Sudbury.com is putting together a weekly list of local events and projects (virtual or otherwise) to keep families busy and offer some welcome distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Queerantine 2.0: Greater Sudbury Pride Week
This year’s pride week features a mix of virtual and in-person events. Virtual: speed friending, queer short films program, queer trivia and Drag Show Spectacular hosted by Zig’s Bar and more. In-person: Queering the Beach, Big Nickel Lightshow and more. Learn more about the festival here.
Blueberry Festival contest
July 15 submission deadline
Sudbury’s annual Blueberry Festival is cancelled once again this year, but organizers have a new event in the works, one with a COVID-19 twist. Share your COVID cuisine (recipes) or COVID chronicles (stories). Entries do not need to have a blueberry twist. The purpose is to discover how creative people have been with food, baking and cooking experiences, and different stories of interest both negative and positive during this unprecedented period and how this may have changed lives during this time and perhaps into the future. Winners will receive blueberry heritage cookbooks and hand-painted blueberry wine glasses. Submissions accepted until July 15. Send your entry to GreaterSudburyBlueberry@gmail.com.
George Thorogood And the Destroyers 2022 concert
Tickets on sale July 16 (pre-sale July 15)
The Sudbury Community Arena has announced legendary rockers George Thorogood and the Destroyers are playing our local barn (although not until next year). The band plans to bring its “Good to be Bad: 45 years of Rock” tour to the arena on Friday, May 13, 2022, presented by Jones Entertainment Group. Tickets start at $59 and go on sale Friday, July 16 at 10 a.m. online at www.greatersudbury.ca/tickets. The exclusive pre-sale for Sudbury Arena subscribers members happens Thursday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is available online only, at www.greatersudbury.ca/tickets.
River & Sky Music/Camping Festival
July 16 and 17
River & Sky is happening live and in-person. 300 tickets are available. Vaccine proof required for adult attendees. All children must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult. Lineup: Haviah Mighty, Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs and more. Visit the festival’s website for tickets and more information.
Virtual Crochet Night
Volunteer Sudbury is hosting a Virtual Crochet Night on Zoom from 6-8 p.m. This free event is open to everyone in Greater Sudbury and beyond, regardless of age or skill level. Participants are invited to join the call to work on a current or new project. Interested participants can visit Eventbrite to register for the free event. Participants must register ahead of the event to receive the Zoom link by email.
Virtual workshops for parents of students entering post-secondary studies
July and August
Do you have a child thinking about attending or actually starting college or university in September? Cambrian College is hosting a three-part online series, “Supporting Your Post-secondary Student.” Topics are as follows: The Application Process (1-2 p.m. July 21), OMG! They’re In! (1-2 p.m. July 28), Now You Have a College Student (1-2 p.m. Aug. 4). Register online here.
Virtual comedy performance
Sudbury Performance Group hosts a virtual performance by Hamilton comedian Eric Johnston at 7:30 p.m. July 22. Tickets for the night of comedy are Pay What You Can (suggested $25 for Zoom and $20 for YouTube). Phone 705-662-8518 or visit sudburyperformance.ca. Unique links will be sent to patrons the day before the event.
Black Lives Matter Sudbury Reads Poetry and Short Stories
A virtual event at 7 p.m. brings Black lives Matter Sudbury’s second BLMS Reads event, featuring readings of poetry and short stories from The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry and other works.
Northern Arts Festival
If you’ve been missing live musical performances, Sudbury Performance Group has the solution in the form of the second edition of its Northern Arts Festival. It will livestream shows from The Coulson nightclub each Saturday evening. All performances run from 7-9 p.m. on Sudbury Performance Group’s Facebook page, and are free of charge for audiences. Coming up July 24 is Skylark.
YES Theatre summer season
YES Theatre has announced its summer program, consisting of a variety of streamed and in-person events. Live from the Grotto runs Aug. 31-Sept. 19, and features three different concerts from the Grotto (Through Rose Coloured Glasses, Ghosts of Broadway, A Song to the Moon). Night Owl Cabaret Series runs various nights from July 16-Aug. 14. Watch livestreamed cabaret shows created and performed by favourite YES Theatre artists. Take Out Cabarets run during July and August, and allows people to invite neighbours and family to take to the driveway or the grass for a special one-hour concert presented by YES Theatre artists. Tickets at www.yestheatre.com.
Sidewalk chalk challenge
Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury invites residents to brighten their neighbourhood with a sidewalk chalk mural. Grab some chalk, get creative, and transform a bit of pavement into something wonderful. Consider teaming up with neighbours to make an even bigger splash along your block (follow current COVID guidelines). Don’t forget to share some pictures, anytime in July. E-mail email@example.com with a picture, or post on social media with the hashtag #NeighbourhoodsTogether, and your neighbourhood location. Posts can be made on twitter or Instagram, on in the Project Impact Sudbury Facebook group. Spread the joy, and be entered into a draw for a fun neighbourhood prize.
Provincial Park Day Pass lending Greater Sudbury Public Library
Library members with a card in good standing are eligible to borrow one Ontario Parks Pass for up to seven days. The pass provides free entry for one vehicle and all passengers to visit any provincial park for the day, including weekends. Greater Sudbury’s 13 library locations each have three passes that members can borrow first come, first served. Due to anticipated demand, holds and transfers between locations are not available. Residents must contact their nearest library location to request a pass and arrange for pickup.
Perogies and Cabbage Rolls
Mondays to Fridays
Fresh perogies and cabbage rolls are available for curb-side pick-up from Monday to Friday at the Ukranian Seniors’ Centre. Place your order by phoning 705-673-7404.