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NEWS FROM COLLINGWOOD, ONTARIO, CANADA

Sidelaunch Mural Restored
and Returned to Downtown Collingwood

 

Hiking Along the Guitar Trail at Blue Mountain
 
From left-to-right, popular area musicians Shane Cloutier, Aaron Garner and Jason Redman entertained hikers along "The Guitar Trail" at Blue Mountain on Saturday, September 6th.
 
 
 
 
One of the more popular family events to be hosted by Blue Mountain each year is the Guitar Trail, a day filled with hiking, music and outdoor fun. The event was held Saturday September 6th, and provided an opportunity to hike up and down the mountain, or, to take a gondola ride to the top and hike back down the trail. This year's event featured fifteen live musical acts including Caitlin Gale, Mark Ekins, Rebecca Stephens, Mark Danby & Dennis Sloan, Issaac Goodings, Aaron Garner, Dave Wipper, Bambalamb!, Jason Redman, Shane Cloutier, Mike & Erica McCarthy, Bob Charters, Drew McIvor and Lyric Dubee. These talented musicians were positioned throughout the walking trails on the mountain and gave visitors an opportunity to not only listen to their music, but to visit and chat for a while. Back in the Village, the headliners Jane’s Party put on a good show as the returning hikers relaxed in their Muskoka chairs in the warm afternoon sun.
 
 
Campbell House - Hospice
Campbell House Now Fully Operational

Campbell House Hospice is now fully operational as an integral partner of the health care system to ensure that palliative patients are treated with dignity, repect and receive compassionate care. Hospice Collingwood Chair Bruce West says it was just over a year ago that members of the Hospice Foundation Board, working with colleagues from the HGT board of directors, set out on a capital campaign to raise the funds required to build a Palliative Care Residence for the people of Collingwood and the Georgian Triangle. "Raising 3.6 million dollars in a community the size of ours is an enormous undertaking, even more so when run simultaneously with the hospital's major campaign. I believe, because of the excellent reputation Hospice Georgian Triangle has built over the past 28 years, the goal was reached four months ahead of schedule."

West says the generous support of the Campbell family, who early in the campaign provided the seed money to get the project started, and the Hamlin family's donation in February, allowed Hospice Collingwood to reach its goal.


Thunderstorm Greets Tall Ship Arrival

COLLINGWOOD WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
 
Tall Ship docks at The Shipyards in Collingwood Harbour
Stormy weather, thunder, rain and lightning greeted the arrival of the US Brig Niagara around 7:30p.m. on Tuesday, August 12th in Collingwood harbour. In partnership with Wasaga Under Siege "A War of 1812 Experience", Collingwood welcomes the 198 foot, two-masted, square-rigged sailing vessel. Visitors to the harbour will be able to take deck tours during the festival and view the ship off shore in Wasaga Beach in the evenings as it participates in battle re-enactments. Collingwood’s Historic Downtown is celebrating the festival with special activities and demonstrations at the Farmers’ Market and entertainment throughout downtown streets.
CLICK HERE for a full lineup of festival activities
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Collingwood Downtown
STREET PIANOS
 

STREET PIANOS
a huge hit in downtown Collingwood


The streets of Downtown Collingwood lined with heritage pianos ready to play, and people are jumping at the opportunity to perform. The Collingwood Street Pianos project was created by musicians Jim Kinnear and Catherine Brown with the objective to encourage public interaction through music and art.

Downtown Collingwood BIA General manager Sue Nicholson says the promotion is a fabulous way to show off the strong arts community in town. But it isn't just the locals showing off their talents. The pianos have quickly become popular with tourists who can't resist the opportunity to sit down and play.

When the project comes to an end, the pianos will be offered for purchase at an online silent auction on the Collingwood Street Pianos website. www.collingwoodstreetpianos.com

 

ELVIS FESTIVAL 20th ANNIVERSARY IN COLLINGWOOD
What a party!
 
