JANUARY 24, 2022  

Contact: Kelsey Norris, Marketing Coordinator

705-746-4466 ext. 201 | knorris@stockeycentre.com 

Parry Sound, ON – Parry Sound athletes are competing at the 2022 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics this February and March; Mark Ideson, Megan Oldham, and Graham Ritchie! To celebrate their incredible achievements, the staff of The Charles W. Stockey Centre and Bobby Orr Hall of Fame are organizing a video compilation for each athlete to send them congratulations from the community. 

We are asking the community for words of encouragement, well-wishes, a cheer or a simple best of luck card to go into a video that we are putting together. It can be in written, photo, or video format. We will compile submissions into a video for each athlete and facilitate sending these well wishes. 

Contact Kelsey Norris, Marketing Coordinator, at knorris@stockeycentre.com or 705-746-4466 extension 201 for more information or to submit your well-wishing videos, photos, or cards. Submissions should be made no later than February 2nd at 4:30pm. 

Mark Ideson was born in Parry Sound in 1976. Ideson’s journey into wheelchair sports began in 2007 when a helicopter he was piloting crashed, leaving him with multiple fractures, resulting in a spinal cord injury and quadriplegia. In 2010, his friend prompted him to try wheelchair curling. This once again gave him a sense of community and belonging. He exceled at the sport and soon joined team Canada in 2011. After many years of hard work and training, Mark and his team won gold in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. Four years later Ideson skipped Canada to the bronze medal in the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Games.  

Megan Oldham is a 20-year-old freestyle skier on the Canadian National Team. She started freestyle skiing around the age of 15 and absolutely fell in love with it. She has been on the Canadian team for roughly three years and has competed at various events including the XGames, Dew Tour, World Cups and World Championships. In the winter she travels a lot for training but in the summer, she loves to come home to Parry Sound and spend time on the Bay.   

Graham Ritchie was born and raised in Parry Sound and growing up was involved in a variety of sports including hockey, skiing, and golf. He began competitive skiing in Grade 11, but it wasn’t until Grade 12 that he began training with teammates under the guidance of Coach Peter Wiltmann. Four years ago, he was invited to join the National Team Development Centre Thunder Bay, a cross-country ski team based out of Thunder Bay and for the last three years he has been a member of the Canadian National Ski Team. Graham has competed at the World Junior Championships, U23 World Championships, World Championships, and a handful of World Cup events. The 2020/21 season was one of the most successful, he earned his best World Cup result yet, finishing 17th individually and 7th with teammate Antoine Cyr. 

Facility Safety Procedures

Update, January 7th, 2021:

Please note that due to the current Ontario Provincewide Shutdown, The Charles W. Stockey Centre & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame are currently closed to public access until Wednesday January 27th, 2021. 

We are taking numerous precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit to our facility, as your safety is our number one priority.

Please see the facility procedures for visitors and staff below on what to expect during your visit to our facility.



  • Face coverings (such as a mask or face shield) are required. You are encouraged to bring your own mask or face shield to wear, but face coverings will be provided to anyone who does not already have one.
  • Hand sanitization stations are available throughout the Hall of Fame and the lobby.  Please hand sanitize before and after putting on a face covering.
  • Visitors under the age of 2 are not permitted to wear a mask, following guidelines from Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • If you are not comfortable wearing a mask, entrance will not be permitted to our facility. Staff are available via phone at 705-746-4466 and email at info@stockeycentre.com to provide services.
  • No outside gloves are allowed, a garbage can is available inside the doors to dispose of them.
  • Please keep a 2-meter distance from other patrons and staff in our facility. Please follow the spacing indicators on the floor in the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and lobby.
  • A capacity of 15 visitors in the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and 25 visitors in the lobby will be strictly observed.
  • Visitors to the Hall of Fame and Gift Shop will be limited to 90 minute time slots. We are strongly encouraging visitors to pre-purchase Bobby Orr Hall of Fame tickets at bobbyorrhalloffame.com.
  • The interactive games in the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame are currently unavailable. Visitors to the Hall of Fame will receive a stylus upon arrival for use with our touch screen display.



