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Dance, Drama, Performance

Cambrian Players

Non-profit Est. 1949

Contact: Richard Pepper, President

Studio Location:
210 Victoria Avenue
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 1A2

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 29080
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6P9
Tel: (807) 622-6753
Email: geburkowski@shaw.ca
Website: www.cambrianplayers.ca

Cambrian Players stages three full productions a year at the Paramount Theatre, plus play-readings and workshops in various aspects of theatre production, in various locations around the city.

Dance Dynamics Studio

Commercial Est. 2000

Contact: Wendy Holmquist, Owner

936 Tungsten Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Tel: (807) 766-0066
Email: trevor@tbaytel.net
Website: www.dancedynamicsstudio.ca

Dance Dynamics Studio has established a reputation for providing balanced educational programs, for children of all ages. Classes are taught by experienced staff who are well-rounded in their dance education and trained in working with and teaching children, ensuring your child a safe and fun experience, while fostering independence, peer interaction and creative physical movement.

Age appropriate Preschool and Beginner programs from ages 2 to 7, with separate classes for every age, are designed with structure and consistency allowing children to explore their capabilities while learning to take on new challenges with courage and enthusiasm.

The studio offers separate recreational classes for Boys, Girls and Adults. These classes follow the same philosophy as our other programs without needing the commitment required to be a competitive dancer. It is a fun and energizing way to get that ever so important physical activity into your weekly routine.

Dance Dynamics is an equal opportunity studio and does not hold auditions for the competition teams or limit who can experience the challenge of doing solo and duet work. It is believed every child can excel if given the opportunity. All dancers are encouraged to progress in their dance development by taking exams where they are critiqued and evaluated yearly by certified ADAPT and Acrobatic Arts examiners.

To learn more about Dance Dynamics Studio visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/DDStbay.

International Dance Academy*

Commercial Est. 1982

Contact: Laura Pascolo McRury

340 N. Waterloo Street, 2nd Floor
(Mahon’s Electric Bldg., next to The Persian Man)
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 5Y3
Tel: (807) 622-7333
Email: laura@internationaldanceacademy.com
Website: www.internationaldanceacademy.com

Our school offers a very special educational opportunity for pupils who show a particular talent and interest in the performing arts. The dance studio has instruction in: ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, national, character, acro, kinderdance, lyrical, modern, pas de deux and hip hop. We are dedicated to providing an atmosphere where everyone’s talents are nurtured and encouraged. Pupils learn self-confidence, leadership skills, teamwork and a positive attitude.

The following instructors are available periodically throughout the year:
Laura McRury: Ballet and History
Vanessa Herceg: Hip Hop
Serena McRury: Jazz and History, Pilates
Nerissa McRury: Ballet & History
Mitzi Vecchio: Jazz & Tap

Lakehead & District Square and Round Dance Association

Non-profit Est. 1955

Contact: Bea Ligate, Secretary

195 Vimy Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7G 1N3
Tel: (807) 346-5672
Email: birtheligate@gmail.com
Webite: www.sites.google.com/site/amethystsquares/home

Our Association works towards promoting modern square and round dancing in the city. We have an open house on Monday, around the middle of September and invite people to come see what square dancing is all about. This open house is held at the West Arthur Community Centre at 7:30 p.m. The lessons start the following Monday at 7:30 PM at West Arthur C.C. We also sponsor a Square & Round Dance Festival, the second weekend in July each year, starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the West Thunder Community Centre. Spectators are welcome, admission is free. Square dancing has been heralded by cardiologists as being a very healthy exercise for both mind and body. It is also a great way to meet people. Our motto is “Friendship Set to Music.”

Beginner Lessons start on the third Monday in September at the West Arthur Community Centre (7:30 to 9:30 PM).

Round Dance lessons are taught on Saturday mornings at West Arthur C.C. from 9:30 to 11:30 AM starting on September 20th, 2014.

