Sudbury listings, Jan. 19 to Jan. 21

Ora Sawyers

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Jan. 19

Theatre: Sudbury’s smallest thespians are inviting audiences to take a musical journey under the sea. In their production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” the young actors of Sudbury’s Biggest Little Theatre Company will bring the classic undersea adventure of Ariel and her aquatic friends to life on the stage. “The Little Mermaid Jr.” will run from Jan. 12 to 22 at the Capreol Arena. General admission is $15. For more information about tickets and showtimes, visit www.bltcsudbury.com.

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Art: The Art Gallery of Sudbury, 251 John St., invites you to a new exhibition, titled Blazes Along the Trail: Exploring David Milne’s Imaginative Vision. It features works by prominent Canadian artist David Milne (1882-1953), organized and circulated by Art Windsor-Essex and curated by Christopher Finn. The exhibition continues until March 19. Admission is free with a donation. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. For more information or to book a visit, please go to artsudbury.org or call 705-675-4871.

Art: Three other exhibitions are showing at the Art Gallery of Sudbury concurrently with Blazes Along the Trail: Exploring David Milne’s Imaginative Vision: The Spaces In-Between (stairwell and Gallery 2); Frank M. Stark: The Budd Car Train from Sudbury to White River (Gallery 2, on display until Jan. 29); and Creative Kids (Gallery 3, on display until Jan. 29). The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. For more information or to book a visit, please go to artsudbury.org or call 705-675-4871.

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Theatre: This season’s next stellar production for Sudbury Performance Group is the delightful and wacky The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, opening Jan. 12. It runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2, until Jan. 21 at the Ernie Checkeris Theatre, Thorneloe University. Tickets are $35 for adults $35, $30 for students and seniors, and $25 for children. Tickets can be purchased at www.sudburyperformance.ca or by calling 705-662-8518.

Jan. 20

Education: Parents wishing to register their child in a full-time French-language Kindergarten program are invited to discover Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon’s elementary schools. A Kindergarten registration event takes place from Jan. 16-20. This will be of interest to parents of children born in 2019 who will be attending school in September. For more information, visit nouvelon.ca/inscription.

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Theatre: Sudbury’s smallest thespians are inviting audiences to take a musical journey under the sea. In their production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” the young actors of Sudbury’s Biggest Little Theatre Company will bring the classic undersea adventure of Ariel and her aquatic friends to life on the stage. “The Little Mermaid Jr.” will run from Jan. 12 to 22 at the Capreol Arena. General admission is $15. For more information about tickets and showtimes, visit www.bltcsudbury.com.

Food: The Greater Sudbury Hospitality Association is inviting all food-lovers to the Taste of Sudbury Food and Drink Festival, set to take place Friday, Jan. 20, at the Caruso Club. The event will feature food and beverage samplings from more than 30 local vendors. Alongside delicious samplings, the evening will also feature a silent auction and Cash Bar, as well as entertainment by DJ Andre. Proceeds from the event will go to support Inner City Home of Sudbury, which provides emergency food bank services to more than 1,200 households throughout the region every month. Tickets are available for $50 each at www.tasteeventsudbury.eventbrite.ca, or at Pro-Am Sports, Apollo Restaurant, and Overtime Sports Bar and Grill. Find more information on the Greater Sudbury Hospitality Association at www.sudburyhospitality.com, and Inner City Home at www.innercityhome.com.

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Theatre: This season’s next stellar production for Sudbury Performance Group is the delightful and wacky The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, opening Jan. 12. It runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2, until Jan. 21 at the Ernie Checkeris Theatre, Thorneloe University. Tickets are $35 for adults $35, $30 for students and seniors, and $25 for children. Tickets can be purchased at www.sudburyperformance.ca or by calling 705-662-8518.

