Wednesday, August 28, 2013

TALL SHIPS ® 1812 Tour Event an Outstanding Success at Discovery Harbour!

Assistant Deputy Minister Morah Fenning raises a “Celebrate Peace” flag with Huronia Historical Parks General Manager Jan Gray (right) as part of the official Opening Ceremony at Discovery Harbour to start the TALL SHIPS ® 1812 Tour event.  Over 5,500 people visited Discovery Harbour the weekend of August 24-25 and enjoyed on-deck visits aboard Discovery Harbour’s own Tall Ships H.M.S. Tecumseth and Bee, plus guest American ships Lynx and Friends Good Will.  The spectacular event also featured the newly opened H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre, live music, children’s heritage crafts and games, marine artisans, and much moreDiscovery Harbour is currently open to September 1, and then open for extended Fall dates Thursday to Sunday September 5-8 and September 12-1

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Quest Art Hosting Multi-Generational Shilling Exhibition

Quest Art hosting multi-generational Shilling exhibition

Quest Art School and Gallery is proud to present Nindede, a multi-generational exhibit featuring the work of Arthur, Travis and Bewabon Shilling. 
This is one-of-a-kind exhibition features work which breaks through the boundaries of traditional Aboriginal art.
“As the new Program Coordinator at Quest Art, I was extremely excited when I heard our next exhibit was going to feature the timeless masterpieces of Arthur Shilling alongside the works of his two sons,” said Jill Price, Program Coordinator at Quest Art. 
“I was already a huge admirer of Travis' work, as I had seen two of his most recent "Flood" series at the Orillia Museum of Art and History,” Price continued.  “Now I have become charmed by the more minimalist approach to landscape within Bewabon's practice.”  
“As I continue to study the expressiveness mark-making and listen to the acquired stories behind the artists and their work, I realize that this collection of historical and contemporary works by the Shilling family, has the potential to become one of the richest presentations of aboriginal culture and the Ontario art scene from the 1970's til now,” stated Price.  “I hope those who visit Quest Art this fall will feel as honoured as I do to be in the presence of this work.”
The exhibition, which has been shown at the Southampton Art Society and Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery, runs from Aug. 22 to Oct. 26.
The work by Arthur Shilling is from the private collection of Rudy and Gloria Bies.
The opening reception on August 22, from 7 to 9 p.m., features a smudging ceremony, drummer and a taste of traditional foods.  All are welcome to attend.
The show continues to Oct. 26 and there is no charge to view the exhibition.  Quest Art thanks Midland Toyota for their generous sponsorship of this exhibition.
Also taking place on Aug. 22 is the opening reception of Works on Paper and the silent auction of the Steamroller Prints created on Aug. 17.  Works on Paper continues to Oct. 21.
Quest Art School and Gallery is a charitable organization offering educational workshops for all ages and exhibition opportunities.  They are located within the Midland Cultural Centre at 333 King St., Midland.  For more information about these exhibitions or workshops, call 705-526-2787 or visit


For more information about these exhibitions, please contact myself at or Jill Price at  We hope you will join us for the opening reception on Aug. 22.

Thank you,

Karen Mealing
Operations Coordinator

Quest Art School + Gallery
333 King Street
Midland, Ontario   L4R 3M7

Engaging and enriching the community through visual arts appreciation, education and exhibition.

Photo:  The work of Arthur Shilling, along with that of his sons Travis and Bewabon, will be on display at Quest Art from Aug. 22 to Oct. 26.  The show will feature pieces by Arthur Shilling, including this self-portrait, from the private collection of Gloria and Rudy Bies, seen here with Quest Art Operations Coordinator Karen Mealing, left, and Quest Art Program Coordinator, Jill Price.

H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre opens at Discovery Harbour

August 14, 2013

Media Release: For Immediate Release

H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre opens
at Discovery Harbour

The dynamic H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre will open to the public on Monday, August 19 at Discovery Harbour, offering visitors a world-class facility that showcases the original 1815 hull of H.M.S. Tecumseth and dynamic themed exhibits surrounding the history of the Penetanguishene Naval Establishment including its relationship to the War of 1812.

The original 1815 hull was pulled from Penetanguishene Bay in 1953 but has not had a climate controlled permanent home until now.  After stabilization and preparation, the 1815 hull of H.M.S. Tecumseth was carefully moved into its new home in June.  Final exhibits and building details were then completed and installed.  The hull move was also documented and can be viewed by visitors on a touchscreen in the new gallery.

