Planning already underway …

In 2016 Heritage Perth Ontario celebrates its 200th anniversary. Committees have been meeting since 2010 planning for the over 200 events that will mark the bicentennial celebration. One of those committees is already planning to host the Ontario Town Crier Provincial Championship over the Victoria Day weekend, May 20-22, 2016.

Ian DoigWe are a small community and if you don’t plan ahead you quickly discover that the many excellent hotels and B&B’s are fully booked” noted Karen Rennie, the Town’s Heritage Manager. She added that, “Being known as the ‘Marriage Capital of Eastern Ontario’ means every weekend sees the town flooded with visitors and guests.” A quick check of the Perth Best Western Plus Spa showed that literally every weekend is nearly at full capacity all the way to 2017! The organizing committee has already set aside rooms for the number of Criers who will be making the trek to historic Perth.

Perth’s records show that it had a full time Town Crier active in the community as early as 1836. At one time, in the 1850’s there were no less than three Criers in the community. One crier, Anthony Wiseman used to peddle candy and hot broth as he made his rounds each night. With such a history, and on such an historic occasion, there will certainly be some interesting topics for the Criers to ply their trade and ring their bells about.

Criers … mark your calendar!

Marshville Heritage Festival Town Crier Competition

Nine Town Criers from across the province competed on the Labour Day long weekend in Wainfleet for the coveted and heavy Bell Trophy.

Crier Mark MolnarCriers were asked to prepare a humorous hometown cry. Criers then drew the names of two vendors and had to prepare and perform their cries at an allotted time for judges. It was a fun, hot and memorable day for all.

Thanks go the vendors that participated, host Crier Bob Heil, the Marshville Heritage Festival and the lovely, charming, beautiful, and extremely well organized Lady Marion Heil for organizing this.

The winners are 1st place, Crier Andrew Welch, 2nd place, Crier Bill McKee and in 3rd place, Crier Tom Pekar.

For photos from this event visit: Our Photo Gallery

World Invitational Town Crier Championships (2013)

The World Invitiation Town Crier Championships took place in Kingston, Ontario from August 1-5, 2013. Criers from eight countries and eight provinces were represented. Many Criers from Ontario also took part.

winners_2013The winner of the competition, announced Monday, was crier Richard Riddell of Anacortes, Wash. Riddell placed second to Kingston’s Chris Whyman in 2010, but took home gold in Kingston.

The second-place winner was Graham Keating of Sydney, Australia. Keating has been the city’s crier since 1986.

Third place was Chris Whyman, who has been Kingston’s town crier since 1984.

Photos of Ontario Guild members from the event can be found at:

A Toast to the Ontario Provincial Championships

The Ontario Provincial Town Crying Championships took place in Kitchener-Waterloo from October 5-8, 2012. Hosted by Scott & Anne Marie Fraser a beautiful venue and high spirits made for some exceptional moments.

Crier John WebsterAfter three cries Crier John Webster from Markham came out on top followed closed by Crier Chris Whyman (Kingston) and Crier Mark Molnar (St. Catharines). Crier Webster also won the award for the most humorous cry during the competition.

Rising early on the Monday morning, many of the Criers took the opportunity to walk in the annual Oktoberfest Parade. Photos of the event can be seen at:

The Muskoka Town Crier Competitions

The weekend of July 14-15 proved a perfect time for Criers to gather in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Competition and the annual Muskoka Escpades of Town Crying Competition.

A reception was held for the Criers and Escort on Friday evening July 13th, 2012 at Nipissing University campus. The next morning, everyone thoroughly enjoyed a one hour cruise aboard the cruise ship Wenonah II, a two hundred passenger replica of a steamship that plied the waters of Lake Muskoka. This cruise was immediately prior to commencing the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Town Crier Competition with the first and second cries held at Gravenhurst Wharf. A wonderful meal was donated by Swiss Chalet for the awards ceremony Saturday evening. Councillor Steve Clement, acting on behalf of his Worship Mayor Graydon Smith, presented each Crier with a unique pewter Christmas ornament and Town of Bracebridge pin. An outstanding talent show was later performed by Town Criers and Escorts – Shaun & Martina Kruger; Dave McKee; Bill McKee; Andrew & Elsworth Welch and Daniel Richer dit le flèche.

Winners of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Competition – Gravenhurst – Saturday, July 14th

1st Place – John Webster City of Markham
2nd Place – Andrew Welch Town of Caledon & Village of Erin
3rd Place – Daniel Richer dit le flèche, Capital Region of Ottawa / Gatineau; Chris Whyman – City of Kingston; David McKee – City of Brantford (three way tie)

Best Dressed Crier – Daniel Richer dit le flèche – Capital Region of Ottawa / Gatineau
Best Dressed Escort Kimberly Rose Easton, Pennsylvania

Muskoka Competitions

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On Sunday morning, the first cry of the Muskoka Escapades of Town Crying Competition was held at the Muskoka Pioneer Power Show in Bracebridge. A luncheon was provided by Harvey’s Hamburgers on the Swiss Chalet patio amongst the flower display. The final cry was at the Christmas Tree of Santa’s Village with St. Nicholas himself in attendance. The awards for this competition were presented by Santa Claus who then provided his jet boat to transport the Criers and Escorts back to the Kruger residence along the Muskoka River.

Upon disembarking, a BBQ was provided on the garden lawns over looking the majestic Muskoka waterways with great socializing amongst the Criers and Escorts from the three countries of Canada, United States of America and New Zealand. Many of the volunteers and judges also attended.

Winners of the Muskoka Escapades of Town Crying Competition – Sunday, July 15th

1st Place – Chris Whyman City of Kingston
2nd Place – Bill McKee Twp of Scugog, Twp of Uxbridge and the City of Oshawa
3rd Place – John Webster City of Markham

Prizes awarded by Santa Claus at the Village

The Ontario Guild of Town Criers graciously appreciated the contributions which permitted this competition to take place from FedNor Canada; OLG; Sleemans Canada; Swiss Chalet/Harvey’s Restaurants, The Towns of Bracebridge and Gravenhurst plus Santa’s Village. The Nipissing University personnel were also outstanding in providing the reception area and tremendous accommodations for all.

See you next year for the Muskoka Escapades of Town Crying on Sunday, July 14th, 2013!

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