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What’s on where: Things to do in Sudbury

A look at what's happening in the community
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Sudbury.com runs a weekly list of things that are going on locally, both in-person and virtual. If you’re planning a performance, class, presentation, exhibit, fundraiser, initiative or other event in Greater Sudbury, send the details to calendar@sudbury.com so we can spread the word.

Jazzed Up Downtown series 

May 12

Jazz Sudbury has resumed its free concert series every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Oscar’s Grill, located at 86 Durham Street in Downtown Sudbury. The series features musicians from the Sudbury jazz community. Kelly Perras Trio performs May 12. Visit www.jazzsudbury.com.

Virtual presentation by athlete Marnie McBean 

May 12 

One of Canada’s most decorated athletes is the keynote speaker at this year’s Parents As Career Coaches event from Cambrian College. Marnie McBean is a three-time Olympic gold medalist in rowing. McBean is also a mother. During Parents As Career Coaches, McBean will discuss how to help children set goals for their education and career and achieve them. This free event is being held via Zoom from 6-8 p.m. May 12. Event also features presentations by Cambrian Liaison Officer Nicole Vizza and Digital Recruiter Colleen Heidman. Register online here.

In Waves album release/performance with 3DSPEX 

May 13

A band that formed two-and-a-half years ago at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic has finally released its first album – and the band is performing a show at Lounge 390 on May 13 to showcase the new tunes.The alternative rock band In Waves has a progressive flare to their style of music. The niche genre can be checked out in their newly released album that is soon to be on major streaming platforms such as Itunes and Spotify. For now, listeners can check out the digital songs that have released on their Facebook page.

PlaySmelter theatre festival

Until May 14 

For the first time in two years, PlaySmelter, Sudbury’s theatre festival, runs May 11-14 at Place des Arts, N’Swakamok Friendship Centre and Sudbury Theatre Centre. It is the festival’s 10th anniversary and its largest iteration yet, with performances, pop-ups and nightly roof-top presentations in several venues in downtown Sudbury. Details on all events, including tickets and venues, is available at playsmelter.ca.

Comedian Mike Wilmot

May 14 

Canadian comedy veteran Mike Wilmot is returning to Sudbury for a show on May 14 at the Northbury Hotel. Wilmot was already an established comic in 1995 when he decided to start a new chapter in the United Kingdom. There, he spent 23 years building a reputation as “one of the unsung heroes of the UK comedy scene.” The show in Sudbury will also have local comics Shayne Dupont and Shawn McLaren on board. Tickets will be $25 each or a reserved table of 10 can be purchased for $275. Tickets can be purchased here.

Yard Sale at Sudbury Indie Cinema

May 14 

Sudbury Indie Cinema Co-op is hosting a yard sale in their parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12. Come find those vintage treasures to put a smile on your face.  The Indie is gratefully accepting donations to the yard sale up to May 12. Email YardSale@SudburyIndieCinema.com for drop up times and location. 

Carrefour francophone presents Science Workshop with Pierre Harrison (francophone family activity)

May 14 

Independent learning, imagination and creativity! First, the children become Pierre’s technical assistants as they help him deliver his presentation on various scientific concepts using everyday objects. For their part, the parents in the audience get great inspiration for ways to continue these explorations at home. Then, children and parents explore various activity centres set up around the room, all well equipped with materials to continue exploring scientific concepts like magnetism, forces and air. Also, they have to complete a challenge set out by Pierre! The materials needed for this workshop are provided to you free of charge. Runs at noon. Purchase tickets online here.

Junction Creek Festival and Trout Release

May 14 

The Junction Creek Stewardship committee presents its annual Junction Creek Festival and Trout Release May 14. Runs 12-3 p.m. at Twin Forks Playground (1475 Gary Ave.). This free event is suitable for families of all ages with lots of games, activities, and a barbecue. Attendees will have the opportunity to release brook trout into Junction Creek, identify bugs from the creek, meet live reptiles, play the Junction Creek fishing game, and participate in other fun activities offered by community partners. Sign up online here.

