September 25 – October 25, 2020
Ontario Culture Days is set to bring four weeks of engaging and inspiring arts, culture, and heritage activities and events, online and on-site, to people throughout the province. Ontario Culture Days highlights and guides are at oncultureguides.ca.
This year, the festival has been expanded to a full month, September 25- October 25, with hundreds of innovative online experiences and programs, in addition to on-location events with all health and safety protocols in place. Attendees can find small-gathering and self-guided events in their local community, creative staycation activities, inspired daytrip ideas, and digital events like live-streamed performances, art and craft workshops online, heritage talks and events, and virtual exhibitions from hundreds of artists and event presenters throughout Ontario. All registered events are at culturedays.ca/on.
”Creativity, community, and connection are more important than ever. Arts and culture are vital to people’s wellbeing at any time, and linking people with these wonderful experiences is especially important this year,” said Ruth Burns, Ontario Culture Days’ Executive Director. “Ontario Culture Days is committed to making arts and culture accessible to everyone in Ontario. We encourage all people in the province to take in some of the wonderful free and pay-what-you-may interactive activities, performances, exhibitions, and heritage talks during our four week festival.”
Ontario Culture Days Highlights:
Kingston: The Great Canadian Egg Drop - Shadow Puppet Show and Workshop with Kornel Wolak and Clelia Scala (Sept. 30 at 12pm, online)
Ottawa: Food to Palette with Kanika Gupta and Amit Kehar (Sept. 28, Oct.5, and Oct. 12 at 12pm, online)
Port Perry: Scugog Council for the Arts and Mississaugas of Scugog Island online series: Pre-colonial Indigenous Cooking Techniques with Tamara Green and Indigenous Language Workshop with Matthew Stevens. (Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 16, and Oct. 22 at 5pm, online)
Sault Ste. Marie: Indigenous Ribbon Skirts and Shirts: Stories and Photographs from the Art Gallery of Algoma and Indigenous Friendship Centre (Oct. 14 at 12pm, online)
Toronto: Culture Days @ The Library in partnership with the Toronto Public Library:
- Tell Us a Story - Interactive Family Storytime with Sage Tyrtle (Sep. 26 at 10am, online)
- Rhythm, Harmony and Energy - Afro Caribbean Dance with Ballet Creole (Oct. 1 at 6pm, online)
- Write Between Cultures - Writing Workshop with Living Hyphen (Oct. 7 at 7pm, online)
- Share Your Voice - Poetry & Spoken Word Workshop with Paulina O'Kieffe-Anthony (Oct. 15 at 5pm, online)
- Indigenous Bead-Stringing Workshop with Naomi Smith ( Oct. 24 at 11am, online)
Whitby: Lynde House Museum Heritage Workshops: Darby cakes, Wool dropping, and DIY yarn dolls (Sept. 27 at 12pm, online)
Day in the Life presented by OLG, launching on September 25, will feature highlight events from communities throughout Ontario. Watch for new Day in the Life segments throughout each week on oncultureguides.ca
ON Culture Guides at oncultureguides.ca feature Ontario stories and activity itineraries, with a focus on arts and heritage sites off the beaten track. #ONCultureGuides
Event registration has been extended to Thursday, September 24! Artists and organizations can register exhibitions, performances, workshops, and other arts and culture experiences for everyone to enjoy, right up to the day before Ontario Culture Days begins.
Ontario Culture Days
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Ontario Culture Days is dedicated to fostering the public’s engagement with Ontario’s arts, culture and heritage as a means of enriching our communities while supporting the vibrancy and sustainability of our sector. Ontario Culture Days is supported by OLG and Chicago Title Insurance Company Canada, as well as the Province of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, Government of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. Pattison is an Ontario media partner.
Please Note: Culture Days events are organized independently by hundreds of organizations, individuals, and collectives. In-person activities are required to include publicly available protocols related to COVID-19 health and safety. Attendees and media should contact the organizer directly regarding safety rules and expectations at specific events.