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Dance, Drama, Performance
Non-profit Est. 1982
Contact: Debra Philp
P.O. Box 10213
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6T7
Tel: (807) 577-0033
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
EDCT is a not-for-profit community theatre group that began in 1982. ECDT provides opportunities for children to learn about and take part in theatre. Children are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. All children are performers. Auditions are held to assign parts. EDCT produces one play per season under the leadership of a professional director. School audiences are the main target group and public performances are given on the weekend. EDCT celebrated their 30th Anniversary in 2011.
Workshops are available for teachers. Fay will work with small or very large groups. She has done extensive teaching in both elementary and high schools with the winter electives program as well as one day classes.
The Dr. Penny Petrone Centre for the Performing Arts
Non-profit Est. 1971
Contact: Mario Crudo | Norma Chuchmuch
10 S. Algoma Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 3A7
Tel: (807) 345-5552 – Box Office
Tel: (807) 345-8033 – Admin
Fax: (807) 345-0291
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
Magnus Theatre engages in four core areas of activity: The Mainstage, Theatre in Education, Adult Tour and New Play Development.
The season runs from September to April and offers 6 productions reflecting a strong commitment to Canadian works while presenting a variety of theatre experiences, including the classics and contemporary plays. School groups attending matinee performances receive discounted tickets, a study guide, a visit to the school before the students see the play, and “talk back” session with the cast after the play (all offered upon request).
Theatre in Education:
Theatre for Young Audiences School Touring
The annual Theatre for Young Audiences School Tour presents two touring plays – one for primary/junior and on for intermediate/secondary students – to schools in Thunder Bay and Ontario. The plays are selected from the Canadian repertoire, and deal with issues concerning young people in an entertaining and thought-provoking manner. Issues in the past have included bullying, racism, literacy, drug and alcohol abuse, single-parent families and people with special needs. The tour has traveled as far north as Moosonee and Moose Factory, as far east as North Bay and as far west as the Manitoba border.
Magnus Theatre School classes are offered to youth aged 6 to 18 as well as adults. Courses are offered during fall, winter, and spring sessions, with additional drama camps during March break and summer holidays. Classes focus on developing self-expression, creativity and confidence through improvisation, storytelling, movement and music. Young people in more advanced classes are introduced to basic acting techniques and skills exploring voice, character, scene work, and play building.
Magnus offers workshops for all ages to schools, clubs, businesses and other organizations. Workshops may take place at Magnus Theatre or off-site. Topics may include issue-exploring drama, story-telling, character creation, lectures/demonstrations by theatre artists from current Magnus productions, or may be custom designed for the needs of the group.
The Adult Tour enables Magnus to share its work with audiences across Northern Ontario, presenting various forms of professional theatre, drawing from the Canadian, classical and contemporary repertoires.
New Play Development:
This area of programming, which includes a play writing competition for young people, fosters the development and production of new Canadian works and provides opportunities for instruction in theatre arts.
Commercial Est. 1996
Contact: Jacqueline McMahon | Connie Fairbrother
1526 E. Victoria Avenue
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 1C5
Tel: (807) 622-4500
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
Slightly off Broadway is Thunder Bay’s only “triple-threat” performing arts studio. We offer classes and private instruction in musical theatre, voice, dance, drama, and creative writing.
Students would learn how to develop characters and use their creativity in role-playing as well as working on group song & dance numbers from well-known musicals. Students could also work on preparing and presenting a musical, depending on the time allotment of the program, covering everything from staging to rehearsal techniques, promoting and more.
Pop Ensemble Show Choir:
This workshop includes instruction in healthy vocal techniques as applied to the pop genre, video and “Glee” style choreography and a chance for students to work together in an ensemble. Ensemble work would include blending, harmonizing, staging and performing.
The basic structure of a playscript would be taught with emphasis on writing for the stage, creating good dialogue and developing great characters. Themes for plays can be taken from current curriculum or from ideas generated by the students. Depending on the length of this program, we could also help students work toward presenting their original play or musical on stage.
