Sound Outlook Vol. 4 Winter 2021

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Hockey Town 101 It’s that time of the year when the evenings get cooler and the days get shorter. With the summer heat and activities winding down, winter is a great time to put on a toque and explore the outdoors.

We trust you will experience the warmth and hospitality for which we are known, whether you are a long-time resident, a visitor, or new to this area. There is something for everyone!

This season we continue to offer an abundance of social, recreational and cultural activities, and this 2021-2022 Winter Guide is a great source for what is happening in our beautiful City over the winter months.

Be sure to visit the City Events Calendar at www. to find events and programs to keep you, your family, and friends active and connected to the community. Also, we encourage you to check our website for the latest COVID-19 updates that affect our region, and the new River District website,, for info on all City happenings.

In January, we have a once-in-a-lifetime privilege to host the entire nation for the 2022 Scotiabank Hockey Day In Canada. What a thrilling four-day event this is going to be! Our community has a rich hockey history and an active sports community. Hockey is in our blood. People show up at all hours to watch the greatest sport ever created. Whether it is pond hockey, road hockey, house league, junior league, or professional, we are there cheering the players and teams along!


John Fearnall photo.

On behalf of members of Council and staff, enjoy the winter season and all it has to offer. Stay active, and involved, but most of all, stay healthy! Regards, Ian Boddy Mayor of the City of Owen Sound

Table Mayor’s Message

Owen Sound Mayor, Ian Boddy, knows we have a lot to look forward to this year. Pg 1

PUBLISHER Nelson Phillips

EDITOR Jesse Wilkinson

CONTRIBUTORS Shelley Jackson, John Fearnall, Ian Boddy, Melissa Crannie, Willy Waterton, Nelson Phillips, Jesse Wilkinson

DESIGN & LAYOUT Tess Dunn, Nelson Phillips

........ PUBLISHED ON BEHALF OF THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF OWEN SOUND BY RRAMPT CO, LTD. Copyright 2021. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Views expressed herein are those of the respective author(s) exclusively. All content herein was produced in accordance with all applicable and up-to-date provincial public health safety protocols pertaining to COVID-19 and is intended for entertainment purposes only. Sound Outlook is published twice annually, in early summer and early winter. To learn more about all of the local opportunites to explore the great outdoors, build a family, open a business, or invest in Grey County’s regional cultural hub, visit the City of Owen Sound in person, or online at or For feedback, contact The City of Owen Sound lies on the shores of Georgian Bay, just two and a half hours northwest of Toronto at the base of the beautiful Bruce Peninsula. She’s also known as the Scenic City, Corkscrew City, and the Chicago of the North - but you’ll have to spend some quality time here to learn why. *wink* Cover photo by Shelley Jackson. @cityowensound

Choose Your Scenic City Adventure There’s more to do here than shovel snow! We offer 6 itineraries curated for fun. Pg 12



Good Times & Good Cheer

The Harrison Park Good Cheer rink is a local gem that delivers tons of winter fun. Pg 4

Local Memory Bank

We asked local business owners to share their most cherished memories of a good oldfashioned Owen Sound winter. Pg 18

Two Must-See Exhibits at the TOM The arts community here is second to none. Want proof? Here you go! Pg 8

Hockey Lives Here

Owen Sound is hosting Canada’s biggest premiere hockey event in 2022. Get excited. Pg 22



GOOD CHEER Story by Jesse Wilkinson

Winter in Owen Sound offers many outdoor activities to keep us happy and healthy. You can sled the hills, ski the trails, or go ice-fishing on the bay, but for many of us, skating is where it’s at. It’s the one activity rooted most deeply in our collective spirit.

