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Streets Alive Street-Art in Orillia Ontario

Updated on July 14, 2014
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This banner hangs outside The Orillia Museum of Art on Peter Street.This banner hangs outside one of the shops on Mississauga Street in Orillia's downtown.Getting closer to Lake Couchiching on Mississauga Street you'll find this banner.A Colorful ladybug hangs outside a shop.Colorful artistic hand painted banners go up down the streets.
This banner hangs outside The Orillia Museum of Art on Peter Street.
This banner hangs outside The Orillia Museum of Art on Peter Street. | Source
This banner hangs outside one of the shops on Mississauga Street in Orillia's downtown.
This banner hangs outside one of the shops on Mississauga Street in Orillia's downtown. | Source
Getting closer to Lake Couchiching on Mississauga Street you'll find this banner.
Getting closer to Lake Couchiching on Mississauga Street you'll find this banner. | Source
A Colorful ladybug hangs outside a shop.
A Colorful ladybug hangs outside a shop. | Source
Colorful artistic hand painted banners go up down the streets.
Colorful artistic hand painted banners go up down the streets. | Source

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 of 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.


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Orillia, Ontario sits on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe.

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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) | Source
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. | Source

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 in 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. | Source

Sixty Sails

The actual Island Princess
The actual Island Princess | Source

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 hand crafted metal and painted by a jury of artists.

Each chair is made from sheet metal and faux wood.


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. | Source
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 | Source
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. | Source

More Chairs

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One of my favorites. The seat of the chair catches a reflection in the lake from the back of the chair.
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One of my favorites. The seat of the chair catches a reflection in the lake from the back of the chair.
One of my favorites. The seat of the chair catches a reflection in the lake from the back of the chair. | Source
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What's yet to come?

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

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Streets Alive "2013

The Interactive Letter "A"
The Interactive Letter "A" | Source

Streets Alive 2013

Theme for this years Streets Alive is "Letters"









2014 Streets Alive "Art Grows Here" Planters

Venus FlyTrap Planter for Art Grows Here Planters Streets Alive in Orillia, Ontario
Venus FlyTrap Planter for Art Grows Here Planters Streets Alive in Orillia, Ontario | Source

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Suzzy, I remember the Moose theme :) Thanks!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Neil, glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      dreamseeker2 5 years ago

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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      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?

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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 :)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      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.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

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

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      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. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Prasetio, Thank you and glad you liked the pictures.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      forall, Thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That Grrl, Small world :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      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!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      forall 5 years ago

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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      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.... :)

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      oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

      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. :):)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      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!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      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.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Those chairs are cool aren't they :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much sgbrown.

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      Lovelovemeloveme 5 years ago from Cindee's Land

      oh, thanks! this was a treat.

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      Simon Cook 5 years ago from NJ, USA

      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!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I love the chairs. Street art is very cool.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      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

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      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!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      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!!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Ruby :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

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

      I would love to have a chair like that!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      SusieQ, Thanks so much, glad you liked it.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      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.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Carol, Glad you liked the hub.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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..

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      SusieQ42 5 years ago

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

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      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. :-)

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      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)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      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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