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150623_calendar-pexels-bich-tran-636246 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’s Events Page.

Sudbury Performance Group presents ABBA Gold: A 30th Anniversary Celebration

Sept. 28 to Oct. 7 

“ABBA Gold” was first released Sept. 21, 1992. With more than 32 million sales worldwide, “ABBA Gold” has emerged as the group’s all-time greatest success. As the second-highest-selling album of all time in the U.K., it has spent over 1,055 weeks on the Official U.K. album chart, making it the longest-running album in the Official Albums Chart Top 100. Including 19 of ABBA's biggest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take A Chance On Me,” “Mamma Mia” and “The Winner Takes It All” to mention a few, it has become a staple amongst fans for three decades. Now, Sudbury Performance Group is bringing its own local flair to this catalogue with their own Dancing Queens. The show runs at Thorneloe University theatre Sept. 28 through Oct. 7. Ticket and showtime information is available online here.

Night Owl jazz series

Sept. 28

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 or The Night Owl Facebook Events page. Tickets are $20 and the show starts at 7 p.m. On Sept. 28 is Elizabeth Shepherd. A classically trained pianist who turned to jazz through her love of old-school hip-hop, Shepherd has been hailed as a "jazz virtuoso with a pop sensibility" (Real Detroit Weekly) and has been praised by critics worldwide for her compelling songwriting and soulful performances. Alongside Esperanza Spalding and Robert Glasper, she is part of the new wave of jazz-influenced musicians introducing this art form to a new generation of music fans. Nominated six times for the JUNO Awards (the Canadian GRAMMY Awards) and twice for the Polaris Prize, she has released seven widely acclaimed albums, featuring collaborations with musicians such as Lionel Loueke and British producer Nostalgia 77.

Mad Violining show 

Sept. 28 

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

Sept. 28

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.

Behind the Curtain gala fundraiser 

Sept. 29 

YES Theatre/STC are holding a “Broadway star-studded” gala fundraiser this Friday, Sept. 29. A press release said the gala “presents the opportunity for patrons to get behind the curtain and experience the theatre like never before.” Behind the Curtain is a dinner, concert, art installation, silent auction and more. The concert features some of Broadway’s best including Stephen Anthony (Book of Mormon, Dear Evan Hansen), Sara Farb (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Garret Healey (Dear Evan Hansen). The event begins at 6 p.m. at Sudbury Theatre Centre. Tickets cost $100 plus tax and a processing fee. Purchase tickets online here.

Professional wrestling 

Sept. 29 

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.

Cavalcade of Colours

Sept. 30-Oct. 1

The Onaping Falls Lions Club hosts the 36th annual Cavalcade of Colours event at the Dowling Leisure Centre on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Halloween River Fun-Run

Sept. 30 

All witches and warlocks are invited to dress up and have some fun with this paddling event. Bring a paddleboard, kayak, canoe or any non-motorized float to the Wahnapitae Boat Launch. Donate canned food and be entered in a draw to win a prize. Event begins at 1 p.m. Sept. 30. More information is available online here.

Quilt and Craft Sale

Sept. 30 

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 items 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.

Book release for “The Mindful Forest”

Oct. 1 

Lifelong friends Julia Haddad, Alina Tassone and Brittney Smith have come out with a kids’ book about mindfulness called “The Mindful Forest.” A launch for the book takes place at Kivi Park Sunday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes door prizes and mindfulness-based activities for kids. Books will be available for purchase. Event attendees can also enjoy the grounds of Kivi Park after stopping by the book launch.

Run for the Cure

Oct. 1 

The 32nd annual Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure runs Sunday, Oct. 1. The Sudbury event takes place at Cambrian College, with the registration at 8 a.m., opening ceremonies at 8 a.m., and the runs starting at 9:30 a.m. Taking place in 53 communities across the country, including Greater Sudbury, the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada’s largest single-day, volunteer-led initiative in support of the breast cancer cause. The event raises funds for world-leading research and vitally important support programs to help people facing breast cancer live longer, fuller lives. Register online here.