There’s something about gliding across the ice on thin metal blades that just makes us Canadians feel alive. And when you add a stick and a puck to the equation, it’s a whole other sport altogether. Yes, ice skating is defined as the self-propulsion of oneself across a sheet of ice using metal blades, but we all know it’s much more than that. It’s the feeling of the cold winter air on our face, the wind through our hair, and the soft landing on our tush when we hit an unexpected edge and fall into the snowbank (hopefully). There are many reasons to strap on the skates and hit the ice, but for most of us it’s just for some winter fun. We’re not training for an Olympic speed-skating medal or entering high-level figure skating competitions. We just want to enjoy some winter leisure time and maybe get a little exercise in the process. Luckily, there are numerous places around Owen Sound that offer free skates. The Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre has two NHL sized rinks, while the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre (J.D. McArthur Arena) is where the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack play.


Public skates for these two facilities can be found at But one rink that’s near and dear to this community’s heart is the Good Cheer Rink at Harrison Park. Initiated in 2005 by the Scenic City Order of Good Cheer with support from the City, it’s for all locals and visitors to enjoy. The Good Cheer Rink has both skating and hockey available with options for a hot chocolate afterwards, of course, at the Harrison Park Inn. The rink alternates throughout the winter using the HOSE system (appropriate acronym right?). Hockey on Odd days and Skating on Even days. So, for example, if it’s January 6, then it’s a day to skate. If it’s February 15, then pick up hockey is your game. But the Good Cheer Rink doesn’t just magically appear each winter. If it did, I’d figure out the magic trick and make it work in my back yard. No, the reason I don’t have a rink at my place is the reason that Harrison Park does: it takes a lot of work to build one. And that’s where the City’s Parks and Open Spaces Division comes in. They work hard to make sure this public rink is ready to go each winter and maintained all winter long. If you wonder how they do it, manager Adam Parsons says “we have a Zamboni attachment on a small tractor that floods the rink just like at the Arena!” One thing people might not know about this special rink is that it’s refrigerated, says Parsons. “Although environmental conditions can be a factor in the early December and late March season at the Rink, the refrigeration system working at peak performance can sustain ice up to +10c.” And another important thing to note is that it’s free for all. So grab those skates out of your basement, get them sharpened for ultimate gliding potential and get yourself to one of the public skating spots in this great city of ours. For information on the Good Cheer Rink and all public skating, visit skating.aspx

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TITLE PAGE: Players take a moment to select teams on the ice before playing a game of shinny. LEFT: A scene that’s all too familiar in these parts. Lace ‘em up! ABOVE: The jewel of wintertime Harrison Park, the Scenic City Order of Good Cheer Rink from above. John Fearnall/Good Noise photo.




Story by Jesse Wilkinson Photos by Willy Waterton swimming at the edge of utopia: October 16 to January 8 Montreal born Kristine Moran, who now resides in Owen Sound, is exhibiting her series swimming at the edge of utopia at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery from October 16 – January 8 and it’s a must see. Visitors can experience her large vibrant paintings that explore the search for the ideal using swimming as the central focus of her work. In fact, the act of swimming is something that’s fascinated her for the last twenty years. After living in New York City for a number of years, Kristine chose to make Owen Sound her home after travelling across North America with her family for a year. These days, she enjoys swimming in the beautiful waters of Georgian Bay, which have become a big influence on her work. In an excerpt from the TOM’s Exhibition Statement, “Moran 8 | SOUND OUTLOOK WINTER 2022

considers the act of swimming to be the unseen performance that informs her artistic practice and in swimming at the edge of utopia, she beautifully articulates the sensations, rhythms, and mental states that surface while moving across a large body of water. Although the paintings appear highly abstracted, there is a strong figurative component that builds an illusory narrative in which a group of female swimmers are vying to reach a utopian destination, represented through the depiction of idealized landscapes. The swimmers bob in and out of the water in rhythmic synchronicity—their swim caps and goggles identifying them among the repetition of waves that engulf them.” Along with her upcoming exhibit at the TOM, Moran has also exhibited her work at Monica DeCardenas Gallery in Milan, Western Exhibitions in Chicago, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York City, Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto, and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

Brent Henry Exhibit: January 22 – April 16 Brent Henry was born in Owen Sound and grew up in Southampton where he developed his skills for painting at an early age. He grew up drawing logos and pop-culture art, but in grade twelve started getting serious about his skills as an artist. It was then he began experimenting in different media such as drawing, painting, video, photography, and writing.

