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Streets Alive: Street Art in Orillia, Ontario

Festival of Banners and Streets Alive


Festival of Banners was created by Leslie Fournier, a local businesswoman in Orillia, Ontario. Hand-painted banners designed by local artists and citizens of Orillia are hung on lamp posts to draw people to the downtown area of the city. Being that Orillia is a tourist area, these banners each year are a different theme, and they welcome the tourists and cottagers.


In 2009, Streets Alive, an offshoot of the Festival of Banners started as an outdoor art event featuring jury-selected artists to create banners to showcase local art and culture. Two hundred and fifteen vinyl banners were created and voted on for cash prizes to the top four. First place was a $1500.00 prize.


Where in the world is Orillia?

Guitars on Parade

2010 was Mariposa Folk Festivals 50th birthday celebration, and for this year the Streets Alive theme was guitars. There were 50 super-sized hand-painted guitar sculptures in and around the downtown core and on the waterfront. Eighteen of the guitars were auctioned off at the end of October.

This guitar was originally displayed on  Mississauga St. then later hung above Apple Annie's (A store that has delicious homemade fudge along with other delightful treats)

This guitar was originally displayed on Mississauga St. then later hung above Apple Annie's (A store that has delicious homemade fudge along with other delightful treats)

This guitar can now be found inside Brewery Bay (A restaurant and bar) on Mississauga Street in Orillia.

This guitar can now be found inside Brewery Bay (A restaurant and bar) on Mississauga Street in Orillia.

Sixty Sails

In 2011 Sixty Sails was the theme for Streets Alive, and sixty sailboat sculptures could be seen on the streets which were painted by artists. Sails are made of eight-foot sail panels, supported by iron and displayed on a concrete pedestal. You can still see some of the sailboats that are on the boardwalk on Lake Couchiching Park.

This sailboat sculpture can be found at the Orillia waterfront. This particular one is of The Island Princess a riverboat that is still running today offering tours of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe.

This sailboat sculpture can be found at the Orillia waterfront. This particular one is of The Island Princess a riverboat that is still running today offering tours of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe.

Sixty Sails

The actual Island Princess

The actual Island Princess

Stephen Leacock

Stephen Leacock was a Canadian economist, writer, and humorist. During the summer months, he lived in Orillia, Ontario on Old Brewery Bay, in a house he had built in 1928 on Lake Couchiching. The estate is now a museum and a National Historic Site of Canada.

In 1912 Leacock wrote Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, a great classic humorous book of short stories. Although in the book the town is called Mariposa, it is actually written about Orillia and the townspeople.

Leacock Chairs

An outdoor public art exhibit for 2012 features fifty Leacock Chairs and is based on everything Stephen Leacock. This year prizes for people's choice awards total $20,000 in cash prizes and will be shared by five artists. Each chair is numbered and you can go and place a vote for the chair that you like best.

As you walk along the streets in Orillia you will see chairs made of handcrafted metal and painted by a jury of artists.

Each chair is made of sheet metal and faux wood.


A book by Stephen Leacock

One of several chairs made to look like Stephen Leacock himself. This one he is reading from perhaps one of his own books.

One of several chairs made to look like Stephen Leacock himself. This one he is reading from perhaps one of his own books.

This chair has many quotes by Steven Leacock as well as drawing of some of his many books. The Reading Chair artist is Brenda Slater

This chair has many quotes by Steven Leacock as well as drawing of some of his many books. The Reading Chair artist is Brenda Slater

On the armrests of each chair there are cubby holes to hold and display items. From the chair above are books by Stephen Leacock.

On the armrests of each chair there are cubby holes to hold and display items. From the chair above are books by Stephen Leacock.

What's yet to come?

Be sure to check back next year to see what the theme of Orillia's Streets Alive will be.


Streets Alive 2013

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Streets Alive "2013

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The Interactive Letter "A"

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Comments

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 15, 2018:

Hi Mary, Yes it sure does. We love it here.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 15, 2018:

Hi Susan,

I love visiting Orillia which we do once in a while from the cottage. I like the town centre. It still tells of old town Ontario.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 05, 2013:

Suzzy, I remember the Moose theme :) Thanks!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 05, 2013:

Thanks Neil, glad you enjoyed the hub.

