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Kicking Off A Creative Fall Season

Can’t wait for the 2021 Ontario Culture Days Festival? Neither can we. Here are sneak peeks of some of the exciting events that have been registered early. Start saving the dates now!


Staff Picks: Music to Keep On Keeping On

It’s the last lazy weeks of summer, and we’re taking a moment to shout out some incredible Ontario-born or based musicians. The tone, lyrics, and emotions in these songs and albums have made her pandemic a little bit easier. Have fun scrolling through and then put on some jams, take a walk, or dance around in your kitchen—and enjoy!


Table Settings: Alchemy in conversation with Jane Macdonald

2021 Creatives in Residence, artist collective Alchemy, believe the sharing of art and food makes a difference on two fronts: in the community itself, and in the creative practices of the artists and makers they collaborate with. In this blog, Alchemy takes you behind the scenes to visit one of their collaborators—writer Jane Macdonald. 


When Art Meets Food: Claire Tallarico and Tonia Di Risio

Our next Creative In Residence profile brings us in conversation with Claire Tallarico and Tonia Di Risio. Together, they work under the banner of Alchemy, a collaborative initiative that fosters community engagement by sharing art, food, and conversation.


Life of a Library

Hiba Abdallah, 2021 Ontario Culture Days Creative in Residence, visited Toronto Public Library’s Eatonville branch in Etobicoke to reflect on the role of the library and its impact on staff and surrounding communities.


Ready, Set, Reopen: Activities and Performances to Explore as Ontario Opens up

Galleries are re-opening their doors, performers are back on stage, and audiences are flocking to institutions to experience the magic of the arts in-person. The province is bursting with creativity as we enter Step Three in Ontario’s Reopening Plan. To get the most out of this time, check out these upcoming activities from arts organizations and institutions in the province.


Ready, Set, Reopen: Part II

In our last Things to Do, we focused on the reopening of some featured galleries, highlighted live and virtual performances to take in, and provided ways to get creative this summer. With so many exciting arts & culture events popping up across the province, we’re bringing you even more reopening goodness!


Photo of landscape. Credit: Susan Straiton as featured in Art in the County 2020 Juror’s Choice Awards

Sun’s Out Fun: Art Activities and Tours to Enjoy Across the Province

With Ontario warming up for a beautiful summer, there’s no better time to celebrate the rich beauty and heritage of the province.


Cultural tourism: How the arts and travel sectors can bounce back together

When you visit a city or a town, what sorts of experiences do you seek out? Is the regional art gallery, for example, always a must-see? Do you track down the local concert listings? Or maybe you’re the type of traveller who hasn’t truly visited a place until you’ve sampled some of its specialty dessert (or perhaps its famous tipple). If any of these sound familiar, you might be what’s known as a cultural tourist.


Honouring Indigenous History Month

To honour Indigenous History Month, we’d like to highlight the huge depth and breadth of work that has been and continues to be done by our Indigenous colleagues in Ontario.


Culinary Interconnectedness: Tamara Green

Our next Creative In Residence profile brings us in conversation with chef and instructor Tamara Green. Her work focuses on pre-contact ingredients and her personal chef company, Indigenesis, works to re-integrate Indigenous foods and cooking methods.


Mobilising Communities: Laura Rojas

Creative in Residence Laura Rojas is a Colombian-born, Toronto-based artist who uses graphic design as a tool for education and activism. She tells us about her introduction to the world of zine-making as well as her upcoming project as part of the Ontario Culture Days 2021 Festival.