The City of Pickering is happy to offer great opportunities all year round for artists, artisans and performers. Following is a list of the opportunities:

 


Join the Indigenous Relationship Building Circle

The Indigenous Relationship Building Circle is a network of Indigenous-led community groups and Indigenous residents and allies that strives to honour the contributions, history and culture of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples.

Stakeholders and residents are invited to join this circle to advise on building meaningful relationships with the Indigenous communities by: establishing mutually respectful dialogue with Indigenous stakeholders, associations, non-profit and advocacy groups; informing and implementing an Indigenous Relationship Building plan of action; developing terms of use for Pickering’s Land Acknowledgement Statement; providing guidance on initiatives related to Indigenous cultures.

The Indigenous Relationship Building Circle is a first step towards centering Indigenous voices in the community. The City of Pickering is proud to work in ways that honour and nurture mutually respectful relationships with diverse Indigenous communities in order to achieve reconciliation.

For more information on joining the IRBC please contact Jaclyn San Antonio, Senior Advisor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at jsanantonio@pickering.ca


 

Call to Artists: Winter Nights, City Lights

The City of Pickering invites artists or artist teams to submit proposals for light-based artwork to be a part of Winter Nights, City Lights 2022. Submissions are due August 26, 2022. Questions can be forwarded to Stoyan Barakov, Coordinator, Public Art at sbarakov@pickering.ca.

Click here for more information.


Summer Concerts  

Summer Concerts performer applications have now closed. Check back in 2023!


Artfest

Artfest Vendor applications have now closed. Check back in 2023!


 

Culture Days

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of free participatory arts and culture events across the country. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. 

Visit culturedays.ca for 2022 details. 


Community Piano Project

The Community Piano Project was installed at the east end of Esplanade Park over the Spring and Summer of 2021.

The donated piano was painted by Durham artist Aisha Chiguichon, who was selected by the Cultural Advisory Committee to celebrate the achievements of Black artists and culture. The work speaks to the unifying nature of music, and is intended to inspire dialogue around race, diversity, and unity.

You can now view and listen to Artist Aisha Chiguichon speak about the piano’s design features, and her experience working on the project.

If you missed seeing the Piano Project this summer, it has been relocated to the George Ashe Library and Community Centre until the end of the year (2021).

Artist Talk: featuring Pickering Community Piano Project Artist Aisha Chiguichon and members of the PABRT, hosted by the City of Pickering and moderated by Cora Reid, Black Rose Movement

The Artist Talk features Pickering Community Piano Project Artist Aisha Chiguichon, and members of the Pickering Anti-Black Racism Taskforce (PABRT), hosted by the City of Pickering and moderated by Cora Reid, Black Rose Movement. Topics include an in depth discussion around the design theme of the Piano Project, and how the work is intended to inspire dialogue around race, diversity, and unity. As well, members of the PABRT will discuss their current role in the community, and the work being done to date. (Originally Filmed on September 9, 2021, Esplanade Park-Gazebo)


SynchroniCity Dance Company

Synchronicity, City of Pickering's official Dance Company has created. Watch for SynchroniCity performances at our upcoming events, Easter Parade, Santa Claus Parade, Tree Lighting, Artfest and more!

For more information, please contact Amanda Rose at 905.420.4660 ext. 2080 or email arose@pickering.ca