TITLE PAGE: Kristine Moran’s studio space in downtown Owen Sound is the birthplace of many large-scale works that are bold, colourful, and enthralling. ABOVE & RIGHT: Brent Henry working on a few of his signature styled pieces in his studio.

In his own words, Henry describes his progression: “After high school I learned on my own about the art world, working throughout my community while continuing to create art in my free time. I enjoyed creating images just for myself, friends, and family. I like being able to express myself and it certainly helped me with anxiety and depression.

Drawing helped me get through different things in my life. I always found it was a good way when your brain was thinking about all these different things and going through hard times – it’s nice to organize everything onto a hard surface. I’ve used different media like painting, drawing, photography, video and writing, but the past couple of years, I’ve stuck mainly to painting and some mixed media.” His art addresses mental health, Indigenous relations, Residential Schools, and decolonization. In the summer of 2020, he had a solo exhibition at Southampton Arts and his work was also prominently featured in Rrampt Magazine.​ Don’t miss Henry’s exhibit at the TOM from January 22 to April 16.


Story by Jesse Wilkinson Friday Night Lights Okay, so our first packaged adventure is all about the lights that wind through the River District ( and we think it would be a great Friday outing. Head down to the corner of Ninth Street East and First Avenue West where the Festival of Northern Lights begins, and wander along the river on both sides and then down to Harrison Park. You’ll want to stay warm, so here’s a few tips: pick up a toque at one of the clothing stores along Second Avenue East or a customized Owen Sound toque from City Hall so you can keep your head warm, and then stop into one of the coffee shops for a hot drink to keep your hands toasty and your taste buds happy. Once you’ve worked up an appetite after all that walking, stop in for dinner at one of our centrally located restaurants. If you stayed within the River District, Sabitri’s and Curry House both have the spicy dishes to get you sweating after a brisk winter walk.


THIS PAGE: The Festival of Northern Lights is a local treasure and a regional hotspot of Holiday cheer. FONL photos.

Weekend Warriors

Harrison Park hill. OS Tourism photo.

There are many ways to become a weekend warrior in Owen Sound, but the best is to strap a toboggan to your back and head to one of the hills this city offers. After a fresh snowfall, you’ll appreciate the padding as you inevitably fall off your sled at some point… I mean, if you don’t, you’re not doing it right! If you make Harrison Park your hill of choice, bring your appetite and your skates along for some figure 8s on the Good Cheer Rink and a hot chocolate from the Harrison Park Inn restaurant. If you’re lucky enough to own a gas-powered sled, then you’re in for a great day winding through the 3500 kilometres of trails that the OFSC maintains throughout Grey Bruce. Download their map at Luckily the trail goes right through the East section of the city where you can pop into one of the many restaurants located along the Sixteenth Street stretch for a rest and a bite.

Dinner and a Show This is an adventure where both your stomach and soul get filled. Owen Sound offers two restaurants within a minute’s walk to the Roxy Theatre on Ninth Street East. Both Jazzmyn’s and Sizzlin’ are right next door, so make a reservation at one to start your evening off right; save some room and hit up Sugar Dust Baking for dessert. Then head on over to the Roxy Theatre website to purchase your ticket to one of their many plays or concerts on all winter long. On Second Avenue, Heartwood Concert Hall has a full lineup of concerts this winter, and since the doors usually open at 8pm, it leaves lots of time to enjoy dinner before getting your groove on. Just a short walk down Artists’ Alley will lead you to both Casero Kitchen Table for authentic Mexican cuisine and Shorty’s Bar and Grill for upscale classics. Owen Sound Attack photos.

