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Artists: Chrissy Poitras, Kyle Topping, Jennie Suddick (Spark Box Studio) | Photo supplied by: Chrissy Poitras

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Recent Events

Annual Candlelight Festival, Friday, Nov 24, 6PM-9PM

Join the carol walk down Walton Street to the annual park lighting up ceremony, then join us at the Little Station for some festive animations and a holiday classic projected on the building. Shop the community artisans and vendors at the night market in Lent Lane, take some pics in the holiday photobooth, and listen to vintage holiday tunes from DJ Del. Plus, take in late night shopping, free gift wrapping, and carriage rides throughout downtown Port Hope.

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Whats On December

We're off to see the Wizard – Costume & Puppet Parade! Friday, October 20 – 6PM

The Wizard of Oz was first seen at The Capitol Theatre in 1939. Follow the yellow brick road with us on October 20, 2023 to experience it in the very same place! Join us for an illuminated Wizard of Oz themed costume and puppet parade to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Vintage Film Festival, and the return of Wizard of Oz on the BIG screen. Click for parade and workshop registration details!

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Letting Go – Collaborative Art Show & Sale (Oct 4-13)

This June & July 10 artists (2 groups of 5) participated in a residency project resulting in 10 collaborative artworks. See all 10 artworks at Ganaraska Art & Framing from October 4th to 14th, with a closing Artist Reception on Friday, October 13th!

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Snapshot of What's On in 2023

We kicked off 2023 (our 10th year) with a membership drive and event (Vinyl Night) and a new Spring gala event – The Goose Ball – the first Saturday of May! This year is full of artist collaborations, new community partnerships, art socials, and of course, community engagement. Together we can harness the power of contemporary art to build a vibrant, connected and more inclusive community. 

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Pumpkin Parade

5th Annual Pumpkin Parade, Nov 1

You’re invited to the 5th Annual Pumpkin Parade! This free event takes place on the night after Halloween and gives the community an opportunity to show off their creative designs and display their jack-o-lanterns for all to see one last time!

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whats on september

Artist Talk & All Aboard Exhibit September 25 @ 5PM

Come see the miniature cardboard version of Port Hope that our artists in residence have been creating this September! Sunday, September 25th @ 5PM. The show will be on until November 1st and you will have an opportunity to bid on your fave cardboard creations in a Silent Auction from November 1st to November 4th.

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Boxtopia! Saturday, Sep 3rd

Join us Saturday, September 3rd in Memorial Park (from 10 to 3)  to help our artists in residence kick off their residency with a BIG cardboard community build! What does your idyllic town look like? Let’s build it together!

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Department of Illumination

September Artists in Residence

During their September residency, Krista Dalby and Nella Casson of the Department of Illumination hope to spark our imaginations through the theme of train travel and will engage the community to help them build an idyllic model scale cardboard version of Port Hope.

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Procession of Port Hope

Art Bingo & BBQ

Join us Saturday, August 13th at dusk for a visual Art Bingo and a BBQ.

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Andrew Maize

August Artist in Residence

During his August residency, Oli Goldsmith hopes to spark viewers’ imaginations to rediscover their surroundings through ‘new eyes’ – through his own re-discovery and artistic representation of Port Hope.

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Meet our June Artists in Residence!

NEL2R’s residency project will explore the coalesence of posthumanism, digital intimacy, and contemporary environmental-social discourse. Machine-learning and AI meets installation & performance art, created with Port Hope archival data, community anecdotes, folklore, and more!

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Procession of Port Hope

Raising Big Questions – West Beach

Where do we go from here? Let’s raise some questions together collectively to find out.

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Procession of Port Hope

Port Hope Borderlines

Multi-media artist Jessica Thompson uses sound to create new meanings of place. On May 28th, she led a soundwalk in downtown Port Hope. She will return on June 26th for a Borderlines workshop.

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Jenn Goodwin

Jenn Goodwin – Procession of Hope

Jenn Goodwin, developed a procession to lead the community into spring and encouraging us to reconnect with each other, ourselves, and our bodies. 

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Tracey-Mae Chambers

Tracey-Mae Chambers: Hope and Healing Canada

Rain date – Wednesday, December 15th – Hamilton-based Métis artist, Tracey-Mae Chambers spreads her message of Hope and Healing with red yarn installation on the front lawn at Port Hope Town Hall. Residents are invited to watch and to engage with Chambers as she works on her art installation throughout the day.

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2021 Candlelight Festival

We will host a nocturnal spectacle outside the Little Station in Lent Lane on November 26th. Join us for a projected and live-typed textravaganza An Eye For An Ear featuring local writers, poets and artists. PLUS, drop in to the Little Sation toget a behind the scenes glimpse at a whimsical winter artist workshop. Artist and puppet-maker, Kelly Kirkham will be working on creating a lot of puppets for her upcoming show Sightseer at the AGN, Jan 8 to Feb 26, 2022. 

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Take Our Arts Survey

Port Hope Arts Impact Survey

We’re considering some big ideas for making contemporary art more prominent in Port Hope, and we really want to hear what sort of arts activities and programming you would like to see, do, and experience!

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Become a Member!

This Giving Tuesday and throughout December, join us to form a critical mass of support for the arts! Become a member, today!

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#Homebodies Art Challenge

Critical Mass has a fun new challenge for all the artists, families, and roommates sheltering at home right now. We invite you to participate in the #homebodies art challenge while we all continue to spend more time at home during this COVID-19 pandemic. 

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#Frommywindow Art Challenge

Critical Mass is calling on the artists, kids, families, and businesses of Port Hope to join the #frommywindow movement to spread hope and joy in our community during this challenging time of the global COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing. 

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