2014 Collingwood Elvis Festival Classic Car Tribue Artist Parade

The day started early Saturday morning, July 26th, at the Collingwood Elvis Festival Classic Car Parade.
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Priscilla Presley Joined In The Party

Priscilla Presley greets the thousands of spectators in attendance at the Friday night Collingwood Elvis Festival Tribute Artist Showcase
Collingwood Elvis Festival 2014
 
Priscilla Presley at the Collingwood Elvis Festival 2014
 
Priscilla Presley celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Collingwood Elvis Festival
 
Priscilla Presley - Collingwood, Ontario
 
Priscilla Presley in Collingwood at the 20th Collingwood Elvis Festival

Priscilla Presley talks to the thousands of fans gathered at the Friday night Street Party in Downtown Collingwood
She is joined in this photograph by Memphis Jones

Presley said she just couldn't believe the size of the crowd. "I just have to view you for a little bit ... just take a look. It's just amazing, truly. I met Elvis when I was just 15 years old. He told me that he had the best fans in the world ... he absolutely said that. Seeing all of you here today is proof that he does indeed have the best fans in the world."

Presley was clearly overwhelmed with the size of the festival and the warm welcome she received. "If Elvis was alive today, trust me, he would never, ever believe, that after three decades, here you are still with him and still supporting him in every way. And not only him, but introducing him to your children and their children ... he just wouldn't have believed it." She said that Elvis would have had a difficult time understanding how popular his music is today and how it appeals to young, new fans after so many years. "He thought that between the ages of 40 and 45 years old was kind of it for anyone, and now I see all of you here today and it's very touching and emotional."

 

Priscilla's Selfie from the Collingwood Elvis Festival
Priscilla's selfie from the Collingwood Elvis Festival

Priscilla, while greeting the audience at the Friday Tribute Artist Showcase, asked everyone to stand and wave as she took a selfie. She has posted the photo (above) on her Facebook page. "At Collingwood's Elvis Festival for the first time actually ... the first time for any Elvis Festival. Here for a book signing for Shades of Elvis and for their 20th anniversary with Christopher Ameruoso and his lovely wife Daniella."
www.shadesofelvis.net

 

Shades of Elvis

Shades of Elvis - Prescilla Presley book promotion
Priscilla Presley and photographer Christopher Ameruoso (pictured above) have released a new book entitled "Shades of Elvis." Ameruoso accompanied Presley to Collingwood to attend the 20th anniversary Collingwood Elvis Festival. He is well known for his photographs of celebrities and his unique talent of creating themed shoots. The book features celebrities like Johnny Depp, Cher, Elton John and Ozzy Osbourne wearing a pair of the famous sunglasses. "This is a piece of history here" Ameruoso said as he held up the sunglasses during an interview on The Talk. Click here to watch the video.
 
Priscilla Presley was presented with the key to the City at the 20th annual Collingwood Elvis Festival by Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper
Priscilla Presley was presented with the key to the city by Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper at the 20th annual Collingwood Elvis Festival.
 

THE COLLINGWOOD ELVIS FESTIVAL

There is a young farm system developing new Tribute Artists as a whole new generation of fans discover the music of Elvis Presley

Collingwood Elvis Festival 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Collingwood Elvis Festival 2014
 
Collingwood Elvis Festival 2014 - Memphis Jones returns for 2nd straight year
 
 
The Collingwood Elvis Festival 2014
 
Huge crowd at Collingwood Elvis Festival Friday night Street Party
Memphis Jones checks out the huge crowd at the Friday Street Party & Tribute Artist Showcase
Robin Kelly - Past Champion - Returns to 2014 Collingwood Elvis Festival
www.collingwoodelvisfestival.com

 

Related Story - CTV BARRIE - Mike Walker Reports on the Collingwood Elvis Festival


Easter Ski & Boarding Conditions Outstanding
Blue Mountain Sets Record For Longest Ski Season

 

The extended ski season is now in the record books as being the longest ever, thanks to ongoing cool weather, some unexpected natural snow the week before Easter, and a terrific base thanks to a winter of non-stop dumpings from Mother Nature. Blue Mountain opened for the season on November 30th and was still providing a plentiful hill selection on the Easter long weekend. The Village at Blue was a busy place as youngsters searched for easter eggs.

Skiers enjoyed a little relaxation time in the warm sunshine on the Easter weekend

COLLINGWOOD DOWNTOWN ICE SCULPTURE FESTIVAL
RECEIVES PROVINCIAL FUNDING

The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) is pleased to announce that it has received funding through the Celebrate Ontario grant program for its Annual Ice Sculpture Festival. This grant program is a festival and event enhancement initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Collingwood Downtown’s Ice Sculpture Festival is one of more than 225 festivals and events throughout the province to receive support through this program, to encourage tourism, support jobs and generate economic activity.

“The funding received for the 2014 edition of the Ice Sculpture Festival will allow us to incorporate more interactive programming and special activities during the event timeframe,” said Bradley Green, Chair of the Collingwood Downtown BIA.

