Culture Days

Sun Life Financial Share Your Love of Culture Contest

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER!

Teena Teena Dickerson of Delburne, Alberta, volunteer founder of the Red Deer Hospital Art Cart Program is the winner of the Sun Life Financial Share Your Love of Culture contest! Teena selected the Art Cart program at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, where she initiated the unique and powerful art program for long-term care patients to receive the $5,000 donation prize courtesy of Sun Life Financial. For her winning entry, Teena gets an all-expenses paid 3-day getaway to a Fairmont Hotel & Resort in Canada of her choice. Teena had this to say about the Art Cart program:

“I started the art cart program because my late-husband had cancer and during treatments, we would make little art projects to help distract both of us. What we found was that the projects didn't just make us happier but also became fun for our neighbours in treatment and the staff in the chemotherapy room. When we made art, people talked about the project instead of sickness; it brought a moment of reprise during a time of fear and pain.”

What a moving testament to how art can transform lives!

To see Teena's winning entry, click here.

Thank you to all the entrants!

Check out the hundreds of amazing entries from across the country below.

Entry Showcase

I support arts and culture by…

I support arts and culture by ... respecting artists for having the discipline and commitment it takes to pursue and achieve excellence. I attend concerts and festivals on a regular basis, shop locally, and fully engage in cultural activities. I have studied music, been a volunteer, donated funds, and worked as an artisan and arts administrator. These experiences have given me a greater appreciation for the arts and a meaningful way to connect with others. I continually explore traditional and contemporary art forms and will forever be a student, advocate, patron and supporter of arts and culture.

by Brenda P., Edmonton, AB

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I established a trust fund to honor the memory of my son Henry ‘Luke’ Rachwalski. Luke and his band mates set out in late 2013 from Victoria to pursue their dream to make it in the Montreal music scene. However, a fire in the bands apartment building took Luke’s life on January 10, 2014, and we lost a beautiful soul. To honour his memory, the Rachwalski family, is collaborating with the Victoria Conservatory of Music to raise funds for young musicians who otherwise do not have the opportunity or means to pursue their musical dreams. The event is "LukeFest".

by Maurice R., Victoria, BC

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We are members of our local art gallery; our oldest daughter loves to take PD Day classes there. Art and art history are integral parts of our home school curriculum. We love to pop into the art gallery to see the new exhibits and local artists' work. My wife accompanies a community choir to create local culture. We love to listen to concerts. Our oldest daughter is enrolled in piano lessons and participates yearly in the Rotary Festival of Music. We plan to do the same with our younger two children as well.

by Shaun M., Woodstock, ON

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Been involved with local history since the 1980s. Started with personal family history research, president of local genealogy group, community museum worker for 15+ years - earned Certificate in Museum Studies. Now a volunteer president of charitable organization that preserves a heritage building (built 1887) and the history of the community in which it sits - involved with all facets - event planning & implementation, policy, newsletter author, fundraising. I believe "Preserving the past is best done by sharing the past, not leaving it in the hands of a few"

by Carol S., Irondale, ON

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I am from the punjabi descent and am a part of the Regina Punjabi Association. This association celebrates, promotes, and educates the regina and Saskatchewan community of the punjabi culture. Since I was 5 years old I have been performing different punjabi dances such an bhanhra and gidja on various events in Saskatchewan. I am involved with the Sikh community as well I have learned how to sing and play the harmonium and perform multiple times throughout the year. My culture is very important to me and I love making people fall in love with it as well!

by karen d., regina, SK

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I am a singer in the Kokopelli Choir association for the past 15 years. We perform for many audience members throughout the year. I support them in fundraising activities for the organization itself and for raising money to bring members to Canada from Africa from our sister choir in Namibia. I also attend many summer activities such as the Fringe, street festival, art walk and donate money when I can. Love the arts and culture here in Edmonton. One of the best around!

by Anita R., Edmonton, AB

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I have been volunteering with the Atlantic Film Festival since 1998. I am so proud of my city and this wonderful festival that celebrates Canadian film, showcases local talent and screens hundreds of films from all over the world. I have taken down staging at 3 AM in the rain after an opening gala. I have given clothes to a visiting Australian producer after Air Canada lost her luggage. I have even worn a "Franklyn the Turtle" mascot suit for the Viewfinders portion of the Festival (for kids) and had about 100 five years old jump on me.

by Shelagh M., Halifax, NS

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I am a theatre and choir junkie and it’s wearing off on my children! We have been enjoying Bard on the Beach and follow Chor Leoni throughout the concert season for years and now as our children are growing up they too are getting involved in the arts community. We have become family members of the Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society and now we all are actively involved in the production from prop design, like Rudolph’s glowing nose, to singing, dancing, painting sets and parade floats! It’s a family thing! I am thankful for chance to watch my children explore the arts have the chance to showcase their talents within the safe and nurturing theatre environment of FVGSS.

by Ann M., Delta, BC

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Having suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune, or at least the pain of a broken marriage, it was Community Theatre that saved my life. Coaxed to audition, I began to find self worth, gain skills and to feel valuable again. I made new friends and shared this passion with my young daughter. Since then, I have given it my all, as director, producer, actor, and costumer, set designer, painter and playwright. I volunteer and market for three groups. As Education Officer with ACT-CO, I promote the arts wherever I go, even in line at Tim Horton's!

by Pamela N., Erin, ON

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I am an artist who works with acrylic paint on canvas. I have used my art to describe the experience of losing my brother to suicide, self-published a graphic novel about my experience and used my artwork to help others in my community that have gone through similar experiences. I have supported the art and cultured by volunteering in various art organizations such as Arts for Children and Youth and Covenant House helping at-risk and homeless youth through art. I hope to continue to pursue my passion of mixing art with helping others.

by Amanda B., Brampton , ON

I support arts and culture by…

My 8 year old son and I travel quite regularly to a local model railway museum. We love seeing the engines and spending time perusing the museum. My son loves to learn and travel to many museums in our area. We also attend any art fairs that we have close to home so that he can get a taste of the culture and expression that you can only find within art.

by Angie W., Palmerston, ON

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Our town has 2000 people. A former teacher from Pilot Butte, Wendy Erratt, a true life long learner has opened (with her sister, Kelly Haas) Blue Rooster Cafe & Studio. The cafe serves wonderful homemade food, but they are helping the arts grow in Pilot Butte. They offer classes for ALL age groups. People come from Regina to take these classes. Some classes taught: moccasin making, crafts for kids, painting for kids, mosaics and probably many more. This week Wendy was the resident artist at the Regina Public Libray.

by Barbara E., Pilot Butte, SK

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Arts and Culture is a way of life for me. I honour that I am apart of a ceremony every minute of the day. The life I choose to support and love unconditionally is the Anishinaabe way of living. I choose to live a healthy lifestyle by following Anishinaabe teachings by spreading love, truth, honesty, wisdom, respect, humility, and bravery. That's the best way to support arts and culture, is being the creator of the way you choose to live.

by Nathalie R., Dokis First Nation, ON

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As a father and an artist I support the arts by engaging my child in artistic and creatively engaging activities. By going to the Winnipeg Art gallery, going to openings and above all making art myself and with my child. I think the arts are important for development and creating a strong mind. It allows a person to go beyond the mainstream, the ordinary, the linear and above all allows room for imagination.

by Shaun M., Arnes, MB

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I am proud to say that I have been supporting Arts and Culture in the NCR for more than 20 years, dancing in numerous festivals and multiculcural events as a member of folklore dances groups featuring of Peru and Venezuela. By doing so we have contributed to raising funds for good causes in benefit of our communities, raising awareness of the importance of valuing diversity as the cornerstone of peacebuilding.

by Carmen C., Ottawa, ON

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Myself and my brother have created works of art as invited Snow, Ice and Wood carvers since 1985 as Canada's representatives during national and international carving events. These events have been held in Canada, U.S.A. and Europe. Our personal honor so far is that we have represented Canada during the past 16 Ottawa's Winterlude International Ice Carving events. We have also directed and produced an International Ice and Snow carving competition in London from 1996 to 2008. My tree trunk chainsaw carvings have been featured as part of London's Tree Trunk Tour for our cities neighbors/visitors to admire and enjoy.

