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 [email protected] so we can spread the word.
Sudbury Performance Group presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. Sudbury Performance Group presents this show Jan. 12 through 21 at Thorneloe University Theatre. Purchase tickets online here.
Biggest Little Theatre Company presents “The Little Mermaid Jr.”
The Biggest Little Theatre Company in Sudbury invites you to journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. The production features more than 40 youth aged six to 16 years old from the Greater Sudbury area, and the show runs approximately 1.25 hours without intermission, making it perfect for a younger audience. The “Little Mermaid Jr.” runs January 12-22 at the Capreol Arena in Capreol. Tickets cost $15 for general admission. Tickets and specific showtime information is available online at www.bltcsudbury.com.
Sudbury Writers’ Guild Superstack project info session
The Sudbury Writers’ Guild invites members of the public to submit poetry, prose, and photos of Sudbury’s unique Superstack landmark. The Sudbury Writers’ Guild is creating a chapbook or a magazine style book full of stories, facts, poems, and pictures of our beloved Superstack, and wants to hear what you have to say. The Guild will provide information about the Superstack project during the monthly Open Mic at the Greater Sudbury Public Library at 6 p.m. on Jan. 12. SWG president Liisa Kovala and project manager Thomas Leduc will be available for questions. Submit entries directly by email to [email protected] or online at www.sudburywritersguild.com. Click “Superstack Project, fill in the required fields and submit. The deadline is May 12, 2023.
Kim Fahner book signing
Past Greater Sudbury poet laureate Kim Fahner will be selling and signing copies of her latest book of poetry, “Emptying the Ocean,” at Seasons Pharmacy and Culinaria on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Books cost $20 each. “Emptying the Ocean” is a poetic journey based on the ancient Irish immram tales—the soul voyages taken by a woman who moves mystically through the four elements and the spirited Otherworld.
Stand-up comedy open mic night
Try your hand at stand-up comedy during Lounging Laughs at the Quality Inn and Conference Centre’s Lounge 390. A mashup of new and old comedians alike try their best to make you laugh at the once-a-month Tuesday night open-mic. Upcoming dates include Jan. 17, Feb. 7 and March 21. The evening is hosted by local comedian Cole Leonard. Each show will feature six to eight amateurs. Admission is pay-what-you-can. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Email [email protected] for more information.
City of Lakes Music Society concert tickets
Advance pricing deal until Jan. 18
The City of Lakes Music Society will be presenting the Consone Quartet on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Church. Take advantage of an advanced pricing deal: tickets are $25 until Jan. 18, and after that date, $30 per person or four tickets for $100. Formed at the Royal College of Music in London, the Consone Quartet launched their professional career after an auspicious run of awards and fellowships throughout the U.K. and Europe. Having toured South America in 2018, the string quartet is looking forward to their long-awaited North American Debut tour in February of 2023. To purchase tickets, or for information, contact [email protected].
STC/YES 2023 Season Auditions
Jan. 23, Jan. 27 with callbacks on Jan. 29
Your chance to audition for on-stage or behind the stage for STC/YES Theatre’s performances, featuring Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Romeo & Juliet, Jersey Boys, Forever and For Always: The Music of Shania Twain, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, and Matilda. To book an audition slot please email [email protected] with a headshot and resume (if available) and the subject line: 2023 AUDITION: FIRST NAME LAST NAME. For all the details on what to prepare for the auditions, video submissions, what to expect on the day and more head to Sudburytheatre.com. Non-performer submission information is also available on the website.
Cinéfest presents screening of “Tempête (Ride Above)”
Cinéfest Sudbury has unveiled the first film screening for its 2023 Red Carpet Patron Program. The film “Tempête (Ride Above)” is a French family drama that screens at SilverCity Sudbury on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now with limited availability at Cinefest.com, at the Cinéfest box office (40 Larch St., Unit 103), or by calling 705-688-1234. Red Carpet Patron Program passes for 2023 are now available to purchase at Cinefest.com/rcpp.
TNO presents Garcon!
In a classic French restaurant, three waiters live through their customers’ misadventures and discussions, where humour meets drama and philosophy flirts with folly. At each table, different clients pull us into their intimacy, all under the watchful eyes and ears of our waiters who serve as discreet witnesses. Based on the web series of the same name by Stéphane E. Roy, this play presents different scenarios where the customer isn’t always king! Four shows running at Place des Arts Jan. 26-28. Purchase tickets online here.
Sudbury Performance Group presents acting workshop with Brenda Kamino
Brenda Kamino has devoted much of her professional career to the development and guidance of actors, professional and community. This workshop explores an approach to the craft of acting. Beginning with exercises for the imagination and the powers of observation, the workshop will entail the establishment of vocabulary, script analysis, character work, improvisation, monologue and scene study. Workshop runs Jan. 26-29 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Cost is $125. Space is limited to 10 participants. Register online here.
