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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Collingwood Summer Theatre

You don’t need to travel to Stratford or Toronto to see amazing theatre: we’ve got it right here in our great town! The Collingwood Summer Theatre Festival starts next month and it is something you truly don’t want to miss.

While The Historic Gayety Theatre holds shows all year, the Summer Theatre Festival features a number of plays that will literally knock your socks off.

Start the season off right at the theatre’s gala event, The Bowties and Bubbly Ball, held on May 5th at the Georgian Bay Hotel.

The season starts off with a marital comedy – “Sexy Laundry” – which portrays a weekend in the life of Alice and Henry, a couple married for 25 years after Alice wants to spice things up a bit and Harry just isn’t game. This show isn’t truly for kids, as there is some adult humour, language and situations. Get your tickets for this show that will play from May 16th until the 20th.

The second show of the summer season celebrates everything that this great nation has to offer. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, “Oh Canada, We Sing For Thee” is basically a musical celebration that will feature music from Canada’s best musical icons like Shania Twain, Neil Young, Anne Murry and so many more. Check this one out from June 20th until the 24th.

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“Barefoot in the Park” is the next play on the roster, a rendition of Neil Simon’s hit play and movie. Another marital comedy, this one features newlyweds contending with a life in their small and chilly Manhattan brownstone as they adjust to being married. This one plays from July 24th until the 27th.

Summer isn’t quite over when “Over the Rainbow: The Harold Arlen Story” plays from August 15th until the 19th. A musical tribute to the man who wrote the amazing music for the Wizard of Oz, this play will explore his life and music.

You definitely don’t want to miss the last play of the bunch – “Dean and Jerry: What Might Have Been” – a musical tribute featuring all the best hilarious bits and hits from Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Playing as the leaves start to fall, from September 12th until the 16th.

If you want to see all five plays this summer, your best bet is to buy a subscription, which costs $200 a person. If you think you may have to miss one, the 4-play subscription is also a fantastic deal at only $160. Single tickets are $45 each, which means you’ll save $20 on the best subscription. Student and youth tickets are only $20, so this is a great opportunity to enrich the lives of your children with some great theatrical performances. If you want to attend the matinees, you’ll save $7 off the cost of the single ticket and pay only $38. Groups of ten or more will also save with $35 matinee tickets and $40 evening tickets.

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