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Archive: Festival Hubs 2023

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.

a drawing of a building, sitting on a easel in front of the building 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.

a group of kids do arts & crafts together at a table GANarts.ca community art space

1,000 Islands & Gananoque

This waterfront region, home to more than 1800 islands, stretches east along the St. Lawrence River. The area shines in the summer and has plenty to do during the cooler months too.

two young woman stand together at a craft table Photo by Sarah Arfan


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 and its unique collaborative arts programming.

5 woman dance on a stage together Photo by Olivia Brocklehurst


Along the Niagara Escarpment, in the northwest end of the Greater Toronto Area, you’ll find the communities of Halton: Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville and Burlington. The area’s natural beauty, historic hamlets and charming villages have captured the hearts of artists, encouraging many of them to call this place home.

A mural made of various blocks of colour Photo credit Kaitlyn Patience

Ottawa Region

Located in eastern Ontario, Canada’s capital city presents you with impressive “big-ticket” possibilities, like Parliament Hill and national museums. Visit Ottawa proper for a rich cultural experience, and the satellite Hub of Prescott-Russell for a selection of arts and culture events for all ages.

A young woman, wearing a orange "Every child matters" t-shirt, points to some indigenous art and addresses a tour group 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.

A woman, wearing a brown sweater and red hair in a bun, helps a little girl with her craft Photo by Eilish Waller


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.

A group of people mingle in a bar 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.

several very realistic artworks of trees and snow St. Catharine’s Culture Days. Photo by Danny Custodio

St. Catharines & Niagara

Catharines grew into a bustling city after the construction of the Welland Canal in the 1820’s and since then, the city has also become a thriving centre for the arts. Nearby Lincoln boasts the historic and lively Lincoln Museum & Cultural Centre.

four indigenous paintings 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.

a crowded art market on a sunny day Photo by Fee Gunn

Toronto Queen West

a woman leading a workout class Photo by Mirna Chacin


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.

a young woman, wearing an orange shawl, glasses, and short black hair, smiles for a photo


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.

Logo of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming corporation (OLG) featuring a red and yellow design with the text "play for ontario" in blue next to it.

The Ontario Culture Days Regional Hub program is sponsored by OLG.