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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 [email protected] so we can spread the word. More local events can also be found on’s Events Page.

Community Roundtable 

Nov. 17 

St. Andrew’s United Church is hosting a Community Roundtable on Friday, Nov. 17 involving invited community leaders from municipal government and a variety of local social agencies, service organizations and downtown businesses. Facilitator Jill Strapp from the Centre for Church Development & Leadership will lead discussions revolving around how the participants might work together to strengthen the support programs offered in downtown Sudbury, and to consider potential new initiatives and partnerships that will address the shifting needs of our community. The event takes place at St. Andrew’s at 111 Larch St. from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 17. Doors open at 9 a.m. for refreshments and pre-meeting socializing.

Craft show 

Nov. 17-18 

The Penage Road Community Centre in Whitefish holds the 42nd Annual Rendezvous Craft Show from 4-9 p.m. Nov. 17 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18. Enjoy pulla, homemade preserves, pottery, knitted items, woodworking, Mennonite baking, homemade pies, quilting, sewing items, photography, jewellery, a bake table and more. Cash, VISA and cheque accepted. Bring your own reusable bags. Free refreshments in the Christmas Tea Room. Donations being collected for Walden Food Bank. Admission is free.

Sudbury Santa Claus Parade 

Nov. 18 

The annual Sudbury Santa Claus Parade runs starting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18. The parade route begins on Notre Dame Avenue next to Elm Place and proceeds south on Notre Dame to Elm Street, west on Elm to Elgin Street, north on Elgin to Ste. Anne Road and finally east on Ste. Anne. At the start of the parade, a dynamic display of fireworks (around 5:15 p.m.) lights up Sudbury's Saturday night. Free parking will be available at several municipal parking lots throughout the downtown core so that families can park nearby and easily walk over to the parade route.

Comedian Jeff Leeson

Nov. 18

Sudbury Performance Group brings comedian Jeff Leeson to Sudbury Nov. 18. The event takes place at the Trevi Bar & Grill. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the performance at 7:30 p.m. For over 23 years Jeff Leeson has been astonishing crowds across North America with his off the cuff, improvisational style that leaves crowds not only wanting more, but amazed at what they just witnessed. Combining traditional stand up comedy with long form improv Jeff creates a unique and personal experience for the audience each and every show. With over 50 Million Views of his stand up clips online Jeff is quickly becoming one of the most requested acts in North America! In addition to headlining top comedy clubs and theaters throughout North America, Jeff’s comedy has been featured on Sirius XM, Spotify, i-Tunes, 2 Comedy specials on Amazon Prime, a Dry Bar Comedy Special and a Special On Youtube entitled “Sorry I’m Not Kevin Hart.” Purchase tickets online here.

City of Lakes Musical Society ‘Bach and Before’

Nov. 18

The City of Lakes Music Society presents the first concert of the season in their Main Series, ‘Bach and Before’, on Saturday, Nov.18th at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Church, 203 York St. Performing on the concert are many well-known local musicians: pianists Charlene Biggs and Yoo Young Park, flautist Karly Schofield, the Yzersmith Duo (violist Jamie Arrowsmith and guitarist Allan Yzereef), and the Sudbury Chamber Singers directed by Susan Urquhart. Plus, a silent auction! Tickets at the door. Admission is $25 general, and $20 for seniors and students. For further information, email [email protected].

Holiday Crafters Market 

Nov. 18 

Sudbury Performance Group is holding its first annual holiday crafters market on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sudbury Event Centre (old Mine Mill Hall), located at 19 Regent St. Free of charge. More than 40 unique crafters from Greater Sudbury will be showcasing their talents just in time for the holidays. Free parking at Canadian Blood Services. Contact Melissa at 705-207-4713.

GNO presents Le Nouveau Louvre

Nov. 18 to Jan. 9

For its 28th edition, the GNO is back with its long-awaited annual event: Le Nouveau Louvre, a holiday art sale. For the occasion, the gallery walls will be plastered with works by your favourite local and regional artists. Shop in person at the GNO (or online on the gallery’s website) to find that rare gem. All works are sold for $200. Profits are shared between the artist and the GNO. First come, first served. The opening celebration takes place at GNO (Place des Arts) Nov. 28 at 2 p.m.

Sudbury Secondary School presents “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

Nov. 19 

Sudbury Secondary School students are set to present the musical production of "The Little Mermaid Jr.” Public performances will take place on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. as well as Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sheridan Auditorium. Tickets, at $20 for adults and $10 for youth 12 and under, can be purchased at the door or on Showpass. Based on the iconic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this one act adaptation of the Disney Broadway production will bring guests to the enchanting depths of the ocean to experience a tale of timeless romance and adventure. Sudbury Secondary School is located at 154 College St. in Sudbury.

