About Us

Ontario Culture Days

We are 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.

About Ontario Culture Days

Ontario Culture Days is a not-for-profit organization that celebrates artists and cultural groups in our communities.

The Ontario Culture Days Festival is an annual celebration of arts, culture and heritage taking place each fall across the province. Each year, we work with organizers of all disciplines to produce this province-wide festival. Organizers host programs throughout Ontario and invite the public to participate for free.

The next Ontario Culture Days Festival will take place between September 20th to October 13th, 2024.

Ontario Culture Days lives at the local level. We support organizers from the smallest hamlets to the largest cities, while coordinating with other national and provincial Culture Days partners. We support the success of our sector colleagues through resources and network development, while highlighting the breadth and heterogeneity of Ontario’s arts and culture to the wider public.

If you’d like to participate in this year’s festival or explore ways to promote arts & culture in this province, learn more about the festival here.

Land Acknowledgment

Ontario Culture Days is active throughout the province, beyond borders and across multiple Indigenous territories. We acknowledge Indigenous peoples as the original caretakers of the lands and waterways on which we work, create, gather, and live.

We acknowledge that Toronto, the land Ontario Culture Days’ office calls home, is home to many nations including the Anishinabeg nations of the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Chippewa, as well as the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. This territory is also that of the Dish With One Spoon Covenant. This agreement, made amongst Indigenous nations, speaks to our collective responsibility to steward the lands and waterways on which we live. The “spoon” represents individuals, and the “dish” represents the land and waterways. This dish is to be shared peacefully, through a relationship based in care and in the spirit of mutual cooperation. We endeavour to live and work in the spirit of the Dish with One Spoon Covenant, to honour and recognize the recorded and unrecorded Indigenous nations and people that have, are and will continue to inhabit this land.

Ontario Culture Days is committed to a continuous process of listening and learning, and to dismantling colonial approaches, while celebrating the varied cultural and artistic traditions of Indigenous communities. We are committed to fostering meaningful relationships with these communities and supporting a diversity of Indigenous practices, art forms, and cultural expressions.

We are grateful to have the opportunity to work and create on this land.