Brockville Culture Days 2017: This is Who We Are & Meet the Neighbours

It has been quite the summer here in the River City. My apologies for neglecting this forum, it’s been busy is an excuse not a reason. I will try to make amends.

As you probably already know Culture Days is rapidly approaching. The Canada wide celebration takes place on September 29, 30 and October 1st. Here in Brockville our focus has been the Saturday of the weekend as Downtown Brockville sponsors a street closure along King Street to provide us with a venue for our celebration. However there is some exciting news about this year’s event.

First there will be a Friday component. At the moment it is small, but as I like to say “the situation is fluid” and there may be more to add as we move along. Friday at 2:00 pm there will be a FREE walking tour of downtown Brockville. This is my “Nickel Tour” walk, which begins at the Brockville Courthouse and three short blocks later concludes at the newly reopened Brockville Railway Tunnel.

Short, sweet and full of history, anecdotes and fascinating people and events. This is an interactive tour, questions are welcome and expected. The approximate duration is an hour, give or take, but is dependent on the volume of discussion. Once, with an enthusiastic audience it took nearly three hours!

There are a couple of other, very exciting events scheduled for Friday, but they will be discussed in a bit.

Historic Downtown Brockville Scavenger Hunt


The Saturday King Street celebration will be the same format as other years, all manner of artists, musicians, dancers and the like filling the street. I like to refer to this as the “This is Who We Are” portion of the weekend. If you want to learn a little more of what is important to our community and some of the passions we share drop by Saturday, it will be on display.

It’s safe to say that at this point it will be our largest celebration yet, as we already have more participants than last year, when Brockville Culture Days was the fifth largest in Canada among communities below 50,000 population. Many new groups and individuals are joining us in this FREE event for participants and attendees, to share their passion and art with you.

Thousand Islanders Chorus

There are too many to include everyone in this blog, so I will highlight a few per blog as we move towards Culture Days. They will also be posted on the Brockville Culture Days Facebook page.

Brockville 50+ Activity Centre Display

Now for those Friday events I said we would discuss. The most exciting development for this year is that a number of groups from rural communities around Brockville are joining in the celebration! This is the “Meet the Neighbours” portion of the weekend. Several events are taking place all weekend, some on Sunday October 1st only. Two of the Friday events are taking place in Frankville.

AOG Gallery open house 

The AOG Gallery in Frankville is having an open house all weekend. The photo above is of Tilting Garden, one of many art installations on the grounds. In addition there will be a phot exhibition by renowned photographer Lynn Ball.

The other Frankville location open on Friday is Dark Genesis Fine Art featuring the steel based life form sculptures of Chris Banfalvi. Chris will also be participating in the Saturday King Street celebration.

But as they say, “Wait there’s more!” Delta’s St. Paul Anglican Church, all of 200 years young will be participating on Sunday. Lyndhurst is feverishly working on a whole slew of events. So plan to hop in the car  and “Meet the Neighbours”.

Back to “the situation is fluid”. There may be a number of other announcements to add our happy group. Stay tuned. But do plan to spend your weekend enjoying the exquisitries offered in our area. 

So mark your calendar for the weekend of September 29th to October 1st. All events are FREE. Get out and meet friends, neighbours and local residents who are eager to share their passions with you.

P.S. I will have a Culture Days information table at the September 19th Downtown Fun Fest. Stop by, say hello, get a free button, and learn more about our celebration.