Morgan’s School of Highland Dancing

Commercial Est. 1979

Contact: Wendy Morgan

135 Glendale Crescent
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 1N2
Tel: (807) 475-7870
Email: morgansschoolofhighlanddancing@hotmail.com

Morgan’s School of Highland Dancing is under the direction of Wendy and Heather Morgan, B.A.T.D. Members, Highland and National. The school trains dancers from age 3 to adult for competition, testing and recreation. A yearly Christmas concert and many local performances inform the audience of the history of Highland Dances. An introduction course to Highland Dancing is available in the summer.

Northern Woodlands Ojibway Drum & Dance Group*

Contact: Dave Simard
Tel: (807) 473-9641
Email: nwodancegroup@gmail.com

Northern Woodlands Ojibway Drum & Dance Group provide both drum and dance presentation for educational programs and cross cultural training for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses, groups and organizations. The have performed at various special events, concerts, fundraisers, conferences and youth activities to raise awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles of the First Nations people.

Northern Woodlands Ojibway Drum & Dance Group can be found on Facebook & Myspace

For more information, e-mail nwodancegroup@gmail.com or call (807) 473-9641.

World Dance Centre*

Est. 2011

Contact: Andrea Novoa

96 N. High Street, Room 400
Tel: (807) 285-7016 | (807) 708-1014
Email: worddancecentre@gmail.com | dance84@gmail.com
Website: www.worlddancecentre.com

World Dance Centre is a new and exciting dance studio in Thunder Bay specializing in ethnic dance forms like Bellydance, Bollywood, Bhangra and Zumba. Our objective is to create the opportunity for dance and fitness enthusiasts to learn and workout in a friendly, non-competitive environment while creating connections and strengthening the community.







Literary Arts

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW)

Non-profit Est. 1997

Contact: Amy Jones, Administrative Assistant

Tel: (807) 708-5652
Email: admin@nowwwriters.org
Website: www.nowwwriters.org

NOWW provides inspiration and practical assistance to writers in our community through a program of workshops, readings, a newsletter and an annual writing contest. We promote the work of Northwestern Ontario writers and encourage an atmosphere of support among our various writers’ organizations.

Thunder Bay Writers Guild*

Non-profit Est. 1981

Contact: Deborah DeBakker | Glenn Ponka

Tel: (807) 345-0353 – Deborah DeBakker
Tel: (807) 344-1814 – Glenn Ponka
Email: tbwg@tbaytel.net

Thunder Bay Writers Guild provides a forum for aspiring writers to share their work with their peers and to give and receive encouragement and constructive criticism. It has published two collections of members’ stories: Forty Below in the Shade (2001) and Fire Flies (2002).








Kam Valley Fiddlers*

Non-profit Est. 1990

Contact: David Kimpton

122 Ibbetson Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 7J9
Tel: (807) 344-8949
Email: kamvalleyfiddlers@hotmail.com
Website: www.kamvaleyfiddlers.ca

Kam Valley teaches young violin students traditional and contemporary Canadian fiddle music. This genre has its roots in the traditional tunes brought to Canada by early pioneers principally from Scotland and Ireland. KVF meets Monday evenings September-June at Westgate High School and welcomes young musicians with one-two years Suzuki or traditional violin experience. Our website has a wealth of information. Since some of our current youngsters are home-schooled, they are available to demonstrate their skills during regular school hours.

Northern Woodlands Ojibway Drum & Dance Group*

Contact: Dave Simard

Tel: (807) 472-9641
Email: nwodancegroup@gmail.com

Northern Woodlands Ojibway Drum & Dance Group provide both drum and dance presentation for educational programs and cross cultural training for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses, groups and organizations. The have performed at various special events, concerts, fundraisers, conferences and youth activities to raise awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles of the First Nations people.

Northern Woodlands Ojibway Drum & Dance Group can be found on Facebook & Myspace.

For more information, e-mail nwodancegroup@gmail.com or call (807) 473-9641.

Raag-Rung Music Circle

Non-profit Est. 1983

Contact: Dr. Inderjit Nirdosh

494 Ryerson Crescent
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 5R8
Email: raag-rungmusiccircle@shaw.ca

Our mission is to educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts by providing performances of an artistic nature in public places. In this regard, we arrange two to three East Indian classical music and dance concerts by world-renowned and legendary artists. We also arrange performances by Canadian artists of all descents. Indian vegetarian snacks are an integral part of our concerts.