The Ice Sculpture Festival is presented each year in historic Downtown Collingwood during the Christmas/New Year’s holidays. This year’s event will begin on December 26th and continue until January 4th. More than 30 presentation ice sculptures will be installed throughout the downtown, lighted in the evening hours for a unique viewing experience. The event also offers on-site carving demonstrations, wagon rides, interactive installations and games for family fun.

This event is just one of the many initiatives that the Collingwood Downtown BIA presents to showcase the variety of cultural, culinary, and shopping experiences that may be found in our community’s historic downtown area.

Collingwood's downtown streets were lined with magnificent ice sculptures as the town celebrated it's proud
shipbuilding and shipping heritage.
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LOOKING BACK

HOLIDAY SKI SEASON - AMAZING CONDITIONS

Thanks to ongoing lake-effect snow, early season storms and extensive snowmaking made possible by the cold weather, the Collingwood region is enjoying some of the best, if not the best ever Christmas skiing and boarding at Blue Mountain and at area private clubs.
Click here for the latest Blue Mountain snow report
The snow may have been blowing sideways but these people (pictured below) were enjoying a day of ice fishing on Collingwood harbour, again, made possible by the early arrival of winter weather along the southern Georgian Bay shoreline.
 

THE SWITCH IS ON
Unique downtown Collingwood renovation transforms upper levels of a heritage building
into an amazing space for one of North America's leading new media firms to call home
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ORDER OF COLLINGWOOD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED


Mayor Sandra Cooper has announced the 2013 recipients of the “Order of Collingwood” and the recipients for the “Companion to the Order of Collingwood.”The Town of Collingwood annually honours those who, through their volunteer efforts, enrich the social, cultural and/or recreational conditions, by bestowing upon the “Order of Collingwood”.

The “Order of Collingwood” committee also recognizes former recipients who, through their continued effort improve the social, recreational and cultural conditions in Collingwood, with a “Companion to the Order of Collingwood” award.

The awards ceremony will take place at the annual Mayor’s New Year’s Levee on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at Georgian Manor Resort, located at 10 Vacation Inn Drive, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Presentations will be held at 1:30 p.m.


ORDER OF COLLINGWOOD

Alex Besse, Arlene Noble, Sheila Stewart, Bruce West, Harold Zukerman
COMPANION TO THE ORDER OF COLLINGWOOD
Catherine Brown
 

Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reminding the public not to park their vehicles overnight on the streets during the winter months or else they run the risk having their vehicle ticketed and towed.
With the winter months now here the OPP is reminding the public that the parking by-law in Collingwood prohibits parking on town streets or any municipal parking lot between the hours of 1:00am and 7:00am from December 1st to March 31st. This is being done to assist in snow removal which usually takes place overnight. Any vehicle parked on the street or municipal lots will be ticketed and possibly towed and impounded and the owner will be responsible for all towing and storage charges.

The Blue Mountains also has a similar by-law where there is no parking allowed on streets and municipal lots between 2:00am and 7:00am from November 1st to April 1st and just like Collingwood, vehicles can be towed.

Of note is that it is also a Highway Traffic Act offence and indicates that no person shall park or stand a vehicle on a roadway in such a manner as to interfere with the removal or clearing of snow from the roadway. Simply put, park all vehicles in your driveway or garage during the winter months as this will ensure your street is clear of snow.

 
 
 
 
BLACK HARVEST - COLLINGWOOD DOWNTOWN
Black Harvest - Collingwood Downtown
Halloween costumes were blowing in the wind during the 2013 Collingwood Downtown Black Harvest.
On Saturday, October 26th, the downtown streets were decked out in all things frightening!
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WIND DAMAGE - COLLINGWOOD DOWNTOWN
Strong Winds Create Damage in Downtown Collingwood
Winds gusting in excess of 60 kilometres per hour brought down a large sign in Downtown Collingwood shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 26th.
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New Central Park Arena Opens
Collingwood's Central Park Arena is now open
Collingwood's new Central Park Arena is now open. User groups are moving in while the finishing
touches to the building's interior take place.
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THANKSGIVING WEEKEND - FINAL DOWNTOWN FARMERS' MARKET OF THE SEASON
The final Collingwood Downtown Farmers' Market of the season was held on Thanksgiving weekend. The warm temperatures and bright sunshine helped to attract large crowds to the downtown district. The market featured the silent auction where people could purchase the art chairs that have been featured on the downtown streets all summer.
(art chair video featured below on this page)

