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What’s on where: Things to do in Sudbury

A look at what's happening in the community
200122_Calendar 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 so we can spread the word.

Parenting seminar 
May 5 

Rainbow District School Board invites parents and guardians to join a webinar on Parenting for Positive Mental Health Thursday, May 5 from 7-8 p.m. Part of Children’s Mental Health Week in Rainbow Schools, the webinar will be presented by Amanda Lamb, Director of the Centre for Family Initiatives at the Pine River Institute. Register online here.

Jazzed Up Downtown series 
May 5

Jazz Sudbury has resumed its free concert series every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Oscar’s Grill, located at 86 Durham Street in Downtown Sudbury. The series features musicians from the Sudbury jazz community. Visit

Salon du Livre du Grand Sudbury 
May 5-8

The 10th edition of the francophone book fair and literary festival is coming up May 5-8 at the brand-new Place des Arts building. Special guests include Tomson Highway, Edem Awumey and Chloé LaDuchesse. Festival-goers will have opportunities to meet these authors and 60 others in a wide variety of stimulating programming: evening performances, literary luncheons, literary teas, literary happy hours, talks, round tables, interviews, artistic events and more.  Learn more on the organization’s website.

Sudbury Manitoulin Children’s Foundation presents Cinco de Mayo fiesta
May 6

The Sudbury Manitoulin Children’s Foundation (SMCF) and La Casa Mexicana are partnering up to host a fiesta on May 6 for Cinco de Mayo. The event is organized to to support local marginalized children and youth attend summer camp, recreational activities, and post-secondary education. The event will have meals, drinks, music by Luciano, and free salsa lessons by Zoi Monroy. Join the evening of fun at 49 Elgin, May 6 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, feel free to call 705-673-2227 or 705-674-9901.

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra presents Hopes & High Notes
May 7

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra presents its concert Hopes & High Notes on Saturday, May 7. The concert will be presented by the entire Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. This performance was cancelled in 2020 with the beginning of the pandemic. Features the works of Mozart, including his popular Symphony 41. Principal cellist Dobrochna Zubek also performs the solo line in Canadian composer Chan Ka Nin’s “Soulmate.” Concert takes place starting at 7:30 p.m. at Laurentian University’s Fraser Auditorium. Hall capacity unrestricted, as per current public health guidelines. Purchase tickets here.

Reading Town 
Until May 8 

The seventh annual Reading Town Festival returns May 2-8. The trails, libraries and classrooms in Greater Sudbury will come alive this week as the community comes together to celebrate the joys and importance of reading for pleasure. A full event listing is available online here.

Carrefour francophone presents La boîte à chansons with Natalie Choquette (francophone family show)
May 8

Natalie Choquette is a soprano like no other who brings her wonderful sense of humour to opera, making it more accessible. In this children’s production, she shows kids how cool opera can be. Along with her young audience, she discovers the contents of her brand new music box. It contains all kinds of music: jazz, rock, blues, pop, folk, rap. Could we use all of that to make opera? Let’s give it a try!! Show takes place May 8 at 2 p.m. at the new Place des Arts building. Show co-presented by Salon du Livre du Grand Sudbury. Purchase tickets online here.

PlaySmelter theatre festival
May 11-14 

For the first time in two years, PlaySmelter, Sudbury’s theatre festival, returns live next week May 11-14 at Place des Arts, N’Swakamok Friendship Centre and Sudbury Theatre Centre. It is the festival’s 10th anniversary and its largest iteration yet, with performances, pop-ups and nightly roof-top presentations in several venues in downtown Sudbury. Details on all events, including tickets and venues, is available at

Sarah Harmer concert 
May 11 

Singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer is out on the road across the U.S. and Canada in support of her first album in more than a decade. “Are You Gone” is a deeply personal and momentous collection of songs motivated by life’s beauty, love’s mysteries and the climate crisis. Two decades since her heralded debut “You Were Here,” Harmer returns with a deepened, electric exploration of nature and human nature. Harmer’s tour makes a stop at Collège Boréal on May 11. Doors open at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online here.

