Art on the Street Returns … Call to Artists!


Collingwood Art on the Street will return in 2019, with an outdoor gallery of hand-painted chairs by artists of all ages.

The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) invites visual artists to submit chair designs to Collingwood Art on the Street 2019. Now in its 9th year, this annual project showcases the diversity and talent of our creative community while enlivening the streets of Collingwood from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving weekend.

This year’s theme is “Artist’s Choice” as we invite artists to bring their own unique style and vision to the project.  This year will be a two-phased submission process.  Artists are invited to submit their interest in participating in the program by Friday, February 22.  Design submission for the chairs are due by March 20.

The artists selected to participate will be recognized on the chair and in a special brochure distributed across the region. An honorarium of $300 will be paid to the successful artists per chair design selected.

The chairs will enhance our historic downtown core and will be a welcome sight and resting place for residents and visitors.

For further information, call 445-5595 or email

Full details and application form

Whiskylicious Festival Returns to Collingwood


Whiskylicious returns to Collingwood with local restaurants taking part in the unique 12-day festival that gives Collingwood’s outstanding chefs the chance to share their sweet and savoury creations, inspired by Collingwood Whisky.

More than ten locations will be serving delicious, whisky-inspired culinary creations: The Iron Skillet 2.0, Lakeside Seafood & Grill, Memories Restaurant, Tesoro, The Beaver & Bulldog, Gustav Chophouse & Grill, Azzurra, The Huron Club, Bent Taco, The Curly Willow, and Prime Seven Nine.

The full list of restaurants, as well as their menus and details about special evening events, are available at

There are also several special events at the 2019 Whiskylicious Festival:

Friday, February 1 – Journey Fourth VIP Whiskylicious Tour Contest and Festival Kickoff.
Join the Collingwood Whiskylicious team at the Collingwood LCBO on Friday at 4:30 PM. They will be available for pictures along with the engraving team so you can get a personalized bottle for that special someone. Then cheer on the Journey Forth VIP Whiskylicious Contest winners as they head out to tour the town along with Collingwood Whisky’s national brand ambassador and bartender extraordinaire, Taylor Corrigan. This new contest, presented by 95.1 The Peak, gives participants the chance to win a Journey Forth VIP Tour prize pack that includes:

  • an engraved bottle of Collingwood Whisky courtesy of Canadian Mist
  • a Journey Forth Tour to Gustav Chophouse, Prime Seven Nine, and Lakeside Grill to sample some of the amazing cuisine each local chef has prepared
  • live performances and entertainment at each location by The Shipyards Kitchen Party
  • executive bus service from your house to each restaurant and back home (for four people courtesy of Ace Transportation.
  • contest ends January 27, 2019. For details and to enter the contest visit

Saturday, February 9
Whiskylicious brings back Cocktail Making with Taylor Corrigan at Alpine Ski Club along with a team of great bartenders, delicious food from the Men with Knives kitchen, and live music from the Dust Jackets. Sample Alpine’s Own Cinnamon Whisky Sour and three Collingwood Whisky feature cocktails. Includes: 4 cocktail tickets, passed whisky inspired appetizers, and live music from duo Dust Jackets, $30. Email to register. Alpine members can register through their member portal.

Sunday, February 10
An exciting new addition this year is the Whisky Walk in Downtown Collingwood, presented by Classical 102.9. Between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM, six groups of up to 25 participants, each guided by an employee from the local Collingwood Whisky distillery, will enjoy a Sunday afternoon stroll through the streets of historic Downtown Collingwood ‘detouring’ to six different locations. There they will sample and savour delicious food and whisky pairings inspired by Collingwood Whisky and prepared by Collingwood’s talented local chefs. Included is a Collingwood Whisky “hometown” stop at the Simcoe Street Press Gallery featuring a photo exhibit of the distillery and Collingwood Whisky’s national brand ambassador and bartender extraordinaire, Taylor Corrigan. All this for only $40! Space is limited.

Tuesday, February 12
Cheer on our region’s talented bartenders at the 3rd Annual Collingwood Whiskylicious Bartender Competition at Gustav Chophouse & Bar, located at Georgian Bay Hotel & Conference Centre. Due to demand, we have expanded the competition and added the People’s Choice category. Bartenders will create uniquely delicious ‘Journey Forth’ inspired cocktails using Collingwood Whisky and then let the crowd sample their creations. Come out and vote for your favourite bartenders. Seating is limited so pre-register for the FREE access event today!

Whiskylicious is sponsored by Collingwood Whisky with generous support from, Mountain Goat Film Company, and Spinnaker Marketing. It is organized in partnership with the Town of Collingwood and Collingwood Downtown BIA.

Journey Forth to Collingwood and experience the Whiskylicious Festival. Honour the pursuit. Sip responsibly. For full festival details visit with the latest updates at

Election of BIA Board of Management – Unofficial Results


Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA)

Please find below the unofficial results of the election for Directors to the Board of Management for the Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA).


