Summer Days – Two Girls Music

The second to last instalment of this year’s Summer Days Performance Series hosted by Arts Milton at the Milton Farmer’s Market will feature Two Girls Music on September 2, 2017.

Two Girls is a country music duo made up of sisters Samantha Nikolich & Alycya Nikolich, based out of Southern Ontario. Having sung together much of their lives they’ve developed harmony blends like no others, and their twist on older and newer country tunes will leave you wanting more!

The girls have been performing together and separately across Southern Ontario for several years, going as far as North Bay to perform during North Bay’s summer in the Park.

“Growing up, music was ever present in our lives. Our grandmother used to bribe us to get us up on stage singing in front of other people. Much of the music we listened to was country, especially the Loretta Lynn’s and Johnny Cash’s of the country music world. Singing country felt like a great fit, and the old country songs really give us a nostalgic feeling, we try to draw as much inspiration from that as possible.” – Samantha & Alycya Nikolich

The girls are currently hard at work writing some original music of their own. You may be lucky enough to hear some of what they have in store at one of their upcoming performances. They hope to be in studio recording their first album very soon. Keep an eye out for these two, they will be making waves in the music scene!

Summer Days – Gavin McLeod

On August 26, House of Chords will be featuring one of their finest, Gavin McLeod Music during Arts Milton‘s Summer Days performance series at the Milton Farmers’ Market.

Gavin is a singer/songwriter inspired by musicians such as Mumford and Sons, Foo Fighters, The Lumineers, City and Colour, Nirvana, Muse, Coldplay, and Led Zeppelin.

House of Chords offers a variety of services including private music lessons, performance & band programs, summer camps, lil’ rockers preschool music programs and recording to students in Milton, Ontario and the surrounding area. House of Chords also boasts a full service music store on-site with the best in musical instrument sales, rentals & repairs.

Catch Gavin playing from 10 am to 11 am on August 26th at the downtown Market, across from the scholarship cafe.

Annual General Meeting 2017

Join Arts Milton for our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 7 pm in the Hugh Foster Hall.

We’ll recap last year’s success and welcome new board members. The AGM presentation will be followed by a Culture Days meeting. All Arts Milton Members, community members, and Culture Days Activity Organizers are invited to attend!

Summer Days – Aubrey Wilson Quartet

There is nothing that speaks of a casual summer morning than the jazzy musical stylings of the Aubrey Wilson Quartet. The band is made up of Chris Bruder on piano, Tom Altobelli on bass, Sean Bruce Parker on drums and bandleader Aubrey Wilson on vocals.

Aubrey participated in Mohawk’s jazz choir, as well as performed at the 11th annual gala featuring Heather Bambrick. In addition, Aubrey sang backup during the Larry Carlton concert, recorded back up vocals for Nikki Jumper, and recorded at Grant Avenue Studios for the Mohawk College Christmas and Promotional C.D.

The Aubrey Wilson Quartet has been actively gigging in both the Hamilton and Toronto areas since 2012. “Together the band has a dynamic, high-energy sound over a range of jazz standards. They represent the next wave of jazz players in the city, bringing their own energy, experience, and musical sensibilities wherever they play.” – SteelCityJazz

Catch Aubrey and her crew doing an Arts Milton Summer Days Series performance at 10 am on August 19, 2017 at the Milton Farmer’s Market.

Summer Days – Acoustic Blend Café

Jason Hales and accompanist Ian Green will open the 2017 Arts Milton Summer Days performance series at the Milton Farmer’s Market. Representing Acoustic Blend Café, the duo will perform music in the styles of Billy Joel, Elton John, Barenaked Ladies, Beatles, Burton Cummings and Musical Theatre.

Acoustic Blend Café is an organization hosting monthly acoustic music concerts that have been operating on a not-for-profit basis in the Hamilton area since 2009. Their goal is to provide an affordable venue for progressing and emerging talent to perform, and to broaden the Canadian music scene in a culture that is seeing live music venues steadily closing. They focus on building community by supporting local Canadian talent and business, offering advertising space in brochures, featuring their products during the performances, as well as promoting them during the show through between-act announcements.

