Last week I visited the beautiful city of Orillia, Ontario, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) northeast of Barrie in Simcoe County. I photographed the sculpture of the great Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. Lightfoot was born in Orillia in 1938. He passed away on May 1, 2023 in Toronto. He was 84 years old.at the time of his death.
In addition ro Lightfoot's accomplishments as a singer and musician, Orillia is represented in the field of art by Franklin Carmichael of the Group of Seven, and in the field of literature by celebrated Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock. Carmichael, known primarily for his water colours, was born in Orillia on May 4, 1890. He died in Toronto in 1945 at the age of 55.
|Carmichael in 1930|
Stephen Butler Leacock was born on December 30, 1869 in Swanmore, Hampshire, England, the third of the 11 children. of Peter Leacock and Agnes Butler. When Stephen was six years old, he immigrated to Canada with his family. They settled on a farm close to the village of Sutton, Ontario, near the shores of Lake Simcoe. In 1878, Stephen's father abandoned the family, leaving his mother to raise the faimily.