Hubs are local partners that act as a community lead for the festival. From regional galleries to your local culture department, these expert organizations are a friendly face during our festival. Be sure to visit the hub partners for their own cutting-edge arts programming, get connected to the local community, and start your festival adventure.

Photo of Brockville Railway Tunnel

BROCKVILLE/1000 ISLANDS

Originally a favourite spot of the Haudenosaunee, who called it Manitouana or “Garden of the Great Spirit,” this region, which stretches east along the St. Lawrence River shines in the summer and has plenty to do during the cooler months too.

Art in the open in Elora

ELORA/FERGUS

Nestled within Centre Wellington are the picturesque hamlets of Elora and Fergus. Resplendent with natural beauty and historical charm, these communities are known for unique shops, delicious dining, and of course, a plethora of art experiences.

Photo by Sarah Arfan

GUELPH

Known as The Royal City and nestled between the Speed and Eramosa Rivers, Guelph is a gem of Southwestern Ontario. The city is famed for world-class arts festivals, as the birthplace of poet John McCrae, and for its craft beer, leading some to declare the city “brewtiful.”

Photo by Olivia Brocklehurst

HALTON

Along the Niagara Escarpment, in the northwest end of the Greater Toronto Area, you’ll find Halton. Its natural beauty, historic hamlets and charming villages have captured the hearts of artists, encouraging many of them to call this place home.

Photo by Kaitlyn Patience

OTTAWA

Located in eastern Ontario, Canada’s capital city presents you with impressive “big-ticket” possibilities, like Parliament Hill and national museums. What’s more, our festival events at this hub bring awareness to environmental issues, disability arts, and an Ottawa you didn’t know existed.

Photo by Kyrstiana Bourdage

SAULT STE. MARIE

As a natural highway into the Great Lakes, the Soo is forever linked to its river, the “Bawating” as named by the Ojibwe people. And as a gateway to the further-north, the city is a vibrant hub for arts and culture in Northern Ontario, including a rich Indigenous artist community.

Photo by Eilish Waller

SCUGOG

Scugog is a sweeping township skirting a lake by the same name, with its largest population anchored in Port Perry. From artisan workshops to performances responding to local history, this hub northeast of Toronto and just north of Oshawa is the perfect creative getaway out of the city.

Photo courtesy of South Georgian Bay Arts Network

SOUTH GEORGIAN BAY

South Georgian Bay’s sun and ski destinations draw visitors year-round. From Wasaga Beach to Collingwood and Blue Mountain, the area enjoys one of the largest concentrations of artists in Ontario. Artists in the region amplify the beauty of the natural environment and create events that allow locals and visitors to gather, create, and celebrate community.

Photo by Danny Custodio

ST. CATHARINES & NIAGARA

St. Catharines grew into a bustling city after the construction of the Welland Canal in 1820. Since then, St. Catharines has also become a thriving centre for the arts and includes the Niagara Artists Centre, the St. Catharines Museum and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

Photo: Destination Ontario

SUDBURY

Originally inhabited by the Ojibwe people of the Anishinaabek for thousands of years, Sudbury is the largest city by population in Northern Ontario, is home to the famous Big Nickel and is a leader in entertainment, arts, culture and tourism.

Photo of Thunder Bay Gallery Collection

THUNDER BAY

Stunning landscape meets unique history in Thunder Bay, on the traditional territory of the Anishinabek. This city is rich with history, artists, and landmark institutions including the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and the Thunder Bay Museum.

Photo by Fee Gunn

TORONTO QUEEN WEST

There are free events in every corner of the city, celebrating Toronto’s many different and diverse communities. This year, the focus will be on the Queen West neighbourhood, its many artists within, and the annual Queen West Art Crawl.

Photo by Mirna Chacin

VAUGHAN

Vaughan is a creative city that integrates art into its public realm – a city where art is accessible to all people and valued as a placemaking catalyst for conveying Vaughan’s unique identity. Vaughan is home to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, featuring more than 6000 works by artists across Canada.

Photo by Noor Khan

WINDSOR

Windsor, stretching along the Detroit River, is a vibrant cultural destination and a starting point for visitors to the province. Ontario’s southernmost city is storied with transportation innovation and labour history, making Windsor’s tale ripe for the art scene to explore.