Virtual Experiences in BruceGreySimcoe this winter

Jan 20, 2021

Let's face it, it's been a long few months at home. While the summer offered some reprieve, we are now into the winter months with less daylight and more time to fill in the evenings. Thankfully artists, musicians, museums and tourism operators have all put their creativity to the test and come up with some amazing virtual experiences to entertain, educate and amuse us while we're safe at home. Read on to find out how you can experience a virtual field trip at Duntroon Highlands, join the virtual beer club at Couchiching Brewery or shake your sillies out with some groove dancing led by Tyler Boyle courtesy of the Blue Mountain Village Association. Have a virtual experience to add? Send it to us at 

Victoria Yeh – Virtual Concert Series

Electric violinist Victoria Yeh can put on a show like few others. While she's used to serving up her energetic musical style live, she's shifted to offering virtual concerts during these crazy times. Yeh's Travel by Sound series pairs musical performances with bold adventures across BruceGreySimcoe. Find out more on her website

Coco Love Alcorn – Wonderland Singers

Why not join a virtual community choir from the safety of your home? Led by renowned local singer Coco Love Alcorn, The Wonderland Singers is a unique chance to learn from the best while stretching your vocal cords. 


The Songwriters Series Virtual Music Festival


Set for February 26 at 8 p.m, The Songwriter Series Virtual Music Festival is a free online music streaming event with headliner Serena Ryder and a great linup including The Darcys, Haviah Mighty, Kaia Kater, Lydia Persaud, Shawnee and hosted by CBC's Tom Power. Head to the website at for more information or tune in to the Spotify playlist for a taste of the lineup.

Georgian Bay Symphony – Virtual Symphony

Maybe you fancy a trip to the symphony? Why not get dressed up at home and enjoy a performance by the Georgian Bay Symphony virtually? Actually, to be honest, you can stay in your pjs and still enjoy! Book your tickets



Roxy Theatre Virtual Performances and Youth Theatre Workshops

Missing the theatre? The Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound is offering virtual peformances of Gas Head Willy online! Click here for tickets. Have a budding young actor at home? Check out the Roxy's Youth Theatre Educaton Workshop Intro to Script Writing or The Roxy Young Company's Act 1 Imagine

MacLaren Art Centre – Virtual Family Sunday

Plan a creative Sunday afternoon with the family thanks to MacLaren Art Centre's Virtual Family Sundays. Running from January 17 to March 28, workshops cost just $5 per child or admission is free for members. Log in via Zoom and be guided by regional artists through an array of art projects. Pickup your supplies at the gallery the day before your session. Find out more. The MacLaren is also offering virtual exhibits on their website

Orillia Museum of Art and History - From Home Virtual Programs


The folks at the Orillia Museum of Art and History don't want to see your creativity stifled during these crazy times so they are introducing their From Home Virtual Programs. This month, create your own Franklin Carmichael-inspired watercolour painting in a step by step video with Tanya Cunnington. Purchase the link and paint along at home as often as you like. You can even pick up custom made supply kits in advance. Find out more here.

Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) – QuarARTine: Isolation Creation Virtual Fundraiser

Have you ever wanted to see your art for sale? Now's your chance thanks to the Orillia Museum of Art and History's virtual fundraiser, QuarARTine. Pick up your masonite hardboard from the museum, transform it into a masterpiece and the OMAH will add it to their online fundraiser. Learn more

Blue Mountain Village Association’s weekly online events

If you've ever visited the Blue Mountain Village, you know they are masters of live events. And while we are all missing groove dancing in the village plaza, the folks at BMVA are providing some great virtual options. Check out their Mindful Mondays on YouTube for free yoga classes.  Enjoy their Groovy Tuesday’s with Tyler Boyle.

Or experience Apres at Home with Jeff Woods and a great lineup of musical guests. 

Discovery Harbour's Harbour From Home series

Need more sea shanties in your life? Of course you do! The folks at Discovery Harbour have kicked off their Harbour from Home series with weekly sea shanty sing alongs. Follow along right here.

Tom Thomson Art Gallery Virtual Exhibits 

Missing your in-person art fix? Of course you are. Thanks to the Tom Thomson Art Gallery you can now explore their exhibits virtually in a very cool 3D platform that lets you learn about each individual piece of art on the exhibit wall. Take some time to explore from home

Barrie Film Festival – Virtual Cinema

Fire up the popcorn maker and plan a night in with the Barrie Film Festival's Virtual Cinema platform. With new films added frequently, you can purchase your ticket online to stream the movie at your leisure. Don't miss out on these great films, click here for tickets

Highlands Nordic – Virtual Field Trips

Looking for some great online content for the little ones in your life? Most local students have been on a field trip to Highlands Nordic and the team has brought that content to life online via the Teachers Pay Teachers platform. Tap into this great curriculum option

Couchiching Craft Brewing – Virtual Beer and Wine Club

What better online hobby than joining the Couchiching Craft Brewing's Virtual Beer and Wine Club? Savour some fresh suds while talking beer with likeminded folks. More info here. 

Wiarton Willie's Prediction - Now on Live Stream

Standing in the chilly pre-dawn morning to watch Wiarton Willie make his prediction is a BruceGreySimcoe rite of passage. But this year, you'll be slightly warmer while doing it. Tune in from home on February 2 to watch Canada's most famous prognosticating rodent predict the winter forecast via live stream. Learn more

Barrie From Home

Tourism Barrie has put together a great selection of home-based Barrie activities on their Barrie From Home platform. 

Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts – Personal Reflection Show 

Check out this amazing online show by members of the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts. The artists created works that reflect on how they are feeling in these unprecedented times. View the art and read the artists' reflections and then purchase your favourites to bring home. 

Summerfolk presents Shred Kelly in a Virtual Music Festival Tour


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Catch Shred Kelly in concert on February 27 for a 40-minute music and comedy set live on the Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival Facebook page. The show is free but 25% of donations go to Protect Our Winters Canada.

Sweetwater Music  

The folks at the Sweetwater Music Festival know you're missing live music right now so they've created an online concert series, Front Row, to bring you up close and personal with musicians from across Canada and beyond. Grab your front row seat

From Home Music Series by Chris Scerri

While Chris Scerri is usually producing and performing in epic live music shows across the region, when the pandemic hit, Scerri looked for a way to keep the artists he works with in the public eye. Partnering with RTO7, the From Home Music Series was born. View all the performances

Bruce County Museum – Virtual Family Carnival Day and Adventure Talks series 

This Family Day, challenge your family with the Bruce County Museum's Virtual Family Carnival Day. Feeling trapped in your living room? Why not grab a ticket for the museum's virtual Adventure Talks? From adventures in the arctic to planning solo travel and visiting Turkey, there's an adventure for everyone. Find out more