Arts and Culture

Oakville is a culturally-rich and vibrant community, with exhibits, performances and tours offered throughout the year


The Riches of Life

Until February 12, 2017 at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is pleased to announce the opening of its first art exhibition of 2017, a display of works collected over many years by founder Sybil Rampen. Part of the exhibition will be Sybil’s own watercolours and fibre art, which are rarely unveiled, as well as her mentor Martin Bloch and additional works spanning three centuries of incredible artists.

Featuring – German expressionist Martin Bloch 1883 – 1954 – International fibre artist Gordana Brelih – Marin-Marie, 20th century French marine painter – Joseph Nash 1808 – 1878, painter of late gothic architecture – Ann Oakley, Joshua Creek studio artist – Sybil Rampen, founder of Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre – Woodblock printing artist Bernard Rice 1900 – 1998 – Anthony Salvin 1799-1880, Sybil Rampen’s ancestor – Ian Turner, Canadian illustrator and graphic designer – Anton Van Dalen, successful New York artist – Jan Vinnai, Joshua Creek Studio artist – Galin Zonev, Bulgarian woodcut artist This exhibition runs from Jan 13 – Feb 12, 2017
Art and Fashion

Until June 18, 2017 at Erchless Estate

Through history, fashion design tracked and echoed trends in art. The developing aesthetics of artistic styles can be followed in the progression of fashion design. Discover how each garment on display has a particular relationship to the art of its time.


Crystal Clear: Pieces from the Oakville Museum’s Glass Collection

Until February 5, 2017 in the museum space at QEPCCC (2302 Bridge Rd)

Glass is a material of everyday life with limitless applications whether poured, blown, pressed or moulded. We see through it and we see ourselves in it. Using the seven capital vices as facets of human fascinations, explore unique pieces from our glass collection.


Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History

Permanent Exhibit at Erchless Estate

Discover the stories of early Black settlers in Oakville including Branson Johnson, a freeborn African-American, who arrived with his family in 1855. His Certificate of Freedom from a Maryland court and the pocket watch in which it was hidden for many years are featured.


The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom

Permanent Exhibit at Erchless Estate

In this exciting and moving multi-media presentation, the ghost of Deborah Brown tells the true story of her heroic flight from a life of slavery in Maryland to her new life of freedom in 19th-century Toronto. Presentation available in French and English.


The following organizations offer more information on arts and culture within Oakville:

Oakville Arts Council 2302 Bridge Road 905-815-5977 Arts and culture are vital pieces of Oakville’s unique character; it transforms us and enriches our lives. The Oakville Arts Council is home to many of Oakville’s arts and culture groups. The Oakville Arts Council takes great pride in recognizing and honouring the profound arts talent in the community. Plan a visit or attend a class and let the Oakville Arts Council help plan your downtime. Take in a little song and dance, an exhibition, gallery or museum visit. Find out what’s going on in Oakville and put some creativity in your visit – visit the calendar of events at To see a list of Oakville Arts Council events, please click here. To see the Oakville Arts Council’s Arts Directory, click here.

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts 130 Navy Street 905-815-2021

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts provides its guests with a place to learn through dance, music, storytelling and theatre, in one of two theatres located on beautiful Oakville Harbour. Local, national and international performers delight audiences up to 260 days of the year. Theatre Sheridan 1430 Trafalgar Road 905-815-4049 Long recognized for performance and technical excellence, Theatre Sheridan at Sheridan College presents six musicals a year at the Trafalgar Road campus in Oakville. Alumni go on to perform in theatres around the world, including Broadway, London’s West End, Stratford and Shaw Festivals. Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCC) 2302 Bridge Road 905-815-5979 The QEPCC is a vibrant public space offering active living, cultural and artistic programs and events. The centre provides artists, musicians, and cultural groups with work and studio space, and houses gallery and exhibit space. It also provides residents and visitors to Oakville with opportunities to explore their personal creativity through its schedule of programs. Oakville Galleries Two Locations: Gairloch Gardens, 1306 Lakeshore Road East Tuesday – Sunday 1-5 Centennial Square, 120 Navy Street Tuesday – Thursday 12-9, Friday 12-5, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5 905-844-4402 Oakville Galleries – one institution with two distinct buildings and locations and an eleven acre garden fronting Lake Ontario – is committed to the presentation, collection, preservation, and interpretation of recent work produced in the visual and media arts. Oakville Galleries privileges programmes created to explore and understand the historical, social and cultural context of the art of our time that engage artists and communities alike. The exhibitions, collection, educational programmes and original research present new ways of seeing, representing and responding to life.