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The Tree of Reconciliation sculpture was created by Newmarket-based artist Don Chretien, and is on loan from the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.

The Ministry is inviting Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across the province to share their hopes for reconciliation online or in person when the tree travels to a community.

You can share your message of hope in person when the tree travels to the Aurora Cultural Centre from Wednesday, October 11 until Wednesday, October 18.

Join us this Fall as we continue important dialogue around Reconciliation:


Sweat flies and floorboards tremble – Union Duke is a Toronto folk quintet with an explosive live show. Bridging soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, the group belts out soaring harmonies with three, four and even five voices. The songs are irresistible, the perfect fit for the heatwave of the dance hall or the cool breeze of the park. These five guys have been making a commotion in one way or another since they were kids, and years of making music together have brought them to this: a heartbreak of twang and a bootshake of rock and roll. Union Duke is two fifths city, two fifths country, and one fifth whiskey.

The band works hard, travelling back and forth across the country playing to fans young and old from coast to coast. They’ve played sold out shows where crowds know all the words. They’ve performed at countless festivals including TURF, Mariposa, and Summerfolk, topping the list of must-see acts. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they leave every audience smiling – maybe the golden days aren’t so distant after all.

Take in their soaring harmonies & folk-stomping folk-rock in an unforgettable live experience.

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

To purchase, drop by the Centre, or call the Box Office at 905 713-1818

CASH Bar | CD’s available for cash sale.

General Admission Seating

Doors to the Centre open at 7 pm

General Admission Seating: 7:30 pm

Concert at 8 pm | One intermission

Check them out at www.unionduke.com

The Aurora Cultural Centre, in collaboration with Aurora Public Library, presents the inaugural IFOA Aurora event, featuring Gwen Benaway. Gwen will talk about and read from her new poetry collection, Passage. Moderated by Brock Weir, editor of The Auroran, Gwen will welcomes questions from the audience after the reading.

Books available for purchase on site this evening from Blue Heron Books, Uxbridge.

About Passage

‘Traveling to Northern Ontario and across the Great Lakes, Passage is a poetic voyage through divorce, family violence, legacy of colonization, and the affirmation of a new sexuality and gender.’

Gwen Benaway is of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published two collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead and Passage, and her third collection, What I Want is Not What I Hope For, is forthcoming from BookThug in 2018. A Two-Spirited Trans poet, she has been described as the spiritual love child of Tomson Highway and Anne Sexton. In 2015, she was the recipient of the inaugural Speaker’s Award for a Young Author and in 2016 she received a Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writer’s Trust of Canada.

Tickets are free, and available in advance at the Aurora Cultural Centre, 22 Church Street, and Aurora Public Library. Limited seating; please plan to pick up tickets before the event. Light refreshments served.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organizations:


Thank you to bookseller

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Join us as we celebrate Aurora’s vibrant diversity at the Town of Aurora’s Multicultural Festival at Aurora Town Park. Enjoy free admission to the event, featuring dance, music and a variety of performances.

Drop by to visit us at the Aurora Cultural Centre booth, featuring live painting for the Milestone Mural: A Community Art Project. Watch as professional artist, mural painter and community arts facilitator Ted Hamer creates the images that have emerged out of a busy season of community consultations.

The final results will create a free-standing art installation back on the grounds of the Aurora Cultural Centre. Stay tuned for those exciting details to come later this fall.

Look for our colourful new booth and drop by to see the magic happen!

For more information about the Centre’s Canada 150 Milestone Murals Project, including painting opportunities, please visit here.


















Join us for an insightful evening under the teachings of Brian Charles, an off-reserve member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation.

Brian Charles has been working collaboratively with a small group of knowledge keepers to redevelop an archive and physical repository of wampum belts related to Ojibway history. Using replica wampum belts in this special presentation, he will illuminate a path that not only interconnects the nations and histories of First Peoples in the Eastern Woodland, but also of settler societies in Canada.

Brian Charles is an off-reserve Band member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island and has lived in the Barrie region for over forty years.  He has worked as an Aboriginal Liaison at both the provincial and federal levels for over twenty years.  He currently resides along the western shoreline of Lake Simcoe on the outskirts of the village of Hawkestone.

We invite you this evening to enjoy, as part of your visit, the gallery exhibition Call to Action #83: Eight Indigenous and Eight Non-Indigenous Artists’ Quest for Truth and Reconciliation.

All welcome for this evening talk; questions encouraged.

Admission by donation gratefully received; light refreshments served.

Join us tonight for a fun discussion about the challenges, joys and excitement of print processes plus the process behind the current exhibition: Watershed.

What does the print technique, etching, allow Ms. Menard, to accomplish with her discussion around conservation, indigenous plants and invasive plant species? Why create these images? Why the Don River?

Watershed is Liz Menard’s print and mixed media practice examining our water (systems), biodiversity and indigenous plant species. Using lithography, etching and embroidery techniques, Menard prints perceptions of the landscape and their systems, creating dialogue opportunities on the theme of conservation.

All welcome for this evening talk; questions encouraged.

We’re thrilled to be at the with our friends from the Aurora Music Festival at Aurora Town Park on Saturday, August 5 to support live music in our great town!

Drop by to our colourful new booth to say hi while you’re over taking in the live music today, and discover the great things we have in store for the upcoming 2017/18 season at the Aurora Cultural Centre.

Registration opens August 9 for a range of programs for children, youth and adults.

Courses descriptions and pricing will be available to view on website as of August 9.

Registration is open as of 10 am in-person at the Centre, or on the phone at 905 713-1818. Please note that we are unable to accept registrations either by phone or in person before this time.

TAKE PART in the Milestone Mural creation process

DISCOVER the exhibits: Call to Action #83: Quest for Truth and Reconciliation & Liz Menard’s Watershed

Join us to collaborate, discuss and enjoy the process for the Canada150 Milestone Murals.

Two days to choose from!

THURSDAY JULY 13, 2017  |  3 – 6PM

THURSDAY AUGUST 3, 2017  |  3 – 6PM

We’ll have short introduction to the project and the production ​process. Templates will be available as a method to record your contributions.
What makes Canada great? What visuals, words or feelings come to mind? You are encouraged to share stories, have discussions or create visuals in these arts experiences.

​Your​ visual, written and verbal contributions ​will directly influence the finished look of the mural.


​Won’t be able to join, but still want to contribute a story, memory or visual? Send us your ideas: