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Virtual Events in May

Online events bring people from around the world together to learn, to be entertained, and to be a part of a community. Find the perfect training course to learn new skills or stay connected through live streams of your favorite music and games. You may be sitting at your home in self-isolation—but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to a show. Here’s a running list of events and activities happening this May in Huntsville (so far)!


Save Summer HV

Looking for something to do? Tune in to the Save Summer Facebook page every night at 6pm to connect with local businesses and learn new things, try new classes and stay in touch!

May Lineup:

  • Friday May 1st – Making Sweet Treats with Christine from Whimsical Bakery
  • Saturday May 2nd – Quarantine “Beer”tails with Canvas Brewing Co.
  • Sunday May 3rd – Raising the Vibrations: Live Music with Meeda Berg
  • Monday May 4th – Music in the Evening with Sawyer Lance
  • Tuesday May 5th – Building Your Brand Story with Emma from Collective Noun

Stay at Home Gala – Muskoka

Join your Muskoka community, and other cities across the country this May 2nd for the Stay At Home Gala!

This one-of-a-kind Gala will be hosted online for Muskoka starting at 7:00pm. The virtual gala will join hundreds of Canadians across the country, and will feature all the familiar elements of a gala: optional dinner (delivered to you), game-changing speakers, silent auction, and much more.

The optional Gala dinner will feature a 4-course gourmet meal and will be sponsored by:

  • Huntsville: 3 Guys and a Stove, Tall Trees, Henrietta’s Pine Bakery, & Whimsical Bakery
  • Gravenhurst: The Oar partnered with Well Fed, and RELISH
  • Bracebridge: Riverwalk

The event will welcome both national and local guest entertainers and musicians as part of the event program. The national Stay at Home Gala will feature game-changing speakers like André Picard, Canada’s top health and public policy observer and commentator as well as music and entertainment from Canadian artists such as Juno Award and Polaris Prize-nominated singer Tanika Charles. The exciting local program includes several of our Communities best entertainers; Jed and Isla-Marie Corbeil, Sean Cotton, Miranda Mulholland, Tobin Spring and Lucas Stark.

Grab a drink, take a seat, kick your feet up and get ready for an evening of entertainment and connection… pants optional!

The online gala is a one-night event which unites Canadians across the country with the aim to strengthen community efforts and raise critical funds to manage the impact of the COVID-19 virus on our communities. Local funds raised will go towards the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, South Muskoka Hospital Foundation, Muskoka Women’s Shelters and Services and Muskoka Food Security Programs.

https://trellis.org/stay-at-home-gala-muskoka


Quarantunes

Hunters Bay Radio is partnering with Lake of Bays Brewing Co. to bring you a series of Virtual Concerts.

They’ve developed a series of performances live streamed from artists homes to your computer via Facebook Live. Join in at 7pm on Thursday’s and Saturdays on Muskoka’s Station Facebook page and share the feed with your friends.

If you can make a donation on their virtual tip jar!

May Lineup:

  • Saturday May 2nd – Jeff Stamp (Ol’ Stampy’s Saloon)
  • Thursday May 7th – The Hillbirds
  • Saturday May 9th – Brock Zeman
  • Thursday May 14th – Jon Brooks
  • Saturday May 16th – Bobby Cameron
  • Thursday May 21st – Denis Gauthier
  • Saturday May 23rd – Jason Hack & Christine Heron
  • Thursday May 28th – TBA
  • Saturday May 30th – TBA

https://muskokaradio.com/news/article/the-bay–lake-of-bays-brewery-presents-quarantunes


#stayhome Virtual Concerts

Sunday May 3rd at 4:30pm – The Young Novelists

The Young Novelists create contemporary folk songs that marry their effortless harmonies with darkly poetic lyrics and exquisitely crafted hooks. Their third album In City & Country features songs about 10 small towns in Ontario, and has been described as “a lush-sounding feast” (Penguin Eggs) and “emotional, melodic music that variously reminds me of the Jayhawks and Richard and Linda Thompson.” (No Depression) Their previous album landed them a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist, a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year, and multiple song writing awards. They have toured across Canada, the United States, and in Europe, often with their young son in tow. Their signature show features confessional storytelling about their songs and travels, singalongs, and the unique sound of bowed glockenspiel.

