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


 

Summer Concerts  

Summer Concerts are back in person for 2022.  Held on Thursdays in Millennium Square*, and Sundays in Esplanade Park* in July and August.  Enjoy a new band each week. 

*Locations subject to change.

Now accepting applications for bands/performers.

Interested bands may apply on or before April 4th. City of Pickering Cultural Services staff will contact successful applicants to confirm performance date. The City of Pickering free summer concerts are widely attended by people of all ages and their families. All aspects of  performances must be considered "family friendly".  Each group is responsible for supplying technical requirements.

Summer Concert Application

View 2021 concerts by visiting online on Facebook @PickeringEvents and youtube.


Artfest

Artfest will be back in person for 2022, in Esplanade Park.  Residents can enjoy browsing through an open-air market while experiencing the sights and sounds of artistic expressions.   New this year, we are extending the artist market to three Saturdays in Esplanade Park!

Saturday, May 28,  June 4 and June 11
11:00 - 5:00 pm
Esplanade Park

Now accepting applications for Artist / Artisan vendors

Interested individuals may apply on or before April 7th for a 10'x10' vendor space in Esplanade Park.  New this year - we have extended the market to three Saturdays.   Artists / Artisans can choose one, two or all three market dates. 
Vendor Fees are: $31+hst each for 10'x10' grass space, no setup or $120+hst for 10'x10' grass space with setup (tent, table, chair) per date.  For more information please call Community Services at 905.420.4620.

Artfest Application Form


Canada Day

Pickering Changes focus to Contemplation on Canada Day,

The City of Pickering and Pickering Public Library extends its deepest sympathies to the Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island, and beyond on the reporting of childrens' remains at Canadian residential school sites.

In response, Pickering is shifting the direction of Canada Day activities to focus on education, reconciliation and reflection. We will also display the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Flag, with all City flags at half-mast from dusk on June 30 through dawn on July 2.

This Canada Day we invite you to Contemplate Canada. Learn more about our shared history, and ways that you can take action.

View the statement by Mayor Ryan


Cultural Fusion Festival

New for 2022!

A unique, one of a kind festival that will give attendees the opportunity to celebrate the many places where culture has melded and fused to create new and beautiful traditions and cultural practices.

We are looking for your support!
Come join other Community and Cultural groups to present culture in an extraordinary way, that will be welcoming and inclusive. The event will allow participants to showcase various entertainment, arts, activities and food from numerous cultures across Pickering, Durham, Ontario and Canada. The more that we appreciate each other, the stronger our community will become!  

Join our first planning meeting to be part of the event or to just learn more, meeting held Tuesday, February 15 at 7:00 pm.  RSVP your attendance by contacting us at communityservices@pickering.ca or call 905.420.4620. 


 

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 following 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