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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.

Jazz Sudbury Festival

Sept. 8-10

The Jazz Sudbury Festival returns this year Sept. 8-10. The venue for 2022 is the new Place des Arts building in downtown Sudbury. Grammy award-winning artist Alex Cuba to headline the festival Saturday night. Other performers include Teva Sela Quartet, Tio Chorinho, Harvey King and the Grindstone, Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop, ES:MO, Rich Brown & The New Abeng Quartet and The Heavyweights Brass Band, the Juno-award winning Avataar (fronted by Sudbury’s own Sundar Viswanathan) and Soul Stew. Tickets for each individual performance range from $25 to $35 depending on the night (Saturday is most expensive, Thursday is least) and full evening tickets are $70 for Thursday night and $90 for Friday and Saturday night. You can get a limited weekend pass for $225, but for $300, you can not only attend all 11 concerts, but the after-party concerts as well, which are missing from the limited pass. You can find more information and tickets on the festival website, found here

World Suicide Prevention Day

Sept. 10 

Saturday will be a day of observance and awareness in Sudbury for suicide prevention. The Suicide Safer Network (SSN) said it is hosting a family friendly memorial event on September 10 for World Suicide Prevention Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elizabeth St. Gazebo in Bell Park. The day will start at 1 p.m. with engaging activities such as rock painting with messages of hope, a resource fair of local mental health and addiction services, yoga, and more. At 2 p.m., Nogdawindamin Family and Community Services will lead the group in an opening prayer and drumming, followed by a series of speakers with lived experience, and a closing ceremony.

STC youth education programs

Fall term begins Sept. 10

Sudbury Theatre Centre has announced its 2022-23 season of educational programming.  Registration is now open for the fall term of drama and musical theatre classes, which begins Saturday, Sept. 10. The nine-week term will culminate in a recital for invited family members showcasing the participants’ talents. Academy classes are led by skilled instructors with extensive teaching backgrounds. Students are exposed to a wide range of games, exercises and experiences that are tailored to any skill level. These educational programs contribute to each student’s emotional, intellectual and social development. Participation also helps to develop their self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and fosters creative and critical thinking. Programs for ages six and up available. Registration discounts apply when booking more than one class or registering multiple children in the same family. For more information, including registration forms, visit sudburytheatre.com/youth. You may also email the Box Office at boxoffice@sudburytheatre.com, or phone the box office at 705-674-8381.

Sudbury Performance Group presents comedian Jon Dore

Sept. 10 

Comedian Jon Dore — a Conan O’Brien regular — will be performing in Sudbury Sept. 10. Dore is a talented Canadian writer and actor who has infused his comedic abilities into numerous hit television shows and films. In addition to recently wrapping his stand-up special for Comedy Central, he was the series lead in the CBS pilot, “The Half of It,” played a memorable guest star role on CBS’ Emmy Award-winning hit series, “How I Met Your Mother,” and played a lead role on ABC’s “How to Live With Your Parents.”  Dore has had multiple guest appearances on Conan, Baroness von Sketch Show, @Midnight, Inside Amy Schumer, and Hart of Dixie.  In addition to acting, Dore has an impressive writing résumé that includes The Comedy Network’s The Jon Dore Show, CBC’s Just for Laughs, and HBO’s popular Funny as Hell. You can also see Jon host eight episodes of The Stand-Up Show on the Comedy Network from July 2019’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Dore’s performance takes place on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Trevi Bar & Grill. Doors open at 5:30, with the show at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at www.sudburyperformance.ca, in person at the Trevi Bar & Grill, or by phoning 705-662-8518.

Midnight at Dawn kinky expo 

Sept. 10 

Sudbury’s second ever kinky expo, Midnight at Dawn, is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the The Northbury Hotel and Conference Centre on Brady Street, after a two-year hiatus. Midnight Manor, the organizer of this event, has partnered with Réseau ACCESS Networks, a local HIV/AIDS and social service organization, to offer sexual health education by providing safer sex supplies, and connecting folks to sexual health testing. For tickets or more information visit www.midnightatdawn.com.