View the website here.

Sunday May 10th at 4:30pm – Twin Flames

Multi-Award Winning Twin Flames push the boundaries of Contemporary Folk, with Indigenous, Inuit influenced songs that incorporate both Western and traditional instruments. Songs are written in Inuttitut, english and French. Audiences love discovering Twin Flames cultures, harmonies and powerful songwriting. A musical journey which transcends cultural boundaries and inspires unity. Despite polar opposite backgrounds Twin Flames found a common musical language. This captivating duo combines singer/songwriters Jaaji (Inuk/Mohawk from Nunavik) and Chelsey June (Algonquin Cree métis) from Ottawa. Twin Flames takes the audience on a musical journey across Canada and the Arctic, they echo the voices of their ancestors and depict life on the land. This husband-wife duo has now played over 1000 shows in less than six years with performances that have taken them across Canada, The Arctic, Greenland, France and The United States. What started as a small flame has turned into a raging fire, one that is staying lit in the hearts of fans and listeners.

These are special events because of that wonderful feeling of being part of a group (you remember that feeling right?). These live stream performances take place over the Zoom Video Conferencing platform. Once you buy tickets, you’ll be sent personalized info on how to sign in to the concert. What sets it apart from regular streaming is the fact that you can have a real face to face interaction with the artists and other audience members. Invite your friends, family, pets, whatever, and join an impromptu online community enjoying uplifting music during troubled times.

View the website here.


HfA Artbreaks

To help supports kids and their families, HfA is offering a slate of easy and fun online arts-based activities while we all practice social distancing. These include free video demonstrations, livestream performances and online gatherings facilitated by local artists. The program offers kids a creative outlet while at home and can give parents & caregivers a little break to take care of themselves.

Sketchbookfest

Join Andrea Bell Stuart and Mary Spring for some fun and easy activities exploring drawing and creative writing. Designed for you people ages 6-14, the group will work over Zoom for 20 minutes to learn different drawing techniques and will be encouraged to write about their observations and drawings. There will be a follow up session every Friday to share the creations!

May Lineup:

  • Monday May 4 at 10am
  • Monday May 11 at 10am
  • Monday May 18 at 10am
  • Monday May 25 at 10am

Space is limited. To register for the sessions, e-mail [email protected] or call 705-788-2787.

View the website here.


Virtual with Huntsville Public Library

While the library has temporarily suspended in-person programming, they are now offering unique virtual programming.

Find out about the new virtual programs below:

Virtual Storytime:

Virtual Storytime will include stories, songs, rhymes, bounces, finger plays, and scarf songs. Let’s sing together (virtually)!

Aimed at children ages 0-6 and their parents/caregivers.

How to Participate:

  • Download the Zoom app
  • Sign in with the Zoom Meeting ID or link, along with a password, that has been emailed you to by Amber McNair. If you would like to be added to the email list to receive weekly meeting details, please email Amber McNair.
  • Please have a facecloth, small piece of fabric or thin scarf available to participate in the educational scarf songs!

Program Dates:

  • Thursdays from 11-11:30am

https://www.huntsvillelibrary.ca/en/sign-up-for-virtual-activities/kids-tweens.aspx

Virtual Lego Builders Club

Have LEGO at home? Want to build at the same time as other kids and share your creations virtually with each other? Amber McNair, Youth Services Librarian, will be hosting Virtual LEGO Builders Club. Each week there will be a build challenge. Join a Zoom meeting to share, show and describe what you have built at home!

How to Participate:

  • Find out the weekly build challenge
  • Build with LEGO at home before Virtual LEGO Builders Club or during the program
  • Download the Zoom app
  • Sign in with the Zoom Meeting ID or link, along with a password, that has been emailed to the participant’s parent/caregiver. If you would like to be added to the email list to receive weekly meeting details, please email Amber McNair.
  • During the program, build and see what other kids have built and have the option to share and describe your creation!

