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COLUMN: Mudmen will rock Orillia Opera House on Friday

If 'Canada’s Celtic rock warriors' aren't your thing, check out the Ladom Ensemble on Sunday, columnist says
Mudmen will perform Friday at the Orillia Opera House.

Happy end of January. There are a couple of diametrically opposed concerts to finish off the month this weekend: Mudmen, and the Ladom Ensemble.

Mudmen are billed as “Canada’s Celtic rock warriors” and this is the 25th anniversary tour of their Farmer’s Tan CD, so they have been around long enough to know themselves. Friday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m., they will be putting on an all-ages show of Celtic music and stories for everyone at the Orillia Opera House. Tickets cost $28 and you can get them through the box office here. This will be a rollicking good time.

Perhaps you are looking for something a little more subtle to finish off the month of grey and cold? Then the Ladom Ensemble might be more your speed. Consisting of Adam Campbell (percussion), Beth Silver (cello), Michael Bridge (accordion) and Pouya Hamidi (piano), this foursome will take you on a musical journey through the world, including some Bach, some Argentinian tango, and even some prog rock, so maybe not so subtle after all.

The quartet comes to us courtesy of the Orillia Concert Association, and the show is Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. You should already have your tickets for the year, but if you don’t, you can get them here.

The Roots North Music Festival released another headliner name this week: Tommy Youngsteen. Billed as “a Toronto-based classic rock supergroup featuring members and alumni from Juno-winning bands The Sam Roberts Band, Stars, The Arkells, The Trews, July Talk, and The Serena Ryder Band,” this band is so rockin’, Roots North is clearing a dance floor at St. Paul’s Centre for its set on the Friday night.

As usual, Roots North is making the festival hard to miss, with headliners Kellie Lodor and Michael Kaeshammer already announced. You can get your tickets at

Mariposa Arts Theatre has announced its Movie Night lineup for the winter and spring, and here it is:

Wednesday, Feb. 8 — Broker

Wednesday, Feb. 22 — Rosie

Wednesday, March 8 — Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On

Wednesday, March 22 — Living

Wednesday, April 12 — Riceboy Sleeps

Wednesday, April 26 — Emily

Each movie has two shows — one at 4 and one at 7 p.m. — and you can get tickets at Galaxy Cinemas Orillia (cash only) before each showing. More details on these movies next month.

Couchiching Craft Brewing Co. presents Paige Rutledge this Friday night, and the Chris Robinson Will Davis Duo for jazz from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Don’t forget Power of the Purse Jan. 26. More information here.

Don’t forget to register for the 2023 in-person Orillia Kiwanis Music Festival here. The deadline is Jan. 31.

Music and Mocktails is back at the Orillia Museum of Art and History on Jan. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Information on the museum’s new winter exhibits will come next week.

If you have arts news, send it to by Tuesday at noon to be included. Have a great week.