Brunch at Ste. Anne des Pins parish hall

Oct. 1 

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.

Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday celebration

Oct. 2

The India-Canada Association of Sudbury celebrates the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi in the foyer of the main library at Laurentian University this evening from 6-7 p.m. The life and works of Gandhi will be honoured and children and youth will speak on his impact. Space is limited to RSVP by Sept. 30 to participate by contacting Niranjan Mishra at [email protected]

La Slague presents Au Bistro des découvertes!

Oct. 3

Not all great talents are great stars. Discovering them, despite their relative obscurity, is a keenly felt pleasure. We gain an appreciation for our environment, capable of offering such beautiful presences. We share the thrill of a brand-new performance. We experience a moment of beautiful guidance that wants to do good, just by forging a link. It’s in this spirit that La Slague invites you to “Au bistro des découvertes.” This intimate concert series is carefully curated, with new talent personally recommended by seasoned French Ontario artists. Our old hands on the music scene are well placed to make good musical acquaintances, and like us, the stars love to share their finds with their friends. So be one of their friends! Au Bistro des Découvertes, you’ll come for the good atmosphere, the good food, the good music, the good company, all under the guidance of the evening’s artist godparents, to create an intimate and convivial evening with their protégés. The event takes place at Place des Arts Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. The show, put on under the artistic direction of Dan Bédard, runs one Tuesday per month from September to December. Purchase tickets online here.

Lighthouse puppet project

Oct. 4

A team of Sudbury-based artists invite the public to the unveiling of a puppet project called “Lighthouse” at Sudbury Theatre Centre Oct. 4. The captivating video combines the talents of puppetmaker and puppeteerr Dylan Gibson, photographer and cinematographer Gerry Kingsley and singer-songwriter Edouard Landry. The story finds Ed, a daring puppet, exploring treacherous lands in search of enlightenment and truth. Through thunderstorms and shark-infested waters, Ed discovers that everyone's journey towards finding meaning and purpose is unique, and what brings fulfillment to one person may differ from another. Come join the team from 5-7 p.m. in the Steve’s Encore Lounge at the STC for an interactive panel discussion to learn more about puppetry, the filming and music production process. A short performance and some behind the scenes footage will follow the Q&A. Stick around to chat about the potential for a future puppet-building workshop. Snacks and a cash bar will be available on site. 

Fall colours Thanksgiving walk 

Oct. 9 

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.

Sultans of String concert 

Oct. 10 

Award-winning First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists will be performing with Juno Award nominees Sultans of String. Walking Through the Fire is a musical multimedia event unlike any other! From Métis fiddling to an East Coast Kitchen Party, Rumba to Rock, to the drumming of the Pacific Northwest, experience the beauty and diversity of music from Turtle Island/Canada with Alyssa Delbaere -Sawchuk of the Métis Fiddler Quartet, Ojibwe/Finnish Singer -Songwriter Marc Meriläinen (Nadjiwan) and Coast Tsm’syen Elder and Singer Songwriter Shannon Thunderbird performing on stage, as well as virtual guests on the big screen, including Dr. Duke Redbird, the Northern Cree Pow Wow group, and more. The concert, presented by Café Heritage, takes place starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Collège Boréal’s Salle Trisac. Purchase tickets online here.

Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Party (Halloween edition)

Oct. 14 and 28 

Sudbury Indie Cinema is chilled and thrilled to announce the Halloween edition of the Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party! Kids today may not realize the significance of the Saturday morning ritual, but once upon a time, we had to wait a whole week to get our cartoon fix, and when we got it, we tended to binge. Well – welcome to the Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party – that special time when kids and kids-at-heart get to relive the exciting Saturday Morning ritual of non-stop retro cartoons, and binge on the multi-colored sugary cereals that used to be a part of every “balanced” breakfast! The cartoon lineup is always a mystery, but expect to see monsters, sci-fi, sleuths, superheroes and all kinds of 2D silliness, both faves and obscurities spanning the ’50s through the ’90s, all punctuated with vintage commercials, PSAs and station IDs for a three-hour trip down memory lane! So get ready for a sugar rush and an explosion of nostalgia all wrapped up in one candy-coated package. Event runs at 10 a.m. both Oct. 14 and 28. Tickets are available online here.