Valley East Days

Sept. 9-11

Valley East Days returns Sept. 9-11. Free family fun at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre, fireworks, live entertainment and more. Country Night on Sept. 9 features Andrew Hyatt, Gil Grand and Roadhouse. Rock Night on Sept. 10 features Glass Tiger, Guns ‘N Roses tribute Appetite for Democracy and Supertramp tribute Dreamer. Tickets for Country Night and Rock Night available online here. Check out the full Valley East Days lineup on the event’s website.

Beacon 2022 Ride for Ashley

Sept. 11 

Many Sudburians are preparing to show their support for Ashley Dieks, a local paramedic and cyclist who was diagnosed earlier this year with Multiple Myeloma, a form of blood cancer. Friends have organized a community cycling event set for Sunday, Sept. 11. Organizers are encouraging people to grab their bikes and head over to the Garson Arena to join Beacon 2022 Ride for Ashley on that day. Registration begins at 10 a.m.  Organizers said the cycling event has something for everyone with several riding loops for novice riders as well as those hard-pedaling pavement pounders who can handle the longer rides. The 60K and 20K route start times are at 1 p.m. The 5K route start is at 1:30 p.m. Those who are not able to make the ride are still able to make a donation if they so choose. Organizers have set up a donation page for that specific purpose.

Maison McCulloch Hospice AGM

Sept. 12 

Maison McCulloch Hospice is holding its 14th Annual General Meeting virtually on Monday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. Interested individuals are asked to confirm their participation before noon Tuesday, Sept. 6 by reaching out to Colette at 705-674-9252 ext. 222.

Young Sudbury Singers registration

Sept. 14 

Registration for the Young Sudbury Singers’ 2022-23 season takes places this month. Participants can expect to sing, laugh, and learn a wide variety of music in a safe and supportive environment that will foster a lifelong love of singing. The Young Sudbury Singers, Greater Sudbury’s premiere choir for children and youth, offers two choirs that families can choose from. Junior Choir (grades 2-4) rehearses Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Junior Choir director Colette Nadeau conducts the school band and choir at R. L. Beattie PS and serves as executive director for the Northern Ontario Music Festival. The Senior Choir (Grade 5 and up) rehearses Wednesdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Senior Choir director Heather Charsley teaches music and the arts at C. R. Judd Public School, and serves as the director of music at St. Alban the Martyr Church. Registration Night for both choirs will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Sudbury Secondary School, 154 College St. in downtown Sudbury, from 6 to 7 p.m. Weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals will be held at the school until mid-May (excluding school holidays). More information about plans for the 2022-23 season is available at www.youngsudburysingers.ca.

Up Here presents Laura-Jane Grace

Sept. 15 

Laura Jane Grace is best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! Since coming out as transgender in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she has become an outspoken advocate for transgender awareness. Catch the musician in concert at Place des Arts Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. Concert is presented by Up Here and Modo Live. Tickets available online here.

Jaune comme joie (children’s theatre) at Place des Arts

Sept. 16

Jaune comme joie is a project that combines poetic words and object theatre. The play, intended for children aged three and up, explores the associations between emotions and colors. Colors and emotions are part of everyday life: colors surround us, emotions animate us. Yet, despite their ubiquity, they represent complex and subjective concepts that can be difficult for young children (and sometimes for older too!) to name and understand. Jaune comme joie has fun transforming these abstract notions into sources of pleasure. Why is yellow associated with joy? How can red represent both anger and love? Can one be “scared to death” of sadness, an emotion also represented by blue? These are the kinds of questions that are at the heart of the explorations made in Jaune comme joie, through objects and words. Play runs at Place des arts starting at 2 p.m. Sept. 16. Event presented by Théâtre Action. Tickets available online here.