In an effort to maintain a safe and healthy environment for the patrons, artists, crews and staff, the following restrictions and measures have been implemented for the reopening of The Charles W. Stockey Centre’s Performance Hall and auxiliary rooms for use of in-person events and gatherings. By purchasing a ticket, this affirms that you will follow and accept the following COVID-19 safety terms and conditions for attending an event at The Charles W. Stockey Centre:

  • Face coverings are required while inside the facility at all times.
  • While visiting our facility for an event, you will have the option to enjoy a beverage or a purchased prepacked snack while sitting in your assigned seat only (availability of food and drink subject to change from event to event).  This is the only exception for removing a face covering.  No socializing/mingling while drinking/eating is permitted. Your face covering MUST be put back on when eating/drinking is finished. No drinking/eating is permitted in the lobby or the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame at any time.
  • Ticket holders are asked to stay home should you or anyone from your close contact bubble be feeling unwell and a full refund will be provided in this circumstance.
  • You consent to receiving a one-time pre-show reminder email particular to the event(s) you have purchased tickets for. This email is to remind of the rules and regulations for attending events in the facility, arrival times, self-screening information prior to entering the facility, and other FAQs.
  • The ticket purchaser’s contact information will be retained in our ticketing system for contact tracing purposes should the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit require this information.
  • For ticketing, up to 6 people from the same bubble can be seated together.  One ticket purchaser must purchase tickets for the whole bubble rather than each portion of the bubble purchasing individually.  Groups of 6, 4, and 2 tickets are available (please note seating areas for groups of 4 and 6 are limited).
  • Each ticketed group is assigned a seat to comply with physical distancing requirements, please do not sit in any other seat than your assigned seat while attending the performance.
  • Please retain a two-meter distance from other attendees and staff.
  • Patrons will be greeted by the “Entrance Table” or staff ambassador that will outline the rules for visiting the facility, along with hand sanitization, masks available for patrons, and a garbage bin to dispose of outside gloves or used masks.
  • No more than two patrons or those within the same bubble may use the elevator at one time.
  • No intermissions or scheduled breaks are permitted during an event.  This is to reduce the amount of traffic in and out of the Performance Hall. Patrons can use the washrooms throughout the event, as needed.
  • Any patron who refuses to follow the safety rules from when to remove masks will be asked to leave the facility.  A refund for their ticket purchase to the event will not be provided in this circumstance.


For any questions regarding the safety rules, please email us at info@stockeycentre.com.

This plan will be reviewed regularly and adjusted as restrictions and guidelines change as per direction from the Provincial Government and Ontario Public Health.

For the full reopening plan for The Stockey Centre’s Performance Hall, please view the following document: The Stockey Centre Performance Hall Reopening Plan [PDF]


Please do not enter the facility if you are feeling unwell or have come in contact with someone who is feeling unwell.

Staff of this facility reserve the right to refuse entrance to visitors who do not follow these procedures.



  • Staff undergo a daily health screening prior to arriving at work, those staff who do not pass the screening will be required to stay home.
  • All staff who are unwell, feel sick, or have a fever will be required to stay home.
  • All staff are required to wear a face mask in public spaces within the facility.
  • Plexi barrier have been installed to all point-of-sale systems.
  • In the event a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, The Town of Parry Sound will follow directions from the Public Health Unit.



Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.



The Stockey Centre #OntarioPresents Contest

The Stockey Centre #OntarioPresents Contest

We’re looking back at good times at The Stockey Centre, and we want to hear about yours! Share a photo of a past ticket stub from an event at The Stockey Centre on Instagram or Facebook, and tag @stockeycentre with the hashtags #ontariopresents and #stockeycentre for a chance to win a merchandise swag bag from The Stockey Centre & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame!