Sudbury Performance Group presents The Mudmen

May 14 

Always entertaining and definitely unique, The Mudmen are a blast of Celtic energy whose members are known to be characters both on and off the stage. Sudbury Performance Group presents The Mudmen May 14 at The Coulson. The show starts at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online here.

Carrefour Francophone presents screening of Mia et le migou (French-language family film)

May 15 and 29

Carrefour francophone presents family French-language screenings of the film “Mia et le migou” at Sudbury Indie Cinema. One night Mia has a premonition. So after saying a few words of parting at her mother’s grave, she sets out on a journey across mountains and jungles to search for her father, who is trapped in a landslide at a remote construction site. Screenings on May 15 and May 29, at 1 p.m. both days. Purchase tickets online here.

Sudbury Indie Cinema double bill fundraiser for Ukrainian National Federation Sudbury 

May 16

Sudbury Indie Cinema has organized an Ukrainian film Double-Bill Fundraiser for the Ukrainian National Federation Sudbury in response to the recent property damage and vandalism they suffered. The goal is to raise $1,000 to cover off the out-of-pocket expense of replacing their front window. The Indie is donating 100 per cent of screening proceeds to this effort. The first film is the Sundance winning documentary “The Earth is as Blue as an Orange,” followed by “Donbass,” Ukraine’s official submission to the Academy Awards 2019. Screenings are at 5:15 and 7:15 p.m. Single film tickets are $15, and the double-bill is $25. Tickets are available at the Indie box office or online here

Sudbury Performance Group presents Natalie Crispo

May 18 

Natalie has been playing live for seven years now, solo and with her band, and brings audiences everything from country, soft rock, pop, and more. Check out her performance at Hilton Garden Inn May 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets free. More information available here.

Sudbury Performance Group presents Good Vibes 

May 19 

For the last couple of years, Sudbury trio Good Vibes has been bringing the party to venues all over Northern Ontario, with their repertoire of classic dance tunes, one-hit wonders, and not-so-guilty pleasures. For their acoustic performance, Ryan and Patrick bring down the volume but keep the vibes at a maximum – perfect for chair dancing, cocktail tapping, and rhythmic snacking – or for an impromptu, after-work singalong. Choose your own adventure! Check out their performance at Hilton Garden Inn May 19 starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets free. More information available here.

DaBaby at Sudbury Community Arena

May 20 

American rapper DaBaby plays the Sudbury Community Arena May 20. Purchase tickets at www.greatersudbury.ca/tickets, in-person at the Sudbury Community Arena or by phone at 705-671-3000.

La Slague presents Nikamu Mamuitun / Chansons rassembleuses (Togetherness Songs)

May 20 

A big boreal celebration brings together four Indigenous musical artists, Matui from Côte-Nord, Karen Pinette-Fontaine from Mani-Utenam, Scott Pien-Picard from Uashat, Ivan Boivin-Flamand from Manawan in Atikamekw country, alongside four non-Indigenous artists, Cédrick St-Onge, Chloé Lacasse, Joëlle St-Pierre and Marcie. Solid back-up band members and artistic mentorship from the likes of Florent Vollant make this indie-indigenous folk rock shine brightly in the spirit of togetherness. Takes place at Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury. Doors open at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

La Slague presents La Nuit émergente

May 21 

A dozen performers on several stages in one exciting evening. Audiences wander freely, exploring an eclectic array of up-and-coming talents in a festival atmosphere. That’s the vibe at La Nuit émergente, an innovative event that really hits the spot with Sudbury audiences. Now, for the first time, it’s happening at Place des Arts. Doors open at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

Vacant Nouvelon trustee position (call for applicants)

Applications close May 25 

After the recent passing of veteran trustee André Bidal, Conseil scolaire catholique (CSC) Nouvelon will select a new trustee to represent constituents living in Greater Sudbury’s Zone 5 (Wards 7 to 12) until trustee elections take place this fall. The CSC Nouvelon invites all persons interested in serving as school board trustee for this area to submit a letter of motivation with a resume no later than 4 p.m. May 25. Send applications to Nouvelon director of education at paul.henry@nouvelon.ca.