Tree Days Event

Oct. 14

The Junction Creek Stewardship Committee hosts a TD Tree Days event in the Flour Mill on Oct. 14. Volunteers are need to help us plant 100 native trees and shrubs. The event goes from 1-4 p.m. at Claude Charbonneau Park (a.k.a Percy Park). Event details and registration link:

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven And Brahms

Oct. 14

Enjoy Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture plus a fanfare written for Canada’s sesquicentennial and some of Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suites. The SSO will be under the direction of William Rowson, one of the candidates vying to become the symphony’s new music director. The performance takes place starting at 7 p.m. at Laurentian University’s Fraser Auditorium. Purchase tickets online here.

Guided walking mural tour

Oct. 14

Grab your squad, slap on your best walking shoes, and prepare to be swept off your feet by Sudbury’s new guided mural tours. Up Here festival will be hosting guided mural tours once a month, every month, until October. Up Here’s guided mural tours are the crème de la crème when it comes to discovering Sudbury's impressive urban art gallery. The next mural tours take place Oct. 14 at noon. Reserve your spot for one of these colourful two-hour walking tours now. Tickets are priced at an accessible $15 per person. For further information and to book your spot, visit

Thomas Hellman presents Mythomane at Place des Arts

Oct. 14

His father is from Texas, his mother is from France and his performances are at the crossroads of cultures and art forms. In a genre-breaking performance that combines old-time storytelling, minimalist theatre and a folk music concert (with multi-instrumentalist Olaf Gundel), Thomas Hellman brings to life some of the world’s greatest stories, the classical myths of Western civilization, with a charming simplicity that makes them even more eternal. And as simple as that, you will learn the origins of everything: the universe, humans and gods, the passions that drive them and the destinies that await them. This show is presented through a collaboration by Centre franco-ontarien de folklore, La Slague du Carrefour francophone and Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury. Catch the show at Place des Arts at 8 p.m. Oct. 14. Purchase tickets online here.

Walden Art Club show and sale

Oct. 14-15

The Walden Art Club holds its Artists in Action 2023 fall show and sale Oct. 14 and 15. The show runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, and is being held at the TM Davies Community Centre (Walden Arena) in Lively. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available.

Ennis Sisters concert 

Oct. 15

Newfoundland’s Ennis Sisters will be visiting Sudbury before the snow flies for the first time in awhile. The popular Atlantic Canada Celtic trio, renowned for their powerful voices and sweet harmonies, usually make a Nickel City stop with their Christmas show, but this fall they are making a rare October visit, alongside their pianist, Wade Tarling. The group hits the stage at Sheridan Auditorium at Sudbury Secondary School on Oct. 15, which offers “great sound and lighting, as well as comfortable seating,” organizers said. Show time is 7 p.m. with doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available in person or online at Sudbury Theatre Centre. The show will consist of two sets of 45 minutes plus a 20-minute intermission and will end at approximately 9:15 p.m

“Avian Cyborgs” exhibit at Art Gallery of Sudbury

Runs until Dec. 17 

A show called “Avian Cyborgs” exhibiting at the Art Gallery of Sudbury 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.

Community Creek Cleanup

Oct. 21

The Junction Creek Stewardship Committee co-ordinates a public clean-up event with the Blue Community along a section of Junction Creek by the Real Canadian Superstore. Join us to help remove litter along the shoreline. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided along with refreshments. The even runs from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (rain or shine) at the Real Canadian Superstore, 1485 Lasalle Blvd. Meeting in the east parking lot by Junction Creek (Map location: Please register:

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.


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