by (Ted) Edward C, H., London, ON

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I support Arts and Culture through volunteering and encouraging my family to volunteer, attending performances, donating money and checking out the local exhibitions galleries and museums. I love visiting Rodman Hall and attending Strutt. My daughter volunteers with Carousel Players each year and we give what we can to Shaw. The Niagara Region is blessed to house some truly amazing talent; artists like Sandy Middleton, Drea Smits, and Julie Snyder. Musicians and bands like King and Academy. Crafters like Oscar and Sophia. I am looking forward to Culture Days and helping Arts and Culture thrive in Niagara.

by Sandra B., St. Catharines, ON

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I support many Moose Jaw cultural programs. I teach piano to underprivileged children and volunteer at the annual music festival. I am a founding board member, former secretary and volunteer coordinator of RuBarb Productions, a non-profit theatre group. I am on the Moose Jaw Library Board and volunteer with Friends of the Library, a group which raises funds for the local library. I am a previous volunteer, board member and past president for the Festival of Words, an annual literary festival. I participate in a community choir and play the piano for church services at senior's homes.

by Gayle J., Moose Jaw, SK

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I have been involved with the KIndersley Players ( an adult drama group) for over 20 years as an actor and director.. I have been on the Kindersley and District Arts Council board for five years . We bring in acts from all over Canada as part of our Stars for Saskatchewan series every year. I have started Kindersley Screen Arts this year and we will be working with TIFF to bring in films to our town. I am also on the Community Centre Board which holds most of our cultural events. I love the arts!

by Judy L., Kindersley, SK

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For the last 13 years, I've volunteered for the Vancouver International Film Festival for several weeks each summer, previewing submitted films for the Canadian Images Section of the festival with the goal of finding Canadian cinematic gems. In my day job, I work as a children's librarian for our local library system, introducing children and their families to amazing works of writing and illustration in books and sharing favourite songs in storytime, and also facilitating book club and writing group sessions! Lastly, I study voice, ukulele, piano, and songwriting in my spare time - when I'm not reading of course!

by nicole b., vancouver, BC

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I dedicate my time volunteering as an artist assistant, videographer, and photographer for numerous Free Style Chinese painting and Belly dancing workshops each year during Culture Days, the Maritime Festival, and other local art events. I started learning Chinese painting when I was 7 and have had several group exhibitions since 2006. I enjoyed how Chinese painting gave me a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture. I also love creative arts and was an active participant in the Richmond Art Gallery Artist Trading Cards sessions. My binders are filled with my creative collections and awesome art creations from other artists.

by Hazel C., Richmond, BC

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In Winnipeg, we're truly blessed, and commit to our Artists who are the best! With subscriptions, donations, we actively attend - theatre, art, dance, readings, music, - and we often bring a friend. We volunteer on arts boards and at fundraisers do our part; buying bags and hats and clothing proudly proclaiming each Company's art! We promote, poster and Facebook; are movie extras, act, stage manage, dance and sing. Culture is our heart and soul - it's our life thing!

by Karen H., Winnipeg, MB

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I own and operate a contemporary art gallery. We help support 40 + Canadian artists from across the country. Although we are a commercial gallery, we reserve 20% of exhibition time and space for non-commercial exhibition. including new media, installations and experimental performance. We actively seek opportunities for artists throughout North America. In addition we contribute about 10% of our gross earning to support artists and cultural institutions.

by Howard G., Winnipeg, MB

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I am a proud Anishinaabe young women in University. I support my culture's arts by dancing at powwows every weekend and hand beading works of arts for family and friends. Now I wake up every morning, thanking the Great Spirit for this life and Ojibwe blood.

by Ashley C., Grafton, ON

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I support arts and culture through the eyes& ears of the children. I have been working in my community for the past 7 years learning from the elders and teaching the youth our traditional arts, through our Tahltan peoples language, beading, drum making, regalia and button blanket making. I find great peace in knowing that my children will be able to share the beautiful arts of our people and appreciate their history.

by Sonia D., Dease Lake , BC

I support arts and culture by…

I lead the music at Jasper Lutheran Church. I play old rock n roll at jams and open-mic nights. My feature stories on travel / culture are published nationally and internationally (print & internet). I take and publish photos for "happenings" in Jasper, including those at Culture Days, short film festival, art gallery. I attend and record concerts by community choir and visiting bands. I've won three creative writing contests. In a past lives, I was in community theatre and an a cappella group. I've done a lot of work for and with Jasper Community Habitat for the Arts.

by Stephen A. N., Jasper, AB

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I founded "KickDrum", an organization helping foster vibrant communities for Montréal's independent cafés and artists. We create countless opportunities for musicians and artists to gain local exposure and make an income, through live events, exhibits, consulting, content creation, and referrals. As a board member of the Yellow Door, a non-profit community organization, I introduced a weekly songwriters' workshop, which aims to connect artists and tackle social isolation in the city through discussions on the many intricacies of the songwriting process. I've also helped fundraise and volunteer for numerous community organizations looking to increase music education in the city!

by Josh S., Montréal, QC

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I support arts and culture in my community by first and foremost sending all three of my children to college and university in the arts program. Artistic creativity starts at home! I also go to many outdoor, shows and markets in and around my area of Montreal. Summer is not over until I attend Shakespeare in the Park by our very own Repercussion Theatre. This year they did Twelfth Night (or what you will) and it was amazing. I love to see these young actors spouting 14th century Shakespeare speak. I also attend community theatre as often as I can.

by Ann B., Dorval, QC

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First of all we are 'buyers'. We buy art, we attend theatre, we go to music nights. And then we host. Living remotely, as many of us do in Alberta, we find that offering space for artists to come and entertain us, engage and leave us with a richer appreciation for all kinds of art forms is not only possible but necessary. When we travel we look for more artists to build partnerships with. We use all the tools we have at our disposal to link artists to possibilities. Because without art lose a way of looking at the world.

by Marianne G., Jasper, AB

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I support Arts and Culture by volunteering on several Arts organization committees in my community, I help run an artist collective in my city's Art's District, I am an Artist who loves to connect, engage and inspire creativity in other artists and anyone! I teach workshops, donate my time helping spread the word about Arts and Culture in my community via social media sharing, and attending and creating Art events.

by Patti A., Orillia, ON

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I live in a small community - we were once a thriving resource mecca, but have since had to redefine our identity with the closure of industry. Suddenly, we discover that we have a plethora of artists. From quilting design, stained glass, jewelry and weaving, to photographers, painters, singers and dancers. I dream of a community cultural center where these amazingly talented people come together to share visions and grow a new cultural economy. Where we can nurture nature and celebrate the beauty that is our home. I am working on plans to achieve that dream!

by Monica d., Dalhousie, NB

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When I moved back to my hometown of Saskatoon from Edmonton (Via Baltimore MD) after twelve years away, I was eager to get back into the Ukrainian community. Growing up in Saskatoon I didn't appreciate how vibrant the Ukrainian community was because I was such a big part of it. Baltimore had a Ukrainian community as did Edmonton, but I found something missing. I support Arts and Culture by volunteering on the Vesna Board. It is a challenge to keep this 43 year old festival going, because of finances, but I give my 110-percent to trying.

by Carla S., Saskatoon , SK

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I am Metis and last year the Mid Island Metis and the beading group were able to showcase our people’s heritage which included food and culture for the people of Nanaimo at the Diana Krall Centre. The beading group sat with us and beaded. I made fry bread and taught people how to finger weave. The biggest draw to this event was our elder Mike, he set up a display which included a teepee and relics from the 180o’s early 1900’s of Metis culture. I can’t wait to attend this event this year. This is how I celebrate culture days.

by Brenda H., Nanaimo , BC

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Je donne accès à mon atelier afin de faire connaître le pastel comme médium pour peindre. Je coordonne l'organisation d'activités dans le cadre des Journées de la Culture. Je suis membre du comité Arts et Culture de ma municipalité. La municipalité a adopté une politique culturelle que nous avons proposé. Nous avons récemment proposé un projet de plan d'action qui devrait être adopét sous peu par la municipalité Je suis membre du comité culturel de la MRC.

