Creemore Festival of the Arts 2023

It takes a village to pull this off and we’re hoping  you can help us by volunteering some of your time the weekend of September 29 to October 1.

Art & Performance

Friday, September 29th 

Comedy Kick off with Martha Chaves | Comedian, actress, activist and playwright who is a regular in the comedy circuits in Canada, the US and Latin America at Just for Laughs and other festivals and on CBC radio. Presented by Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society with the help of Heirloom 142 and Lagom.

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Saturday, September 30th

On this day we honour the resilience, dignity and strength of survivors and intergenerational survivors of Canada’s residential schools and remember the children who never came home by exploring the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Our community has partnered with performers from the Moose Cree First Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund to provide programming that moves reconciliation forward in a meaningful way. We invite you to join us in this ReconciliACTION. 

11 a.m. Indignary Featuring Winter Hawk with Pow Wow dancers Kolby Fox and Kehew Buffalo and Hip Hop dancer Jeali Bruno. Free thanks to member donations | Creemore Village Green

2 p.m. The Poets | Members of The Poets share their experiences living in the remote north Ontario communities of Moose Factory and Moosonee | St. John’s United Church

8 p.m. The Poets Tragically Hip Tribute Band from Moose Factory/Moosonee play the hits and share the spirit of Gord Downie, Chanie Wenjack, and reconciliation | Creemore Legion

Presented by Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society with the help of Dalton Associates.

Saturday, September 30th & October 1st 

Photo credit: Jason van Bruggen

Adapt and Evolve | Special art installation, demonstration and talk by renowned hybrid AI artist Steve McDonald at the Station on the Green.

Presented by Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society with the help of Royal LePage Location North, Brokerage.

The Exhibition will consist of Steve’s brand new ‘hybrid’ illustrations. Steve has been exploring and incorporating the new diffusion model and generative ai tools into his own illustration process. The work will be on display at the Station on The Green during the Festival Weekend.

The Presentation & Talk will include a multimedia presentation – An education, a history, and a discussion of the new processes and software available for image crafting. In a short time, Steve has become a leading voice in the adaptation of the new tools and has participated in many panels, talks, and interviews regarding the tools, the ethics, and the future of image crafting. The debate and discussion has many sides and could not be more topical (or contentious!). Whether you are an image crafter or not this should be an interesting event for many of you, as the ai image crafting tools will soon be crossing over into all walks of life – education, science, communication, etc. 

The Workshop will offer participants the basics of how to use generative ai programs, how to design a custom diffusion model with your own work, and how to ethically use and adapt the new tools into your own practice. 

Artists on Location | Sept. 30th and Oct 1st from 10am-4pm. Come enjoy the Autumn beauty in Clearview and view the work of over 80 Artists and Artisans showing in local businesses, on beautiful porches and lawns, in private homes and in artist studios throughout Creemore.

Interactive Art Activities | Bringing art into your hands, our interactive arts stations connect time, creativity and skills together. We are connecting time with a tinker table, pendulum art and wool-to-wear exploration including spinning, knit, crochet and rug hooking. Presented by Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society with the help of RE/MAX Hallmark Chat Realty.