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What’s on where: Things to do in Sudbury

A look at what's happening in the community
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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 calendar@sudbury.com so we can spread the word.

Up Here presents Laura-Jane Grace
Sept. 15 

Laura Jane Grace is best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! Since coming out as transgender in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she has become an outspoken advocate for transgender awareness. Catch the musician in concert at Place des Arts Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. Concert is presented by Up Here and Modo Live. Tickets available online here.

STC/YES Theatre presents 'Into the Woods'
Sept. 16-Oct. 9

Re-imagining Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s iconic masterpiece “Into the Woods” as an urgent interrogation of the necessity of storytelling in the face of the climate emergency. A world grappling with environmental collapse turns to classic children’s fairy tales as a way to make sense of its own story. Witness a world driven by the unexamined pursuit of self-interest, as individual wish fulfillment stifles any possibility of collective action. Ultimately, that bill comes due – as consequences of Giant proportions tear “Happily Ever After” asunder. Those left standing must rise above the temptation of crying “Your Fault” before the Last Midnight comes, and instead work together to fight for what it is that they want to pass on to the next generation. Production runs at STC Sept. 16 to Oct. 9. Purchase tickets online here.

City of Greater Sudbury tipping fee holiday
Sept. 16-24

In time for pre-winter cleaning, residential tipping fees are being waived at all Greater Sudbury landfill and waste transfer sites from Sept. 19-24. During this time, Greater Sudbury residents can deliver discarded household items to local landfill sites free of charge from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. During the free week, people are cautioned to expect longer than usual wait times.

Sudbury Indie Creature Kon (SICK) horror and si fi film festival
Sept. 16-17 

Sudbury Indie Creature Kon is excited to bring a weekend of horror and fun to Sudbury Indie Cinema Sept. 16-17. This celebration of horror and genre content includes local and international short films, feature films with live introductions and Q&As from directors and actors, special guest panels, contests and a gaming tournament.  Attendees are also encouraged to dress up like their favourite creature for a chance to win prizes. Sudbury Indie Creature Kon is a co-production between Sudbury Indie Cinema and Ewen Productions. Get your passes online here.

Ryleigh’s Ride
Sept. 17

The annual Ryleigh's Ride motorcycle rally in support of the Hospital for Sick Children takes place on Saturday, Sept, 17, with registration happening at the A&W Restaurant at 2404 Long Lake Road at 9 a.m. The ride itself begins at 11 a.m. with a run out to Manitoulin Island for lunch. Registration is $40 for the rider and motorcycle, and an additional $20 for a passenger. This includes all your meals. Riders are encouraged to sign up online and plan for the great day. Ryleigh’s Ride first began in 2019 as a "thank you" gesture by the family of Ryleigh Valcourt. The child was born premature in 2018 and needed life-saving surgeries. Sadly, Ryleigh’s dad, Johnny Valcourt, died in a motorcycle accident in 2021. But Ryleigh’s Ride continues in his honour to support the hospital fund. As the riders return to Greater Sudbury after the run to Manitoulin, they will be invited to enjoy a celebration dinner and silent auction at the Garson Arena, 100 Church Street in Garson. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 5:15 p.m. There will also be a silent auction and entertainment. Those who cannot ride are still invited to take part in the supper and enjoy the company of all the others. Dinner is only $20 a person. Friends and supporters can join a ride team or they can make donations online

Sudbury Writers’ Guild 30th anniversary open house 
Sept. 17 

Sudbury Writers’ Guild is holding an open house to celebrate its 30th anniversary on Sept. 17. The group was founded in 1992 by former Northern Life and Sudbury Living Magazine editor Vicki Gilhula, who will give a keynote address during the event. Sudbury Writers’ Guild is a community-based organization and currently has over 60 active members. Current and former members — as well as anyone interested in learning more about the group — are invited to enjoy coffee and treats, peruse Guild members’ books and view the Guild’s Painted Voices posters display. The event takes place from 2-4 p.m. September 17 at Grace United Church. Visit sudburywritersguild.ca or contact Liisa Kovala at kovalaliisa@gmail.com for more information.

Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival
Sept. 17-25

The 34th edition of Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival runs Sept. 17-25. As was the case in 2020 and 2021, Cinéfest will continue to have a hybrid format this year, with some films available for streaming at home (87 films, a mixture of features and shorts), and others available in-theatre (74 feature films). Gala films (followed once again by après-film receptions) include Ashgrove, Call Jane, The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile, Viking, Alice, Darling, Broker, North of Normal, The Swearing Jar and Presque (Beautiful Minds). Cinéfest’s full lineup is available on the film festival’s website. For tickets, visit www.cinefest.com, phone 705-688-1234, or visit the Cinéfest Sudbury Box Office (located at 40 Larch Street, Unit 103).