by Aline M., Lac-aux-Sables, QC

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My name is Johanna Westby, and I live in Sudbury, Ontario. I am a part-time instructor of Art & Design and Graphic Design at Cambrian College. I am an advocate for historic and current cultural influences in art, and encourage artistic creativity in my students. Perhaps the way I am most active as a proponent for Art and Design is my voluntary leadership in annual mural projects. I have coordinated Cambrian College Art & Design students and alumni in creating four (to date) vibrant, large-scale, philanthropic murals. Each illustrates an engaging visual, creating positive inspiration and energy in the community.

by Johanna W., Garson, ON

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I belong to the Camrose historical Museum. There is a museum, tea shop and gift shop there as well as beautiful gardens. for kids there is miniature working trains and well as larger ride on trains and a playground. Part of the mandate is to teach people about the history of the railway in Canada. This year we put on a play about the life of Sir William McKenzie, founder of the Canadian Northern Railway. I played his wife. Members of his family came down to watch. It was enjoyed by all.

by Valerie S., Camrose, AB

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Now that we're empty nesters my husband and I love to attend the many Theatre options available in Calgary. Extra time has allowed me to give painting a try as I attend Paint Nights with friends. But my greatest joy has become singing four part harmonies with a choral group. All the stresses of the day are sidelined when you're trying to match chords and creating a sound with a group of wonderful ladies. The group incorporates dance moves and characterization into their performances - I'm amazed at all I've learned.

by Kathy H., Calgary, AB

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I have been supporting our local Ukrainian Dance group since its inception about 1992. I have held positions in the executive for several years and have always been the groups costumer. Even after my own children have finished dancing I remain as a consultant and help with whatever I can. Two of my children have gone on to promote their heritage, one by becoming an instructor/choreographer and the other a feature dancer with Shumka in Edmonton . I love Ukrainian dance and intend to keep promoting in the future.

by Maureen W., Nipawin, SK

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I grew up in a family who was always in support of local arts and culture, now I try doing this myself in my day to day life. I support local arts and culture by participating in community theatre shows, seeing community theatre, attending art shows etc, but mainly immersing myself in local theatre as much as I can. I support my local theatre community because I think theatre is a beautiful thing, it brings people together (cast/crew/audience) and is an amazing form of art that leaves an audience with an endless array of emotions, and hopefully wanting more.

by Talia R., Windsor, ON

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I am a drama teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Courtice, Ontario. At my school we offer a Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture. We have many graduates who are successful in this program. It is our mission at the school to encourage students to not only appreciate arts and culture but to realize their potential in working within the arts and culture sector. Arts and Culture are crucial for our local community and for Canada on the international scene. I have the unique opportunity to see these young artists grow. Thank you.

by Elizabeth R., Cobourg, ON

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My family are great arts and culture lovers! My husband, daughters and I all volunteer regularly with our local non-profit theatre company, RuBarb Productions Inc., in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I am on the volunteer Board and help with costuming, my daughters perform and my husband operates spotlight. Even my parents have gotten involved in volunteering - it has become a great way to spend family time and give back to our community. We also attend many performances at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre and other cultural events in our community such as Park Art and Festival of Words.

by Amanda Z., Moose Jaw, YT

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I believe that the arts can be a very positive thing for the poor. I grew up in a poor family, but my grandmother started taking me to cultural events from the age of 5, when I went to see the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. It was pure magic for me! I have seen theatre in local schools, took piano lessons, choirs, chamber music, museums, art galleries, free street theatre, dance of every kind, and started painting 20 years ago. My twitter tries to link anti-poverty & the Arts groups. It made a difference in my life!

by Cheryl H., Pemberton, BC

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I volunteer my time and talent to our local theatre community in Fort McMurray, Alberta. One of the biggest shows we ever created was "Hometown the Musical". I co-wrote and directed the play which starred over 120 community performers including our Mayor! The play was based on the history, life, and challenges of our bustling community. It was fun, full of life, and brought the entire city together in celebration.

by Michael B., Fort McMurray, AB

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I often attend vernissages and live art nights put on by unknown artists around Montreal. I love to volunteer my time transporting equipment and setting up installations for photographers/musicians/artists/actors. I also enjoy keeping up with the new expositions in the Montreal museums! I love the fringe theatre and the smaller musical/ artistic venues around Montreal!

by Sara L., Brossard, QC

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I am a member of A Little Night Music Orchestra, an adult volunteer community orchestra based in Kerrisdale, Vancouver. Our mandate is to support music education in schools and to provide rehearsal venues for secondary and post-secondary students who plan professional careers in music. We offer three free public concerts annually at Magee Secondary School, in collaboration with the Magee music programs. Our administration is entirely staffed by volunteer orchestra members. Additional information is available on our website: www.alnm.ca.

by Marjorie Y., Vancouver B.C., BC

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I am a freelance artist that takes inspiration from Canadian plants and nature, along with the amazingly diverse culture around me. Going to national parks and enjoying Canadian galleries was important to my parents to show to me as a child. For 4 years straight I have donated an original painting to an art auction that the Calgary Comic Expo puts on, where the proceeds are donated to the make-a-wish foundation. I also have volunteered at a local high school to teach painting for the next generation. I like to support other local artists and create for local businesses.

by Kate D., Calgary, AB

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I regularly support local music festivals, especially our home town's annual festival, the Larlee Creek Hullabaloo. This "Little Festival that Could" has been a wonderful venue for maritime musicians (and artists) to show off their talents and for people to gather and enjoy the local flavour. Heidi and her "Hullaba-crew" have often struggled financially to keep this festival going, but each year faithful fans (like me) encourage them to try again, so they persevere, and in 2015 they celebrated the eighth annual event. Any financial support is much needed and appreciated.

by Karen G., Perth-Andover, NB

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I support arts and culture by volunteering my time and talent to make costumes for the Get Bent Active Arts Society. GBAAS dancers spend months learning techniques and choreography to perform in cities across the province to raise money for youth scholarships and the GBAAS Esteem team. The Esteem Team travels to schools and shares their message or positivity with kids.

by Cindy G., Penticton, BC

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We've always loved painting, drawing and appreciating art galleries, especially supporting locals. We've recently found a new home to create together as a family at Rumble House Art in Calgary where people of all talents, age and backgrounds come together for Art Rumbles on Wednesday evenings. In two hours artists create and then have a chance to auction off their work at the end of the night. Fabulous pieces can be found for as little as $2! I can't believe how much fun we have!

by Angela S., Calgary, AB

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I am happy to say that we are proud members of Suzart Musical Theatre Productions. As a family we have directed, performed, built and designed sets, musical directed, done hair and make-up design, made costumes, designed posters, done hospitality, props design, stage managed and several other theatre related duties. We have served on committee's and participated in retreats all with the goal of helping this community theatre company thrive and succeed. Our daughter was the youth director on the board of directors. We have worked with several local theatre companies and give our time to help them succeed!

by Ellen S., Stittsville, ON

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I support arts and cultural events in my area. Specifically, there is a local group of Artists in Weyburn area that have started an "Art Farm" where they encourage all types of art and then have a day for all to attend and enjoy while being educated on all various forms of Art. I promote this through facebook and by speaking to family and friends, and by attending the event myself. This Art Farm also has an Backyard Armchair Fusion Concert. I also visit our local library where various artists display their paintings and forms of art.

by Beth G., WEYBURN, SK

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I live in London, Ontario and we have a vibrant arts community. I have season tickets to The Grand Theatre productions and admire & enjoy the first rate productions offered. I am also a volunteer and former coordinator of the London Lesbian Film Festival, which has run every year since 1992 in London, providing an opportunity for shared common culture and celebration. London's Victoria Park is the home to a 'festival' every weekend of the summer located in the heart of the downtown.

by Terry H., London, ON

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I support our local Museum by volunteering and serving as the president of the Kimberley District Heritage Society, who operate the Kimberley Heritage Museum. I feel it is imperative to preserve our community's history and have it available for future generations. I have been a Journeyman Carpenter for 40 years and my volunteer work involves maintenance of the exhibit cases, building new cases and overseeing any work done by other tradespeople, as well as serving on the Board of Directors.

