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Ontario Culture Days Launch Events

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Community: Brampton
Venue: Bramalea City Centre
Address: 25 Peel Centre Dr, Brampton
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 3 PM
Hosted by: City of Brampton in association with Brampton Library, PAMA and Bramalea City Centre
Brampton celebrates Culture Days with a range of exciting activities. Try your hand at conducting a band, watch a high-energy, high-speed painting competition or join in mad-cap improv activities!
RSVP: Greg Peddie, Arts Development Coordinator, City of Brampton, gregory.peddie@brampton.ca

Community: Burlington
Venue: Burlington City Hall
Address: 426 Brant St, Burlington
Date and Time: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 3 PM
Hosted by: City of Burlington
The City of Burlington officially proclaims Culture Days and raises the flag at 3pm. Come early to see Burlington Civic Square transformed into "Art in the Square" running from 2 - 5pm. Artists and artisans will showcase their artwork in a marketplace and provide interactive activities for the community. The event will also feature live music and dance performances!
RSVP:  Angela Paparizo, Cultural Planner, City of Burlington, angela.paparizo@burlington.ca

Community: Cobalt
Venue: Laura's Art Shoppe
Address: 38 Silver St, Cobalt
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Hosted by: City of Cobalt in association with
Cobalt Mayor Tina Sartoretto will officially declare Culture Days open, followed by demonstration in how to make a fused glass pendant.
RSVP: Pam Mackenzie, Culture Days community organizer, pammack123@icloud.com

Community: Elgin County
Venue: Port Stanley Festival Theatre/Port Stanley Library
Address: 304 Bridge St, Port Stanley,
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 6 PM
Hosted by: Elgin County Tourism and Elgin County Cultural Services in association with Railway City Tourism, Elgin County Library and St. Thomas Public Library
Join us for the official launch of Culture Days across Elgin County followed by ART TALKS at the Theatre featuring Jane Nokes (Scotia Bank Art Collection) and Paul Roth (Ryerson Image Center) and Polaris Prize nominated Musician Jennifer Castle.
RSVP: Sandra Poczobut, Manager Library Programming & Community Development, Elgin County, spoczobut@elgin-county.on.ca

Community: Etobicoke Lakeshore
Venue: Amos Waites Park, Mimico Square
Address: 2445 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 6 PM
Hosted by: Lakeshore Arts in association with Humber College, The Assembly Hall, Mimico-by-the-Lake BIA, Long Branch BIA and Placebo Space
Join the party in Mimico Square to kick-off festivities for Etobicoke Lakeshore Culture Days! Be serenaded by the Toronto All-Star Big Band while learning to cut a rug with the West-Way Dance Club.
RSVP: Antonina Samsonikova, Culture Days Coordinator, Antonina.Samsonikova@humber.ca

Community: Fergus / Centre Wellington
Venue: Fergus Grant Theatre
Address: 244 St Andrew St W, Fergus
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Hosted by: Township of Centre Wellingston in association with Fergus Grand Theatre
The Township of Centre Wellington kick-off Culture Days with 'A Cornucopia of Culture' featuring a live painting performance by Meredith Blackmore and musical guest Thistlebank, Hazy Maidens, Shine Bluegrass Band and dance performance by Celtic Thunder Academy of Irish Dance and more!
RSVP:
Elizabeth Bender
Ebender@centrewellington.ca

Community: Hamilton
Venue: Hamilton Room, Central Library
Address: 55 York Blvd, Hamilton
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 1 PM
Hosted by: Hamilton Public Library and the Hamilton Arts Council
Kick-off the inaugural Culture Days @ the Hamilton Public Library program!
RSVP: Lisa Emmons, Operations Officer, Hamilton Arts Council, lisa@hamiltonartscouncil.ca

Community: Kingston
Venue: Confederation Park, across from Kingston City Hall
Address: 216 Ontario St, Kingston
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Hosted by: City of Kingston Cultural Services in association with Downtown Kingston, Isabel Bader Centre, Tett Centre, Kingston School of Dance, KCHC, Kingston Arts Council, KFPL and Blue Canoe Productions
World Champion Towne Crier, Chris Whyman, opens the event with a specially created cry and Mayor Bryan Paterson will officially proclaim Culture Days and raise the flag to kick-off events in Kingston!
RSVP: Bob Giarda, Communications Officer, Cultural Services Department, City of Kingston, rgiarda@cityofkingston.ca

Community: Kingsville
Venue: Town Hall
Address: 2021 Division Road North, Kingsville
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Hosted by: Town of Kingsville
Join Kingsville Mayor Santos, municipal staff, and community artists in raising the Culture Days Flag and expressing our appreciation for the creators, heritage workers, architects, curators and designers who have helped shape our community and our country.
RSVP:
Tara Hewitt, Executive Assistant to the Mayor & C.A.O
thewitt@kingsville.ca

Community: London
Venue: London Life Building
Address: 255 Dufferin Avenue,  please access event on Queens Ave between Dufferin Avenue and Clarence St.
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Hosted by: London Art Council
London Arts Council kicks-off Culture Days with a showcase of free interactive activities. This lunch-time sampling includes Fanshawe Pioneer Village, MakerBus, Reforest London, London Art Live artists, a performance by Head and Tails, Bollywood Dancing by Amol Pai, interactive painting by Marilyn Lazenby and food trucks!
RSVP: Dhira Ghosh, Event Coordinator, London Arts Council, dghosh@london.ca