Defeat Depression Walk/Run

May 28 

The 9th Annual Sudbury Defeat Depression walk/run takes place in Bell Park May 28. Gather at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., and the walk/run starts at 10 a.m. Supports the Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA). Register online here.

L’Arche Sudbury’s Rock the Boat 

May 28

L’Arche Sudbury, a non-profit that works with people with intellectual disabilities, has announced a new way to Rock the Boat in honour of founding member Roma Griffin. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 in front of the Amici and Ezentials building located at 863 Barrydowne Rd. There will also be live music being performed by members of AndDeJam from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information is on their website, found here.

GNO presents exhibit Pi, in progress

Runs until May 30

The Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario is proud to announce Pi, in progress, the very first exhibition in its new gallery space at Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury. Lise Beaudry, a Franco-Ontarian visual artist originally from Earlton, proposed an original sculptural installation made up of thousands of stacked archival photos. In the exhibition Pi, in progress, Beaudry shares the process behind the creation of Pi (2020-2022), a permanent installation that stands 3.14 meters tall, like a pillar at the heart of the Place des Arts’ foyer. The permanent work will be unveiled during the official opening of Place des Arts. A gallery opening is planned for April 30 at 5 p.m. The exhibit runs until May 30. Visit GNO’s website for more information.

Centre Club d'Âge d’Or de la Vallée

May activities 

Mondays - exercises, cafe, card games (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), community dinner, (12 p.m.), knitting (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Tuesdays - line dancing (10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), jeux de pochettes (1-3 p.m.), Wednesday - yoga (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.), montage en papier (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Thursdays - bricolage (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Carpentry also runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Closed Monday, May 23 for Victoria Day. Centre Club d'Âge d’Or de la Vallée is located at 26 Côté Blvd. in Hanmer. Phone 705-969-8649. 

Sudbury Arts Council photo contest 

June 1 submission deadline

Sudbury Arts Council (SAC) invites amateur and professional photographers to submit images for a 2023 desk calendar. The Arts Council has an opportunity to do something fun with Journal Printing by supplying images for the company's annual complimentary calendar. The theme is Naturally Sudbury. Submissions should focus on Sudbury's natural beauty. Thirteen colour images will be selected by members of the arts council board, one for each month and a cover shot. Deadline for submissions to sac.communicate@gmail.com is June 1, 2022. More information regarding submissions is available at the SAC website, www.sudburyartscouncil.ca.

Sudbury Performance Group presents RENT: The 25th Anniversary

June 2-11

Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop-cultural phenomenon, with songs that rock, and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Sudbury Performance Group presents their version of the musical June 2-11 at Thorneloe University Theatre. Purchase tickets online here.

STC presents Menopause: The Musical

June 3-5 

Returning to STC after three years, come see what millions of women have been laughing, cheering and raving about! Set in a department store, four women with nothing in common but a black lace bra… come to realize they have a lot more to share than ever imagined. The stellar Canadian All-Star cast, makes fun of their hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, wrinkles, not enough sex, too much sex and a whole lot more! It's a Laugh Out Loud comedy staged to 25 classic hits of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Runs June 3-5. Ticket information available here.

Cambrian Campus Comeback Tour 

June 4 

Fresh on the heels of its Virtual Spring Open House, Cambrian College is back with a full-fledged, in-person event. The Cambrian Campus Comeback Tour will take place Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the college’s main campus in Sudbury. At the Cambrian Campus Comeback Tour, you will meet faculty, staff and students who will share with you details about Cambrian’s 90+ programs, student services, financial aid, and other information about the college journey. Guided tours will also be offered. There will also be free food and lots of prizes. More details available here.

