The Cooper Family – Musicali-Tea

Posted in , July 31st, 2015 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » August 2, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Where: Leacock Museum - Leacock House, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V 7T9, Canada
Cost: Admission by Donation
Contact: Fred Addis


The Cooper Family kick off the first in a series of concerts and tea at the Leacock Museum this Sunday.

Series producer and Leacock staffer Autumn Debassige has selected four groups of local musicians who will be playing in historic Leacock House.

“I wanted the series to highlight natural acoustic music – no amplification required,” she said.

“It’s simply for the sake of listening to and enjoying music in a relaxing and beautiful setting that is entirely unique to Orillia.”

The Coopers are known and admired for having made music a central part of their lives and the lives of their children Philip and Thomasin. They are frequent performers at the Orillia Farmers Market.

Tea, lemonade and cake will be served. Admission by Donation.

Leacock Museum – 705-329-1908

Orillia Arts for Peace – 32nd Annual

Posted in , May 19th, 2015 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » June 21, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Leacock Museum National Historic Site, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V 7T9, Canada
Cost: Free
Contact: Lorna Bolden
A4P_2015Make sure you do not miss the Orillia Arts For Peace Festival on Sunday June 21st. This free Festival Starts at Noon and is over by 5:00p.m., You and your family of all ages are invited to enjoy musical and artistic activities in the peaceful lakeshore setting provided by the grounds of The Stephen Leacock Memorial Museum.
Children of all ages will find bubbles, stories, crafts, folding paper cranes,garland making,clay sculpting, painting, knitting, kids yoga, drumming, singing, skipping and Maypole dancing. The theme of this year’s festival is River of Peace, and is reflected in our choice of international honouree, Masaru Emoto, from Japan, who died in October last year. who made some remarkable discoveries about water and its responses to human conciousness through words and music, or art. 
There will be food vendors, water, juice and snacks of fruit, veggies and baking, donated by festival well-wishers.The information tables will display how people in Orillia have been creating a culture of Peace by giving to the community in their own way. This festival is run by volunteers and has been flowing peacefully along for 32 years. 
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Leacock Summer Festival

Posted in , May 15th, 2015 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » July 21, 2015 @ 8:00 pm – July 26, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Where: Leacock Museum National Historic Site, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V 7T9, Canada
Cost: All Events Individually Priced
Contact: Fred Addis
705-329-1908 x803

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Ontario’s largest summer literary get-together is taking shape and promises to be a fun-filled and exciting series of readings and presentations.

Orillia’s Leacock Museum stages this 6 day festival in celebration of Authors, Books & Readers.

Watch here for a full schedule of readings and events including:

  • Nature writer CANDACE SAVAGE from Saskatchewan present to readings from her books Crows and Bees. Presented in partnership with the Couchiching Conservancy
  • Author and broadcaster TED BARRIS presents an illustrated program dealing with his newest book The Great Escape – A Canadian Story
  • First Nations writers WAB RICE and SHERRY LAWSON read at the Chippewas of Rama First Nation – Moonlight Bay
  • 2015 Leacock Medal winnner TERRY FALLIS reads from No Relation and hosts our annual Humour Showcase
  • A star-studded Saturday evening of science fiction with Nebula and Hugo award winners ROBERT SAWYER and ROBERT CHARLES WILSON joined by MARIE BILODEAU.
  • Veteran Canadian actor, director and historian R.H. THOMSON presents an illustrated program on The World Remembers, his global project dealing with the First World War and including a roll of names of the fallen from all countries. The reading will also feature an illumination of names projected on Leacock House and Leacock’s own tribute piece to the Great War called, “The Boy Who Came Back“.
  • PLUM JOHNSON, winner of the 2015 RBC Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction will read from They Left Us Everything. 
  • Our annual Happy Hour features author STEPHEN SMITH reading from his new book Puckstruck: Distracted, Delighted and Distressed by Canada’s Hockey Obsession.
  • DR. SUESS is wall to wall at the festival’s annual Children’s Day. Join us for lots of fun, games and readings. Dress up as your favourite Dr. Suess character and enjoy complimentary hotdogs, cake and lemonade.



Steven Fearing and Andy White IN CONCERT

Posted in , February 9th, 2015 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » February 17, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: $35
Contact: Chris Lusty


Tickets: $35 at Sirkka’s Fashions, 140 Mississaga St. E.,Orillia
or Reserve by Email:
Cash sales only please.

Canadian singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing met Belfast troubadour Andy White backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1998. Forming an instant friendship, the two musicians began a series of yearly co-writing sessions at Fearing’s home in Guelph, Ontario. At each get together, they would play a few shows and spend the rest of their time together trading lyrics, melodies, harmonies, and arrangement ideas, slowly crafting a body of songs that was uniquely different from either of their solo work. After a decade of these informal sessions, they bit the bullet and recorded their acclaimed 2011 debut, Fearing & White.