by Rod H., Kimberley, BC

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I support arts and culture here in Canada by being involved and enagaged. For me, it can be as simple as patronizing a Canadian film at Vancouver's Pacific Cinematheque or volunteering one's time with an organization like the Vancouver Fringe Festival. When I travel to other places in Canada, I'll try to see what's going on in their cultural scene. I've been able to see art at Edmonton's Art Gallery of Alberta and enjoy musical performances at Quebec City's Festival d'Éte. A community that supports its arts and cultural sector is one that is enriched in so many ways.

by John M., Vancouver , BC

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I support art and culture by bringing art to hospital patients. I am a volunteer in a program that gives art kits to long term care patients. I also visit the patients to talk about art and culture while hanging paintings donated by local artists on the walls of their hospital room. I am an artist myself and I adore chatting with the patients and seeing how caring, creativity, and beauty makes people smile. As a hospital volunteer, sharing and supporting art and culture becomes a meaningful service that touches the hearts of others during a difficult time.

by Teena D., Delburne, AB

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I am a proud Métis citizen from Ontario. I absolutely love learning about the rich heritage of my own family, and of other Indigenous people who live in Canada. My favourite time of the year is summer when I get to attend Pow Wows, participate in traditional ceremonies, hear the glorious sounds of Indigenous singers and drummers, and meet new people from across the country who share in the same pride. This year, I had the honour of learning the smudge ceremony from one of my Elders, and I love sharing the beautiful teachings that he gave me with others!

by Bekki W., Ottawa, ON

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We support local artists as well as East Coast musicians. We kick off our festival week with 'Perth-Andover's Got Talent'; a display of local talent. This year we included 'Lunch in the Park', a show at the Perth-Andover Public Library, our first supper series held at local venues and river cruises. We also have workshops with the artists and an acoustic show held at the Larlee Creek Baptist Church.

by Sadie G., Fredericton, NB

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The title of the contest really caught my attention, because one of the highlights of my job as a high school drama/English teacher is taking my students to the theatre. I love bringing our classroom studies to life by giving kids the opportunity to see and hear Shakespeare and modern drama as it was intended for audiences. I organize annual trips for my students to The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, John Abbott College's theatre program's amazing shows, and The Stratford Festival, which is a real treat. This is my way of sharing my love of culture!

by Sarah D., Williamstown, ON

I support arts and culture by…

I buy local art and not stock art. I visit galleries and art shows whenever possible.

by Donna B., Bowmanville, ON

I support arts and culture by…

I'm a dancer for the Ismaili Muslim Community's Arts and Culture Group. We put on shows to highlight islamic evolution through dance and song. Our latest show called Odyssey brought forward the influences on islam through art, song, and dance. It highlighted pieces from the recently opened Aga Khan Museum in Toronto and featured various dance styles including Chinese fan dancing, Salsa, Bollywood, and Egyptian. I help organize these shows, choreograph dances, and I'm also a lead performer in the pieces. Through this effort, I not only support the arts but also my culture and my community!

by Sanaah D., Burnaby, BC

I support arts and culture by…

By producing it, volunteering, donating and promoting it! I produce Canadian content for Canadian television - supporting local actors, MUAs, videographers, editors etc. As the former Fashion Director for the Saskatoon Fashion & Design Festival (volunteer role) I worked tirelessly to promote the festival with the team to support local designers in our community. I travel across Canada to visit art galleries especially Toronto's Design Exchange and Love Art event - meeting artists that I can promote through blogging/social media - helping promote their amazing work! I feel so lucky to be able work with and know amazing Canadian artists!

by Candace F., Saskatoon, SK

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I support Arts and Culture by regularly attending SIR, MTC, RWB, Fringe Fest, Jazz Fest, Winnipeg Comedy Fest, PTE, WSO, and related events. I also support local arts-related events like Nuit Blanche and help promote these events on social media. I'm a big fan of local artists, and support my friends who are creative (actors, comedians and artists). My husband and I recently fell in love with the artwork of Kal Barteski and purchased a polar bear painting of hers to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. Thanks so much for this chance to win!

by Michelle H., Winnipeg, MB

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I support the Arts and Culture by taking my granddaughter-age 9 to local upcoming events. This is truly educational for her. We attended Brantford Ontario to see Art made by Native Indians which included detailed carvings of Indian totem poles to stunning creations at the art display. We also attended Ohsweken Ontairo where the Six Nations of the Grand River held their 36th Powwow. Not only did we view the Powwow but was able to participate in it. What a great Celebration to see indigenous natives with over 300 dancers and singers. Many interesting shops offering local art and crafts.

by Glenda K., Ingersoll, ON

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I am an artist and I encourage my granddaughters to express themselves in their art works. They live in New Zealand. I sent them an easel ($20 at Ikea and $60 shipping) and provided them with brushes, water colours, markers, colouring pencils and aprons. They are now seven and five and they love painting very much. They enjoy creating greeting cards and love notes for all the family members. I am a member of all art associations in Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton and I attend and try to participate in all the fine art events in the area.

by Ljuba S., oakville, ON

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I support our local Sunshine Coast Film Society by attending events and volunteering. I also enjoy going to the Gibsons Public Art Gallery to view the local artists work.

by Mary M., Gibsons, BC

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Growing up we were always attending concerts and cultural events in Edmonton in the seventies. I still recall my father arriving home from a hard day's work as a tinsmith, relaxing on the carpet in the living room, listening to recordings of classical music. My mother would sit by the radio in the kitchen and darn socks while enjoying CBC Radio broadcasts. As a child I began voice and piano training and studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music for several years. I now pass on my love for music to my children and many students that study with me.

by Birgit S., Spruce Grove, AB

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Étant moi-même artisan-ébéniste, je crée mes propres designs à partir de pièces de bois uniques et différentes qui ne sont que rarement des pièces de première qualité. Je tente de mettre en valeur les caractéristiques uniques qui sont trop souvent classées comme défauts par les producteurs de bois. Je suis aussi administrateur bénévole de la Coop des Arts Visuels et Métiers d'Art de l'outaouais qui encourage le rayonnement des arts visuels et des métiers d'arts de la région.

by Mario G., Gatineau, QC

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In addition to regularly attending arts and cultural events like concerts, plays, art and film festivals, galleries, museums, that are both professional and amateur, I also sponsor opportunities for the children of some of my friends to attend, as their parents don't have enough disposable income to pay for these important learning opportunities. The arts opens up one's mind to help one explore new horizons and strive for something that just may be beyond their grasp, now, but not necessarily, forever. It's important to explore the unknown until it becomes the familiar and then, to start again.

by Norma-Jean A., Vaughan, ON

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I support Arts and Culture in my city in many ways! I volunteer for Project X Theatre; regularly attend Western Canada Theatre, the Kamloops Art Gallery and Kamloops Festival of the Arts. My kids attend Beattie School of the Arts, Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music and Nuance Dance. We volunteer and attend BC Living Arts events and my kids have played instruments and sold original works of art at the Kamloops Farmer's Market. My daughter also plays violin with the Thompson Valley Orchestra and chamber groups in the city. ART IS ALIVE AND WELL IN KAMLOOPS,B.C!

by Anita W., Kamloops, BC

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I support arts and culture by exhibiting my artwork locally, nationally and beyond. On the home front, I volunteer my time to well-deserving institutions and events as well as promote the many shows and openings that deserve attention. My work has been donated to local auctions that encourage and celebrate the arts. I am deeply lucky to teach visual arts to students and adults that often leave me in awe of what can be and is produced by determined local talent. Arts and culture are the lifeblood of a city. Do what you can to keep that heart beating!

by Candace C., St. Catharines, ON

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I believe that Arts and Culture are essential to unite our country and support and advocate for them by having served on the Board for Music Makes Us: Coalition for Music Education and currently on the Board for Doane Uschool for which I organize a ukulele program at John English JMS in Toronto. I frequent museums, musical concerts, the opera, dance and the theatre and support the work of many artists I'm proud to call friends. I'm very involved in the storytelling community as a patron storytelling festivals in St. Marys and Toronto and of SoulOTheatre and its yearly Festival.

