Canadian Culture

All things cultural are on offer in Hamilton Halton Brant this year, many with a Canadian connection. You’ll find our country’s best talent at our performing arts venues, exhibitions of Canadian artists like the Group of Seven, quintessentially Canadian fall fairs, and special exhibitions, art commissions and events dedicated to celebrating Canadian culture. You can also keep exploring with our many ideas for creative escapes.

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology, Hamilton
Housed in a 150-year-old Waterworks, this National Historic Site has preserved two 70-ton steam engines and offers various exhibits and special events including Live Steamer Days from May through October.

Personal Computer Museum, Brantford
With over 45 interactive computer displays and over 1,000 computers, this shrine to the PC houses the largest known collection of computers and video games in Canada.

Hamilton Harbour Queen and The Hamiltonian, Hamilton
Whether you're a local or out of town guest, you can cruise the Hamilton Waterfront in style with dining, dance party, sightseeing and special event cruises.

Check out our many performing arts venues such as the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Art Gallery of Burlington, Glenhyrst Art Gallery, and Theatre Aquarius

Here are a few ideas to start the celebrations:

  • Home and Native Land: Being Canadian Exhibit
    Oakville Museum at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

    A story of 150 voices! Artifacts, photographs and interviews of current Oakville residents, 150 voices tell our story! Representing different… More >

    A story of 150 voices! Artifacts, photographs and interviews of current Oakville residents, 150 voices tell our story! Representing different cultures and traditions from around the world, woven together to showcase Oakville’s vibrant community and its Canadian identity.

    Location 1225 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville, L6H 0H3

    Web http://www.oakville.ca/culturerec/canada-150.html


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  • Canada 150 Mural

    The Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Project commemorates Canada’s 150th Anniversary by bringing together 150 communities and thousands of participants to… More >

    The Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Project commemorates Canada’s 150th Anniversary by bringing together 150 communities and thousands of participants to create community murals that visually reflect the history and culture of Canada. Once complete, the community murals will be virtually connected to form one gigantic mural mosaic with a railway theme that connects the country from coast to coast.

    Our mural is composed of 750 tiles, each measuring four inches square and painted by Oakville residents. The official unveiling of Oakville's 150 Anniversary community mural took place on February 16, 2016 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). Oakville’s community mural is now on exhibit at River Oaks Community Centre.

    Location 1225 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville, L6H 0H3

    Web http://www.oakville.ca/culturerec/canada-150.html


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  • Eileen Collard Exhibit

    Eileen Collard (1912-2002) was a couturier, costume collector and instrumental in founding the costume collection at the Joseph Brant Museum.… More >

    Eileen Collard (1912-2002) was a couturier, costume collector and instrumental in founding the costume collection at the Joseph Brant Museum. She was a pioneer of her day, becoming one of a few self-published authors and resident authorities on historical fashion. Eileen was passionate about her craft and between the years 1969 and 1983 wrote 12 books on Canadian fashion history. This exhibition will explore the Collard costume collection and the lady behind the designs.

     

    Location 1240 North Shore Blvd. E., Burlington, L7S 1C5

    Web https://museumsofburlington.com/joseph-brant/exhibits/1-eileen-collard-gallery


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  • Homegrown

    Drawn from the Permanent Collection of Canadian Ceramics, this exhibition traces the history of ceramics in Ontario over the last… More >

    Drawn from the Permanent Collection of Canadian Ceramics, this exhibition traces the history of ceramics in Ontario over the last forty years. Starting with the refined functional ware of Ruth Gowdy McKinley and her effect on the program at Sheridan College and elsewhere, this exhibition will look at the development of the more sculptural approach by younger artists such as Reid Flock and Mary Philpott.

    Location 1333 Lakeshore Rd. , Burlington, L7S 1A9

    Web http://artgalleryofburlington.com/past-exhibitions/permanent-collection-exhibition/


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  • Last Folio: Yuri Dojc

    Time had stood still since 1942 in a small Jewish village in Slovakia, until nearly 10 years ago when Canadian… More >

    Time had stood still since 1942 in a small Jewish village in Slovakia, until nearly 10 years ago when Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc returned to visit his family’s former home. On the eve of World War II, many of the villagers had fled, and those remaining were taken away to concentration camps. Serendipity led Dojc, along with a documentary film team to the local Jewish school, which had been locked since 1943. All the school books were still there, including essay notebooks with corrections, even the sugar was still in the cupboard. The decaying books, which were lying on dusty shelves, the last witnesses of a once thriving culture, are treated by Dojc like the survivors they are, each one captured as a portrait, preserved in their final beauty, silent witnesses to the horrors of history.The images in Last Folio are a last memento of the culture and people who used those books. Most of them are forgotten, they don’t have relatives or graves. I tried to memorialize them. This is not a documentary but my personal salute to a vanished culture and a vanished people.

