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Question and answer period
Books available for purchase and signing
light refreshments and marketplace
All proceeds go to GranAurora


Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, educator and author of eighteen non-fiction books. This event will be engaging and most informative as he discusses his book, ‘The Great Escape – A Canadian Story’, and the real events behind the story.

The Great Escape – This non-fiction account is unique retelling of WWII’s most dramatic escape through first hand recollections of the soldiers who experienced it. On the night of March 24, 1944, 80 Commonwealth airmen crawled through a 336-foot-long tunnel and slipped into the forest beyond the wire of Stalag Luft 111, a German POW compound near Sagan, Poland. The event became to be known as The Great Escape, but most don’t know the real story behind it.

Tickets are available for $20: Please contact GranAurora to order your tickets at:  granaurora4114@gmail.com or Lenore Pressley at 905-727-9235
Blue Heron Books will be on hand to sell Ted’s books.
Event is sponsored by: GranAurora: An Initiative of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in support of African grandmothers. 

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The Aurora Bahá’í Community

Cordially Invites You All

to this Most Joyous Occasion

Ross Rheaume, co-curator of 1917 | Canada Comes of Age, will be in the galleries throughout the afternoon to discuss the concepts around this fascinating exhibition that tells the story of milestones in history, medicine, art/science and sports, arts and entertainment.

It was to be one of the most difficult and challenging years in Canada’s then young history. On the battlefields of Europe Canadians perished by the thousands while at home unrest and riots over conscription broke out.  In Halifax one of the greatest maritime disasters destroyed most of the city. Women fought for the vote.  The legendary Tom Thomson passed away under mysterious circumstances and the NHL was born. 50 years removed from Confederation and 50 years before the glorious summer of ’67 in Montreal, 1917 was the year of the crucible.  It was a coming of age story.

All welcome.

We are pleased to offer an enhanced selection of notecards and prints from the participating artists of 1917: Canada Comes of Age from December 1 – 30.

Please join us for the launch of 2 gallery exhibitions

  • 1917: Canada Comes of Age | A Story Told in Images Exhibition & Sale
  • Lesson Learned: From Classroom to Gallery

These two exhibitions showcase the breadth and diversity of visual art created in our community and beyond. 1917: Canada Comes of Age is a professional exhibition that examines Canada in 1917 – 50 years removed from Confederation, and in a pivotal coming-of-age time. Curated by artists (and brothers) Dave and Ross Rheaume, with the participation of 14 artists. Lesson Learned: From Classroom to Gallery is our first-ever showcase of visual art created by the students and instructors of the Aurora Cultural Centre’s many educational programs.

Enjoy chatting with the artists, then make a holiday evening of it and stay around for the Sultans of String Christmas Caravan Concert. Music and art make a wonderful seasonal experience.

Drop by between 6 – 8 pm to meet the artists of our two December shows.

All welcome | cash bar and light refreshments.

The Aurora Cultural Centre gratefully acknowledges support from Gallery Sponsor   

A Christmas event for the whole family!

Advance Tickets: $20 each, or $72 for Family 4-pack, plus HST
Day-of-event Ticket Price: $25 each, or $100 Family 4-pack, plus HST
All ticket sales are non-refundable.
Tickets required for children ages 12 months and up.
Ticket includes pre-show art-and-fun activities, a goodie bag of treats to take home, and the feature play Peter Pan presented by DuffleBag Theatre.

To purchase tickets, call 905 713-1818, or visit the Centre at 22 Church Street, Aurora.

It’s an afternoon of full-on fun for the whole family. Enjoy pre-theatre interactive art activities geared for all ages starting at 1 pm; from art activities inspired by the play, to a photo booth experience with memento to take home. Then at 2 pm, take your seat to enter the world of Peter Pan, presented by ‘the nearly world-famous’ DuffleBag Theatre. This company has set us rollicking with laughter previously with Cinderella and Beauty & the Beast. A goodie bag of treats to take away rounds out a special holiday afternoon.

Description of the play

Wendy Darling is sad to learn that she’s growing too old to stay in the nursery any longer, and must move to the adult wing of the house. But when an adventurous young boy offers to fly her to Neverland where she can stay young forever, Wendy is catapulted into an adventure filled with magic pixies, charming pirates, and talking trees! As Peter Pan battles his arch-nemesis Captain Hook in DuffleBag Theatre’s fun version of J.M. Barrie’s beloved classic, even grown-ups will feel like kids again!

Suitable for all ages. Event runs 1 – 3:30 pm.

This Family Holiday Afternoon is generously sponsored by

Richard Gong, State Farm Agent, Aurora    

Tickets: $30 Advance | $35 Day of Event, plus HST

All ticket sales are non-refundable.

Cash bar | CD’s available for purchase

To purchase tickets, call 905 713-1818, or visit the Centre at 22 Church Street, Aurora.

Celebrate the season with a trip around the world when 3x JUNO nom/3x CFMA winning Sultans of String perform their new Christmas Caravan concert, an exuberant show featuring band originals, world music inspired classics, and seasonal favourites to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night. From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, this surprising and delightful holiday fiesta heats up when Sultans of String bring their signature sound to well known gems such as JesuJoy of Man’s DesiringThe Huron Carol (with translated Indigenous lyrics), a djembe-driven Little Drummer Boy, a ska-inspired Feliz Navidad, a Turkish twist on GreensleevesA Charlie Brown Christmas, not to mention a Gypsy-Jazz inspired Django Christmas and a Flamenca-fuelled Jingle Bells. The show features special guest and Canada’s singer to the stars Rebecca Campbell (Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, Alanis Morissette).

We’re thrilled to celebrate the season with this incomparable group as they celebrate their 10th anniversary tour.

Be sure to drop in early this evening to take in the launch of Canada 1917: Comes of Age and Lesson Learned Gallery exhibitions. Reception starts at 6 pm | cash bar, and enhanced gallery offerings for sale this evening.


Tickets: $30 Advance | $35 Day of Event, plus HST

All ticket sales are non-refundable.

Cash bar | CD’s available for purchase

To purchase tickets, call 905 713-1818, or visit the Centre at 22 Church Street, Aurora.

“…an utterly breathtaking experience” – The Whole Note

What could be better on a nippy November evening than to sit back and take in the jazz mastery of Québec’s Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble paying homage to the great Oscar Peterson. With Taurey Butler on the Centre’s Yamaha C7 grand piano, Fraser Hollins on bass, Dave Laing on drums and Bolduc on alto sax.

Bolduc’s CD Swingin’ with Oscar is nominated for a 2017 ADISQ Award (Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la video) for Best Jazz Album.

This concert is generously sponsored by