by Jane C., Toronto, ON

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attending and spending at community-based events: Farmer’s Market, Car Free Days, Italian Days...I LOVE festivals; taking classes (Painting, Drawing, Ukulele, Dance, Pottery); exhibiting artwork (Anonymous Art Show, Broadway Art Walk, VCON Artshow); volunteering annually (11 years total) at multi-media conventions VCON, Ad Astra and NovaCon (2 years Programming Director for latter); volunteering 5 years with Girl Guides (weekly meetings) helping kids grow culturally through trips to US, Aquarium, Science Centre, theatre, singing, arts/crafts; 5 years promoting Canadian culture by publishing an online magazine and Facebook page featuring women entrepreneurs; past memberships at the Vancouver Aquarium and VanDeusen Garden.

by Cathy W., Vancouver, BC

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A lady, a blues legend in Canada, Georgette Fry, took an idea of starting a women's choir ten years ago in Kingston, Ontario now years later it has grown to over 20 chapters across Ontario with a little over 600 woman and growing. You don't have to audition, be a good singer or read music. You just have to want to sing and be part of a big happy family of women singers. She has turned frowns upside down. Maybe they have problems - sick husband, sick child, but they have a moment to rejoice with others through music

by Carol Q., Hillier, ON

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Irish Dance has become our life in our family. My 2 daughters dance for the Knock School of Irish Dance and our Grande Prairie Society of Irish Dance flies instructors in from Edmonton twice a week to provide instruction. I am the president of this society and have volunteered countless hours to our society along with a fantastic parent group that is dedicated to helping our children become the best dancers they can be! My own to girls have danced at the World Irish Dance Championships and the North American Irish Dance Championships! I am very proud of them all!

by Allison M., County of Grande Prairie, AB

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I support arts and culture by attending events in Ottawa that showcase the many musical talents and foods from countries around the world. I always look forward to attending cultural festivals in Ottawa, because it opens my eyes to the connections that cultures have which bring us together and the differences that make our backgrounds unique. Some of my favourite arts and culture events that I have attended include JazzFest, JamDay and GreekFest.

by Crystal-Lee S., Ottawa, ON

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I love artists and what they give to our community. I work as a community developer and arts funder, and I live as an arts patron and creative-sector advocate. I have a home filled with original art, I attend theatre, concerts and galleries on a regular basis and I explore what my local community has to offer by way of original creations - regularly. When I travel I look for the creative spirit of my host community - where are their dancers, musicians, visual artists? How do they express their culture through the arts? I love the world they share!

by Rebecca C., St. Catharines, NU

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I have donated my time and skills to doing all the Social Media Marketing & Management for both the Haven Society & the Nanaimo Women's Resource Society. Both of these support the community and provide safety and resources for women of all cultures to live in our communities. I also volunteer as a performer for these events and sing to fundraise for them. I have to this date fundraised over $400.00 with CD sales.

by Celeste W., Qualicum Beach, BC

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London has an ever growing and vibrant Arts community. Several local award winning theatre groups like The London Community Players and Theatre Soup. We have some have some of the best festivals in Ontario, including Home County folk Festival, Sunfest, Rocks the Park, and The Fringe festival (theatre), Pride London and The London Lesbian Film Festival. Not to mention many smaller ethnic festivals all held in our beautifully refurbished downtown. My partner and I are season tickets holders to the Grand Theatre which remains a great tradition here in London.

by Phyllis A., London, ON

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I am a volunteer Board Member at Scarborough Arts, the most amazing Not for Profit arts organization in Scarborough, Ontario. I am a member of a hard working team (8 Board Members, 5 full time staff, 1 part time staff, 2 summer students and many other volunteers) who inspire the Scarborough community through arts & cultural programming and events. Scarborough Arts (SA) is currently working towards developing an outdoor sculpture garden, as well as, maintaining current programming, such as, Scarborough's Seniors Write, EAST (youth music program), Kaleidoscope and many others.

by Teresa M., Scarborough, ON

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At the moment, I volunteer at the Koffler Centre for Contemporary Arts at Artscape at their events. The organization and its space are fluid spaces of innovation and curates eye-opening work. This year I'm also participating in a performance piece at Nuit Blanche. In the past I've worked backstage at Les Miserable and for a new musical, The First Wives Club. As a poet and aspiring filmmaker, I do what I can on my spare time to create works of art and contribute to the larger community where I can!

by Sarah K., Toronto, ON

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Fortunate to live in a city with a vibrant and growing cultural landscape, I support culture by volunteering countless hours with NFP arts organizations, and patronizing many emerging and established artists and performing arts companies in the Niagara region. Talking about my enjoyable experiences in social media helps me to spread the word and share culture with others!

by Jennifer W., St. Catharines, ON

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On June 2011 with guidance from Kingston's Aboriginal community, I approached the City of Kingston council to approve an Aboriginal Peoples Month Proclamation and gifted a talking stick to all citizens. I was also honoured to conduct the first every smudge ceremony for the city council on June 2014. I am a member on various community, city and local committees to support and enhance Aboriginal peoples community in Kingston. This includes assisting many municipal, provincial and local organizations connect and promote local Aboriginal people and their gifts they have to share with the

by Paul C., Kingston, ON

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My daughter supports arts and culture by dancing and teaching at her local dance academy. She's been dancing and competing in all types of dance for fourteen years. During the past five years she decided to join the mentorship program and volunteer to assist other teachers, and become a teacher herself. She now loves to share her knowledge and love of dance with all her classes, ages 4 to 10. I love seeing the joy and amazement on their faces when they ask to see her dance and see what they can become if they work hard enough.

by Leona M., Oakbank, MB

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We attend! We attend all types of events, shows, and attractions. We buy! We buy art and pieces created by our Canadian artisans at local art shows, tours, and galleries. We appreciate, and show our children how to consume and appreciate art and culture! We teach! We teach our children to learn...dance, music, theatre and visual arts are a part of their daily lives.

by Diana R., Barrie, ON

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My daughter dances with the Mattierin Irish Dance Troupe, whose recent shows include the Edmonton Heritage Festival, The Celtic Gathering at Fort Edmonton Park, The CN Rail Cultural event, The International Children's Festival and more. They regularly perform with the Wajjo African drummers, providing a truly multicultural experience that is demonstrative of what is means to be Canadian. I'm on the board of the Emerald Isle Dancers' Association, which supports the dancers' costuming and travel, and was a volunteer at our recent Heritage Festival. I'm proud that Alberta produces some of the best Irish Dancers in the world!

by Colleen M., Edmonton, AB

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I am a music teacher in Fort McMurray, AB. I love to share my passion for music with my students! I run a weekly choir and guitar club at my school. There are no auditions because I believe that music should be accessible to all students. This year I am on maternity leave and I will be running a Mommy and Me music program from my home, as well as teaching guitar lessons. I have also been part of 2 major musical productions at Keyano College ("Hometown the Musical" and "Les Miserables") and attend many of the shows.

by Karla P., Fort McMurray, AB

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As a Professional Nanny, as well as a writer, I support the arts in a variety of ways. For close to ten years I have been taking the children under my care to bi-weekly children's concerts at The Kitchener Market featuring Ontario's premier children's entertainer, Erick Traplin. I also partake in a toddler version of Art Innovators on a weekly basis. As a writer, I have published more than 30 articles, and am just about to release my first book. Annually I support the “Side by Side Art Show”, a fundraising art show supporting PLN (Planned Lifetime Networks).

by Melissa M., Kitchener, ON

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As a potter in Saskatoon, I support and participate in many cultural events in the city. I am a member of Clay Studio Three [ a coop of potters], the Saskatoon Potters Guild, Sask Terra, and Pottery Friends. By teaching classes at the potters guild and in schools I have encouraged others in the arts. I am a member of a newly formed art interest group. I attend many exhibitions at the Saskatchewan Craft Council where many local artists display their work. My work has been juried in to several exhibitions. I also regularly attend performances at Persephone Theater.

