2016 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Streets Alive outdoor-art project, Story Poles! The announcement took place August 20 during the Starry Night Studio & Gallery Tour. And heartfelt kudos to all the artists who took part in making Orillia a must-see arts destination, beautifying our downtown with their vision and talent.

1st place, $10,000 prize: Lawrence Boyer – The Weirs
2nd place, $5,000 prize: Wes Whalen / Beth McKean – Learning to Fly
3rd place, $2,500 prize: Will McGarvey – Time Passage


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Clockwise from top left: All the winners with Streets Alive founder Leslie Fournier; Leslie ready to announce the winners; Leslie with Wes and Beth; Lawrence with The Weirs; Leslie and Lawrence; the Whalen/McKean family; Leslie and Will. Photo credit: Through My Eyes Photography–Deb Halbot.



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The June 18 kickoff of the 2016 Streets Alive outdoor art project, ‘Story Poles,’ was a huge success. Visitors were able to check out the sculptures firsthand and chat to the artists while taking in a variety of musical performances and interactive activities in Orillia’s downtown core.

The Story Pole sculptures will be on display in downtown Orillia until Thanksgiving weekend. We encourage you to take a stroll to check them out, then cast your vote for your top three favourites. A $10,000 award is the top prize up for grabs!

Voting ballots are available at Jack & Maddy – A Kids’ Store (143 Mississaga Street East), the Orillia Museum of Art & History (30 Peter Street South), and Carousel Collectables (27 Mississaga Street West). Don’t forget to pick up our beautiful souvenir guidebook at these locations as well. It’s only $2 and supports next year’s Streets Alive project.

The top three winners of the Story Pole project will be announced August 21 at 8 pm on Peter Street South during the wonderful Starry Night Studio & Gallery Tour. Please join us for the celebration.

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