Jan. 21

Theatre: Sudbury’s smallest thespians are inviting audiences to take a musical journey under the sea. In their production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” the young actors of Sudbury’s Biggest Little Theatre Company will bring the classic undersea adventure of Ariel and her aquatic friends to life on the stage. “The Little Mermaid Jr.” will run from Jan. 12 to 22 at the Capreol Arena. General admission is $15. For more information about tickets and showtimes, visit www.bltcsudbury.com.

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Theatre: This season’s next stellar production for Sudbury Performance Group is the delightful and wacky The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, opening Jan. 12. It runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2, until Jan. 21 at the Ernie Checkeris Theatre, Thorneloe University. Tickets are $35 for adults $35, $30 for students and seniors, and $25 for children. Tickets can be purchased at www.sudburyperformance.ca or by calling 705-662-8518.

Snowmobiling: If you are an avid snowmobiler and often come across logging roads in the bush, Workplace Safety North has a one-hour webinar you will want to check out. The free, one-hour on-demand instructor-led Safe Driving on Forest Roads Recreation webinar reviews the hazards of driving snowmobiles on forest roads. It covers the unique physical nature of these roads, how to drive safely on them, and how to prepare a snowmobile and driver for travelling on them. The webinar describes defensive driving techniques as well as general safety principles for driving on forest roads. For more information, contact Workplace Safety North at 1-888-730-7821 or visit www.workplacesafetynorth.ca

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Photos wanted: Gallery 6500 at the Steelworkers Hall is asking local amateur and professional photographers to create black-and-white photos that tell stories about life in Sudbury. The Gallery plans to exhibit those photos best illustrating how social, economic or environmental conditions may be affecting the well-being of our community. These can include, but are not limited to the impact of the pandemic, evidence of income insecurity, climate change, etc. For further information about how to submit photos, the closing date for submissions, etc., contact J. Marshall at Gallery 6500 – [email protected]

Outdoors: The Adanac Ski Hill is open. Hours of operation, fees and up-to-date hill conditions are available at www.greatersudbury.ca/play/ski-hills.

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50/50 draw: The Sudbury Manitoulin Children’s Foundation has announced its online 50/50 raffle to raise money for children in need. Funds will go directly into helping marginalized children in the districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin attend camp, sports, or leisure activities. They will also help eligible wards attend post-secondary education by emptying the organization’s waitlist.

50/50 raffle: The Sudbury Manitoulin Children’s Foundation has joined Sudbury’s online raffle fun for the community to help children in need have the chance to be kids. Each month a new raffle will be held, with one lucky winner receiving 50 per cent of the total jackpot earnings. Draws take place on the first of the month after ticket sales from the previous month close. Tickets can be purchased in packages of 3 for $10, 10 for $20, 50 for $50, or 200 for $100. They are available at www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/smcf.

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Cadets: The Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Admiral Mountbatten has been active in the Sudbury community for more than 79 years. The corps is named after Admiral Louis Mountbatten, who was the uncle of the late Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edenborough. RCSCC Admiral Mountbatten operates during the school year and parades at the Sudbury Armouries, located at 333 Riverside Dr., on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9, for anyone curious about what is offered or looking to register. For more information about registering, contact the corps by email at [email protected], website www.134seacadets.org or on its Facebook page, @134seacadets.

Church: Need to lower your income tax? Help our church Donate your old car or truck to Christ the King Church. We will pick up your vehicle for free and provide you with a charitable income tax receipt for the value of the vehicle. Contact Michele 7.05-507-0603 or Chris 705-691-1086.

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Spirituality: Has COVID-19 affected your physical and mental health? Father Raymond Akor of Christ the King Church downtown invites everyone to join his sermons, either online or at the church 12:15 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, or 10:15 a.m. Sunday. To view online, visit mcnmediatv.com, search for Sudbury, and click on the picture of Christ the King Church, or go to YouTube.com and search for Fr. Raymond Akor at Christ the King, Sudbury. To attend in person, use the north entrance of the church behind the rock, just off Ste. Anne’s Road. All COVID-19 restrictions apply. All welcome.