Hockey Night in Owen Sound Owen Sound is a hockey city, and home to the OHL Attack. On any given Saturday (sometimes Wednesday), you’ll find the roars of the crowd cheering them to victory at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Centre. Find the schedule at and on page 30 of this magazine. The best way to take in a game is to make a day of it. Go play a little family pick-up hockey at the Good Cheer Rink at Harrison Park beforehand and then grab some dinner at Mudtown Station, Channing’s Restaurant, The Yard, or The Boot n Blade, all located a short walk from the Harry Lumley Bayshore Centre. If you didn’t get a chance to eat before the game, a popular post-game meeting place is Bishop’s Landing at Inn on the Bay. The Sweetwater Music Festival entertains a full house at the Roxy, pre-COVID. Roxy Theatre photo.

East Meets West Owen Sound is carved into two by the Sydenham River which creates an East and a West side. This adventure aims to connect the two sides of the Scenic City in one outing. The Heritage Place Shopping Centre on Sixteenth Street East has long been a landmark shopping spot on the East side of the city with surrounding smart shopping centres, restaurants, and more development on its way to entice shoppers. You’ll inevitably need to let loose and partake in some good old fashioned fun, so head to the landmark west side business The Bowling Alley on Tenth Street West to roll some rocks.

Rock n Bowl - nothin’ better. The Bowling Alley photo.

Billy Bishop Museum photo.

The Saturday Special This adventure is one that takes place Saturday during the day, leaving you time to rest on Saturday night and order in some takeout from one of the many local restaurants (see the Owen Sound Tourism Restaurant Guide at The Owen Sound Farmers’ Market in the heart of the River District opens at 8am, and this is where we begin. Sleep in a little if you like, but don’t wait too long or you may not get everything you want! It’s a busy spot on Saturdays in Owen Sound as eager shoppers fill the River District looking for local goods. We’re talking food, cider, crafts, and clothing from local vendors. Take a seat along the river and grab yourself a breakfast sandwich from Birgit’s or a lunch option from The Palette Café on Second Avenue East. After a short rest and a bite, head on over to the Billy Bishop Museum on Third Avenue West, or Grey Gallery on Second Avenue East.

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We asked local business owners to share their most cherished memories of a good old-fashioned Owen Sound winter. Here’s what they had to say: Olivia and Catherine - Owners of Beauty Spot Since Catherine moved to Owen Sound just a few short years ago, I have taken it upon myself to introduce her all the wonderful things Grey Bruce winters have to offer. Now every year when the Festival of Northern Lights celebrations begin, we have made it tradition to bundle up in our warmest winter gear, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and walk around the city together to explore all of the holiday light displays. We start downtown taking in all of the stores’ festive window displays and make our way slowly towards Harrison Park. There is something so magical spending the night with your best friend laughing, reminiscing, and picking out your favourite light displays surrounded by fellow locals doing the same with their loved ones. Needless to say, it has become a really special night that we look forward to every winter.

Patti Waterfield - Artist My absolute best memory of an Owen Sound winter is an annual occurrence. There is almost always heavy snow, and/or a storm forecast on January 1, and in the second year (our first winter) here we were watching the storm gather momentum and the snow accumulate all around the house. Visibility was practically nil, but we were cozy with the gas fire going, Christmas and New Year food was abundant. The next morning we awoke to a snow laden winter-wonderland landscape, and it continued to snow. Before the end of the day the City had closed up shop, people went home early, most stores were closed and Highway 6 to the tip of the Peninsula was closed. Another day of snow and all the highways leading to Owen Sound had been closed. Everything was blissfully quiet, crisp, cold, clean, and sparkling. More snow came down, until the fourth day when the sun shone brightly, the sky was an amazing bright blue and The Bay sparkled with turquoise and cobalt. Standing at the kitchen door, gazing out over the huge snow drifts to the incredible view beyond, I was rewarded with a sighting of a bald eagle gliding by, the white head and tail feathers shining out in the sun.


John Fearnall photo.

I was already in love with living in Owen Sound, and this experience just deepened how I felt. Now every winter, after the Christmas/Holiday season I look forward to this amazing gift of quiet and beauty that Nature bestows on us.