Collège Notre-Dame Le Bistro concert 

June 9 

Collège Notre-Dame’s Le Bistro singing café presents its new repertoire to the public during a June 9 concert.The Bistro is made up of CND music students from grades 9 to 12. Event takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium located at 100 Lévis Street in Sudbury. Tickets are $5 each and snacks will be available for purchase during the intermission. There will also be a sale of works of art created by the school’s visual arts students. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards CND's music program while proceeds from the sale of artwork will support the school’s Art Club in the upcoming school year. Tickets can be purchased at Collège Notre-Dame’s main office or at the door prior to show time.

Dallas Smith at Sudbury Community Arena

June 10 

Billed as a multi-platinum winning country star, Dallas Smith is coming to the Sudbury Arena on June 10 as part of his Some Things Never Change Tour. This tour also includes the James Barker Band and special guest Meghan Patrick, Shawn Austin, JoJo Mason, Kelly Prescott and Manny Blu. Showtime is 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online here.

TNO presents Par ici, le talent! 

June 9-11 

The traditional TNO Community Show is back with a project that showcases the talent of Sudbury Francophones of immigrant background. This project is realized in collaboration with the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury (CSCGS), Communauté francophone accueillante and Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury, with the goal to create rich opportunities for Greater Sudbury's francophone cultural organizations and folks having immigrated to the region to meet, exchange, and create new ties with one another. Eight citizens will be selected to participate in three evenings of this Grand Theatrical Talent Competition presented on June 9, 10 and 11 at La Grande Salle of  La Place des arts. Tickets and more information is available here.

Copper Cliff Community Yard Sale

June 11

The 14th annual Copper Cliff Community Yard Sale runs June 11. Phone 705-682-0307 or email mycoppercliff@gmail.com by June 3 to include your sale or special venue on the official event map. The map will be available as of June 10 on the Copper Cliff CAN Facebook page and at First Round Bar & Grill (39 Balsam St.). 

La Slague presents CAGE with Dan Bédard

June 11 

CAGE is a cyberloop band. An algorithmic composer interacts with five musicians live on stage. The software, named M, improvises grooves and controls the band’s shared space according to predetermined probabilities. In turn, the musicians improvise with what they’re given, thus closing the loop. The band’s name is a nod to the experimental composer John Cage. Welcome to the crossroads of musicality and technology. Performance runs at 8 p.m. June 11 at Boîte noire, Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury. Tickets available online here.

STC PA Day camp 

June 13 

Exploration and fun are the key words for Sudbury Theatre Centre’s PA Day Theatre Camps for youth ages 8 – 12. The final PA Day camp of the school year runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 13. $60, or $55 for current STC Academy students. After-care until 5 p.m. is available upon request for an additional $10. Visit sudburytheatre.com/youth.

STC presents Leisa Way’s Rock n’ Roll is Here to Stay

June 15-17

Sudbury Theatre Centre presents the smash hit concert Rock ‘n Roll is Here to Stay on stage June 15 to June 17, starring Leisa Way and The Wayward Wind Band as they celebrate 50 years of rock history. Copper Cliff native and internationally acclaimed Canadian songbird Leisa Way has created magic with her newest concert, Rock n’ Roll is Here to Stay. Way and her Wayward Wind Band keep the rock ‘n roll and classic rock flame burning in this high energy show that will thrill audiences with the electrifying sounds of the hottest rock stars in history. For tickets contact the STC Box Office at 705-674-8381, in person at 170 Shaughnessy St. in downtown Sudbury (Tues. and Wed. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Thurs. and Fri. 12 p.m.  to 6 p.m.), or online at sudburytheatre.com. Masks are required for all performances of Rock ‘n Roll is Here to Stay. 

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 Ukrainian Seniors’ Centre. Place your order by phoning 705-673-7404.