Susan’s Kindermusik of Thunder Bay

Canada’s First Kindermusik Studio
Commercial Est. 1986

Contact: Susan (Sutherland) Richards, HBMus, BA, BEd, RMT, As. Mus. Ped, Master Educator and Director

c/o 5085 John Street Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7G 1M7
Tel: (807) 345-4552
Email: hello@susans.ca
Website: www.susans.ca

A powerful way to bond with your child or grandchild through musical play! Music classes featuring singing, dancing, creative movement, listening and playing instruments for children ages newborn to 7. Children’s Choir (Miss Susan’s Marvelous Music Makers) ages 8-12 years. Private Piano lessons ages 7 and up.

Gentlemen of Harmony*

Non-profit Est. 1974

Contact: Nick Kozak – Public Relations

47 Oak Avenue
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 4V8
Tel: (807) 767-5598
Fax: (807) 767-5598
Email: Use website contact form to get in touch for updates

A fraternal, educational and charitable organization that makes community service a vital part of their chorus and quartets. We do “sing outs” in Churches, seniors centers, nursing homes, hospitals, clubs and non-profit organizations.

Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra*

Non-profit Est. 1965

Contact: Tom Cosbey, Music Director and Conductor
Email: tcosbey@gmail.com

The Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra (TBSYO) is a registered non-profit charitable performing group of amateur high school/post-secondary age musicians from Thunder Bay who perform a wide range of symphonic, classical and popular music. Performances include: TBSO Family Christmas, school and community concerts, and regional tours.







Visual Arts

Ahnisnabae Art Gallery*

Commercial Est. 2005

Contact: Louise Thomas

Gallery Location:
7-1500 James Street S.
Mount McKay Place
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E 6N7

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 32004
572 Arthur Street W.
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E 5R0

Email: louisethomas@ahnisnabae-art.com
Website: www.ahnisnabae-art.com

Summer Hours
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11 – 6 PM, Saturday 12 – 5 PM

Ahnisnabae Art Gallery was first founded in 1997 as Ahnisnabae Art and in 2005 added Gallery, now known as Ahnisnabae Art Gallery, meaning “Nice People’s Art”. We are Thunder Bay’s premier native art/craft gallery that specializes in authentic quality work from local and regional artists.

My inspiration to open a Native gallery came from my Late husband Roy Thomas, who painted out of this studio for many years. My inspiration was “there is a need in Thunder Bay to have a Native art gallery to promote Roy’s art but also to promote other First Nations artists artwork”. Ahnisnabae Art Gallery is a home base where artists can display their artwork. The gallery also promotes our youth artists and also displays their works for sale. For more information, or to book an appointment, contact Louise Thomas.

.:. DIE .:. ACTIVE .:. art collective

Non-Profit Est. 2009

Contact: Lora Northway, Community/Youth Outreach Administrator

Definitely Superior Art Gallery
Tel: (807) 344-3814
Email: loradefsup@hotmail.com

On-going throughout the summer, the Die Active Art Collective is aimed at mentoring and supporting young artists while creating unique and contemporary murals and publications. Its purpose is to mentor emerging artists on the artist-run model of working as a collective by encouraging them to bring a practical collective project to fruition. The collective involves 500 youth, ages 14-30ish and is always accepting new members. Each summer they complete a series of Free Art Workshops, studio visits, exhibitions, graffiti walls, performances and events. All parts of the program are guided by Definitely Superior Art Gallery.

The Die Active program fills a gap in the arts community in terms of youth art education and youth community involvement. This is a new initiative for young artists who show aptitude and initiative to be future leaders in the arts. #dieactive #youngblood

To join Die Active or receive more information:
Send an email to loradefsup@hotmail.com or join the Die Active Art Collective group page on Facebook.


