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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.

Cyril Varney P.S. walk down memory lane 

June 9 

When the school year comes to an end, Cyril Varney Public School will bid farewell to the community it has served since 1967. Students in the English Program in New Sudbury will attend the newly renovated Churchill Public School when classes resume this fall. To mark the transition, former staff, students and families are invited to visit Cyril Varney Public School one last time June 9 from 4-6 p.m. Community members with a connection to the school are also welcome.

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.

Jazzed Up Downtown series 

June 9

Jazz Sudbury runs 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. The Zach Clement Trio performs June 9. Visit www.jazzsudbury.com.

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.

GNO presents Against All Odds exhibit

June 10 to July 22 

In the geocultural environment of Northern Ontario, the mining imaginary has long been a structuring force in stories, poetry and art. Elyse Portal, Magali Alanis Rodriguez Beaudoin, and Camille Tremblay Beaulieu, three Sudbury artists whose practices are directly informed by their milieu, seek to forge links between the various issues that take place there. Through photography, installation works, and in situ gestures, they cultivate a relationship to nature and to others based on principles of interdependence and reciprocity that work against an extractive logic. Exhibit opens at Place des Arts at 5 p.m. June 10. More information available here.

Sudbury Performance Group presents RENT: The 25th Anniversary

Until June 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.

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.

Rayside-Balfour Days

June 9-11

Enjoy kids’ activities, a parade, live music, a classic car show, a barbecue and more over three days at venues in Azilda and Chelmsford. Hotel California (Eagles tribute) and Green River (CCR tribute) are the musical headliners at the Super Sound Explosion event at the Edgar Leclair Centre Saturday night. Tickets and a full rundown of activities are available online here.

Copper Cliff Community Yard Sale

June 11

The 14th annual Copper Cliff Community Yard Sale runs June 11. 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.

Peter Schneider Concert Series

June 12 

For more than 20 years, new and seasoned musicians have delighted crowds from June to August with free concerts in Bell Park every Sunday evening from 7 to 8:15 p.m. as part of the Peter Schneider Concert Series. Kelly Perras and Kevin Closs perform at William Bell Gazebo June 12. Kelly and Kevin have worked together for many years. They are very excited to be performing together again as an acoustic duo. With repertoire ranging from Lightfoot to Queen, audiences are delighted to hear songs usually reserved for a full band, skillfully executed with a guitar and two voices.

Do More Walk/Run (Easter Seals Ontario fundraiser)

June 12 

BioPed Footcare clinics across Ontario and the rest of the country are leading Do More Walk/Run events in their communities on June 12. The Do More event is an annual walk/run in support of Easter Seals Ontario and children and youth with physical disabilities. Participants will have the opportunity to walk or run the designated course while connecting with their community and meeting Easter Seals kids and families who have been invited to attend and take part. Event can also be completed virtually. Sudbury event takes place starting at 10 a.m. June 12. Meeting place is at 1942 Regent St. South (BioPed Sudbury Clinic).

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.

Copper Cliff High School Reunion

June 15 registration deadline 

After two consecutive years of cancellations due to the pandemic, the Copper Cliff High School Reunion is set to take place July 15-16 at the Steelworkers Hall. The deadline to register is coming up June 15 (phone Diane Hebert at 705-470-2577, Kim Kanerva at 705-682-2684 or email cchs.reunion.2022@gmail.com). There is also a Facebook page associated with the event. The reunion will include an official opening, live music, an audio visual presentation featuring images of life at CCHS and of Copper Cliff, a golf tournament, a Slo-Pitch game and a “Ramble Around the Cliff” (walking tour of Copper Cliff).

HSN Virtual AGM

June 15

Health Sciences North will host its 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually June 15 at 5 p.m. The AGM will feature a panel discussion celebrating HSN’s 25th anniversary. This engaging and reflective discussion will be moderated by Mark Hartman, senior vice president, patient experience and digital transformation.The 2022 AGM will also feature reports from the chair of the HSN Patient and Family Advisory Council, the chair of the HSN Board, the [resident and CEO, the chief of staff and the Board Treasurer. Community members and media are invited to register for the virtual AGM by June 10. Registration details are available at hsn.sudbury.ca.

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. 

Sudbury Indie Cinema hosts Queer North Film Festival

June 16-19

Queer North Film Festival is currently the only queer film festival in Northern Ontario. Queer North celebrates the diversity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & two-spirited communities through quality cinema. All screenings take place at Sudbury Indie Cinema (162 Mackenzie St.). June 16-19. Purchase tickets online here.

Sudbury Performance Group presents Céleste Lévis and Pandora Topp

June 17 and 18 

Sudbury Performance Group presents francophone music as part of its La Musique Fest. Céleste Lévis performs June 17. Cafe Piaf with Pandora Topp is June 18. Both shows take place at Thorneloe University. Doors open at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online here.

L’Arche Sudbury Golf Tournament

June 17 

If you’re looking for a tee off and a chance to support L’Arche Sudbury at the same time, you’ll love the chance to play as part of their first annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament. Held on June 17 at the Lively Golf and Country Club, you’ll not only have a chance to raise funds for the local organization, but also the chance to win prizes and have a great day out on the green. There will be hole-in-one prizes, if you’re feeling lucky, including Including a 2022 Toyota, donated by Laking Toyota, as well as a cash prize of $10,000, donated by McDougall Insurance. Green Fees, cart, lunch, snacks, and swag bag are included in the price of $225.00 per person, or $900 for a foursome. Charitable receipts will be issued. For all the details and to register for the L’Arche Sudbury first annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament visit their website here or email them at office.assistant@larchesudbury.org.

