Creemore Festival of the Arts 2023

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 All My Nations Drum Group featuring Anthony Gladue, Pow Wow dancers Kolby Fox and Kehew Buffalo and Hip Hop dancer Jeali Bruno  | The 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

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.

Saturday, September 30th & October 1st 

Adapt and Evolve | Special art installation, demonstration and talk by renowned hybrid AI artist Steve McDonald at the Station on the Green. (Credit: Front cover art by Steve McDonald)

Mill Street in downtown Creemore

Artists on Location | View beautiful art from 60 local artists and beyond in venues, homes and on porches in the beautiful village of Creemore.

Interactive Art Activities | Bringing art into your hands, our interactive arts stations connect time, creativity and skills together. 

10×10 Creemore Art Show

Presented by Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society
Hosted and curated by Mill Street Art Studio

We are looking for artists of all ages and talents to take part in our 10×10 Creemore Art Show! 

Step 1: Register HERE or in person at the Creemore Echo located at 3 Caroline Street, Creemore.

Step 2: Pick up your 10×10” birch canvas and pay your $20 registration fee at the Creemore Echo during store hours (Mon-Wed 9am-5pm, Thur-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 11am-4pm).

Step 3: Create your work of art, be it painting, drawing, printing, collage, photography…the sky’s the limit! All sales of artwork will be directed towards the artist.

Step 4: Drop off your finished 10×10” artwork at the Echo anytime before Sunday, May 21st. 

Your artwork will be hung in a curated group show at Mill Street Art Studio located at 148A Mill St. in downtown Creemore. The show will be open to the public Saturday, May 27th from 10am-5pm and Sunday, May 28th from 11am-4pm.  

We look forward to seeing what you create!

Thanks SO much to the members and sponsors of Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society! It’s because of your donations that we are able to provide programming like this to our community!

Clearview Township, J.W. Gordon Custom Builders Inc., Suzanne Lawence, Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited (Cheryl MacLaurin and Rob McAleer), The Creemore Echo, Creemore Village Pharmacy, Creemore Foodland, Keith C Boulter Law Office, Mountain Ridge, Rockside Campbell Design, Mill Street Art Studio

Now accepting applications for 2023 Artists on Location Program 

Are you interested in displaying and selling your art in Creemore’s village center during the annual Creemore Festival of the Arts Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023.

If so now is the time to apply to be part of our Artists on Location Program. 

For more information and registration CLICK HERE.  

Deadline to apply is MAY 31, 2023

If you have any questions, please contact the Artist Coordinator – Martha Bull, 416-546-2555, (text preferred) 

Save the date for our annual celebration of the arts SEP29—OCT01, 2023

Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society is currently planning our annual fall weekend of visual art, music and performance. 

Our committee is currently brainstorming programming and we are looking to our community for input in the early phases of the process.

If you are interested in participating in anyway or have a suggestion for the committee please click here.

Please join us online for the PHAHS Annual General Meeting


Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Members of the Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society (PHAHS) is called for and will be held on Wednesday February 15, 2023 at 7:00pm via Zoom for the following purposes: 

1. To approve the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on January 23, 2022;
2. To receive and approve the financial statements for the financial year 2021/2022.
3. To appoint new Directors to the PHAHS Board
4. To transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting

Those interested in attending should RSVP no later than February 8th, 2023 to:

The Zoom link information will be forwarded to you once RSVP is approved along with the 2021/22 financial statements.

If you have not renewed your membership this is a great time to do so. We can now receive e-transfers. Please click this link to renew.

Look forward to seeing you.


Pierre Marcoux


Ages 19+ event

Sat. Feb 18 at the Creemore Legion, Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society invites you to pull off your parka, splash on some sparkles and join us for a fundraising drag show hosted by Enya Dreams. Enya brings queens Vylette and Katinka Kature as well as drag king TroyBoy Parks for a night of music, dancing and fun!

All money raised will be used to provide arts and history programming in the community.
TICKETS $25 each (plus ticket fees)

Our first every drag show in the fall sold out quickly so don’t delay!
Makes a perfect Valentine’s Day Gift!

Creemore Festival of the Arts 2022

Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society returns after their pandemic hiatus with an all singing, all dancing Creemore Festival of the Arts on Sep 30, Oct 1 and Oct 2.

This annual celebration of creativity includes our traditional Artists on Location program, enhanced by additional participant-engagement programming around the village.

Artists on Location

Free interactive access to artists in studios, community halls, on front porches and in many of our businesses.

Saturday Oct 1 and Sunday Oct 2, 10am-4pm

SOLD OUT! DRAG me to Creemore hosted by Enya Dreams


Friday Sep 30 – Doors open 7pm, Show starts 8pm

Location: Creemore Legion Hall; $20 (19+)

Never been to a drag show? Don’t worry we want you to feel comfortable and put together a little Drag Intro so you come prepared for fun. 

Click here for more event details!

Martha’s Amazing Audience Participation Art Project

Saturday Oct 1, 10am-4pm; Free

Location: Corner of Mill St + Caroline St, beside the Apothecary

DRAG it out with Justine
A Drag 101 Presentation

REGISTER HERE Donation appreciated (PG 13)
Saturday Oct 1, Noon-1:30pm. Location: Creemore Legion Bar

Ever wondered what Drag is all about? Join Justine to learn about the history, politics, etiquette and culture of this form of self expression while getting some awesome hair and makeup tips! For more information email MK at

Kids’ Crafts at the Cabin

Saturday Oct 1 and Sunday Oct 2, 1-4pm 

Location: Creemore Log Cabin, 151 Library St; Free

Reception and Art Talk

Saturday Oct 1, 5-7pm at Station on the Green, 10 Caroline St E.  

For PHAHS Members & Festival Artists Only. Become a member today!

Notorious Cree
Indigenous Hoop Dance Artist

Sunday Oct 2, 12-1pm 

Location: Creemore Village Green Stage, 181 Mill St; Free

Visit our Facebook Event for more details!

Black on the Bruce
with Zwena Gray

Sunday Oct 2, 2pm
Location: Creemore Village Green Stage, 181 Mill St; Free

Visit our Facebook Event for more details!

The Creemore Festival of the Arts is a proud partner of Clearview’s Small Halls Festival.

Choir! Choir! Choir!

“Choir! Choir! Choir! has fashioned a profound way for people to connect and interact” – The New Yorker



Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. Show up and they’ll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love. Founded in 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! has amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers and a thriving international fan base on YouTube amassing 10s of millions of views on some of their videos.

The group has performed with renowned artists such as Patti Smith, David Byrne, Rick Astley, Tegan and Sara, and Rufus Wainwright, and onstage at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall with the likes of Debbie Harry and The Flaming Lips. They’ve created content for NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar with Hamilton’s Brandon Victor Dixon. And they they’ve performed at the MET in New York for New York Pride and hosted their own float in Toronto Pride. They remembered Canadian music hero, Gord Downie, by performing Grace Too with the surviving members of the Tragically Hip to 10,000 fans in Toronto.

Choir! Choir! Choir! exists to celebrate music and push the boundaries between practice and performance, artist and audience, offering therapeutic benefits with the ultimate side effect: a powerful community.