Our Programs

Muskoka Chautauqua’s vibrant arts community offers the opportunity to experience personal growth and enrichment through arts-based programs.

Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua

Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua Logo The annual Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua event is an amazing tasting evening featuring great chefs, wineries, breweries, and distilleries along with vegetarian and non-alcoholic treats to sample. Live music and a silent auction add to the fun. As Muskoka Chautauqua’s main fundraiser, it’s great food for a great cause: raising funds for arts education in Muskoka.

Artists in Residence

Muskoka Chautauqua offers weekly Artists-in-Residence programs for July and August at Clevelends House resort on the shores of Lake Rosseau. The program provides daily, hands-on workshops with professional artist for kids & adults. Wednesday night art parties on the verandah offer guided instruction, art appreciation and cocktails.

Opera Muskoka

Muskoka Chautauqua partners with OperaMuskoka to present world-class opera performances and master classes in intimate venues throughout Muskoka.

Cellar Singers

Muskoka Chautauqua is pleased to promote The Cellar Singers of Muskoka and Simcoe, who have been bringing beautiful music to central and northern Ontario for almost 50 years. You can learn more and purchase tickets to all their concerts by visiting TheCellarSingers.com.

Arts in Education

Muskoka Chautauqua’s Arts in Education program, formerly known as Kaleidoscope, is an innovative program that links professional artists with teachers and students of all ages in Muskoka. Using the nationally acclaimed ArtsSmarts model, our teacher – artist teams use the arts to increase student engagement in their learning.

Chautauqua Reads

Whether you’re an avid reader or just enjoy good conversation, Muskoka Chautauqua Reads is part of our Summer Season Program. In some cases, the authors themselves may show up to read from their books.

2017 Reading List

This year’s booklist is inspired by books for Children and Youth, and of course, by Muskoka!

ABC Muskoka by Nola McConnan

Dani by Shailie Dubois

The Adventures of the Dwarfgiants by Steven Jacklin

Origami Peace Cranes by Sue DiCiccio

Martha the Mouse by Karen Lang

2016 Reading List

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Room by Emma Donoghue

Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Lost Chord by Ian Thomas **Author Ian Thomas was at the library to read from his book and sign copies.**

The Year of The Flood by Margaret Atwood

2015 Reading List

Talking Through Pictures: My Life in Songwriting, Marc Jordan

The Thief’s Journal, Jean Genet

The Beauty of the Husband, A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos, Anne Carson

The Ballad of Murray McLauchlan: Getting Out of Here Alive, Murray McLauchlan

The Orenda, Joseph Boyden

With Knowing Eyes: Canadian Women in Song, Beverlie Robertson

The Mayor of MacDougal Street: a Memoir, Dave Van Ronk with Elijah Wald

2013 Reading List

Up and Down, Terry Fallis

Navigating Canada’s Health Care: A User Guide, Francesca Grosso

Literary Lapses, Stephen Leacock

The Power of More, Marnie McBean

Healthy Starts Here, Mairlyn Smith

Phoenix: The Life of Norman Bethune, Roderick and Sharon Stewart

Little Ship of Fools, Charlie Wilkins

2012 Reading List

Room for All of Us, Adrienne Clarkson

John A, The Man Who Made Us, Richard Gwyn

Jereymy’s War 1812, John Ibbitson

Whispering Pines: the Northern Roots of American Music, Jason Schneider

Keeper’n Me, Richard Wagamese

The Hidden World of Huckleberry Rock, Andrew Wagner-Chazalon and Bev McMullen

2011 Reading List

Hana’s Suitcase, Karen Levine

The Way the Crow Flies, Ann-Marie MacDonald

Northern Lights, Roy MacGregor

The Bishop’s Man, Linden MacIntyre

Merchants of Doubt, Naomi Oreskes & Erik Conway

A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book, Frank Warren

2010 Reading List

Out of Muskoka, James Bartleman

Local Library: Global Passport, Patrick Boyer

The Wabeno Feast, Wayland Drew

Canoe Lake, Roy MacGregor

Unlocking the Doors: A Woman’s Struggle against Intolerance, Eva Olsson

The Summer before the Storm, Gabriele Wills

Reading Lists of the Past

The original Reading Circle was established in 1922. The intention of the Reading Circle was to introduce and advance the works of Canadian authors. It is interesting to note that the study of Canadian literature was not considered credit-worthy at the University of Toronto until after World War II, and then only as a subject of graduate study.

Chautauqua weeks hosted famous authors of the day such as Bliss Carman, G. D. Roberts, E. J. Pratt, and Dorothy Livesay reading from their works, accessible to their readers and discussing issues of the day. Chautauqua provided inspiration and intellectual challenge for its members.

1927 Reading List

The Golden Dog, William Kirby

Little Hearts, Majorie Pickthall

Poems, Archilbald Lampman

The Sweet of the Year, Charles G. D.Roberts

Familiar Fields, Peter McArthur

1926 Reading List

In the Morning of Times, Charles G.D.Roberts

Lords of the North, Agnes Laut

Canadian Portraits, Adrian Macdonald

William Henry Drummond, John F. McDonald

One Act Plays, Second Series, J.W. Marriott