Culture Days LogoCulture Days is an annual national celebration that has become one of the Country's largest participatory cultural events. Each year, millions of people participate in arts and cultural events across the Country. This year the initiative will run for a full month from September 24 to October 24, 2021.

Participants join in a month-long series of incredible free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations and the City. This event gives behind-the-scenes access to local arts, culture and heritage.

The City participates each year as a local organizer of Culture Days events. There's something for everyone! To find out what is going on across Thunder Bay this Culture Days, visit the Culture Days website

Watch this short video of Mayor Bill Mauro's 2021 Culture Days Proclamation 

WATCH HERE

CULTURE DAYS 2021

The City participates each year as a local organizer of Culture Day events. 

In addition to the programming listed below, please visit the Culture Days website to learn about the other great activities happening throughout the month, including events/ activities by:

Cooperative Centre Francophone de Thunder Bay Inc

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Thunder Bay Museum

 Vox Popular Media Arts

CAHEP

and World Cultural Dance.  

There's something for everyone! 

Download your own personal Culture Days Calendar - so you do not miss a thing.

Download your Culture Days Calendar here 

 

City of Thunder Bay Culture Days Activities

This year, the City of Thunder Bay is providing a variety of activities to celebrate Culture Days. Due to current Covid-19 regulations in place, capacity for activities is limited. Registration for each participant (including parents and guardians) is required for these events and attendance will be limited due to capacity. 

As of September 22, 2021 the Province of Ontario government requires patrons entering certain public settings and facilities to provide proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These settings are outlined in O. Reg. 645/21, which is an amendment to O. Reg. 364/20: RULES FOR AREAS AT STEP 3 AND AT THE ROADMAP EXIT STEP. All City Recreation facilities will follow strict health and safety guidelines including, but not limited to: COVID-19 screening and vaccine verification, capacity limits, physical distancing, mask requirements where applicable, and cleaning and disinfecting practices. For more information on the Covid 19 Vaccine Passport for Recreation Facilities click here.

Activities listed as Family Friendly, are for children and their parents/guardians to participate in together. All children must be accompanied by a registered and participating parent or guardian.  Parents and guardians may accompany more than one child as long as each participant is registered.

CANCELLATIONS - If you are no longer able to attend the session(s) you have signed up for, please cancel you spot by contacting (807) 625-8463 to let us know ASAP so we can offer your spot to someone else.   Space is limited and we would like to ensure that we offer the opportunities to as many participants as possible.  Thanks for your help and understanding.

Ongoing throughout Culture Days- Friday, September 24th-October 29th 2021

Culture Days Window Exhibits in the Baggage Building Arts Centre

Come down to the Baggage Building Arts Centre (located on the waterfront at 2200 Sleeping Giant Pkwy) to peek through the windows to see exhibits from:

Thunder Bay Museum

Showcasing some interesting culinary artefacts from their collection.

 

 

 

 

The City of Thunder Bay Archives

Showcasing some of Thunder Bay's culinary past through: old menus, agricultural programs, events, recipes, and food posters. 

 

 

 

Free Activities

Saturday September 25th, 2021

Focaccia Bread Art and Working with Natural Food Dyes

(For Adults 16+)  (Youth 16 and under may participate if accompanied by a registered and participating parent or guardian).

LOCATION: Roots to Harvest - 450 Fort William Rd, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 2Z6

Join Roots to Harvest in their Backyard garden to make fresh focaccia bread in their new wood-fired bake oven. Using the principles of design, create a balanced composition on a focaccia canvas. Transform vegetables and herbs into floral elements.  Unlike a work of art on paper, edible art needs to look and taste good! While your bread is baking, practice your piping skills using frosting made with natural food dyes made from fruits and vegetables on some homemade cupcakes. 

TIME: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

REGISTER HERE: cityofthunderbay.perfectmind.com

Wild Foods Discovery Walk with the Boreal Museum

(For Adults 16+)  (Youth 16 and under may participate if accompanied by a registered and participating parent or guardian).

LOCATION: Baggage Building Arts Centre - 2200 Sleeping Giant Pkwy, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 0E7

Join us for an introduction to wild food foraging with hands-on identification of wild foods growing at the Marina Park. We will discuss safe practices, as well as suitable areas, habitats, and best foraging practices to ensure sustainability of wild species and future harvests. There will be hands-on identification of easily identifiable wild foods that grow in abundance in the Thunder Bay area. Your guide will discuss interesting nature facts concerning the boreal forest, history of the Marina’s landscape, as well as some natural history in the area and the formation of our biomes. This activity requires a fair amount of walking/standing outdoors. This activity is wheelchair accessible but please note that there will be some uneven and hard gravel packed surfaces. Weather appropriate clothing is recommended.

