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 objective of this Circle is to give a voice to Indigenous residents and Indigenous communities in the City of Pickering and to honour the contributions, history and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples.

Stakeholders and residents are invited to join this circle who, under the umbrella of the Cultural Advisory Committee of the City of Pickering, will advise on building meaningful relationships with the Indigenous communities by: establishing mutually beneficial dialogue with Indigenous stakeholders, associations, non-profit and advocacy groups; reviewing and implementing the existing Indigenous Relationship Building plan of action; developing terms of use for Pickering’s Land Acknowledgement Statement; providing guidance on initiatives related to Indigenous cultures working within the parameters of the Cultural Plan and providing updates to the CAC.

The Cultural Advisory Committee envisions this Indigenous Relationship Building Circle as a first step towards giving Indigenous communities the recognition they deserve. We are seeking resident or stakeholder members who want to make a difference and have relevant experience, interest or expertise; which may include: Members of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities (such as Indigenous Elders, Teachers, Education Councilors, Knowledge Keepers and other ethical leaders); Professionals who work in this area; Persons connected with the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and Williams Treaty Signatories.

We invite you to send your expression of interest by email to communityservices@pickering.ca.

Circle members will be selected by the Cultural Advisory Committee representatives leading the work, and advised in the first week of March.


Summer Concerts & Events  

In 2021, the Summer Concerts will be performed online on Facebook @PickeringEvents and at pickering.ca/culture.
Join us on Sundays at 2:00 pm and Thursdays at 7:00 pm in July & August.

Applications for Summer Concerts & City Events closed for the season.


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

Activity Space Available - The City of Pickering is offering free outdoor programming space to groups and individuals looking to offer a program or an activity during Culture Days.  Please complete our form to request an outdoor space, or advise us of an activity you are interested in offering.  We will be offering promotion opportunities for all Culture Day events. 

Culture Days Space Request Form


 

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