Critical Mass

A Centre for Contemporary Art


















Welcome to Critical Mass!

We believe in Art for All!

Critical Mass is a not-for-profit contemporary art organization based in Port Hope, Ontario, on traditional Haudenosaunee, Wendake-Nionwentsïo, Mississauga and Aninshinabe territories.

We believe that art changes how we see the world and our place in it. We bring contemporary art experiences to Port Hope so that everyone in our community can have the opportunity to see the world anew.

We’re grateful to have 2 exciting Ontario Trillium Foundation funded projects to pilot this year – an Artist in Residence program and a Sound Art Walking App!

Stay connected for updates to our residency line up and programming schedule, artist talks or spotlights, community engagement activities and challenges. Or have a look back on some of our past projects, and check in for artist calls, volunteer opportunities and membership updates.

Welcome, 2021 Artists-in-Residence!

Sound Art Sundays

2021 Artist-in-Residence Line Up

We are excited to announce our 2021 artist in residence line up! Made possible with funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Sound Art Sundays

Mast Year Collective – July 2021

During their residency, Mast Year Collective will explore how food – from making, to sharing, to eating – is entwined and grounded in our physical environments both past and present.

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Sound Art Sundays

Susan Campbell – June 2021

During her residency, Susan Campbell will be mapping the evolving cultural palimpsest of what our community values and preserves. How we talk to one another through messages, notes, posters, and official signs can be mapped from our environment.

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Sound Art Sundays

Brian Hoad – August 2021

During his residency, Brian Hoad will explore personal narratives from his time coming-of-age in Port Hope, considering themes of memory, nostalgia, and an interest in how people connect with their envionment, both now and throughout history.

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Sound Art Sundays

Meet the artist!

Drop by the Little Station during Open Studio Hours to meet the artist. This June, Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 2pm. 

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Sound Art Sundays

Lucas Morneau – September 2021

During their residency, Lucas Morneau will explore the cultural environment in sports (hockey in particular), and reclaim the racially charged and homophobic pejoratives often used to attack a player’s “manliness”.

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What’s On & Featured

May 30, 2021

Sound Art Sundays

APP Naming Contest

Help us name our Port Hope Sound Art Walking APP! Send your ideas to us by May 30th, 2021. Deadline extended to June 5th!

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Become a Member!

Join us to form a critical mass of support for the arts! Become a member, today!

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May 30, 2021

Sound Art Sundays

APP Naming Contest – Ways to enter

Send your ideas to us by June 5th, on Instagram, Facebook, or by emailing us at

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Colour Me, Port Hope – Candlelight Festival 2020

Come to Lent Lane this November & December to immerse yourself in the art! Pose in front of the Colour Me, Port Hope illustrated selfie panels or colour your own version of our postcard and send to a friend or loved one that you miss, this winter. 

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Apr-May 2021

Sound Art Sundays

Sound Art Sundays

Follow us on Instagram or Facebook every Sunday (for the next little while) as we explore the medium of sound art.

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Nov-Dec 2020

We Are Here

Critical Mass invites you to be in good company this winter. We Are Here is a community art installation made up of the smiling faces of Port Hope and its visitors.

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Have you started thinking about your design yet for our Rug Hooking Workshop with @thequeermummer this Saturday (1pm-4pm)??

Here are some of the rug hooked team logos from Lucas Morneau’s QNHL series to inspire you! Each team logo is made with wool and panty hose worn by drag performers.

By using language that is normally used to attack one’s “manliness”, Lucas’ QNHL project aims to reclaim the pejoratives used when describing players by portraying them as the team names.

Will you incorporate a little craft activism in your design? (Activism not required, but always welcome). 😈

Supplies provided, but welcome to bring any of your own as well. 🧶

RSVP to or send us a DM!

📸 by Lucas Morneau


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