Cinéfest red carpet screening 

Nov. 22 

Cinéfest is bringing writer/director Rebecca Miller’s “She Came to Me” to the big screen at SilverCity Sudbury Nov. 22 as the final Red Carpet Patron Program film of 2023. The romantic comedy, which opened the Berlinale International Film Festival earlier this year as a Special Gala, follows the story of composer Steven Lauddem (four-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones) as he attempts to break through a creative block restricting him from completing the score for his big come back opera. At the behest of his wife Patricia (Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables), he sets out in search of inspiration and finds much more than he bargained for when he meets Katrina (Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei, My Cousin Vinny).Individual tickets are on sale now at, at the Cinéfest Sudbury Box Office (located at 40 Larch Street, Unit 103), or by calling 705-688-1234. Cinéfest Red Carpet Patrons are granted complimentary admittance.

Dinner Theatre: Boeing Boeing

Nov. 23-25

Sudbury Performance Group presents the dinner theatre production of “Boeing Boeing.” An appalling situation: A hit comedy similar in vein to Shakespeare’s comedies of merry misadventures and mistaken identities, “Boeing Boeing” tells the exploits of French bachelor Bernard and his lovely female flight attendants. Three flight attendants, to be exact, from three different countries: and they all believe they’re engaged to Bernard! In the past, Bernard has been able to juggle these women due to his detailed timetable of his fiancés’ flight schedules. When the situation changes and all of the women end up at his apartment on the same day, Bernard (with help from his bewildered friend Robert) struggles to keep them from learning the truth. Will the lying lothario be able to keep up this charade, or will a disaster occur? As they say: all’s well that ends well! The production runs Nov. 23-25 at Thorneloe University theatre. Purchase tickets online here.

YES Theatre presents Matilda The Musical 

Nov. 24 to Dec. 17

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With a book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Winner of 99 international awards, including 24 for Best Musical, Matilda has been delighting audiences for over a decade and was recently adapted into a major motion picture on Netflix. The show runs Nov. 24 to Dec. 17 at Sudbury Theatre Centre. Purchase tickets online here.

SSO concert “Poems for Snow”

Nov. 25

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra’s next concert, entitled “Poems for Snow,” runs at Laurentian University’s Fraser Auditorium Nov. 25. The symphony’s guest conductor is François Koh and the guest soloist is Bénédicte Lauzière on violin. Koh will conduct the beautiful Poème for Orchestra and Solo Violin and the exciting Légends by Jacques Hétu along with some of everyone’s favourite seasonal favourites. Purchase tickets online here.

Les Troubadours' Christmas Show

Nov. 25

A tradition endures when it is truly imbued with life. Les Troubadours was formed almost 30 years ago, and ever since, it has radiated warmth and joy, nurtured friendship in harmony and wholeheartedly shared the vivid emotions conveyed by choral music. Director Stéphanie Doyle is preparing a concert that embodies both the holiday spirit and a beautiful Sudbury tradition. The show runs Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at Place des Arts. Purchase tickets online here.

Sudbury Arts Council annual general meeting 

Nov. 27 

Sudbury Arts Council holds its annual general meeting Monday, Nov. 27 at Sudbury Indie Cinema (162 Mackenzie St.). The first 10 people to arrive at the AGM will receive two tickets to the indie cinema valued at $24. Free popcorn and pop and water are available. Attendees will have a chance to share news about events and projects at the meeting. The 2023 SAC board is proposing changes to the bylaws. The current bylaws and the proposed changes can be viewed online here. If you have not purchased or renewed your SAC membership, this can be done at the AGM. Individual memberships are $20; group memberships are $35.

Holiday Train

Nov. 29

The CPKC Holiday Train visits Sudbury Nov. 29.  The train arrives at the Via Station on Elgin Street at 8:50 p.m., with the concert lasting from 9:15 to 9:45 p.m. The performers are the Anyway Gang. A few summers ago, four friends from four of Canada's most notable bands – Dave Monks from Tokyo Police Club, Sam Roberts from Sam Roberts Band, Menno Versteeg from Hollerado, and Chris Murphy from Sloan – got together to write some songs. Their first single, “Big Night,” went to No. 1 on alternative radio. Fast forward to 2023, the band is back with a full-length record called “Still Anyways.” The holiday train is back for its 25th year in 2023, supporting food banks and food shelves by raising money, food and awareness for food insecurity issues.

Thrifty Thursdays at SWC

Nov. 30

The Sudbury Women’s Centre (SWC) has unveiled 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 will be held the last Thursday of each month, with all proceeds going towards providing clients with basic needs items. The next event will be held Nov. 30 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.

