Located on the shores of Georgian Bay, Collingwood is a beautiful town filled with a rich array of independent shoppes, culinary delights and arts & culture. With over 60 trails that converge into its downtown core, Collingwood makes a fabulous place to work, live and play.
Join me for a very special concert featuring Paul DeLong's ONE WORD filmed live at the Simcoe Street Theatre. And while you're tuning in, I'll take your on a kayak and fly fishing adventure!
Electric violinist & Artistic Director
Paul DeLong's ONE WORD
Perhaps best known as the drummer for Kim Mitchell, Paul DeLong has been a legendary staple of the Canadian music scene for decades.Episode 3 features Paul DeLong’s ONE WORD is a seamless fit of five extraordinarily talented artists….Victoria Yeh (electric violin), Marco Luciani(keyboards), Steve Lucas (bass), Michael Murray (lead guitar) and JUNO award winner Paul DeLong (drums and percussion). Their stunning performances of fusion classics by The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, Jeff Beck, Return to Forever and many more….both beautiful and powerful….will keep you mesmerized.
Filmed live at Collingwood's Simcoe Street Theatre and at the Rocky Saugeen with Ken Chandler Fly Fishing.
Simcoe Street Theatre
Located in the heart of downtown, Simoce Street Theatre is a 100-seat "black box" theatre that (in normal times) hosts everything from live concerts, to community theatre productions, movie screenings, private events and more. Last year, I had the pleasure of performing my album pre-release show, and also hosting a Collingwood Live & Original Music Lab where I coached performers on building their stage presence. So, naturally, for this series, I approached the town once again to partner with me on this episode.
The main downtown core of Collingwood is vibrantly full of unique and diverse independent shoppes. Despite visiting downtown myself several times over the past number of years, I still haven't managed to visit every coffee shop, restaurant, clothing store, craft store, and bookstore!
On one occasion, though, I did stumble across this literally hidden spot down a narrow alley off the main strip.
Don't let the narrow entrance fool you - once inside Gibson's you'll find a very generous space where you can sit down and enjoy a freshly brewed espresso, craft beer, local wine or whisky alongside some elegant appetizers.
Overall, a great place to hang out and try something new and local. And once we're back to more normal days, I'm sure that Gibson's will bring back its many events and live music.
Just steps from the core is Collingwood's beautiful Waterfront Trail along Georgian Bay. Complete with the iconic Collingwood Terminals (a huge concrete grain elevator that operated for 123 years before being retired), the waterfront can be enjoyed along the downtown shoreline, the outdoor amphitheatre, or (my favourite) from Millenium Park - a peninsula that reaches up into the harbour.
Ken Chandler Fly Fishing
You can't visit Collingwood and South Georgian Bay without hitting the water! So, this past summer, I headed out on the Rocky Saugeen River with Ken Chandler Fly Fishing.
Ken took Trevor and I out on his signature 8-hour private fly-fishing lesson out of Markdale. We spent the day learning how to tie fishing knots, how to assess the local mayfly population, and how to cast a line before heading out to Ken's secret fishing spot along the Rocky Saugeen River.
Ken very generously donated five door prizes for this month's draw!
The winners of a buy 1 get 1 half-price 8-hour fly fishing lesson with Ken Chandler are: Stephan A (Toronto), Oliver G (Evansville), Gregory M (Thornbury), Sandra H (Meaford) and Kenneth W (Sanford). Congratulations!
Free Spirit Tours
We also headed out on a kayak adventure down the Beaver River with Free Spirit Tours.
Of all my kayaking trips, this was definitely the easiest since my hosts provided our boats and even took them down to the launch point for us (luxury!) We saw so much wildlife that morning, including a mink who was busily diving for food, LOTS of sunbathing turtles, a heron and more.
Kayak season is over now, but Free Spirit Tours is leading daily hike & wine tours in partnership with Georgian Bay Vineyards, beautiful guided Forest Therapy walks, and (once the snow flies) daily snowshoe tours and rentals. They even run several outdoor forest school programs for kids that is certified by the Ministry of Education. Our kid attends out of Meaford, which for us, has felt like a safe way for her to return to schooling and socializing in a Covid-safe outdoor environment.
CLICK HERE to check out all their amazing adventures and locations throughout South Georgian Bay.