MEDIA RELEASE: Culture Days Event Kicks Off in Sudbury

Sep 28, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE: Culture Days Event Kicks Off in Sudbury

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Largest-ever Arts and Cultural Participation Event Comes to Greater Sudbury This Weekend

Dozens of free activities planned for second annual Culture Days celebration


Sudbury September 26, 2011 The second annual Culture Days event kicks off in hundreds of cities and towns across Canada this weekend, September 30, October 1 and 2. Culture Days features free, hands-on interactive activities from coast to coast to coast that invite the public to discover and participate in the cultural life of their communities.

On the heels of Culture Days’ 2010 success, this year the pan-Canadian collaborative grass-roots movement has taken hold in some 800 communities (up from 700 last year) as more artists, organizations and supporters have mobilized to work together to promote their cultural resources and talents concurrently under the Culture Days banner. Some 5,500 free activities have been planned across the country for the Culture Days weekend (up from 4,500 in 2010).

Over 20 free activities are scheduled for the weekend in Greater Sudbury, spanning a wide range of arts and cultural disciplines and practices including: visual arts, music, dance, theatre, architecture, heritage, film and video, literature, culinary arts and new media.

“Canada is growing a cross country team committed to our culture. Artists and cultural organizations, municipalities and businesses have really stepped up to the plate in 2011 to collaborate and promote the creative vitality of their communities during the Culture Days weekend. It’s going to be a great weekend of celebration and fun,” commented Antoni Cimolino, General Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Chair of Culture Days’ national Steering Committee.

The diverse activities taking place across Greater Sudbury over the Culture Days weekend include:

Sept 30 at 1pm: Join Pierre Laframboise as he shows participants the process of making branch flutes and other wooden instruments. Pierre can build flutes to any key and with any type of wood. Learn how he works with branches to turn them into beautiful musical instruments at New Sudbury Public Library, For info contact Jessica Watts, co-ordinator of Outreach Programs and Partnerships, Greater Sudbury Public Library, 705-673-1155 ext. 210,

Sept 30 to Oct 2: Stopciati Gallery invites you to celebrate Culture Days Sept 30 thru Oct. 2.  Enjoy and appreciate Art in all its' forms.  John Stopciati, Artist and gallery owner  will be on hand to discuss his techniques, visions and inspirations.  Also featured will be the work of Kathy Browning, digital photographer.  Her show "Spirit Animals"is a series of digitally manipulated images that encourage the audience to view nature as interconnected and unified. Stopciati Gallery, 153 Applegrove Street, Sudbury, 705-673-4443.

Sept 30 and Oct 1 from 12noon to 5pm both days: exposition de jennifer bélanger | tambours et trompettes. une collection d’images et d’énoncés portant sur des histoires fictives et autobiographiques présentées dans un décor kitch des années 80. A collection of images and statements about fictional and autobiographical stories, presented in an 80’s kitsch decor. La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, 174 Elgin, Sudbury. 705-673-49271-877-358-6615,

Sept 30 from 7pm to 9pm with a reading by Tom at 7:45pm: Scrivener Press is pleased to invite you to the Sudbury launch of The Bottle Collector, a novel by Tom Managhan.Drop in, share a glass with the author, hear Tom read a bit from the novel, and get him to sign your copy of The Bottle Collector. Free Admission and Refreshments. Art Gallery of Sudbury,251 John St., Sudbury, 705-675-4871

Sept 30 from 6 to 9pm, Oct 1 from 11am to 9pm, Oct 2 from 12pm to 6pm: Dos- Open Studio Photo & Video Installation.  will be opening his studio to the public for an art show and sale in collaboration with his sister Mercedes Cueto to present photography and a video installation. - Jorge Cueto Herrera has taken photographs, created books, and documented life in his own way. Mercedes Cueto is a local artist who will be presenting a new work titled My Silhouette Self Portrait. 122 Durham Street, Studio 310, Greater Sudbury, Ontario

Oct 1 from 6am to 12pm: CBC Sudbury Open House. Join us as we celebrate 75 years of the art of Broadcasting! 15 MacKenzie St.,Greater Sudbury, Ontario. Contact Fiona Christensen at fiona.christensen@cbc.com705-688-3232.

Oct 1 from 10am to 3:30pm: Everything Silos. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Flour Mill silos and, to celebrate Culture Days, a display of silo images will be exhibited at the Flour Mill museum, located at 245 Charles Street plus many other activities. For more information please consult:

Oct 1: Traditional Rag Rug making demonstration and pulla bread making workshop as part of Culture Days events at Finlandia Village, 233 Fourth Avenue, Sudbury. Learn how to make Finnish pulla bread from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 1. Watch and learn how to make traditional rag rugs on a loom from noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. For more information and to register for either of these free workshops please call: Kristiina at 705-524-3137.

