Arts & Culture


Collaboration, Community, and Crafts: Meet Makers North!

Tracy Baker and Julieanne Steedman are the co-founders of Makers North, a collective of makers here in Northern Ontario. Tracy is an illustrator/graphic designer who, with partner Josh Turnbull, created The Awful Alphabet, a children’s book poking fun at the darker side of the alphabet. Julieanne paints and sells her original artwork as well as prints, cards and pillows of her paintings. How did you come up with the idea to start Makers North? Julieanne: I met Tracy a couple of times over the past year at different events around Sudbury. This summer we were both at an event......

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EXPLORE A NEW SIDE OF THE CITY WITH BROKEDOWNTOWN

Sudbury’s own Crestfallen welcomes you to explore our downtowns forgotten past! Silverman’s Department Store was once a destination in the north for all your shopping needs making its Elm St address and the downtown core the place to be for locals the visitors alike. The times certainly have changed but with the help of Crestfallen take a step back in time for the night. This event is presented as part of Culture Days running September 30th – October 2nd check out this link for more events happening in the area. We’ve got all the details as per usual for......

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Crater Creatives: April Perrin

Welcome to Crater Creatives, a biweekly artist profile series offering a unique look into the artists that call Sudbury home! There’s certain type of creativity that’s born up here in Northern Ontario, maybe it’s the wilderness that surrounds us, or maybe it’s just our resourceful spirit. Whatever the case may be we’re here to shine a spot light on the innovative artists of all sorts in this big old crater! Have an artist you’d like to recommend for a future Crater Creatives profile? Shoot an email to jessica@ourcrater.com and tell us all about it! April Perrin stole our hearts......

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Trendsetter Thursday: Back to School Essentials

It’s back to school season, and I’ve tried to round up a few of my favourite school essentials! I started with my go-to look, stripes and a pair of classic Gap jeans, and added a few items that I can’t get through the school year without! A jacket or coat that can get you through the Autumn months I love when I can layer sweaters and scarves under a jacket for extra warmth. This one allows me to do just that! The utility style works with every outfit, and I opted for a tan colour instead of my go......

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Spotify Playlist: College Survival Kit

Oh lordy, it’s here. Somehow summer is already over and the school year is right up in your face. Whether you’re a freshman or not, college is a total rollercoaster. Don’t you worry though, I’ve always got your back and this month I have a survival kit of all the songs you need to get through the carnage. The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn) – Weezer Everybody feels insecure sometimes and I’ve got the definition of a pick me up right here. It’s impossible to listen to this song without getting your strut on......

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Up Here is more than just a music festival – it’s also an urban arts festival on a mission to slowly but surely make Sudbury the most photogenic city in the North! Last year’s festival was a smash hit with murals from all around coming to collaborate and decorate our walls over the weeks leading up to the festival. This year is no exception with 8 muralist currently hard at work beautifying our skyline. To celebrate the second year of the fest we got in touch with local artist, Johanna Westby the muralist behind the stellar cement mixer mural......

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Will Gillespie: A king of summer!

Will Gillespie is a throw-back to a simpler time, where music was about having a good time, and putting on your dancing shoes for the night out! Originally from South Porcupine in Northern Ontario, a former resident of Sudbury who now calls Hamilton home is making his return to the Nickel City to promote his latest solo tour The Kings of Summer. Will is performing this weekend as part of the Craft Beer festival and a follow up performance at the famed Townehouse to close out the weekend. In advance of those performances, we got have a quick chat......

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Clown around with Les Bunheads & Friends

At some point or another every kid has dreamed of running away from home to join the circus. That’s exactly what Sudbury native Janie Pinard did….or more accurately went to clown college but kind of the same thing! After dedicating years studying dance here in Sudbury and working with YES Theatre both on stage as a core returning cast member and behind the scenes as choreographer she’s moved on to bigger stages after attending L’École de Clown et Comédie Francine Côté in Montreal. Pinard and her partner in crime Vanessa Kneale joined their backgrounds in dance and love of......

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Trendsetter Thursday: Day to Night

Welcome to Our Crater’s Trendsetter Thursday microblog! Here we show you our favourite looks and styles and give you some of our top fashion tips and tricks. Have any ideas for upcoming microblogs or want to know how to wear a particular item? Send to message to info@ourcrater.com and you might see it in a future post! Fashion Tip: Accessories can bring any outfit from day to night (or season to season) So, when it comes to summer fashion, I can get pretty lazy. You know I love t-shirt dresses, big necklaces, and runners. This dress is one that......

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NLFB Artist Profile: Donnell Leahy and Natalie MacMaster

What did it mean to you to return to the Northern Lights Festival Boreal? Donnell: I love the north, I remember my father loving the north and it’s always a pleasure to visit Sudbury. I have played here with my family previously and it’s a beautiful festival. I was very excited to bring my new family to the fest. Natalie: It was a beautiful day and it was a great festival, the production and stage were fantastic. Everybody seemed so excited and happy to be there! Tell us about your musical influences? Where did it all start for you?......

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