Draw: HSN 50/50 Cash Lottery for the North 50/50 draw underway at www.hsn5050.ca. Residents across Ontario over the age of 18 can purchase tickets for a chance to win.

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Film: Sudbury Indie Cinema is open. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets, go to sudburyindiecinema.com.

Draw: Tickets for the Maison McCulloch Hospice 50/50 draw can be purchased at www.hospicehug5050.ca.

Draw: St. Joseph’s Foundation has launched a 50/50 Draw to raise money for continuing care in Sudbury. To purchase tickets, visit St. Joseph’s secure portal at www.stjoessudbury5050.ca.

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Film and TV: People interested in a career in film and television may want to take advantage of free training sessions offered by Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION) and its partners from Jan. 30 to Feb. 17. Three distinct, week-long training sessions are available in Sudbury that promise to equip participants with the skills and knowledge to work as production assistants, grip and electric trainees, and art department trainees. CION will select 25 participants for each training session. Participants do not need prior experience working in the motion picture industry to apply for these sessions. For more information visit cionorth.ca. Ontario North, 40 Larch St., Suite 103

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Theatre: Members of Sudbury’s talented theatre community are invited to apply to perform at Sault Ste. Marie’s summer fringe theatre festival. The four-day annual festival will take place in August in downtown Sault Ste. Marie and includes theatre, music, dance, performance arts, storytelling and visual arts. The 2023 festival will include both live and digital presentations. Artists are invited to apply and will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis. Multilingual submissions are welcome. Check out saultfringe.com for more information or phone 705-975-0761.

Poetry: “Open Minds Quarterly”, a magazine published by NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action, is seeking submissions for its 21st Annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest. The contest is open to people with experiences of mental health challenges, mental illness or neurodivergence. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 28. The entry fee is $12 for up to three poems. The winning poems will be published in the Spring 2023 issue of the magazine. Winners will receive a contributor copy and the top three winners will receive monetary awards. “Open Minds Quarterly” can be reached at 705-222-6472 or by email at [email protected].

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Writing: The Sudbury Writers’ Guild is inviting members of the public to submit poetry, prose, and photos of Sudbury’s unique Superstack landmark. The Sudbury Writers’ Guild is creating a chapbook or a magazine-style book full of stories, facts, poems, and pictures of our beloved Superstack and wants to hear what you have to say. The deadline is May 12. For more information, contact Leduc at 705-618-9557 or [email protected], or visit www.sudburywritersguild.com.

Auditions: YES Theatre and the Sudbury Theatre Centre are holding general auditions for their 2023 season, which includes six mainstage shows; ancillary workshops and readings; and a summer intensive. Productions include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Romeo and Juliet; Jersey Boys; Forever and For Always: The Music of Shania Twain; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time; and Matilda. The auditions will take place at the STC from Jan. 23-27. Callbacks take place on Jan. 29. For details on what to prepare for the auditions, video submissions, what to expect, please go to sudburytheatre.com. To book an audition slot, email [email protected] with a headshot and resume (if available) and the subject line: 2023 AUDITION: FIRST NAME LAST NAME.

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Acting workshop: For those interested in stage acting, the Sudbury Performance Group is offering an acting workshop with Brenda Kimono on Jan. 26-29. Go to sudburyperformancegroup.ca for details about the workshop and to find out more about their wonderfully comic production of the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Jan. 12-20. Not only is it funny, it has puppets.

Music: The Sudbury Music Festival registrations for the 2023 spring festival close on Jan. 31. This relatively new music festival picked up where the Kiwanis Music Festival of Sudbury left off and has infused new life in the local music scene. For complete information, visit its website at sudburymusicfestival.ca. The festival itself runs from March 25 to April 5.

