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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.

Sudbury High School 50th anniversary reunion

June 24-25

Sudbury’s oldest high school, Sudbury High, merged with Sheridan Tech in 1973-74 to become Sudbury Secondary School. On the weekend of June 24-25, more than 60 members of the last graduating class of Sudbury High School will be getting together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their 1972 graduation.The weekend’s plans include a tour of the renovated halls that now make up the school they once knew, a wine and cheese get-together Friday evening, a stroll through Bell Park Saturday morning, and — to close off the weekend  a dinner, variety show and dance at the Caruso Club Saturday evening. The reunion events are open only to 1972 graduates and their guests. Email shsreunion72@gmail.com.

Stack Parking Lot Party (mini microbrew festival)

June 25

Stack Brewing is excited to celebrate its ninth anniversary with a parking lot party and mini microbrew festival. The event runs at Stack Brewing at 947 Falconbridge Rd. from 1-9 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Participating breweries are Gateway City Brewery, New Ontario Brewing Co., Sawdust City Brewery, and 46 North Brewing Co., as well as Stack brewing. They will be sampling a variety of beers. Local distillery Crosscut Distillery will be making cocktails on site as well. Local bands Justin James, Bad Hombres, and Harvey King and the Grindstone will be playing music throughout the day. Food vendors Beaucoup Plant Based and Mucho Burrito will be selling their favourite foods. Collective Haus barbershop will be on site giving haircuts for charity. Free brewery tours, henna art, and games will keep you busy all day! Beer tokens for sampling will be $3 for 6oz and $6 for 12oz. $5 admission at gate with a portion of proceeds from festivities going towards NEO Kids Foundation.

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.

Seniors’ Month Community Barbecue

June 25 

Enjoy a free barbecue in honour of Seniors’ Month from 12-2 p.m. June 25 at the Adanac Ski Hill chalet. Event is hosted by Right at Home Canada Home Health Care and Assistance. Free for seniors. All are welcome. Special guest Mayor Brian Bigger. Donations to The Canada Way are being accepted.

Onaping Falls Summerfest

June 25

Event runs at the Dowling Leisure Centre 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 (quiet hour 10-11 a.m. for special needs kids). Vendors, kids’ activities, a car show, barbecue and more. Check out a 100-foot inflatable obstacle course, a rock climbing wall, inflatable axe throwing, Northern Exotics, Talon & Bark Falconry and Science North’s Great Northern Ontario Roadshow.

Peter Schneider Concert Series

June 26

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. Jessical Lloyd and Louis Simao perform at the William Bell Gazebo June 26. Jessica and Louis are inspired by jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and lusophone music, giving them a unique sound. Their favorite part about being an artist is collaborating with many other diverse artists, as well as performing their favorite original song, “A Luz” which translates to “the light.” If you love what you see here, keep an eye out for their second solo CD, which they are currently working on.

Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides 

June 26

By participating in the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides, you are ensuring Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides can continue to fulfill our mission of empowering Canadians with disabilities to navigate their world with confidence and independence by providing Dog Guides at no cost to them and supporting each pair in their journey together. Sudbury event takes place starting at 9 a.m. June 26 at the Delki Dozzi complex. Register 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.

YES Theatre/STC Town hall

June 27

The YES and STC Partnership Town Hall will take place Monday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Sudbury Theatre Centre auditorium. (Event has been rescheduled from original June 26 date). This special event is an opportunity for community members to have an open forum discussion with staff and leadership of both YES and STC in regards to the 2022/2023 season partnership. The intention of this event is to increase transparency within the community and give community members an opportunity to voice their questions and concerns in an open, creative conversation. Alessandro Costantini (Interim Artistic Director), Scott Denniston (Interim General Manager), and various members of the board will be available for questions at the event. 

Rainbow board Kindergarten Camp 

June 29 registration deadline 

Rainbow District School Board will offer Kindergarten Camp for children starting school this fall.  The week-long program will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. from Wednesday, Aug. 24 to Wednesday, Aug. 31 at all Rainbow elementary schools. Children must be registered to attend school where the program is being offered. Under the guidance of qualified teachers and designated early childhood educators, children will enjoy a variety of daily routines and will engage in inquiry-based learning and play, including co-operative games and outdoor activities. The program will focus on collaboration, problem solving and innovation, and math and literacy. Register for Kindergarten Camp online here. The deadline to register is June 29. Inquiries can be sent to kindergartencamp@rainbowschools.ca.

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. 

Canada Day activities

July 1 

The Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association and Science North are partnering on this year’s Canada Day festivities. Event to be held on the grounds of Science North 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1. Variety show featuring local talents on the main stage, vendors, activities and fireworks. Multicultural association says its Canada Day food fair will be held on the grounds of Science North this year instead of at the Sudbury Arena. Check out the full list of activities here. Also, folks in the Blezard Valley area can head to their local celebration at the Sen. Rheal Belisle Cultural Centre from 2 - 10:30 p.m. July 1. Enjoy vendors, inflatables, games such as horseshoe and beanbag toss, free hotdogs and cupcakes, a family movie on the big screen and fireworks. Event will be held the next day in case of rain.

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.

Japan Festival 

July 16

Festival celebrating Japanese culture takes place Saturday, July 16 at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Bell Park, and runs noon to 6:30 p.m. The festival will be packed with entertainment and activities such as martial arts and taiko drum workshops hosted by professionals from Toronto and Ottawa. There will also be food vendors. 

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.

GNO presents Against All Odds exhibit

Until 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 runs until July 22. More information available here.

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.

Gallery 6500 presents Lost and Found exhibit 

Runs until August 

The contributions of eight artists reflect the themes associated with lost youth, lost opportunities, and in stark terms, the loss of a safe place to live and call home. This latter issue is never more relevant than it is today in our community. Featured artists include the late Ray Laporte, Trish Stenabaugh, Elizabeth Holmes, Ron Langin, Adrienne Assinawai, Judith Duncan, Nicole Poulin and Rosie Maddock. Gallery 6500 is located in the Steelworkers Hall on Brady Street, and is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.