Oct 1 at 11am: Sudbury Writer's Guild Writing Challenge. An opportunity for YOU to be the writer. After a brief discussion, a prompt will be offered and participants will have a chance to write whatever this prompt inspires. An open mic will follow so these newly created works can be read. Hosted by the Sudbury Writers' Guild at MacKenzie Street Branch of the GreaterSudbury Public Library. For info contact Jessica Watts, co-ordinator of Outreach Programs and Partnerships, Greater Sudbury Public Library, 705-673-1155 ext. 210,

Oct 1 and 2 from 10am to 5pm: Come Day-Tripping on the 21st Annual Sudbury Art Tour….As Part of the National Culture Days Experience! Come ‘Day-Tripping’ with us on Oct. 1, 2 from 10am – 5pm for the 21st Annual Sudbury Arts Tour 2011! Explore 22 Studios-located in 5 Areas of City of Sudbury (Sudbury North, Science North Area, Sudbury Downtown, Sudbury South and Sudbury West) - in an auditorium, businesses, galleries, heritage sites, homes, museums, studios and even a pavilion in a park. Meet over 52 Artists and discover the cultural diversity of CGS- as part of the National Culture Days experience- a celebration of the artists and the arts in City of Greater Sudbury and Northern Ontario! For more information about the 21st Annual Sudbury Arts Tour see or call Ann Suzuki at 705-675-2933.

Oct 1 and 2 from 10am to 4pm: You are invited to our 2011 Tour on the Fringe Saturday/Sunday October lst/2nd from l0 am to 4 pm. at Studio 276 Cedar Street downtown Sudbury, Northeastern Ontario. A visual, tactile tour to stir and stimulate all the senses. Along with many colourful regional artists, this year we will be joined by the stunning sounds of the delightful Silver Birch String Quartet. Enjoy a walk on the Fringe through a pavane of colours; inside, outside and upsidedown.  Please call heather topp at 705-674-5166for further information.

Oct 1 at 2pm: Amateur Costuming: Tips, Hints and Tricks. Have you ever had the dream of being one of your favorite movie, comic book, fantasy or video game characters for a day but don't know how to get started? Hosts Chris and Susie will share helpful tips and methods to get you started at the Lively Public Library. For info contact Jessica Watts, co-ordinator of Outreach Programs and Partnerships, Greater Sudbury Public Library, 705-673-1155 ext. 210,

Oct 1 and 2, 10am to 4pm both days: Magnetic Poetry Fun! Come out and play in The Writer's Circle at NISA! Play with our magnetic words and create a poem of your own.No experience necessary! We'll even send you home with photographic proof of your poetic proficiency. All ages are welcome, young and old alike. While you're here, you can also pick up a free copy of our literary magazine, Open Minds Quarterly. At this location, you can also take in the art exhibition of NISA's Artist's Loft, which is part of the Sudbury Arts Tour. Northern Initiative for Social Action, Kirkwood Dr., Sudbury. Contact Dinah Laprairie/Miriam Harrison or 705-675-9193, ext. 8286

Oct 1 and 2, 12 pm to 3pm both days: Hands on Heritage: Everyone is welcome to visit our Ukrainian Seniors’ Centre and learn how a Ukrainian Easter egg (Pysanka) is made, learn to make traditional cabbage rolls (holubtsi) and pyrohy, embroidery demonstration plus more. Ukrainian Seniors’ Centre, 30 Notre Dame Avenue,, 705-673-7404.

Oct. 1 from 7 to 11 pm: We’re having a Party! In recognition of Culture Days, theSudbury Arts Council is having a “party” at Minnow Lake Place 1127 Bancroft Drive.  There will be local entertainment by Andrew Lowe with Outback and Pandora Topp with musical friends on stage in the gymnasium area plus food and refreshments provided by Culture Days partners Minnow Lake CAN and Lions. Free admission. Special prizes to celebrate reaching Arts Council 1000th membership

Oct 2 at 2pm: Introduction to Italian: the Language of Love. This introduction to Italian will give participants a sneak peak into this romantic language. Host Teresa will lead participants through the basics of the language at the Main Public Library. For info contact Jessica Watts, co-ordinator of Outreach Programs and Partnerships, Greater Sudbury Public Library, 705-673-1155 ext.

Speaking on behalf of Mayor Matichuk official patron of Greater Sudbury Culture Days Sudbury Arts Council President John Lindsay said this is a wonderful opportunity for residents of our city to experience much of what our local community has to offer that contributes to the wonderful quality of life we enjoy. 

Sudburians can view the local culture day schedule on the Sudbury Arts Council website at or go to For further information e-mail or contact John Lindsay at 705-525-7526


About Culture Days

Launched in 2010, Culture Days is a collaborative Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Culture Days was initiated by four Founding Partners: The Canadian Arts Summit, Culture pour tous (producer of les Journées de la culture), Canada Council for the Arts and The Banff Centre. National partners supporting the development of Culture Days are: Lead Founding Visionary Partner Sun Life Financial, Founding Visionary Partner The Audain Foundation, Visionary Partners Aeroplan and Endeavour. Federal Government support is provided by Canadian Heritage. National Media Partners are: CBC, The Globe and Mail and St. Joseph Communications. Provincial Partners are: Government of B.C., Government of Alberta, SaskCulture, Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, Trillium Foundation, Government of New Brunswick, Government of Nova Scotia, Government of Prince Edward Island, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador and the Government of Northwest Territories. The 2011 Culture Days Weekend is taking place September 30th, October 1st and 2nd, 2011 across Canada.


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Media Contact

John Lindsay, Sudbury Arts Council President