Collingwood in the New Year

As we enter into January, and the prime of the winter season, in many ways Collingwood is just starting to come alive.  The days may be short, and the darkness comes early, but there are lots of fun and exciting events to get you through the winter and into spring.  Not to mention, a great line-up of exciting things to come in the latter half of the year, and plenty of events to look forward to for kids and adults alike as we embrace a new year with new possibilities as a community.  Get out your calendar to mark down some dates and get ready to join in on the fun!

Celebrating Winter

As a town located at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, and spending much of the time in winter mode, there are still several months of snow and snow activities to look forward to as we kick off 2018.    The Skate Trail through Discovery Harbour will open on the weekends until (hopefully!) mid March, and this year, in addition to skating, will be offering a snowshoe trail and a snow tubing hill.  As has become an annual event, Locations North will host their annual Winter Blast fundraiser as a ski and snowshoe day in February.  Book your tickets now to enjoy a day of outdoor winter fun and support a good cause at the same time. And finally, for all the pie lovers and food connoisseurs in town, don’t miss out on the Apple Pie Trail Feest!  For an evening combining snowshoeing, wine, and pie, strap on your snowshoes and trek across moon-lit trails and stop at fire-lit cabins where you get to enjoy food and drink featuring local chefs and local products.  Definitely an evening not to pass up!

Take in the Arts

We have mentioned before about the amazing arts scene available in Collingwood, and this year will be no different.  With an exceptional line up of plays and on-stage performances happening at Theatre Collingwood, and Meaford Hall, and the Elvis Festival taking over the scene in July, if your heart lights up when you see shows on stage, you’re in for a delight in the year ahead.  The call for artists has gone out for the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts annual Juried Art Show, and awards will be presented on April 22.   Put your talent to the test and submit your artwork for the whole community to enjoy.

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Let’s Do Summer

While there may be lots to love about Collingwood in the winter, things come alive in the summer too!  The prime location on the Georgian Bay means there are endless options for beach days, spending time with the kids building sand castles and swimming.  And don’t think that the mountains are only best when they are covered in snow.  In fact, the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster is a summer-only activity in the Blue Mountains and is a must-do in the warmer months – if you dare!  While you’re there, go on a hike or enjoy a gondola ride, and then enjoy a beer at one of the many local breweries once you reach the bottom.  Summer has lots to offer and spending it out in the community in the sunshine is the best way to take it all in.

With 2018 just around the corner, start now to plan your year, book your vacation and secure your theater tickets.  Collingwood is sure to live up to your desires for a year of fun.

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Art Events in Collingwood

Collingwood is a town not only known for its fantastic skiing and recreation, but also a thriving art scene. During the month of November, there are a number of art events to keep anyone even vaguely interested in the arts busy while you wait for the snow to fall.

Music for a Sunday

This event has been happening since September, but if you haven’t heard of it yet, you’ll definitely want to check it out in November. It is a series of 10 concerts over five Sundays and four of them are happening this month. ZimZum, CCI Jazz Band, the Venuti String Quartet and Rowyn Campbell are all playing at the Simcoe Street Theatre this month. Ticket prices vary, but you can get through Blue Mountain Music or at the Simcoe Street Theatre box office.

Points of View: John David Anderson and Mark Hope

Head to The Blue Mountains Public Library to witness the points of view of John David Anderson and Mark Hope, as expressed through a painting exhibition. Their work will be displayed from November 3rd until the 30th.

Annual Square Foot Show

At the Loft Gallery in Thornbury, this show happens on November 4th from 4pm. You’ll start at the Corner Café, across the street, where you’ll be getting a numbered ticked for the show. All paintings sold will be 12×12 in size and sell for $144 plus tax. All work is original and gorgeous!

Candle Making Workshop

You don’t have to just view art, you can make it. Head to Serendipity Candles at 20 Balsam Street, Unit 14, for a 60-minute candle making workshop, where you’ll learn to make four candles. You’ll select your scent and jar and do all of the fun stuff yourself!

Creative Collingwood Symposium

An initiative for arts and positive change in communities, the 4th annual Creative Collingwood Symposium happens on November 8th at the Simcoe Street Theatre. This incredible event brings together what they call “creatives” from across the South Georgian Bay area for learning and networking. There will be keynote speakers, breakout sessions, plus networking with refreshments. The event is completely free and you just need to register to reserve a spot. Anyone who is a creative professional or even who has an aspiring talent is welcome to join.

Sweetwater Film Festival

Film buffs will love the lineup of 11 short films focusing on the outdoors and outdoor recreation. Happening at the Gayety Theatre, this event donates 100% of the proceeds to outdoor programs for local youth. It happens on November 11th at 7pm and tickets are $25.

Do you know of any other great arts events happening in our region? Let us know!

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May Long Weekend Fun in Collingwood!

It’s finally here! This weekend we celebrate summer’s first long weekend (unofficially). The weather is supposed to be great, so visitors and residents to Collingwood will be partying and having a fabulous long weekend as there are a number of fun events planned!

Fun at the Blue Mountain Village

You’ll definitely want to head to Blue Mountain Village, where the party won’t stop all weekend long. There are a number of special events planned for the entire family, including a very special performance by Lighthouse, one of Canada’s very own success stories.