Basics of Creative Writing:
Published author, Jacqueline McMahon, enjoys mentoring and encouraging young writers. “I don’t know what to write about” is a common complaint amongst kids. Learn some new ways to jump-start creativity, including an “idea” journal for stories, plots, characters and settings as well as different forms of creative writing, places where kids can submit their writing for possible publication and encouraging critiques of works in progress.
Non-profit Est. 1985
Contact: Trevor Hurtig, Manager – Marketing and Development
1 Paul Shaffer Drive
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6C7
Tel: (807) 343-2329
Tel: (807) 684-4444 – Box Office
Tel: (807) 343-2366 – Tickets
Fax: (807) 345-8977
The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium has entertained millions of visitors since opening to the public in 1985. This year’s lineup continues the tradition of stellar performances, exciting concerts, and world class entertainment.
Arts Programming for Education (APE):
The Community Auditorium will offer several educational shows this year that provide a valuable learning experience for a wide range of students and their educators.
Non-profit Est. 1970
Chief Librarian/ CEO John Pateman
Contact: Tina Tucker, Director of Communities
Tel: (807) 684-6813
Contact: John Pateman, Chief Librarian/ CEO
Tel: (807) 684-6802
Contact: Barb Philp, Adult Services
Tel: (807) 624-4206
Contact: Angela Meady, Children’s Services
Tel: (807) 684-6810
Contact: Jesse Roberts, Head of Reference Services
Tel: (807) 624-4203
Waverly Resource Library
285 Red River Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 1A9
Tel: (807) 345-TBPL (8275)
Fax: (807) 344-5119
There are four locations of the Thunder Bay Public Library: two large resource libraries and two community branches. The resource libraries have a wider selection of materials, services and programs such as Readers are Leaders reading support, books in other languages and parent-teacher collections. The Brodie Resource Library is the main reference library for the city, with local history materials, genealogy materials, government documents and an extensive reference collection.
Brodie Resource Library (Main Reference Library)
216 South Brodie Street, P7E 1C2
Tel: (807) 345-TBPL (8275)
Waverley Resource Library (Administration)
285 Red River Road, P7B 1A9
Tel: (807) 345-TBPL (8275)
County Park Branch Library
County Fair Plaza, 1020 Dawson Road, P7B 1K6
Tel: (807) 345-TBPL (8275)
Mary J.L. Black Branch Library
901 S. Edward Street, P7E 6R2
Tel: (807) 345-TBPL (8275)
Tours of the Library:
Tours of the library are provided upon request. There is no charge for tours. Tours for children in grade 4 and under are coordinated by the Children’s Services Departments of the Brodie and Waverley Resource Libraries. Call Brodie at 624-4208 and Waverley at 684-6816.
Tours for children in grades 5 and up, young people, or adults are coordinated by the Reference Services Departments of the Brodie and Waverley Resource Libraries. Call Brodie at 624-4200 and Waverley at 684-6815 to discuss your specific needs.
Tours of the Community Branches may be available during their opening hours but are dependent upon available staffing. Call the main library number to book a tour.
Throughout the year, the library offers many programs of interest to adults such as book discussion clubs, writing workshops and readings, health and legal education programs, environmental programs and film nights. Please check our newsletter, Connect, for specific events or subscribe by sending an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference – Local History and Digitized Collections:
The Thunder Bay Public Library offers The Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History online. This is an electronic database of historical photographs and documents pertaining to the history of Northwestern Ontario with particular emphasis on logging, mining and railroads. This award winning regional resource is accessible from the Thunder Bay Public Library’s Web site at www.tbpl.ca.
The Thunder Bay Public Library also offers an extensive Local History Collection documenting the history and development of the City of Thunder Bay. This collection includes books, maps, newspaper clippings, CDs, videos and pamphlets. Materials pertaining to the Northwestern Ontario region are also acquired, organized and preserved.