Program Dates:

  • Tuesday May 5th from 11-11:30am – Build Challenge: Pirate Things
  • Tuesday May 12th from 11:00-11:30am – Build Challenge: Things that Go Fast

https://www.huntsvillelibrary.ca/en/sign-up-for-virtual-activities/kids-tweens.aspx

Virtual Crafty Kids

Calling all kids who like to be creative, craft and make things! For kids who would like to work on their craft activity while interacting virtually by chatting with others, and going through the creative process together, please join in! Amber McNair, Youth Services Librarian, will be offering bi-weekly Virtual Crafty Kids using Zoom. If you would like to be added to the email list to receive bi-weekly meeting details, please email Amber McNair.

How to Participate:

  • Find out the bi-weekly craft activity
  • Collect supplies around your home
  • Download the Zoom app
  • Sign in with the Zoom Meeting ID or link, along with a password, that has been emailed to the participant’s parent/caregiver by Amber
  • During the program, work on your craft project alongside other kids in the Zoom meeting, and see the creations of others while in Gallery View

Program Dates:

  • Wednesday May 13th from 3-3:30pm – Marble Run Design & Build!
    • Household supplies to gather in advance:
  • Recycled materials including paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, boxes
  • Masking tape or any other tape
  • A marble or small ball to test your marble run

https://www.huntsvillelibrary.ca/en/sign-up-for-virtual-activities/kids-tweens.aspx

Virtual Knitting Circle

Knitting at home? Want to show others what you are making? Interested in chatting while you work? Kids and teens who can knit a bit on their own at home are invited to join a Virtual Knitting Circle for Kids and Teens! Amber McNair, Youth Services Librarian, will be offering this bi-weekly virtual program using Zoom. If you would like to be added to the email list to receive bi-weekly meeting details, please email Amber McNair. Please note, this is not an instructional program (Amber’s knitting skills are still at very basic dishcloths and cowl scarves)!

How to Participate:

  • Gather your knitting needles, yarn and a project you are working on
  • Download the Zoom app
  • Sign in with the Zoom Meeting ID or link, along with a password, that has been emailed to the participant’s parent or to the teen by Amber
  • During the program, work on your knitting alongside other kids and teens in the Zoom meeting, and see each others’ projects while in Gallery View

Program Dates:

  • Wednesday May 6th from 3-3:30pm
  • Wednesday May 20th from 3-3:30pm

https://www.huntsvillelibrary.ca/en/sign-up-for-virtual-activities/teens.aspx

Virtual Tag Meetings

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) members are invited to join in on Virtual TAG Meetings! We will chat about what members are currently reading, add books to our Goodreads bookshelf and discuss virtual programming ideas. We will be using the free platform Zoom, so make sure to download it before our first virtual meeting.

New members welcome!

High school students in the Huntsville area are welcome to join TAG. TAG members earn community involvement hours by participating in meetings. Email Amber McNair, Youth Services Librarian, to receive the Zoom meeting details.

How to Participate:

  • Current members and new members will receive an email from Amber McNair, Youth Services Librarian, with the Zoom meeting details.
  • Download the Zoom app. Sign in with the Zoom Meeting ID or click the Zoom meeting link emailed by Amber McNair.

Program Dates:

  • Tuesday May 5th from 3:30-4pm

https://www.huntsvillelibrary.ca/en/sign-up-for-virtual-activities/teens.aspx


Black Whole: Quarantine Reunion Concert

Saturday May 9th at 7pm

Throughout the 90’s, the Black Whole Cabaret was a monthly variety show led by students with the support of the fantastic staff and teachers at Huntsville High School. Featuring live performances of music, drama and spoken word, the Black Whole Cabaret was a vital creative outlet for young people and an important piece in Huntsville’s cultural life.

For one night only, this live concert on Zoom aims to celebrate those magical evenings, to connect old friends in the middle of this pandemic and to raise much needed funds for local food banks. All from the comfort of your own home!

Proceeds will go towards supporting local food banks The Table Foundation and the Salvation Army. Tickets will be $5. Additional donations gladly accepted and can be made at the checkout. Once tickets are purchased, you’ll be sent a link and information on how to join the meeting.

View the website here.


Be sure to visit our online calendar to view a full list of events happening throughout the community: https://huntsvilleadventures.com/festivals-events/

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