After leaving Sarah McLachlan’s band, an exhausted Sean Ashby got rejuivinated and landed his own record deal. PAULINE CLARK/SPECIAL TO THE STAR/QMI AGENCY

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Organizers for 4elements have announced the major musical acts for this year’s Elemental Festival, to be held Sept. 26 to 29 in Kagawong on Manitoulin Island.

The festival will kick off on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Park Centre with Ansley Simpson, a Toronto-based Anishnaabe singer-songwriter. She has been nominated for two 2018 Indigenous Music Awards and won in the category of “Best New Artist”.

Her music has been described as having “lilting vocals, clear melodic sensibility, and intricate guitar playing.”

Friday, Sept. 27 in the evening, Sean Ashby will be bringing his eight guitars on stage for an evening of his original music. Sean’s musical CV spans decades, and as one of North America’s go-to guitarists for in-studio recording and touring bands, you have probably heard him play already on your radio without ever knowing his name.

The main event for Saturday, Sept. 28, is Fagroongala, a trio from Sudbury playing Celtic and French-Canadian music. They also draw inspiration from classical music, funk, and other popular styles. Fagroongala’s songs, many of which predate Canadian confederation, are adapted with modern instrumentation, rhythms and harmony.

Founded in 2002 in response to the need for creative spaces for artists, art exhibitions and programming in local communities, 4elements Living Arts has a mission to nurture and inspire community engagement in land-based arts on Manitoulin Island. Begun in 2015, this year’s Elemental Festival will be the fourth that 4elements has brought to Kagawong.


Downtown Sudbury art crawl

The Downtown Sudbury Art Crawl is a grassroots, pedestrian-friendly cultural experience for Greater Sudbury in and around the downtown core. It features artists at venues such as art galleries, studios, businesses and organizations. The art crawl celebrates visual and other art forms, including literary and musical arts. Organizers seek to create opportunities for artists to exhibit, sell, exchange ideas and to raise awareness about their creative processes.

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The art crawl takes place Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with Up Here. Admission is free (workshops and activities may have a fee set by the venues, but you are welcome to view the works) and there will be pop-up musical performances at many of the venues.


Up Here this month

Speaking of Up Here, it runs Aug. 16-18 in downtown Sudbury. For the complete artist lineup of musicians and artists, visit or download the official Up Here app.

Every summer, Up Here brings together dozens of muralists, musicians and installation artists to transform downtown Sudbury into an urban art gallery.

Up Here is a project of We Live Up Here, a volunteer-run non-profit organization founded in 2012 around the simple idea that art can bring people together and can playfully reshape our community.


Passport to the Arts available now

The Sudbury Arts Council is unveiling the second edition of the Passport to the Arts for the 2019-20 year. The passport features 13 exclusive offers – 12 from professional arts organizations and one from a local restaurant – giving Sudburians a chance to take part in some of the best arts events in town throughout the year. Buyers have the opportunity to experience festivals, plays, workshops, concerts and more, all through the passport.

Participants include Northern Lights Festival Boreal, Sudbury Indie Cinema Co-op, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Play Smelter, La Slague, the Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury Arts Council, Thornloe University Theatre, Jazz Sudbury, Wordstock Literary Festival, Theatre du Nouvel-Ontario, Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and Respect is Burning Kitchen + Bar.

The Passport to the Arts provides an amazing opportunity at a deep discount to experience a taste of what Sudbury’s cultural scene has to offer. With $800 in entertainment, plus $1,000 in food value, the cost to purchase a Passport is $125 for a new buyer and $250 for returning buyers.

Passports are currently available for online pre-order through the Sudbury Arts Council’s website and will be available for sale in person and ready for pick up by July 2 at 1546 Bellevue Ave. For more information, or to order a passport, visit or stay up-to-date by following our Facebook page.

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