A project commemorating the centennial of World War One (1914 – 1918) is also currently underway and is available online at www.tbpl.ca / Research / World War 1
Children’s Services offers a full range of free programming for babies and children of all ages. The Readers are Leaders program provides students in Grades 1, 2, and 3 with one-on-one reading support with teen and adult volunteers. A wide range of story times, puppet shows, music concerts, magicians, author visits and literature-based theme programs encourage children to discover a world of information and imagination.
The library provides children and their parents with a wide range of books, e-books, e-audiobooks, online media (movies, TV shows and more) DVD’s, magazines, audio books and CD-ROMs to support learning and leisure. Information for projects, access to helpful and free databases online for children and help choosing books for your child is available from friendly, knowledgeable Children’s Services staff. Games, information, book recommendations and program calendars are available online at our website – www.tbpl.ca – click on Kids’ Zone.
Literacy is a life-long gift to give your child.
TBPL offers programs, services and collections specifically for teens. There are also programs for teens throughout the year. A Youth Advisory Council is also a way to connect with the Library and for teens to gain volunteer hours as well. Contact the Youth Librarian at 624-4204 for more information and to apply.
The Library has a Facebook site for teens as well as specific online products such as Teen Health & Wellness located on the library’s Web site at www.tbpl.ca
The Library’s Web site (www.tbpl.ca) functions as a ‘Virtual Branch’, providing 24/7 online access to collections and services – including e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming media via Hoopla (movies, music, TV shows and more). You can also search our catalogue, place holds and pay your fines online. Our Events calendar will display what’s happening at all locations and allows you to register for programs anytime.
Check out the databases located at (www.tbpl.ca) under the Research tab (click on the sleeping giant graphic) — this virtual collection provides you with 24 / 7 access to articles, books and ebooks, encyclopedias, car repair & home improvement manuals and so much more.
We’re also on social media and can answer your questions online – by e-mail or chat. Look for your Public Library on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr and more!
FaceBook – TBayPL
Twitter – @TBayPL
Tumblr – tbplteens.tumblr.com
Commercial Est. 1999
Contact: Sean Jesseau
#2-1820 E. Victoria Avenue
Tel: (807) 622-1841
Fax: (807) 622-1841
Store Hours – Open 11 am till 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday.
Music Workshop is a very different music school and store offering an array of educational packages including: weekly in-store workshops, custom off-site workshops, musical field trips, plus individual and group lessons on a wide array of popular instruments, including; guitar, bass, piano, drum set, hand and fingerstyle drumming as well as an Introduction to Music Making (individual lessons using hand and stick drums plus mallet percussion). “Intro” is designed for anyone wanting a foundation in music-making skills that can be applied to any instrument. It is customized to each individual and can even include introductions to guitar, piano or drum set. It’s great for someone who wants to make music and wants to spend some time deciding which instruments to explore. By focusing on large motor skills everyone can feel successful with music right away. Intro is great for kids (or
adults) who may not be ready to choose an instrument yet.
Some of the lessons offered by our team of teachers include; Guitar, Drum Set, Piano, Bass, Violin, Vocals, Music Theory and Rhythm Training which is great for all musicians. Drum Set lessons and Hand Drum (i.e. Conga, Djembe and Doumbek) classes are a specialty. Our drum studios feature multiple drum sets, percussion sets and high-end electronic drum sets. You can learn in real time playing alongside your teacher!
RhythmPlay and RhythmSection are classes for kids 7-10 and 10 -16. These expand on the kinds of group drumming activities, teachings and compositions that we have been bringing to area schools for the last eleven years. Kids learn to play djembe and conga drums, drum set and mallet percussion like marimbas and xylophones. These instruments are specially chosen to create maximum success with minimal frustration even for absolute beginners.
Our new and expanded facility (on Waterloo St. South next to the DaVinci Ctr.) includes an expanded retail store plus numerous sunny studios and classrooms for group lessons. We now have the means of collaborating with a wide variety of local teachers and continue bringing in world-class musicians for visiting workshops. Get on our email list to stay informed. Past workshops have been led by Rick Lazar, Ken Hamm, Trichy Sankaran, Mike Stevens, Bakka and many more!
