MARCH 2023

Hello Aurora,

Happy March! Our Spring Break Camp is happening this month and we're close to sold out but there is some space left in our intensives for students in grades 6-9. Find out more below.

Also, we will be sharing details about summer fun in our April Newsletter.

We also have new exhibitions starting at the end of the month. If you want to explore your artistic side or try out a new medium, check out our list of upcoming workshops below.

If you're interested in theatre, we also have job openings for our Summer Theatre Troupe. The deadline to apply is March 3!

Lastly, we have added more videos to our Creative Connections series. If you want to find out more about Place des Arts history and the people who have shaped our organization, find our most recent interview below.

Happy spring,

Aurora van Roon

Communications Coordinator

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what's on

A few spots available in our Spring Break Intensives

From March 13-24, we have some spaces left in our Spring Break camps for grades 6-9. These week-long, half-day workshops allow students to delve more deeply into specific disciplines.

Find out more and register at the links below:

what's new

Attend the Opening Reception for our March exhibitions

Image: Jonathan Desmond's Euro Foods; Alex Sandvoss's Sisyphus; Jeongmin Ahn's Trash No. 7

Join us on March 31, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, to celebrate the opening of four exhibitions:

Corner Stores, I want to think about feminism, but I have to think about climate change and Trash will be on view at Place des Arts from March 31 to May 25, 2023 and online from April 6 to May 25, 2023.

Meltdown: The Second Wave will be on view at Place des Arts from March 10 to May 4, 2023 and online from March 17 to May 4, 2023.

Our three exhibitions Emerging Talent 25, Creating Home/Ukwakha iKhaya

and Alchemical Transformations end on March 9. Visit during our operating hours.

get inspired

Upcoming Workshops at Place des Arts

In March and April we have a few workshops for adults (18+). Explore these one or three day classes below.

Easter Basket - 26908

Mar 18 (1-Day Class)

Weave your own Easter Basket for collecting and displaying Easter eggs or spring flowers! Learn the basics of plain weave using flat reed cane to create a basket with a handle and a finished edge. Suitable for all levels. Supplies included; please bring your own scissors. Teacher: Kristen Conboy


Intro to Pottery: Throw a Basic Cylinder - 27141

Mar 31 to Apr 2 (3-Day Class)

In this beginner workshop, get a taste of what pottery is all about. You will learn the foundational steps of creating pots on a wheel: how to wedge clay, centre, pull and shape a basic clay cylinder. The skills you develop here will lay the groundwork for future pottery classes. Clay and tools are provided in class. This workshop is process-based; no pots will be fired or finished. Teacher: Clive Tucker


Calligraphy Brush Strokes- 26891

Apr 16 (1-Day Class)

Explore East Asian calligraphy traditions! In this introductory workshop, learn proper brush grip and the eight standard brushstrokes of calligraphy using the traditional mediums of brush, ink and rice paper. With a step-by-step approach, learn how to write a four-character idiom on decorative red rice paper. Supplies included. Teacher: Ming Kong


Spring Baskets - 26912

Apr 22 (1-Day Class)

Learn to twine and weave using vine, cane, coloured wire and seagrass. You have a choice to create one of two types of baskets: a freeform one-of-a-kind basket or a wavy, undulating basket that combines structure with freeform shape. Suitable for all levels. Supplies included; please bring your own scissors. Teacher: Kristen Conboy


Creative Connections Interview: Gillian Elliott

Gillian became the Executive Director in 1989 and stayed in the role for 14 years. In her time with Place des Arts, she oversaw the expansion project and the creation of Heritage Square. Gillian has always enjoyed learning and that passion made her a strong leader for PdA. 

Gillian is a lifelong drawer and also learned how to paint, later teaching classes. She’s also exhibited in events around the country. She is currently retired and is working on writing and illustrating a children’s book. 

Find out more about Gillian below!

get informed

Job Postings: Join us this summer!

We are seeking proactive, enthusiastic and dedicated people to work with us this Summer.

We are seeking someone to join us as a Summer Fun! Camp Coordinator who will help provide a safe, fun and engaging experience for our camp participants.

We are also looking for Student Learning Support Workers for our Spring Break and Summer Fun! camps.

Summer Theatre Troupe Positions

Every year, we seek out theatre artists to help put on a family-friendly show in Town Centre Park. We are hiring the following roles this summer for our show:

Apply for our 50th Anniversary Exhibition

Place des Arts seeks submissions from current and former Place des Arts students, teachers, volunteers, artists, artisans and staff for our 50th Anniversary Community Exhibition. The exhibition will be installed in the Atrium at Place des Arts from June 2 – 22, 2023 and viewable online at from June 9 – August 31, 2023. This exhibition reflects our 50th season mission to celebrate Place des Arts voices through creative connection, storytelling and joy!

Application deadline: Monday, April 24, 2023

View the Application

in the community

Walk Right Back: The Everly Brothers Story

Date: March 11, 2023, 7:00 PM

Massey Theatre

This phenomenal production tells the story of the most successful musical duo of all time – The Everly Brothers. Featuring hits such as Bye Bye Love, All I Have To Do Is Dream and Cathy’s Clown, this unique concert-based musical entwines the wonderful, sad yet glorious story of The Everly Brothers.

The show follows the brothers’ rise to fame from humble country beginning to superstardom, through their decade-long feud to their glorious reunion which gave them back to each other, and back to the world.

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Jin-me Yoon: Long Time So Long

On now until April 30, 2023

Evergreen Cultural Centre Art Gallery

Responding to the forced isolation and slow, interior sense of time created by the pandemic as well as the effects of the rise in East Asian racism, Yoon new works focus on rest, repair and coming together in difference. The exhibition combines photography, video and sound to explore our collective grappling with the pandemic, from a diasporic perspective.
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