Arts & Culture


TESSA RELEASES A ‘QUAKE’ OF AN EP

A year is a long time in the fast moving life of a singer-songwriter, and Big Nickel native Tessa Gooden can most certainly attest to that! After releasing her very first EP ‘Blackwater’ last spring Tessa was swept away on a whirlwind USA tour (read about it here and here), a slew of big city shows in Toronto and locally a performance at the official Our Crater Launch Party last July and Up Here in August. Now signed to a label with Akashic Rekords and more driven than ever Tessa has hit us with another shockwave with her second......

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DANCE TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH branch INTENSIVE

A new dance training duo has hit the scene hosting pre-professional dancers 15+ and leaders in the dance community. Offering a unique week of intensive dance training, branch will expose Sudbury dancers to styles and techniques to prepare them for the next level in their professional career.  Mikaela Demers and Denise Vitali, both accomplished dancers locally in their own right have joined forces on this ambitious new endeavour in an effort to strengthen and continue to build Sudbury’s dance community. Demers local dance experience includes, Sudbury Secondary School, Sudbury School of Dance, Dance Evolution, Diane Boulais Studio de Danse,......

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YOUR GUIDE TO THE BEST NLFB WEEKEND

Do you hear that sound? It’s the sound of Bell Park coming alive for the summer season! Northern Lights Festival Boréal is ready to hit the city with FOUR jam packed days of music July 6th-9th! This year with Max Merrifield taking the reins as Artistic Director for the first year the fest will kick off with a Thursday night celebration of Indigenous culture with a multi-disciplinary art projects and a headlining performance by none other than Buffy Sainte-Mare. Rounding out the weekend are Friday headliners Yukon Blonde, Saturday featuring A Tribe Called Red, and Sunday with Whitehorse. And......

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Sudbury Music Spotlight: Dominica Frometa

You may remember Dominica Frometa and her amazing voice from out #GirlPower event this spring! But, you have got to check out her story about her first big high school performance at age 15 and where her singing career has taken her (including to a stadium of 16,000 people)! Read our interview with Dominica below. When did you discover your passion for singing? Do you have someone or something that has been your biggest musical influence?  I have always had a love for singing and performing in my heart – that is for sure! But my passion was ignited......

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Margoland: Bringing the Big Nickel to the Big Screen

We recently heard about a new film being created by two fourth year film students at Ryerson University that happens to feature none other than our own hometown! We were able to chat with Margoland’s director and co-writer Sarah Simone, and the film’s co-writer and producer, Sarah Quan, about the story behind Margoland and what it was like to film up north! Behind the Scenes photo credit: Kevin Huang Tell us about yourselves! What do you do, and how did you get started in the Canadian film industry? Sarah Quan: My name is Sarah Quan, and I’m a filmmaker......

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GEEK OUT THIS WEEKEND WITH GRAPHIC CON

Fandoms unite, this weekend Graphic Con, the North’s biggest con experience coming to the Sudbury Arena for one day only Saturday June 10th! Last year the con broke its attendance record with an astonishing 5000 in attendance! Proving once and for all the geek culture is strong in Northern Ontario! Presented by Launch Pad Creative and Greater Sudbury Public Library this team of super heroes are committed to bringing the full convention experience to Northerners, promoting literacy through the fun and fantasy that can only be found in the world of comic books – and all for an accessible......

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NLFB ADDS EVEN MORE ENTERTAINMENT AND FULL SCHEDULE

Nostalgia abound as NLFB get ready to kick off its 46th Sudbury summer July 6-9th! The crew behind the festival magical is extending this year’s celebration with an added bonus day of music on Thursday July 6th featuring headlining performer Buffy Sainte-Marie in a multiplatform cultural celebration! Festival headliners over the rest of the weekend include Yukon Blonde, A Tribe Called Red and Whitehorse, this is a lineup you don’t want to miss and there’s plenty more to discover once you hit the festival grounds! Since they’re initial line up announcement a few weeks ago NLFB has let slip......

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LA BRUNANTE ROCKS FOR A 24th YEAR!

May 27th, the crew at La nuit sur l’etang were back at College Boreal with the 24th annual La Brunante. Three groups took to the stage in a competition for young Franco-Ontarian artists. Cinq à Sept, made up of students from É.S.C. l’Horizon kicked things off and played in front of a crowd filled with Valley East residents as well as l’Horizon students and teachers. They received a standing ovation after their third song. Les Bergers were next up, fronted by lead singer Josée. These 8 students from É. S. C. L’Escale had great chemistry, getting into some hard......

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Here Comes the Sun Spring Handmade Market

If you’re looking for something to do tomorrow, we suggest checking out Here Comes the Sun Spring Handmade Market hosted by Makers North at the Laurentian School of Architecture! Makers North’s aim is to support our handmade community through events and help makers showcase their work. We spoke with the organizers to find out more about Makers North, their upcoming market and their new Emerging Maker Program! Tell us a bit about Makers North. Julieanne: Makers North was started by Tracy Baker and I as a way to support our handmade community in Northern Ontario. We create events that celebrate......

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HEATHER TOPP: LIVID HERE | LIVIDE ICI

“She is an important feminist artist and educator, a significant inspiration for other artists both as a senior artist and as a community builder,” says Demetra Christakos, Director.  That’s right!  Sudbury’s artist Heather Topp is currently showcasing her Livid Here exhibition at the Art Gallery of Sudbury until July 9th, 2017.  This exhibition incorporates papier-mâché figures, handbuilt ceramic sculpture in stoneware, paintings and drawings. Topp has presented 15 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 65 exhibitions since locating to Sudbury.  Topp has been creating art for more than 50 years and each exposition assembled seeks to create a......

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