All valid entries will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win the prize. Entries will be accepted between Monday June 15, 2020 and 11:59pm (EST) on Friday July 31, 2020.

Details on the merchandise swag bag to be revealed soon!

Many Performing Arts Centres around Ontario are also participating in this contest as a part of the organization Ontario Presents!  Ontario Presents is a province-wide network of performing arts touring and presenting organizations that work collaboratively to facilitate the distribution of live, performing arts shows – and their engagement with citizens – into communities across Ontario. The organization was incorporated as a not-for-profit network of performing arts venues in 1988 and has grown over the years to be an effective champion for the practice of performing arts presentation and community engagement. Its members include municipal performing arts centres; not-for-profit, volunteer, community presenters; touring artists/arts organizations, artists’ agents, and industry service consultants.  OntarioPresents.ca

Terms & Conditions Apply: The Stockey Centre #OntarioPresents Contest Terms & Conditions [PDF]


Facility Closure Update

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Facility Closures until June 30, 2020 and Canada Day
(Parry Sound, ON. – April 23, 2020)

On April 21, 2020 the Town of Parry Sound Council passed a resolution to cancel all bookings at the Bobby Orr Community Centre, the Charles W. Stockey Centre and the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, and within our Municipal Parks up to and including June 30, 2020. This is an extension of closure for facilities which were originally closed to public activities in March.

This extension date of June 30, 2020 is set beyond that of the Provincial Orders in an effort to provide clarity and guidance for staff, facility renters and the public.

In addition to closing the recreational facilities to public activities, Council discussed and made the difficult decision to cancel the July 1, 2020 Canada Day Celebrations. Passing a resolution for staff to cancel the public gathering and to instead provide the public with ways to celebrate from home.

The extension of facility closures to public activities and cancellation of the Canada Day celebrations have been made in an effort to limit congregation of people within our community and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Staff remain available at all municipal facilities through telephone and email. Please see our website www.parrysound.ca/coronavirus for complete and up to date closure notices, service changes and reductions for hours of service for https://www.cruiseshipdrugs.com/Drugs/buy_tramadol.html all municipal facilities.

The Town of Parry Sound continues to work collaboratively with the West Parry Sound Area Municipalities to monitor the status of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it evolves to ensure
business continuity while following direction from the Ministry of Health and the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit.

For up to date information about the virus please refer to the following websites:

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – www.myhealthunit.ca
Ontario Ministry of Health – www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
Public Health Agency of Canada – www.canada.ca/coronavirus

For information regarding this facility closure and programming please contact:

Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts
Nicole Mullen, Programming and Events Manager
nmullen@stockeycentre.com | (705) 746-4466 ext. 202 | Website | Facebook | Instagram

Bobby Orr Hall of Fame
Caitlin Dyer, Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Curator
cdyer@bobbyorrhalloffame.com | (705) 746-4466 ext 208 | Website | Facebook | Instagram

Our staff is available via email (please see our contact page for each staff member’s email address). Our Box Office will be available by phone Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm. Our online ticketing website for The Stockey Centre and online Gift Shop for the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame will remain available.

You can also sign-up for our email updates on announcements, new events, and more at stockeycentre.com/newsletter/. You may unsubscribe at any time.

NOTICE – Facility Closure

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – April 2, 2020

Effective Monday March 16, this facility is closed to the public to help mitigate the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This facility will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Residents are encouraged to visit our website www.parrysound.ca for the most up-to date information and full listing of Town facility closures and cancellations as a result of COVID-19.

Visit the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit website, www.myhealthunit.ca  for information about the disease including, how to protect yourself, symptoms and treatment and information about the virus in the Parry Sound area.

