ORILLIA MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY
Each year the Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) hosts the Carmichael Art History Lecture, to celebrate the Orillia-born artist and member of the Group of Seven and their contributions to Canadian art.
OMAH expected a sell-out crowd for this year’s event, which is also a fundraiser. This year, the History Committee prepared to feature Jim and Sue Waddington with their unique talk, “Following the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson” that was to be held on May 5. Disappointingly, the talk was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
All is not lost. OMAH is grateful to the Waddingtons for allowing us to share a YouTube video of a shortened version of their talk to enjoy. The video was produced by IdeaCity. Here is the link to the video.
Sue and Jim Waddington have been on a quest to locate the exact places that inspired the Group of Seven painters and Tom Thomson. Since the artists did not keep detailed records of where they worked, each painting represents a puzzle to be solved.
The Waddingtons particularly like to search for sites that can only be reached by canoe or by foot.
Their talk compares photographs of some of the 700 painting sites they have found with the corresponding iconic artwork, the artist’s impression of the same scene. They discuss how they locate the painting sites and what they have learned about the painters.
This has truly been an amazing quest and we congratulate the Waddingtons for their contribution to the legacy of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson.
OMAH continues to look at ways to keep connected to the community, by regularly showcasing both art and history through social media. Please consider becoming part of OMAH’s community by engaging with us virtually on Facebook and Instagram.
OMAH From Home is the museum’s digital engagement campaign that helps you stay connected through our local arts, heritage and culture.
Please consider supporting OMAH by renewing your membership or becoming a donor by clicking on the Support page on OMAH’s website.
Arthur “Art” Dorion – paNOW
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Arthur “Art” Louie Dorion was born on Tuesday, April 25, 1961, Pelican Narrows, SK and passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Saskatoon, SK, at the age of 59 years. Art is survived by his loving family, his wife, Gertie (Nee Linklater) Dorion, and all his children; his brothers, Roy Dorion, Steven Dorion, Gilbert Dorion, Alphonse Dorion, Hank Dorion, Leon Dorion, Courtney Dorion, Curtis Michel; his sisters, Leona Halcrow, Margaret Ballantyne, Ann Michel, Louise Dorion, Alice McKenzie, Sophie Dorion, Marriette McCallum, Margaret Gardner, Marlene Custer; his aunties, Caroline Beattie, Margaret Ballantyne Beatty, Joyce Ballantyne Beatty; his uncles, Allan Ballantyne, Cornelius Ballantyne. He was predeceased by
his parents, Henry Charles Dorion, Jane Mary (Nee Ballantyne) Dorion; his siblings, Irene (infant), Viola (infant), Eva Rita (Verna); his grandparents, John Dorion, Marie (Nee Michel) Dorion, Simeon Ballantyne, Elizabeth Ballantyne; his uncles, Alphonse Dorion, Peter Dorion, Magloire Dorion, Henry Ballantyne, Benjamin Ballantyne, Ralph Beatty; his brother-in-law, Ivan Charles Halcrow. A private Wake and Funeral Service will be held in Pelican Narrows, SK with Steve Watkins officiating. Online condolences may be left at https://www.arbormemorial.ca/en/riverpark/obituaries/arthur-art-dorion/49944 . Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of River Park Funeral Home, (306) 764-2727, Don Moriarty, Funeral Director.
Leon Draisaitl, Alphonso Davies compare notes after Oilers star wins Art Ross – CBC.ca
Leon Draisaitl had just wrapped up a phone call with Alphonso Davies.
The German hockey star and the Canadian soccer sensation have a lot in common.
A dominant centre for the Edmonton Oilers, Draisaitl became the first athlete in his country’s history to lead a North American sports league in scoring when he was awarded the Art Ross Trophy earlier this week after the NHL called time on its novel coronavirus-hit 2019-20 regular season.
Davies, meanwhile, the Canadian refugee-turned-soccer-phenom, is turning more heads each week for Bayern Munich in the Germany’s Bundesliga, with his matches becoming must-see-TV for many fans back home.
The pair — elite talents from non-traditional countries in their sports — have stayed in touch since the 19-year-old, Edmonton-raised Davies dropped the ceremonial puck at an Oilers game in December.
“I kind of know what he’s going through right now with soccer being so big back home and hockey being big in Canada,” Draisaitl said on a video conference call with reporters Thursday. “Coming over and trying to adjust and find your rhythm, find your game, find your life a little bit.
“He’s becoming a very, very good player. It’s very fun to watch, fun to see.”
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After a stuttering start to his NHL career, Oilers fans feel the same way about Draisaitl.
The 24-year-old finished the regular season with 43 goals and 110 points in 71 games, 13 clear of teammate and fellow star Connor McDavid.
Draisaitl was on pace for 127 points — one short of Nikita Kucherov’s mark last season — a total that came on the heels of the 105 he put up in 2018-19.
That story, however, had a somewhat rocky beginning.
