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The National 2018 Programming Theme is OnBeat!

Explore all OnBeat events here.

What is OnBeat?

Presented by National Partner Sun Life Financial, OnBeat is a collective drumming and rhythm-inspired event bringing together thousands of Canadians from coast-to-coast both in-person and online to celebrate making the arts accessible, inclusive and fun!

Across the country, communities, organizations, and individuals are invited to participate in OnBeat by organizing drumming and/or rhythm-inspired events during Culture Days.


Drumming is:


OnBeat programming does not have to be limited to drumming. Rhythm can make its way into many different art forms and cultural practices including dance, visual arts, theatre, digital arts and storytelling.

OnBeat events will activate public squares and plazas, parks, streets, concert halls, community centres, gymnasiums and other public spaces where thousands of Canadians will get on beat together!

To serve our online community, coordinated live-streams will broadcast from locations ranging from Newfoundland to British Columbia direct to the Culture Days homepage throughout the weekend reaching thousands more.

Here are a few other ways you can incorporate rhythm into your Culture Days weekend:

Don’t be afraid of unusual pairings or unexpected intersections! Past rhythm-related activities have included a Surrealist collage and dance night, or a sound bath meditation session.


Culture Days photos above, from top to bottom, courtesy of: Danelle Jane Tran, 2016; Rob Mooy, 2015; Jeremy Sale, 2015; Danelle Jane Tran, 2016; Mark Bergin, 2016; Kevin Jones, 2017.