OXTONGUE LAKE has inspired Canadian Artists for generations, including Tom Thomson and members of the Group of Seven. Over 40 of their paintings have been identified in Oxtongue Lake and vicinity. The 2017 Oxtongue Lake Artists’ Day Festival showcases the art, craft, music, film and food of contemporary local makers. Join us as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and commemorate the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson’s untimely passing.
Admission: $5 per person; kids under 12 free
Oxtongue lake Community Center – 3979 Hwy 60
PARKING – Follow signs to designated, off-site parking areas.
11:00 – Town Crier opens the Festival
COMMUNITY CENTRE GROUNDS
11:00-4:00 – Art, Craft and Artisanal Food Fair
11:00-12:30 / 1:30-3:00 – TT Last Spring presents Tom Thomson’s: Journal of My Last Spring
12:00-12:45 / 1:15-2:00 – Performances by the Deelies
INSIDE THE COMMUNITY CENTRE
11:00-Noon / 2:00-3:00 – Phil “the Forecaster” Chadwick presents Tom Thomson was a Weatherman!
12:30-1:30 – Bob Hilscher debuts the trailer for his new documentaryAmong the Trees. and the trailer for Painting the Wilderness of the Oxtongue — One River. One Lake. Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven
Oxtongue Lake – Gents Island
Oxtongue River top of Ragged
Auction A.J. Casson Limited Edition, Signed Artist Proof (#39 of 60)
This is your chance to own a very special limited-edition print, “Below Ragged Falls,” signed by A.J. Casson. Proceeds will help OLAC continue its work to preserve and celebrate the influence of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven in the Oxtongue Lake area.
Among the Trees Bob Hilscher’s film trailer debut, 12:30-1:30 Among the Trees examines the connection between the trees on Algonquin Park’s southwest side and the people who have lived among them for over 8,000 years.
Bob Hilscher is an award-winning docu- mentary producer with over 35 years’ experience with CBC News: The National and continues with True North Film Productions. Bob joined forces with the Oxtongue Lake community in 2012 to help preserve the area’s important artistic history. In 2015, he released Painting the Wilderness of the Oxtongue – One River. One Lake. Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven.
The Deelies Get ready for an inspired playlist from the early 1900s as well as toe-tapping fiddle tunes! The sounds of the era will be recreated using guitar, bass, percussion, mandolin, ukulele and fiddles. The Deelies band includes: Donna Brock, Lisa Duffield, John Ferguson, Jay Osborne, Gregg Steele and Skip Taylor.