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


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).


Summer Concerts & Events  

This year's summer concerts have come to an end, but you can relive the fun by visiting online on Facebook @PickeringEvents and at pickering.ca/culture.
2022 summer applications will open in January 2022. 


Artfest

Artfest Virtual Arts Market will host Artists, Artisans, Independent Authors, Entertainment, and Activities. The Virtual Arts Market will give vendors and performers an opportunity to promote and exhibit their talents.  Members of the public can participate in activities, entertainment and explore the Virtual Arts Market virtual booths while staying safe at home.

May 1 to 31, 2021
Visit Artfest


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


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. In light of COVID-19, this year’s celebrations have again been extended to a 4-week run held indoors, outdoors and online. Read through Culture Days 2021 page to find out more about this year’s festivities or to register your own culture days activity.

September 24 - October 24, 2021

View Pickering Culture Days programming

 


 

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