     

    Location 123 King St. W., Hamilton, L8P 4S8

    Web http://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com/ex_current.php#13


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  • Kim Adams: Bruegel-Bosch Bus 

    Repeatedly in his work, Canadian artist Kim Adams has explored the patterns of a mobile society, creating works of art… More >

    Repeatedly in his work, Canadian artist Kim Adams has explored the patterns of a mobile society, creating works of art that are eccentric hybrids of the readymade. Blending humour, satire and seriousness, he builds “worlds” as a means of social critique. Adams’ installations exist comfortably in the space that divides life and art. His works have been presented in two very different social worlds: in a densely social environment such as a park or street and in a museum setting like the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Neither setting is privileged.A magnificent visual masterpiece, Bruegel-Bosch Bus consists of a 1960 Volkswagen that appears to pull a post-industrial universe displaying a cornucopia of fantastic and seductive worlds that play with our senses. It was produced over a 7-year span. This futuristic diorama is a permanent fixture in the AGH Sculpture Atrium overlooking the Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden, past Hamilton City Hall and the Niagara Escarpment. Reminiscent of a previous installation by Adams titled Earth Wagons that presented a micro-model North American society fixed on leisure and entertainment, the Breugel-Bosch Bus encapsulates the next whole world picture, a world in which reality and unreality, logic and fantasy, banality and sublimation of existence, form an inexplicable unity. This ‘bus’ is a Kubrickesque megalopolis made of icons symptomatic in present society and draws upon urban fantasies, phantasmagoric, post-apocalyptic landscapes, and a plethora of different times and cultures. Buildings from different epochs are aligned side by side and space becomes an imaginary territory where chaos prevails.

     

    Location 123 King St. W., Hamilton, L8P 4S8

    Web http://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com/ex_current.php#bbb


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  • Gem & Mineral Show
    Paris Fairgrounds

    Brantford Lapidary and Mineral Society's 45th Annual Gem and Mineral Show Paris Fairgrounds - 139 Silver Street, Paris, ON Admission:… More >

    Brantford Lapidary and Mineral Society's 45th Annual Gem and Mineral Show

    Paris Fairgrounds - 139 Silver Street, Paris, ON

    Admission: $5.00, age 12 and under free

    www.brantfordlapidarymineral.ca

    Time 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Location 139 Silver St, Paris, N3L 1V5

    Web http://www.brantfordlapidarymineral.ca


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  • Stitches in Our Time - Halton Quilters Guild Quilt Show

    Come and join us as we celebrate 40 years of Quilting and Friendship. Be Inspired by hundreds of quilts made… More >

    Come and join us as we celebrate 40 years of Quilting and Friendship. Be Inspired by hundreds of quilts made by members of the Halton Community. Vote for your favourite quilts and help us determine the Viewer’s Choice Quilt Award. See and Shop at our Members Boutique full of various handmade and quilted items. Participate in Demonstrations put on by our talented vendors and members. Shop the vendors in our Merchant Mall and save yourself the drive to their brick and mortar! Artist Trading Cards “Bring one, take one” Snacks and lunch bar offered. 

    Web https://calendar.burlington.ca/Event/Index/3a7d3e39-61b1-49e6-bb0a-a6f000f68a11


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  • Children Mini-Gardens

    Our new Mini-Gardens are helping kids grow! Engage with RBG’s Junior Gardeners Program and see how young minds create horticultural… More >

    Our new Mini-Gardens are helping kids grow! Engage with RBG’s Junior Gardeners Program and see how young minds create horticultural displays.

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-nature


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  • Museums Month Doors Open Partnership at Fieldcote

    Set amidst 7 acres of woodland & gardens, Fieldcote serves as a cultural heritage centre for its community. The site… More >

    Set amidst 7 acres of woodland & gardens, Fieldcote serves as a cultural heritage centre for its community. The site preserves and promotes local history, fine art and culture, through rotating exhibits, archives, programmes and special events and celebrates natural heritage through beautiful landscaped gardens and walking trails. Explore Fieldcote’s Sesquicentennial Exhibition: 150 Years of Ancaster History through the Eyes of the Farmer Family. Partially accessible, Free Parking.

    Time 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Location 64 Sulphur Springs Rd., Ancaster, L9G 1L8

    Email fieldcote@hamilton.ca

    Web http://www.hamilton.ca/fieldcote


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  • Rick Mercer

    In 2017, Canada marks 150 years since Confederation. To celebrate, Rick Mercer presents an epic new keynote that will make… More >

    In 2017, Canada marks 150 years since Confederation. To celebrate, Rick Mercer presents an epic new keynote that will make you appreciate, as never before, this unique nation we call home. It’s a heart-soaring and laugh-out-loud funny affair, designed specifically for Canada 150.