We take pride in our innovative approach to teaching a variety of hand drums both individually and through our weekly “Hands-On Drumming” groups. These classes run three nights a week for drummers of all levels including “Absolute Beginners”. Owner and school director Sean Jesseau has developed his teaching methods over the last fourteen years here in Thunder Bay. The weekly groups have been running now for eleven years!
Non-profit Est. 1962
P.O. Box 29192
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6P9
Room C256/ C258, Shuniah Building
Tel: (807) 474-2284
Fax: (807) 622-1927
Each year the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra’s family, education, and outreach concerts provide unique experiences for thousands of Thunder Bay area school children and residents.
The TBSO provides educational concerts for students because we believe that a live symphonic music experience is both enriching and enlivening. These concerts are designed to support the appropriate grade curriculum guidelines. Teachers receive supporting materials prior to TBSO events to help ensure that the concert experience is a great introduction to the orchestra and a bountiful resource of learning opportunities.
Symphonic music connects to the study of language, history, culture, people and places, and studying music develops critical skills such as listening, timing, memory, and visual and physical coordination.
For more information about TBSO’s education programs email Doris Dungan TBSO Education Coordinator email@example.com, or visit the TBSO website www.tbso.ca. Registration for most TBSO educational programs will be available online at www.tbso.ca by Fall 2014.
Grade 3: Symphony Sing-Along:
For the past several years, the TBSO has been offering the hugely popular Grade 3 Symphony Sing-Along program. This program has students singing traditional Canadian folk songs in both French and English, accompanied by the full TBSO. Participating students learn the repertoire in their classrooms with their teachers, aided by print and audio resources provided by the TBSO and the support of the TBSO staff. At concert time, they rehearse with the orchestra, perform for their fellow students, and participate in one of three evening concerts for capacity audiences of family and friends. This also provides an opportunity for the students involved to hear and see the orchestra perform live, and the evening ends in an inspiring performance joining the forces of all involved.
The 2014/15 Season Grade 3 Symphony Sing-Along is scheduled for November 2014.
Grade 5: Musicians in the Classroom (MIC):
This award-winning program is designed for Grade 5 classes in any Thunder Bay school. For this program, the TBSO splits into six small ensembles of four to six players each. These ensembles visit individual classrooms and perform educational programs that introduce the instruments of the group along with various musical concepts. Students have the opportunity to hear and see the instruments and performers at close range in a familiar and intimate environment, and to interact with them through “Question and Answer” sessions. Each presentation is approximately 45 minutes long. It is a chance for professional musicians to share their love of music in a very direct way with young people.
The 2014/15 Season Musicians-in the Classroom is scheduled for February 2015.
Grades 4 & 5: Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Program:
2014/15 will mark the second year of the TBSO’s participation in the Link Up program sponsored by the Weill Institute of Carnegie Hall in New York. During the school year, students in Grades 4 and 5 from schools throughout the city will be singing, learning to play recorder, and dancing as part of their classroom music studies, using materials provided by Carnegie Hall. This will prepare them for an inspiring culminating event at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium in April 2015, when all of the participating students come to the highly-acclaimed TBCA to perform together with the TBSO in a multi-media event.
TBSO in the Schools:
The TBSO provides opportunities for a limited number of schools to host the entire TBSO at their site, where the orchestra will present an educational concert for all or part of the student body. Available to both elementary and secondary schools, the program and commentary are typically based on a theme and are relevant to the grade level of the audience.
Grades 7 & Up: Open Rehearsals:
Students in Grade 7 and up can have a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what an orchestra does to prepare for a concert. Classes may register to attend certain TBSO rehearsals, providing an experience that will help them better understand what is involved leading up to the finished product that is presented to the audience. Information about the repertoire to be rehearsed is available in advance, so that students may be familiarized with it prior to the rehearsal visit.