BLACK ASH NEIGHBOURHOOD PARK OFFICIALLY OPENED
Black Ash Neighbourhood Park officially opened on Wednesday, September 11th, in Collingwood
Mayor Sandra Cooper and neighbourhood children cut the ribbon to officially
open Black Ash Park in Collingwood's west end on Wednesday September 11th.
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YEAR ROUND INDOOR SWIMMING NOW A REALITY IN COLLINGWOOD
Centennial Aquatics Centre officially opens in Collingwood
The Grand Opening Ceremony of the Centennial Aquatics Centre in Collingwood was held on Tuesday, August 27th.
Read More - Video Report with Mayor Sandra Cooper
LIVING HISTORY ON DISPLAY IN COLLINGWOOD HARBOUR
Tall Ship Sorlandet arrives in Collingwood harbour
The Tall Ship Sorlandet has arrived in Collingwood harbour.
The ship is currently rented out to Class Afloat, a sailor training program based in Lunenberg, N.S.
Read More - Lots of photos!


TALL SHIPS 1812 TOUR
Tall Ships - Collingwood, Ontario
Tall Ships 1812 Tour - Collingwood
The Tall Ships pulled into Collingwood Harbour shortly past sunset on Friday, August 16th to begin a 3 day celebration.
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ROCKIN' THE HARBOUR
Wakestock 2013 in Collingwood
Wakestock 2013 - Collingwood
Wakestock is the world's premiere professional wakeboarding/wakeskating event, part of the WWA World Series of Wakeboarding.
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Tall Ship Playfair returns to Collingwood Harbour
Tall Ship Playfair Returns to Collingwood Harbour
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2013 Collingwood Elvis Festival - The Largest Elvis Festival In The World
The 2013 Collingwood Elvis Festival

The largest Elvis Festival in the world is underway in Collingwood. Elvis Tribute Artists and fans of the music of Elvis Presley flock to Collingwood every July to enjoy the music, the performances, the people, the food and the hospitality Collingwood offers. European Champion Oliver Steinhoff (top right) is attending his second Collingwood Elvis Festival. Oliver is from Dortmund, Germany. Past youth champions Brenen and Brycen Katolinsky are back to entertain us again this year.

Read More - Lots of Street Party Photos! | Tribute Artist Classic Car Parade Photos

Collingwood Elvis Festival Tribute Artist Classic Car Parade

Three Generations of the Ackland Family Hit The Stage at the
2013 Collingwood Elvis Festival
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3 generations of the Ackland Family hit the stage at the 2013 Collingwood Elvis Festival

Meet Memphis Jones
A walking, talking encyclopedia of Memphis music past and present,
and a special guest of the 2013 Collingwood Elvis Festival.
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Memphis Jones at the 2013 Collingwood Elvis Festival

Competition Results - 2013 Collingwood Elvis Festival
Overall winner of the competition this year is Richard Wolfe, the winner in the Non-Professional, Early Years category.
Richard is a 19 year old Tribute Artist from Hamilton, Ontario.
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NEWS UPDATE

Break and Enter at Collingwood Centennial Pool Construction Site
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Heavy Storms Hit South Georgian Bay Region
CLOSE CALL DURING WILD STORM
Heavy storms with high winds, thunder, lightning and pounding rain hit the Collingwood region on Friday, July 19th, bringing down a huge portion of a large tree on one of Collingwood's heritage residential areas.
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JAZZ AT THE STATION CONTINUES TO DELIVER OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES
Audiences are enjoying outstanding international and Canadian talent every Wednesday evening at Jazz at the Station.
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Town of Collingwood Information Kiosk at Sunset Point Park Gatherd Public Input To Proposed Updates
SUNSET POINT PARK PUBLIC MEETING AT THE PARK
The Town of Collingwood held an Information Kiosk at Sunset Point Park on Wednesday, July 10th. The intent was to present two initial design concepts for an updated park master plan and gather comments from the public.
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LOCAL LIVE LUNCH - WEDNESDAYS IN COLLINGWOOD DOWNTOWN
 