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Theatre: Exploration and fun are the key words for the Sudbury Theatre Centre’s PA day theatre camps, for youth aged eight to 12. Six full-day camps will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 3; March 10; April 28; and June 9. The program includes collaborative activities and games designed to build imagination, confidence and creative expression. Parents may register their children for more than one camp, but payments will be collected for one camp at a time. The cost is $65 per day (includes HST) or $60 for current STC Academy students. After-care until 5 p.m. is available upon request for an additional $10 per day. For more information, including registration forms, visit sudburytheatre.com/youth. To register, email completed forms to the STC box office at [email protected] and call 705-674-8381 ext. 1 to provide payment.

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Music: Calling all woodwind, brass, and precisionists: Sudbury’s No Strings Attached Community Band is looking for new members. The amateur concert band is seeking members of all ages, from high school students to retirees. Whether you’re still studying, fresh out of school, or you haven’t played in years, we encourage you to come out and give the band a try. No Strings Attached rehearses Thursday nights at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School in Sudbury. Potential members can contact director Sandra McMillan at [email protected], or visit www.nostringsattachedband.org for more information.

Safety: Workplace Safety North, an approved provider of the WSIB health and safety excellence program, is now inviting Ontario forestry and mining companies to apply by Feb. 17. The popular program helps businesses develop their own workplace health and safety programs, and network with industry professionals, all with the potential for earning a WSIB premium rebate. This year, the program is divided into two streams — one for larger businesses with 100 or more employees, and one for smaller businesses with 99 or fewer employees. For more information, visit workplacesafetynorth.ca/WSNExcellence.

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Arts: Collège Boréal will host free workshops organized by La Nuit Sur L’étang for emerging Francophone artists. La Brunante’s workshops will take place from Friday, April 28, to Sunday, April 30. For more, contact Marcel Vaillancourt, communications, 647-203-744, or Pierre Paul Mongeon Mongeon 705-507-9705.

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Health: Health Sciences North is soliciting applications from residents of northeastern Ontario for its board of directors. Terms begin in June at the latest, and are renewable for up to three years. The hospital is seeking board members from outside Greater Sudbury, as well as members of the BIPOC or Metis communities, and those who serve in a leadership role at an academic institution. Persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, as well as those with disabilities or from vulnerable populations are also strongly encouraged to apply. Governance experience is considered an asset. The board’s governance and nominating committee will shortlist candidates and conduct interviews with selected applicants. Those interested can submit applications online at tinyurl.com/4hej7puh.

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Comedy: Local comedian and show promoter Cole Leonard will be hosting open-mic comedy nights once a month at Lounge 390 on Elgin Street starting Jan. 17. So far, Leonard has shows scheduled for the next three months, but plans to continue hosting more throughout the year. The first three open-mic comedy nights hosted by Cole Leonard at Lounge 390 will take place on Jan. 17, Feb. 7, and March 21. Admission is free, with pay-what-you-can donations accepted at the door. The doors will open at 8 p.m. with showtime at 9. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at the bar. For more information, contact Leonard at 647-567-9950 or [email protected]

Film: To usher in the updated Red Carpet Patron program, Cinefest Sudbury is screening Tempete on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. It takes place at SilverCity. Individual tickets are on sale now at cinefest.com; at the box office, 40 Larch St. unit 103; or by calling 705-688-1234. All Red Carpet patrons are granted free admittance and complimentary popcorn with their Red Carpet Patron card. The Red Carpet Patron program offers complimentary popcorn and tickets to six yearly film screenings, entry into exclusive raffles and more. Passes for 2023 are now available to purchase at cinefest.com/rcpp.

