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. More local events can also be found on Sudbury.com’s Events Page.
Night Owl jazz series
The Night Owl, a restaurant and lounge at 158 Elgin St., hosts weekly live jazz music every Thursday. Guests from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and New York playing instruments such as the upright bass, guitar, trumpet, trombone, saxophone and keyboard are joined by local talent at the weekly events. Tickets are available through nightowl.vip or The Night Owl Facebook Events page. Tickets are $20 and the show starts at 7 p.m. On Sept. 21 is Roddy Elias, a Canadian guitarist, composer and improviser. He performs contemporary new music, jazz, and classical repertoire. Elias has performed with Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrel, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Nat Adderley, Slide Hampton, Cleo Laine, Pepper Adams, Lew Tabakin, Michel Donato, Mel Torme, Bud Freeman, PJ Perry, Rob McConnell, the Montreal Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Michel Legrand. As an improviser, American guitarist and writer Matthew Warnock describes him this way: "as close to being a Zen master on the guitar as he can be."
Relive the Music 50s & 60s show
Enjoy a 50s & 60s jukebox musical concert with a Broadway feel with band, singers, dancing, tributes, video and trivia. This is a one of a kind show that takes the audience through music history, trivia & memories. Event takes place Sept. 21 from 7-9 p.m. at Place des Arts. Purchase tickets online here.
Sudbury Performance Group presents Séan McCann of Great Big Sea
Séan McCann of Great Big Sea is in concert in Sudbury for one night only as he sings the Great Big Songbook. The concert takes place at Sudbury Secondary School’s Sheridan Auditorium starting at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets online here.
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Produced by Porchlight Theatre Company and Sudbury Performance Group, this exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a parable of our contemporary society. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play. It tells the story of a village that becomes embroiled in a witch hunt. The people of Salem live in constant fear as they navigate the tides of social conflict and more and more people in the community are accused of witchcraft. The play runs Sept. 21-23 at Thorneloe University theatre. Purchase tickets online here.
Seed-saving documentary screening
Several groups have come together in hopes that a screening of “The Seeds of Vandana Shiva” will persuade people to save more local seeds. Better Beginnings Better Futures, Seedy Sudbury and Sudbury Shared Harvest are teaming up to host a film screening on Friday, Sept. 22 at Sudbury Indie Cinema. The film, which was previously screened at the Indie in June, shows why seed biodiversity in our food crops is so important, introducing seed-saving activist Vandana Shiva. To view the film screening, the payment is by donation or “pay what you can,” with a suggested donation of $14. All proceeds go towards Better Beginnings Better Futures. Organizers hope cost won’t be a barrier to anyone, so you can go online or show up in person and choose your own price. Reserve tickets online here.
Garba Night Indian cultural dance
The Canadian Gujju Cultural Association of Northern Ontario is holding a “Garba Night” dance in honour of a Hindu festival at the Sudbury Arena Sept. 23. The event features a performance by renowned artist Bhumik Shah, who is travelling to Canada from India. He will “sing traditional Garba, where 600 plus attendees perform a traditional dance in a circle with traditional costumes,” said the organizer, in an email. “Mark your calendars and join us for an enchanting night of Garba, music, and cultural festivities,” said the event’s website. “Let's dance, celebrate, and create beautiful memories together!” The organizer said the event began in 2012, moving to larger venues as attendance increased. More than 700 people are expected at this year’s event. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickts cost $40 (with a $5 food voucher included). Kids under the age of 12 get in for free. Purchase tickets online here.
Sudbury Indie Cinema presents Sudbury’s Tiny Underground Film Festival (STUFF)
STUFF inclines towards films which don’t follow a traditional structure, or films which are subversive, wild and weird. STUFF showcases low and no-budget artist-driven film projects from northerners (all genres considered), as well as experimental, animation, avant-garde from the best. Given Sudbury is a mining giant, STUFF will explore the "underground" from a worker, community, or environmental perspective, with at least one feature per STUFF edition. This one-day festival will run two shorts programmes and three features. See the lineup here. Early bird passes are $35 and single screenings are $12.50. And thanks to a community grant from Co-operators, The Indie is able to offer STUFF’s day time screenings to those 60+ for free. Tickets are now on sale here
Club Montessori gala
Club Montessori of Sudbury will hold its annual gala on Sept. 23 at the Caruso Club. Tickets for the gala are $250 each or $2,000 for a table of eight. The price includes full access to all the evening's offerings, including food, drinks and entertainment. For questions, information or tickets, send an email to [email protected].
