8TH ANNUAL CULTURE DAYS WEEKEND KICKS OFF ACROSS ONTARIO OFFERING HUNDREDS OF FREE ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS ON SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1!
New Release – The 8th annual Culture Days weekend celebration featuring hundreds of FREE
activities and events spanning the Province of Ontario launches the weekend of September 29-October 1. This
collaborative celebration that unites communities across a number of artistic disciplines and cultural, social and
economic backgrounds offers participants the opportunity to engage in one-of-a-kind experiences right across
the province and country.
Many of these events are often just a short car, bus or train ride away, and the Culture Days weekend presents a
unique opportunity for planning day trips to investigate neighbouring cities and towns for inspiration and to
learn about what makes each community thrive.
A SAMPLING OF EVENTS:
If DANCE is what moves you, don’t miss the incredible opportunity of participating in an extraordinary workshop
in St Catherines alongside none other than John Parks, former principal dancer of New York City’s Alvin Ailey
Dance Theatre. Prefer the SPOKEN WORD? Then stop by the open mic in Guelph to hear stories of people on
the move and perhaps even share your own story, or, consider participating in a poetry slam in Etobicoke. If you
are intrigued by the rich CULTURAL HISTORY of Canada, then consider participating in Canadian, Eh! A History of
the Nation’s Signs and Symbols that is taking place in Guelph, or if it’s MUSIC that inspires you, in Toronto get an
overview of mobile music technology and how to use it with your own smartphone or even learn to DJ by
participating in the DJ and Turntable Workshop with Scratch Lab in Barrie. And, while watercolour, oil and acrylic
paint have ruled the canvas for many generations, now is your chance to expand on your love of PAINTING by
learning to paint with Lego. That’s right, you can learn to re-create painted works of art with Lego in Kingston.
This represents just a small sampling of the breadth of the exciting events and activities that are on tap across
Ontario for this year’s Culture Days weekend.
In the GTA area alone, there are numerous Culture Days hubs, all with an impressive roster of events taking
place over the Culture Days weekend. The Bloor Street Culture Corridor, a 1.5 mile stretch of Bloor in Toronto
that encompasses some of the cities leading arts and culture institutions including the Gardiner Museum (free
admission all weekend long), The Bata Shoe Museum, the Alliance Français and The Royal Conservatory of Music
have several free events planned; The incredibly inspirational FirstOntario Arts Centre in Milton has over 70
events planned over the course of the weekend and The Etobicoke Lakeshore Hub is bursting with more than 30
fantastic events again this year.
“I’d like to thank Culture Days and all the participating organizations and individuals for opening their
doors and inviting Ontarians to take part in the cultural life of our communities. Art and culture are
important to community well-being, and with over 1,300 free activities and events in more than 150
cities and towns across the province Culture Days offers something for everyone.” commented Eleanor
McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
PLANNING YOUR WEEKEND:
Once you are ready to plan for your weekend, simply use the Culture Days Bright Spots Schedule to help
organize the events and activities that you wish to participate in.
ABOUT CULTURE DAYS
Millions of Canadians engage in thousands of free activities and performances hosted by artists,
cultural organizations and municipalities in communities across Canada. From Nunavut to New
Brunswick, and from British Columbia to Baffin Island – and all points in between – we share all
the inspiration, artistry, creativity and expression that reflects the mosaic of Canadian culture. As a
leading national voice for an active and engaged cultural life, we provide marketing and industry
development resources that lead to greater cultural engagement. The Culture Days national
awareness campaign culminates in a three-day celebration of the arts starting on the last Friday of
This year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017. The
event will feature free, hands-on, interactive events and activities that invite the public to
participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, heritage workers,
architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.
Ontario Culture Days is grateful for the support of the Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, OLG
and TD Bank Group.
News Release from https://culturedays.ca/en