Arts and Culture

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



25 June – 2 September 2017 at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & Centennial Square


To propose, to proposition, to prop up: Propped explores the varied functions and meanings of the prop in contemporary artistic practice, examining how objects help us to make and shape history. The word “prop” suggests an inanimate but moveable object that must be activated by a human subject, one that is neither autonomous, nor a backdrop for human activity, but something in between: a “thing” that gains meaning through the context of its use. Through strategies of staged photography, re-enactment, stand-up comedy and assemblage, the artists in Propped position props as highly charged objects that mediate people, history, politics, and the landscape.

Curated by Gabrielle Moser

Participating Artists

Abbas Akhavan, Maya Ben-David, Vincent Chevalier, Mark Clintberg and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Chris Curreri, Geoffrey Farmer, Oliver Husain, Aaron Jones, Eleanor King, Bev Koski, Duane Linklater, Divya Mehra, Hazel Meyer, Bridget Moser, Public Studio, Walter Scott


Oakville Wind Orchestra Live Concerts

Tuesdays, July to August at Bronte Heritage Park


The 2017 Bronte Heritage Park Summer Series Oakville Wind Orchestra performances in the park are happening weekly throughout July and August, from 7 to 8 p.m. Free admission, donations gratefully accepted. Bring a lawn chair and lend an ear.


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, the exhibit explores the stories of Oakville immigrants from our past. Featuring artifacts like clothing, books, sewing tools and school supplies, the display offers both personal Oakville immigration stories and historical analysis of Canadian immigration patterns.


Our Home and Native Land: Being Canadian

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


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.


With Glowing Hearts: Celebrating 1967

June 24 – September 3, 2017 at QEPCCC, main gallery


Recapture the spirit of 1967 as we look at how Oakville celebrated Canada’s Centennial and how Expo ’67 was one of the greatest birthday parties in history. The exhibit also features 1967: Canada Welcomes the World, a multi-platform documentary project focused on the pavilions of exhibiting countries at the 1967 World Exhibition in Montreal. The project was produced by Triana Media with the support of Western University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities. 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


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.



June 8 – September 3 in Downtown Oakville


It’s summertime in Downtown Oakville! Enjoy the warmth of summer by joining in on activities throughout the week. Weekly activities include outdoor movie screenings, live music, farmers’ market, fitness classes and giant games in Towne Square.


At Home in Bronte Outdoor Public Art Exhibit

July 1 – September 4 at Bronte Heritage Park


The ‘At Home in Bronte Muskoka Chair Exhibit’ launches at Oakville’s Canada Day celebration. More than 65 uniquely painted Muskoka chairs will be placed throughout Bronte Heritage Park and on the pier on Canada Day for visitors to admire and, of course, have a seat.

Each Muskoka chair was painted by a local family, artist, business or charity to collectively create a vibrant display of personal stories, shared history, cultural milestones, and national pride.

For more details about the project visit


Paint Your Park

August 8 – 29

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Paint a masterpiece at #PaintYourPark, a series of FREE outdoor paint events happening every Tuesday and Thursday in August. We’ll provide the canvas and paint (as quantities last), and you supply the creativity! All types of artists welcome! Awards and prizes for Kids, Youth, Adults and Professionals will be handed out.

Come paint the park at one or all of the six beautiful park locations offered throughout August, from 4 to 8 p.m.:

August 8 – Towne Square
August 10 – Glenashton Park
August 15 – Isaac Park
August 17 – Tannery Park (Postponed to Aug. 29)
August 22 – Pine Glen Park (Postponed to Aug. 31)
August 24 – Bronte Heritage Park


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.