by Shirley C., Saskatoon, SK

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I love to go to live theater which promotes local performers. I supported Saskatoon summer players in the recent debut of Shrek the musical and then last night I went to the Medieval Feast before seeing Shakespheare's Much Ado about Nothing. (I attach a photo of myself in a group doing a 'belly dance' in a 'made in India' dress (see green/blue dress photo attached). I am also hosting a local Saskatoon author/ educator, Alison Uitti for Culture Days the last weekend in September for her live and interactive presentation on "We Are Treaty People".

by Deborah M., Saskatoon, SK

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I like to attend cultural events in my small home town of St-Leon. Small artists entertain us and they get paid for the evening. Our admission goes towards their pay for the evening of entertainment. It is very fun! Sometimes it is a wine and cheese event, while other times it is a special event like Canada day.

by Jocelyn G., Winnipeg, MB

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I support arts and culture by attending many cultural events (mostly Ukrainian!) around Saskatoon and also, travelling around Canada to attend events. I love to study Ukrainian Culture and get the younger generation involved in learning about it as well. I especially support Ukrainian dance, as it encompasses tradition, history, music, folklore, and dance all in one! This summer alone, I have attended the Canadian National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin Manitoba, and attended an "Ivana Kupalo" event celebrating the summer solstice in Saskatoon. Love supporting dance and cultural learning!

by Sonya H., Saskatoon, SK

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I support arts and culture by attending events. I really enjoy concerts, festivals and Doors Open. I have enjoyed art crawls, Supercrawl, Jane's Walk, and the Juno awards in Hamilton, Sound of Music in Burlington, Doors Open in Burlington, Hamilton and Toronto, and attended the inaugural "no vacancy" art event in Burlington's Village Square in 2014. Nuit Blanche in Toronto has always been a favourite cultural event. I think these events build community and allow people to experience cities in new, different and exciting ways! I love attending with friends, and always have an amazing time.

by Lindsay Z., Burlington, ON

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"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"-Picasso. Life is more free, more happy, and more fully lived with art. With my voice and body I have volunteered my time to perform in a play where the proceeds were donated to several charities. Art has followed me through fifteen years of ballet to now see my daughter performing as I once did. Art saw me through my husband passing away as I turned to blogging and writing to help others who were grieving. And most importantly, I hand my children paintbrushes and paper, supporting the next generation!

by Sarah V., Grande Pointe, ON

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I am an artist. I belong to the Delta Arts Council, the South Delta Artists' Guild, Watershed Artworks Society and Artists in the Village. I have shown my work through these organizations for years and have volunteered at events to raise money for the arts. I have often donated paintings for silent auction fundraisers for the Delta Arts Council, the Artists Guild, Delta Hospice Society, the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra and to raise funds for Breast Cancer. I volunteered at the recently held Grand Prix of Art in Delta as registrar and ambassador.

by Marilyn A., Delta, BC

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I support culture by recognizing the importance of Canadian history and the necessity to share Aboriginal culture and history with students and community members. Part of the sharing of Aboriginal culture was organizing an event for National Aboriginal Day in Kitchener that brought the community together to share in Aboriginal music and dancing. A local drum group from Kitchener/Waterloo shared their time and talent and led the community in Aboriginal songs and dance. Community members were invited to join in the drumming, singing, and dancing with any instrument they chose to bring and join together as a community to celebrate.

by Cheryl M., Kitchener, ON

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I support Arts & Culture by volunteering with the Kelowna-Kasugai Sister City Association to promote Japanese culture in our community. I also get seasons tickets to Community Concerts at the Kelowna Community Theatre and encourage youth to get involved in cultural experiences by offering dance, drama and art programs through my job as a Community Recreation Coordinator with the City of Kelowna Active Living & Culture division.

by Kathleen R., West Kelowna, BC

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On twitter we regularly share and support our local arts and culture community, including orchestra events, ballet, food, plays, the Glenbow museum and even jazz dance - you name it. Our avatar was painted by Mandy Stobo (Bad Portraits), a local artist, who is truly amazing. Check us out! http://twitter.com/Crackmacs

by Crack M., Calgary, AB

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I have been a regular theatre goer for the past several years supporting the productions presented by the Cote Saint Luc Dramatic Society in Montreal Quebec Canada. The Cote Saint Luc Dramatic Society is composed of lawyers, doctors,dentists, artists, notaries and business people who love to perform and have a love for the arts and theatre culture. The Cote Saint Luc Dramatic Society has presented such works as Fiddler on the Roof, Catch me if you Can and their latest Granny Society. I have been a regular theatre goer because of their engaging actors and wonderful productions.

by alona c., Cote Saint Luc, QC

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Fifteen hours a week I share fascinating customs, language arts, and life stories of ESL students at Project Literacy Kelowna Society. Together we wonder, grin, search and empathize as communication is created and filtered through the music and musculature of one's mother tongue. Filipina, Haitian, Chinese, Ukrainian, Korean, East Indian, Bulgarian... linguistic patterns I have encountered to begin with. Self-discovery is my reward, given through the wisdom, creativity and resilience of my learners. I hold profound respect for those journeying from countries, cultures, societies incredibly more ancient than my own. I am humbled and ever more eager to share.

by Karen H., Kelowna, BC

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I support arts and culture by inspiring others with creative advice. I love to paint, make mixed media art and discuss it with others. I love visiting museums and traveling and seeing sights, sounds, trying food and getting immersed in culture! I think it's so important to become well rounded by allowing yourself to just soak up all the differences that our world has to offer. I have showed my bright creations in Vancouver but there's so much more i would love to do.

by Margaux W., Surrey, BC

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I love handbell music! For the past 19 years, I have shared this love as volunteer conductor of Parkland Bells of St. Andrew's United Church. We began as a single choir ringing two octave of handbells. Now, we are 25 ringers in two choirs ringing 5 octaves of handbells and handchimes. It's been an exciting journey watching my ringers enthusiastically embrace and grow their musicianship and receiving appreciative support from the community. I have many precious memories of beautiful handbell arrangements melting even the hardest of hearts. It is an honour and privilege to engage our community through our music!

by Juanita P., Spruce Grove, AB

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I support arts & culture through engaging and supporting my students, staff, and community. As a teacher, singer, song writer, children’s book author & illustrator, poet, and professional dancer – I know that it is vital to encourage, inspire, praise, guide, support and mentor our fellow artists and from various cultures. Whether, they are young, old, transgendered, two-spirited, or even the owners of a pet who brings joy to the people and places around them; they are all living art and culture participates. First step is appreciating that all people have an attribute to contribute to arts & culture.

by Jade E., FORT MCMURRAY, AB

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Regularly supporting musicians by helping promote and organize concerts (Jaspreet Singh (Sitarist from India), Darren Hall (Sound Healer), Prosad (International Multi-Instrumentalist); volunteering at art and cultural events several times a month (Sand Mandala by Venerable Lama Losang Samten of Tibet, Kirtans, SCYAP, local music festivals); hosting touring artists in our home; daily promotion of inspiring local and international artistry through social media; weekly attendance of local live theatre and music ~ financially supporting them through purchase of merchandise (CD's, paintings, clothes); constant promotion of World music and culture through learning from others; and passing the knowledge to those around us.

by Mark D., Saskatooon, SK

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I played cello for 27 years with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and have sung for 32 years with Opera Lyra Ottawa and the Ottawa Festival Chorus. I am Founder Band Leader, Artistic Director, cellist and vocalist with the Ottawa Klezmer Band. I volunteer with "Music and Beyond" (Chamber Music etc. Festival) and donate to Orkidstra, and I do volunteer work - Music Therapy (over 17 years) with a young woman who was brain damaged in a fatal car crash that killed her Dad, when she was only 12 years old. I frequently sing (solo with piano accompanist) at senior’s residences.

