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February 2014


“Simcoe Squall” by Lazarus Ioannou

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In celebration of Robbie Burns Day and in keeping with tradition the Beaver & Bulldog Sports Bar had the haggis paraded proudly around their establishment. The ceremony would not be complete without the reading of Burns’ ‘Address to a Haggis’ which preceded the official ‘stabbing of the beast’ and a toast with Scotch whiskey. All then enjoyed sampling this fine Scottish dish! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography



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ON THE COVER THIS MONTH: For two years I have had the very difficult task of co-ordinating or choosing the cover photo for Georgian Life. While there was no shortage of great shots taken this month of people doing great things I decided to grace the cover with some winter art. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful thing... This piece was painted by Lazarus Ioannou and is called “Simcoe Squall”. Claiming to be one of his coldest paintings, I thought it was very suitable for the winter we have had this year. Currently his art can be found at: Matilda Swanson Gallery in Clarksburg, Owen Sound Artists’ Co-Op, MJG Gallery in Toronto and via appointment at his home studio in Collingwood.

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Ringing in the new year we celebrated some pretty amazing folks who enrich the community life by contributing as volunteers to the improvement of arts, social, environmental, cultural, health and recreational conditions at the New Year’s Mayors Levee’s in both Wasaga Beach and Collingwood.

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If you are a skier, boarder, snowmobiler or snowshoer, you are loving life - and if you’re more of an indoorsy type in the winter you will have no trouble finding some live entertainment, an art gallery to peruse or a cozy restaurant to dine in. Check out a full page of Local Event Listings on page 12. Please feel free to submit your events at - it’s free! We went to print before Groundhog Day, but my prediction is it will be cloudy when Wiarton Willie emerges from his burrow and spring will come early, so bundle up and get out there!


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While the weather has been a bit on the freeeezing side we have both Valentine’s Day and Family Day this month to warm your hearts. Be sure to stop and appreciate your loved ones that make every season wonderful.

Oh, and Happy 3rd Birthday to my sweet, amazing daughter Autumn!

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Creemore Centric Mad and Noisy Gallery hosted the opening of their 7th Annual Creemore Centric show. Area artists and members of the community created 12x12 inch pieces of art or photography for this exhibit which was on display for the month of January. People bid for their favourite piece in a silent and live auction. Mad and Noisy Gallery is located at 154 Mill Street in Creemore. Photos/Story: Bryan Davies Photography


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Georgian College receives $25,000 Georgian College’s John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus received a $25,000 donation from Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc., a local Collingwood business that has been an active participant in community based initiatives for over 40 years. “Our $25,000 donation to Georgian College will be delivered to the school over the next five years,” said Rob Thornburn Jr., Executive Vice President of Huronia. “This is our way of helping our community and surrounding communities thrive by being able to provide education and training for our citizens in careers that are in high demand in Southern Georgian Bay.” The John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus, located in Collingwood, features more than 20,000 square feet of multi-function classrooms, a community room, state-of-the-art computer labs and a student lounge. Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc. has been in business for over 40 years and is Central Ontario’s leading provider of home and business security and monitoring services, CCTV, fire and safety, lock, key and safe products and services, home theatre, audio and video consultation and entertainment room design, as well as cabling and smart home wiring for today’s home automation requirements.

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Have you ever met a cat who chirps? Marilyn does. Scratch her in the right place and this adorable 4 year old will reward you with a series of high, little chirps of pure pleasure. Lively and playful, she’ll twirl in circles around your legs at feeding time. She also loves pampering time, being brushed and massaged, or simply being left to lie contentedly in the sun. Marilyn has been at GTHS for far too long and is looking for her forever family. Come to the Shelter to meet her today!

Manny is one of those gentle giants that quickly finds a way to your heart! This 3 year old boy has been at GTHS since April 2013 after his family surrendered him. They were not able to give him the attention and care he needed. Manny loves affection, play time and a cuddle session here and there. He is a fantastic companion and happy to simply be around his human friends. If you can give this boy a home for Valentine’s Day he will be sure to reward you with love!

Please note: these animals were available for adoption at the time we went to print. To inquire about their availability, or to inquire about other animals available for adoption please contact the Georgian Triangle Humane Society at 705-445-5204 or view their website at

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The Cat’s Meow Re-opened in Meaford


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When the Clarksburg Cat Shelter became a registered charity, they opened a charity shop in Clarksburg to help support approximately 60 cats. Now, one year later, the shop has moved to Meaford. On December 13, 2013, The Cat’s Meow, Finds of All Kinds, had its grand re-opening on Boucher Street, across from Jet Variety. Meaford Mayor Francis Richardson was in attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony where he presented shelter President Karen Naish with a formal welcome to town. Even a snow storm didn’t stop dozens of visitors from coming by for a coffee and a first look at what was on the shelves. All items are donated by the public.The Cat’s Meow sells clean, previously loved housewares and small furniture. Learn more at Submitted by: Kasey Naish

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Darlene Stringer, owner of Blue Shores Flowers and Gifts in Wasaga Beach, started a new tradition this year. She will present the residents of the Waterside Retirement Lodge a corsage or boutonniere on their birthday. The first recipient was Ann Opryszko who was surprised and delighted with her pretty corsage. Photo: Enrique Miranda

Don’t get lost Thankfully no one got lost (at least not that we know of :) at the 2014 Salomon Dontgetlost Snowshoe Raid. While the weather was bitterly cold, the intrepid mountain adventure racers strapped on the snowshoes and competed under some pretty gruelling course conditions. Everyone seemed to have an awesome time and while I got tired just watching them finish they didn’t seem any the worse for wear. Congratulations to Bob Miller, organizers, volunteers and participants on another great outdoor adventure! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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Clarskburg is Rockin! The roads were pretty treacherous and there were a few closures but it was still a packed house to see ‘Crisis? What Crisis?’ rock the Marsh Street Centre. The Centre has been an important part of the Clarkburg/Thornbury community for more than 85 years and is currently operated as a community owned, non profit organization managed by a small group of dedicated volunteers. They are constantly looking for new local talent to bring to the Clarksburg/Thornbury community. From theatre and community events to musical concerts featuring classic rock, jazz, blues and country, they have something for everyone. Check out the upcoming events on their website and...”Meet Me at The Marsh!” Photos:


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Celiac Disease/Sprue & Gluten Sensitivity Gluten is a protein that makes dough sticky. Celiac disease or sprue, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Anyone diagnosed with this disease has to maintain a lifelong diet that avoids any gluten in their foods, which can be found in wheat, rye, spelt, kamut, barley ,and even oats and all foodstuffs that are made from these grains.