Community: Huntsville and Muskoka Region
Venue: The Great Vine / Totem Juice Co.
Address: 36 Main St E, Huntsville
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 10 AM
Hosted by: The Great Vine / Totem Juice Co.
Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison will raise the Flag and officially open Culture Days! Afterwards, join the Mayor in sampling some of the wonderful foods that are produced right here in Muskoka.
RSVP: Pam Mackenzie, Culture Days community organizer, pammack123@icloud.com

Community: Sault Ste Marie
Venue: Sault Ste Marie Library,
Address: 50 East Street, Sault Ste. Marie
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 10 AM
Hosted by: Sault Ste Marie Library
Following the raising of the flag at Sault Ste. Marie City Hall, head over to the Library.  Rihkee Strapp, Culture Days Youth Arts Ambassador will give brief remarks and kick-off a jam-packed day of events at the Library.
RSVP: Helena Huopalainen, Manager of Community Engagement, Sault Ste Marie Public Library, h.huopalainen@cityssm.on.ca

Community: St. Thomas
Venue: St. Thomas City Hall
Address: 545 Talbot St, St. Thomas
Date and Time: Monday, September 26, 2016 at 9 AM
Hosted by: City of St. Thomas
Mayor Heather Jackson  will officially proclaim Culture Days and raise the  flag  to kick-off events in St. Thomas!
RSVP: Megan Pickersgill, Railway City Tourism, tourism@stthomas.ca

Community: St. Catharines
Venue: St. Catharines City Hall
Address: 50 Church St, St. Catharines
Date and Time: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1:30 PM
Hosted by: City of St. Catharines
Mayor Walter Sendzik will raise the Culture Days flag to kick-off events in St. Catharines!
RSVP: Ashley Judd-Rifkin, Culture Coordinator, City of St. Catharines,
ajuddrifkin@stcatharines.ca

Community: Stratford and Perth County
Venue: Stratford Festival, the Festival Theatre Lobby Stage
Address: 55 Queen St, Stratford
Date and Time: Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 12 PM
Hosted by: Perth Arts Connect and Stratford Festival in association with Town of Stratford and Perth County
Kick-off Culture Days in the Town of Stratford and surrounding Perth County!
RSVP:  Eileen Smith, Arts and Culture Marketing Coordinator, Perth Arts Connect, eileen@hermione-presents.com

Community: Temiskaming Shores
Venue: Spirit of the Arts Gallery
Address: 32 Lakeshore Rd. N., Temiskaming Shores
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 10 AM
Hosted by: Spirit of the Arts Gallery
Mayor Carmen Kidd will raise the Culture Days flag to kick-off events in Temiskaming Shores.  Then join the Mayor in learning how to paint with Mica on Glass to create a unique piece of art.
RSVP: Pam Mackenzie, Culture Days community organizer, pammack123@icloud.com

Community: Thunder Bay
Venue: Mariners Hall, Prince Arthur's Landing
Address: 2210 Sleeping Giant Parkway, Thunder Bay
Date and Time: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Hosted by: City of Thunder Bay
Culture Days will be officially proclaimed and the flag will be raised to kick off events in Thunder Bay!  The City also launches a new online cultural portal called thetrunk.org
RSVP: Ash Young, Cultural Development Supervisor, City of Thunder Bay, ayoung@thunderbay.ca

Community: Timmins
Venue: Christopher's Coffee House
Address: 35 Pine St. S.
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7:15 PM
Hosted by: Culture Days Timmins
Kick-off Culture Days in Timmins then join us for a live musical performance by American Jazz pianist Steve Kessler and company.
RSVP: Karina Douglas-Takayesu, Vice-President, Porcupine Art Club, Karina.Douglas@timmins.ca

Community: Toronto
Venue: Toronto's Union Station
Address: 65 Front St. W, Toronto
Date and Time: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 6:30 AM
Hosted by: Ontario Culture Days
On your way through Union Station on Thursday morning, September 29 experience a small sampling of the 2000+ free Culture Days events happening across the province from September 30 to October 2.  Come through the tunnel from York Concourse to witness three of Toronto’s best street artists at work painting original murals. StreetARToronto presents Carlos Delgado, Mike Parsons and Kirsten McCrea as they unleash their creativity in this free-form art battle!  Then listen to the energetic a capella ensemble Cadence perform a mix of jazz and pop favourites.
RSVP: Aubrey Reeves, Executive Director, Ontario Culture Days, on@culturedays.ca

Community: Vaughan
Venue: Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library
Address: 2191 Major MacKenzie Dr W, Vaughan
Date and Time: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1-2 pm
Hosted by: City of Vaughan, Economic Development and culture Services
Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua will kick-off Culture Days in Vaughan. Then play along with Culture Days' Youth Arts Ambassador Veronica Abrenica and I.AM (Intergenerational Art Movement) on the interactive installation called the Zoosemobile.
RSVP: Mirella Tersigni, Cultural Development Officer-Citywide, Economic Development & Culture Department, city of Vaughan, mirella.tersigni@vaughan.ca

For more information about launch events across the province, please contact aubreyreeves[at]culturedays[dot]ca or call 416-964-7555