Centre Club d’Âge d’Or de la Vallée
Mondays café, card games, exercises, dinner, knitting. Tuesdays line dancing and pocket games. Wednesdays yoga and paper tole. Thursdays beading. Fridays line dancing. A community dinner takes place Jan. 9 (cost is $12), the regular meeting is Jan. 11, a dinner featuring amateur musicians takes place Jan. 19, a wine and cheese takes place Jan. 22 and an amateur musician night takes place Jan. 30. A full schedule of events is available online here.
Sudbury Music Festival registrations
Open until Jan. 31
If you have lamented the loss of live music, the 2023 Sudbury Music Festival, formerly the Kiwanis Music Festival of Sudbury, will be held from March 25 to April 5. After two years of COVID-19 precautions and restrictions limiting the festival to virtual activities only, participants will once again have the opportunity to gather in person and experience each other’s performances live, carrying on a 76-year tradition. The majority of Sudbury Music Festival participants will perform and receive feedback face-to-face with their adjudicator. School choirs, bands and other large ensembles will have the option to submit video recordings for adjudication or perform in-person. Registrations for the festival are open now though Jan. 31. Additional details, such as the venue, will be announced in the coming months. More information, including the 2023 syllabus, is available at www.sudburymusicfestival.ca.
Sudbury Theatre Centre PA Day Camp
Exploration and fun are the key words for Sudbury Theatre Centre’s PA Day Theatre Camps for youth ages eight to 12. Remaining dates for this school year include Friday, Feb. 3; Friday, March 10; Friday, April 28 and Friday June 9. The program includes collaborative activities and games designed to build imagination, confidence, and creative expression. Visit sudburytheatre.com/youth for more information and to register.
Black History Month Gala
Wes Hall, perhaps best known for his role as an investor in the CBC television series Dragons’ Den, is delivering a keynote address at the annual Black History Month Gala on Feb. 4. Hosted by the Afro-Heritage Association of Sudbury, Hall is delivering the address during an event set to take place at the Steelworkers Hall (66 Brady St.) beginning at 6 p.m. Alongside Hall’s keynote speech, the Feb. 4 gala will include Afro-Caribbean food, entrepreneur showcases, networking, a fashion show, live band performances and dancing. Tickets range in price from $35 to $100, and are available online by clicking here as well as at the Northern Ontario Black Economic Empowerment Program (NOBEEP) office at 73 Elm Street.
Rainbow board high school info nights
January and February
Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited to in-person Information Nights at Rainbow District School Board secondary schools in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin Island. All students are welcome to participate, regardless of which elementary school students currently attend. Grade 6 students are welcome in secondary schools that offer Grades 7 and 8. Upcoming local information nights include: Sudbury Secondary School Jan. 11, Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School Jan. 12, Chelmsford Valley District Composite School Jan. 18 and Lasalle Secondary School Feb. 15. More information about these events is available on the board’s website.
La Nuit sur l’étang
Tickets on sale
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s edition of La Nuit sur l’étang. The organisation is celebrating 50 years with two evening concerts. In French, it’s being billed as ‘’deux soirs: une Nuit sur l’étang,’’ meaning it’s viewed as two nights but one Nuit sur l’étang. The Friday, March 24 portion of the celebrations will be held at 7 p.m. at Place des Arts in downtown Sudbury. The celebrations will continue at 7 p.m. at Collège Boréal on Lasalle Boulevard in Greater Sudbury on Saturday, March 25. There will also be a special homecoming event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24 at the Desjardins Studio at Place des Arts. You can purchase tickets online at www.maplacedesarts.ca (write La Nuit sur l’étang in the search engine) or go to lepointdevente.com (write Sudbury in the search engine). As of noon Jan. 4, tickets are also available by email at [email protected], by phone at 705-885-1076 or in person at la Place des Arts. Tickets cost between $15 and $110, depending on the patron’s age and what event or events they’re planning to attend.
Art Gallery of Sudbury exhibitions
The Art Gallery of Sudbury has a number of exhibitions on display this winter. Gallery One features “‘Blazes Along the Trail’: Exploring David Milne’s Imaginative Vision,” a new major exhibition of works by David Milne, circulated by Art Windsor-Essex and curated by Christopher Finn. This exhibition presents a selection of works from core areas of Milne’s artistic practice in oil painting, watercolours, and dry-point prints. You can catch the exhibition until March 19. There are also three other exhibitions showing at the Art Gallery of Sudbury concurrently with this exhibition: “The Spaces In-Between” (stairwell and Gallery Two, on display until March 19), “Frank M. Stark: The Budd Car Train from Sudbury to White River” (Gallery Two, on display until Jan. 29), and “Creative Kids” (Gallery Three, on display until Jan. 29). The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 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.