Summer Days 2018 – Laila Haight

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.

Milton Culture Days – Artist Call Out

Arts Milton is looking for an outstanding artist to design and create the Milton Culture Days 2018 stage backdrop. Our phenomenal 2017 backdrop of paper flowers was created by Holly Dionisi from Fleurish.

We welcome submission ideas from individuals, partners, groups, businesses. Projects involving volunteer or public collaboration will also be welcomed.

Any media is a possibility: Plants, Fabric, Paper, Collage, Graffiti, Wood, Recycled goods – the options are endless!

Please send the following information, as well as sketches by June 30, 2018 to Culture Days takes place on September 28-30, 2018.

Full Name:

Marketing Name:


Phone Number:

Detailed Design Plan: (150-200 words. Please include notes on aesthetics, creation, logistics and timing).


Culture Days 2017 Memories – Bollywood West Dance Studio

One of the highlights from our 2017 Milton Culture Days weekend was the interactive dance performance by Bollywood West Dance Studio during our Opening Reception Party.

Performers dressed in traditional attire bounded into the room where they began a lively bhangra dance. Following this, drummer and leader Kulbir taught the audience a series of steps and movements. Before we knew it, the entire room was following along, sudden experts in this ancient art. The beat of the drums pounded vibrantly through the room.

THIS. Is Culture Days.

Summer Days 2017 Memories

2017 was a banner year for the Arts Milton Summer Days performances series. Settled into our new home at the Milton Farmer’s Market, we hosted SIX performances on Saturdays in July and August. From individual singer songwriters, to 4 piece Jaxx quartets, musicians ranged in age from 18-45 in both the emerging and established category. Below is you can take a visual stroll down memory lane!

Special shoutout to Rick Imus Music Studio for professionally providing our technical requirements and arriving early to set up before each performance.

Don’t forget to join us this year at the Market on Saturdays in July 2018.

Beggars by Choice

Ian Green on behalf of Acoustic Blend Cafe

Two Girls

Aubrey Wilson Quartet

Gavin McLeod

Kev Morse

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!

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