Local Live Lunch returns to Downtown Collingwood
The popular LOCAL LIVE LUNCH has returned to Downtown Collingwood.Every Wednesday this summer you can enjoy live music and lunch on the street.
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Canada Day Weekend 2013 in Collingwood
The Collingwood Festival for Canada - A Celebration of Our Nation!
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STORM WARNINGS FOR FATHER'S DAY EVENING
Heavy thunderstorms triggered tornado watches and warnings late Father's Day
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New Arena Takes Shape at Collingwood's Central Park
CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES ON SCHEDULE AT NEW CENTRAL PARK ARENA
The new Central Park Arena is taking shape quickly. Construction is hoped to be complete in time to kick off the new hockey season in October.
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Work continues to re-develop Centennial Pool
CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES TO RE-DEVELOP CENTENNIAL POOL SITE
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PRETTY RIVER ACADEMY GETS EXTENSION
Collingwood council has granted an extension to the Pretty River Academy on the payment of approximately $180,000 dollars in development charges to the town associated with the construction of an air-supported sports dome over its artificial turf playing field.
Read More - Video with Mayor Sandra Cooper
Doors Open Collingwood 2013
Doors Open Collingwood will returned on Saturday and Sunday June 1st and 2nd with a two day celebration of Collingwood's proud historic past. This year's Doors Open theme was Cultural Expressions.
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Collingwood Police Services Board and Collingwood OPP Donate Bicycles To CCI
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Day of Delight in Downtown Collingwood
DAY OF DELIGHT
The Gaslight Tour and Toronto's Clay & Paper Theatre presented the second annual Day of Delight along Simcoe Street in Downtown Collingwood on Saturday May 25th.
Read More - Photos from the event

Collingwood Downtown Farmers' Market Returns for 2013
FARMERS' MARKET
The Collingwood Downtown Farmers' Market is back for its 10th season at the corner of Pine and Second Streets.
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2013 Collingwood MS Walk
COLLINGWOOD MS WALK
A bright, sunny, warm spring day greeted participants of the 2013 Collingwood MS Walk
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Centennial Pool - Central Park Arena Construction Update
Collingwood Council received an update on construction of the new Central Park arena and reconstruction of Centennial Pool at the regular council meeting held on Monday, April 29, 2013.
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Ottawa Meetings - Record Low Water Levels
Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper joined other area mayors and Federal Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird on Monday, April 29th, to discuss low water levels in the great lakes.
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Admiral Collingwood Place Scaled Back
Charis Developments, owned by local resident Steve Assaff, has announced that construction of the much anticipated, often delayed six-storey Admiral Collingwood retail/commercial/condominium project, at the corner of Hume and Hurontario Streets will not move forward.
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The Collingwood Downtown BIA along with the Downtown Revitalization Project Committee and the Town of Collingwood Arts and Culture Committee has brought back the popular "Art Chair" program for 2013


   
Art Chairs - Collingwood Art on the Street, 2013
   
   
   

NEWS from Collingwood, Ontario

CUSTOMS SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE AT COLLINGWOOD AIRPORT
After more than a decade of negotiations and pitches, the Collingwood Regional Airport has finally been awarded approval for customs service by the Canada Border Services Agency.
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EASTER EGG HUNT
The Station and Downtown Collingwood welcomed the youngsters for Easter fun on Saturday, March 30th.
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TALL SHIPS RETURNING TO COLLINGWOOD THIS SUMMER
Water's Edge Festivals & Events has announced the TALL SHIPS 1812 TOUR for the summer of 2013. The tour will bring "Friends Good Will" to Collingwood on August 17th and 18th. The event will commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
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MIDGET A BLACKHAWKS ARE PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS
Collingwood defeated St. Mary's 6-2 at home on Sunday March 24th to lock up the championship best-of-five series three games to one.
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WAKESTOCK RETURNS FOR 2013
Collingwood will welcome Wakestock back to the waterfront in August. This year will mark the 5th consecutive year for the festival, set to take place August 9th to 11th in Collingwood harbour.
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MAYOR COOPER SPEAKS OUT
Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper opened the March 18th council meeting by stating there is no substance or merit whatsoever in any allegation or expression of concern recently aimed at herself or her council in CBC news reports and at local public demonstrations.
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BRING BACK THE WATER
Mayors from communities around Georgian Bay continue to call the ongoing drop in water levels an "unfolding disaster."
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CBC Exclusive
Ontario Provincial Police are investigating allegations of corruption and conflict of interest levelled against elected officials in the town of Collingwood.
Visit www.cbc.ca to read the story

