the connections between shipwrecks in Georgian Bay and 1867, the year of Canada's birth. This talk is free but register at 705-445-1571.

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Ongoing

ChoralWorks Chamber Choir
Performing quality choral works from the great masters.
Rehearse Monday nights at the Collingwood Public Library
Collingwood 7 - 9 pm.  Call Brian Rae 705-444-5857.  
 

Collingwood Cinema Club
Showing Canadian and International films of quality
Galaxy Theatre, First, Mid & Last Mondays at 4, 6:30 & 9 PM
$10 Tickets in lobby on Movie Nights
First Mondays at 4 PM 
Check www.collingwoodcinemaclub.com for more details
 

The Georgian Bay Photo Club
Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm
A monthly gathering of photography enthusiasts of all skill levels.
Collingwood at the Chartwell Georgian Traditions Retirement Residence, 57 Trott Blvd. 
Membership fee payment (cheques please): $40 for single and $60 for a family. 
www.bayphotoclub.com jimdesormeaux@hotmail.com 

 

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WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

Writers Wanted
2017 Gaslight Tour Play wrighting Competition
Theme: 150 years of Greatness
Instructor: Caroline Smith, award winning playwright, performer, director and choreographer
Course dates: April 1, 8, May 27 & June 24
Register by April 1 Cost: $125
writers.gaslightprogram@gmail.com
www.gaslighttheatreproductions.com
 
The Bay School of Art
Adult and children's art classes and camps
www.thebayschoolofart.ca
 
Spring TheatreKids and Musical Theatre programs
Thursday evenings beginning March 23:
TheatreKids mini (ages 5 & 6) 5:15 – 6:00 pm
TheatreKids Jr. (ages 7-9) 6:00 – 7:00 pm
TheatreKids (ages 10 – 15) 7:00 – 8:30 pm
 
Saturday mornings beginning March 25: 
Musical Theatre (ages 8 and up) 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
 
Auditions (required for TheatreKids class only) Thursday March 9 from 6 pm – 8 pm and Monday March 20 from 5pm – 7pm. Auditions will be held at the Collingwood Public Library. To book an audition time call 647 448 1645 or email admin@sandcastletheatre.com
(Auditions are to place students in the correct role and plan for all participants. Everyone who would like a speaking role will have a speaking role in the show.)
 
Dates: Thursday evenings beginning March 23 and Saturday mornings beginning March 25
Location: Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church and the Public Library
Ages: 5 - 15
Fees: Fee details available here: http://sandcastletheatre.com/pricing/
Presented by: Sandcastle Theatre
Contact info: www.sandcastletheatre.com/register admin@sandcastletheatre.com 
 
Collingwood Art Academy
Art Classes in the heart of Collingwood
Daytime, evening and weekend classes. Programs are taught by practicing artists who share with their students; enthusiasm, insight and highly developed skills. High quality instruction from acclaimed Ontario artists. Small group instruction in drawing and painting for absolute beginner to accomplished artist.
Alexander Gallery & Art Supplies, 78 Hurontario Street, Collingwood
705-293-1771 collingwoodartacademy@gmail.com

Art Drawing and Painting
With a model(s) Mondays 10 am – 3 pm
‘Go Figure’ Collingwood, Drop-in, or monthly rates available,  705-444-9482
Drop-in 15.00/monthly 40.00
https://www.facebook.com/GoFigureCollingwood

 
 

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CALLS FOR PARTICIPATION AND SUBMISSIONS

37th Annual Juried Art Show
April 12 - May, 2017
BMFA Arts Centre
The Juried Art Show Committee is seeking your assistance with the
following; intake on the 7th and 8th of April, contacting entrants
of unaccepted pieces and signing them out on the 10th, donations of food for reception
and reception set up on April 23rd.
Contact Jill Bates if you are available at 705-293-2936
 
Calling Performers!
The 2017 Busker Program is now accepting applications:
Step One:
Book a 10 min. audition on one of these dates:
May 9, May 30 or June 13 between 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Step Two:
Apply for and purchase a 2017 Busking License 
(Collingwood residents: $25, Other: $50)
Step Three:
Receive your Busker Photo ID, wear it and perform daily at 
designated locations between 10:00 a.m. & 9:00 p.m. until Dec 31 
Contact 705.444.2500 ext. 3287 
or artsandculture@collingwood.ca 
 
37th Annual Juried Art Show
April 12th to May 28th
Submission on April 7th and April 8th
Jurying on April 9th
Awards and Reception on Sunday, April 23rd, 1 to 3 pm
Contact: 705-445-3430 www.bmfa.on.ca
 
Call to Artists
The Blue Mountain Tour of the Arts will be hosting its annual Tour of the Arts in 2017. This will be its 22nd consecutive year.
Artists with studios in the Town of the Blue Mountains and Kimberley are invited to apply. Please visit our website  tourofthearts.ca for the Contact Form. An application and information document will be emailed to you once the Contact Form is received.
Deadline is January 15. We look forward to hearing from you.
For further information, call Cory  Stickley mobile 705 607 1171
 
The Creative Space Collingwood is offering local artists the opportunity to show case their artwork on our walls and shelves. They would have to have a membership which is $25/month, but we don't take any commission for any art that is sold. 
With all the events we hold and hope to hold in the future, Artists will have a huge opportunity for exposure. Membership comes with it's own perks even when they don't have art on the wall, we display all members on our calendar and they get notifications of free events for them to attend.
Contact: garion@thecrewec.ca, 705-716-7539
 
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

If you have a cultural event or activity you would like to include contact tmazza@collingwood.ca. We make every effort to ensure accuracy.  We recommend that you confirm the date and time of the event with the listed contact or website.