The new exhibits in the H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre display numerous artifacts from the site’s 19th century history including the original 1815 clear-glass deck lights from H.M.S. Tecumseth plus a wide array of intriguing items including a powder flask, period coins, a brass platter stamped with the King’s mark, compasses, a carronade, a ship’s anchor, and even a rum bottle and flask.  Key historical personalities associated with the site’s history are also explored, including Naval Hydrographer Henry Bayfield, Captain Samuel Roberts, and Chief Tecumseh.  The new H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre offers a superb visitor experience and is a “must-see” highlight at Discovery Harbour.  The attraction and the H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre will also be open into September on a Thursday to Sunday schedule, September 5-8 and 12-15.

The exhibit was funded in part by the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, 1812 Commemoration Fund.  The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport provided funding for the construction of the H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre, stabilization of the 1815 Tecumseth hull, and the permanent exhibit.  A grand
 (VIP) opening event for the Centre is scheduled for early next Spring, 2014.

“When opened, the new H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre will be unique in Canada and will truly serve as a dynamic visitor area to permanently showcase the site’s 19th century story and its ties with the history of Penetanguishene, the region, and other heritage sites throughout Ontario”, noted Jan Gray, General Manager of Huronia Historical Parks.   

The opening of the H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre is also an added new feature to the exciting regional TALL SHIPS ® 1812 Tour Event on August 24-25, supported by
the Government of Ontario.  As part of the event, Discovery Harbour will welcome the American Tall Ships Lynx and Friends Good Will to the King’s Wharf for public touring. Over the weekend, great musicians including Canadian folk artists Tamarack, Ariko, Jill et les BĂ»cherons, Vince Therrien, and The Salty Sailor Singers will perform and delight crowds at Discovery Harbour.

 “Every season Discovery Harbour educates, enlightens and entertains residents and visitors alike about the rich heritage and history of our people and our province.  Our Government is proud to partner with Huronia Historical Parks and support marquee War of 1812 Bicentennial commemorations throughout Ontario like the TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour.  The opening of the new H.M.S. Tecumseth Centre will showcase the Penetanguishene Naval Establishment that played a critical role in the development of our nation while adding an innovative new attraction for generations of Ontarians to explore and experience.”
-Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

The best buy for the TALL SHIPS ® 1812 Tour Event is the “Passport” at $18.00 per person which allows on-board access to the Tall Ships at Discovery Harbour, the Port of Penetanguishene, and the Port of Midland on August 24-25.   Passports are now available for sale at the admissions areas of Discovery Harbour and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, as well as the Midland Tourist Information Centre at Town Dock, the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre in Midland, Penetanguishene Town Hall, and the Penetanguishene Tourist Information Centre.

For further information visit, or call 705 526-7838.

Discovery Harbour is operated by Huronia Historical Parks,
and is an Attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.


Media Contact:

Bill Brodeur
Marketing and Media Relations
Huronia Historical Parks
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Discovery Harbour
705 528-7692

Rob Dozzi Has Been Appointed Vice President of Finance & Administration, for Huronia Alarms


Collingwood, Ontario: August 15th, 2013

The appointment of Rob Dozzi as Vice President of Finance & Administration, for Huronia Alarms, effective June 1st, was announced by Kevin Leonard, President.
“Rob brings over 25 years of finance, operations and administrative experience to Huronia from a number of major Canadian companies. As a key member of our Senior Management Team, Rob will be instrumental in helping develop Huronia’s plans for growth in new and existing markets, and industry segments,” Leonard said.
Dozzi will lead the day-to-day financial and administrative activities including the development of new processes and procedures in both the Midland and Collingwood offices.
“In three to five years we will have fully implemented new administration and accounting systems which will equate to an even better Customer Service experience – that’s our main focus at Huronia and I’m excited to be a part of the Team,” said Dozzi.
Huronia Alarms is Central Ontario’s leading provider of home and business security and monitoring services, CCTV, fire and safety services and products, home theatre, audio and video consultation and entertainment room design, as well as cabling and smart home wiring for today's home automation requirements.

For more information contact:
Media Inquiries - Jaclyn Jones, Account Manager at Whiting & Holmes Limited, 289-337-3662,
Specific Inquiries relating to Huronia Alarms – Kevin Leonard, President at Huronia Alarms, 705-792-9311,