Arts & Culture
The City of Kawartha Lakes has a variety of venues and organizations that support and promote the development of the arts. Please refer to the Community Directory for a more comprehensive list of community organizations.
The ARTS Department
The ARTS Department is a co-operative and exhibition space funded by its members. We are committed to creating an environment that fosters creativity and artistic networking. Art on Kent is our exhibition space, which features month long shows throughout the year. It is located on the second floor, above The Buy & Sell on Kent St West in Lindsay, ON.
For more information, visit theartsdepartment.ca.
Academy Theatre for Performing Arts
For over a century the Academy Theatre has had an impressive presence at the foot of Lindsay’s historical main street. During that time it has been many things to many people- a stage from which to launch a theatrical career, meeting hall, a cinema, and even a residential home! Community owned and run. The theatre welcomes over 50,000 visitors a year to performances of well known recording artists, community theatre, dance and more.
For information on upcoming shows, visit www.academytheatre.ca
Address: 2 Lindsay St. S., Lindsay, ON
The Boyd Gallery
Owned and operated by the A. Sheila Boyd Foundation, the gallery is in the Boyd Building, 21 Canal Street, Bobcaygeon, and can be visited during library hours through the library.
It was commissioned by Miss Sheila Boyd in the early 1960s as an art teaching and display room for local and visiting artists. Each month brings a new art show: paintings, drawings, sculpture, carving, pottery, etc. October brings the Annual Juried Art Show and February the same for photography, in each case judged by recognized professionals.
Visit www.theboydmuseum.com for current exhibition details.
Presenting a wide variety of Drama, Comedy and Musicals and working with the best playwrights, directors and performers from around the world. At our venue, the Lakeview Arts Barn, theatregoers will experience the comfort of a newly built theatre with excellent seating and acoustics in a picturesque rural setting.
Address: The Lakeview Arts Barn, 2300 Pigeon Lake Road, Bobcaygeon, ON
Lindsay Little Theatre
Lindsay Little Theatre has been promoting live theatre in Lindsay for over forty years .Our members are from all walks of life and are united by the common desire to be involved in community theatre.
For information on LLT’s productions, workshops, auditions and other events please call 705-324-2445 or visit www.lindsaylittletheatre.com
The Lindsay Gallery
The Lindsay Gallery is the only public art gallery in the City of Kawartha Lakes. It has provided a venue for fostering and promoting the visual arts for over 30 years.
Exhibitions and the Permanent Collection
Exhibits in the Gallery change monthly, and the permanent collection is always on view on a computer screen in the Virtual Gallery. Admission is free.
Many people find adult art classes to be a relaxing, enjoyable form of leisure recreation. The art classes for children further enrich their education and are great fun. Information is available on our website and in brochures available from the Gallery. Fun, informal learning experiences for everyone. Class sizes are limited.
The Gallery Showcase
Exquisite handcrafted items for sale by accomplished artisans in a variety of mediums.
Open Tuesday Through Saturday 10:00 - 11:30 am and 12:00 - 4:00 pm.
Lakeview Arts Barn (LAB)
The Lakeview Arts Barn (LAB) offers year-round entertainment and promotes all visual and performing arts disciplines. Enjoy dinner before the show or join us for a drink.
Address: 2300 Pigeon Lake Rd, Bobcaygeon.
Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum
An extensive collection that details the evolution of Fenelon Falls and the surrounding area from pre-settlement to the early 1900s is exhibited in Maryboro Lodge, an 1837 home in a magnificent park setting on Cameron Lake. Changes in the local environment, the built and natural landscape, and the lives of inhabitants are highlighted in exhibits and echoed in displays throughout the sprawling house, Anne Langton Gallery and outbuildings. A busy social center throughout the summer, the museum hosts musical performances, afternoon teas, pioneer summer school, workshops, and heritage activities.
Open May to October, and for special events
Address: 50 Oak Street, Fenelon Falls, ON
Music and Artisans
Encore Children’s Productions
A branch of the Lindsay Concert Foundation, Encore offers Music Programs for Families with Children between Kindergarten and Grade 8. All performances are held at the Glenn Crombie Theatre at Fleming College in Lindsay. Individual tickets and Series passes are available for purchase at the Kent Bookstore or the Children’s Department of the Lindsay Library.
Kawartha Handweavers & Spinners Guild
Started in 1985, the Guild was established to provide a way for practitioners of handweaving and spinning to learn from each other and share their knowledge. New members are always welcome.
The Guild meets on the 1st Thursday of every month upstairs at the Victoria Park Armoury. Contact Joan Ross at 705-324-9722.
Kawartha Kavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps
Formed in 1957 this Drum & Bugle Corps performs at parades, concerts and celebrations throughout Ontario.
For Information or to join the Kavaliers, contact Hal Bowrey at 705-324-6335 or Hal.Bowrey@sympatico.ca or Cork Newhouse at 705-793-2852.
Kinmount Artisans Marketplace
Located in the lower level of the Kinmount Community Centre is the home of the Kinmount Artisans Marketplace, a not-for-profit cooperative offering a wide variety of local quality fine arts and handcrafts. The Marketplace operates entirely on a voluntary basis by Guild members who on a daily basis welcome and assist the many visitors to the Marketplace in all seasons of the year.
Hours: Open Friday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
July - September we are open daily 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Address: Located at the corner of Hwy. 121 & City Rd. 45.
Lindsay Creative Quilters’ Guild
The Guild has been in existence since 1986. Guild Members have access to the extensive Guild Library, terrific monthly workshops and will earn from the amazing speakers. We regular monthly meetings take place on the 2nd Monday of every month at Cambridge St. United Church.
For more information contact Lorna 705-324-8570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lindsay Concert Foundation
Formed in 1977, The Lindsay Concert Foundation presents the annual Kawartha Concerts music series of 6 concerts featuring outstanding immerging new artist and internationally acclaimed professional performing artists from across Canada. World renowned classical artists such as Angela Hewitt, Measha Brueggergosman,Janina Fialkowska, NEXUS, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the St. Lawrence String Quartet have brought excellence in the music disciplines of piano, vocal, percussion, orchestral and chamber music to the Kawartha Concert series. The series runs October to May each season at the Glenn Crombie Theatre and Academy Theatre venues. Many visiting artists also participate in LCF’s outreach programming of master classes, youth concerts for school age children, and choral workshops. Additionally, LCF promotes youth and music with its Encore Family Concerts, performance opportunities through Young Performers’ Recitals and programs such as the Trust Fund’s adjudicated auditions that award annual scholarships to young musicians.
Mailing Address: PO Box 631, Lindsay, ON K9V 4S5
The Lindsay Rughookers meet every Thursday between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm during Sept –June upstairs in the Lindsay Armoury.
For more information contact Jennifer Currie at 705-324-6152 or at Jennifer143@sympatico.ca
Victoria’s Quilts Canada is an entirely volunteer based organization with chapters all across Canada that make quilts for cancer patients. Over the past five years, the Lindsay Branch has given more than 785 quilts to comfort those battling cancer. Victoria’s Quilts members meet on a drop-in basis upstairs at Loblaws in Lindsay between 9:30 am and4:00 pm on the first Tuesday of the month and in Bobcaygeon at Kawartha Settlers Village Wray House on the fourth Thursday of every month between 9:30 and 3:00 pm.
If you know someone who has cancer and would benefit from receiving a quilt you can request a quilt by calling Faye Flood 328-2084
Donations are always welcome and may be sent to:
Victoria's Quilts-Lindsay Branch
24 Dormer Rd. Lindsay, ON K9V6H8