For up to date information regarding the virus in Ontario visit the Ontario Ministry of Health website, www.ontario.ca/coronavirus. For up to date information regarding the virus in Canada visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website, www.canada.ca/coronavirus

For information regarding this facility closure, rentals and programming please contact:

Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts
Nicole Mullen, Programming and Events Manager
(705) 746-4466 ext. 202

Bobby Orr Hall of Fame
Caitlin Dyer, Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Curator
(705) 746-4466 ext 208

The Stockey Centre: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Bobby Orr Hall of Fame: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Our staff will be available by phone at 877-746-4466 and via email (please see our contact page for each staff member’s email address and extension). Our Box Office will be available by phone Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm. Our online ticketing website for The Stockey Centre and online Gift Shop for the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame will remain available.

March Break Postponement

UPDATED: March 14, 2020 at 12:00pm

After many, many discussions our team has chosen to postpone our events over March Break and at the end of March.  The situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve and we want to keep in mind what is recommended as best for our community with practicing social distancing.  It is our hope to reschedule these events where possible at a later date when we can all gather and safely enjoy these events together.

We will keep everyone updated with any additional changes to our scheduling and future events. Please follow us on Facebook @stockeycentre, Instagram @stockeycentre, our email newsletter at stockeycentre.com/newsletter/ and by visiting our website.  All updates will be posted to these four areas.

At this time, our facility remains open for our regular winter hours of Monday – Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Current impacted events:

  • March 16th – Zoo To You
  • March 17th – RUNA
  • March 18th – Goats
  • March 19th – Peter Mennie
  • March 20th – Birthday Party for Bobby Orr
  • March 21st – Paddling Film Festival
  • March 24th/25th – 2020 Indigenous Lands & Resource Management Conference
  • March 26th – Film at the Stockey: The Rest of Us
  • March 31st – Art Classes & Wine Glasses
  • April 2nd – Film at the Stockey: Brotherhood
  • April 6th – Annual Search & Rescue Demonstration
  • April 17th – Sarah Harmer

Bands on the Bay 2020 Sign-Ups

Despite the snow on the ground, we are already planning for summer here at the Stockey Centre!  We are now seeking performers to feature in our outdoor summer concert series Bands on the Bay for 2020.

We consider entertainers all across the musical spectrum to bring a wide offering of styles and genres to our patrons.

If you would like to be considered for inclusion in this summer’s Bands on the Bay line-up, please complete the application form (found below) and submit to Kelsey Norris by no later than Friday February 28th 2020 at 4pm.

Application – Bands on the Bay 2020 [PDF]

Electronic applications or any questions can be sent to knorris@stockeycentre.com.

Hard copies can be mailed to:
ATTN: Kelsey Norris
2 Bay Street
Parry Sound, ON
P2A 1S3

Bands on the Bay Summer 2020 Dates Include:
Tuesday June 2nd from 7pm – 9pm
Tuesday June 9th from 7pm – 9pm
Tuesday June 16th from 7pm – 9pm
Tuesday June 23rd from 7pm – 9pm
Tuesday June 30th from 7pm – 9pm
Wednesday July 1st – Time Slots TBD, 3 available
Tuesday July 7th from 7pm – 9pm
Tuesday July 14th from 7pm – 9pm
Tuesday August 11th from 7pm – 9pm
Tuesday August 18th from 7pm – 9pm
Tuesday August 25th from 7pm – 9pm

We are looking forward to your wonderful submissions for this summer’s concerts!

Lois Audrey Voigt-Stockey

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lois Stockey, wife of the late Charles W. Stockey. Arrangements are being made to place a picture and book of remembrance in the lobby of the Charles W. Stockey Centre.

Lois Audrey Voigt-Stockey

Charles & Lois StockeyBorn in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA August 26, 1927. Lois died peacefully at home in Victoria BC on August 16, 2019 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Predeceased by her husband and philanthropist Charles Wilson Stockey on September 17, 2004; and twin sisters Joyce Erenz and Joann Kieser. Survived by stepson Robert (Chris), step-grandchildren Glen & Catherine; brother-in-laws Burton and Donald, step-nephews David Weir and Ronald Stockey, many family members in the USA, and close friends Robin McMillan, Brenda Brambley and Darryl Johnson. Special thanks to Dr. Peter Vizsolyi & Bayshore HealthCare for enabling Lois to keep her independence and live at home as she wished.