Tessa Snider - Owner of Sweetpea Wholesome Baby On dark wintery nights, the dads of our neighbourhood would take all us kids ice skating at Victoria Park track. We were bundled in layers upon layers - snow pants, heavy boots, thick jackets and warm hats, with heavy skates dangling around our necks. This made the two-block journey seem an arduous trek in the frosty dark, but the fun awaiting us on the icy track kept our tired legs moving. When we got there, we sat in a line in the snow at the edge of the ice while our fathers’ numb fingers tightened our laces. The first kids laced up were off with a whoop, disappearing into the dark night, while those of us near the end of the line watched impatiently. I played hours of tag around that track, with plenty of falls and bruises (and uncomfortably numb toes), but the feeling of freedom as I sailed along with the cold wind in my face is the part I remember best.

Morgan Barrie - Musician One of my all-time favorite winter memories took place on a cold and blustery day in late January 2016. I was watching the weather forecast closely, as a significant northern gale was brewing. By mid-morning the wind meter was in the red, which translates to roughly forty knot winds. I knew it was time to make my move. I picked up the phone and enlisted my trusty windsurfing buddy Nathan, packed up my gear and headed to Kelso Beach. As I drove down 2nd Avenue West with the wind violently shaking my car, I felt very exposed, as if I was the only person on Earth. There were no vehicles, people, or any other signs of life for that matter. Owen Sound was a frozen ghost town. I arrived at Kelso to find Nathan already there waiting anxiously. He met me with a twinkle in his eye, and what I can only describe as a genuinely, wildly excited smile… like a child that just unwrapped the golden ticket to the proverbial chocolate factory. We quickly set up our boards and sails, did the traditional ‘get this wetsuit on my body’ dance and headed towards the icy bay. For the next two hours, Nathan and I had a frostily brilliant surf. Fast turns, big air and even bigger wipe outs with only the iconic grain elevators to bear witness. Once we had our fill, it was time to part ways and head home to get warm. As I drove home on the Eddie Sargent, the storm surged on, but the feeling of exposure had diminished and the smile on my face remained for days.


EXPLORING COMMUNITY & TOGETHERNESS THROUGH SPORT AS OWEN SOUND HOSTS CANADA’S BIGGEST HOCKEY CELEBRATION Story by Nelson Phillips Disclaimer: a 15 year-old me couldn’t stand hockey. I played basketball, made movies, took English Literature in high school, and skateboarded religiously. At the time, I thought hockey represented the antithesis of everything I thought I cared about. It was status quo, and unattainable from an economic standpoint for many of the kids I hung out with. Hockey meant getting up early, working out, and missing parties. No thanks. Nothing about hockey resonated with me as a young Canadian. Fast forward a few years. I’m walking downtown Toronto with some friends on February 28th, 2010. Canada is slated to play the United States for Gold in the Vancouver Winter Olympics. I have a big university project to do, so I tell my girlfriend I’m going to head home and finish it to salvage my semester; she looks at me and says “I think you should come, it’s going to be fun.”


There are people EVERYWHERE from all different walks of life. All races, all ages, all creeds. The time ticks by, I enjoy a few beers, and watch the crowd cheer when Canada scores and agonize when the US ties it up in the 3rd. At this point, I’m intrigued - this is probably the first hockey game I’ve ever watched attentively. Overtime absolutely ties my stomach in a knot. The bar is dead silent as Sid calls for the puck and slips it 5-hole past Ryan Miller. I jumped so high and so hard in a jubilee of ecstasy that my feet kicked me in the behind as the City of Toronto erupted into a frenzy that altered my existence forever. Total strangers were embracing each other, singing songs, and swigging beer. The streets were overrun with people cheering. The cops were playing street hockey in Yonge & Dundas Square with students and fans. Nothing mattered but celebrating the victory - and people did it respectfully, gleefully - all under the banner of being proud that the game and its biggest title belonged to us. That concept - one of absolute togetherness spurred on by a sport so engrained in the cultural identity of Canada - was something other sports just didn’t bring to the table.

