Stephen Leacock’s “Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town” Festival

The City of Orillia, Ontario will the 100th anniversary of Stephen Leacock’s “Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town” with a three-day celebration,  August 17-19, 2012.

The Sunshine City Festival will feature all things 1912, offering a glimpse of Orillia’s heritage and life as it was in Ontario and in Canada at the time Leacock’s renowned story collection first appeared in print. Everything from horse and buggy rides to antique cars, from live music and theatre to a heritage carnival, will be on display at Couchiching Beach Park on Orillia’s beautiful waterfront.

You’ll be able to get an old fashioned shave, see a 1912 fashion show, hear authentic turn of the century songs and see vaudeville-style performances as well as enjoy a slice of homemade pie or an ice cream float. And of course Stephen Leacock will be there too.

“We’re beating the bushes for all kinds of displays, exhibits, collections and performances including demonstrations of crafts, skills and trades, all with a 1912 theme,” said Leacock Museum curator Fred Addis.

Orillia’s chief champion and promoter, Mayor Angelo Orsi added “It’s a chance for us to celebrate our heritage and to mark the achievements of our best-known and most prominent Orillian, Stephen Leacock. Everyone’s invited and we’re hoping the community will get on board for what’s sure to be lots of fun and entertainment.”

Leacock’s beloved and mythical Mariposa has captivated the imagination of Canadians and readers around the world for 100 years. His little book about a small town and the characters in it defined our uniquely Canadian sense of humour and began a tradition in comedy that has spanned the decades.

Numerous events on the Orillia calendar will celebrate Sunshine Sketches, but the Sunshine City Festival will be the best chance for visitors and tourists to see, hear and taste the heritage of the Sunshine City all that was 1912.

Keep an eye on the museum website at and at for further information on the Sunshine City Festival, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and all things 1912.

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