Community Concerts – exciting the imagination of all generations:
The TBSO has a strong commitment to reach diverse audiences and make live symphonic music available to everyone in Thunder Bay and the region. The TBSO offers free public concerts throughout the symphony season (October-May). Dates and locations for the 2014/15 season will be announced in the Fall 2014.
For more information about TBSO Community Concerts contact the TBSO Office, 807.474.2284 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.tbso.ca.
Family Connect Concert Series for Families and Individuals with Special Needs:
The aim of the TBSO Family Connect Concert Series is to provide a welcoming, comfortable concert atmosphere for families and individuals with special needs. For more information about this series please contact the TBSO Office, 807.474.2284 or email@example.com.
Sundays – 3:30 p.m.
Grassroots Church, 1250 Balmoral Street
Bring the joy of music into your family’s lives. Created especially for children ages 4 and up, these concerts will delight and captivate:
The Final Frontier – Sunday, November 2, 2014
Beethoven on Balmoral! – Sunday, February 8, 2015
Summertime! – Sunday, April 26, 2015
Family Concert Single Tickets
Adult $15, Student/Child $7, Family (2 adults, 2 children) $35
Single tickets on sale September 17, 2014
How to Purchase Tickets:
Single tickets can be purchased at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Box Office, Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (September-June), in the following ways:
Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Box Office
1 Paul Shaffer Drive
Tel: (807) 684-4444
Tel: 1-800-463-8817 – Toll Free
Available for Single Ticket sales only: September 17, 2014
All single ticket prices include the TBSO ticket price, TBCA Box Office handling fee, and H.S.T.
Under 30 Access Pass:
Age 30 or under? The TBSO Access Pass provides up to two $15 tickets to any eligible concert for the 2014/15 Season! Register for the free TBSO Access Pass online at www.tbso.ca. Access Pass tickets go on sale September 17, 2014, and are available for purchase at the TBCA Box Office. A copy of your photo ID with birth date and TBSO 2014/15 Access Pass membership card will be required when purchasing tickets. Access Pass is for people 15-30 years of age. The guest ticket may be used for a person of any age.
Non-profit Est. 1988
Contact: David Karasiewicz, Gallery Director
250 Park Avenue
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 8A9
P.O. Box 21015
Tel: (807) 344-3815
Fax: (807) 344-3851
Definitely Superior is a professional artist-run-centre (ARC), committed to the development of cutting- edge and innovative visual and multi-disciplinary contemporary art exhibitions and activities in Thunder Bay and the region of Northwestern Ontario. Our purpose is to encourage contemporary artistic endeavors and education, to foster experimental artistic development, and to stimulate dialogue within the art community and public. Comprised of exhibition and performance spaces, production facilities, libraries, studios, resource centres and new media labs, ARCs parallel the public and commercial gallery systems and have provided alternative venues for artistic experimentation and creative growth. ARCs provide a place for artists to carry out work that cannot be done in a commercial or museum setting. Often they are the venue for the first public presentation of new works. Our unique qualities as the only non-commercial and registered non-profit/charitable artist-run-centre between Winnipeg and North Bay helps support what is an invaluable cultural resource working to build a healthy arts scene in our city, attracting new and young artists and audiences to the arts, today and in the future.
Emphasis is on professional regional/national and international artists whose selected works show clarity of excellence in artistic vision and form. Definitely Superior raises the awareness of the multi-disciplinary forms of art created in the regional and national context, by actively showing work and alternative performances that bring people into contact with art they would not otherwise encounter.
Open Space Community Programming:
Emphasis is on emerging regional artists/ collectives/ musicians/ writers/ university/ college film/ high school visual and multi-media arts students whose selected works show development towards maturity and excellence. For high schools specifically we provide at least two graduate exhibitions per year, and mentor a Future Young Artists Collective, open to anyone between the ages of 14 to 30 [search Facebook: die active zine or contact firstname.lastname@example.org]. Definitely Superior Art Gallery helps this group publish a zine (visual art and creative writing) that is regionally and nationally distributed. This helps build community, identity and strength.