Board of Directors (Unofficial)
Bradley GREEN
Carolina D’ANDREA
Council rep: Councillor Tina Comi

The official appointment of the members to the Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Areas Board of Management will be made by Council of the Town of Collingwood on Monday, January 14, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact Clerk, Sara Almas at 705-445-1030 Ext. 3225 or

A History of Arts and Culture in Collingwood


For more than three years, Collingwood resident Hella Sandberg has been gathering clippings, programs, newsletters – just about anything she can find on the history of the arts and culture community in Collingwood.  The result is three large binders of information about some of the people and organizations that have helped shape Collingwood’s thriving arts and culture scene.

During her hundreds of hours spent compiling and organizing information, Hella spoke about the project to as many people as possible, at every opportunity, in order to garner a broad perspective of information, some of which dates back to the mid 1800’s.

Some examples of notable pieces included are:

  • Poetical Directory of Collingwood (1875)
  • The First Collingwood Writers’ Club (1950)
  • Georgian China Limited (1940)
  • artists Ernie Taylor (1922-1999) and Manfred Neumann (1934-1993)

The binders will be housed in the local history section of the Collingwood Public Library and the Town’s website will also feature information so that as many people as possible may benefit from this valuable resource

“Having been very involved in promoting and supporting the arts and culture scene in Collingwood since 1976, both professionally and as a volunteer, I have always been aware of its strong and important presence in the community since then,” said Hella. “To my surprise and delight, I discovered through my research, that Collingwood has always, since its beginning, had a vibrant arts and culture community.”

While Hella is delighted to see the binder on the library shelves, she is planning to add information from time to time and keep the history growing…  If you have any materials you believe could be helpful for the History of Arts and Culture in Collingwood collection, please contact Carole Stuart, the Collingwood Public Library Coordinator of Local History and Genealogy at 705-445-1571 Ext. 6228 or

It Is Only A Short Walk Or Ride



A new Wayfinding Campaign Walk Your City highlights distances in minutes to walk or bike to popular Collingwood destinations. As part of the campaign, Colourful directional signs have been placed across the Town of Collingwood encouraging kids and adults to walk or cycle.

The signs highlight schools, parks, community landmarks, recreational facilities and points of interest, displaying distances in minutes. Each sign has a QR code which provides directions to destinations connecting pedestrians and cyclists to nearby trails.

The Walk Your City signs are part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the goal of which is supporting the well-being of children by creating communities where it is easier for children to lead healthier lives.

“We are very excited to launch the Walk Your City campaign as part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge” said Jennifer Parker, Local Project Manager, “We hope it will encourage kids and parents alike to walk or bike rather than drive to destinations around town.”

A set of signs for each local elementary school lets students and parents know just how long it takes to walk or cycle to school. Walking or riding to or from school has multiple benefits including reducing traffic congestion around schools, reducing the environmental impact of vehicles, promoting physical health and wellbeing and increasing student concentration and performance when they arrive at school. 

“Promoting active transportation across Collingwood supports everyone, encouraging an active and healthy community” said Mayor Cooper, Collingwood Healthy Kids Community Challenge Ambassador.

 A total of 88 temporary signs will be installed, ranging in colour based on the end destination. Most of the routes identified are between 5 and 15 minutes either by walking or cycling. As well as helping direct people around Collingwood the signs help raise awareness, promoting walking and cycling as a healthy choice.




Collingwood Named one of the Most Beautiful Destinations in Canada


We are pleased to announce that Collingwood has been named by as one of the “35 Most Beautiful Destinations in Canada”!

Collingwood has been chosen not only because of our hospitality but also for our beautiful views of Georgian Bay, our historic clock tower, and our lush tree lined streets (perfect for a leisurely stroll). Check out the article below!



Downtown Collingwood Murals present a snapshot of our past

Located throughout our downtown core are several murals, created by renowned artists to present a snapshot of our past.

Our Community; This mural representing the past, present and the future of the area is located on the south wall of the Eddie Bush Arena.  It begins with an early scene by Bill Hartman showing Petun Indians looking over what would become Collingwood.  The next image is by Janie Cooper Wilson, showing the difficult task of clearing the land. During the early 1800’s many fugitive slaves settled here and these families become an integral part of the community. Wilhelmina Wildman’s panel illustrates the early days of the commercial fishing industry. Gordon Kemp’s mural is of the architecturally unique grain depot, built in 1929 as a link from the country to the community. The mural by Shirley Farmer shows the recreational use of the area.

Busy Wagons; Located on the northwest corner of Hurontario and Second streets, this John Hood mural presents the colour and activity of the early 1900’s.

Ski Train; Located on the north wall of the CIBC, this mural was created by ceramic artist, Richard Gill. This unique three-dimensional artwork illustrates the early days of the ski and tourist industry. The mural shows the Craigleith Station as skiers arrive by train and are taken to the ski hills by horse drawn sleighs.

The Shipbuilding Industry was the lifeline of Collingwood for almost one hundred years. Beverly Smith’s Heading Dockside is located on the east wall of 28 Huron Street. This mural gives a whimsical look at the men and women heading to work at the shipyard.  Located on the side of  the former Mountain View Hotel, Side Launch captured the unique style of a side launch and is the work of John Hood and Alexandra Hood.  It is currently in storage and will be relocated at a future date.