Virtual presentation by athlete Marnie McBean 
May 12 

One of Canada’s most decorated athletes is the keynote speaker at this year’s Parents As Career Coaches event from Cambrian College. Marnie McBean is a three-time Olympic gold medalist in rowing. McBean is also a mother. During Parents As Career Coaches, McBean will discuss how to help children set goals for their education and career and achieve them. This free event is being held via Zoom from 6-8 p.m. May 12. Event also features presentations by Cambrian Liaison Officer Nicole Vizza and Digital Recruiter Colleen Heidman. Register online here.

Yard Sale at Sudbury Indie Cinema
May 14 

Sudbury Indie Cinema Co-op is hosting a yard sale in their parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12. Come find those vintage treasures to put a smile on your face.  The Indie is gratefully accepting donations to the yard sale up to May 12. Email for drop up times and location. 

Carrefour francophone presents Science Workshop with Pierre Harrison (francophone family activity)
May 14 

Independent learning, imagination and creativity! First, the children become Pierre’s technical assistants as they help him deliver his presentation on various scientific concepts using everyday objects. For their part, the parents in the audience get great inspiration for ways to continue these explorations at home. Then, children and parents explore various activity centres set up around the room, all well equipped with materials to continue exploring scientific concepts like magnetism, forces and air. Also, they have to complete a challenge set out by Pierre! The materials needed for this workshop are provided to you free of charge. Runs at noon. Purchase tickets online here.

Junction Creek Festival and Trout Release
May 14 

The Junction Creek Stewardship committee presents its annual Junction Creek Festival and Trout Release May 14. Runs 12-3 p.m. at Twin Forks Playground (1475 Gary Ave.). This free event is suitable for families of all ages with lots of games, activities, and a barbecue. Attendees will have the opportunity to release brook trout into Junction Creek, identify bugs from the creek, meet live reptiles, play the Junction Creek fishing game, and participate in other fun activities offered by community partners. Sign up online here.

Sudbury Performance Group presents The Mudmen
May 14 

Always entertaining and definitely unique, The Mudmen are a blast of Celtic energy whose members are known to be characters both on and off the stage. Sudbury Performance Group presents The Mudmen May 14 at The Coulson. The show starts at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online here.

Carrefour Francophone presents screening of Mia et le migou (French-language family film)
May 15 and 29

Carrefour francophone presents family French-language screenings of the film “Mia et le migou” at Sudbury Indie Cinema. One night Mia has a premonition. So after saying a few words of parting at her mother’s grave, she sets out on a journey across mountains and jungles to search for her father, who is trapped in a landslide at a remote construction site. Screenings on May 15 and May 29, at 1 p.m. both days. Purchase tickets online here.

Sudbury Indie Cinema double bill fundraiser for Ukrainian National Federation Sudbury 
May 16

Sudbury Indie Cinema has organized an Ukrainian film Double-Bill Fundraiser for the Ukrainian National Federation Sudbury in response to the recent property damage and vandalism they suffered. The goal is to raise $1,000 to cover off the out-of-pocket expense of replacing their front window. The Indie is donating 100 per cent of screening proceeds to this effort. The first film is the Sundance winning documentary “The Earth is as Blue as an Orange,” followed by “Donbass,” Ukraine’s official submission to the Academy Awards 2019. Screenings are at 5:15 and 7:15 p.m. Single film tickets are $15, and the double-bill is $25. Tickets are available at the Indie box office or online here

DaBaby at Sudbury Community Arena
May 20

American rapper DaBaby plays the Sudbury Community Arena May 20. Purchase tickets at, in-person at the Sudbury Community Arena or by phone at 705-671-3000.

