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Mariposa artistic director Mike Hill holds a copy of his book The Mariposa Folk Festival: A History. PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES

Seasonably funny

Woo-hoo! I'm going to be a reader at the Leacock Summer Festival. I'm not talking about reading the program to stay on track, but a story I wrote, out loud, to an audience.

A short downpour did not dampen the performance by Bruce Cockburn Sunday evening, nor the audience commitment to see a show. Most of the thousands on hand stayed to be rewarded with great performances by the Great Lake Swimmers and Lance Anderson’s Last Waltz show to close a fantastic Mariposa Folk Festival weekend. JOHN SWARTZ/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES

Festival goes out with a bang

Ed Robertson is not the only prankster in the Barenaked Ladies, he just happens to have control of the microphone most of the time when the band is not playing music.

Norm Foster as Jonas and David Nairn as Barry in Jonas & Barry in the Home. Hilary Gauld Camilleri/Submitted

Famous playwright appearing in new show

A prolific Canadian playwright, Norm Foster, marks his first appearance at the King's Wharf Theatre this month, in a show he wrote. While he does act in his own shows from time to time, this one is special. In fact, Jonas and Barry in the Home could very well be his future, if he were a tad more suave.

Orillia knows how to celebrate

What a great Canada Day. I could be wrong, but I think the crowd for the fireworks was the biggest. I walked from one end of the waterfront to the other, twice, before the lights went out and it seemed there were almost as many in the park as when Casino Rama had its fireworks show about 20 years ago.

Tyler Check, Gerrad Everard, Matt Cage and Maxwell Theodore Lebeuf re-create an iconic jam session in Million Dollar Quartet, which is now playing at King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene. JOHN WATSON/PHOTO

Jam session for the ages

It was a chance in a million, one of those magical musical moments that made history, and it’s being recreated at the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene.

Canada flag. File photo.

A party 150 years in the making

Here it is. Saturday the moment arrives to expend all the energy built since last fall for this country and this city to pass a milestone: 150 years of organization.

Donald Stuart marks 50 years of creative excellence with a retrospective show at the Simcoe County Museum. SUSAN DOOLAN/SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER

Artist celebrates 50 years with retrospective

Donald (Don) Stuart marks 50 years of creative excellence with a retrospective show at the Simcoe County Museum. It will include a variety of work -- 174 pieces in all -- ranging from commission work for individuals and corporations, a mix of jewelry and holloware (anything that isn't jewelry) and Homage, a 40-piece collection of necklaces inspired

A humorous adventure

Friday night started with a bit of humour perpetrated by me, on me. It was the annual Leacock Medal for Humour soiree, operating under a new name - Laugh With Leacock - and I discovered when I set my autopilot for the Leacock Museum, where it's been held for at least 20 years, it has a new venue. I didn't think the wedding party rehearsal was the e

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