For their follow-up, Tea and Confidences (LowdenProud Records), Andy and Stephen decided to take a different approach to the creative process. With Fearing having recently relocated to Nova Scotia, and Andy living in Melbourne, Australia, it was going to require planning. The new album started with an intense songwriting session one Halifax New Year. They reconvened later that summer and wrote the bulk of the new album in one incredible four-day sprint of inspiration between two west-coast festival weekends in Vancouver and Salt Spring Island. Six months later, they booked back into The Cottage studio in Guelph, with veteran drummer/percussionist Gary Craig (Bruce Cockburn), and special guests Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) on harmonica and Ray Farrugia (Junkhouse) on drums.

With over twenty albums between them, Fearing & White have little to prove to anybody. That doesn’t stop Tea and Confidences from being an incredibly strong statement about where each man is in their lives and the power of collaboration. The music is rich in big tones and the pure excitement of creation. Over the course of the album, they reach uncommon heights as a duo and simultaneously reinvent themselves musically. The songs affirm with humor, hard-won optimism and a rocking worldview, all the while keeping a mature grasp on love and life without illusions.

Stephen and Andy are music lifers who can bash out guitar-driven rock numbers built around jukebox-ready grooves (“We Came Together”, “Sanctuary”) and just as fluidly, pare things down to aching harmonies and no-frills arrangements on ballads (“Emigrant Song”,“Another Time Another Place”). On Tea and Confidences, it’s all brought to life with a spark, and the spirit of discovery hangs thick in the air.

Stephen Fearing is a multiple JUNO Award-winner who has become a hero of the international roots and folk scene through his acclaimed solo performances, as well as his work with the supergroup Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. He currently resides in Halifax, NS.

Originally from Belfast, N. Ireland, Andy White has been honored with many of Ire- land’s most prestigious songwriting awards. He is an author and songwriter who has col- laborated with Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor and Neil and Tim Finn. Andy now calls Melbourne, Australia, home. See More


Posted in , December 8th, 2014 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » December 11, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: Leacock Museum, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V 7T9, Canada
Cost: Dinner & Show: $29.95 Show Only $10.00
Contact: Jenny
705-329-1908 x801


Columnist and author Jim Foster is on the loose again and all pent up for Christmas. Jim’s annual, holiday rant “The Turkey Monologues” covers anything and everything with a brush so broad, you never know who will end up tarred and feathered. Join Jim as he assails his many favourite targets, both old and new. Jim Foster’s column appears in the Orillia Packet and Times and other regional rags. He has published three books: I Hate to Complain, Still Complaining and this year The Crowning of Miss Mariposa which is entered in the 2015 Leacock Medal for Humour sweepstakes.

Enjoy a sumptuous meal in the Leacock Café followed by the show.

Dinner & Show: $29.95   Show Only: $10.00

Tickets are going fast so reserve today at 705-329-1908

Christmas Songs & Stories with Alex the Folk Band

Posted in , December 4th, 2014 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » December 5, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: View Map » Leaccock Museum, Swanmore Hall, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V 7T9, Canada
Cost: Admission by Voluntary Donation
Contact: Jen
705-329-1908 x801

Alex in the kitchen

Circle Friday, December 5th on your calendar when Alex the Folk Band presents a special program of Christmas Songs and Stories at the Leacock Museum’s popular meeting place, Swanmore Hall.

Mayor Steve Clarke will serve as offical host and… MC. Highlights of the festivities will include a reading of Stephen Leacock’s amusing tale, Hoodoo McFiggin’s Christmas, by Fred Addis, the museum’s curator. Other seasonal stories and an excerpt from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be read by Alex members and a friend or two.

Audience members will be invited to sing and clap along to the band’s renditions of Christmas Time’s A-Coming, Christmas in Killarney, Deck the Halls, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and other seasonal favourites.
Christmas Songs and Stories at Swanmore Hall is a co-presentation of Alex the Folk Band and the Stephen Leacock Museum. Admission is free. All moneys raised by “passing the hat” will go towards creation of a garden on the museum grounds that will serve as a tribute to teachers and will remind visitors that teaching was Leacock’s lifelong profession.

Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted on behalf of The Sharing Place Food Bank.
Christmas Songs and Stories at Swanmore Hall is slated for Friday, December 5.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and festivities get underway at 8 p.m.
For further information call: 705-329-1908

Gift Shop Christmas Tea & Sale

Posted in , December 3rd, 2014 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » December 5, 2014 @ 11:00 am – December 7, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Where: View Map » Leacock Museum, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V 7T9, Canada
Cost: Admission Free - Holiday Lunch $12.95
Contact: Jenny
Lunch Reservations 705-329-1908


Be sure to join us this weekend for our annual Christmas Gift Shop Tea and Sale.  It’s this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm each day.
Our good friends at the Leacock Café will be serving lunch by our fireside with special holiday treats. Lunch is $12.95 per person and with your lunch receipt you’ll receive 10% off all of your gift shop purchases. Please be sure make your lunch reservation ahead of time at 705-329-1908.
As a special treat on Saturday only, drop by and meet authors Colin Agnew and Dorothy Duncan as they speak about and sign their new book Mariposa At Table. It includes food references from Leacock’s classic Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town with food and historical vignettes and over 96 tried and tested recipes. It’s just $14.95 and makes an ideal holiday gift for that special foodie or Leacock fan on our list.
And don’t forget to checkout Leacock House, decorated for the holiday season by our volunteers from the Orillia Horticultural Society under the very able guidance of Nancy Hinton.
Hoping to see everyone.