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Welcome to The Ear Clinic, where Doctor of Audiology, Brenda Tullio spends time helping you understand the nature of your problem, how to best cope, and minimize anxieties or feelings of loneliness you may feel during the process. Her genuine passion and compassion to help you truly enjoy a better quality of life is backed by 16+ years’ experience working with all age groups. Addressing your concerns is a partnership. Brenda works with you to achieve the results you desire: • make everyday interactions more pleasant, less stressful • improve your ability to succeed in the workplace • help you to feel more confident, engaged • benefit you in building and maintaining stronger relationships • help you to better connect with what’s really important to you in life! We do this by offering services related to: • hearing aids • dizziness • ringing/buzzing ears • ear infections • ear wax • referral & reporting to other health care providers.

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Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival The third annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival attracted a lot of local entries and some from as far away as Japan and Switzerland. Voting took place in the afternoon and awards were presented at The Gala in the evening. Artist exhibits and entertainment filled the RecPlex. Gary Cerantola and Diana Chycki and their team spearheaded this awesome event. Sawyer Bullock did his magic show, The Singing Triangle Squad performed and Rebecca Stevens and Shawn Crozier sang and played their guitars. Many awards were presented but the most interesting was The Platinum Award to young Devin Gillman for producing ``Wasaga Beach Zombie Mash`` in the Southern Georgian Bay Action Category, Sponsored by TD Waterhouse. A Taste of Paradise in Wasaga Beach provided delicious Caribbean food. Photos/Story: Bryan Davies Photography


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SPECIAL EVENTS LISTINGs - FEBRUARY 2014 January 17 - February 17

• Nordic Adventures Contest at Scenic Caves - register online

January 29 - March 2

• The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts “The BMFA Members Show”- 163 Hurontario St., Collingwood

February 1

• Matthew Barber with Mo Kenney- 8pm $30 Meaford Hall • Dance Workshop Contact Improv - Clearview Canyon Studio Singhampton • GNE FAIR DINNER Roast Beef Dinner, Silent Auction, Entertainment, Guest Speaker. Tickets available at Stayner Town & Country or call Diane at (705) 444-2992 Centennial United Church Stayner • Guided Night Snowshoe Hike at Scenic Caves - Professional staff members guide your group on a 1 ½ to 2 hour romp through an enchanting winter wonderland. Reservations are required: (705) 446-0256 ext. 223 • Tribute to Nirvana Unplugged – Live! Endless Nameless performs the legendary Nirvana unplugged album live and note for note at the historic Gayety Theatre. Tickets available at Gabriele Photography, Fathom, Casbah, and Mountain Fitness $15 • Saturday Night Hip Hop - Get down with your monthly dose of Block Rockin’ Beats @ feat. DJ Camotion. Casbah 18 Huron St Collingwood

February 2

• Vocal Playshop - Fun, revitalizing, creative self-discovery for all, in a safe, supportive environment, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment! Clearview Canyon Studio Singhampton

February 5

• Nature League Ski/Snowshoe - Ski/snowshoe the Rail Trail. For more information, please call 705-445-2613

February 6

• Georgian Triangle BNI (Business Networking International) Breakfast Meeting Contact Selena Blais to attend a meeting. 705-445-6887 or

February 8

• Tubbs Romp to Stomp - Ontario Breast Cancer Snowshoe Fundraiser at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre. 3k/5k snowshoe walk, 3k snowshoe race and 1k Lil Romper Dash • Mucho Amor: Valentine’s Gift Fair - an evening of romance and shopping, live entertainment. 3-8pm 65 Simcoe St. Collingwood • Guided Night Snowshoe Hike at Scenic Caves - Professional staff members guide your group on a 1 ½ to 2 hour romp through an enchanting winter wonderland. Reservations are required: (705) 446-0256 ext. 223 • All You Need Is LOVE – A Valentine’s Cabaret - The Historic Gayety Theatre. $40-85

February 12

• Christie Cummings Ski Day - Osler Bluff Info:

February 13

February 14-17

• Snowman Mania – A four day winter festival held during the Family Day Weekend in Wasaga Beach More info: 705-429- 3844 x 2287 • Family Day Weekend – Blue Mountain - Gather the family for a weekend of active adventure and entertainment at Blue Mountain Village. Skate under the stars, be thrilled by fire dancers, learn to drum, watch birds of prey fly overhead and tour the Village by horse & wagon

February 14

• Valentine’s Day for a good cause - Collingwood & Wasaga Beach Boston Pizza - heart shaped Pizzas in support of many charities

February 15

• Loblaw Cooking School Book Club - “Chocolat” by Joanne Harris. While we discuss the drama of the book our menu will be full of temptation. $30 www. • Guided Night Snowshoe Hike at Scenic Caves - Professional staff members guide your group on a 1 ½ to 2 hour romp through an enchanting winter wonderland. Reservations are required: (705) 446-0256 ext. 223 • Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach Benefit Dance – Wasaga RecPlex - All funds raised will stay within Wasaga Beach to help fund Community projects. For tickets call Ehab 705-888-3422 or Danielle 705-790-7836 $20 8pm-11pm

February 16

• 2nd Annual ROTARY POLAR PLUNGE - Arnill Park 1pm For more info contact: Todd at 705-794-5089 or Marcel at 705-351-1250 Visit:

February 18-March 26

• Rotary Club of Collingwood Bowl For Kids Sake in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle. Georgian Bowl Collingwood and Meaford Bowl

February 19

• Be The Change Documentary Series + Live Music 6:30pm $8 Gayety Theatre 705-444-2012 or

February 20

• Georgian Triangle BNI (Business Networking International) Breakfast Meeting Contact Selena Blais to attend a meeting. 705-445-6887 or

February 22

• Rolling Stones Tribute Band – Marsh St Centre Clarksburg - Performing all of the Rolling Stones’ greatest hits

