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Winter Carnival kicks off this weekend

First, congratulations to Cole and Taylor Perkins and Mike Vandyk, otherwise known as Bleeker. They have just been nominated as Breakthrough Group of the Year for this year’s Junos.

Beth McKean, left, sings The Mommy Song to her youngest daughter Wynnie Whalen-McKean, 7. MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES

Artist inspired by her children

A local artist is looking to counter challenging times in the world with inspirational reflections from her life captured in the form of song.

Play brings the love and laughter

Jim Lewis won't tell you Orillia Is Born is 100 per cent factual, but like James Michner's many novels, he started with some facts and knowledge of historical figures and constructed a story about the birth of Orillia as it might have been.

PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES The third annual Roots North Music Festival is coming to Orillia later this spring, and for the second year, a mid-winter concert was organized to showcase the types of sounds soon to be heard. The concert took place Friday night in the basement of St. Paul’s Centre, featuring Bryan McPherson, Skye Wallace and Aurora Blue. At the show, organizers announced the headlining acts for the 2017 Roots North will be playing St. Paul’s Centre, in a larger room than the one available in the previous two years. The Geneva Event Centre is also joining as a venue for 2017. Pictured during their opening set are Gaby Taylor, left, and Ayden Miller of Aurora Blue.

Getting ready for Roots

The third annual Roots North Music Festival is coming to Orillia later this spring, and for the second year, a mid-winter concert was organized to showcase the types of sounds soon to be heard.

Tough year in entertainment

Goodbye, 2016. What a year. Many people have expressed this is the worst year they have lived through. I think there are two reasons for that kind of belief.

Be kind to others this Christmas

After years of the ODAS Park being the usually only and consistent venue with a New Year's Eve dance there's some competition this year. Dr. Krane play the tunes at ODAS Park. The doors open at 8 p.m. You can get tickets by emailing odaspark@sympatico.com, or you can call 705-325-0353.

The new show Eat, Buy, Repeat: The Second City's Guide to the Holidays unfolds at the Midland Cultural Centre this weekend. PAUL AIHOSHI/PHOTO

Second City coming to Midland

Allana Reoch and her very funny friends know how to do Christmas and they've wrapped up their collective 'wisdom' in survival package for the holidays.

Give the gift of art this Christmas

Only 10 shopping days left before Christmas. I've got all mine done, I think. This is the problem. If you are like me, no job completed feels completed because you start second guessing yourself, some external element changes requiring another go at it, or you really did forget something.

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