HSN Volunteer Association AGM 

June 22 

The Health Sciences North Volunteer Association’s 21st Annual General Meeting takes place June 22 at 4:15 p.m. If you would like to attend, phone 705 523-7100, ext. 3676 and an invitation will be emailed to you.

Cinéfest Sudbury presents screening of The Phantom of the Open 

June 22 

The Phantom of the Open is the third film of 2022 in Cinéfest Sudbury’s Red Carpet Patron Program. The comedic sports drama is directed by Craig Roberts and starring Mark Rylance (Academy Award Winner—Bridge of Spies) and Sally Hawkins (Academy Award Nominee—Blue Jasmine and The Shape of Water). The screening takes place at SilverCity Sudbury on Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online here.

La Nuit Sur l’étang presents Inner Circle concert

June 25 

Les Concerts La Nuit Sur l’étang  presents an acoustic concert called Inner Circle featuring longtime friends Zachary Richard and Robert Paquette as well as five other musicians. Event runs at 8 p.m. June 25 at College Boréal. Purchase tickets online here.

Art Gallery of Sudbury presents Is this real life 

Runs to June 26

Is this real life | Est-ce la vraie vie is a contemporary installation of 25 artworks by 26 artists looking back on two years of unsettling times, including works by Alexandra Berens, Jon Butler, Linda Finn, Sue Gamble, Ashley Guenette, Madison Kotyluk, Martin Kotyluk, Maven Kotyluk, Sue Lampinen, Maria Legault, Suzanne McCrae, Andrew McPhail, Jess McShane, Neli Nenkova, Rob O'Flanagan, Elyse Portal, Emilio Portal, Joey Solomon, Heather Topp, Isak Vaillancourt, Rita Vanderhooft, Sharon VanStarkenburg, Johanna Westby, Cheryl Wilson Smith, Laura Woermke, and Karen Ylitalo. Each artwork was selected on its individual merit. Gathered together in the exhibition installation, the artworks offer meditations by artists on artmaking during pandemic, mortality, social distancing, sheltering at home, the companionship of pets during solitude, the omnipresence of social media, real opportunities for social change and reconciliation, environmental impact, and essential connections to nature and the outdoors. The exhibit opened May 19, and runs until June 26 at Art Gallery of Sudbury. The gallery is still operating under COVID-19 restrictions. Pre-book visits online here.

Centre Club d'Âge d’Or de la Vallée

June 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 - 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. June events include the Regular Meeting and Barbecue (June 8 at 4 p.m.), Diner Amical (June 17 at noon) and Amateur Musicians (June 27 at 12:30 p.m.). Centre Club d'Âge d’Or de la Vallée is located at 26 Côté Blvd. in Hanmer. Phone 705-969-8649. 

Northern Lights Festival Boréal 

July 7-10

Tickets are now on sale for the July 7-10 festival in Bell Park, Northern Lights Festival Boréal’s 50th edition. The festival has announced headliners including The New Pornographers, Judy Collins, Bombino and more. Passes are available online at nlfb.ca/tickets.

Comedian Russell Peters at Sudbury Community Arena

July 8 

After four years away, Russell Peters returns to his home and native land with his Act Your Age World Tour. After sold-out shows in Chicago, New York, DC, Cairo, Amman, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Russell is bringing his new act back to Canada with shows from Victoria to St. John’s. Peters has been awarded a Gemini, Peabody, Emmy and Canadian Screen Award. He was also the first comedian to have a comedy special on Netflix. Peters brings his show to the Sudbury Community Arena July 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets available online here

STC/YES Theatre present The Wizard of Oz in Concert 

July 14-17 

The classic show in all its glory, this production of The Wizard of Oz celebrates the rarely heard full score. With an astounding 20 piece orchestra and more than 20 actors, this concert is not to be missed. This heartwarming show brings you all the movie magic memories and the nostalgia for the girl in the ruby red slippers. As Dorothy takes us on the adventure of a lifetime with her friends, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion, she discovers the true meaning of friendship, bravery, brains and heart. Fly over the rainbow with her as she reminds us all that there is no place like home. Runs at STC July 14-17. Purchase tickets online here.

River & Sky Music Camping Festival

July 21-24

River & Sky Music/Camping Festival’s 14th edition is set to take place July 21 to 24 at Fisher’s Paradise, on the banks of the Sturgeon River. Pink Mountaintops, Austra, Dilly Dally, OMBIGIIZI, Murder Murder, Young Guv, Tush, Frankie & The Witch Fingers, Ami Dang, Badge Epoque Ensemble, Wine Lips, Casper Skulls, Ouri, Yoo Doo Right, Bodywash and Choses Sauvages are all part of the lineup. Tickets are available on the festival’s website.

Brett Kissel concert 

July 23

Canadian country musician Brett Kissel performs at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Bell Park July 23. Also performing is Kissel’s pal, Nate Haller. Purchase tickets through the concert’s promoter, Cabin Media.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.