February 23

• Fight For Life Telethon - The Canadian Cancer Society and Rogers TV are partnering on a project aimed at enhancing awareness of the Society. The Fight For Life Telethon will air live from Rogers’ Collingwood studio noon until 6 pm

February 27

• Georgian Triangle BNI (Business Networking International) Breakfast Meeting Contact Selena Blais to attend a meeting. 705-445-6887 or

February 28

• The Caverners Beatles Tribute - Every part of the show is done with the utmost authenticity, right down to the Liverpool accents, costumes, and Beatle authentic equipment Meaford Hall $32 • Georgian Triangle BNI (Business Networking International) Breakfast Meeting Contact Selena Blais to attend a meeting. 705-445-6887 or

• Ski For The Duke - A day of fun events at Toronto Ski Club to raise funds for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which enriches children and boosts confidence through three levels of skill building, physical fitness and outdoor challenge

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Anchors Away Ahoy! Welcome aboard to the thousands of locals and visitors who enjoyed this simply marvellous display over the holiday season. The Downtown Collingwood BIA, with the support of numerous wonderful sponsors, hosted their 3rd Annual Ice Sculpture Festival. In keeping with Collingwood’s marine heritage and history as a major shipbuilding centre the festival was appropriately nautically themed. The streets came alive with these colourful, shimmering ice sculptures and the town looked more beautiful than ever. Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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Bloody Diamonds launches at Collingwood Library The historical novel Bloody Diamonds was side launched in traditional ship launching practice at the Collingwood Public Library by author Thomas McCavour as Mayor Sandra Cooper cut the ribbon and the book slid down an improvised slide into a basin of water. The launch was followed by several readings and a book signing. Submitted by: Tom McCavour 




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Be The Change The 6th season of this documentary series kicked off at the Gayety Theatre with a provocative film ‘Occupy Love’. The film “explores how the collapse of the old greed paradigm of concentrated wealth causing economic and ecological collapse has become a catalyst for a profound global awakening. It shares the thoughts of some of the world’s key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability, and empathy...” A truly thought provoking way to start off the New Year. Be sure to check out the lineup for the rest of the season on Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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Rotarians give cash donation to the Food Bank The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach and area presents a cheque to Christina We invite you to come in to see our beautiful selection of Armstrong for the Ministerial Food Bank. The amount of $7,000 represents proceeds from last year’s Corvette Lottery. This money has been directed toward providing Easter Hampers to approx. 300 families. Each month the food bank assists more than 120 families that represents more than 800 people, including children.


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Snowmobilers and Snowshoers raised money for Easter Seals Snowarama, the annual fundraiser for Easter Seals Kids, was a great success for Clearview Township. Mayor Sandra Cooper, Mayor Ken Ferguson and Dr. Kellie Lietch, MP, were on hand for the event. Snowmobilers and snowshoers took part to collect pledges and enjoy a day outside, riding or hiking. The money that’s raised allows Easter Seals to help physically disabled children by providing them with funds to purchase mobility devices such as wheel chairs. Funds are also used to send children to summer camps. Charlene Myke, a development manager with Easter Seals, said that in the last five years the event has raised $47,000.  This year should see another  $20,000 raised. Photos/Story: Bryan Davies Photography

Linguine with White Clam Sauce Start with fresh clams and add a few ingredients to cook up one of the best of all pasta dishes. Don’t overcook the clams, or they will become tough. Ingredients • • • • • • •

1/2 cup dry white wine 2 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed 1 packaage (16 oz.) linguine or spaghetti 1/4 cup olive oil 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


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1. In nonreactive 5-quart Dutch oven, heat wine to boiling over high heat. Add clams; cook until clams open, 5 to 10 minutes, transferring clams to bowl as they open. Discard any clams that have not opened. 2. Strain clam broth through sieve lined with paper towels; set aside. When cool enough to handle, remove clams from shells and coarsely chop. Discard shells. 3. Meanwhile, in large saucepot, cook pasta as label directs. Drain. 4. Add oil, garlic, and crushed pepper to same clean Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat, stirring occassionally, just until garlic turns golden. Stir in parsley, clams, and clam broth; heat to just simmering. Add pasta to Dutch oven and toss until combined.

March Break Cooking Camps for Kids March 10-14 from 11am-2pm. Visit for details. Have an artist in the family? The Collingwood Loblaw Cooking School has a special Food and Art 3 day Workshop on March 12-14 from 4pm-7:30pm. Participants will start off preparing dessert. We’ll finish the rest of dinner while the students learn about drawing, composition and painting. At the end of the three day workshop, everyone will go home with an original painting. All materials are supplied. $98 + HST. For more information contact Chef Herbert Pryke 707-445-14341 ext 4. Visit us online for our full selection of great cooking classes at: Need help making healthier choices? Contact our in-store dietitian, Amanda Woods for complimentary guidance on healthy eating and to answer your questions regarding your dietary needs. 519-445-1431 ext 157 or 519-270-1501 Email:

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Collingwood’s Lifestyle Centre A truly unique experience awaits you at Cranberry Mews, one of the most convenient and fun retail spaces you’ll find anywhere in cottage country. Our lifestyle centre is home to a variety of businesses, ranging from healthcare and quality of life service providers to retailers who cater to both your whimsical and essential needs. Not only are we easy to find, but we also have trouble-free parking. So, what are you waiting for? Come see us today. Located at 10 Keith Ave, Collingwood (on Hwy 26 by Cranberry Resort). A place for health, wellness, and fun …where you can shop, dine, recharge and renew.




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Communities come together for Tanya Friends and family of Tanya Prentice held a dinner-dance fundraiser for her at Creemore Legion. Tanya is undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer of the appendix. The event raised over $7,200 to support the Prentices. People attending also filled six large hampers with food and gift cards. It was a magical evening of fun and entertainment with amazing silent auction items like a trip to Costa Rica. Tanya, her husband Kevin and their two girls also enjoyed being there for the evening. Photos/Story: Bryan Davies Photography


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Sledfest hits Wasaga Beach The first annual snowmobile drag race was a huge success with over 2500 people gathering at Beach Area 1 to watch a few hundred racers. There were multiple classes including some for the “vintage” sleds to participate. It was a safe event with no accidents and no injuries. Photos/Story: Enrique Miranda


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Experience Reconnected Balance Healing, medicine, and energy. What can these things have in common? They relate to Chinese energy healing: Reiki, Qi Gong. There is a grid of energy throughout the universe that encompasses everything, there is a grid around the earth, there is a grid around us.