Non-profit Est. 1976
Contact: Sharon Godwin, Executive Director
P.O. Box 10193
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6T7
Tel: (807) 522-6427
Fax: (807) 577-3781
About the Gallery:
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is the only public art gallery in Northwestern Ontario and presents exhibitions of the work of regional, provincial, national and international artists. Education and arts related programs are organized to enhance these exhibitions and community and regional outreach programs extend the Gallery’s services. A permanent collection of over 1500 pieces focusing on contemporary Aboriginal art and work by artists from the region is housed at the Gallery. Located on the campus of Confederation College, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is a meeting place for thousands of people who visit to view and learn about the visual arts.
The Education Department at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery provides opportunities for schools and the public to participate in tours, workshops, art classes and talks by artists in order to enhance their experience with the Gallery’s exhibitions and with the visual arts in general. Programming for students encourages the development of receptiveness to imagery from a variety of cultural influences including new visual directions taken by contemporary artists. The education programming at the Art Gallery contributes to the creation, understanding and appreciation of art, Art History and Aesthetics.
School Tour/Workshop Programs:
Students experience original works of art in theme-based, inquiry and experiential tours of Gallery exhibitions. Tour themes change several times over the school year. Aspects of the Ontario Arts curriculum are covered and teachers can inquire about including a certain emphasis for their class. Each tour is accompanied by a fun and challenging hands-on activity designed to complement the media and subject matter of the exhibition. Tour and workshop length: 1.5-2 hours
Tours are available to other groups including community organizations, tourist groups, University and college students as well as youth groups such as Brownies, Guides and Scouts. Length: 1-2 hours
Tour Fees: Tours are free to Lakehead Public Schools and Thunder Bay Catholic District Schools due to an annual contribution by these boards to the Gallery. All other schools and groups – $3 per person for a tour and $4 per person for a tour and workshop.
Art Classes for Children and Youth:
Art classes presented by the Gallery give participants the opportunity to explore a variety of media. They also develop their art appreciation skills through tours of current exhibitions. Classes are offered in the winter, spring, summer and fall and during March Break, for children aged 4-14.
Classes for Adults:
Adult art classes and workshops are presented periodically and are led by visiting artists who are exhibiting at the Gallery or experienced, senior artists working in the Thunder Bay region.
Artist Talks and Workshops:
Throughout the year the Gallery offers numerous opportunities for the public to meet and learn from internationally acclaimed artists through artist talks and workshops.
The Education Department has two portable displays available for school use. These focus on the traditional art of Birchbark Biting and Beadwork from the Permanent Collection. The stunning artwork and artifacts in these free-standing displays are perfect for the classroom and complement studies in Native Art.
Family Fun Days:
These special days are offered two or three times each year on Sundays. Programming involves interactive art activities, and opportunities to engage with the exhibiting artwork and artists.
Gallery tours are often led by volunteer tour guides or ‘docents’. Docents provide very valuable assistance to the Education Department. Current docents include retired teachers, visual art and education students, and community artists. Docents meet twice a month, receive training on art appreciation, history, criticism and teaching/ touring methods.
Contact: Judi Vinni
10160 Mapleward Road
Kaministiquia, Ontario P0T 1X0
Tel: (807) 768-1336
Fax: (807) 768-1336
Willow Springs Creative Centre’s mission is to promote growth through creative expression and community development. We offer inclusive, customized art, therapeutic gardening and food programming and training for organizations, schools, and community groups. Willow Springs Market is a weekly farmers’ market that runs every Friday from 3 to 7 pm from late June to early October. Local producers, artisans and musicians are welcome! Our Soup & Bread Program and Harvest Share Project are food programs that provide training for young adults with disabilities and barriers to employment. Our Lazy Dames of Summer adult art series runs every Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 pm throughout the summer. We offer week long, dynamic summer art camps for children. We facilitate Creative Team Building Retreats for non-profits’ staff and volunteers. We are always looking for artists/arts educators who would like to work with us to deliver our programs; mentorship and training provided. All our programming is designed to meet our participants’ needs.