Innisfil Concert Series Continues June 10


The Innisfil Concert Series continues on MondayJune 10 with a performance by Roots and Blues singer, Suzie Vinnick and Rick Fines’ unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and “dockside soul”. Suzie Vinnick is a 3-time Juno Nominee, CFMA Award winner, and a 10-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for songwriting, female vocalist, acoustic act and more.

Rick Fines first gained attention as part of the legendary Jackson Delta. He’s since released four solo albums, another with his own Rick Fines trio, and a critically acclaimed disc with fellow troubadour, Suzie Vinnick. His partnership with Suzie garnered a Maple Blues Songwriter of the Year Award.  On his own, he pulled in two more Maple Blues Awards (for Solo Act of the Year), as well as an astonishing eight other nominations.

The performance takes place at Innisfil IdeaLab & Library, Lakeshore Branch. Doors open at 7:00 pm. The concert begins at 7:30 pm. For more information and ticket purchases, visit the Innisfil Arts, Culture & Heritage Council website.


Spring Into It

Have we had enough of winter? I think so. Some of us are starting to think about activities and community events that we look forward to every year. As a member, and board member, of the Innisfil Arts, Culture & Heritage Council, or (the mercifully shorter) IACHC, I didn’t think it was too soon to mention some spring dates where we hope to welcome and meet more Innisfil residents:

Saturday, March 30 – Seedy Saturday

The IACHC will be participating this year in Seedy Saturday at the Lakeshore branch, Innisfil IdeaLab & Library. There will be lots of seedy and crafty exhibitors to kick off the new garden season. Visit the IACHC table to find out more about our projects and enter our draw to win a garden arbour designed and created with help from IdeaLab.

Monday, April 8 – Innisfil Concert Series

IACHC has partnered with IdeaLab & Library to present four musical events throughout the year. The series starts with Ennis Sisters in Concert. All concerts are being held at the Lakeshore branch, Alcona. Tickets are available for individual performances, or for the full series. Complete information is on the IACHC website.

Saturday, May 25 – Planters Festival

Partnered with the Innisfil Garden Club as part of their annual fund-raising plant sale, traditionally held after the Victoria Day weekend at the South Innisfil Arboretum in Guilford. It’s an early morning start with plants, bake sale and barbecue as well as some related exhibitors and the IACHC.

June 1 & 2 – Cookstown Wing Ding 

Cookstown Wing Ding is a town-wide weekend yard sale that has grown into a fun family festival with food trucks & beverages, games, park area, music stage and bouncy castle. Never know what you’ll find but always fun.

A highlight is the Creative Challenge, open for all ages. This year’s challenge is to transform an otherwise ‘disposable’ cup into a work of art with a favourite quote, phrase, joke or whatever. Visit Creative Challenge for more information and an entry form. Visitors to Wing Ding vote for Challenge winners.

Plan to reserve the dates you’re interested in. Maybe, all of them?

Short Story Awards – Friday

The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library invites the public to attend the 17th Annual Seepe  Walters Short Story Contest Awards Ceremony.  Friday,  January 25th, 6pm, at Lakeshore Branch, 967 Innisfil Beach Rd., Alcona. 

The contest is named after Seepe Walters, a well-respected and dedicated member of the  Innisfil community until her death in 1995. She was involved in many different facets of Innisfil life, including being one of the founding members of the Friends of the Library.
It is her commitment to the community and her legacy to the library, in particular, that is being remembered through this contest. 

The Seepe Walters Short Story Contest provides the community with a formal opportunity to celebrate literacy through the dedication, creativity, and imagination of Innisfil’s young writers. Innisfil students  in Grades 3-12 were invited to participate in the contest by entering a short story on a topic of their choice.

Award  winning Canadian children’s author, Helaine Becker, promoted the contest in schools in September, helped to judge the entries, and will be returning to Innisfil to MC  the event. From over 100 entries received, 15 stories will be recognized.

The Seepe Walters Short Story Contest is organized by the Innisfil IdeaLab & Library and funded by the Friends of the Library.

Stroud Arena Makeover

The Stroud Arena is an aging structure that will soon be in need of major maintenance. The Town staff has offered the option of restoring and keeping the ice surface in spite of declining use over the past number of years, or repurposing the space for possible other uses. The Stroud arena currently houses the rink, library, and catering hall.

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan published in November 2016 included a summary of “the most pressing actions for the Town of Innisfil to implement in the coming years …” including the following:

Retain the current supply of four ice pads for the next five years after which arena needs should be re-evaluated to determine:

  • If future arena market conditions continue to support four ice pads (due to softening shoulder and weekend demands, changing participation rates, and the City of Barrie’s plans to construct an arena in its south end which has the potential to significantly reduce non-resident rentals in Innisfil);
  • whether one of the single pad arenas should be repurposed, potentially for warm recreational uses; and/or
  • whether to twin the remaining single pad arena or expand the I.R.C. should arena participation rates support such an action.

As the 5 year schedule for action approaches, the Town wants to hear what residents think. Should the Stroud ice rink be refurbished? What other uses should be considered if the Stroud ice rink is no longer a priority? Innisfil residents can offer their views through a survey at: Reimagining the Stroud-Innisfil Community Centre



Innisfil Concert Series

The Innisfil Arts, Culture and Heritage Council (IACHC) is sponsoring a concert series in 2019 in partnership with the Innisfil IdeaLAB and Library. Tickets are available for the series and for individual concerts. A discount is available for active members of IACHC.

All performances are being hosted at the Lakeshore Branch, Innisfil IdeaLAB & Library. Concerts start at 7:30 pm (Doors open at 7 pm). This concert line-up consists of:



  • The Ennis Sisters – April 8, 2019
  • Suzie Vinnick & Rick Fines – June 10, 2019
  • John Prince & The End of The Road – September 23, 2019
  • The Travelling Mabels – November 18, 2019

Read more about these performers at IACHC / events


Trigger Change – Ban Handguns

Update: About 1,500 more Ontario residents have added their names to the petition in the week following this article. Please continue to spread the word.

As a matter of conscience, I have to add my voice to the campaign to ban hand guns and assault weapons in Canada. A national media campaign called Trigger Change is under way to urge Canadians to sign a petition with this objective. It is a project of the Coalition for Gun Control.

This online petition is directed to the House of Commons on the Parliamentary web site. The petition is open until March 2, 2019. So far, more than 2,700 residents of Ontario have signed this petition after a brief mention in the news media.

Violence doesn’t know any boundaries. Increasingly irrational incidents involving hand guns and assault weapons are alarmingly more common. If you’d like to stand up to it and add your voice for sensible change, this is the time and the opportunity.