STC/YES Theatre presents Into the Woods

Sept. 16-Oct. 9

Re-imagining Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s iconic masterpiece “Into the Woods” as an urgent interrogation of the necessity of storytelling in the face of the Climate Emergency. A world grappling with environmental collapse turns to classic children’s fairy tales as a way to make sense of its own story. Witness a world driven by the unexamined pursuit of self-interest, as individual wish fulfillment stifles any possibility of collective action. Ultimately, that bill comes due – as consequences of Giant proportions tear “Happily Ever After” asunder. Those left standing must rise above the temptation of crying “Your Fault” before the Last Midnight comes, and instead work together to fight for what it is that they want to pass on to the next generation. Production runs at STC Sept. 16 to Oct. 9. Purchase tickets online here.

City of Greater Sudbury tipping fee holiday

Sept. 16-24

In time for pre-winter cleaning, residential tipping fees are being waived at all Greater Sudbury landfill and waste transfer sites from Sept. 19-24. During this time, Greater Sudbury residents can deliver discarded household items to local landfill sites free of charge from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. During the free week, people are cautioned to expect longer than usual wait times.

Ryleigh’s Ride

Sept. 17

The annual Ryleigh's Ride motorcycle rally in support of the Hospital for Sick Children takes place on Saturday, Sept, 17, with registration happening at the A&W Restaurant at 2404 Long Lake Road at 9 a.m. The ride itself begins at 11 a.m. with a run out to Manitoulin Island for lunch. Registration is $40 for the rider and motorcycle, and an additional $20 for a passenger. This includes all your meals. Riders are encouraged to sign up online and plan for the great day. Ryleigh’s Ride first began in 2019 as a "thank you" gesture by the family of Ryleigh Valcourt. The child was born premature in 2018 and needed life-saving surgeries. Sadly, Ryleigh’s dad, Johnny Valcourt, died in a motorcycle accident in 2021. But Ryleigh’s Ride continues in his honour to support the hospital fund. As the riders return to Greater Sudbury after the run to Manitoulin, they will be invited to enjoy a celebration dinner and silent auction at the Garson Arena, 100 Church Street in Garson. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 5:15 p.m. There will also be a silent auction and entertainment. Those who cannot ride are still invited to take part in the supper and enjoy the company of all the others. Dinner is only $20 a person. Friends and supporters can join a ride team or they can make donations online

Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival

Sept. 17-25

The 34th edition of Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival runs Sept. 17-25. As was the case in 2020 and 2021, Cinéfest will continue to have a hybrid format this year, with some films available for streaming at home (87 films, a mixture of features and shorts), and others available in-theatre (74 feature films). Gala films (followed once again by après-film receptions) include Ashgrove, Call Jane, The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile, Viking, Alice, Darling, Broker, North of Normal, The Swearing Jar and Presque (Beautiful Minds). Cinéfest’s full lineup is available on the film festival’s website. For tickets, visit www.cinefest.com, phone 705-688-1234, or visit the Cinéfest Sudbury Box Office (located at 40 Larch Street, Unit 103).

Terry Fox Run

Sept. 18

More than 40 years have passed, but the annual Terry Fox Run is as much a part of an annual tradition as it ever was, and that is as true in Greater Sudbury as it is anywhere else in Canada. The annual run which was virtual in the past two years in Sudbury because of COVID, is live again this year. Friends and supporters of the 42nd annual Terry Fox Run have already earmarked Sept. 18 as the day to take part in the yearly tribute and fundraiser in honour of the young Canadian who set out in 1980 to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. The run will be staged locally from the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre at Bell Park with one-kilometre, four-kilometre and 10-kilometre routes. Check in is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 18 with the actual start time at 10:45 a.m. Check out the local Terry Fox page for up-to-date information. You can also support the Terry Fox Foundation by making donations online

L’Arche Sudbury’s 40th anniversary Pasta Dinner

Sept. 20

L’Arche Sudbury will be holding its annual Pasta Dinner event once again, this year on Tuesday Sept. 20 at the Caruso Club. Not only are they celebrating the community and people they love, but the 40th anniversary of the organization. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the evening ending at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $80.59 and can be purchased on the event specific website, found here and takeout meals can be purchased for $43.45 on the website and are available for pick up from 3 p.m. onwards.