Starting on Saturday, there will be music all day at the Coca-Cola Stage in the Village Plaza. DJs will spin the latest tunes from 2pm until 7pm and then live performers will take the stage until 9pm. From 9pm until 10pm, there will be groove dancing and then a fabulous fireworks display over the mountain at 10:15pm.

On Sunday, the music continues with Fresh FM live on location and then Lighthouse’s set at 8pm. Don’t miss out on Rusty’s Rib Eating Contest at 11:30am at Rusty’s at Blue.

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On Monday, there will be even more live music under 3:30pm, plus a really cool hula hooping demonstration at 11:30am.

Be Local at the Collingwood Downtown Farmer’s Market

The May long weekend is also when the Collingwood Downtown Farmer’s Market begins, and you don’t want to miss that. In its 13th year, local vendors offer everything fresh, local and organic, as well as some great handcrafted items. The Collingwood farmer’s market adheres to the 100 mile market credo, with produce only sold that was grown with 100 miles of the market location. Head to the Pine Street parking lot at 8am until 1pm to partake in the fun.

Celebrate Art on the Street

You also won’t want to miss the 7th year of Collingwood Art on the Street, with the streets of Collingwood turning into an outdoor art gallery. This year’s theme is Collingwood celebrates Canada, a very fitting theme with Canada turning 150 years old this year.

Head to a Brew Party

Head to the Collingwood Brewery for their 3rd anniversary party, happening this Saturday from 4pm until 7pm. There will be activities for all ages, plus the live music of Neil Crowe. Adults can try out this year’s 1854 Anniversary Ale, plus the other great brews served. What’s awesome is that they’ve got a Beer Bus, which will shuttle people from Eddie Bush Memorial Arena to and from the brewery for the event.

With so many fun events and activities this May long weekend, you are sure to have too much fun in Collingwood.

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The Collingwood Art Crawl

There are some really top-notch events that happen in Collingwood, but the Collingwood Art Crawl is truly one-of-a-kind. Happening Saturday, September 24th from 6-10pm, this completely free event features over 100 artists at more than 40 venues all in downtown Collingwood.

You read that correct: this event is free and it is also self-guided. Take a walk down Hurontario from First Street to 4th street (and down a few side streets) to discover all that this art crawl has to offer. Along with all of the wonderful art, you’ll also be able to experience live music and food and beverage samplings.

Catching artists in action as they make their art of choice, with several live demonstrations throughout the evening, is one of the events not to be missed.

There are some amazing art projects to be seen this evening, with some great causes. The REDress Project is an initiative to bring attention to missing and murdered Native women in Canada. Art from this project will be featured during the Collingwood Art Crawl. The Youth Art Connect Project is dedicated to creating art sessions for young people, through various forms, so you’ll want to visit them at their location to learn more.

You also won’t want to miss the live body painting, a realtime experimental electroacoustic noisescape, youth aerial skills demonstration, and mural slam, among many other live art exhibits going on during the Collingwood Art Crawl.

There are ways you can participate too, as art isn’t just about viewing! Take part in the Zentangle Mosaic, where your simple line or circle will contribute to the end piece.

Musical performances will be held both inside and outside a variety of venues along the strip. These locations will also be offering food and beverage samplings, so you’ll want to bring your appetite with you. You can find out which venues are offering what on the Collingwood Art Crawl’s website, along with a list of who is performing and when. You can also check out their Facebook page for more in-depth content about what’s happening tomorrow night.

This event will bring in residents and visitors from all over Ontario, so you may want to get there early to find parking near the downtown core.

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Collingwood Public Art

Here in Collingwood, we have something really unique and fun! It is called the Public Art Program and its aim is to “enrich the lives of Collingwood residents and visitors by enhancing public spaces, fostering cultural identity and pride, promoting creativity and encouraging dialogue among citizens”. What this means is that after sending out a call to local artists, the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department in Collingwood commissioned these artists to create art that would be displayed uniquely in public spaces.

In 2015, local artist Stephen Hogbin created two unique public art benches that look similar to waves for the boardwalk at Harbourview Park.

In 2014, Rogue Goat artists Josh and Allison Hill completed a beautiful mural for the lobby of the Centennial Aquatics Centre. It fits perfectly with the swimming theme of the centre.

Also in 2014, artist Allison Hill created a template for a mural that was completed by campers at the Environment Network summer day camp. Painted right on a storage container at Sunset Point Park, this mural explored the camp’s many themes and looks fantastic!

One very visible public art display that you may have seen is located in downtown Collingwood. At the south west corner of First Street and Hurontario, the Side Launch Mural resides, completed by artists Allan Bender and John Nobrega of Blinc Studios.

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The Public Art Program is not to be confused with the Collingwood Art on the Street event that runs from May 23rd until October 10th and is now in its sixty year! This event features outdoor art exhibitions by over 50 local artists. You’ll see hand-painted Muskoka chairs and colourful art banners, which feature paintings, sculpture, stained glass, ceramic, jewellery and more.

If you want to find out the locations of all this public art, be sure to stop by the Parks, Recreation and Culture office, which is located on the third floor of the Collingwood Public Library. Alternatively, you can stop by Station Museum at 45 St. Paul Street to pick up a map and do your own self-guided tour.

Obviously Collingwood is a very artsy place, full of culture and liveliness. It is a great place to visit and an even more attractive place to live.

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