Posted in , August 20th, 2013 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » August 25, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Leacock Museum National Historic Site
Contact: Admin
705-329-1908 x801


5th Annual Pleasant Sunday Afternoon

 Eight Musical Acts Headline Museum Event

Sunday, August 25 – 1:00 pm – 5:00pm

(ORILLIA – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) – If you were to ask Rodney Frost, to sum up in just a few words, his unique music and art project called Pleasant Sunday Afternoon, the word ‘nice’ would no doubt figure largely in his description.

“It’s a kind of garden party, although strictly speaking it’s indoors,” said Frost. “It’s friendly people gathering to say hello: nice people, nice music and something nice to eat.”

Marking its fifth anniversary this Sunday, August 25 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Pleasant Sunday Afternoon features eight musical acts, hand-picked by Frost, including two of his sons.

Teilhard Frost will be featured playing antebellum delicacies on his antiquated banjo. Andrew Frost will once again play guitar with bass clarinetist Jeremy Edwardes and vocalist and ukulele enthusiast Victoria.

Brenda Brett will be performing her repertoire of whistling songs and recitations to the accompaniment of Rowena Robinson on heart-rending piano.

The Orillia Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Viba Trio will feature a program for strings. Director Mayumi Kumagai will also team up with Kara Sinclair performing Japanese musical selections in the  Koto and Shakuhachi traditions.

Early music with lute, viols, harp and woodwinds will be preformed by Cassiopeia and the now perennial Florence Foster Carter Award Presentation will include Peter Carter on accordion with guitarist brother Ed performing New Songs to Weep To.

Leacock Museum staffer and well-known local musician Aaron Mangoff will be performing what are described as ‘quiet songs of his own composition’.

Senor Jeffrey Olimer will be Master of Ceremonies tasked with welcoming guests and introducing the musical acts.

“This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there is a cup of tea for everyone,” Frost added, referring to complimentary sandwiches, cake and tea in china cups. Frost’s personal hand has crafted a program of pleasantness and delight designed to promote creative thought, action and nourishment.

“And this year, we’ll get a double dose of Frost,” said museum curator Fred Addis. His one man show of kinetic art, whirligigs and whatchamacallits called Rodney Frost – Himself, is featured in the Leacock Home upstairs galleries until September.

Pleasant Sunday Afternoon is held at the Leacock Museum National Historic Site at 50 Museum Drive in Orillia. It is open to the public and admission is strictly by donation.

Frost is hoping everyone will don their Sunday best with dresses and hats for ladies and  real shirts for gentlemen; appropriate for a garden party.

For further information call the museum at: 705-329-1908.


NEVERLAND: Children’s Day @ Leacock Summer Festival

Posted in , July 12th, 2013 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » July 26, 2013 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Leacock Museum National Historic Site, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V, Canada
Contact: Jenny
705-329-1908 x801


Paddle-In Orillia: Leacock Summer Festival

Posted in , July 12th, 2013 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » July 28, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Leacock Museum National Historic Site, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V, Canada
Contact: Fred Addis
705-329-1908 x801

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DAVID McFADDEN Headlines Festival Poetry Lineup

Posted in , June 21st, 2013 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » July 25, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Where: Leacock Museum National Historic Site, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V, Canada
Cost: $14
Contact: Fred Addis

2013 Griffin Winner DAVID McFADDEN


Also featuring: Ian William, Jan Zwicky and Marty Gervais

David McFadden, Winner of the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize for his collection What’s The Score (Mansfield Press) will headline a stellar lineup of Canadian poets at this year’s Leacock Summer Festival on Thursday, July 25 at 8pm. Also appearing with Mr. McFadden are 2013 Griffin shortlisted poet Ian Williams(Personals) and Jan Zwicky (Forge) from the 2012 shortlist.  Marty Gervais, founder of Black Moss Press and the Poet Laureate of Windsor will round out the bill.

DAVID W. McFADDEN began writing poetry in 1956 and began publishing poetry in 1958. Why Are You So Sad? Selected Poems of David W. McFadden (2007) was shortlisted for the 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize and Be Calm, Honey (2008) was shortlisted for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry (his third such nomination). McFadden is the author of about thirty-five books of poetry, fiction and travel writing. He lives in Toronto.

Judges’ Citation

“‘If the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise,’ advised William Blake in his Proverbs of Hell. As if whispering through the ages into the ear of Canada’s deadpan court jester, Blake’s radical spirit slyly presides over David McFadden’s exuberant thirty-fifth publication, What’s The Score? With their arch yet affable tone, these ninety-nine irreverent and mock-earnest poems lay siege to the feelings of boredom, anxiety, and alienation that afflict a culture obsessed with wealth and prestige, leading us, again and again, down the road of excess to the palace of wisdom. ‘My poems go leaping from crag to crag,’ McFadden boasts in one poem, before quickly, and characteristically, scuttling this Romantic image of the egotistical sublime ‘like a stubble-faced crybaby, it’s probably / because I’ve been writing for so long, / forty years of poems to various friends.’ The easy, casual intimacy of these poems will befriend you on the first page. Their astonishing leaps and their genuine philosophical urgency will compel you to keep reading. ‘Stick around,’ invites this artful and knowing wise fool, ‘everyone should have a chorus / following his steps and reminding him / of his central role in some great dream.’” – Suzanne Buffam


The often outrageous and always wise follow-up to 2008’s Governor General’s Award-nominated Be Calm, Honey shows David W. McFadden at his most inquisitive and provocative. Here you’ll find ninety-nine poems full of surprises by a Canadian long-distance poet in his sixth decade of writing, a writer who never rests on his laurels or allows himself to become complacent. This is a book full of mystics and Golden Age movie stars, friends of McFadden and long-dead philosophers, and their tales are all told in the poet’s deceptively plainspoken voice.

Note: Summaries are taken from promotional materials supplied by the publisher, unless otherwise noted.

Tickets: $14.00

To Reserve Tickets Call 705-329-1908 x801 or email


Leacock Summer Festival 2013

Posted in , March 14th, 2012 by Fred Addis

When: View in Calendar » July 23, 2013 @ 8:00 pm – July 28, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
Where: Leacock Museum National Historic Site, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia,ON L3V, Canada
Cost: Events Priced Individually
Contact: Fred Addis
705-329-1908 x803
Categories: Special Events



Single Event Tickets: $14.

Festival 3-Pack – $35. (any three events)

Weekend Pass – $75.

Festival All-In – $129.

Book Club Discount – 20%

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