The No. 3 pick at the 2014 draft got a 37-game audition with Edmonton as a teenager before getting sent back to junior. Draisaitl arrived at training camp the following September looking to stick, but was shipped to the minors for six games.
While it might not have seemed like it in the moment, that extra seasoning was important.
“I don’t think I was ready at the time,” Draisaitl said of playing in the NHL as a teenager. “It’s OK to maybe take a step down. That was the case with me. In the long run, that was probably the best thing for me, to go back down to junior and start the next year in the AHL.
“Sometimes it’s not a bad thing to take a step back and go at your own pace.”
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Draisaitl’s pace has certainly ramped up drastically since those difficult first few seasons.
Along with McDavid, he’s been at the forefront of the Oilers’ resurgence that saw the team sitting second in the Pacific Division with 83 points when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the NHL to pause play March 12.
McDavid is the face of the franchise and one of the faces of the league — but it’s their team.
“It’s been great to stick around the same group of guys for so many years now and see them grow and watch the team grow, watch the organization grow,” Draisaitl said. “It’s definitely a lot of fun to be a part of. We still have a lot of upside.”
He’s also keenly aware he’s become the face of German hockey, which continues to produce high-end talent, including projected top-5 draft pick Tim Stutzle.
“We’re heading in the right spot as a country,” Draisaitl said. “Germany just isn’t a big hockey country. That’s just how it is, but we can still become a very solid hockey country.”
Praise from McDavid
The NHL unveiled its return-to-play plan earlier this week — there’s still lots of hurdles to overcome for the games to actually resume this summer — but the Oilers know if that happens, they’ll face the Chicago Blackhawks in one of eight best-of-five qualifying round series for a right to make the playoffs.
Draisaitl and McDavid started the season on the same line, as they had in the past, but were split up in December to give the team a different look. Draisaitl then carried the load himself when McDavid went down with an injury in February.
“What he’s done for our group has been great,” said McDavid, who along with Draisaitl are in the running for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. “He’s helped both our team and me personally out a ton.”
“He’s always been very confident, he’s always been an unbelievable hockey player, and he just continues to work,” Nurse said. “He didn’t change much. He just kept playing.”
Never one keen to talk about himself, Draisaitl was more than happy to share the credit for his Art Ross.
“There’s always people that help you get there,” he said. “You dream of these things.
“But until you do it, it always seems so far away.”
A certain Canadian soccer star probably feels the same way.
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Edmonton Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl proud to win Art Ross, eager to keep building his game – Globalnews.ca
The Art Ross Trophy belongs to Leon Draisaitl as the NHL’s leading scorer. What about the Hart as the league’s most valuable player?
“I don’t pay too much attention to Hart Trophy race, to be honest with you,” Draisaitl said on a conference call on Friday. “Of course, it would be a big honour to win it or even come close to being in the race.”
Draisaitl, 24, officially claimed the scoring title on Tuesday when the NHL declared the regular season over. He wound up with 110 points in 71 games, leading the league with 67 assists. While he came into the league with a reputation as a play-maker, he’s also become an elite goal scorer: 50 goals last season; 43 this year.
“I think I’ve always kind of been more of the pass-first type of guy, but I knew early on in my career in the NHL that I have to be a threat to shoot once in a while, too, otherwise I’m too predictable,” said Draisaitl.
“It’s something I’ve worked on constantly during the summer, in season.”
“He just continues to work,” said defenceman Darnell Nurse. “He worked all summer to put himself in a position to come in and have success.”
Draisaitl finished 13 points ahead of teammate Connor McDavid in the scoring race. He joins McDavid and Wayne Gretzky as the only Oilers to win the Art Ross.
“He gives me nice passes, so that definitely helps me out,” chuckled McDavid. “What he’s done for our group has been great. A lot was made of us playing together or not playing together. He just gives us that kind of different look.”
McDavid and Draisaitl were linemates for the first half of the season, but after New Year’s Eve, Draisaitl played mostly with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Kailer Yamamoto. The success of that trio further thrust Draisaitl into the spotlight.
“Every year he’s taken a big jump,” said Oilers defenceman Matt Benning. “I think this year he really embraced a leadership role and wanted to be the go-to guy.
“His confidence — it wasn’t cockiness — it was confidence. He had a swagger about himself. That really helps. He made players around him better.”
Draisaitl agrees that he’s become more of a leader over the last two seasons.
“When you’re young, there’s not much for you to say. Your play on the ice doesn’t play as a big of a role, have as big of an impact, as it does now, being 24 years old, being in the league for a while,” Draisaitl explained.
“You change as a player, you change as a person a bit. It’s been great to stick around the same group of guys for so many years.”
Draisaitl and the Oilers now look ahead to their qualifying round series against Chicago, which is at least a couple of months away as part of the NHL’s return-to-play plan.
The Oilers and their fans dream of a long playoff run. Draisaitl will be a spark for any success the team has.
“You dream of these things, but until you do it, it seems so far away. I’m proud, in a way, of course, but I know I still have lots of things to work on,” he said.
“I know I have lots of things to improve and I’m looking to do that every year.”
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