This new energy has the ability to enter our body and it will determine what it is going to heal and it has it’s own time pattern. You can have a treatment and one or two weeks later notice something in your body is better, or feel it right away. It is hard to pin the universe down to a timeline.

There is a new form of Energy Healing and it is called Reconnective Healing®. It was discovered in California by Dr. Eric Pearl. He has pioneered studies on the healing frequencies running through him and their effects on people. Reconnective Healing® is a comprehensive healing approach, which completely transcends “energy healing” and it’s complex rituals and techniques. This energy can help everything from morning sickness to being allergic to wheat. There are many things involved - chakras, meridians, Etheric energy body, Emotional energy body, Mental Energy body, astral layer, and our Causal body.

Over time, Dr. Pearl also learned how to teach others to access these frequencies and, as such, to promptly and successfully facilitate healings for themselves and others. To date, 75,000 people around the world have been trained in Reconnective Healing®. Gary Campbell is one such person. Pain is not something you have to live with - contact Gary Campbell for pain relief assistance. 705-518-0400

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When the Music Stops: Treating the Emotional Hangover The holiday season, with its parties and celebration, heightened emotions and expectations, is behind us. However, experiencing an ‘emotional high’, for any length of time, usually comes with a crash afterward. Forget alcohol; intense emotion (and the adrenaline that accompanies it), also has a hangover effect. Feelings of emptiness, loneliness, anxiety, exhaustion and loss can suddenly wash over you, knocking you off your feet.

Collingwood’s Mayor Sandra Cooper was present for an official ribbon cutting at Georgian Health Foods’ second store in Collingwood at the Cranberry Mews. They have been open in Wasaga Beach for seven years and saw a need for a location on the west end of Collingwood. “Your health is our concern” is their motto, and they demonstrate that commitment with their experienced staff of nutritionists, quality supplements, a variety of gluten free food products, and clean body care lines. Their website and Ausra’s blog is very informative: Georgian Health Foods: 10 Keith Avenue, Unit 202 Collingwood. Photos: Dave West Photography

Emotional hangovers don’t just happen after celebrations. They happen after caregiving for any length of time, and when a loved one dies too. After a prolonged illness or death of a loved one, things are busy. There are plans to be made, forms to be filled out, visitations, the funeral: It is a whirlwind of activity and emotion. Not only is there a sense of grief and loss, but there may also be laughter and story-telling. Navigating the sea of family dynamics and interpersonal issues when people are emotionally fragile is one of the toughest challenges of grief. And the physical and emotional demands placed on the bereaved can leave them feeling like they’ve been caught in a tornado. But, just like its physical counterpart, there are things that can help with an emotional hangover: 1) Identify the cause, and try to understand it: As with most things in life, preparation can be everything. If you can identify the potential for emotional burnout/or an emotional hangover, then steps can be taken to prevent it. 2) Notice patterns: Are there certain people/situations that are ‘triggers’ for you? If so, are there ways to avoid them? Can you develop a ‘plan B’ so that you have an escape from a potentially toxic situation? 3) Nurture your Soul: Find an activity that is life-giving, not energy-draining. This is different for everyone. For one person this could mean meditating. For another it could mean going out dancing. 4) Let it Go: A lot of emotional energy often goes into replaying conversations, or situations over and over again, trying to process situations and outcomes. Finding a way to let the past be in the past can be very healing... by writing letters, journalling, etc. 5) Forgive Yourself: The worst part of any hangover is the regret…the “Would’ves, Should’ves, and Could’ves”. Be careful not to add to your injury by beating yourself up for things far beyond your control. 6) Talk to an objective 3rd party: often, we’re not as crazy as we think we are. Having an outside party listen to your story and validate (or ask questions) as needed, can do wonders for a person’s emotional well-being. That’s why ‘confession’ is such a powerful thing. Find out more about Hospice Palliative care by visiting the North Simcoe Muskoka Palliative Care Network website at or by calling your local Hospice: Hospice Georgian Triangle 705.444.2555. We are here to help. Written by Amy Pritzker Client Care Coordinator Hospice Orillia


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Rotary Gives a Jump Start The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach and area presents a cheque to Marc Wolvin, the regional manager for Jump Start for Eastern/Northern Ontario. The amount of $2,000 represents proceeds from last year’s Corvette Lottery. Jump Start helps under-privileged kids get active in sports or other activities. All monies raised in our area are used locally. In total 129 kids were helped in 2013, and 473 have been helped since 2008.

Two Local Women Chosen for “Meshkanu” Elizabeth Penashue treks through the wilds of Labrador for a month every winter. This year she will be joined by two women from Collingwood: Jane McGillivray and Christy Deere. Jane grew up in Collingwood and moved to Labrador 30 years ago to practice medicine, and now runs Riversong Bed and Breakfast in North West River. Christy Deere lives in Collingwood where she runs Leap 2 Learn, an adventure based learning company with expeditions to Labrador. Like Elizabeth, both of these women feel passionately about protecting the Labrador wilderness and rivers. This will be the fifteenth trip for Elizabeth who began walking in the late 1990’s. At that time, she saw the traditional way of life eroding in her community. Alcohol and drug addictions and ill health brought on by processed food were taking a toll on everyone in the Innu Community of Sheshatshiu. Elizabeth grew up in the country and knew that many of the traditional skills for country living were not being passed down to her children and grand children. As well, the land she grew up on was being threatened from the various mining, timber and damming activities. She watched the movie Gandhi and thought that if a man in a far away country could bring attention for his people, maybe she could do this too. She began walking her own path, known as a “Meshkanu” in the Innu language. For years now Elizabeth has welcomed all sorts of people on her adventure. She travels by snowshoes, pulling sleds and hunts partridges, rabbits, porcupine and caribou along the way. Through the years the terrain has varied. This year the walk will start in her home community of Sheshatshiu along the shores of Lake Melville in Central Labrador. Her son Jack and his family will accompany her along with Jane, Christy and other guests. Together they will cross Lake Melville and head up the Kenamu River Valley, and through the Mealy Mountains.