La Slague presents Nikamu Mamuitun / Chansons rassembleuses (Togetherness Songs)
May 20 

A big boreal celebration brings together four Indigenous musical artists, Matui from Côte-Nord, Karen Pinette-Fontaine from Mani-Utenam, Scott Pien-Picard from Uashat, Ivan Boivin-Flamand from Manawan in Atikamekw country, alongside four non-Indigenous artists, Cédrick St-Onge, Chloé Lacasse, Joëlle St-Pierre and Marcie. Solid back-up band members and artistic mentorship from the likes of Florent Vollant make this indie-indigenous folk rock shine brightly in the spirit of togetherness. Takes place at Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury. Doors open at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

La Slague presents La Nuit émergente
May 21 

A dozen performers on several stages in one exciting evening. Audiences wander freely, exploring an eclectic array of up-and-coming talents in a festival atmosphere. That’s the vibe at La Nuit émergente, an innovative event that really hits the spot with Sudbury audiences. Now, for the first time, it’s happening at Place des Arts. Doors open at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

Vacant Nouvelon trustee position (call for applicants)
Applications close May 25 

After the recent passing of veteran trustee André Bidal, Conseil scolaire catholique (CSC) Nouvelon will select a new trustee to represent constituents living in Greater Sudbury’s Zone 5 (Wards 7 to 12) until trustee elections take place this fall. The CSC Nouvelon invites all persons interested in serving as school board trustee for this area to submit a letter of motivation with a resume no later than 4 p.m. May 25. Send applications to Nouvelon director of education at

Defeat Depression Walk/Run
May 28 

The 9th Annual Sudbury Defeat Depression walk/run takes place in Bell Park May 28. Gather at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., and the walk/run starts at 10 a.m. Supports the Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA). Register online here.

L’Arche Sudbury’s Rock the Boat 
May 28

L’Arche Sudbury, a non-profit that works with people with intellectual disabilities, has announced a new way to Rock the Boat in honour of founding member Roma Griffin. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 in front of the Amici and Ezentials building located at 863 Barrydowne Rd. There will also be live music being performed by members of AndDeJam from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information is on their website, found here.

GNO presents exhibit Pi, in progress
Runs until May 30

The Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario is proud to announce Pi, in progress, the very first exhibition in its new gallery space at Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury. Lise Beaudry, a Franco-Ontarian visual artist originally from Earlton, proposed an original sculptural installation made up of thousands of stacked archival photos. In the exhibition Pi, in progress, Beaudry shares the process behind the creation of Pi (2020-2022), a permanent installation that stands 3.14 meters tall, like a pillar at the heart of the Place des Arts’ foyer. The permanent work will be unveiled during the official opening of Place des Arts. A gallery opening is planned for April 30 at 5 p.m. The exhibit runs until May 30. Visit GNO’s website for more information.

Centre Club d'Âge d’Or de la Vallée
May 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 - line dancing (10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), 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. Closed Monday, May 23 for Victoria Day. Centre Club d'Âge d’Or de la Vallée is located at 26 Côté Blvd. in Hanmer. Phone 705-969-8649. 

RDSB kindergarten orientation sessions 
During May 

All Rainbow District School Board elementary schools will offer in-person kindergarten orientation sessions during May for children starting school this fall and their parents/guardians. Families will have an opportunity to connect with Kindergarten teachers, early childhood educators and school personnel. They will also meet other children starting school. Parents who have not registered their children still have time to do so and can reserve their spot for kindergarten orientation by calling their nearest Rainbow school. Registrations for September 2022 will also be accepted at the orientation. A full list of dates is available on the Rainbow board’s website.

Sudbury Arts Council photo contest 
June 1 submission deadline

Sudbury Arts Council (SAC) invites amateur and professional photographers to submit images for a 2023 desk calendar. The Arts Council has an opportunity to do something fun with Journal Printing by supplying images for the company's annual complimentary calendar. The theme is Naturally Sudbury. Submissions should focus on Sudbury's natural beauty. Thirteen colour images will be selected by members of the arts council board, one for each month and a cover shot. Deadline for submissions to is June 1, 2022. More information regarding submissions is available at the SAC website,

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.