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Community calendar: Events coming up in Sudbury

A look at what's happening online and in the community
This summer, Art Gallery of Sudbury is showing a photographic exhibit entitled New Zealand by local photographer Kathy Browning and an exhibit of the work of master Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak. Both exhibits run until Sept. 5. is putting together a weekly list of local events and projects (virtual or otherwise) to keep families busy and offer some welcome distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you're planning a performance, class, presentation or other event in Greater Sudbury, send the details to so we can spread the word.

Jazzed Up Downtown

July 31 

Check out Jazzed Up Downtown at the corner of Cedar and Durham from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday this summer. This event features two live local music acts per week, one beginning at 10 a.m. and one at 11 a.m. July 31 features Sarah Craig and Chris Dardick and The Al Walsh Quartet. Learn more at

Northern Arts Festival

July 31

If you’ve been missing live musical performances, Sudbury Performance Group has the solution in the form of the second edition of its Northern Arts Festival. It will livestream shows from The Coulson nightclub each Saturday evening. All performances run from 7-9 p.m. on Sudbury Performance Group’s Facebook page, and are free of charge for audiences. Coming up July 31 is Restored.

Walking exploration of Laurentian University greenspace

Aug. 5 and Aug. 18

Events take place Aug. 5 at 10:15 a.m. and Aug. 18 at 4:15 p.m. Meet on the front steps of the Laurentian University Ben Avery (physical education) building. Participants are encouraged to arrive by transit (route #3) or bike (Ramsey Lake Road multi-use trail). Paid parking is available on site. Join biologist Peter Beckett, naturalist Franco Mariotti, local historian Paul Haynes, and trail enthusiasts Sheilah Arena and Sharon Roy on an exploration of the LU greenspace. Walk along the trails, stop at scenic lookouts, and hear stories about the history of the trails, community connections, and regreening efforts. Learn about the ecosystem and the importance of the LU greenspace to the watershed and the health of our lakes. Expect a moderately easy hike at a leisurely pace. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water, your face mask, and any bug protection you may need. The hike will be 60 – 90 minutes. Current COVID guidelines will be followed. Connect on the Facebook event.

Apply to serve on Lively Recreation Advisory Panel 

Aug. 6 application deadline 

The City of Greater Sudbury is currently seeking residents to join the Lively Recreation Advisory Panel. Residents interested in helping to shape the future of recreation in Lively/Walden are asked to apply to the panel no later than 4:30 p.m. Aug. 6. The creation of the panel is the first step in the community engagement process following the closure of Meatbird Lake Park. The $4 million received from the sale of the land will be invested in recreation amenities in the Lively/Walden area. Applications can be completed and submitted online at They are also available for download at or for in person pickup at the Lively Library and Citizen Service Centre. Completed applications can be submitted through, by email to or in person at the Lively Library and Citizen Service Centre.

Sonia Ekiyor-Katimi: Tenderly Coded, GNO  

Runs throughout August

Throughout August, Sonia Ekiyor-Katimi, an architectural designer and visual artist whose mural work currently graces a building in downtown Sudbury, will be the artist in residence at La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (GNO) and showing their works in a series called Tenderly Coded. Non-binary and originally from Nigeria, Ekiyor-Katimi has also participated in the Up Here festival, Nuit Blanche (Sudbury and Montréal), Black Lives Matter Sudbury panels and group installations for upcoming festivals. Ekiyor-Katimi’s work explores what is is like growing up “secretly queer.” 

Art Gallery of Sudbury summer exhibits 

Run until Sept. 5

Photographic exhibit New Zealand by local photographer Kathy Browning and an exhibit of the work of master Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak. Both exhibits run until Sept. 5. Pre-book your visit to the gallery at 705-675-4871.

Ukrainian Seniors’ Centre food fundraiser 

Aug. 22 

Cabbage rolls, pyrohy, balabusky, garllos, Kozak patties, sausage tartlets, garlic butter tarts and a hot lunch combo. Runs 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pre-order for curbside pickup on or before Aug. 19. Phone 705-673-7404. Two garlic vendors will be on-site Aug. 22. Purchase garlic by curbside pre-order and appointment. Langside Farms and Big Ass Garlic

Up Here Urban Art and Music Festival 7

Aug. 20-22

The seventh edition of the festival will be tailored to the current climate. Up Here Square, the festival’s main outdoor site — adorned with its signature geodesic dome, pop-up bar, and DJs — will return to Durham Street. It will be opened a week before the festival (Aug. 13) to become a free space for people to safely reconnect. The festival will also feature six new murals, the decoration of more electrical utility boxes and four art installations. Visit for more information.

YES Theatre summer season

July to September 

YES Theatre has announced its summer program, consisting of a variety of streamed and in-person events. Live from the Grotto runs Aug. 31-Sept. 19, and features three different concerts from the Grotto (Through Rose Coloured Glasses, Ghosts of Broadway, A Song to the Moon). Night Owl Cabaret Series runs various nights from July 16-Aug. 14. Watch livestreamed cabaret shows created and performed by favourite YES Theatre artists. Take Out Cabarets run during July and August, and allows people to invite neighbours and family to take to the driveway or the grass for a special one-hour concert presented by YES Theatre artists. Tickets at

Provincial Park Day Pass lending Greater Sudbury Public Library

Library members with a card in good standing are eligible to borrow one Ontario Parks Pass for up to seven days. The pass provides free entry for one vehicle and all passengers to visit any provincial park for the day, including weekends. Greater Sudbury’s 13 library locations each have three passes that members can borrow first come, first served. Due to anticipated demand, holds and transfers between locations are not available. Residents must contact their nearest library location to request a pass and arrange for pickup.

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 Ukranian Seniors’ Centre. Place your order by phoning 705-673-7404.