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Orangeville love notes

Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 01:16 PM

Over the past two years, we have introduced you to some of the people who live, work, and contribute to our community and have given them the opportunity to explain why they love our town.

We have seen that it’s not a single place, person, or activity that makes Orangeville so special. Instead, it’s the collection of people, sights, sounds, and tastes that create unique moments and experiences to remember.  

We've compiled a review of a few local faces who have proudly declared why they...

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Orangeville's Early Years

Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 02:48 PM

One of many charming illustrations from Once Upon a Forest, this playful portrait features the Orangeville Farmers' Market and introduces three of Orangeville's most recognized characters; Larry Kurtz, Founder and Artistic Director of the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival; Wayne Townsend, local historian and author; David Nairn, Artistic Director of Theatre Orangeville.

Once Upon a Forest: Celebrating Orangeville's Early Years

Once Upon a Forest is a new and beautifully illustrated heritage...

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Spooky Orangeville

Posted on Monday, October 23, 2023 11:18 AM

Favourite Halloween Haunts

This is the time of year when the days seem shorter, the morning air is crisper and Orangeville gets... SPOOKIER. Grab your comfiest sweater or scariest costume and summon the spirit of this festive season. Here are three scary, tasty, and tricky ways to experience Halloween in Orangeville this month.

Decorated Downtown

A cast of fun and mysterious characters adorn our downtown streets and Alexandra Park. Snap a photo with your favourite ghouls or join the Witches Walk...

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Scenic Fall Drives

Posted on Thursday, October 05, 2023 02:51 PM

October is a beautiful month to visit Orangeville. Our local restaurants serve dishes inspired by the harvest season, shops are adorned with festive fall items, and vibrant colours transform our tree-lined trails

A spectacular way to experience the fall foliage is to take a scenic drive in and around Orangeville. One of our favourite routes promises plenty of twists and turns along with beautiful vistas and ample opportunities to snap that perfect photo. As you drive, you'll find plenty of things to...

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A vegan and eco-friendly adventure in Orangeville

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 09:39 AM

As a lifelong vegetarian and longtime vegan, Lauren Yakiwchuk knows how to track down the best plant-based meals. She recently visited Orangeville and shared some of her top food and drink picks with us. Here's what she had to say:

Do you love small town charm, awe-inspiring nature, and delectable plant-based eats? You will adore Orangeville, Ontario! Orangeville is a very vegan-friendly and eco-friendly place to visit with so many things to see and do. I’m going to show you how to plan an epic...

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Dufferin Film Festival

Posted on Friday, October 13, 2023 03:21 PM

The Dufferin Film Festival (DFF), Southern Ontario’s film festival, is set to premiere August 9 and 10, 2024. Led by Festival Director Kelly McDowell, the festival will celebrate Canadian Independent Filmmakers. Through a curated selection of films, educational opportunities, industry forums and networking events, the festival fosters filmmakers, film enthusiasts and audiences while raising the profile of Canadian talent. DFF will be showcasing the best of Canadian films of all genres. DFF has...

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Fall for Dufferin’s rural roots

Posted on Friday, September 15, 2023 01:57 PM

An abundance of fall fun at the IPM 

The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo is coming to Dufferin County. From September 19 to 23, the 104th IPM will welcome residents and visitors to the fields of Bowling Green and Laurel. This highly-anticipated event runs form 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and promises a unique experience for everyone. 

Celebrate agriculture and rural living

The IPM will transform our local fields into a tented city with plowing competition venues, entertainment, hundreds of...

Couple sits at a table in a busy restaurant and food is being delivered to them by a waitress.

Three ways to savour the flavours of Orangeville

Posted on Friday, August 11, 2023 12:22 PM

Orangeville is a small town with big tastes and in August, we serve up even more ways to enjoy our community’s one-of-a-kind culinary offerings. Fresh ingredients and local talent inspire events and experiences centered around food. Here are three ways to savour the flavours of Orangeville this month.

Attend a festive food event

Whether you are a die-hard foodie or just culinary curious, a well-timed visit to Orangeville in August is sure to tempt your taste buds. On Friday, August 18, the first...

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It's time to enjoy the season of sun

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2023 10:45 AM

Your summer to-do list isn’t complete without a day trip adventure to Orangeville. Check out our curated itineraries for all the inspiration you need to plan your personalized experience.

Art lovers will find a variety of ways to discover our community’s creative flair. Outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted by the active options available in and around Orangeville. Families can leave the planning to us and enjoy a day-long schedule of fun and connection. Of course, food is included in every itinerary,...

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Orangeville's 2023 Summer Festival Guide

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2023 09:12 AM

Festival season is almost here, and the excitement is building. In Orangeville, our summer events offer more than just that perfect combination of music, art, culture, and food. Our community's lively spirit adds vibrancy and charm to each occasion, creating authentic experiences and unforgettable moments. This festival guide makes it easy to see what’s happening this summer. Be sure to mark your calendars and join the festivities in Orangeville.

Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival
Friday, June 2...

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2023 Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival schedule

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 12:19 PM

The Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival is ready to present another highly anticipated multi-day event from June 2 to 4, 2023 in downtown Orangeville. 

The festival has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 100 Events and Festivals in Ontario and was recently awarded the distinction yet again for 2023 by Festivals & Events Ontario.

“We are very excited to announce this year’s 19th festival schedule which will feature 75 acts on three stages with several bands performing on Broadway and Mill...

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Creative signs of spring

Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2023 12:00 PM

Spring can never seem to arrive quickly enough for those who have grown weary of winter’s weather. While the calendar may have officially marked the arrival of this anticipated season, it can often take time before the budding blooms, green grass, and singing birds truly demonstrate that spring is here. While we anxiously await those signs, a visit to five of Orangeville’s public art displays may offer some comfort and inspire us to think of spring.

Roses Aren’t Always Red by Deb Menken 

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Four ways to make the most of maple season

Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2023 02:31 PM

It’s maple season in Orangeville! Our small town is known for its big taste all year round, but the flavours are even sweeter when you add in spring's favourite ingredient. We’ve prepared a list of four maple-inspired ways to make the most of the season right here in Orangeville.

A sweet start

Adding real maple syrup to the first meal of the day is a delicious way to begin your experience. Take your pick from a sweet selection of breakfast spots in Orangeville. At The Green Apple Café, pancakes,...

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Three ways to add some fun to your Family Day

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 10:01 AM

Family Day is on Monday, February 20 and is the perfect opportunity to spend time together.  If you're looking for fun ways to enjoy the special day, here are three options happening right here in Orangeville:

1. Take to the lake.

Island Lake Conservation Area invites you to get outside. Enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, ice fishing and skating. Then warm up by the campfire or treat yourself to a hot chocolate. All activities are based on winter conditions. Find full details and advisories at cvc.ca.

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Local love notes

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 09:02 AM

Over the past year, we’ve been sharing our love for Orangeville. We’ve introduced you to people who live, work, and contribute to our community and have given some of them the opportunity to explain why they love our town. The reasons are plentiful and diverse, but one theme seems to run through them all. It’s not a single place, person, or activity that makes Orangeville so special. Instead, it’s the collection of people, sights, sounds, and tastes that create unique moments and...

A young brown haired girl is wearing a red shirt. She's standing in front of a decorated Christmas tree and her arm is outstretched to choose an ornament from a store display

24 ways to get festive in Orangeville

Posted on Thursday, December 01, 2022 04:53 PM

December is here and there’s no denying that it’s most magical time of the year. No matter how you choose to celebrate, Orangeville offers an abundance of options to help you experience the wonder of the holidays. We're counting down with 24 local ways to create that festive spirit. 

  1. Start in the kitchen by decorating cookies. Son of a Chef and Quest for Cakes make it easy with ready-to-use kits. They come complete with cookies, icing, and colourful sprinkles.
  2. Get crafty at a studio workshop hosted by...

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A local arts experience

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 09:12 AM

Dragonfly Arts on Broadway was established in 2002 by two local artists who had a vision of promoting Orangeville’s art community. Twenty years later, the popular shop is known for its stunning selection of artwork, its friendly customer service, and its ability to create an exceptional experience for every visitor.

Dragonfly Arts on Broadway features the works of over 200 Canadian artists, many of them local. The careful curation of this collection is managed by business owner and founder, Joan...

Shopper admiring holiday ornaments at Pear Home in Orangeville

Holiday shopping at its best

Posted on Friday, November 04, 2022 12:57 PM

As the countdown to the holidays gets shorter, our shopping lists seem to get longer. Luckily, the search for the perfect gift is made easier with a multitude of merry options available right here in Orangeville.  

GoYoga Annual Holiday Market - Saturday, November 12

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at GoYoga’s Annual Holiday Market. Visit the studio on Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to find one-of-a-kind gifts from a variety of artisans, service providers, and makers. 

The...

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Four cozy corners to discover in November

Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2022 08:50 AM

November is here and so starts our search for the perfect spot to get comfortable, warm up, and settle in. To lead the way, we’ve found four of Orangeville’s coziest corners. We welcome you to and experience each one in your own way.

1. GoYoga

The bright and airy space at this downtown yoga studio is filled with stunning features and perfectly placed décor. Arched doorways and warm spaces welcome yogis all of levels to practice. The charming retail boutique offers comfortable clothing and accessories...

Theatre Orangeville's set for They're Found in Trees

The stage is set

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2022 08:15 AM

As you settle into the plush, red seats in Orangeville’s historic Opera House, your gaze will naturally be drawn to the stage. For the team at Theatre Orangeville, this is often when the performance begins. The carefully designed set is much more than a functional performance space for the cast. It sets the mood for the show, establishes the place, and helps to build the audience’s anticipation for the performance.

The creative mind behind many of Theatre Orangeville’s sets is Beckie Morris. For...