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Elizabeth says this year she is not going to be travelling quickly. Sadly, her husband Frances passed away this past year. She knows she will miss him, and wonders if this might be her last walk. Still, she hopes to walk about 8-10 kilometres per day. “We will pack up and walk for five hours or so, each day,” she says. Each night, traditional canvas Labrador tents will be set up. These are made wonderfully warm and cosy with a freshly picked spruce bow floor. There is a metal stove which warms the tent and dries out clothes and is also good for cooking. “I want people to know this is a good way to live. That the land gives us everything we need.” A short film can be seen at: Christy is holding a fundraiser on February 8th at the Mucho Amor: Valentine’s Gift Fair at 65 Simcoe St. Collingwood from 3-8pm. Submited by Jane McGillivray Georgian Life • February 2014


tickle your tastebuds Remember the magical feeling of catching snowflakes on your tongue when you were a kid in winter? Your tastebuds may have matured since then, but the search for that magic is still there. Luckily, we have a flurry of local fine-food establishments that’ll catch your fancy this February and throughout the year. The restaurants of Georgian Bay offer menus that read like a story of a winter wonderland, full of exciting new discoveries and tantalizing twists as well as comforting familiar favourites, all bound to gather folks around to enjoy every last heart-warming morsel this season.

Tesoro Traditional Italian Foods

Friends Pub & Grill

Tesoro Traditional Italian Foods is continually voted Collingwood’s overall favourite restaurant. It is well-known for their traditional Italian menu offering a wide range of appetizing entrées & Italian specialties. Gourmet thin crust pizza, antipasto platter & fresh salads are a hit at lunch with your favourite pasta or frittata. Dinner offers everything from spaghetti & Sicilian meatballs to AAA beef tenderloin and fresh Kolapore Springs baked trout. A reservation is recommended for this warm & inviting little restaurant & you can always order take out if you can’t get a seat. Their cozy dining room accommodates 65 with a back area that is wonderful for private parties and functions. Tesoro Mercato, located beside the restaurant, is stocked with your favourite Italian prepared meals & a selection of gelatos. Fresh, frozen and ready to go! Call for special orders and catering.

This trendy pub is in the friendly town of Stayner, located on the Main Street. As their name promises, they are offering a warm and friendly atmosphere, serving up a variety of pub food, featuring home cut fries, homemade soups and daily specials. Friend’s is a great place to meet up with friends to watch the game, or bring along the whole family - the restaurant serves hearty, reasonably priced dishes for all ages. They are now open for breakfast as well, so after you are done with the shovelling let them take care of cooking breakfast for you. 7287 Hwy 26 Main St, Stayner | 705-428-6666 | Open 7 days a week, 363 days a year!

18 Schoolhouse Lane, Collingwood | 705-444-9230 |

The Hungry Sumo Grill & Greens Eatery

It can be hard to find authentic Japanese cuisine in our area, however, you can stop your search at the Hungry Sumo in Collingwood. The food is fabulous and beautifully presented.

Their food philosophy is simple... Fast... Fresh... Fabulous. Grill & Greens is a fully licenced family friendly eatery with facilities for private dining or corporate functions. They strive to provide the freshest product possible in a fast, friendly environment. Each element will be created with care and passion to tempt your palate. The focus is to bring you the food you want to eat, created in a healthier way. Meat and vegetables from the grill, complimented with amazing greens - burgers, ribs, pulled pork, steaks, market salads, panini sandwiches, Leslie’s Chicken Parmesan and Chef Terry’s amazing Friday night dinner specials. They are now open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available daily. Grill & Greens is an ideal space to host your next dinner, lunch or meeting. Or they will come to your location and provide an unforgettable culinary experience. The friendly staff will work with you to create the ideal party, wedding, brunch, celebration - the possibilities are endless! Stop by the bright green building at 21 Arthur Street West, across from the Post Office on Hwy 26. You can’t miss it! 21 Arthur St. W., Thornbury | 519-599-3334 |

Mylar & Loreta’s Mylar & Loreta’s Restaurant is in the quaint village of Singhampton, conveniently located close to hiking trails, snowmobile trails and golf courses. Famous for it’s true “home cooked” meals, it is a popular stop for year-round outdoor recreational enthusiasts. People drive for miles to enjoy their Saturday & Sunday Prime Rib nights. Whether it’s their bountiful Buffets every Sunday, forkfuls of Roasted Pork, or ‘Loreta’s’ dreamy Creamy Cheese Cake, there’s always something cooking. They are open 7 days a week, and available for private functions and parties by reservation. Having a gift for people-pleasing, it was only natural that the family would create ‘Mylar’s Gift Shop’ too! The shop features Spencer’s woodworking craftsmanship, Sandy’s lovingly restored antique light fixtures, as well as homemade take-home food and hostess gifts. Grey County Road 124, Singhampton | 705-445-1247 |

The Hungry Sumo serves up delicious, quality , authentic Japanese cuisine with a smile. There is an additional private room upstairs that can be reserved. And if you are looking to break out of the ordinary for dinner at home, just give them a call for take-out. Whether you dine in or take out you will certainly not leave a Hungry Sumo! 188 First St. Collingwood | 705-293-1037 |

Grandma Lambe’s For over 50 years Grandma Lambe’s has been serving up their famous home-made family recipes. Many ingredients are grown on their farm or on neighbouring farms. Experience the old-fashioned hospitality and shop for local products such as pies, jams and jellies (made in small batches to ensure quality), preserves, apple cider, bread, maple syrup, and so much more! They have three lines of wonderful gluten free products that are made by local Celiacs as well as diabetic pies, and a selecion of sugar free jams too. The “country store” also features a large selection of crafts, gifts and baskets. Meaford: RR # 4 Meaford Open year round 519-538-2757 Grandma Lambe’s ll: Chatsworth: Highway 6 and10 between Chatsworth and Owen Sound Open seasonally - Mother’s Day weekend until November

Brunello at 27 on Fourth Rustic, wood-beams overhead. High fresco walls. Black rod iron. Vineyard prints. The enticing aroma of fresh ingredients. The warm, inviting atmosphere. The moment you step into Brunello at 27 on Fourth, you feel like you are in Tuscany itself. Come and try Chef Mario’s signature bruschetta, feast on an antipasto misto, enjoy fresh pastas, osso bucco, mouthwatering veal dishes, and succulent rack of lamb.