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Gala: After reviewing many nominations, a selection committee for the YWCA in Sudbury has chosen its Women of Distinction for 2022. Seven remarkable women will be awarded the honour this year — Adebola Adefioye, Adekelu Ogunleye, Jackie Balleny, Jennifer Hawkins, Kyelle Byne, Paula Coulson and Sonia Peczeniuk. After two years of virtual events, the 2022 Women of Distinction awards gala will be held in person on Jan. 28 at the United Steelworkers Hall. One of last year’s impressive Women of Distinction, Renee Fuchs, will be the master of ceremonies. Funds raised from the gala go to YWCA Sudbury’s youth programming, specifically the Power of Being a Girl and Boys for Real conferences. Early-bird tickets for the Women of Distinction awards gala are currently available on Eventbrite (tinyurl.com/bddzpkkb) for $80 until Dec. 31, after which they become full-priced.

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Musical: Love musicals? The YES/STC 2023 season begins with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat: In Concert” Feb. 15-18 at the Glad Tidings Church. The concert presentation features a 16-piece orchestra and over 50 actors bringing this epic piece to life.

Music and theatre: Sudbury Burlesque and Jazz Sudbury will present VaVa Valentine in the lounge at the Sudbury Theatre Centre next month. This entertaining show features performances by the showgirls of Sudbury Burlesque accompanied by a jazz trio on Feb. 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16 and 17. The evening includes party favours, light hors d’oeuvres, go-go girls, sweet treats, bubbling champagne, vendors and on-site surprises. The show is for adults only and there is a cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Tickets can be purchased for $50 online at sudburyburlesque.com or for $55 (cash only) at Knowhere Public House at 130 Elm St.

Music: A concert featuring an Elvis Presley impersonator will support an organization devoted to helping children and families in Sudbury. The Elvis Lives Tribute Show, presented by Club Richelieu Sudbury as a Valentine’s Day dinner and concert event at the Caruso Club, will benefit Our Children, Our Future. The charitable organization is committed to securing a better future for children and their families. Performer Bruno Nesci has toured the globe for the last 22 years and is the only Elvis tribute artist from Canada to place in the Top 10 in the Ultimate Elvis Contest in Memphis, Tenn. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the Feb. 14 event, with a buffet dinner going from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The Elvis Lives Tribute Show begins at 7 p.m. Dinner and show tickets are $75, while tickets for the performance only are $40. You can purchase tickets for the event at www.ocof.net or by calling 705-677-0440, ext 223.

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Music: City of Lakes Music Society will present the Consone Quartet at St. Peter’s United Church, 203 York St. in Sudbury, on Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 until Jan. 18, then $30 per person or four tickets for $100. Formed at the Royal College of Music in London, the Consone Quartet launched its professional career after an auspicious run of awards and fellowships throughout the U.K. and Europe. Having toured South America in 2018, the quartet looks forward to a long-awaited North American debut tour in February. To purchase tickets or for information, email [email protected].

Music: Jazz Sudbury is getting ready for its inaugural 2023 Black History Month celebration, Feb. 25. This edition to the Jazz Sudbury calendar promises to be a captivating event that features Order of Canada composer/pianist Joe Sealy. Africville Stories is Joe Sealy’s new presentation that builds on his Juno award-winning Africville Suite. Africville Stories will present lesser-known poignant and uplifting new stories about the people and their community. Tickets will be available at the Places des Arts box office. For full details about Jazz Sudbury, visit www.jazzsudbury.com, or www.facebook.com/JazzSudbury/. Student pricing will be available with a valid student ID.

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Gala: The Sudbury Women’s Centre will celebrate International Women’s Day with its Strength in Sisterhood gala, which takes place on March 11 at the Caruso Club, 385 Haig St. The event features a night of local entertainment, a dinner beginning at 6 p.m. and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Sudbury Women’s Centre as it continues to serve the city’s most vulnerable. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets go on sale Jan. 9 and can be purchased through Eventbrite at tinyurl.com/4zpzsnbs. The Sudbury Women’s Centre is currently seeking donations for its silent auction. Anyone interested in making a donation or becoming involved in a different capacity is asked to contact Rae-Anne Neville, the centre’s development officer, at 705-673-1916 ext. 104 or [email protected] To donate to the Sudbury Women’s Centre, go to sudburywc.ca/donate.

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