Posted in , October 8th, 2015 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » October 9, 2015 @ 10:00 am – October 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Where: View Map » Leacock Museum National Historic Site, 50 Museum Dr, Orillia,ON L3V 7T9, Canada

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BOOBS: A Breast Cancer Awareness Play by Doug Sneyd

Posted in , September 17th, 2015 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » September 24, 2015 @ 8:00 pm – September 26, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Where: Mariposa Arts Theatre, 12 Brammer Dr, Orillia,ON L3V 7T4, Canada
Cost: $20
Contact: Leaacock Museum
705-329-1908 x801


Leacock Boathouse 20th Anniversary

Posted in , September 3rd, 2015 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » September 14, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Leacock Museum National Historic Site, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V 7T9, Canada
Cost: Everyone Welcome
Contact: Fred Addis, Curator
705-329-1908 x803


Join us as we mark the 20th Anniversary of the Re-construction of Leacock’s Boathouse back in September of 1995. The weekend barnraising style bee, with literally hundreds of volunteers participating, stands as one of the finest expressions of Orillia community enterprise and spirit.

By the Community – For the Community

Drop by to say hello to Project Leaders Jim Dykes and Jim Storey and to museum curator emeritus Daphne Mainprize.

We’ll have hamburgers, hotdogs and refreshments.

The event runs from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Remarks: 6:30pm


Posted in , August 17th, 2015 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » August 23, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Leacock House, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V 7T9, Canada
Cost: Admission by Donation
Contact: Fred Addis


It seems that the beautiful lakeside location of the LeacockMuseum and the idea of a Pleasant Sunday Afternoon go hand in hand, naturally.

Seven years ago veteran Orillia artist and cultural mentor Rodney Frost put together a program of entertainment that presented a diverse range of musicians, performers and presenters at historic Leacock House.

Frost had the idea that just like “back in the day”, people would dress up in their Sunday best, drink tea and eat sandwiches, while be treated to a program of live music and recitations.

“It’s a simple recipe,” said museum curator Fred Addis, “and we’ve had a lot of fun with it over the years.”

This year’s Pleasant Sunday Afternoon takes place on Sunday, August 23 and features some old favourites along with some new offerings.

The Three Violins under the direction of Mayumi Kumagai will perform a set of classical repertoire. Autumn Debassige, a Leacock Summer staffer and music student at WilfridLaurierUniversity will sing and perform with accompanist Blair Bailey.

Electric Salmon, a contemporary music trio featuring Jakob Pearce, Luke Webster  and Danny Webster are also on the bill along with the virtually unknown Arthur Cheeseman presenting meanderings on the baritone ukulele.  In addition local singer and songwriter Aaron Mangoff will perform a set of original songs for vocal and guitar.

The spoken word has always been an enjoyable feature of the program and will include whistling songs and recitations by Brenda Brett, monologues by Janet Lynn Durnford and poetry by Margot Strongitharm.

The incomparable Jeffrey Olimer will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon runs from 1:00 pm – 5:00pm and admission is by donation. Tea, lemonade, sandwiches and cake will be served.

For further information contact the LeacockMuseum at 705-329-1908

Michael Abernethy- Musicali-Tea

Posted in , July 31st, 2015 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » August 16, 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













Michael Abernethy is our featured performer this Sunday, August 16 for Musicali-Tea, our third in a series of Sunday concerts and tea at the Leacock Museum.

An accomplished guitarist and singer, Michael Abernethy has been a regular performer at the St. Paul’s United Church open houses. He recently played the role of Gilbert in the St. Paul’s production of Anne of Green Gables.

The Musicali_Tea series is produced for the Leacock Museum by summer staffer Autumn Debassige.

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

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