With the main branch of the Milton Public Library in the same building as our Milton Culture Days hub (the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton), it only makes sense to program both locations! This year there will be at least four activities at MPL, spanning various genres – including music, poetry, technology and literature. Visit culturedays.ca to add these free activities to your Bright Spots scheduler!
Beat Box Poetry
Explore poetry using rhythm and rhyme in this interactive workshop. Match words with beats to create original (and musical) poems. Ideal for ages 8-12.
Sept 29, 2PM – 4PM
Play “Rock, Play “Memory” with Sanbot, Play “Battle Cup Game” with EZ-Robot Battle Flipper.
Sept 30, 2PM – 4PM
To launch it’s 50th anniversary season, the Milton Choristers proudly participate in Culture Days 2018 with an energetic and engaging segment that will be fun for all ages! Singing is an art form most people take part in, even if it is in private (the car, the shower!). Come hear this accomplished local choir, learn a bit more about choral music, and join with them in some elements that are sure to amuse you.
Sept 29, 10AM – 11AM
Do you have a story inside you just waiting to get out? Have you been meaning to write your memoirs? Have you always wanted to get better acquainted with great works of literature? Indulge your love of letters with an entertaining series of games and activities.
Sept 29, 11:15AM – 1:15PM
Arts Milton is featuring two young singers this year at Milton Culture Days. Both 15 years of age, Sarah Mills and Ellie Ellsworth will take the Escarpment Hall side stage at different times throughout the weekend.
Sarah Campbell Mills is a 15 year old singer-songwriter from Burlington, Ontario. She performs all over the GTA and just finished playing the Sound of Music Festival in Burlington with her band Outbreak. She has been described as a young Nora Jones because of her smooth tone and laid back style. A big country fan, you will be able to hear a bit of R & B in her sound as well.
Sarah Plays Sept 29, 12PM -2 PM
Ellie Ellsworth is a 15 year old singer, musician, actor and dancer from Milton, Ontario. She began performing at Hawthorne Cafe open mics, in school musicals, show choir and performing as a member of the pop-rock group Girl Pow-R. This year, Ellie will be performing as a solo artist at various events in Southern Ontario.
Ellie plays Sept 30, 2PM – 4PM
The Milton Concert Band is getting into the Culture Days spirit this year! They’ll be turning the conductors baton over to YOU the audience!
“Maestro for a Minute: Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to lead an ensemble of musicians? Well now is your chance! Take the baton and lead the Milton Concert Band through a piece of music. Music Director, Dylan Maddix will be there to lend a guiding hand, if you need it. Hope to see you on the podium!”
Don’t forget to pop the Milton Culture Days dates into your calendar! Sept 28-30, 2018.
Milton’s House of Chords is bringing their popular Lil’ Rockers music program to Culture Days 2018! They’ll be joining us at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton on Saturday September 29, 2018 in the Delridge Room.
Lil’ Rockers invites children and their parents to take part in various music and movement activities (dance, instrument play, cooperative games). This session is going to be high energy, set to a great play list of classic rock hits and current pop music. All of our classes were developed by ECEs to teach children foundational music concepts in a child-friendly way.
Carrie Ismail of Milton’s very popular jewelry brand “Hand to Heart Jewelry” will be back again at Milton Culture Days this year. Carrie is generously providing participants with the opportunity to try their hand at metal stamping!
Participants will be able to hand stamp their own keychain or dog tag necklace. They will complete the whole process of hand stamping including planning their piece, selecting their blanks to stamp on, stamping letter by letter using a weighted hammer, oxidizing the letters, and then polishing and assembling their creation. Capacity will be limited by instructors.
Find Carrie in Bateman Studio #2 on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton.
Arts Milton invites all members and Culture Days Activity Organizers to our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, July 24, at 7 pm at Hugh Foster Hall in Milton. A short AGM with updates on programming, finances and board slate will be followed by a Milton Culture Days meeting.
See you there!
Gavin McLeod will be opening our 2018 Summer Days Performance Series on July 7 at the Milton Farmers’ Market. We’re thrilled to have this talented young musician back again this year! (though no longer quite this young…awww so cute!)
Gavin McLeod is an eighteen year old singer, songwriter and blues guitar player from Milton, Ontario. Gavin has played around the GTA as the frontman of the band Hawthorne, part of the GM Trio and as a solo musician. He has been perfecting his set from an early age on stages such as the Rising Star at the Canadian National Exhibition, the Downtown Milton Street Festival, Radfest, the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto and at his own “Jamming for Joy” charity concert.
You can catch Gavin performing this summer at the the Toronto Jazz Festival with his blues trio, the Downtown Milton Street Festival with both of his bands, as well as at Summer Days 2018.
Arts Milton is excited to welcome John Muirhead to the Summer Days Series at the Milton Farmers’ Market. He’ll be performing on July 14, 2018 at 10 am on the closed down Main Street in front of the Ivy Arms restaurant.
From fingerstyle folk confessionals to rowdy singalong jams, London, ON based folk-rocker John Muirhead will warm your heart, then break it too. With spirit and storytelling at the heart of his music, John would fit snugly between Dallas Green and Bruce Springsteen at a late night Canadian campfire.
In 2016 John released his CFMA nominated debut EP Yesterday’s Smile and showcased at the Folk Music Ontario conference in Ottawa, ON (Youth Discoveries Program participant & Taylor Mitchell Bursary Recipient). John was also named a semi-finalist in the Canadian Songwriting Competition for his song “The Space Between Stars”.
2017 included a summer tour, multiple festival performances, and most notably, a nomination for “Young Performer of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in November. His second EP will be released in Spring 2018 and will be promoted with a national summer tour.
For the past two years we have happily hosted the Aubrey Wilson Quartet as part of our Summer Days Performance Series at the Milton Farmers’ Market. This year, Aubrey will be performing with her sister in law Teri Parker as the Parker Wilson Duo. With the soft vocal stylings of Aubrey and Teri on keyboard, these two women are sure to bring a beautiful vibe on Saturday, June 21! (Beginning at 10 am).
After playing a few of their favourite songs together during 2014, Teri Parker and Aubrey Wilson formed a working band. Since then, the musicians have played over 100 weddings, as well as countless parties, jazz clubs, and festivals. Performing in a style that is acoustically subtle without sacrificing toe-tapping beats, the Parker Wilson Duo suits both wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours.
Teri Parker is a Toronto-based pianist, composer, and performer. She is a University of Toronto Jazz Performance graduate and has also studied in New York City under the tutelage of world-renowned pianists and composers Aaron Goldberg, Sophia Rosoff, and Guillermo Klein. Teri’s jazz band, the Parker Abbott Trio, has released three acclaimed original albums and toured across Canada.
Aubrey Wilson is a jazz vocalist based in Hamilton and Milton. She is a graduate of the Mohawk College Vocal Jazz Performance program, where she studied under esteemed musicians such as Carol McCartney and Mim Adams, and she has been actively involved in the performance arts world since childhood. Aubrey’s jazz outfit, the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, has performed at festivals and clubs across Southern Ontario since 2012.
Musician Laila Haight is bringing the fun and her fiddle during the final Summer Days performance at the Milton Farmer’s Market on July 28, 2018.
Laila began playing the violin at the age of four and added piano to her studies shortly after. She has achieved her ARCT in both instruments and holds a Bachelors degree in violin performance from Wilfrid Laurier University. For over 10 years Laila has enjoyed sharing her love of music with others through performing and teaching private music lessons.