Remembering Milton Culture Days 2017

As we gear up for Milton Culture Days 2018, we reminisce about the sheer awesomeness that was the 2017 event!


The South Asian Mommies of Milton pose right before walking the fashion show runway.


Gwen Rousseau of Fabrilicious creates a fabric sculpture on the Artist at Work Stage.


A young girl practices sewing buttons with seamstress Maria Amaya


Emily Coe poses during the Cosplay Masquerade


Christa Strong from Couture Cupcake Boutique painstakingly icing a cake in front of an audience.


Halton Dance Network dancers perform in the Escarpment Hall


Two girls try their hand on a sewing machine with Yours Truly Althea


Magician Tyler Fergus playfully performs with a young volunteer


Two girls contribute to the Arts Milton 2017 community project by painting hearts on kites



Children practice spoken word poetry with Tom Carson

The Friendship Project – Newcomers Wanted



As part of our mission to connect the greater Milton community with artists of all genres in the spirit of providing cultural enrichment, Arts Milton is offering a new program entitled “The Friendship Project”. This project, which will take place from Jan-Mar 2018, will connect newcomers with hosts from the Milton community and have them discover inspiring local arts and culture together.

We’ve posted our call-out below – please share it with any newcomers whom you think might benefit. The ideal participants are individuals, couples/friends, or families who have lived in Canada for less than three years, and have children over the age of 5.

Please note that all Volunteer Host spots have now been filled.

There are still newcomer places remaining. Email us now.

Milton Culture Days – Orange Snail Brewers

Arts Milton will be hosting an Opening Reception Party at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton as the kick off to the 2017 Culture Days weekend on Sept 29 (7-10 pm, 19+). Our featured drink will be a nice cold beer from the locally owned and operated Orange Snail Brewers, and the treat of choice will be cupcakes from one of our Activity Organizers – M5 cakes. We have a feeling you’re going to want to be first in line at this party…

Here is the lowdown on the two men behind the Orange Snail brew:

The rock of Orange Snail Brewers, Damion makes sure every brew is of the highest quality. Damion believes that beer is an expression of its creator, and should be made with the finest ingredients. Even though he hates Kevin’s “wet” humour, he loves working with him in creating new and interesting pints for friends to enjoy.

A little ADD, but well intentioned, Kevin loves creating new and exciting brews with no boundaries. If he’s not frustrating Damion, Kevin can be found researching ingredients and creating beers with a certain ignorant appeal. If you have a beer quest, Kevin’s the guy to talk to!

We’re not just appealing to your tastes buds on the 29th – we’re going to wow you with entertainment, and get you up and moving! Here is the night’s schedule:

7:15 – 7:30 PM – Speeches – Mayor, Arts Milton President
7:30 – 8:00 PM – Bollywood West Dance Studio performance and short lesson
8:00 – 8:30 PM – Line Dancing Lesson
8:30 – 9:00 PM – Magic of Tyler Fergus Illusionist Show
9:00 – 10:00 PM – Kev Morse Live Music

See you there!

Milton Culture Days – Real Canadian Superstore

Real Canadian Superstore Milton is again showing support to its neighbour – Milton Culture Days 2017 at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. Their assistance to this year’s event is multi-faceted. Like last year, they will be sponsoring all of the green room snacks and beverages for our hardworking Activity Organizers. They will also be providing the treats for our Opening Reception Party on September 29 (7-10 pm) in the MinMaxx Hall.

Finally, on behalf of RCSS, the PC Cooking School and dietitian Karolina Otto will host a 2 hour cooking workshop in which children will be taught how to put together Mexican dips. Add this activity to your Culture Days Bright Spots Schedule now.

Milton Culture Days – Lowe’s + Arts Milton Community Project

Arts Milton is thrilled to have new Milton home and hardware store Lowe’s Canada sponsor it’s annual Culture Days Community Project. Led by artist Aparna Rangnekar. this year’s collective creation asks participants to create their own painted kite tile, to be added to a wall mural at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. Add this activity to your Culture Days schedule now!

Lowe’s has generously provided all of the materials necessary to complete the project – including paint, brushes, tiles and more!