SSO presents New Season New World
Enjoy the grand opening of the 2023-24 SSO season, featuring the famous Dvorak Symphony #9 “The New World,” The Intermezzo from Kodaly’s Hary Janos Suite, and Oddbird Concerto for Bassoon, Strings and percussion. The guest conductor will be Michael Hall, and the guest soloist Nadina Mackie on bassoon. The event takes place Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Laurentian University’s Fraser Auditorium. Purchase tickets online here.
Sudbury-born author Christopher Keast is re-launching his 2020 debut sci-fi novel “Datapocalypse” Sept. 23. The event takes place at Books and Beans at 158 Elgin St. starting at 5 p.m. Keast will do a chapter read, Q & A and a book signing. Copies will be available for purchase at the event. Datapocalypse is a science fiction novel about a dissident historian and a photographer who fall in love while taking on a rogue AI deleting buildings and monuments from the physical world whose counterpart photographs take up too much data in the digital cloud. The novel is currently self-published – e-book and paperback versions are available on Amazon KDP, and paperbacks are available in select indie bookstores – and Keast is currently seeking independent publishers to bring Datapocalypse and its completed sequel, The Digital Order, to a wider reader audience. Keast maintains a blog, a monthly newsletter, and shares latest updates on his published writing and his indie music at christopherkeast.com.
Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival
Until Sept. 24
The 35th anniversary edition of Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival will take place Sept. 16-24. Film screenings will take place fully in-theatre this year at SilverCity Sudbury — bringing Cinéfest back to its original roots after navigating through the pandemic. For tickets and the film festival’s lineup, visit Cinefest.com.
STC/YES Theatre Shania Twain show
Until Sept. 24
Forever and For Always: The Music of Shania Twain, is at the new outdoor Refettorio venue, running until Sept. 7 to Sept. 24. Re-orchestrated by an all-star team, this concert will re-contextualize the classic feel good tunes by Canadian Icon, Shania Twain. The cast will bring back crowd favourites such as “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “You’re Still the One.” For tickets and showtimes, visit sudburytheatre.com.
Sudbury Indie Cinema presents Cat Video Fest
Are you the kind of person who scrolls endlessly through cat videos? Is your social media wall-to-wall fuzzy furballs? CatVideoFest brings chaotic kitties, farcical felines, and tumbling tabbies to Sudbury Indie Cinema, all in 75 minutes. CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theatres, and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities. The event runs both Sept. 9 and 24 at 1 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Whiskers Kitty-Cat Shop - S.A.I.N.T.S. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children. Donations of cat food, litter and toys are welcomed and encouraged. Tickets are available online here.
Science North Cinema Social for seniors
Starting this fall, Science North is hosting two events created for their 50+ demographic that will include a morning walk in the science centre, followed by coffee, tea, and snacks alongside a movie in the IMAX theatre and capped off with an informative talk by a guest speaker. The first “Cinema Social” will take place Sept. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will feature the film “Jane Goodall – Reasons for Hope” as well as a talk by iconic Science North ‘Bluecoat’ Franco Mariotti. The second event will take place Oct. 25 and will include the same lineup with a different guest speaker: the film’s producer and director, David Lickley. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at sciencenorth.ca or in-person at Science North.
Le French Fest
Performances until Sept. 27
La Slague’s Le French Fest returns this month, with several shows running at the Place des Arts venue. The event began Sept. 19, and has several performances running until Sept. 27. On Saturday, Sept. 23, the humorist Stéphanie Morin-Robert, a Franco-Ontarian from Timmins, will perform. “She has a remarkable stage presence and will share her life story,” said the event’s organizer. On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Quebec musician Gregory Charles will play his show One Voice, ten fingers in la Grande Salle at la Place des Arts as part of a fundraising evening for Place des Arts. “His mother would say: ‘Imagine what you can do with just your voice and your 10 fingers.’ In his outstanding 35-year career, real life often bested imagination,” said the event’s website. “Yet today, he states that his latest new intimate solo piano concert is his most complete and personal show of all.” Ticket information for the shows is available online here.