Mariposa at Table / Meet the Authors

Posted in , December 2nd, 2014 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » December 6, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: View Map » Leacock Museum, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V 7T9, Canada
Contact: Fred Addis
705-329-1908 x803

MariposaAtTable_FrontCvrAuthors Colin Agnew & Dorothy Duncan will be on hand to speak about and sign their new book Mariposa At Table. The authors have extracted food references from the Leacock classic “Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town” and have added historical vignettes about food along with some 96 tried and tested recipes. Any way you slice it, it’s a unique take on Leacock and a lovely piece of culinary history. And leave it to Canadian culinary historian Dorothy Duncan: the recipes are as interesting as they are practical. A great holiday gift for any foodie or Leacock lover.  Mr. Agnew and Ms. Duncan will be speak briefly about this unique publication at 11:30am and 1:30pm.

Mariposa At Table is published by The Old Brewery Bay Press, an imprint of the Leacock Museum National Historic Site.

On sale now at the Leacock Museum and Manticore Books in Orillia. 132 pp, trade paperback, $14.95.

50+ Poems for Gordon Lightfoot

Posted in , October 21st, 2014 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » November 17, 2014 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto,ON M6R 1X6, Canada
Cost: $20 General Admission / Launch Special w Book $28.
Contact: Leacock Museum

LightfootLaunchPoster_04Nov2014Join us for a truly unique book launch as we celebrate with poetry and music the official launch of this new anthology. Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke is our honorary host for the evening which will feature readings by selected contributors to the anthology and live music by Jory Nash, Katherine Wheatley, Jason Fowler some very Special Guests as well.

50+ Poems for Gordon Lightfoot is published by The Old Brewery Bay Press, an imprint of the Leacock Museum National Historic Site in Orillia.  Publication is made possible through the generous support of the Scott Griffin Foundation and the Mariposa Folk Foundation.



Posted in , August 19th, 2014 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » August 24, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: View Map » Leacock Museum , 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V 7T9, Canada
Cost: Admission by Donation
Contact: Leacock Museum
Categories: Arts & Culture

Orillia artist, musician and arts mentor Rodney Frost hosts the 6th Annual Pleasant Sunday Afternoon on Sunday, August 24 from 1 – 5 pm at the Leacock Museum.

It’s been said that the only predictable thing about Rodney Frost is his unpredictability. The veteran Orillia artist, musician and arts mentor will present his 6th Annual Pleasant Sunday Afternoon this Sunday at the LeacockMuseum and this year the program takes on a noticeably different bent.

Over the winter, Frost became enamoured of the 1948 Leacock Medal-winning book Sarah Binks by Paul Hiebert. Saluting the fictitious Songstress of Saskatchewan, Frost has put together a program of music and entertainments with her in mind.

The program includes an Entanglement of Strings from the Orillia Youth Symphony under the direction of Mayumi Kumagai.

Jeffrey Holec and Sue Dosso will sing a selection of Noel Coward songs and the incomparable Brenda Brett will present some frivolous songs by Robert Service including her celebrated whistling and unique recitation style.

An annual feature, since its inception has been the presentation of the Florence Foster Carter Award. To no one’s surprise this year’s winner is again Mr. Peter Carter and His Memorial Cape Smee Players who will perform three new fresh and naughty pieces.

The trio of Andrew Frost on guitar and vocals, Jeremy Edwardes on bass clarinet and harmonica and Victoria Dobbs on ukulele and vocals will present a broad selection of music uniquely arranged for their trio. They will also accompany recitations from the works of Sarah Binks as presented by Rodney Frost.

Autumn Debassige will present a program of piano and vocal selections and will accompany and perform “The Blind Factory Girl” with Mr. Frost.

Frost appears throughout the program in various roles including his recitation of The Owl and the Pussycat by Ed Lear and his appearance on baritone horn with his Palm Courtesans which also features Lorna Bolden on violin, Leanne Roth on euphonium, Sjaak Breg on vocals and bass drum and Arthur Cheeseman on baritone ukulele.

Master Jeffrey Olimer serves as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Admission is by donation. Tea, lemonade, sandwiches and cake will be served. For further information contact the LeacockMuseum at 705-329-1908.

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