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.

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.”

Halton Hills

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

Lincoln

Historic sites and small town charm welcome you to this corner of the Niagara region. Local arts take inspiration from Lincoln’s agricultural legacy⁠ — as a diverse producer of fruit, vegetables, flowers, and wine⁠ — and natural beauty, found in the Niagara escarpment and Lake Ontario.

Markham & Unionville

Forty minutes north of downtown Toronto, Markham is one of Canada’s most culturally-diverse cities. From large-scale community art collaborations to dance events for the young and old, this festival hub is bursting with creativity.

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.

Prescott-Russell

These united counties east of Ottawa are located along the Ontario-Quebec border. With a large French-speaking community, this hub presents festival goers with many francophone events, including intimate studio visits with local artisans.

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.

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.

Toronto – Esplanade

The Esplanade, a.k.a. the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood, is a high density community along the central waterfront of Toronto. A diverse population of young and old, abilities and incomes, and of cultural backgrounds informs all artistic expression in the community.

Windsor

Stretching along the Detroit River, this border-community is an essential economic port and tourist gateway. Ontario’s southern-most city is storied with transportation innovation and labour history, making Windsor’s tale ripe for the art scene to explore.

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