And the nominees are…2020 Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage Award Nominees Revealed


October 14, 2020 (Orillia and area) – The Orillia & District Arts Council (ODAC) and Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2020 Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage Awards.

The awards were established to recognize the valuable contribution that educators, historians, and event organizers and supporters make to the vibrancy of our communities. On November 25, 2020, at the second annual Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage (ORAH) Awards, the sector will come together virtually to celebrate its achievements and honour this year’s nominees.

And the nominees are…

Education in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Award recognizes an educator, not necessarily a teacher by profession, whose knowledge and teaching skills inspire others to pursue their interest in the arts and heritage. This year’s nominees are Stacey Schat and Doug Ironside; and the Otter Art Club run by Naomi Woodman and Travis Shilling.

Emerging Artist Award recognizes an individual of any age who is in the early years (under five years) of launching a career in the arts. Nominees can be pursuing any genre of art including, but not limited to, visual arts, performance arts, literary arts and many more. This year’s nominees are Norman Robert Catchpole, Chief Lady Bird, Marta Solek, and MaryJo Pollak.

Heritage: Restoration, Renovation and Publication Award recognizes an individual or group who brought to life regional history through a physical restoration or creation of a permanent public record. This year’s nominees are Carolyn Leclair of Elite Printing; Sarah Pickard; Marcel Rousseau; Ron and Ann Harrison; and Dave Town.

Event in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Award recognizes an individual, organization, or corporation for their part in organizing a single or annual event that showcases the region’s creative talent or cultural heritage. This year’s nominees are Michael Martyn and The Essential Concert Series; Kevin Gangloff; and Dick Johnston and Take a Vet to Dinner.

Qennefer Browne Achievement Award recognizes an individual or group of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of their community. It was named in honour of Qennefer Browne, who gave much of herself to support both arts and heritage organizations within the region. This year’s nominees are Ross “Rusty” Draper, Molly Farquharson, Roy Menagh, Phil Jackman, Gaia Orion, and Will McGarvey.

The ORAH Awards received a record number of nominees in this pandemic year, proof that our arts and heritage sector is near and dear to our hearts. This year’s recipients will be announced on November 25 at the Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage Awards Night. Proudly supported by Accutrac Capital Solutions and the City of Orillia’s Community Services Department, the event will be filmed and shown on social media at 7 p.m. sharp. @orilliamuseum @orilliaartscouncil

Together, OMAH and ODAC serve the communities of Rama, Ramara, Oro-Medonte, Severn, and the City of Orillia. Be sure to join us on November 25 for a night of celebration.

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Anna Proctor




Arts Response Initiative: Project Grants for Individuals

The program supports individual Ontario-based professional artists to continue to work and participate in the arts community in the context of COVID-19. It welcomes practical solutions to current challenges and also encourages exploration, adaptation and the development of new ways of working that will help to increase the resilience of Ontario’s arts sector. Projects must be in response to the challenges resulting from the pandemic. Projects can include activities that assist artists in the short, medium and long term.

The deadline to apply is October 20, 2020 at 1pm

Province Supporting Local Festivals and Events with New Funding

Ontario is investing $9 million through the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program to support municipalities and event organizers during COVID-19. This funding will be used to maintain public safety requirements and allow people to reconnect with their communities through online, drive-through and other innovative experiences. Organizers will be developing creative programs such as virtual Remembrance Day events, reverse holiday parades with drive-by static floats, drive-in music concerts and movies, holiday tree lightings and New Year’s Eve displays that light-up iconic buildings.

The Reconnect Festival and Event Program is open to organizers with a minimum $50,000 operating budget and the capacity to safely reconnect Ontarians with their communities.

The application period for the Reconnect Festival and Event Program runs from October 8 to December 1, 2020.



Nominations for CSEA/SCEA Executive Now Open

DEADLINE: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Canadian Society for Education through Art / Société canadienne d’éducation par l’art is holding elections for positions on the Executive for a once only, one year 2020-21 term. Executive terms usually are for a two-year term but the Covid 19 epidemic has disrupted our usual practices and an election for a one year term enables us to refresh the composition of the executive in spite of having had to postpone our 2020 conference.  We will keep subsequent two-year terms aligned with future conferences. 

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Call For Submissions: DesignTO Symposium 2021

DEADLINE: Friday, September 25, 2020 by 11:59pm EST

This symposium invites designers and thinkers to explore how we can design for inclusivity. How can we create great designs for the greatest number of people? How can we use our unique reality of human diversity as a resource for products, services, systems, environments and experiences that include rather than exclude?

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Call for Black, Indigenous and Artists of Colour

Seymour Art Gallery

Deadline: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Exhibition: October 3 – 31, 2020

This juried group exhibition is looking to provide exposure to Black, Indigenous, and artists of colour; therefore, eligibility is limited to BIPOC artists living on the unceeded lands currently known as British Columbia. Artwork may be individually or collaboratively produced. Local drop off and pick up is required.

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Calling all muralists, sculptors, carvers, painters, musicians, dancers, and other creatives!

The City of Orillia is looking for local artists to add vibrancy to the Emergency Recovery Task Force’s (ERTF) Patio and Public Realm Project this summer.

Together with the Downtown Orillia Management Board, the City is looking to create space for local artists, at key locations along the road closure to enhance the patio and downtown experience.

In an effort to infuse the creativity of individual artists into the program, those interested are invited to submit their own idea(s) for animating the street. Proposals will be reviewed on a case by case basis and selected to maximize program diversity to the extent possible given health and safety guidelines and budgetary constraints. Those selected will be paid an honorarium congruent to the services described in their proposal.

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Highlights from Orillia’s 2020 National Arts Drive

Held June 20, 2020, artist took part in the National Arts Drive to gain exposure, and to have fun, sharing their work with the community.

Thank you to all those who participated!


Red Sky Performance

Out of the gate on June 19th, 2020, the fast-paced horse named Mistatim will trot, gallop, and fly, and thrill audiences, young and old.

Red Sky Performance in partnership with the Temagami Community Foundation’s Virtual Arts Camp and City of Thunder Bay – Municipal Government, Ontario, Canada‘s Indigenous Relations & Inclusion brings a thrilling virtual live performance of our award-winning “Mistatim” to every province and territory in Canada.

Following the performance, join us for a Social Round-Up in the chat room with artists Falciony Patino Cruz, Wahsonti:io Kirby, Benjamin Thomas, and associate director, Carlos Rivera.

Ideal for children from 6 – 12 years, parents, teachers, presenters, and all audiences.


Out of Province? check your time zone here:

British Columbia & Yukon: 11 am PDT

Alberta & NWT: 12 pm MDT

Manitoba: 1 pm CDT

Saskatchewan: 12 pm CDT

Ontario, Quebec: 2 pm EDT

New Brunswick & Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island: 3 pm AST

Newfoundland & Labrador: 3:30 pm NDT

Nunavut would either be 11 am or 12 pm depending on where you are in the territory.