Arts and Culture

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


Sara Cwynar – Tracy

April 8, 2018 – June 3, 2018 at Oakville Galleries (Centennial Square)

Sara Cwynar

In her first museum exhibition in Canada, Sara Cwynar presents her acclaimed works Soft Film (2016) and Rose Gold (2017) alongside her newest film and a suite of recent photographs. Using voice-over, a fast-moving collage of found images and footage of the artist herself working in the studio, Cwynar’s densely layered films range over a number of subjects relevant to our image-saturated society. These include the circulation and value of objects through time, our relationship to technology and advertising culture, the potent emotional and aspirational charge of material consumption, and how colour can be coveted as an object of desire. Her photographs enlarge on these themes, asking critical questions about the power at play in the distribution and consumption of images and things.


Nadia Belerique – The Weather Channel

April 8, 2018 – June 3, 2018 at Oakville Galleries (Gairloch Gardens)

Nadia Belerique

Investigating the expanded status of the image in our current moment, Toronto-based artist Nadia Belerique cannily combines photo-based image-making with sculptural installation to mine the dynamic relationship between the perceptual, the psychological and the representational. For her first solo exhibition in a museum, Belerique will present an installation of new works that extends her recent Bed Island series. Featuring a series of photo-driven sculptures and an elevated steel and glass frame (or “bed”) that responds to the architecture of Gairloch estate, The Weather Channel continues Belerique’s ongoing engagement with the image plane as an index for the actual and imagined limits of the body, human identity and the spaces they generate.


Work in Progress – Students & Emerging Artists Exhibition

March 15, 2018 – May 20, 2018 at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre


Work in Progress features rising and developing artists from Sheridan College, who demonstrate powers of observation and narration through their own unique style.

The work of the artists of tomorrow is an experience of beauty, a new perspective, unique style and inspirational attitudes.

Works are inspired by genres including figurative, landscape and still life. The work ranges from drawing to painting to mixed media.

Opening Reception: March 18, 2018, 2 – 5 p.m.


A French Connection

February 24, 2018 – March 17, 2019 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre


The Oakville Museum is home to an astonishing collection of artifacts with a French connection.

You don’t have to carry a baguette under your arm to be considered a Francophile. People have been enamoured with France throughout history, and the artifacts curated for this exhibit suggest that many Oakville residents have shared an enduring love of France.

The exhibit includes Great War letters from the Somme, prêt-à-porter ensembles from Paris and exquisite china from Limoges, which have found their way back to Canada, demonstrating Oakville’s penchant for all things French.


2018 Screening Series

February 8, 2018/March 28, 2018/April 5, 2018/April 18, 2018 at the Oakville Hospital


Enjoy three fantastic films at the Willson Oakville Film Festival and Oakville Hospital Foundation 2018 Screening Series. Presented by Budds’ Premium Automotive Group, this cinematic series features  three Canadian films that are sure to entertain and inspire. For details and tickets, click here.

February 8: The Space Between

March 28: Kiss & Cry

April 5: Don’t Talk to Irene

•April 18: A Canadian film classic (TBA)


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

Until November 2018 at Erchless Estate


Glass is a material of everyday life. We see through it and we see ourselves in it. Using the seven capital vices as facets of human fascinations, this exhibit explores pieces from the Oakville Museum glass collection. This exhibit first ran at QEPCCC from April 2016 to February 2017.


Stand On Guard: Sport in Canada

Until September 2018 at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex


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.


From Far and Wide: Tales From a Suitcase

July 1, 2017 – September 16, 2018 at Erchless Estate


Using the museum’s suitcase and costume collection, as well as archival documentation, this exhibit shares stories of immigration from over 150 years as a collective history of becoming Canadian.

The people who came to make Oakville their home brought their unique skills, energy and vision, and have contributed to the development of the community. This exhibit explores a select number of Oakville immigration stories from the first fifty years after Canadian Confederation in 1867.


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.