by Floralove K., Ottawa, ON

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Stan W Tait Jewellery & Music has been hand crafting sterling silver jewellery since 1974 and is a singer songwriter who has been performing for over 50 years.. Stan is completely self taught, having first learned jewellery by watching some of the great native artists from the west coast BC. As his wife, we are a team and active community member in the arts community - involved in everything from helping other artists learn how to use social media, volunteering with Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour and Muskoka Arts and Crafts to being actively involved in a variety of music/arts events

by Sue T., Bracebridge, ON

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In 2012, I co-founded one of Vancouver's only remaining opera companies: Opera Mariposa. Opera viewership dwindles globally, and we need to keep this amazing art form alive! Mariposa gives talented young artists a chance to perform roles in high-quality productions, even as other opportunities to do so dwindle. We perform to sold-out houses, and expand this year with the Repertory Concert Artist Program and the Mariposa Operatic Theatre Wing, which help amazing emerging artists build experience to prepare for international careers. For OM, I volunteer as Managing Director, stage director, stage manager, performer, press contact and more! Viva opera!

by Robin E., Vancouver, BC

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The creative, life giving force. Imagination. I support arts and culture by exploring my own unique imagery through self awareness .The page, the stage are my home. Movement helps me access the breathing spaces that bring flesh and bone to what I do.Others shape my existence. Colours surround me as I experience different ways of being. While listening to the music of those around me I realize that art and science are two sides of the same coin. Expressive arts therapy. Healer, teacher, artist, facilitator, listener, connoisseur of life. I thrive on the different shades of beauty, culture and travel.

by Sherry D., Vancouver, BC

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...volunteering, attending, and promoting arts and culture events or activities. Toronto is filled with such creative, skillful, and unique talents! Plus the city is always buzzing with different festivals, showcases, and galleries year round. From Manifesto, to Nuit Blanche, to Toronto Carnival (Caribana) - the range is so diverse but the efforts, energy, and style is one of a kind. I am truly grateful to live here and embrace the wonderful arts and culture that is present.

by Jonah S., Toronto, ON

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I joined the Windsor Optimist Youth Marching Band at age 11. Now, at 25, I can say I have an appreciation for music, musical skills, and work ethic that I would not gained without this group. With the rapid decline of music programs in local gradeschools and highschools, i have joined the band committee to ensure that the youth of tomorrow has the same opportunities to explore and learn through music as i did. The Windsor Optimist Youth Band has been "keeping our kids on the street" for 50 years; i work to continue that legacy

by joshua h., windsor, ON

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I live near Kingston, Ontario and support live music events as often as I am able to. It is difficult for local musicians today because there are very few venues for them to play and unfortunately the pay is so poor but they continue because of their love of music. Kingston also has a large concert venue and a couple theaters and I attend events often. I am grateful for the arts/crafts shows that come to this area as they provide a wonderful opportunity to purchase special gifts for family and friends - and maybe something for me as well.

by Bonnie B., Yarker, ON

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Dans ce monde de misères, terreurs, guerres et tueries, il nous reste, oh combien merci!, notre culture et ses arts qui la compose. Comment pourrais-je imaginer un monde meilleur, rempli d'échanges culturels, un monde multi-culurel où toutes les ethnies respecteraient les us et coutumes de chacun, y prendraient un intérêt, et, de ce fait, vivraient en parfaite harmonie. Tout cela représenterai un partie importante du curriculum à l'école primaire. C'est à ce jeune âge que les goûts et activités favorites s'acquièrent. Bénévolat, attendance aux événements et activités culturelles, voilà comment je soutiens les Arts et Culture.

by Colette T., Salt Spring, BC

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I support Arts and Culture by photographing local bands at their shows. I think it really helps them expand in the media and it gives them more self-confidence to play at bigger venues. It also greatly helps me as a photographer. I make posters for the bands and whenever there is a show planned I try to help them out. I really think music should have a greater place in our community and I am trying to make that happen one photo at a time. I think small town dreams should be given a chance, for it awakens the mind.

by Veronique E., St-Arthur, NB

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Inhaling the arts from dawn to dusk as Fine Arts teacher my passion is thrust! Visual Art & Theatre-I'm called 'Drama Queen'.Direct dramas & musicals to talented teens. With kids on the road we travel a wide, build sets, props & design for the next brain child. From Provincial one acts to the Edinburgh Fringe.I get them there-toil, pain & occasional twinge. Involved with Keyano Theatre since 81. When not an actor, I support every one.A theatre angel, I donate to the arts. Paint to relax, draw cartoons, sing choir or solo ..all from the heart.

by Terri M., Fort McMurray, AB

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Arts and Culture is the breath of living. Without that, life is just work and responsibility. Art brings us joy and the ability to express our ourselves; to see other's views and share the passion of our own. I support ARts & CuLtuRe as a daily principle. Attending house concerts and those in the park, buying art, and supporting creativity in our city. I attend museums and art shows, find myself taking up a brush or sketching at a gallery. Art in all forms attracts me, and I long to share it and support it.

by Larynda M., Calgary, AB

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I play in a competitive bagpipe band. It is a fantastic world of music, tradition, friendship, dedication, learning and celebration! The pipeband community brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life to work together on music that focuses on cultural tradition while pushing new and innovative ways to improve and perform. There is a strong sense of comradery (as well as some good natured rivalry) between bands, and a rich family atmosphere develops within the bands themselves. There are countless lessons learned and lifelong friendships made all while contributing to a rich cultural heritage.

by Andrea J., Maitland, ON

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I work in the local arts and cultural community! I choose to do so because I love making a difference for my community via directly supporting art and culture. Specifically, I facilitate the provision of professional quality symphonic music and education programs to Alberta's third largest city and throughout central Alberta. Our audience is thousands large, ranging from elementary school children to seniors.

by Chandra K., Red Deer, AB

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Arts & culture bring passion & purpose to life! A member of the Royal Ontario Museum, I currently volunteer on the management committee of the Hamilton-based Canadian Orpheus Male Choir (COMC). The COMC supports community and charitable fundraising efforts through choral concerts. The Players Guild of Hamilton, the oldest community theatre in North America, held a stagecraft workshop series, which I enjoyed taking. Last year, I answered their Facebook plea for volunteers to help park cars on one of the coldest nights of the winter! A community newspaper publishes articles I write about local musicians, artists, and related businesses.

by Shiona M., Hamilton, ON

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I support Arts and Culture by teaching and sharing my passion for the violin to people of all ages; by donating funds to the local performing arts groups; by creating a performing arts organization (the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga) that provides meaningful performance opportunities to professional performers, by creating cultural programs that are relevant to my community, by creating engaging performance programs for young audiences of all ages, and by fundraising so that all of these performance programs can be accessible to all.

by Peggy H., Mississauga, ON

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I support culture by encouraging my son to be as engaged as he can be in his new found love for his High School drama group. A boy who struggled to fit in throughout his elementary and middle school years has found a home with the Hampton Theatre Company and soon will embark on a huge life changing culture endeavor! In August 2016, the Hampton High School Theatre Company will be one of two schools in Atlantic Canada to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival — the largest and most prestigious arts festival in the world.

by Darcy L., Nauwigewauk, NB

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I would say that we are blessed in Canada & in Quebec with a dedicated sense of programming to promote Cultural events. My initial choice would have to be CBC Radio Canada which promote local music & especially the Christmas Programmig. 'Les Journées de la Culture' or 'Culture Days' here in Quebec is a tremendous success, with shuttle buses transporting people from one Museum to another on a Open House Day. The local festivals here in Quebec, which promote the various local cultures have been a tremendous success and have added much in terms of Touristic growth.

by Ioanna A., Montreal , QC

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I love to support arts and culture by taking workshops where local artists share their knowledge of their craft and I get to try it hands on. I enrol my daughter in community centre programs which are art based. As well as regularly take her to drop in art classes at our neighbourhood art/book store. As a family we really love to learn more about the first nations cultures, and attend events held in our city which we can participate and gain deeper insight into the rich culture of the first nations people.

by Tara B., Vancouver, BC

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Ten years ago I joined a not-for-profit youth oriented community theatre group. UTC offers a unique training ground focused on educating youth (ages 09+) on the theatrical arts, in the production of a large scale, high calibre, major musical. We audition in Sept. and rehearse 3x a week until show week February. Volunteer Board of Directors (10) and volunteer Orchestra (20) we are entering our 37th season. We enlist volunteers from the community to assist in set building, costumes props. Our Mission Statement "Engaging theatre for the community from within the community. Let us entertain YOU! Feb.17-21 2016. We inspire.

