2019 Leacock Gala Weekend

Details will be provided later, at the beginning of 2019.

2018 Leacock Gala Weekend

This year’s winner of the Leacock Medal for the best in Canadian literary humour will be announced at our gala dinner at the Geneva Park Conference Centre, scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 2018, as part of our Gala weekend, from Friday, June 8, through Sunday, June 10, 2018.  Mark your calendars!

These are all the events over the weekend:

Friday, June 8, at 5:00 pm            Meet the Authors
Your chance to meet the three authors shortlisted for the Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour as well as the finalists in the student short-story contest, and enjoy a three-course dinner at the Best Western Mariposa Inn, Orillia. The student winners will be introduced during the evening.
Bar opens at 5 p.m., festivities start at 6 p.m.
Cost: $35.

Saturday, June 9, at 5:00 pm            Gala Dinner
The winner of the 2018 Leacock medal for literary humour will be announced during a four-course dinner at Geneva Park Conference Centre. In addition to the shortlisted authors, expect to see a number of past winners of the medal, some of whom will speak about their favorite short-listed book.
Cost: $70.

Sunday, June 10, at 10:30 am            Brunch with the Authors
A fabulous morning meal at the Mariposa Inn with the authors.

Tickets for the "Meet the Authors" event on Friday and the Gala Dinner on Saturday are available at the Stephen Leacock Museum, at the opening times given on this page. Phone 705-329-1908 or e-mail jmartynyshyn@orillia.ca to make your reservation. All tickets must be paid for in advance by cash or cheque only.

A reservation is required for the Sunday brunch. Phone the Mariposa Inn’s Grape and Olive Restaurant at 705-238-5086. Mention that you are part of the Leacock Gala group. Payment is to be made at the brunch.


Jean Dickson - Celebration of Life

Jean Dickson was a volunteer with the Leacock Associates for almost 50 years, working with publishers and authors on issues related to the Leacock Medal.  The recognition of Canadian literary humour was her passion.

Jean died in December 2017.  Though she had requested that no funeral be held for her, she did hope that a party could be arranged where her friends and family could enjoy each other’s company instead.  Jean loved a good party and wanted others to enjoy themselves.

Please join Jean Dickson’s family and 'Leacockian' friends in celebrating Jean’s life on Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Leacock Museum on Old Brewery Bay, Orillia ON.  A light lunch and refreshments will be served.

Mariposa Inn

Mariposa Inn

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Geneva Park Conference Centre

Geneva Park

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Jean Dickson

Jean Dickson