Terry Fox Run
Sept. 18

More than 40 years have passed, but the annual Terry Fox Run is as much a part of an annual tradition as it ever was, and that is as true in Greater Sudbury as it is anywhere else in Canada. The annual run which was virtual in the past two years in Sudbury because of COVID, is live again this year. Friends and supporters of the 42nd annual Terry Fox Run have already earmarked Sept. 18 as the day to take part in the yearly tribute and fundraiser in honour of the young Canadian who set out in 1980 to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. The run will be staged locally from the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre at Bell Park with one-kilometre, four-kilometre and 10-kilometre routes. Check in is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 18 with the actual start time at 10:45 a.m. Check out the local Terry Fox page for up-to-date information. You can also support the Terry Fox Foundation by making donations online

L’Arche Sudbury’s 40th anniversary Pasta Dinner
Sept. 20

L’Arche Sudbury will be holding its annual Pasta Dinner event once again, this year on Tuesday Sept. 20 at the Caruso Club. Not only are they celebrating the community and people they love, but the 40th anniversary of the organization. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the evening ending at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $80.59 and can be purchased on the event specific website, found here and takeout meals can be purchased for $43.45 on the website and are available for pick up from 3 p.m. onwards.

Le French Fest 
Sept. 22-25

Le French Fest returns later this month, offering four nights of shows Sept. 22-25 at the brand-new Place des Arts. Mimi O’Bonsawin and Guests Sept. 22, Malika Tirolien Sept. 23, Danse Lhasa Danse Sept. 24, Stef Paquette Symphonique Sept. 25. La Slague's box office is operated by the box office at la Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury. The box office is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at laslague.ca, by phone at 705-885-1076 or in person at 27 Larch St.

Sudbury’s Tiny Underground Film Festival
Sept. 24

Sudbury's Tiny Underground Film Festival is Sudbury Indie Cinema’s latest edition to the film festival scene in Sudbury. STUFF’s inaugural festival runs Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Indie (162 Mackenzie St.). Festival showcases low and no-budget artist-driven film projects from northerners (all genres considered), as well as experimental, animation, avant-garde from the best. Also under consideration are films that incorporate mining themes. Rather than exploit natural resources, STUFF will explore the "underground" from a worker, community, or environmental perspective, with at least one feature per STUFF edition. Early Bird All-Access Passes and 4-Packs on sale now at Eventbrite for $35/$40. Purchase passes online here.

Sudbury Performance Group presents comedians Mike Bullard and Rick Lemieux
Sept. 24

Catch comedians Mike Bullard and Rick Lemieux at the Trevi Restaurant Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Mike Bullard accomplished something no other Canadian had before: hosted Canada's first truly successful nightly talk show. Running for six unprecedented seasons, Open Mike, was one of the longest running late-night talk shows in North America. Rick Lemieux has performed at comedy clubs and festivals all over Canada. Rick has organized many comedy shows in Northern Ontario and has helped to raise over $100,000 for several not-for-profit organizations over the years. Tickets to the show cost $35. Purchase tickets online here. Reserve your party’s seats through the Trevi at 705-560-0700.

Hike for Hospice
Sept. 25

Friends and supporters of the Sudbury Hospice Foundation are invited to make some time on Sunday, Sept. 25 to take part in the Sudbury Credit Union Hike for Hospice. The annual event will be taking place at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre at Bell Park in Sudbury. This is to be the first live-in-person hike since 2019 because of pandemic restrictions. Organizers said registration begins at 11 a.m. Sept. 25 and the hike itself will begin at 1 p.m. Pledge forms are available for pick up at any Sudbury Credit Union branch, Maison McCulloch Hospice and/or online at www.maisonsudburyhospice.org.

Kidney Walk
Sept. 25

This year's annual Kidney Walk takes place in Sudbury and all over Canada Sept. 25. As in the past two years, the walk this year will take place in a virtual format. Friends and supporters will be encouraged to get out in their local communities for an actual walk and to collect pledges and donations in support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Participants will be encouraged to raise funds via social media, family groups and by holding small group raffles or 50/50 draws or even a yard sale. Supporters are asked to go online to register for the walk and to encourage others to register.

L’Arche Sudbury’s free Union Duke concert in the park
Oct. 2

L’Arche Sudbury, an organization dedicated to supporting people with intellectual disabilities is hosting a free concert on Oct. 2 in Bell Park, featuring the sounds of Union Duke.  Held at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre, the show will be rain or shine. Opening for Union Union Duke will be well-known Sudbury singer-songwriter, Eric Mullin, and entertainer, musician and actor, Stef Paquette, will host the show.  The concert gets underway at 2 p.m., with the makers market and food vendors open at 1 p.m.

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.