Westside Diner Westside Diner is Collingwood’s newest breakfast and lunch spot, located on the west side of town in the Cranberry Mews. They aspire to be a local favourite for their seasonal fares and warm atmosphere. Westside Diner offers a large selection of traditional breakfast and lunch items. Breakfast is served daily until 3pm which includes delicious items like pancakes, waffles, omelettes and the BIG B Breakfast. Lunch is served from 11am until 3pm and features appetizing items like deli sandwiches, burgers and more! The all-day breakfast makes for the perfect pick-me-up. Make yourself at home in the welcoming atmosphere and discover what sets them apart from the crowd. 10 Keith Ave., Unit 401, Collingwood | 705-444-1344 |


They offer over 100 items: you’re bound to find something you’ll love, even if you aren’t a “sushi lover”. They have veggie, seafood and meat dishes, and a wide variety of sushi, sashimi and hand rolls. The lunch specials offer popular Bento Box combinations.

Choose a vintage from our extensive wine list, carefully selected to complement our menu. Indulge on our homemade tiramisu; complete your meal with a perfectly made espresso and a shot of grappa or limoncello. Chef Mario and his wife Teresa invite you to come and share their passion for authentic Italian cuisine – Salute! 27 Fourth St., Collingwood | 705-444-8322 |

Check out Chef Mario’s Recipe “Linguine with White Clam Sauce” on page 17

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Wasaga Mayor’s Levee The Town of Wasaga Beach hosted the ninth annual New Year’s Levee and Order of Wasaga Beach on January 19th. The Order of Wasaga Beach is a distinction given to those individuals who enrich community life by contributing to the improvements of arts, social, environmental, cultural, health & recreational conditions by way of volunteering. This year’s recipients were: Bill Aiken: 15 years of volunteering at G&M Hospital, Board Member and Elder at Wasaga Beach Presbyterian Church, Volunteer Handyman at Park Place

Bonnie Brown: 38 years of volunteering with Girl Guides of Canada, Volunteer with St. Noel & St. Patrick Catholic Church, Member of the Catholic Women’s League, started the Cops and Kids program with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Simcoe County Richard Burton: 25 years of volunteering as Games Captain for Marlwood Men’s Golf League, grew the Marlwood Men`s League to 150 members


Robert Cameron – Posthumous: One of the founding fathers of the original outdoor rink, one of the founding fathers of the Wasaga Stars Arena, Minor Hockey Coach, member of the Lions Club

John McCartney: Past member of the Wasaga Beach Community Policing, Volunteer driver for the Canadian Cancer Society, Wasaga Garden Club, Wasaga Beach Communities in Bloom Committee, Men’s Probus Club, Elder and involved in various committees at the Wasaga Beach Presbyterian Church

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Express your love with flowers Pre-book your roses before February 4th and receive a complimentary box of chocolates

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Are you looking for a smile?... Let us give you one of ours! * CHALETS Susan Aiken accepted her husband Bill’s award from Councillor Ron Anderson & Mayor Cal Patterson


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Councillor George Watson, Richard Burton & Mayor Cal Patterson

Terry Cameron accepts his Dad’s posthumous recognition

Deputy Mayor Dave Foster, John McCartney & Mayor Cal Patterson

Kay Wilson, wife of deceased Town Crier Roy Wilson, receives a recognition pin

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Wasaga Beach Lions Club Peace Poster Contest

Heart-Shaped Pizza’s are back February 14th

Wasaga Beach Lions Club sponsored the Peace Poster Contest in our community to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. The contest was open to children ages 11, 12 or 13 in local schools or organized, sponsored youth groups. Annually, more than 350,000 entries are submitted worldwide in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest, and posters advance through the district, multiple district and international levels of competition. The grand prize includes a cash award of US$2,500 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to New York City, New York for the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners each receive a certificate and a cash award of US$500. This years winners were: First place - Brian Teves, 2nd place - Sophie Kerluke Harris and 3rd place – Jessica Lopes all from St. Noel school. We also had entries from Birchview Dunes, Worsley and True North Academy. Cash prizes were awarded to each student. Congratulations to all the students who participated and to the teachers who helped give them this opportunity. We are looking forward to our 2014 competition. See you then. If your group or organization has students in this age bracket and would like to participate next year, please contact us at

$1 from every Heart-Shaped Pizza and $2 from every paper heart sold goes to the Boston Pizza Foundation in support of its many charities.

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1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce 2/3 cup brown rice syrup 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract March Break Cooking Camps for Kids March 10-14 from 1 3/4 cup soy milk Visit for details. 1/2 cup all purpose flour Have an artist in the family? The Collingwood Loblaw Cooking 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour 3 day Workshop on March 12-14 from 4pm-7:30pm. Partici 1 cup pastry flour We’ll finish the rest of dinner while the students learn about d the end of the three day workshop, everyone will go home with 1/4 teaspoon salt supplied. $98 + HST. For more information contact Chef Herbert 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Visit us online for our full sele 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom cooking classes at: www.pcco 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda Need help making healthier choices? 1/2 pint raspberries (or blueberries) washed Contact our in-store dietitian, Amanda Woods for compliment guidance on healthy eating and to answer your questions regard 72 gr. President’s Choice 85% Dark Chocolate, chopped

Feb. 20 - Ronnie Douglas & Roly Platt March 20 - Bobby Dean Blackburn April 17 - Morgan Davis Tickets $15. Concert $20. Door

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Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly oil a 9 inch round cake pan. In a small bowl, blend first four wet ingredients, stirring to dissolve rice syrup into the milk. In a separate small bowl, mix next five ingredients. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just mixed. Fold in berries and chocolate. Spread mixture evenly into cake pan and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool before serving. TECHNOLOGY LTD


Canadians will spend an average of $140 million on chocolate for Valentines. But it’s important to choose the right kind of chocolate. Studies show the dark chocolate (not the sugary confectionary in the pretty boxes) can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease. Quality dark chocolate is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and a wide variety of antioxidants. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should go all out and consume lots of chocolate. Have a square or two after dinner and savour them. Here’s a recipe for a chocolate cake that is healthier than most.