WIND TURBINE ISSUE - COLLINGWOOD AIRPORT IMPACT
Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson was a guest on SUN News, and he brought viewers up to speed on the wind turbine turmoil that has gripped the Collingwood-Stayner-Clearview region.
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Collingwood Council hase voted 8-1 to pursue negotiations with private sector operators on acceptable Integrated Destination Resort opportunities and locations; and the OLG (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation) to draft an acceptable revenue sharing agreement, that could be considered by Council and potential private sector operator(s).
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Art on the Street and Collingwood Art Chairs will return to downtown Collingwood. Artists are presently tapping into their creative juices to come up with this year's artwork that will be featured throughout the downtown streets.
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  Downtown Collingwood Art on the Street
       
TOWN HALL PROTEST
Collingwood's Town Hall was the scene of a public protest just before the regular Monday night council meeting on Monday, March 11th. Protesters were supporting recent CBC reports of an OPP investigation of town officials.
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FAMILY DAY FUN in Collingwood
There was lots to do on Family Day 2013 in Collingwood. Events were held at the YMCA, Curling Club, Museum and Central Park.
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Scenic Caves Nordicfest & Yeti Snowshoe Race
Saturday March 2nd, 2013
The Scenic Caves Nordicfest & Yeti Snowshoe Race will be something every member of your family can participate in.
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  Scenic Caves Nordicfest & Yeti Snowshoe Race Scenic Caves Nordicfest & Yeti Snowshoe Race
       
DOORS OPEN RETURNS
Doors Open Collingwood will return after a 5 year absence. The event will showcase some of our heritage treasures.
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  Doors Open Collingwood will return on June 1st and 2nd Doors Open Collingwood
       
Do We Have A Crisis At Our Harbour?
The Town of Collingwood is developing a harbour strategy to determine short and long term goals to enhance the harbour area for the public and various stakeholders.
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  Low Water Levels - Collingwood Harbour
       

HOW MUCH SNOW IS ENOUGH SNOW FOR A SKI TOWN?
South Georgian Bay region gets pounded by Alberta Clipper ... third snow event in one week dumping in excess of 60cm of snow on the town.
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NEW ARENA FOR CENTRAL PARK
Construction is underway on the new Insulated Architectural Membrane Sprung structure at Collingwood's Central Park.
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Snow Day
On Monday, February 4th, while the majority of Simcoe County was enjoying a crisp winter day, Collingwood was being buried in snow.
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South Georgian Bay is kicking off the New Year with 10 full days (and nights) of Winterfest ... a festival that celebrates our area's finest outdoor winter adventures, local food and fun family entertainment from January 18th to the 27th.
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Video Report
 
       
C-C-Cold!
Frigid temperatures took a firm grip on the south Georgian Bay region early in the week and wouldn't let go. Collingwood and area experienced the coldest temperatures recorded in nearly three years.
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Construction Underway at Centennial Pool
Work is well underway to build a new state-of-the art building to cover Collingwood's Centennial Pool to allow for year-round use.
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NICK HODSON passes away in his 97th year
We have lost a good friend. Collingwood artist Nick Hodson has left us with lasting memories of our proud past.
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  Nick Hodson passes away in his 97th year
       
WORKS OF ART FROZEN IN TIME
The Collingwood Downtown Ice Sculpture Festival celebrates the Diamond Jubilee. The streets are lined with beautiful creations that come to life when the sun goes down.
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  Downtown Collingwood Ice Sculpture Festival Downtown Collingwood Ice Sculpture Festival
       

SNOW BUSINESS is GOOD BUSINESS!

Winter's first blast packed quite a punch as Collingwood and southern Georgian Bay received up to 20cm of fresh snow.
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  First Winter Blast of the Season
       
Signing Off
After more than 40 years behind the mic at 95.1 The Peak (CKCB 1400) in Collingwood, John Nichols is jumping off the radio dial to enjoy a well deserved retirement.
Full Story
Video Report
  John Nichols Retires after 41 years "on the air" in Collingwood Looking Back to the early 1970's - John Nichols at CKCB 1400 in Collingwood
       
South Georgian Bay is kicking off the New Year with 10 full days (and nights) of Winterfest. The festival will celebrate our area's finest outdoor winter adventures, local food and fun family entertainment from January 18th to the 27th.
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  South Georgian Bay Winterfest - January 18th to 27th South Georgian Bay Winterfest - January 18th to 27th, 2013
       
George Czerny, who published two books about the former Collingwood Shipyards a year ago is repeating his publishing performance with another two books this week.
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Video Report
  George Czerny has released two new books that celebrate Collingwood's historic past
       
Patterson To Serve 2 More Years
County of Simcoe Council has acclaimed Cal Patterson, Mayor of the Town of Wasaga Beach, to serve as Warden for 2013 and 2014.

