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Call to artists: Culture and winter sports to come together this March

For artists, this is an incredible opportunity to both expand audiences and reach new demographics
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The Ontario Winter Games are coming to Orillia March 1-4, 2018. The City of Orillia is looking for artists and performers to help us give the athletes, coaches and trainers a memorable and welcoming experience in our city, as well as instill pieces of our cultural community into the games.

Performers and artists who are interested in contributing to the culture of the Games are needed in the Athlete Villages for both Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, 2018. Performances and workshops should be appropriate for all ages as athletes are between 12-18 years old. Venues are located in in Orillia, Huntsville and Barrie.

“Being able to add a cultural element to the Games will really make this a memorable and unique experience for these young athletes,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “Orillia has both a strong athletic, and creative community and this is a wonderful opportunity to combine and celebrate both.”

For artists, this is an incredible opportunity to both expand audiences and reach new demographics. This also will allow athletes and visitors to Orillia to experience our vibrant and artistic community and add to their overall Games experience. Honorariums may be available to participating artists. Orillia will host the Games again in 2020 and will look to continue to expand on the cultural programming provided in 2018.

Help Orillia leave a legacy of culture and sport within the Ontario Winter Games and create an atmosphere that athletes will not soon forget. Applications to participate are due by Feb. 9, 2018. To apply, please visit For more information visit here or contact Emma Ross, cultural event coordinator at

The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website.