Submitted by: Chef Herbert Pryke: Coordinator of the Collingwood Great Food Cooking School. For more info on upcoming classes:

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Lucky Lady wins Leafs Tickets The Quota Club had their Hockey Raffle Draw at Raglan Village. The lucky winner was Linda Jones of Collingwood, Dr. O’Halloran’s Administrative Assistant. The prize was four tickets to a Toronto Maple Leaf game plus $150.00 cash. The money raised was given to E3 Community Services to provide a Merry Christmas for residents in the 12 group homes in this area. A number of the people in the group homes are known as “Children of the World.” This means they were given away at birth, placed in an institution and from there came to the group homes. This is the 3rd year that the Quota Club has provided a Merry Christmas for the residents in our group homes. Submitted by: Diane Keir

Orchard Grand Opening At Blue Mountain Congratulations to our great friends at Blue Mountain as they celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Orchard runs. The addition of these six fabulous new trails (complete with lights, snowmaking equipment and of course the new Orchard Express high speed six person chair lift) has increased the recreational terrain at Blue (already the largest ski resort in Ontario) by more than 20 percent! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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eat your heart out The ‘February Freeze’ has many of us hibernating, but you’ll be hungry as a bear when you discover the delectable fare that Southern Georgian Bay’s chefs have to offer. Winter chills melt away with the sizzle of grills and the heat of ovens all fired up to warm your hearts with mouth-watering meals. And what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to treat yourself and those you love to the culinary creations of our local cafés, cookhouses, bistros and bakeries that are as passionate about preparing great food as you are to enjoy it. So dig yourself out from the snow, and dig into something delicious!


Captain’s Corner

TheSmoke has taken BBQ to a whole new level! They have won several awards including Grand Champion at the Blue Mountain BBQ Competition, and the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Collingwood Taste of the Town.

Captain’s Corner is a family operated, full service, fully licensed restaurant also offering take away. They have daily fish specials. They serve Halibut, Haddock, Cod, Alaskan Whitefish, Basa and Local fresh Fish when available, as well as seafood options and homemade soups and chowders. They serve the fish as “fish first”, coated in a light, thin, crisp batter. Fish tacos are a very popular option. You can also have your fish grilled for a gluten free choice.

Offering traditional BBQ such as Smoked Ribs, Beef Brisket and Pulled Pork, they also offer non traditional items like Smoked Trout, Smoked Balls of Meat, Smoked Portobella Mushroom Burger, Wild Boar Bacon, Smoked Banana Ice Cream and so much more! They are gluten free friendly with gluten free buns, and lots of gluten free items. All of their food is made from scratch, from Chef Cam’s recipes. Their “Feature Days” (Sandwich Tuesdays, Rib Wednesdays and Burger Thursdays) have created a new following. Take a look at their website for the menu and photos, or better yet, go in for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. You won’t be disappointed. Closed on Mondays. 498 First St., Collingwood | 705-293-5522 |

108 Sykes St. N., Meaford | 519-538-0202

Loblaw - PC Cooking School The PC Cooking School offers a wide range of menus to suit everyone’s tastes, so come share your passion for cooking and enjoy some delicious food in our informal TV studio-style kitchen. Whether you’re a novice or a gourmet cook, their talented chef, Herbert Prycke, will entertain you and thrill your palates with delectable, but easy to prepare recipes you can use to impress your friends and family.

Bistro 26 at the Edenvale Aerodrome Bistro 26 is your one stop culinary experience. The location is truly unique, located at Edenvale Aerodrome, the only fine dining restaurant at an airport (rural).

With classes for adults, teens and kids, there’s lots of ways to get cooking! Explore all of the classes the Cooking School has to offer! For information on upcoming classes visit: or contact Chef Herbert Pryke at pccookingschool. 12 Hurontario St., Collingwood | 705-445-1431 |

Check out Chef Herbert Prycke’s Recipe “A Healthier Chocolate and Raspberry Cake” on page 24 Something Small can Make a Big Impression! Café Chartreuse Before opening Café Chartreuse, Ruth, a Food and Beverage Director, and Patrick, a French-trained chef, applied their skills and passion for food across Canada at some of the most regarded hotels in the country, winning awards of excellence along the way. In 2004, after years of talking and dreaming about opening their own café, they decided it was now or never. For all catering needs. They packed up their young family, and moved to the beautiful shores andyour slopes of Collingwood. 70 Hurontario Street In 2005, the doors to Café Chartreuse opened for business. Its name and ambiance inspired by Collingwood, ON an old friend who used to regularly host fun-filled gatherings where everyone was 705.444.0099 welcome and the food, beverages and atmosphere were always inviting. Today it is the destination of choice for those seeking a gourmet taste experience and a culinary adventure where the menu is never the same two days in a row. 70 Hurontario St., Collingwood | 705-444-0099 |

The bistro is a licenced bar and has a patio overlooking the runway. They are pleased to provide take out, dine in, banquet room for private functions, and catering both on and offsite. Bistro 26 does their best to accommodate when they can to each and every customers need/occassion. Breakfast is offered every Saturday and Sunday, and they are proud to host live local music during Sunday brunch from 11am - 2pm. Come Share their passion for fine food. 5195 Hwy 26 E., Stayner | 705-428-4703 |

Beaver & Bulldog Sports Pub & Wingery The Beaver and Bulldog is proud to introduce new healthwise options to their menu! From a wholesome homemade veggie burger to various market fresh salads and new glutenwise options, there is surely a dish to satisfy not only your indulgent but your health conscious taste-buds. Take special note of their world famous fresh jumbo buffalo wings, fresh fish, Canadian beef and many fresh market selections, all of which are seasoned to perfection. Their famous weekday Lunch Lineup has something for everyone, for only $7.95. Beaver & Bulldog is a friendly pub where you can hang out with friends and enjoy yourselves with tantalizing food, fabulous drinks and memorable times. 195 First St., Collingwood | 705-446-9711 |

Kitcho Sushi A new restaurant in Collingwood is providing a unique spin on things to fulfill your biggest cravings for Japanese, Thai or Chinese food. You choose whether to order a la carte or off of the all-you-can-eat menu. You simply fill out a sheet checking off what you want to indulge in and the waitress will serve up what ever it is you are in the mood for (or willing to try for the first time!). The nice thing is that you decide exactly what you want, and if you particularly like a certain item, just order more of it! Or if you’re vegetarian, there are many, many options, you will not be disappointed. The sushi and sashimi selection is excellent.