Non-Profit Est. 2013

Contact: Lora Northway, Community/Youth Outreach Administrator

Definitely Superior Art Gallery
Tel: (807) 344-3814
Email: loradefsup@hotmail.com


A fresh new program for aboriginal youth ─ free art workshops, led by emerging and Aboriginal artists!
Each fall Neechee Studio delivers monthly varied art workshops that culminate in an online exhibition, a live exhibition and a publication. Aboriginal youth from all communities (ages 14-30) are welcome to register ─ join Neechee Studio’s facebook group, or email: neecheestudio@gmail.com and then come to the workshops!
Neechee Studio aims to empower the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal youth through artistic expression. The free art workshops are a presentation of Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s Die Active Art Collective, with essential support provided by the RCMP, the Regional Multicultural Youth Council (RMYC), Dennis Franklin Cromarty (DFC) High School, Matawa First Nations and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN).

Workshops are drop in style and are held at Definitely Superior Art Gallery. Come to as many as you like, stay the whole time or just stop in; free food and transportation provided!

Live too far away or can’t make it to the workshops? Share your art on Instagram, Facebook or by Email instead! Instagram #neecheestudio, join the Neechee Facebook group or email art to neecheestudio@gmail.com.

For additional INFO about Neechee Studio, please contact: neecheestudio@gmail.com

Head of the Lakes Weavers Guild

Non-profit Est. 1996

Contact: Lynn Landry-Rody

(Studio Address)
426 E. Victoria Avenue
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 1A5
Tel: (807) 626-9023
Email: threadsntime@shaw.ca
Website: www.threadsntimeweaving.com

Hours: Monday – Friday 11 AM – 5 PM
Saturday – 10 AM – 4 PM

Head of the Lakes Weavers Guild was established to make resources available to persons interested in learning about weaving cloth. Resources such as: trade magazines, educational videos, text books, oral information, weaving equipment and supplies are available for your perusal at the studio during shop hours. We now also have information on spinning, needle felting and beading.

Lake Superior Art Gallery & Framing Centre

Commercial Est. 2008

Contact: JP Fraser

605 Victoria Avenue E.
Tel: (807) 627-0656
Email: info@lakesuperiorartgallery.com
Website: www.lakesuperiorartgallery.com

Lake Superior Art Gallery is located in one of Thunder Bay’s heritage buildings, the F.W. Woolworth building, located at 605 Victoria Avenue E.

The gallery role is to display visual art from around the Lake Superior region with a primary goal of providing a venue for regional visual artists to display and sell their artwork.

Artwork will also be available for sale to the international market through Lake Superior Store. We have been selling artworks on Lake Superior Store for over 5 years.

Lakehead Visual Arts

Est. 1953

Contact: Pat Izsak, President

Tel: (807) 475-3587
Email: izsakp@shaw.ca

Lakehead Visual Arts is Thunder Bay’s longest running art club. We encourage and stimulate interest, awareness and understanding of visual art in the community of Thunder Bay. Various venues exhibit works by over 30 local artists in the mediums of watercolor, oil, acrylic, printmaking, carving and mixed media.

North of Superior Film Association

Non-profit Est. 1992

Contact: Marty Mascarin, President

1100 Memorial Avenue
Suite 352
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 4A3
Tel: (807) 625-5450
Email: info@nosfa.ca
Website: http://www.nosfa.ca/

NOSFA is a volunteer operated film society that presents international and Canadian films not seen regularly in commercial theatres. Films are screened on a monthly basis. NOSFA supports local film initiatives, holds annual benefit screenings in support of other community groups and presents cash awards for the top films in the graduating class of the Confederation College Film Production department. A season highlight is the Northwest Filmfest, traditionally held in late March. NOSFA is a member of The Film Circuit, an organization that procures films and oversees the activities of over 200 film societies across Canada.

Painted Turtle Art Shop & Gallery*

Commercial Est. 1983

Contact: Lorraine Cull | Angie Jensen

4 Balsam St.
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 5M7
Email: info@paintedturtleart.com
Website: www.paintedturtleart.com

The Painted Turtle Art Shop is a local supplier of Creative and Fine Art materials including eco-friendly products. The store offers a variety of workshops and classes throughout the years as well as continuing to provide traditional as well as newly developed supplies, excellent customer service and expert advice. A variety of workshops and classes are available. Take a scheduled class or ask for a customized program to suit your needs. Check our web site for our Artist in Residence program and schedule. The Turtle Girls make jewellery, cards, hand-made spa products and mixed media work.

