Arts and Culture

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

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Stand On Guard: Sport in Canada

Until September 2018 at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex

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Visit Sixteen Mile Sports Complex for an amazing look into the history of Canadian sports and how they are influenced by our seasons, geography and social diversity. Learn the cultural origins and some cool facts about hockey, lacrosse, cricket and more of our favourite sports.

 

Pumpkins to Pastries Trail

September 18, 2017 – October 31, 2017 at Multiple Locations

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Explore local restaurants, stores, farms, markets and more on the region-wide Pumpkins to Pastries Trail this fall. Visit local attractions, events and shops that highlight the harvest season and agricultural offerings in Halton. Oakville is home to several of the Trail stops, so make sure to come by and experience our autumn offerings. You can also Snap & Win on the Trail: Snap a photo at one of the Trail sites and post it on social media with the hashtag #p2ptrail, and you could win a Pumpkins to Pastries Trail gift basket!

 

FASTWÜRMS

September 24, 2017 – December 30, 2017 at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

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Melding conceptual art with queer culture, performance art, Witch Nation mysticism, and an eclectic DIY sensibility, FASTWÜRMS (Kim Kozzi and Dai Skuse) have enacted since 1979 an influential poly-disciplinary art practice premised on the mutual exchange and circulation of aesthetic knowledge. For Oakville Galleries, FASTWÜRMS will develop a new site-specific project, #Q33R_WTCH_P155, that continues their canny collision of iconographies, aesthetic systems, symbols, and affect codes. The exhibition will feature an appearance of their project Fortune-Teller Machine—Zardoz (FTM) (2014), a custom-designed caravan for interactive divination run by a coven of artist witches.

 

Tamara Henderson – Seasons End: Out of Body

September 24, 2017 – December 30, 2017 at Oakville Galleries in Centennial Square

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The third and final iteration of Tamara Henderson’s ongoing Seasons End project, Out of Body continues the artist’s research into topics such as moon phases, the harvest, pagan rituals, and seasonal change. Collecting and creating objects and images from a variety of sources—including found and recycled materials and gifts gathered on the road—and imbuing them with dreams, memories and personal histories, Henderson will present a mise-en-scène of elaborate sewn sculptures, along with a collection of new props, objects and textile hangings, and her latest film work.

Tamara Henderson: Seasons End: Out of Body is produced with the support of Glasgow International and REDCAT, Los Angeles.

 

Autumn Harvest

Every Saturday, 1-4 p.m. from October 7-28 in Downtown Oakville

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Celebrate the colours of fall during Autumn Harvest in Downtown Oakville. Enjoy hayrides, fall decorations and activities throughout the Downtown area. In-store activity maps are available online and in Towne Square.

 

Camper Halloween Weekends

October 14-15 & October 21-22 at Bronte Creek Provincial Park

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Come to Bronte Creek Provincial Park for two weekends of Halloween fun! Learn about Halloween history and traditions, and enjoy stories, games, music and more at “Campfire Fridays”. Stay for Saturday and decorate your campsite, go trick-or-treating and enjoy a spooky evening hike.

 

Oakville Historical Society Ghost Walks

October 16, 2017 – October 30, 2017 (Monday to Saturday)

Oakville's Historical Society will be hosting ghost walks through the downtown area

Join the Oakville Historical Society this October for a guided tour through Old Oakville. Learn about Oakville’s past, haunted happenings and more as you explore the picturesque scenery of some of Oakville’s oldest areas. Ghost Walks are well suited for children and youth groups such as Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Scouts. Reservations are recommended.

 

Oakville Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday from June 3, 2017 – Oct. 28, 2017 in Downtown Oakville

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Make sure to drop by the Oakville Farmers’ Market between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Saturday until October 28 to take home fresh, locally-grown, seasonal fruits, vegetables and delicacies!

Produce selection will change weekly to ensure seasonal produce is available. The market, located on George Street between Lakeshore Rd. and Church St., will take place each week, rain or shine.

 

Yoga in Towne Square

Every Saturday from June 3, 2017 – Oct. 28, 2017 in Towne Square

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Bring your yoga mat and join some of our yoga instructors for FREE yoga sessions every Saturday morning in Towne Square! For park location, visit the Town of Oakville’s Park Listings page.

Titika Active Couture
9-9:50 a.m.

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10-10:50 a.m.

 

Our Home and Native Land: Being Canadian

February 17, 2017 – January 2018 at QEPCCC, museum space

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A Canadian story of Oakville voices! Representing different cultures and traditions from around the world, Oakville residents share what being Canadian means to them. This exhibition uses museum artifacts to explore some of Canada’s most iconic symbols – symbols that tell the story of our nation, our people, environment, history and traditions. Please note: This exhibit is on display at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, located at 2302 Bridge Road.

 

Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History

Permanent Exhibit at Erchless Estate

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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

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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.

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

Oakville Arts Council 2302 Bridge Road 905-815-5977 www.oakvillearts.com 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 www.oakvillearts.com. 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 www.oakvillecentre.ca

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  https://www.sheridancollege.ca/life-at-sheridan/theatre.aspx 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 www.oakville.ca 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 www.oakvillegalleries.com 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.

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