Mad Violining show
Sudbury is gearing up for a groundbreaking musical experience that will meld classical and rock music into a sensational fusion. On Thursday, Sept. 28, music enthusiasts can witness this innovative performance by 2Vplus at Place des Arts, featuring two accomplished violinists, Cristina Masotti and Melissa Schaak, in a dynamic show titled "Mad Violining." This extraordinary concert promises to be a mesmerizing journey through music history, seamlessly blending classical masterpieces with contemporary chart-toppers. Masotti and Schaak, the talented violinists at the forefront of this electrifying spectacle, will be joined by a powerhouse band, each member playing a pivotal role in creating an unforgettable night of music. Tickets are available for purchase online here.
Thrifty Thursdays at SWC
The Sudbury Women’s Centre (SWC) is running a monthly fundraiser aimed at helping women, girls, trans and non-binary individuals navigate violent and challenging life situations. Calling it Thrifty Thursdays, the SWC invites the community to join the cause by thrifting at their "My Sister’s Closet" boutique. The fundraiser is the last Thursday of each month, with all proceeds going towards providing clients with basic needs items. The next event will be held on Sept. 28 from 6-8 p.m. at SWC, located at 174 Douglas St., Suite 201. Participants not only have a chance to support a crucial cause but also an opportunity to win a Starbucks prize pack valued at over $100. To participate in the Thrifty Thursday Fundraiser or for more information about SWC and its initiatives, please visit the SWC website or contact Rae-Anne Neville at [email protected] or call 705-673-1916, ext. 104.
Professional wrestling is returning to Sudbury, this time at the historic Grand on Elgin Street on Friday, Sept. 29. The event kicks off with WWE/WWF hall-of-famer The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart, who has a professional wrestling career spanning more than 40 years. The Mouth of the South will make his Sudbury debut and will be available for a meet and greet to VIP ticket holders from 6-7 p.m. Phone 249-360-6057 for tickets.
Quilt and Craft Sale
The Lively Heritage Arts Guild presents its annual Quilt and Craft Sale Saturday, Sept. 30 at Kinsmen Hall in Lively. The event runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find unique it4ems of quality hand-crafted by the group’s members. This includes knitting, quilts, weaving, crafts, bags, jewellery and seasonal items. There will also be a silent auction. Admission is free. Artisans accept credit cards, cash and cheques.
Brunch at Ste. Anne des Pins parish hall
The Knights of Columbus are putting on a brunch at the Ste. Anne des Pins parish hall in downtown Sudbury from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1. On the menu are eggs, pancakes, beans, ham, toast, sausages, fruit cocktail, tea, coffee and juice. Tickets cost $10 for adults. For children 12 and under, tickets cost $5 for the first child and other children in the family get in for free. Free parking in the Beech Street parking lot (just mention to the attendant upon exiting that you were at the breakfast). You can also reserve homemade beans by calling Pierre B. at 705-918-4734 or Roger at 705-690-4032.
Fall colours Thanksgiving walk
Summer is coming to a close so mark your calendar for the popular annual Fall Colours Thanksgiving walk in the Minnow Lake Oak Forest Lookout Park. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 9, starting from the parking lot at Minnow Lake Place on Bancroft Drive, north shore of Minnow Lake, corner of Lonsdale Avenue. As in previous years Prof. Peter Beckett, chair of the Vegetation Enhancement Technical Advisory Committee (VETAC), will lead the approximately one-hour hike up into the Oak Forest, part of Rainbow Routes. People of all ages are welcome. Dogs are welcome on leash. Rubber soled shoes are recommended. The walk will not take place if there is heavy rain.
“Avian Cyborgs” exhibit at Art Gallery of Sudbury
Runs until Dec. 17
A show called “Avian Cyborgs” opened at the Art Gallery of Sudbury last week, and runs until Dec. 17. Senior New Brunswick artist Terry Graff is not only the artist behind this project but the primary motivating force on the organization of the exhibition “Avian Cyborgs: The Art of Terry Graff,” its circulation across the country, and the accompanying publication. In the 1970s, Graff began fusing images of ducks with machinery as a visual expression of the process of becoming modified or transformed for survival in a dystopian world. This exhibition of approximately 375 artworks features two principal series, Warbirds and The Pandemic Horror Series, as well as a marvellous selection of assemblage sculptures.
Perogies and Cabbage Rolls
Mondays to Fridays
Fresh perogies and cabbage rolls are available for pick-up from Monday to Friday at the Ukrainian Seniors’ Centre. Place your order by phoning 705-673-7404.