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Show openings abound this week in Peter Street Arts District

OSS presenting High School Musical, Reay to release new album and lots of music on tap, says arts and entertainment columnist

Lots of art openings this week in our fair artsy town. BONES SUCKS is having a special art sale at The Brownstone Café on Saturday, Mar. 7 from 8 p.m. to the middle of the night…all ages are welcome, and Paul Court will be providing musical entertainment. Come and see what this talented young artist has been creating over the last little while.

Also on Saturday, both Hibernation Arts and Three Crows Speak Studio are having openings, from 1 to 3 p.m. The Spring Group Show is opening at Hibernation Arts with lots of work by different artists, and we are hoping the name means spring is coming. And at Three Crows Speak, we have guest artist Melissa Wakefield, presenting Presence. Wakefield’s paintings feature wildlife and pets, alone in their surroundings.

While you are on Peter Street South to see these openings, please stop in to the other galleries along the way and check out more amazing and local art.

On Saturday, March 14, local singer Marcia Armstrong has a show opening at Peter Street Fine Arts, from 1 to 3 p.m. Marcia’s whimsical, colourful and cheerful paintings are just the thing to brighten up your dreary March day. They are already hanging, so if you can’t make it next Saturday, drop in this week and take a look.

This Friday night and Saturday afternoon, Orillia Secondary School presents High School Musical! This should be an amazing show with a very talented and hardworking cast. For tickets, drop in to the school office during office hours with cash in hand.

This Saturday, March 7 at the Geneva Event Centre, come out to Reay’s hometown release show, celebrating the release of their recent album. For tickets, nip into Alleycats Music and Art, or message the band’s Facebook page. This will be a great night, also featuring local opener VK and Legends of the Deep.

Also Saturday, at St. Paul’s Centre, the Orillia Concert Band presents Music in the Movies with special guest local singer Cassie Dasilva. Who doesn’t love movie music? Come check it out, tickets at the door, show starts at 7:30 p.m.

On March 11, Hibernations Arts Gallery concert will feature Jakob Pearce. This is an intimate show with light refreshments; cost is $20 at the door and it runs from 7 to 9 p.m. The gallery concert from last week, Nathan Yell, is rescheduled to March 5, due to Mother Nature’s brutal temper tantrum last weekend. Come take a listen!

There are a few events coming up in the next few weeks that it would be smart to plan ahead for as they likely will sell out, so grab tickets today and avoid disappointment. One is Ashley MacIsaac, the fiddlin’ bad boy, at St. Paul’s Centre for a St. Paddy’s Day party, March 17. The tickets for this one are selling well, so don’t wait. This is a licensed event, no reserve seating. You can get tickets online only here.

Sarah Harmer is another must-see show that will likely sell out. Harmer is performing at the Orillia Opera House (OOH) on April 15 and tickets for this one are also going fast. You can pick up your ticket through the OOH box office by calling 705-326-8011 or going here.

Speaking of the OOH and events that will likely sell out, I really need to include Mariposa Arts Theatre’s next show in this category. MAT has been selling out quite a few of their shows lately, so don’t be complacent, plan ahead and get your tickets for Rabbit Hole, the April show, today. Rabbit Hole, a drama with flashes of comedy, about the loss of a child, is running Thursday to Sunday,  April 16 to 26 and you can pick up tickets through the OOH box office here.

The Orillia Silver Band and Mariposa Arts Theatre are planning a bang-up spring collaboration on March 22 and April 4. SHINE - 70 Years of Orillia celebrates everything Orillia using music, videos, vignettes and more. This will be a must-see event for all of us who love this fair town. Tickets can be purchased here. Don’t miss it, it’s going to be a really fun night.

More fun nights? Yes, there are! Echoes of Mariposa is presenting Union Duke at St. Paul’s Centre, March 28. Come and get ready for Mariposa with crowd favs, Union Duke. Tickets are here.

Speaking of Mariposa, the lineup for the 60th annual Mariposa Folk Festival July 3 to 5 at Tudhope Park is just getting better and better. Massive headliners Mavis Staples and John Prine have been announced, and lots of other great musicians as well including Serena Ryder, Arrogant Worms, Kathleen Edwards, Jane’s Party, Reuben and the Dark, Moscow Apartment, Mandolin Orange and more and more…Check out the lineup so far and grab tickets online here.

Roots North Music Festival is only seven weeks away, and the headliners are looking fabulous. Friday, April 24 at St. Paul’s Centre features an arts market and musicians Steve Poltz, William Prince and Begonia. Saturday’s music is by Wild Rivers, Lydia Persaud and more…Buy your weekend pass today here.

Lots more up and coming next week, but here is the music in the bars this weekend: At The Brownstone Café, Friday. David James Allen, Terry Savage, and Courtney Dubois. Saturday. BONES SUCKS art show. At the Hog ‘n’ Penny, Friday, Sean Patrick and the Davis Family Singers. At Fionn’s, Friday, Pat Dowds. At Studabakers, Friday, Shawn Steinhart. At Casino Rama, Friday, Cole Swindell, Saturday, Letterkenny Live. At Simcoe Yard House Live, Friday, Ben Hudson Duo, Saturday Tony Paglia.

Don’t forget to send me your cultural events, by Tuesday at noon, to [email protected].



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