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What’s on where: Things to do in Sudbury

A look at what's happening in the community
270722 pexels-bich-tran-1059383 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.

Country tribute show
Aug. 5

A show billing itself as North America’s No. 1 Country Music Tribute has announced it will play at the Caruso Club. The Country Legends Tribute Tour comes to Sudbury Aug. 5. The show features the music of the biggest names on the country scene, including Keith Urban, Garth Brooks and the Zac Brown Band. The show provides support to Make-A-Wish Canada. Tickets can be purchased in advance here as well as at the door.

Sudbury Performance Group presents Crystal Shawanda
Aug. 6

Wikwemikong musician and Juno winner Crystal Shawanda will be performing at the Coulson in downtown Sudbury Aug. 6. The show is presented by Sudbury Performance Group. Shawanda will be performing at the Coulson Entertainment Centre on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and can  be purchased through the Sudbury Performance Group website.

Peter Schneider Concert Series
Aug. 7

For more than 20 years, new and seasoned musicians have delighted crowds from June to August with free concerts in Bell Park every Sunday evening from 7 to 8:15 p.m. as part of the Peter Schneider Concert Series. The Bluez Brotherz Showband and Revue performs at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre Aug. 7. The Bluez Brotherz Showband and Revue is a tribute to the best tribute band in history...The Blues Brothers. The Sudbury version has been around for 20 years. The band has performed in major centers in Ontario and Quebec. The band has headlined several times at Blues for Food and performed at the Sudbury Ribfest since inception. 

Black Lives Matter Sudbury presents Culture Matrix: Black Arts Festival 
Aug. 13 

Culture Matrix: Black Arts Festival takes place on Durham Street for daytime programming and Place des Arts on Larch Street for evening programming. This all-ages event will be split into three dynamic sections: Healing (12-2 p.m.), Kinship (2:30-4:30 p.m.), and Celebration (7 p.m. to midnight). Programming will include internationally-acclaimed performers such as Haviah Mighty, Juno-award-winning artist and Canadian rapper Naya Ali.This event will uplift, center, and privilege Black, Indigenous, and racialized performers, artists, and facilitators. Learn more here.

Sudbury Indie Cinema presents Cat Video Fest
Aug. 13 and 22

CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and classic internet powerhouses. CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theatres, and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Small Things Cats animal shelter. Donations of cat food, litter and toys is welcomed and encouraged. Want to be part of the pre-show? Submit your favourite photo of your rescue kitty to Event takes place Aug. 13 and 22 at Sudbury Indie Cinema. Start time is 2 p.m. both dates. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children. More information available here.

STC-YES Theatre present Ride the Cyclone
Until Aug. 14

Fans of Rocky Horror and Little Shop of Horrors rejoice! In this hilarious and outlandish story, the lives of six teenagers from a Saskatchewan chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. When they awake, a fortune teller invites each to tell a story to win a prize like no other – the chance to return to life. Ride the Cyclone will ignite your heart and force you to think about all the beautiful things in life! A celebrated original Canadian musical that took the country by storm in 2010 before moving on to a successful run in Chicago and Off-Broadway! Show runs at Sudbury Theatre Centre July 29 to Aug. 14. Tickets available online here.

Up Here 8
Aug. 19-21

Up Here Urban Art and Music Festival returns to downtown Sudbury for an eighth year Friday, Aug. 19 to Sunday, Aug. 21. Musical lineup includes La Luz, all the way from California, capturing sizzling summer in song with their psychedelic “surf noir,” and Pierre Kwenders, from Kinshasa, Congo by way of Montreal. Murals to be curated by Anong Beam, a painter, mother, paintmaker, and curator, living and working in her home community of M'Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Visit for more information.

Sept. 2-4

After last running in 2019, a popular Sudbury summer festival is making a comeback over the Labour Day weekend (Sept. 2-4), although the location has been changed to Bell Park’s Grace Hartman Amphitheatre. Ribfest 2022 features five rib teams (down from the usual six), including Boss Hog’s, Ribs Royale, Crabby’s, Texas Rangers and a newcomer, Silver Bullet. Ribfest 2022 runs from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 2 and Sept. 3, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 4. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Facebook event page or website.

Art Gallery of Sudbury presents Johanna Westby: Natural Contrast
Until Sept. 4

The Art Gallery of Sudbury’s exhibition of Johanna Westby’s work, titled Natural Contrast, runs until Sept. 4. Originally from Elliot Lake and now living in Sudbury, Westby is an artist, an illustrator, and a teacher, whose style has been described as bold and unique and revolves around creating and sharing visual expressions of contrasts, which is easily recognizable in her many large-scale public murals and paintings throughout the region. The work in this show, called Natural Contrast, represents “an exploration of natural subjects expressed through the abstracted stylization of form and colour,” said a release from the gallery.  The exhibition will feature 39 new artworks depicting “the contrasts in our world between chaos and calm—peaceful land paired with dynamic skies, tranquil lakes with radiant sunsets or a moment of stillness as an animal pauses, silhouetted against a vibrant, dancing sky,” continues the release.  You can find more information about the exhibit at the gallery’s website or their Facebook page

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.