On Friday, Sept. 22, the City will be kicking off Ontario Culture Days with Arts & Culture Under the Lights from 6 - 10 pm at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Marina Park. This free event will feature an evening of arts, cultural activities and performances that celebrate the rich culture of the city. All are welcome to join in a night of community and creativity.

Attendees can expect to enjoy various performances, including dance and spoken word, as well as an artisan night market and a cultural expo. Food vendors will also be on site.  

Arts & Culture Under the Lights Schedule:

Main Stage – Market Square Parking Lot, Prince Arthur’s Landing 

 6:00 – 7:00 PM

  • Welcome by Emcee Ron Kanutski
  • Opening Prayer with Ojibwe Elder Sheila De Corte
  • Thunder Bay Hand Drummers
  • Thai Healing Centre Dance Troupe
  • Zorya Ukrainian Dancers


7:00 PM

Opening Remarks


7:20 – 10:00 PM

  • Zorya Ukrainian Dancers
  • World Cultural Dance
  • Thunder Bay Chinese Music & Dance Troupe
  • Wali Shah
  • Karim Y Nady - Italian Touch Latin Dance School
  • Audience Latin Dance Lesson followed by an open dance


Baggage Building Arts Centre

  • The Art of The Mushroom with Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP) featuring three talented local artists - Mark Nisenholt, Janna Zachary and Ryan Wilkie. The Art of The Mushroom continues with Benjamin Bohemier’s fascinating mushroom displays and information. (Gallery Area)                                                                   
  • Literary Stage hosted by Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW) (Mezzanine)


6:30 - 7:00 PM - Children's Storytelling Stage

  • The Seven Grandfather Teachings with Ojibwe Elder Sheila De Corte


7:30 - 9:30 PM - Main Literary Stage

  • Internationally renowned poet and motivational speaker Wali Shah will headline a family-friendly evening of spoken word, storytelling and poetry with local literary artists:
    • Holly Haggarty
    • Doug Diaczuk
    • Taina Maki Chahal
    • John Forget
    • Katya Arifin
    • Tessa Hargreaves
    • Ahmad Hafez
    • Local entertainer and consummate host, Nancy Freeborn will be the Emcee.


  • Artisan Night Market (Main Level)
  • Cultural Expo area surrounding the BBAC and on the upper patio (access up the ramp)


Ontario Culture Days continues to Oct. 15 with an amazing array of over 30 events and activities taking place hosted by a wide range of local cultural groups and organizations including:

City of Thunder Bay, CAHEP, NOWW, Thunder Bay Public Library, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thai Healing Centre, All the DAZE Productions, Thunder Bay Museum, ON Culture Days with Betty Carpick,

City of Thunder Bay Indigenous Relations, The Boreal Museum and Quirky Company, EcoSuperior, Mindful Makers, Club Culturel Francophone, CreAction Collective, Willow Springs Creative Centre, and Laughing Fox Writers. 

For more information, visit: www.thunderbay.ca/culturedays 

“Like” the City of Thunder Bay Culture and Events Facebook page to stay up to date with events news: facebook.com/ThunderBayCultureandEvents 

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Contact: Louisa Costanzo - Cultural Development, Community Programming & Events Supervisor - 628-5250 or louisa.costanzo@thunderbay.ca