More than six decades ago, Lowe’s began as a small neighbourhood hardware store. The philosophy was simple: to deliver superior customer service. That first store was a place where customers always felt welcomed, and always found the help they needed.

At our new Canadian stores, you’ll find thousands of products covering every area of home improvement, from the top brands you know and trust. With our Everyday Low Prices, you can have the confidence that you’re getting the best value without having to wait for a sale.
Never stop improving!

Milton Culture Days – Milton Choristers

The Milton Chorister session at Milton Culture Days 2017 will include a short greeting by their MC introducing the audience to the choir, it’s music and history, followed by an interactive warmup and “round” song that will be sung together. The choir will then perform a selection of 2 or 3 songs from our current repertoire of Canadiana music, celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

You can join in or watch on Sept 30 at 11 am at The FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. Visit now to add it to your Bright Spots Schedule!

Milton Culture Days – Red T Media

Arts Milton welcomes back Red T Media to Milton Culture Days this year. They’ll be boggling your mind with big questions and speed philosophy!

The Great Big Question Scavenger Hunt
Calling all little thinkers! Join us on an adventure in thinking as we explore big questions and search for a bunch of different answers. Stretch your brain, wiggle your imagination, and get ready to talk someone’s ear off (in a good way). You too could be a philosopher!
Presented by Red T Media, publisher of “ThinkAboutIt: Philosophy for Kids” and producer of the app/digital series “Wiseland.”

Speed Philosophy
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at philosophy, but didn’t know where to start? Thinkers ages 13-113 are invited to play with ideas in a fun, relaxed, informal environment, similar to speed dating. Bring your open mind and leave with nuggets of wisdom that’ll keep you thinking and talking for weeks after. No previous experience necessary!
Presented by Red T Media, publisher of “ThinkAboutIt: Philosophy for Kids” as well as digital philosophy resources for all ages.

Milton Culture Days – Artists and Children Together Exhibition

Alongside the 2017 Milton Culture Days, the Milton Community Resource Centre will present a exhibition of art in the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton Holcim Gallery entitled “The Expressive Languages of Children“. Discover the work and experiences of children aged 1-8 years as documented by artists and educators. On view from September 25 – October 15, 2017.

MCRC is the lead agency for Artists and Children Together (ACT), an innovative initiative that integrates local artists into Early Learning and Licensed Child Care programs. Artists and Educators work collaboratively to listen deeply to children and offer a variety of materials and experiences that support them in sharing their ideas, feelings, questions and theories in multiple ways. Families are viewed as partners in this initiative, and thinking and learning is captured through a process called Pedagogical Documentation.

Milton Culture Days – Canadian Pakistani Association of Halton

The Canadian Pakistani Association of Halton is going all in for Milton Culture Days this year. They’ll be hosting a vibrant photo booth in which participants will be invited to try on various cultural Pakistani clothing, and have their photo taken professionally in front of a colourful backdrop. All photos will later be uploaded to the Arts Milton Facebook page for you to share with family and friends! October 1, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

CPAH is also offering two cultural crafts for kids. On September 30 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, kids can attempt mehndi using henna and pre-created designs. On October 1 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, children can try their hand at block printing using carved wooden images, and various paint colours. These activities can be found in the Fieldgate Atrium at the North Entrance to the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton.

Finally, CPAH member Hamna Ghalib will wow crowds with her henna application ability as part of Arts Milton’s Artist at Work stage. Find her there on September 30, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm in the Escarpment Hall.

Milton Culture Days – Poetry

Milton Culture Days 2017 will have two excellent poetry sessions available:

Tom Carson – Spoken Word Poetry

Create your own spoken word poem with Tom Carson using a sampler and some pre-designated beats. Each participant will work with a preset vibe and some key prompt words, and create a brief spoken word.

Tim Horton’s Studio
October 1, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Frishta Fresh Poetry – Poetic Resistance

“Poetic Resistance”-  During this workshop, we will be discussing ways in which English might have been a barrier, either because of your immigration status or your parents’. We will also be discussing racism, xenophobia, stereotypes and expressing our emotions through poetry. The objective of this workshop is to create an open and safe space for self-expression though poetic form. Attendees will learn to write poetry in whichever language they prefer.

Bateman Studio #2
September 30, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


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