TIME: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Session #1

REGISTER HERE -  cityofthunderbay.perfectmind.com

 

TIME: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Session #2

REGISTER HERE -  cityofthunderbay.perfectmind.com

 

Plen Aire Painting with CAHEP

(For Adults 16+)  (Youth 16 and under may participate if accompanied by a registered and participating parent or guardian).

LOCATION: Baggage Building Arts Centre - 2200 Sleeping Giant Pkwy, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 0E7

This plein air-outdoor painting session will be based on water, which is essential for human survival and well-being as a “food” source. The project will be led by Judy Mayor with two new generation artists from the “It’s Fine Arts Collective” and Clara Sacchetti.  Painting will take place outdoors so weather appropriate clothing is recommended. In addition, Sessions include a fair amount of walking/standing and are wheelchair accessible; please note there will be some uneven and hard gravel packed surfaces. All necessary materials for this activity will be provided.

TIME: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

REGISTER HERE -  cityofthunderbay.perfectmind.com

Monday September 27th, 2021

Inspired by Pizza - Family Friendly, Acrylic Painting Project for Kids with CAHEP and Eat Local Pizza

LOCATION: Baggage Building Arts Centre - 2200 Sleeping Giant Pkwy, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 0E7

Do you like Pizza?  Participants will get to taste some free pizza samples and learn interesting facts about the making of pizza from Eat Local Pizza. They will also learn about various famous artworks that have used and/or have been inspired by pizza. Participants will brainstorm different ideas to help them create their own pizza-inspired painting. Please note this activity is for children and their parents or guardians to participate in together. All children must be accompanied by a registered and participating parent or guardian.

TIME: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

REGISTER HERE -  cityofthunderbay.perfectmind.com

Tuesday September 28th, 2021

Family Friendly Fruit & Veggie Sculpture Workshops for Kids with Willow Springs

LOCATION: Baggage Building Arts Centre - 2200 Sleeping Giant Pkwy, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 0E7

It is time to learn to play with your food! Using simple tools and materials, we will construct amazing, colourful creatures. Our creations will then participate in a photoshoot while we eat some of our delicious sculpting materials. Participants will then get to take their sculptures home.

Please note this activity is for children and their parents/guardians to participate in together and all children must be accompanied by a registered and participating parent or guardian.

TIME: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

REGISTER HERE -  cityofthunderbay.perfectmind.com

 

Natural Dyed Canvas Bag with Flower/Leaf Pounded Accents Workshop with Willow Springs

(For Adults 16+)  (Youth 16 and under may participate if accompanied by a registered and participating parent or guardian).

LOCATION: Baggage Building Arts Centre - 2200 Sleeping Giant Pkwy, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 0E7

Using a selection of flower petals and leaves, participants will transfer their creations onto a natural canvas bag by pounding them. To finish their bag they will dye it in a dye pot made from natural plant material. While waiting for the bags to soak in the dye pot, participants will get to enjoy some delicious appetizers featuring some of our dyeing plants.

TIME: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

REGISTER HERE -  cityofthunderbay.perfectmind.com

Wednesday September 29th, 2021

Family Friendly - Edible Art Attack for Kids

LOCATION: Baggage Building Arts Centre - 2200 Sleeping Giant Pkwy, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 0E7

Join staff from Roots to Harvest as we explore using fruits and vegetables to make natural food dyes. Participants will have an opportunity to try their hand at piping frosting decoratively using different methods and piping tips with icing on homemade cupcakes. Nothing like designing an art piece you can eat using fruits and vegetables! 

Please note this activity is for children and their parents/guardians to participate in together and all children must be accompanied by a registered and participating parent or guardian.

TIME: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

REGISTER HERE -  cityofthunderbay.perfectmind.com

 

Other ways to get involved with Culture Days

Want to learn more? Thunder Bay Public Library has a plethora of inspiring cookbooks, art books, craft books and food-related books for all ages. Items can be placed on hold by visiting www.tbpl.ca and logging into your account, or by calling 345-8275 and speaking with a staff member.

Check out the Foraging for Plants and Dying with Plants Reading List from the Thunder Bay Public Library

Still want more?

Head to the CULTURE DAYS website to learn about all of the other events taking place locally in Thunder Bay, across the region and beyond!