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.


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.


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.


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