Arts and Culture

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


Hanging By A Thread

September 14 to October 4, 2019 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre main gallery

Artists Reception: Sunday, September 15 2-4 p.m.

Oakville Fibre Artists are a group of 30 individuals who are creating an exciting environment where all forms of fibre techniques are explored and welcomed. Fibre techniques include dyeing fabrics, layering textiles, collage, mixing fibres and experimenting with embroidery, slow stitch, quilting, free style knitting, weaving and various ways of manipulating the textile surface. The group meets weekly throughout the year at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) to work and share ideas.

This year we are hosting our third exhibition, Hanging By A Thread, in the Main Gallery at QEPCCC. The show runs from September 14 to October 4, 2019 Monday to Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm. Please join us for a Meet the Artists Reception on Sunday September 15 from 2-4pm.


Preserving Peace: Souvenirs of Peacekeeping

August 9 to September 2020 at Erchless Estate

Preserving Peace

Since the invention of Peacekeeping by Lester B. Pearson in response to the 1956 Suez Crisis, Canada has assumed a leading role in missions around the world. Learn about Canada’s contribution to global peace and about Canadian peacekeepers, through their uniforms, medals, souvenirs, photographs and letters as they faced considerable risks while operating in some of the most challenging environments.

Exhibit launch: August 9 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Join us for refreshments and opening remarks by military enthusiast Michael Johnson. Former Peacekeepers will be present to answer questions based on their personal experiences about Canada’s contribution to global peace and Canadian peacekeeping missions.


From Workwear to Everywhere: The Story of Denim

July 10 to September 1, 2019 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre main gallery

Originally conceived as a utilitarian workwear fabric, denim has evolved from its blue collar roots to the heights of haute-couture. This exhibit examines denim at a local level using clothing and stories from Oakville residents to reflect upon a fabric that is in almost every closet.


History of Sledge Hockey

Now on until September 2019 at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex

What is sledge hockey? Sledge Hockey of Canada (SHOC) was established over twenty-five years ago. Learn about the history of the sport, the rules of the game and get introduced to some of its leading athletes, some of which call Oakville home.


Material Tells

June 23 – September 8, 2019 at Oakville Galleries Gairloch Gardens and Centennial Square

Material Tells

Taking the politics of making as its point of departure, this group exhibition explores the cultural meanings that emerge from the materials artists use. Drawing on the writings of Édouard Glissant, guest curator Daisy Desrosiers assembles a selection of works that engage often-overlooked narratives within cultural histories, considering the itinerant and opaque legacies that surround certain materials. Ideas of belonging, witnessing, domesticity, and migratory journeys are brought to the fore, engaging shared and self-reflective experiences and inviting audiences to be guided by the stories that they tell.


At Home in Bronte Public Art Display

June 20 – Thanksgiving, 2019 at the Bronte Waterfront

At Home in Bronte, Perspectives & Reflections Public Art Exhibit

To respond to the strong demand from the community, the merchants of the Bronte Village BIA are pleased to once again present “At Home in Bronte”…. a public art display of custom decorated Muskoka Chairs. This project is an exhibit that engages the community to paint, admire, and rest by the lake on the chairs each summer.

Seventy NEW chairs are coming back to Bronte Village and the Bronte Waterfront for summer 2019!


What’s Your Type: Textiles and Typewriters

March 30, 2019 to April 2020 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

This exhibit explores two machines with complex relationships with women, their societal roles and their voices. It features typewriters and sewing machines from 1875 to 1975 and considers their material aspects and design. It provokes questions about the status of these machines and how they act as a reflection of the women who owned and used them.


Hair: The long and short of it!

Until Oct. 2019 at Erchless Estate

Hair the long and short of it

Can hair be an outward expression of our thoughts? What can the artifacts relating to hair in the Oakville Museum tell us about our past? Whether exploring fashion statements, spoils of war, valued keepsakes or objects of art, explore how hair has been used to mark rites of passage throughout time.


I-DYVO – Augmented Reality Art

100 Bronte Road, Unit 10

Augmented Reality Art

Our pilot collection weaves the linkage between Autism and Augmented Reality – a layering of sensory perceptions – over the calming creativity of art. This collection is designed to generate awareness for Autism and to showcase the innate and unique talent inside people affected by this commonly misunderstood neurological condition. A cornerstone of our gallery is original pieces created by a great autistic artist – Aiden Lee from Oakville, Ontario.

Click here to see more.


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 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 & Centennial Square, 120 Navy Street 905-844-4402 Oakville Galleries – one institution with two distinct buildings and locations and an 11 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.