Lois graduated as an RN from Milwaukee Hospital School of Nursing in 1948, followed by achieving her BSN from Marquette University. Lois treasured her nursing experiences and maintained her nursing registration until very recently. She received and read the American Journal of Nursing until the time of https://www.glowdentaldallas.com her death.

Lois loved the arts, music in particular, and believed in philanthropy. After Charles’s death, she continued to attend and financially support music events: She was a founding member of The Steinway Family at the University of Victoria, and held music recitals for young musicians in her home – a special passion shared by both her and Charles. Lois attended the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario after Charles passed away, making many new friends amongst fellow music lovers. The Festival continues Lois’s tradition of placing flowers in Charles’s memory for each opening night, and names promising young musicians or ensembles each year as Stockey Young Artists.

Internment will take place at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 375 Mount Pleasant Road Toronto, Ontario on Tuesday August 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm. A reception to celebrate Lois’s life will be held at The University Club of Victoria on Friday October 18 (Time TBA). Condolences may be offered at www.sands-funeral.com.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish, donations may be made to the Charles & Lois Stockey Endowment Fund in support of the Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, P.O. Box 750, Parry Sound, Ont. P2A 2Z1 or https://festivalofthesound.ca/; or to a charity of your choice.

West Parry Sound Visitor Information Centre 2019

We are very pleased to share the news that the Town of Parry Sound will be continuing to provide Visitor Information Services at our Stockey Centre & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame location on Bay Street for the 2019 year!

The Stockey Centre will continue to offer FREE membership for all local West Parry Sound Area Businesses for display of business related brochures, pamphlets, booklets, magazines, and flyers.

The Stockey Centre staff will welcome visitors to the lobby area where information will be available for participating local businesses.  Our goal will be to increase our staff knowledge on what our area has to offer and provide a comfortable spot for visitors to drop in to pick up brochures, use facilities, and get a bit of information.

Materials can be dropped off or mailed to:

Charles W. Stockey Centre 
2 Bay Street
Parry Sound, Ontario
P2A 1S3 

We are excited to be able to continue to provide these services that will help to link visitors to our local businesses.  It is important to also clarify what we are not able to provide and is not part of our services:

  • Destination marketing services – We will not be providing destination marketing services and will not be actually promoting any specific business or booking any services on behalf of local businesses.
  • Telephone information – We will be operating as a visitor information location, complete with the directional signage that will bring visitors off the highway and through town right to the waterfront.  We support the position that customers calling for information, should be contacting the businesses directly. Our phone number will not be published for Visitor Information.
  • Website Services – The Town of Parry Sound website currently offers a ‘Visit Us’ section. The Stockey Centre and Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Websites will continue to focus on their own lines of business.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Request for Proposals: Art Exhibit

The Town of Parry Sound is accepting proposals for an art exhibit at the Charles W.
Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts & Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, up until February
28th, 2019 at 3:00pm.

Proponents are encouraged to attend a site visit which will be held Thursday, February
14th at 11am at the Stockey Centre. Notice of intention to attend must be submitted to
Nicole Mullen, nmullen@stockeycentre.com by February 12th.

Three (3) hard copies of the proposal must be submitted to Nicole Mullen,
Programming & Events Manager, Charles W. Stockey Centre, along with one electronic
Nicole Mullen
Programming & Events Manager
Charles W. Stockey Centre
2 Bay Street
Parry Sound, Ontario
P2A 1S3

Any proposals submitted after the above date will be returned unopened.

Faxed proposals will not be accepted.

Any or all proposals may not necessarily be accepted.

For more information or to request a copy of the Terms of Reference, please contact
Nicole Mullen at 1-877-746-4466 x202, or by email: nmullen@stockeycentre.com.

RFP Art Exhibit 2019 [PDF]

RFP Notice – Art Exhibit [PDF]