by Carlene F., Richmond Hill, ON

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Winnipeg may be known for mosquitoes and harsh winters but it is THRIVING in arts and culture! Our diversity draws people, the richness in culture makes them stay. I've loved attending summer festivals - Fringe, Jazz, Folklorama, Folk Fest, but this year I escaped into amazing music at the Cello festival! Nuit Blanche - funtastic! Personally, I've taken community art courses (mosaic, glass fusing, photography, paper mache....) and twice participated in a local art show where my work has been sold. Our community supports art AND artists! I support Arts & Culture by breathing it in and exhaling it out.

by Rain A., Wpg, MB

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I support arts and culture at the grass roots level. I work at the largest arts and craft store in Winnipeg and provide assistance and advice to all levels of artisans. I promote art by organizing events that both showcase and teach art and my husband and I provide much-needed supplies to artisans by diverting from the landfill widely-resourced usable materials.

by Kim S., Winnipeg, MB

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I help manage a very young Aboriginal Native Dance Group called: Wii Gisigwilgwelk (Big Northern Lights) Dancers. We encourage youths and parents to join group and learn native singing and dancing within our city. Watching kids excel in singing is amazing, as they perform. The group has one of the youngest leaders, as he took over the group when he was 17 & now 25. We are open to all local nations, Nisga'a, Tsimshian, Kitasoo, etc. We found a song writer in Alaska that was willing to share songs and it's been a blessing to learn and share

by Velma C., Prince Rupert, BC

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Although I am not an artist myself I deeply appreciate what artists bring to our world. I joined the local art gallery and volunteer in their gift shop. I give about 10 -14 hours of my time each month because it is really up to volunteers to support the organizations they believe in with their time and energy. Organizations that are unable to attract volunteers are eventually lost to the community.

by Kurt P., Quesnel, BC

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I support Arts & Culture by frequenting all of the culture events around my city. I attend with a positive attitude and willingness to learn and I feel great knowing that I come away from the events having been exposed to a different understanding of the people around me. This constant influx of new information leads me to become a more sensitive person and to be able to better understand the people around me that make my city my own. I love feeling inspired and connected - it makes me a better local and global citizen.

by Ralitza A., Calgary, AB

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My interest in arts and culture was fostered by the nuns who taught music in our school. When they left our community I stepped in to direct our church choir at the age of 17. Forty-eight years later I'm still there. I have attended many musical productions and have acted in and created props for a number of locally produced musicals. I taught music during my 30 year teaching career. I joined St. Peter's Chorus, a local choral group approaching its 50th year. I built and maintain our website, www.stpeterschorus.ca. I also help organize and computerize our music library.

by Manny L., Englefeld, SK

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For the past 2 years I have had the privilege of volunteering as a lead parent for the Hamilton Children's Choir. I am continuing this role again this season. This organization has allowed my children and many others to learn music from many cultures and participate in awesome opportunities, most recently the closing ceremony of the PanAm games. They have committed and dedicated staff and work tirelessly to organize and promote the choir. I feel my time is well spent watching the children develop their musical talent and hope to be a volunteer until my girls have "graduated" from choir.

by Kari L., Caledonia , ON

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Supporting culture is one of the ways I can contribute to being Canadian. Our culture is unique and I express myself through the visual arts. Belonging to and volunteering with local art clubs, guilds and galleries enhances my skill and deepens my appreciation of the many talented artists who reflect through their work the beauty, diversity and challenges in society. Cultural endeavours enrich our communities, cause us to think and most often bring colour and beauty into our lives.

by Janice L., Niagara Falls, ON

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I’m an educator, actor and playwright; these days I spend much of my time a visual art educator in schools, using drama, dance, history and music to help students challenge themselves in multiple forms of expression. I've originated theatre companies for Calgary’s GLTBQ and First Nations communities; today I'm applying my theatre training to medicine, honing the communications skills of students at the University of Calgary's School of Medicine through its Standardized Patient program. But the most fun I’m having is through Loft 112, an interdisciplinary arts space where I host visual artists, filmmakers, actors, musicians and writers! http://teatroberdache.shawwebspace.ca/

by Steven G., Calgary, AB

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Tracing my Métis roots back 7 generations to Chief Jean Baptiste Assiginack was eye-opening. Researching wampum belts enticed me into the world of traditional loom-beading and after the replication of several different wampum belts I've helped countless museum visitors and over 74 elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools (staff and students) discover the soothing addiction of Métis and First Nation loom-beading. Personally, no matter how many financial or stressful issues arise when I think of the past and our truth and reconciliation efforts it shows me how much hope that I can see for the future and sharing of our cultures.

by Brenda C., London, ON

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I am honored to be a part of Serbian Folklore Ensemble KOLO. KOLO strives to bring the Serbian culture to our community through song and dance and hopes to show the world our beautiful form of art and tradition. Serbian dancing is vibrant and lively and truly represents the spirit of our heritage. All of the dancers donate their time and efforts to ensure that our love of dance and culture is made visible and our history is preserved. I get so much joy from dancing and sharing our culture with the rest of Ontario, Canada and the world.

by Nikolija L., Burlington, ON

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I support arts and culture through volunteering my time in to local community causes (KW BookSocial), and purchasing a lot of local artwork, music. I attend local festivals and also donate to our museums in the area.

by Elizabeth H., Kitchener, ON

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Where to start? I support the arts by co-co-ordinating a free summer music concert in a local park where this year about 2,000 people danced, enjoyed the music, spent time with family and visited with neighbours. I recently purchased a chair decorated by a local artist which supported the arts and Habitat for Humanity as well - a win win for all. My children play a variety of instruments and I have previously organized children's concerts, plays, ballet and puppet shows. My walls are covered in original emerging artists' paintings so I can enjoy their work every day.

by Alyson R., Victoria, BC

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The diverse language of culture and the expressive creativity of the arts crosses boundaries of age and ability. And both arts and culture ache to be communally shared. As a father, I share with my two young children the excitement of new cultural experiences and the joy of the arts whenever possible. As community support worker, my aim is to increase the quality of life for adults with developmental delays; I do this, in part, by supporting and sharing in their access to artistic and cultural events in the community. Me, my children, my clients -- we're better for it.

by Iain M., Langley, BC

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Three years ago I joined the HSO Bd of Directors. I wanted to help out their team by giving back what I had learned in my professional past life as a principal. I became the general manager of HSO and managed the orchestra from booking venues, to selling tickets, managing volunteers, advertising, and most of all I have met people that I indeed can call my friends. It truly has been an awesome journey from knowing very little about a community orchestra to becoming the veritable lead, amongst many.

by Don M., Ravenna, ON

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I am a long time volunteer, and the Past President of the Rails End Gallery & Arts Centre in Haliburton Village. I am the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Haliburton Art & Craft Festival. I volunteer one evening weekly with the Highlands Summer Festival Theatre in Haliburton Village. I attend locally produced concerts and theatre productions, and enjoy taking ukulele lessons with a local group, and this year attended the Haliburton County Folk Society Winter Music Camp, taking the ukulele program!

by Victoria S., West Guilford, ON

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I coordinate several events each year to raise funds for the Lacombe Arts Endowment to assist citizens in continuing their arts education. Each year we host new events to reach out to people who may never have looked at original art, attended a free concert, or considered other genres to be artistic or cultural. We have brought airbrushed motorcycles, local designer fashions, European corsets and tattoos to our art shows to appeal to those who may not normally come to an art event. Our shows feature literary, musical and visual arts to appeal to all ages and encourage community creativity.

by Maureen M., Lacombe, AB

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I frequently attend events supporting other artists such as musicals, plays, concerts, art shows, etc. I help in any way I can to other artists trying to reach their goals for new projects that they want to see take off. I am part of a creative team that is crowdfunding currently for a new comedic web series that will provide opportunities and experiences for artists. The series will be an outlet of artistic expression for new writers, directors, actors producers, sound engineers, crew, etc. Connection and community is SO important!

by Mark D., Vancouver, BC

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