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"The Colours of Christmas" was the theme of the 2012 Collingwood Downtown Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 24th.
Photo Gallery
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  Collingwood Santa Claus Parade 2012 Living Windows - Collingwood Santa Claus Parade
       
Remembrance Day Collingwood 2012
Residents of Collingwood gathered at the cenotaph to at 11 a.m. on Friday November 11th to remember those who fought and died for our country.
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  Remembrance Day - Collingwood 2012
       
Opening Up The Waterfront Downtown
A town landmark is coming down after sitting as the anchor of the entrance to downtown Collingwood for 140 years. Read More
  Mountainview Hotel in Collingwood demolition downtown landmark demolished
       
How Low Can The Water Go?
Water levels are alarmingly low along Collingwood's waterfront ... a sign of a much bigger problem that is taking place on the Great Lakes.
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  Low Water Levels - Georgian Bay
       
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to domestic violence.
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  Walk A Mile In Her Shoes - Collingwood Farmers' Market Thanksgiving Weekend Collingwood Farmers' Market
       
CIBC Run For The Cure
A large turnout enjoyed good weather for the Collingwood Run For The Cure on Sunday, September 30th at Harbourview Park.
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Photo Gallery
  CIBC Run For The Cure - Collingwood Run For The Cure - Collingwood
       
Culture Days
Culture Days celebrates arts and culture from coast to coast September 28th, 29th and 30th. In Collingwood, there were many activities associated with this special event.
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  Some of the finest artwork came at the hands of Mother Nature in the form of beautiful fall colours
       
Municipal Works Day
Collingwood Municipal Works Day was held on Wednesday, September 26th at the Curling Club. Town staff, Mayor Cooper, Acting CAO Ed Houghton and councillors attended.
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  Municipal Works Day in Collingwood Young school children enjoyed getting up close to town equipment and vehicles at Municipal Works Day
       
PROTEST MARCH
"Friends of the Collingwood Central Park Project" apply pressure to Collingwood Council regarding expanded recreational facilities.
Mayor Cooper and acting CAO Houghton address the issuesl.
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  Friends of the Collingwood Central Park project hold protest march and downtown rally
       
Terry Fox Run

It was a beautiful sunny, warm late summer's day as Collingwood residents gathered at Harbourview Park to take part in the annual Terry Fox Run.

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  Terry Fox Run - Collingwood - September 16, 2012 Terry Fox Run - September 16, 2012 - Collingwood, Ontario
       
Celebrating Our Town

Collingwood Day featured many special events on Saturday, August 18th. The Diamond Jubilee Tea was a popular downtown event.

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  Celebrating Collingwood Day with a Diamond Jubilee Tea, and Blues, Brews and BBQ
       
BLUES, BREWS & BBQ

The first-ever Blues, Brews and BBQ event was an instant hit, providing great tastes and terrific music at The Station.

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TALL SHIPS RETURN

The Toronto Brigantines Team of tall ships, Playfair and Pathfinder returned to the Port of Collingwood.
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Mayor holds reception for captain and crew
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  Tall Ships Return to Collingwood Harbour
       
ELVIS
Festival 2012


The 2012 Collingwood Elvis Festival attracted thousands of visitors to town and tribute artists from around the world.

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  The 2012 Collingwood Elvis Festival
       
LIVE LOCAL LUNCH

Liven up your Wednesdays in Collingwood Downtown with LOCAL LIVE LUNCH.

Downtown restaurants and different musical artists ore on-site every week.

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The new Collingwood Community Activity Guide

Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper and Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture Marta Proctor say the
response to the publication has been very positive.

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  The New Community Activity Guide is now available.  Find out about all recreational activities in Collingwood

Canada AM broadcasts "live" from Cameron Street Public School in Collingwood   Canada AM broadcasted "live" from Collingwood's Cameron Street Public School on Wednesday, September 26th.