Hockey, it turned out, revolved around a culture that was all about bringing people together - especially after a win like that one. We collectively felt that we had won, together. We had accomplished something. There’s a lot of power in something that has the ability to do that. It’s that culture of togetherness I’m most looking forward to as the City of Owen Sound hosts Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada (SHDIC) on January 26-29 this year. As Canada’s premiere celebration of hockey, its players, its culture, its history, future, and its contributions to national iconography, SHDIC will be like nothing this City has welcomed before - and the story of how it came to call Owen Sound home in 2022 is a good one that stretches its roots all the way to 2015. It’s well known that Owen Sound is a hockey city. Back in 2015, we hosted Rogers Hometown Hockey a televised 2-day weekend festival that has featured a live NHL broadcast from over 130 towns across Canada since its inception in 2014. The success of that festival led to an “out-of-the-blue” phone call from the bigwigs at Sportsnet, recalls Manager of Community Development and Marketing with the City of Owen Sound, Brent Fisher.

LEFT: The Owen Sound Sports Hall of Fame. City of Owen Sound photo. RIGHT: The 2011 OHL Champion Owen Sound Attack team.

“[Sportsnet] called and asked if Owen Sound would be interested in hosting Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, citing it would be a wonderful fit,” says Fisher. That’s a big deal - there literally isn’t a bigger celebration of hockey in this country. The prerequisite was that City staff attend another SHDIC festival elsewhere in the country to assess the feasibility of the initiative and how it could work here at home. Fisher found himself in Yellowknife in Canada’s Yukon territory with his colleagues in February of 2020, just prior to a little pandemic. The idea that Owen Sound would host in 2021 was curbed, with Sportsnet hosting events virtually during the bulk of COVID lockdowns. That said, with the support of council, planning had already begun. “I think [Sportsnet] knew Owen Sound’s hockey stories were worth telling,” says Fisher. “The community loves its hockey and this festival is all about celebrating hockey, diversity in the sport, and inclusion.” Locals can expect a slew of curated events over a four-day event broadcast to millions of people nationally, including an NHL alumni game at the Harry Lumley Bayshore, a Hotstove banquet, and a special Music of Hockey concert at the Roxy Theatre, amongst other premiere events. Centralized around Harrison Park, the festival will also be participating in school visits, and offering on-ice hockey clinics with Owen Sound Minor Hockey and Owen Sound Girls Hockey. And yes, legendary Hockey Night in Canada host and iconic sports commentator Ron MacLean will be in town to introduce our community to

the nation. “He’s the most incredible storyteller I’ve ever seen,” recalls Fisher of MacLean. “His ability to recall details and stats is simply incredible. He’s a wealth of knowledge and stories.” So what does playing host to Canada’s biggest national celebration of hockey mean for a small rural city like Owen Sound? Brent and I kick a few ideas around over the phone discussing the impact it could have; how we’d remember it, how we’d appreciate it. He pauses, then delivers a two-part answer that sums up this opportunity perfectly. “The immediate impact will be looking back when it’s all said and done and knowing we were on TV, had the Stanley Cup in town, and got to meet NHL players,” he laughs. “The lasting impact will be further cementing our home as a part of the legacy of hockey in Canada and is another chapter we can add to our incredible book of stories.” That comment transported me back to that bar in Toronto over a decade ago when I became a lifelong fan. That moment opened my eyes to the power of a sport like hockey and how it could bring people together. Hosting a premiere national event is a gift - and one that we were recognized as worthy of hosting. After almost two years of prolonged global hardship and an absence of sport, Owen Sound has a once-in-a-lifetime shot at coming together like never before. If this town is capable of anything, it’s using something like hockey to bring us together. Let’s show Canada what community and togetherness means to us.

A quintessential winter scene in Grey Bruce. Shelley Jackson photo.


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