Summer Days 2017

Aubrey Wilson Quartet in 2016 at the Farmer’s Market

We are happy to announce that the Arts Milton Summer Days Peformer List is complete – and this year we are hosting more musicians than last!

Join us on the following dates at the Milton Farmers Market to hear the musical stylings of these awesome local musicians:

August 5, 2017: Acoustic Blend Cafe – Jason Hales & Ian Green
August 12, 2017: Kevin Morse
August 19, 2017: Aubrey Wilson Quartet
August 26, 2017: House of Chords features Gavin Mcleod
September 2, 2017: Two Girls
September 9, 2017: Beggars by Choice

Culture Days 2017 Call for Participation

What is Culture Days?

Virtually any activity is possible during Culture Days as long as it is free and brings creators and the public closer together: visitors to a theatre are invited to attend a dress rehearsal, a professional songwriter records a song with a class of students, a glassblower shares the glow of their studio, a museum opens its restoration workshop to the public, a walking tour encourages neighbours to look at their architecture in a whole new light … the possibilities are endless! You can view 2016 Activities on this page.

There is no fee to register. If you have a free participatory or interactive arts or cultural activity to offer the public during the Culture Days weekend—be it new or something you already have planned — email Arts Milton with your idea! We will require the details of you and your activity, including names, contact info, description and a representative photo. We will then register your activity with where it will benefit from a major national marketing and communications campaign, including access to free customizable Culture Days materials to help promote your activity.

For best results and to increase the chances of attracting attendance to your activity, consider working collaboratively with other Activity Organizers at our hub location.

Activity Guidelines

Your activity must be free to the public

All activities registered as part of Culture Days are to be offered as free activities. All Organizers volunteer their time, staff and materials.

The activity should take  place during the Culture Days weekend: September 29-October 1, 2017

Activities registered as part of Culture Days take place during this year’s Culture Days weekend, but you do not need to have three days of activities or activities that last all day. Milton benefits well from a number of single one-hour participatory events on Sept 30 or Oct 1. If your organization already offers arts learning or outreach activities, simply schedule one of your regular events during Culture Days.

The activity needs to be participatory

All Culture Days activities are participatory in nature. This means that your activity involves some kind of hands-on aspect or offers the public “backstage”/behind-the-scenes access to see how you do, and what you do. Invite the public to go beyond a typical audience experience and instead play a part in the creative process. For instance, if you are in a choir, rather than stage a performance, you might offer a workshop on how to sing or harmonize; if you own or operate a dance studio, you might offer a dance class.

Engagement and participation is key regardless of the activity. Don’t forget that fun counts too! Most people love to do what they normally don’t have a chance to experience.

Culture Days is Craftastic!

In addition to the 18 other arts and crafts activities at Milton Culture Days there will be sewing needles aplenty throughout the weekend. These activities below are sure to be sew awesome!


Hand sew Felt Animals with master Milton seamstress Maria Amaya on Sat, Oct 1 at 11:30-1:30 PM.


Learn how to use a sewing machine with Yours Truly Althea and create your own Beanie Bug on Sat, Oct 1 from 1:30-3:30 PM.


Try your hand at classic bead Embroidery with Shaima Hasan on Sun, Oct 2 from 10:00-11:30 AM.

Culture Days: Milton Centre for the Arts + Chess

One of the biggest components of Milton Culture Days is the location. All activities are held in a one hub location – the Milton Centre for the Arts! Arts Milton is thrilled to have so many beautiful rooms and spaces to lay out this busy event, including the main thoroughfare of the Cogeco Escarpment Hall and the Fieldgate Atrium.

Other activities will take place in the MinMaxx Hall, Delridge Room, and Bateman and Tim Horton’s Studios.


But the MCA fun doesn’t stop there! Visitors can also take advantage of a free chess lesson with Candidate Chess Master Hal Bond and Milton Centre for the Arts Manager of Cultural Services Rob Mackay. If you win a game against Rob, you’ll have the chance to win free tickets to Ian Thomas at the MCA on November 25, 2016!

We look forward to meeting Miltonians at this location on Oct 1 and 2 – a space which is integral to our community in so many ways.

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