Stephen Leacock, back in Orillia

7 Mar

Joe Matheson as Stephen Leacock, Cole Bennett 2012

In 1940, world famous photographer Yousuf Karsh created a number of portraits of Stephen Leacock at his home here in Orillia. 72 years later, Leacock’s energy, wit and story telling are being brought to life by the talented Mr. Joe Matheson – whom, from my first impression shares Leacock’s adoration of story telling and really honours his legacy.

When I first arrived at the Museum – the home of Stephen Leacock – I walked inside and found Joe Matheson, Fred Addis, the  museum curator, and Orillia’s Marketing Manager for Culture and Heritage, Darcy Hoover. Joe was performing a short monologue.

We were all silent, but the voice of Leacock in his study. Well spoken, and cracking wit – a near permanent glint in his eye and subtle grin on his face.

Stephen Leacock will be sitting at his desk, talking to you at the Orillia Opera House in July 2012. I have no doubts that it will be a very enjoyable time. And a great way for many of us to get educated a little more on who Stephen Leacock was.

Thanks for reading!


Joe Matheson as Stephen Leacock, Cole Bennett 2012 

2 Responses to “Stephen Leacock, back in Orillia”

  1. justkeziah April 23, 2012 at 2:34 am #

    I love this! Wish I was there to see it.


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