Georgian Manor People aren’t always sure how to approach Collingwood’s Georgian Manor Resort. Is it private? Can we go in there? Well, in fact, you can. Although they are a vacation membership resort, many of their amenities are open to everyone: the bar, the banquet facilities and The Manor Restaurant, where three highly-trained professional chefs invent wondrous repasts: Baked Prime Rib Pie, Braised Lamb Shank, Roasted Vegetable Stack and Chicken Supreme come to mind. They also serve up amazing Gourmet Burgers, English Fish and Chips (just for the halibut) and some seriously creative pastas. The Manor Restaurant, open and affordable to everyone with an appetite for fine food. Highway 26 W., Collingwood | 705-445-9422 |


They also serve chicken, wings, burgers, steak and many more choices. The chips are fresh cut daily. If you don’t see what your craving on the full menu, just ask the waitress. If they are able to prepare it, they will! The menu offers a kids and seniors option for those with smaller appetites and vegetarians are always welcome! They also have delicious homemade drinks such as milkshakes, fruit smoothies, sweet tea, and lemonade, as well as homemade desserts baked in store by the owner! In a hurry? Call ahead and they will have your order ready and waiting.

The menu consists of variety of Japanese favourites: salads, appetizers, soups, sushi, sashimi, maki, tempura and teriyaki. The Chinese and Thai dishes feature chicken, beef, seafood and vegetarian stirfries, curries, noodle dishes and chef’s specials. They also provide a nice variety of beverages, cocktails and wines, as well as dessert. Free delivery for orders over $30 and also catering for any occasion. 240 First St., Collingwood | 705-445-3242

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New Year’s Levee & Order of Collingwood In keeping with tradition Mayor Cooper and Council rang in the New Year by welcoming the community to the annual levee… and in what has become a local tradition the event once again served as an opportunity to celebrate the 2014 Order of Collingwood recipients. Recognized for their outstanding volunteer contributions to improve social, cultural and recreational conditions this year were Alex Besse, Arlene Noble, Sheila Stewart, Bruce West, Harold Zukerman and with the Companion to the Order of Collingwood Catherine Brown. Congratulations to all as you are most deserving of this very prestigious award! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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A “Mid-Life Crisis” can be a good thing Jim Harrison’s band proved that as they took home the honours as crowd favourite at the 3rd Annual Rotary Club of Collingwood’s Battle of the Bands adult competition. Winner of the youth competition was Midnight Low. The event, held over two nights at the Royal Canadian Legion, featured great music from youth bands the first night followed up by a stellar lineup of adult bands the next. The music was amazing and the competition fierce, and while someone had to go home victorious the real winner was the community as the net proceeds were destined for local charities. A fantastic couple of evenings of musical entertainment. Congratulations and kudos to all who organized and supported this great event! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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1st Place Youth - Midnight Low

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February... perfect to experience Art of Lazarus Ioannou Contemporary Landscape Painter Collingwood 416-323-0022

Jason Booth Photography Vintage Preservation & Life’s Moments Collingwood 705-443-7074

BeWeavingIt! Handwoven Textiles Collingwood 705-441-6271 Music Studio 80 Simcoe St. Collingwood 705-446-5538

ARTS & CULTURE Bonnie Dorgelo Jewellery & Paintings 48 Pine St. Collingwood 705-441-4109

Art by Houghton 161 Hurontario St. Collingwood 705-443-7519

Tremont Studios 80 Simcoe St. Collingwood


Art Glass Studio & Antiques Distinctive 20th C. Canadian Fine Art 22 Louisa St. E. Thornbury Fleet-wood Dancentre Suite 6-65 Simcoe St. Collingwood 705-446-1568 Theatre Collingwood Live, professional theatre in Collingwood, 705-445-2200

Alexander Gallery & Art Supplies 78 Hurontario St. Collingwood 705-293-1771 Matilda Swanson Gallery 185 Marsh St. Clarksburg 226-665-0401

Sue Tupy 185 Marsh St. Clarksburg 705-888-6112 The Light House Photo Gallery 173 High Street, Southampton Toll Free 1-855-797-1485 Spirit Space Studio Gallery 18 Toronto St. (Hwy 10), Flesherton Toll Free 1-888-999-6893

K MacLean metal oddment sculpture Studio 204 The Tremont 705-443-7174

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Jason Booth Photography

Matilda Swanson Gallery

Hi, my name is Jason Booth. I started taking photos in the early 2000’s as a way of capturing moments in time spent hiking around the area, thinking “wow that would be a nice photo.” Then it caught, and I started seeing all the potential that was in my own backyard. Having grown up in Collingwood through the 80’s to early 90’s to now, I never realized what this town has, until I saw it through my Lens; Its Historical Beauty just blows me away.

WARNING: This gallery may contain too much colour for the average person; proceed with caution! At Matilda Swanson Gallery we offer bold statements, conversation pieces, paintings that will make a person smile. With a roster of over 45 Canadian artists (many of them local) we have an array of whimsical, high-realism, impressionist, abstract and mixed media artworks.  Whether you are looking for art for your home, chalet and/or cottage, or all of the above, we are happy to assist you in the process.  Our clients may take the paintings home and live with the art for a week or two before making a final decision. We offer a delivery service which is also free of charge.    

Photography is more to me than just a picture. It’s Art! It tells a story, from historical, capturing the fall of a building that held so many memories for so many people, to an abandoned building and the mystery of what once was, I have been able to capture and help preserve Collingwood’s outstanding architectural marvels; to seeing the love of two people speak to each other through the lens. I am always working to improve my skill set and try new things with my clients; my vision, dedication and passion for the place and area I call home allows me to preserve the Natural Beauty that surrounds us every day and share that gift with you. Another branch of my passion is collecting and preserving area images and artifacts to allow me to keep those memories alive. To view my work or to contact me, please visit my website:

To complement the paintings, Matilda Swanson Gallery also has a unique and eclectic selection of pottery, wooden bowls, hand-made jewellery and other threedimensional artworks. Matilda Swanson Gallery puts the “fun” into art and the decision making process. Come in and experience firsthand the colourful and casual atmosphere, have a giggle, enjoy the area’s artistic talents and maybe even add or start your art collection!    Matilda Swanson Gallery | Clarksburg | 705-351-9451

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