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on August 05, 2013:

I love Art. This reminds me of a few years ago Totonto had a Moose theme. It was a hoot just as Orillia's festivals would be. Wish I had a car and i would take these festivals in. Great hub Susan.

Neil Sperling from Port Dover Ontario Canada on August 05, 2013:

I enjoyed the way you shared Art, Fun and a little about our cool province. Thanks

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 10, 2012:

dreamseeker, Thank you and I'm glad you liked the hub.

dreamseeker2 on October 09, 2012:

Great pics of art...never seen it on chairs before. Loved them! Interesting info here. Had to vote it up and awesome. : )

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 01, 2012:

SilverGenes, Leacock's home is beautiful and it is one of my favorite spots on Lake Couchiching. Yes it is still open to the public and you can sit on the patio at the museum overlooking the lake and enjoy a beverage or lunch as they have a licensed full service restaurant.

SilverGenes on September 30, 2012:

Don't you love when art hits the street? I do! Your hub with all the gorgeous photos is almost as good as being there. Many years ago, we toured Leacock's home and if I could have journeyed back in time, I would gladly have done it then. What a beautiful setting! Is it still open to the public?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 09, 2012:

Thanks Sharon, There's always something going on in Orillia to get out and look at. Not so much during the winter months but then who wants to walk around in the cold ... not me :)

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on August 08, 2012:

Great hub SZ with great photos! I really need to get out more. Your article makes me want to at least go walking near Lake Erie and take some pics too.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 08, 2012:

Sue, You should let me know the next time you're planning a trip to the Casino. Maybe we could meet up for coffee.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 08, 2012:

Thank you jainismus, glad that you liked it and I look forward to seeing your hub.

Sueswan on August 07, 2012:

Thanks Susan. A twenty minute walk isn't too bad. My walk to work is 45 minutes.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 07, 2012:

Hi Sue, The bus station at the old railway station is about a twenty minute walk to downtown Orillia.

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on August 07, 2012:

Great hub with great photographs. It has inspired me to to write a photo feature on my city.

Sueswan on August 07, 2012:

Hi Susan,

Loved the artwork. What a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.

I have never been to Orillia expect as a stop over on the bus to Casino Rama. I do not drive. Is downtown Orillia walking distance from the bus station?

Have a good day. :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 07, 2012:

Prasetio, Thank you and glad you liked the pictures.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 06, 2012:

Wow....This was beautiful street art. I really enjoy all the pictures above. Susan, you have done a great job by share this hub with others. Voted up.

Best wishes, Prasetio

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 06, 2012:

Doc, There is something new each year and I can't wait to see what is in store for next year. I hope you make it to Ontario soon as I'm sure you'll love it here.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 06, 2012:

forall, Thank you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 04, 2012:

That Grrl, Small world :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 04, 2012:

oliversmum, Thank you so much and so glad that you liked the hub.

Mohan Kumar from UK on August 03, 2012:

I adore street art. This vibrant and vivacious festival looks and sounds brilliant. There is so much talent on display - especially yours Susan in putting this hub together and bringing this to our collective attention. We have some family in Canada and were just talking about planning a big visit in the near future.. you may have just added Ontario to the itinerary. brilliant! voted up of course!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 03, 2012:

Thank you Bill. I think there's a street fair going on all weekend that I may have to check out :)

forall on August 03, 2012:

What a good idea, I would love to see these arts in person. Voted up!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 03, 2012:

vocalcoach, A boat tour on the Island Princess is so relaxing and the food at Apple Annie's is to die for. You'd love it I'm sure.

Thanks and so glad that you liked the hub.

Laura Brown from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on August 02, 2012:

I was in Orillia today. My brother lives in town there. Funny to see your post when I logged in here today. Of all the places.... :)

oliversmum from australia on August 02, 2012:

JustAskSusan Hi. What an incredibly wonderful idea to have a Street Art Festival.

It allows the Artists to do what they do best and create something beautiful.

You are lucky to live in a wonderful country, and be able to see this art on a daily basis.

All the photographs are incredible,my favorite being the chairs.

