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Celebrate the start of Summer with Spotlight on Muskoka Lakes

Say goodbye to spring and hello summer at the annual celebration of the season: Spotlight on Muskoka Lakes on Thursday, June 20 at The Kee to Bala.

The event by the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce is open to one and all (tickets are just $25) and features a marché of delights for foodies from local restaurants and food producers, including Crossroads, Lakeside Bala, Castle Blue, Milford Bay Trout Farm, Knead Pizza, the Bala Falls Pub, Taco Kar and the new Muskoka Boil Co with its amazing seafood. Guests will be able to sample everything from mussels to the back by popular demand mushroom ravioli.

On stage is an incredible array of talent: Beverley Mahood and her band will be there welcoming guests like Leah Daniels, an Ontario Country Music Artist of the Year, along with John Anderson, Al Rowe and Max Shepherd. And they’ll be paying tribute to bands who’ve played the Kee in years gone by.

“I’m calling it ‘In the Key of The Kee’ as these great artists will play hits that recall music played by bands from all the decades of the Kee’s over 75 years of existence,” says chamber executive director Norah Fountain, “from the early big band days to music from today. And we’re thrilled that Beverley Mahood will be our MC. All the entertainment has been made possible by sponsor and chamber member Harvey Kalles and the efforts of Tom Cross.”

The silent auction table will be tempting, too, adds Fountain. Items range from a Tilley Hat to beautiful cottage décor pieces, golf foursomes, dining and spa certificates and a flight over Muskoka.

Chamber president Spencer Morland says there’s an extra special item packed into the evening – a chance to win a Runaway to Rosseau Package. It includes an overnight stay in the historic Rosseau Retreat with gourmet breakfast for two, a $100 dining certificate at Crossroads and a gift package from HillTop Interiors and the Rosseau General Store.

You’ve got to be there to win, adds Morland. Tickets are $25 at the chamber office in Bala, online at, or at the door from 5pm. Doors open on this grand celebration of all that’s great in Muskoka Lakes at 6 p.m. sharp.

Proceeds from this annual Spotlight event get pumped right back into area businesses through Shop Local ad campaigns. Event organizers wish to thank the generosity of sponsors The Kee, Muskoka Party Rentals, Port Carling Dental, RBC, Walker’s Point Marina, Busy Lizzie, Port Carling and Bala Garden Centres, Charmed Events and Design and Harvey Kalles. 

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