Satellite Studio Artist Collective (SSAC)

Commercial Est. 2012

Contact: Carol Kajorinne

12A St. Paul Street, Thunder Bay
Tel: (807) 708-4612
Email: ckajorin@lakeheadu.ca
Website: http://www.facebook.com/SatelliteStudio | http://carolkajorinne.blogspot.com

Satellite Studio Artist Collective is an art studio and education centre directed by Carol Kajorinne. By pooling resources together, SSAC creates a space for inventive possibilities, imagination and experimentation along with transfer of knowledge, skills and technologies.

Carol offers flexible, integrated, cross-curricular lesson plans adapted from the Ontario Curriculum. She has designed and led programs focusing on wearable art, small-scale sculptures, sewing, mixed-media drawing, painting, collage, assemblages, and music. Carol has experience instructing small and large groups, and has amassed a variety of instructional techniques rooted in the visual and performing arts. Satellite Studio Artist Collective and its members work closely with CAHEP, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, the BBAC, the City of Thunder Bay, Willow Springs and the Painted Turtle.

Thunder Bay Potters Guild*

Non-profit Est. 1976

Contact: Trudy Jamieson

Tel: (807) 344-7897
Email: trudy.jamieson@shaw.ca
Website: www.tbpottersguild.jimdo.com

The Thunder Bay Potters’ Guild was formed to provide information and support to anyone interested in working with, or learning about pottery. We hold regular workshops, sales and meetings for members and the public.

Thunder Bay Quilters Guild

Non-profit Est. 1981

Contact: Sharon Melville, President

1100C Memorial Avenue
Suite 213
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 4A3
Website: www.thunderbayquilters.org

The Thunder Bay Quilters Guild has over 150 members who share a love of quilting and fabrics. The guild boasts many well-known and award winning quilters. We also have a mentor program so experienced quilters are always available to help others with a problem/question. We meet every third Monday (September to June) at the Calvary Lutheran Church, 1820 Donald Street East at 7:00 p.m. The guild organizes many workshops and regularly brings in guest Quilters from all across Canada. Our Quilt Bees and Placemat Bees are held a couple of times a year where comfort quilts and placemats are made and distributed to many community organizations.

The Superior Quilt Show is held every other spring.

Thunderstone Pictures*

Commercial Est. 2006

Contact: Michelle Derosier

Tel: (807) 683-0671
Email: info@thunderstonepictures.com
Website: www.thunderstonepictures.com

Thunderstone Pictures is an award-winning film production house located in Thunder Bay, ON, that makes drama, documentary and educational films. Our focus is on projects that are designed to create social change or that center on health-care issues, First Nations stories, wilderness/remote location projects and Northern issues. Thunderstone also collaborates with National broadcasters, other film production companies and artists of all forms.

Vintage Pixie Studio

Commercial Est. 2011

Contact: Leslie Bailey

132 Cumming Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7C 1N7
Tel: (807) 622-9627
Email: vintagepixiestudio@gmail.com
Website: www.vintagepixiestudio.com
Blog: vintagepixiestudio.blogspot.com

Artist Leslie Bailey designs and creates OOAK art dolls or figurative art in soft sculpture, polymer clay, epoxy and paperclay. She also creates unique mosaic windows and sculptures, upcycled and mixed media art, vintage inspired home decor and funky jewelry and home accessories. She combines her own work with her passion for everything vintage at Vintage Pixie Studio. As well Leslie offers do it yourself workshops where she shares her techniques and expertise with students, as they create their own treasures.

Willow Springs Creative Centre

Est. 2006

Contact: Judi Vinni

10160 Mapleward Road
RR #1
Kaministiquia, Ontario P0T 1X0
Tel: (807) 768-1336
Fax: (807) 768-1336
Email: willowsprings@tbaytel.net
Website: www.willowsprings.ca

Willow Springs Creative Centre’s mission is to promote growth through creative expression and community development. We offer inclusive, customized art and gardening programs for organizations, school classes or community group. 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. Our art programming is designed to meet our participants’ needs. We often incorporate nature crafts, willow construction, garden art and various forms of painting into our programming.