    Location 440 Locust St., Burlington, L7S 1T7

    Web http://www.burlingtonpac.ca/what-s-on/event_/rick-mercer--second-show_17095.html


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  • Gerry Dee

    Though most familiar as the star, creator, and one of the principle writers for CBC's hit sitcom Mr. D, it… More >

    Though most familiar as the star, creator, and one of the principle writers for CBC's hit sitcom Mr. D, it is in stand-up comedy where Gerry Dee first hit his mark. Dee, who was a private school teacher for nine years before giving it up for comedy, became the first Canadian in 27 years to win the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, and was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, the highest finish by a Canadian in the history of the show.

    Location 10 MacNab St. South, Hamilton, L8P 4Y3

    Web http://www.coreentertainment.ca/events/detail/gerry-dee


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  • Sidewalk Sounds

    Enjoy our historic art installation that will be displayed for Sidewalk Sounds. Display will be posted on actual addresses of… More >

    Enjoy our historic art installation that will be displayed for Sidewalk Sounds. Display will be posted on actual addresses of vintage fotos - displayed all day. Live music will start in the evening - 6-9pm. 5 different music performers and artisanal vendors, sidewalk sales of our businesses all along Concession St (between Upper Wentworth and East 33rd). Free event - ALL welcome to attend and enjoy the best of what Concession has to offer - and the fantastic views from the Mountain brow!

     

    This event will take place on May 19th, June 16th, July 21st, August 18th and September 15th. 

    Time 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

    Location 534 Concession Street, Hamilton

    Email concessionbia@gmail.com


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  • Canada 150 Mural Tile Painting

    The Canada 150 Mural Mosaic is a national project created by Albertan artists Lewis Lavoie, Paul Lavoie and Phil Alain.… More >

    The Canada 150 Mural Mosaic is a national project created by Albertan artists Lewis Lavoie, Paul Lavoie and Phil Alain. Burlington has been chosen to have one of the Canada 150 murals as part of the national 150 anniversary celebrations. Burlington’s mural will feature the Burlington Teen Tour Band, as voted by the public and will be featured on the project's website where the 150 completed murals will be virtually joined together and displayed.The City of Burlington will be participating in the Canada 150 Mural Mosaic project through its public art program. The mural will be made up of 400 individual tiles, painted by Burlington residents and is open to all ages and skill levels. The tiles will be joined together to create a large mural designed by the artists.

    Location 1333 Lakeshore Rd. , Burlington, L7S 1A9

    Web https://calendar.burlington.ca/Event/Index/7f11d2b2-3c45-4243-acd3-a65e00b79d82


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  • With Glowing Hearts: Celebrating 1967

    How was the Centennial celebrated 50 years ago in Oakville? A fun and energetic recapturing of the atmosphere and spirit… More >

    How was the Centennial celebrated 50 years ago in Oakville? A fun and energetic recapturing of the atmosphere and spirit of the 1967 celebration featuring oversized photographs, 1967 paraphernalia, decade dolls, etc.

    Web http://www.oakville.ca/culturerec/canada-150.html


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  • Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection

    The International Sculpture Collection to Royal Botanical Gardens. In 2017, new sculpture will be added to celebrate the Sesquicentennial. More >

    The International Sculpture Collection to Royal Botanical Gardens. In 2017, new sculpture will be added to celebrate the Sesquicentennial.

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/150


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  • Centennial Rose Garden Refresh

    Our centennial Rose Garden is getting a facelift! Watch this exciting project as it gets underway in 2017.The refreshed Rose… More >

    Our centennial Rose Garden is getting a facelift! Watch this exciting project as it gets underway in 2017.The refreshed Rose Garden will allow RBG to interpret and promote Ontario’s innovation in sustainable gardening practices for visitors.

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-nature


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  • Celebrating Connections

    Throughout our gardens you will discover unique horticultural displays that celebrate our nation’s 150th anniversary while exploring multicultural, ecological, historical… More >

    Throughout our gardens you will discover unique horticultural displays that celebrate our nation’s 150th anniversary while exploring multicultural, ecological, historical and sustainable perspectives.

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-nature


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  • Canadian Citizenship Ceremony

    Royal Botanical Gardens is proud to host our nation’s newest Canadians as they take their oath of citizenship in our… More >

    Royal Botanical Gardens is proud to host our nation’s newest Canadians as they take their oath of citizenship in our historic Rock Garden.

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-exhibitions


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  • From Far and Wide: Tales from a Suitcase

    Using the museum’s suitcase & costume collection, as well as archival documentation, we will tell stories of immigration from over… More >

    Using the museum’s suitcase & costume collection, as well as archival documentation, we will tell stories of immigration from over 150 years as a collective history of becoming Canadian.

