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Nov 22, 2023

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Downtown North Bay & Waterfront’s Old Fashioned Christmas Walk is this Friday with a tree-lighting planned for 6 p.m. Anthony Ricciuti and family donated the big blue spruce that was in their front yard. Fingers crossed it will go better than Orillia’s fiasco that became a viral embarrassment.

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Today’s Tip of the Hat

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North Bay has its share of characters. Meet Ted Meggs and Jack Martel, long-time fixtures at Memorial Gardens. They cheer on the local hockey teams from the former North Bay Sports Hall of Fame room. In this photo, they are joking about how Francis ‘King’ Clancy and Harold Ballard used to oversee the action from Ballard’s “bunker” at the famed Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

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It takes a village
to raise a musician

There’s a special podcast episode available Thursday morning with To North Bay With Love host Lisa Boivin going off-site to record interviews at the 22 Wing rehearsal for the big show taking place at the Capitol Centre this Saturday.

“Music is in pretty much every aspect of our lives. It walks us down the aisle. It’s our favorite movie soundtrack,” Lisa says in the podcast introduction. “This show is all about music, specifically by the 22 Wing CFB military Band that’s been going strong since 1989. While you’re listening, I invite you to think on this one question: How does music make you feel?”

Lisa interviewed Conductor Scott Barons, Chip Kean, Colleen Wilhelm and Pat & Linda McCarthy.

Scott says the Tuesday rehearsals are his favourite part: “The great thing about this band is it’s a group of volunteers that want to be here. They take time off to be here. Their holidays are often spent here. This is where they want to be. So it’s such a positive place because you are filled with positive people that are in there in their happy place. Really. So it’s like an oasis in the middle of my week.”

Colleen explained what music and being in the band means to her: “I work probably 60 to 65 hours a week, so the music for me is something where I have to be present. I can’t be thinking about what I’m supposed to be doing and it’s a real relaxation for me.”

  • Lisa is joined by Colleen Wilhelm  2:10
  • Scott Barons joins the show to talk about conducting 7:10
  • Chip Kean talks about starting the 22 wing band  13:20
  • Pat and Linda McCarthy talk about being a husband and wife duo getting to play together 20:00

76 years and counting
for North Bay Santa Fund

The Santa Fund applications for recipients of hampers runs until Dec 8. They can be made at or in person at the Low Income Peoples Involvement (LIPI) office at 127 Main St. East or by calling 705.472.1337 for more information.

The annual Carmen Riccuti Christmas Special will be held at the Twiggs location on Fraser street in partnership with Rogers radio on Dec. 15 and the 12-hour Jet FM and CFCH Radiothon is back once again. Watch for more details.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Santa Fund can do so at GEM Sewing (The Old Nugget Building) at 259 Worthington St., Monday through Friday 9 am to 1pm between Dec 4 and Dec 22, or online now at

Packing of baskets will take place at Canadore College (Commerce Court) on Dec. 22 with delivery the next day.

Negative Thinker by Alan Hirsh

Negative Thinker by Allan Hirsh

Today’s Zen Suggestion: A truly “positive person” doesn’t see the world through rose-coloured glasses. They merely focus on the potential upside. And they realize cynics die younger.


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Small Town Times:

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In the latest Small Town Times podcast, Helen Eng and Lori Laporte talk with editor Dave Dale about the late Ed Eng, a local restauranteur and internationally renown advertising photographer. Helen remembers her husband for his humble ways and passion for learning regardless of his achievements. See the BayToday feature about his 2017 passing HERE.

Also on Small Town Times, former North Bay event coordinator Larry Tougas and former city councillor Dave Mendicino talk about the potential for Sports Tourism if the city funnels in more seed money to secure events. See the podcast interview HERE.

The Frontline:

After the North Bay Battalion play the London Knights at Memorial Gardens, Thursday, catch the North Bay Mitsubishi After Action Report recorded live after the final whistle.

In episode 7 of NFL Eh?!, Brooksee and Calvo dole out their picks for mid-season awards of the 7 most notable honours that the NFL bestows upon its players. The boys then give out the much-coveted “Bralvo” Stamps of Approval which they definitely did not just make up and are very much a thing that all NFL players are striving for, so congrats to our winners and good luck in the second half of the season!

The gents also touch on a few key moments in week 10 and discuss briefly a few things to look forward to in week 11, including a Monday night Super Bowl rematch.

Backroads Bill:

How far north can you drive a vehicle in Ontario (without using winter roads)? Find out in this week’s Backroads Bill podcast.

In other episodes this month, Bill and his road trip partner Brian Emblin share their quest to find the four corners of the province and Finding the Geographic Centre of Ontario.

From the Backroads library of podcasts: LabyrinthsWolverine Heritage Canoe company in Wawa The ‘Art’ of Wildlife Photography, The Man Buried in Two Places, Bill Takes a Trip to Red Lake, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Bashin’ Bill Barilko and The Legacy of Terry Fox.

Events Echo

'Tis the season to explore and acquire unique artworks crafted by our talented local artists at the WKP Kennedy Gallery's annual holiday 'Deck the Walls' show and sell running to Dec. 19. Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12-4 p.m.

‘Tis the season to explore and acquire unique artworks crafted by our talented local artists at the WKP Kennedy Gallery’s annual holiday ‘Deck the Walls’ show and sell running to Dec. 19. Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12-4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 23

  • North Bay Battalion host the London Knights at 7 p.m. Watch it live on YourTv Cogeco.
  • Stand Up Comedy at New Ontario Brewing with Tim Kraft and Friends $15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • WEBINAR: Rooted Heart Psychotherapy Clinic’s Angela Gagne Larmer and Horse Sense North’s Carmen Theobold are offering a free Women’s Wellness Series. Second session of the webinar begins at 7 p.m., third and final session is Nov. 30. Email [email protected] or [email protected]

Friday, Nov. 24

  • Old Fashioned Christmas Walk in Downtown North Bay starts at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the Christmas tree at the parkette on the corner of Main West and Fraser Streets. The evening ends with fireworks by the North Bay Museum on Oak West at 9 p.m.
  • Extended deadline ends at 4 p.m. for the Housing Needs and Supply Study survey being compiled by the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB).
  • Davedi Club’s Friday luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $22 per buffet plate.
  • J Houston Band at Lou Dawgs starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 25

  • 22 Wing Band returns to the Capitol Centre for another year, this season with the theme of “The Screen on Stage” consisting of a selection of music from famous movies. Tickets $20 for members, $25 for others, $20 for seniors and $10 for children.
  • The 25th annual City Streets Christmas Artisan House Tour at 176 Lakeshore Dr. (former Tweedsmuir elementary school) 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Ho Ho Holiday 5K Run by Active Running and Therapy Centre at the waterfront Kiwanis bandshell 9:30 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Meet the Author Linda Stoner at the North Bay Public Library 10:30 to 11 a.m. and learn how she created sets, took photos, and wrote her new book Chippy’s Family Helping Others. Space is limited in the children’s story room. Registration is required in advance online, in person or by calling 705-474-4830.

(For more events further out on the calendar, check Tourism North Bay’s comprehensive events listing guide. On Facebook, check out Creative Industries North Bay.)

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