Canadian Spirit | Partner Events 2017

2017 Partner Events

“Canada 150 Strong, Proud and Free”

Come and celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary with the Symphony as we perform an entire concert of works by prominent Canadian composers. This concert will include Canadian Composer Elizabeth Raum’s Concerto for Violin, performed by her own daughter, the well-known and accomplished Canadian violinist Erika Raum.

Tickets Reg $28, Sr $26, Z-Seats $15, Students $5

When: Saturday April 1st, 2017 at 7:30pm-9:30pm

Where: OSCVI Auditorium, 1550 8th St East, Owen Sound, ON N4K 0A2

Sponsor: Barry’s Construction, Allenford

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Sesquicentennial Celebration in Huntsville

Canada is 150 years young, and the Town of Huntsville is celebrating our sesquicentennial in style! Come on out for events and festivities marking this very special birthday. Learn all about it – including how you can get involved – at

Please download more information on the Sesquicentennial Celebration Event Listing HERE.

For full listing of events, workshops and exhibits from Huntsville’s 2012-2017 celebration of Tom Thomson and the 100th anniversary of his life and death, visit HERE.


Through Tom’s Eyes, a discovery of truth, light and colour by Janine Marson


In the spirit of Tom Thomson my goal over a year, was to paint 100 oil on birch panels searching out general locations where Tom had been. It is my wish that my work will speak with a truth and passion for the land, that you will see that Algonquin remains as Tom saw and felt it and you will be inspired to love, protect and preserve the wilderness of Algonquin for another 100 years and beyond. Following the opening there will a viewing of the documentary by Bob Hilscher “Painting the wilderness of the Oxtongue. One River. One Lake. Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven” taking place in the Algonquin Theatre sponsored by Algonquin Outfitters.

When: July 1, 2017 “soft opening” 12-2pm, followed by the documentary “Painting the wilderness of the Oxtongue. One River. One Lake. Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven.” sponsored by Algonquin Outfitters.

Where: Partner’s Hall, The Algonquin Theatre 37 Main St. E. Huntsville

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Official public opening reception July 16th 1:00-2:00 pm and 3:00- 4:00 pm following the live performance of the original play “When Winnie Knew”



An original play and fundraiser for the Huntsville Hospital Foundation

“When Winnie Knew” is an original live play based on Roy MacGregor’s book Northern Light: The Enduring Mystery of Tom Thomson and the Woman Who Loved Him, as adapted by Grant Nickalls.

Sunday July 16, 2107 marks 100 years since the body of iconic Canadian painter Tom Thomson was found in Canoe Lake, and “when Winnie knew.

Roy MacGregor – as himself
Grant Nickalls – as Tom Thomson
Cydney Jones – as Winnifred Trainor
And with original music by Sean Cotton

Paint and Paddle Plein Air and Paddling Art Adventures

Paint and Paddle is an assemblage of both amateur and professional artists along with professional outdoor guides who are passionate about art in its many forms and paddling in the outdoors. Through visiting unique spaces in the outdoor world it is the intention of our art adventure tours to inspire and awaken your inner artist. The featured artists are locals from the select trip areas and have extensive experience in their mediums. The guides who lead these tours also have in depth experience of both the areas we visit and the adventure sport activities we participate in.


Paint and Paddle 101  – July 8, 9, 2017

The aim of this course is to teach plein air artists who want to explore the wilderness by waterway the skills required to travel safely by canoe and camp with all the necessary equipment and skills. These skills will be acquired through both a camping experience and by developing competency, knowledge and safe-paddling techniques as outlined by the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (O.R.C.K.A.). O.R.C.K.A is a recognized provincial and national certifying body where its goal is to develop safe, competent and knowledgeable recreational paddlers.

First Nation Paint and Paddle   – July 25,26, 27, 2017

Come explore the first people’s culture through this unique one of a kind experience where art, paddling and culture meet. This tour will begin at Cape Croker Indian Park and will introduce you to the First Nation culture through a variety of experiences. On this special tour you will paddle the waters of Cape Croker with a certified Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (O.R.C.K.A.) Canoe Tripping guide. Brad L. Kiwenzie a First Nation artist and elder from the area will teach his painting methods and delight you with a talk on the history, spiritual stories and how they influence First Nation art a truly unique and Canadian experience.

Tom Thomson Algonquin Park Paint and Paddle   – August 5 to 9, 2017

One of Tom Thomson’s favourite places to explore was Algonquin Park even today it captures the Canadian psyche of our natives and the world. Here Tom would travel the lakes, rivers and trails by canoe and foot for months at a time becoming inspired by the nature so much that it was said “He was with nature so much he became a part of it”.

This tour will take place in Algonquin Park and will begin and conclude at Canoe Lake were the famous painter’s life came to an end 100 years ago. During this tour we will explore the park visiting many of the sites he enjoyed and painted while learning about the history of Tom Thomson, his style of plein air art, while using the traditional vehicle “the canoe” that took him to these inspirational places where he found both solace in nature and stimulus to his art.

Visit HERE for more information on how to register for Paint and Paddle adventures.



Oxtongue Lake Artists’ Day Festival 2017 

You’re invited to a sensory celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson’s untimely death. Discover beautiful fine craft and original art. Take a guided hike around Oxtongue Lake to see vistas painted by the Group of Seven and learn how Tom Thomson painted from a meteoroligical perspective of Phil “the forecaster” Chadwick. Listen to fiddling by the Deelies and view the trailer of Bob Hilscher’s new documentary “Among the trees”. Learn insights from TT Last Spring the “Ghost of Tom Thomson” and taste specially-prepared themed foods including Tom’s mulligan stew, maple products, baked goods, BBQ, and pizza.

The entry fee is $5 per person or $10 per family for a passport momento button


When: Saturday September 23, 2017 from 11am-4pm

Where: Oxtongue Lake Community Centre, 3971 Hwy. 60, Oxtongue Lake

Sponsored by Oxtongue Lake for Arts and Culture

Visit HERE for more information on this exciting festival!


More Canadian Spirit Partner Events will be announced soon!