Photos courtesy of Thinking Rock Community Arts.

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Welcome to Sault Ste. Marie!

Today we jump to Sault Ste. Marie and the many communities who call the north shore of Lake Huron home. We spoke with Cassandra Spade, the Operations & Programming Coordinator at Thinking Rock Community Arts in Thessalon, the Algoma district of Northern Ontario.

For Thinking Rock’s first time participating in the Ontario Culture Days festival, they’ve gotten started with a bang by offering a series of Participatory Community Mural Making sessions where community members can add their own messages of love and care to the fence. After the mural comes down in October, Thinking Rock will sew these messages together into a special, lasting artwork as part of our bigger community arts project, Social Fabric. Cassandra also told us she was looking forward to the I Spy Amazing Murals project organized by the James L. McIntyre Centennial Library. Take a look at this video with Bookie Monster to get a sense of the street art adding life around the town.

Photo courtesy of James L. McIntyre Centennial Library.

Looking for more? Check out The Sault Ste. Marie Cultural Corridor event hub where all registered events in the region have been collected. In case that doesn’t keep you busy enough, Cassandra has provided some of her favourite local places to be inspired and relax in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma:

  1. 180 Projects is an experimental exhibition space in Sault Ste. Marie.
  2. Shabby Motley is a yarn shop, craft store, café, and safe space Sault Ste. Marie.
  3. Timber Village Museum is a historical museum and contemporary art gallery in Blind River which hosts exhibits representing local history and art.
  4. Creative Basket in Thessalon is a fabric, yarn and Bernina sales and service shop offering quality, selection and our best effort to inspire your creativity.
  5. Big Lake Cabin downtown Sault Ste. Marie is a local go-to for coffee and dining.
  6. Plant 2 Plate is a 100% Vegan restaurant offering delicious, mostly organic, plant-based food in Sault Ste. Marie.
  7. Outspoken Brewery is the perfect place to enjoy a local brew and meet some locals in the ‘Soo.


Ontario Culture Guides: Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie is a city forever linked to its river, named “Bawating” or “place of the rapids” by The Ojibwe people.