The program was highlighting the work the school has done to create outdoor classrooms and green space thanks to a generous $90,000 gift from the Aviva Community Fund.
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Theatre Collingwood - Fall Training Programs   If you want to have fun learning new drama skills in either acting or technical production, Theatre Collingwood has a range of programs starting up in September 2012. Read More

Actor Rod Beattie stars in WINGFIELD LOST & FOUND by Dan Needles, in the final production of Theatre Collingwood’s 2012 season, Sept 17-22.
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Pool Upgrades - New Arena - Council Moves Forward   Collingwood Council will proceed with the purchase and construction of an Insulated Architectural Membrane facility for a year-round single pad ice arena at Central Park and construction of an Insulated Architectural Membrane structure over the existing Outdoor Pool including the removal and reconstruction of the existing building.
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Sir Wilfrid Laurier takes part in arctic search for long lost ships   The search is on to discover two long lost ships in the Canadian Arctic. The Erebus and Terror disappeared nearly 170 years ago in the frigid Arctic waters off the shore of where Nunavut is now located. There is a Collingwood connection to this national story.
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Jocelyn Knoester - Collingwood Public Library   A new addition to the Collingwood Public Library’s team is making The Nook a livelier place for teens. New hire, teen assistant Jocelyn Knoester, recently joined the Library to help deliver targeted services to the community’s teen demographic.
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Wakestock 2012 - Town of Collingwood  

Wakestock is the world's premiere professional wakeboarding/wakeskating event, part of the WWA World Series of Wakeboarding. Wakestock is also Canada's largest annual action sports and music festival featuring one of the biggest music line-ups of the summer.
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Riders With a Message - Collingwood 2012   Hundreds of bikers braved the scattered showers and thundered into Collingwood just after noon on Sunday, August 5th. Riders were participating in the 5th annual Riders with a Message, an event that has raised thousands of dollars to help Wounded Warriors, an organization that extends help to Canadian soldiers and their families.
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The Tall Ships are returning to Collingwood   The Toronto Brigantines Team of tall ships, Playfair and Pathfinder returned to the Port of Collingwood on Wednesday, August 8th.
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Mayor Sandra Cooper and town officials hold Welcome Reception for Captain and crew.
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Meet 7 year old Connor Russo - two time champion at the Collingwood Elvis Festival   A confident young man who had yet to celebrate his 8th birthday walked out on stage and showed everyone that he had matured into a good young singer and entertainer.

Connor Russo has turned into a huge crowd favourite at the Collingwood Elvis Festival.

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Jazz & Blues at The Station - Every Wednesday Night!   The popular Jazz & Blues at The Station has returned for another summer season. This year's summer lineup has been exceptional. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the outdoor concerts every Wednesday night. The music starts at 6:00 p.m.

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NEWS UPDATES from Collingwood
The Collingwood/The Blue Mountains OPP received financial sponsorship for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (D.A.R.E.) in the amount of $1,000.00 from TD Canada Trust for a third year.
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Local Live Lunch - Wednesday, August 29th
Local Live Lunch wrapped up the summer series at Sheffer Court in Downtown Collingwood Wednesday August 29th.
Heron Cross Tea Room provided lunch. Romney Getty was the featured performer.
 

Hundreds of bikers braved the scattered showers and thundered into Collingwood just after noon on Sunday, August 5th. Riders were participating in the 5th annual Riders with a Message, an event that has raised thousands of dollars to help Wounded Warriors, an organization that extends help to Canadian soldiers and their families.
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The Directors of the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame are pleased to announce the bi-annual COLLINGWOOD SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONIES will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
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Town of Collingwood Celebrates Canada Day 2012
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It was called "a final approval celebration" at Admiral Collingwood Place on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper and Admiral Collingwood Place Developer Stephen Assaff climbed into the lift to take the first ride up in the air to capture the view as it will be seen from Admiral Collingwood Place when completed.
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The Collingwood Downtown Farmers' Market welcomes visitors every Saturday Morning at the corner of Pine
and Second Streets. Local produce and items are available.
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The Collingwood Hike for Hospice Palliative Care was held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach
and The Blue Mountains. Thanks to everyone for their support.
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Collingwood residents bundled up on a chilly Sunday morning to once again raise much needed funds
to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. The 2012 Collingwood MS Walk was held on Sunday, April 22nd

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Did we miss the memo about the new doggie ferry service launch in the harbour? | Tall ship enters Collingwood harbour
 

REMEMBER WHEN?
Remember the 1970's at CKCB 1400 AM Radio in Collingwood   George Czerny has written about the history of the Collingwood Shipyards - Video Report
     
It was a time when the 45's were spinning on Collingwood's AM radio station, CKCB 1400. The early 1970's were interesting times on the air "live" from downtown Collingwood.
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  There was a time when the horizon at the foot of Collingwood's main street was dominated by a huge great lakes ship under construction at the Collingwood Shipyards
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