Le French Fest 

Sept. 22-25

Le French Fest returns later this month, offering four nights of shows Sept. 22-25 at the brand-new Place des Arts. Mimi O’Bonsawin and Guests Sept. 22, Malika Tirolien Sept. 23, Danse Lhasa Danse Sept. 24, Stef Paquette Symphonique Sept. 25. La Slague's box office is operated by the box office at la Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury. The box office is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at laslague.ca, by phone at 705-885-1076 or in person at 27 Larch St.

Sudbury’s Tiny Underground Film Festival

Sept. 24

Sudbury's Tiny Underground Film Festival is Sudbury Indie Cinema’s latest edition to the film festival scene in Sudbury. STUFF’s inaugural festival runs Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Indie (162 Mackenzie St.). Festival showcases low and no-budget artist-driven film projects from northerners (all genres considered), as well as experimental, animation, avant-garde from the best. Also under consideration are films that incorporate mining themes. Rather than exploit natural resources, STUFF will explore the "underground" from a worker, community, or environmental perspective, with at least one feature per STUFF edition. Early Bird All-Access Passes and 4-Packs on sale now at Eventbrite for $35/$40. Purchase passes online here.

Sudbury Performance Group presents comedians Mike Bullard and Rick Lemieux

Sept. 24

Catch comedians Mike Bullard and Rick Lemieux at the Trevi Restaurant Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Mike Bullard accomplished something no other Canadian had before: hosted Canada's first truly successful nightly talk show. Running for six unprecedented seasons, Open Mike, was one of the longest running late-night talk shows in North America. Rick Lemieux has performed at comedy clubs and festivals all over Canada. Rick has organized many comedy shows in Northern Ontario and has helped to raise over $100,000 for several not-for-profit organizations over the years. Tickets to the show cost $35. Purchase tickets online here. Reserve your party’s seats through the Trevi at 705-560-0700.

Hike for Hospice

Sept. 25

Friends and supporters of the Sudbury Hospice Foundation are invited to make some time on Sunday, Sept. 25 to take part in the Sudbury Credit Union Hike for Hospice. The annual event will be taking place at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre at Bell Park in Sudbury. This is to be the first live-in-person hike since 2019 because of pandemic restrictions. Organizers said registration begins at 11 a.m. Sept. 25 and the hike itself will begin at 1 p.m. Pledge forms are available for pick up at any Sudbury Credit Union branch, Maison McCulloch Hospice and/or online at www.maisonsudburyhospice.org.

Kidney Walk

Sept. 25

This year's annual Kidney Walk takes place in Sudbury and all over Canada Sept. 25. As in the past two years, the walk this year will take place in a virtual format. Friends and supporters will be encouraged to get out in their local communities for an actual walk and to collect pledges and donations in support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Participants will be encouraged to raise funds via social media, family groups and by holding small group raffles or 50/50 draws or even a yard sale. Supporters are asked to go online to register for the walk and to encourage others to register.

L’Arche Sudbury’s free Union Duke concert in the park

Oct. 2

L’Arche Sudbury, an organization dedicated to supporting people with intellectual disabilities is hosting a free concert on Oct. 2 in Bell Park, featuring the sounds of Union Duke.  Held at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre, the show will be rain or shine. Opening for Union Union Duke will be well-known Sudbury singer-songwriter, Eric Mullin, and entertainer, musician and actor, Stef Paquette, will host the show.  The concert gets underway at 2 p.m., with the makers market and food vendors open at 1 p.m.

Collège Boréal hosts ‘Madame Bolduc on Tour’ exhibition

Until mid-November

Mary Travers, a depression-era Quebec folk musician, is the subject of a bilingual travelling exhibition called “Madame Bolduc on Tour,” on display at Collège Boréal until late fall. You may remember the story of Travers, also known as Madame Bolduc and La Bolduc, from this Historica Canada Heritage Minute. The exhibition, which is free, can be visited Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Collège Boréal's Alphonse-Desjardins Resource Centre, located at 21 Lasalle Blvd. in Sudbury. It runs until mid-November.

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.