    Web http://www.oakville.ca/culturerec/canada-150.html


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  • Canada 150 Mural Unveiling

    The Canada 150 Mural Mosaic is a national project created by Albertan artists Lewis Lavoie, Paul Lavoie and Phil Alain.… More >

    The Canada 150 Mural Mosaic is a national project created by Albertan artists Lewis Lavoie, Paul Lavoie and Phil Alain. Burlington was chosen to have one of the Canada 150 murals as part of the national 150 anniversary celebrations. Burlington’s mural will feature the Burlington Teen Tour Band, as voted by the public and will be featured on the project's website where the 150 completed murals will be virtually joined together and displayed.The City of Burlington will be participating in the Canada 150 Mural Mosaic project through its public art program. The mural will be made up of 400 individual tiles, painted by Burlington residents which will be joined together to create a large mural designed by the artists. The unveiling will take place on July 1st 2017. 

    Web http://www.burlington.ca/en/live-and-play/Public-Art.asp


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  • The Canada BioBlitz

    The Bioblitz will encourage visitors to learn about Ontario’s biodiversity through hands-on exploration with local scientists and community organizations, and… More >

    The Bioblitz will encourage visitors to learn about Ontario’s biodiversity through hands-on exploration with local scientists and community organizations, and engage in a new national citizen science initiative.

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-nature


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  • Rockhound Family Day
    Robert Hall Originals

    Rockhound Family Day - fun for the whole family at this indoor & outdoor event! Explore Outdoor Rock Piles, Build… More >

    Rockhound Family Day - fun for the whole family at this indoor & outdoor event!

    Explore Outdoor Rock Piles, Build an Inukshuk Contest, BBQ 11 am to 1 pm.

    Enjoy kids' activities: Fossil Dig $1, "Fishing Pond" $ .50, free kids' craft.

    Don't forget to bring items for the Giant Silent Auction and partake in the Rock Swap!

    Time 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Location 138 Sugar Maple Road, St. George, N0E 1N0

    Email inquiry@roberthalloriginals.com

    Web http://www.roberthalloriginals.com


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  • Canadian Craft Bienniel

    The Art Gallery of Burlington, in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is organizing the first Canadian Craft Biennial to be held… More >

    The Art Gallery of Burlington, in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is organizing the first Canadian Craft Biennial to be held August 19 to October 29, 2017. The biennial will include a national master craft exhibition, an emerging craft maker exhibition, as well as a two-day conference (one day in Toronto and one day in Burlington). The conference will be presented with multiple partners in both cities. An international ceramist will be invited to present recent work in a solo exhibition, as well as to conduct master workshops and deliver the keynote address. Up to ten Canadian makers and two curators/writers will be invited to participate in a ten-day residency. The writing residency will be under the direction of Studio Magazine, which will publish their final piece in one of its following issues.

    Location 1333 Lakeshore Rd. , Burlington, L7S 1A9

    Web http://artgalleryofburlington.com/upcoming-exhibitions/canadian-craft-biennial/


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  • Stand on Guard: Sport in Canada

    An amazing look into the history of some well-known sports that Canadians enjoy that have been influenced by a number… More >

    An amazing look into the history of some well-known sports that Canadians enjoy that have been influenced by a number of factors including our four seasons and our geographic and social diversity. Learn the cultural origins and some cool facts about hockey, basketball, lacrosse, rugby, karate and cricket among other sports and Canada's role in their development.

    Web http://www.oakville.ca/culturerec/canada-150.html


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  • Labour Day Classic

    Come down to Tim Hortons Field and catch the Hamilton Ti-Cats and Toronto Argos battle it out on the field… More >

    Come down to Tim Hortons Field and catch the Hamilton Ti-Cats and Toronto Argos battle it out on the field for the annual Labour Day Classic. 

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  • T.B McQuestion Sculpture

    RBG founder Thomas Baker McQuesten B. McQuesten The T.B. McQuesten Sculpture Competition will celebrate the legacy of the community leader… More >

    RBG founder Thomas Baker McQuesten B. McQuesten The T.B. McQuesten Sculpture Competition will celebrate the legacy of the community leader and set in motion the process of honouring him in perpetuity.

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-arts


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  • Winter Traditions!

    We’re celebrating Canadian Winter Traditions with food, heritage and environmental programing as well as children’s musical, theatrical, and story performances.… More >

    We’re celebrating Canadian Winter Traditions with food, heritage and environmental programing as well as children’s musical, theatrical, and story performances. Holiday Traditions returns with the RBG Botanical Train Show and a Signature Santa Experience.

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-exhibitions


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  • Holiday Light Show

    This Multi-Media Light, Sound and Theatrical presentation will celebrate Ontario and Canada’s Sesquicentennial in the setting of the picturesque Rock… More >

    This Multi-Media Light, Sound and Theatrical presentation will celebrate Ontario and Canada’s Sesquicentennial in the setting of the picturesque Rock Garden.

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-exhibitions


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