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Arts & Culture

The Blue Mountains community is rich with history and offers a wide variety of arts and cultural experiences.

The Craigleith Heritage Depot museum and tourism interpretation center highlights the Town's unique cultural, natural and industrial history. For more information, please visit The Blue Mountains Public Library website.

The Blue Mountains offers numerous galleries and shops to satisfy your cultural interest and curiosity. For more information visit our  Business Directory.

The Town maintains seven Heritage Cemeteries located throughout the municipality. For more information please visit our Heritage Cemeteries page.

There are a number of excellent local bands and solo artists that play at local venues throughout The Blue Mountains.

For a list of live music performances and open Mics, visit the Route 26 website.

Catch concerts, performances and dramatic arts shows at the Meaford Hall and the Marsh Street Centre.

The Municipal Art Program is an initiative by the Town. Inaugurated in 2012, the program is designed to provide a showcase for the works of artists in the region while enhancing the environment of the Town Hall for employees and visitors. All works are on loan from the artists for a period of one year.

Call for Artists’ Submissions – Annual Deadline is February 28

The Public Art Committee (PAC), on behalf of the Municipal Art Program (MAP) initiated by the Town, annually announces a Call to Artists for submissions for the coming year’s exhibition. Regional visual artists are encouraged to apply for this annual juried art exhibition. All art must be wall mountable. Selected art will be on exhibit at Town Hall for a period of 12 months. In the event of a piece being sold while on exhibit, the committee will co-ordinate with the artist to provide a juried selection to replace the sold piece. The Public Art Committee annually produces a full-colour brochure complete with information about each artist. The program provides a venue to showcase and promote the region’s artists at The Blue Mountains – Town Hall for all to enjoy.

Purchasing Art

If you wish to inquire about purchasing one of the works, please contact the artist directly. Information about each artist is available in the MAP brochures, which include beautiful color photographs of each work. A printed version of the current annual guide is available in the Atrium at Town Hall.

The Marsh Street Centre has been an important part of the Clarksburg/Thornbury community for more than 85 years. The centre is currently operated as a community owned, non-profit organization managed by a small group of dedicated volunteers. The Marsh Street Centre is dedicated to the enrichment of the community's cultural life by providing space suitable for a wide variety of gatherings for people of all ages and backgrounds.

For more information and details for entertainment and numerous cultural events and offerings, please visit the Marsh Street Centre website.

Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Project

The Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Project was launched in 2015 to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, and aimed to complete 150 murals illustrating Canada’s cultural and geographical diversity.

The purpose of the project is to create a national mural including all provinces and territories, 100,000’s of paintings and 150 individual murals that when united will form one gigantic mural mosaic. The mural, if ever connected would be over 365 meters wide (four football fields) x 2.5 meters high (eight feet).

Upon the completion of the entire Canada Mosaic Mural, each community mural will reside in the town or city where it was created as a legacy of your community and its connection to the communities across Canada.

In 2017, residents of The Blue Mountains came together to create their piece of the Canada 150 Mosaic Mural which is on display at the Smith Memorial Park across from the Town Hall (32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON).  

Mosaic Mural

The Blue Mountains Public Library exists to enrich the lives of all members of our community by offering a wide range of materials, programs and services. For more information, please visit The Blue Mountains Public Library website.

The Blue Mountains is a municipality within Grey County.  Visit the Grey County website for more cultural events within the nine municipalities of Grey County.


Contacts

Executive Assistant
to the Chief Administrative Officer
519-599-3131 x233

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