Durkac Festival of Lights

Dec. 1-25

Derek Durkac is back once again with his awesome front-yard Christmas light display. The Cambrian Heights resident brightens up everyone’s holiday season each year in benefit of the Edgar Burton Sudbury Christmas Food Drive. The lights are on from 6-9 p.m. from Friday to Sunday, from Dec. 1 through Dec. 25. There are also special appearances from Santa Claus from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, Sunday, Dec. 10, Saturday, Dec. 16, Sunday, Dec. 17, Friday, Dec. 22 and Saturday, Dec. 23. The Sudbury Grinch appears on Dec. 8, 16 and 23. Everyone who visits is asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food and cash for the food drive. Durkac’s display is located at 48 Severn St. (in the Donovan/Cambrian Heights area, off of Burton Drive). Learn more on the Durkac’s Facebook page.

Greater Sudbury Art Crawl

Dec. 2

The 10th annual Greater Sudbury Art Crawl is set to go on Dec. 2 this year. “The Sudbury Arts Council is excited to announce that the Greater Sudbury Art Crawl is celebrating its 10th anniversary that is bigger and better than ever with events throughout the area, including the Downtown, New Sudbury, Donovan and South End, Walden,” states the group’s news release. The Dec. 2 event runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will see a variety of artistic expression during the crawl: paintings, pottery, photo art, sculptures, musician, authors, actors, filmmakers, and multimedia to mention a few that will be on display and performing at local businesses and institutions. The full list of locations is available here.

Santa Shuffle 

Dec. 2 

The Salvation Army Santa Shuffle takes place in Sudbury Dec. 2 in support of Sudbury Cedar Place, an emergency shelter for women and families facing homelessness. The Santa Shuffle began 33 years ago in Edmonton, Alberta, when Running Room members decided to use their passion for running to raise money and support for The Salvation Army and the less fortunate in their community. In 2001, the Santa Shuffle became a national event offering a five-kilometre Fun Elf Run and one-kilometre Elf Walk for all ages and skill levels. The Sudbury event takes place on the Laurentian University campus. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Jeno Tihanyi Olympic Gold Pool at Laurentian University, with the run starting at 10 a.m. Participants pay a registration fee and collect pledges for this event. Register online here.

Gallery Christmas open house 

Dec. 2-3

Sudbury artist Sue Lampinen holds her Christmas Open House Dec. 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come by for your Christmas shopping, refreshments and door prizes. The event takes place at Lampinen Fine Art and Custom Framing at 1350 Regent St. (across from the Shell Station). Phone 705-522-8068.

GNO presents Against the Grain - Rachelle Bergeron

Until Dec. 3

Rachelle Bergeron’s “Against the Grain” is an exploration of human existence, captured through an intimate lens and rendered in the timeless medium of black and white photography, using Kodak TMY 120 film. Each photograph within this series tells a story of individuals who navigate life in a distinctive and unorthodox manner, embracing their own unique path, often in defiance of societal norms. The show runs through until Dec. 3. Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario is located within the Place des Arts building downtown. More information is available online here.

Lights On home decorating contest 

Until Dec. 11

Take part in the Lights On home decorating contest, organized by Café Heritage as part of its annual Festival Noël festivities. Residents and businesses in Rayside-Balfour are encouraged to decorate for the holiday season for a chance to win prize money. Enter between Nov. 11 and Dec. 11. The winners will be announced at the Winter Wonderland Opening on Dec. 15. The first-place winner brings home $1,000, the runner-up $500 and the finalist $250. Email [email protected] for more information.

Gallery 6500 presents Martin Kotyluk

Until Jan. 5, 2024

Gallery 6500 presents an exhibition of paintings/sketches by local artist Martin Kotyluk entitled A Study in Contrast. He has been inspired by the landscapes that inspired the Group of Seven, but in contrast the exhibit also includes more abstract pieces of art, as well as sketches of everyday items that have caught his eye. Kotyluk is an accomplished artist whose talents have been highlighted by the magazines International Artist, American Art Collection, and he has won several awards with the LaCloche Art Show and the Northern Ontario Artist Association. The exhibit can be viewed weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Jan. 5, 2024.

Art Gallery of Sudbury presents Brandon Restoule at Laughing Buddha

Until Jan. 23, 2024

Although the Art Gallery of Sudbury’s main site at the Bell Mansion is currently closed for safety reasons, an off-site exhibit by Brandon Restoule continues at the Laughing Buddha restaurant downtown until Jan. 23, 2024. “What were once two mediums I simply enjoyed to tinker around with, have evolved to tools of self-healing,” he said in an artist’s statement. “It’s been beautiful to see my most treasured moments and the people and places my eyes refused to forget reflect through my photography. Likewise, with my poetry, which joined the party a few years ago. I once resented only catching myself writing when I was stuck in dark places. However, as I’ve grown alongside it, it’s allowed me to be vulnerable and share my sadness, anger, grief and depression in a safe and fulfilling way. Enjoy the rollercoaster that I am.”

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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