Pie-Off for Mental Health

23 Mar Pie-Off for Mental Health

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Juno award-winning songwriter Catherine MacLellan and renowned poet and performer Tanya Davis will be performing at the Midhurst Community Hall in support of Mental Health Week. Long-time friends and artistic peers, they will speak to issues of mental health and wellness, through stories, poetry, and song. The event is being held in partnership with the CHMA Simcoe County and The Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council.


Every May for the last 66 years, Canadians in schools, communities, workplaces, and government have rallied around Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week. It’s an opportunity to speak up, connect, and participate in various events across the country that focus on breaking the stigma and discrimination that come with mental health issues and disorders. The Pie-Off for Mental Health will do just that, and more. Audience members are encouraged to bring homemade pies for a friendly and inclusive baking competition, to be judged by local celebrities.


Catherine MacLellan is no stranger to to talking about mental health, as she is gearing up for the second season of a show written about her father, the late and esteemed Canadian folk icon, Gene MacLellan (songwriter of Snowbird, Put Your Hand in the Hand, etc.). Tanya Davis is best known for her viral sensation of a video poem, entitled How to be Alone, a musing on solitude versus loneliness and the many ways our society stigmatizes the two.


Expect an evening of songs, poems, and laughs, about mental health and the rest of it, about the hard parts of life and the best of it.


Categories for PIE:

Professional Baker Pie
Sweet Pie
Savoury Pie
100 Mile PIE (made completely with ingredients grown within 100 miles.)
Prettiest Pie




 We are grateful for our celebrity judges!

Alex Nuttall

In 1989, at the age of four, Alex Nuttall moved to Barrie from Liverpool, England. He grew up in government subsidized housing, and attended St. Peter’s High School.  After graduation, Alex attended both Redeemer and Laurentian Universities, where he studied Political Science. He became interested in municipal politics through his volunteer work.  Alex was elected to Barrie City Council on November 13, 2006 at the age of 21. He went on to represent the residents of Ward 10 for 8 years.

In his private sector career, Mr. Nuttall worked in the financial industry from 2009 – 2015, where he was employed as a Commercial Account Manager. Alex is also a proud husband to wife Erica, and father to Caleb and Anabella.

On October 19, 2015, Alex was elected to represent Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte in the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament. On November 20, 2015, he was appointed as the Official Opposition Critic for Economic Development for Southern Ontario, and the following year Alex also proudly accepted the role of Official Opposition Critic for the new Sharing Economy, as well as Deputy Critic for Innovation, Science and Economic Development. On August 30, 2017, he was named Official Opposition Shadow Minister for Youth, Sports, and Persons with Disabilities.


Katherine Elphick

Katherine Elphick is a freelance journalist who specializes in food and lifestyle writing. Over the years, her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, Canadian House and Home and Doctor’s Review. She’s also a food columnist for various Metroland Media on-line and print publications including its newspaper division, simcoe.com, and Goodlife magazine.


Melissa  Van Casteren -Nicholyn Farms

Although you may not have met Melissa, you have surely come to understand who she is. If you’ve been swept into an abyss of fresh aromas, then you’ve met her. If you’ve purchased a freshly made item from our bakery and consumed it by the time you’ve reached the cash register, then you’ve met her. If you’ve rushed into our on-farm market after a busy day at work and purchased a ready made dinner, and enjoyed the sounds of the ooo’s and ahhhh’s around your dinner table, then you’ve met her.

Melissa brings her unique sets of talents to Nicholyn Farms in the most delicious ways possible and she continually brings new, exciting and delicious items to your table each day and night.



Location: Midhurst Community Hall
78 Doran Rd, Midhurst, ON

Doors open at 6pm
Show starts at 7pm
Cut off for Pie Entries: 7:30

Admission $20 or $15 with a pie entry!

Get your tickets here!

In partnership CMHA Simcoe County and The Simcoe County Suicide Awareness Council.