Thank you so much for showing us part of your great city. Thumbs up and Awesome. :):)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 02, 2012:

What a great town and a great tradition. Loved the pictures; thank you for showing me a part of the world I have never seen. Wonderful hub Susan!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on August 02, 2012:

Oh Susan, how I would love to see this street art. You are amagnificent photographer. I feel like I'm right there with each photo. Would love to step aboar the Island Princess followed by something yummy at Apple Annie's.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 28, 2012:

Hyphenbird, The best part is that I can walk downtown and see the chairs and banners until the end of October. I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for next year.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on July 28, 2012:

I love street art and have some great photos. Your own are amazing and so much fun. This must have been a great time.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 28, 2012:

Lovelove, Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked the hub.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 27, 2012:

Simey, My son plays guitar and I was in Merrickville, Ontario one day and found him a miniature electric. It is so cute and came in its own little guitar case. I think I have a picture of it on my Merrickville hub.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 27, 2012:

Those chairs are cool aren't they :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 27, 2012:

Thomas, Always something going on here during the summer. Great music festivals here too all year round.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 27, 2012:

Thank you so much sgbrown.

Lovelovemeloveme from Cindee's Land on July 27, 2012:

oh, thanks! this was a treat.

Simon Cook from NJ, USA on July 27, 2012:

Great article - looks like a very vibrant place to visit. I went to Ohio a few years ago and they had a Guitars on Parade type thing going on - since then I've been collecting miniature versions of these guitars - have about ten so far - maybe have to see if there are versions of the 50 you highlight!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 27, 2012:

Ruchira, I hope that you do get to visit one day. Thanks so much!

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on July 26, 2012:

I love the chairs. Street art is very cool.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 26, 2012:

RH, I was thinking a couple of these chairs would look great on my porch :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 26, 2012:

drbj, If you do ever make it to Orillia I'll give you the grand tour :)

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on July 26, 2012:

Susan,

I LOVE those chairs! That town is great...it's like walking around in an open air gallery! I was wondering where Orillia was...

Thomas

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on July 26, 2012:

What wonderful ideas! The banners seem like a fairly easy thing to do and would bring customers to the downtown area. Great idea. I love the sail boats and the chairs too. I really enjoyed your hub. I voted this up and more. Sharing several places too!

Ruchira from United States on July 26, 2012:

I love country sides 'cause they are so much fun. People are warm and have all the time to give.

This is a beautiful country with such innovative themes each year. I would love to visit it some day. Thanks for an interesting hub. Many votes!!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 26, 2012:

Thanks Ruby :)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on July 25, 2012:

That is so cool! Terrific photos - interesting, excellent!

I would love to have a chair like that!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 25, 2012:

SusieQ, Thanks so much, glad you liked it.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on July 25, 2012:

If I ever get to Orillia, Susan, I will go when the Streets Alive festival is there and tell them you sent me. Thanks for this interesting information I would probably never be aware of otherwise. Trust me.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 25, 2012:

Hi Genna, How are you? Street art is fun and so great to see. I never tire of it.

Thanks so much for the votes.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 25, 2012:

Thanks Carol, Glad you liked the hub.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 25, 2012:

missolive, I've always enjoyed walking through the downtown area here during the summer months as there's always so much to see.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 24, 2012:

I love the chair, it's so beautiful. I would love to see all the street art in person. Thank you for sharing a part of Canada...Pushed all the buttons..Enjoyed..

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on July 24, 2012:

Thank you for sharing this with us.

SusieQ42 on July 24, 2012:

Excellent hub! I love any type of art and your choices are great! Thanks for sharing.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on July 24, 2012:

I love street art. There’s a little ocean-side hamlet we vacation in and visit during the summer months that also does street art that is so much fun.

I looove those sail boats; I’ve never seen anything quite like them before. What a wonderful idea! Up plus on this very cool hub. :-)

carol stanley from Arizona on July 24, 2012:

I love the photos--what a hoot. Fun to learn of new places and new things. Thanks for sharing this with Hub. Voted Up (way up)

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on July 24, 2012:

What an interesting and unique idea. The sails were my favorite. I really like the chairs though. It must bring vivid color to the area. Pretty nice prize too!

Thanks for including the map. I hope to visit Canada again one day. I'll just have to add this to my bucket list of destinations. :)

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