September is a busy time of the year, especially for students, teachers and parents.
Even if you are not a student, why not make the time to learn something new this month? With so many museums, historic sites, science centres and other cultural attractions available to you with your Cultural Access Pass, it is easy to learn something new. Use our Attractions Map to find an attraction in your city and share what you learned with us on social media using the hashtag #CAPCanada.
Culture Days 2017
Culture Days will be taking place this year on September 29th, 28th and October 1st. Culture Days is a yearly, national event where individuals and organizations host events and activities across Canada. Every event is open to the public and free of cost, from art shows to garden tours to musical performances to yoga classes. You can get involved by registering and hosting your very own event or by attending an event near you.
The On Common Ground Festival at Fort York National Historic Site
From September 15th to 17th, the On Common Ground festival will feature mix of culturally-diverse music, dance, storytelling, theatre, visual arts, food and family-friendly activities. This free festival will launch the world premiere of Miigis by Red Sky Performance. Additional programming include a community citizenship ceremony, a PEACES Artisan Market, the MomenTO Pop-up Museum, food workshops, craft making and performances.
Free Parks Canada Visitor Guides
Don’t miss your last chance to enjoy the summer weather. Parks Canada has all of its visitor guides available online for FREE. Whether you want to stay local or explore a new place, these guides will help you plan the perfect getaway. Click here and chose the region that’s right for you.
BioBlitz at Chambly Canal Historic Site, Quebec
Learn by doing on Saturday, September 16th at Chambly Canal Historic Site. In small groups guided by experts, you can take part in a field outing to document findings and discoveries, recording the presence of birds, insects and plants. Your observations will be used by the people working on research and protection of the region’s natural environment. Learn more by visiting their website.
The Bruschettini Collection at the Aga Khan Museum
Expand your knowledge of Islamic art and history with The Bruschettini Collection at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. This exhibit will open on September 28th and run until January of next year. It showcases a selection of 13th- to 17th-century carpets, textiles, paintings, metalwork and more. Each piece is handpicked and equally astonishing in vibrancy and technical perfection.
New Performing Arts Partners: Blyth Festival and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
For 43 years, the Blyth Festival has been developing and producing professional Canadian theatre that gives voice to both the region and the country. The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is one of North America’s finest live music ensembles with over 80 concerts per season designed to fit all musical tastes. If you live near Blyth or Calgary, keep an eye on your email for exclusive offers from these new partners.
6 Degrees Citizen Space announces Ai Weiwei event
6 Degrees Citizen Space has unveiled its Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship laureate for 2017: the renowned Chinese artist, activist and visionary Ai Weiwei, who will discuss his life and work with former Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson on Sept. 27th. 6 Degrees Citizen Space will also feature Michael Sandel, Margaret Atwood, Kent Monkman, Bernhard Schlink, Omar Sharif Jr., Wadah Khanfar and more. Visit 6DegreesTO for schedule, speakers & tickets.
Citizenship Ceremony at High Park
On August 3rd 2017, the ICC congratulated 35 new Canadian citizens at a ceremony in High Park in Toronto. Citizens and their guests celebrated the occasion with round table discussions before the ceremony and cake at the reception, as well as free tickets to the Canadian Stage – Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear later that evening. Thanks to our partners Canadian Stage and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Lynn Lau is originally from Malaysia, although she spent ten years studying and working in the United States before coming to Canada in 2008. She says that when considering where she would like to live, she “placed high importance on personal freedoms, mutual respect, and social/civil rights.” Lynn believes that choosing where one becomes a citizen is a serious decision and “it says a lot that they see something special in Canada that makes them want to create a new life here.” Read more about Lynn’s experiences here.