Experience - Upcoming Events

Storyteller, songwriter, performer, visual artist and three-time JUNO Award winning Canadian musician Tom Wilson teams up with a 9-piece chamber orchestra for a special multi-disciplinary literary and musical event. Tom uses words and music from his bestselling memoir Beautiful Scars to tell the story of his search for identity, and the surprising discovery of his Mohawk heritage. It is a musical journey inspired by a family history of carefully guarded secrets and profound acts of forgiveness.

Featuring original music by Tom along with works by history’s greatest musical minds, Tom Wilson and the chamber orchestra present a moving and at times very funny night of steeltown secrets, Mohawk skywalkers and inspirational art. Hamilton native Tom Wilson has performed as a member of Junkhouse, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings as well as his most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond.

“A helluva story… Wilson has the ear of the poet and the eye of the painter…capturing a broader cultural moment.”
—Hamilton Spectator

Sponsored by KW Edge Hearth & Home Realty

Amai Kuda et Les Bois captivate audiences from the moment they begin their show with an address to the ancestors and the earth. From that point on people are riveted as songs like Train carry them through scenes of history and colonial expansion, or they are are enveloped in forests at the dawn of time with tunes like Used to Live. Often spell-bound by the lyrics and harmonies, the musicians may have to coax  audience members and remind them that they can dance, but once they do, the contagious celebration of life is felt throughout the space. While challenging issues of oppression and the degradation of the planet through an eclectic melange of roots, blues, R&B, motown continental African and electronic music, these artists manage to create a truly uplifting experience that is not easily forgotten.  Free Event part of BPAC's Cultural Diversity Festival. 

A snapshot of Canadian diversity, The PepTides is an eclectic community of musicians with a rainbow of identities: girls and guys, gay and straight, English and French, black and white and in between, Ukrainian, Mexican, Guyanese, Cree, Acadian, Armenian and Scottish.    Free Event part of BPAC's Cultural Diversity Festival. 

Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan is the founder and CEO of Inclusive Voices Inc. based on Wolfe Island in the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River, the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe.  She is of Onkwehon:we and British descent and her family originates from Six Nations of the Grand River, Brantford, Ontario. Join her for a conversation on a map of Turtle Island to learn more about the Indigenous history of the region and the joint responsibility of returning Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations to the original intentions of the Two Row Wampum and the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Covenants.

A free speaking engagement as part of BPAC’s Cultural Diversity Festival

Beautiful but evil Queen Maligna has usurped the throne of Sylvania on her husband's death. Told by the Magic Mirror that her stepdaughter, Princess Millie (known to her friends as Snow White), is more beautiful. Maligna is consumed with jealousy and determines to kill her. But Snow White has many old friends and finds seven new ones who live in a little cottage deep in the forest. With their help and the dashing bravery of Prince Michael, Snow White is saved and Maligna, revealed as a wicked witch, dies.

*Produced in partnership with Aspects of Dance

Sharpen your writing skills and get peer-to-peer support and encouraging feedback in this FREE, fun and informative writing workshop facilitated by Benjamin Gleisser. Each month, we discuss submissions from 2 members. Visit bengleisser.com for more information and to register.

While global forces are driving migration, cities are the final stop in the journey of migrants. This four-part event series from Port Nelson United Church and the Roseland Community Organization will present different perspectives about global issues, national policies, local implementation and constraints to action. Please join us in this rich opportunity to inform and stimulate on issues of social and community importance.

A Canadian Perspective on Refugee Issues
Dr. Alison Mountz Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Professor of Geography and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration

Much of Dr. Mountz’s work explores how and why people cross borders. She studies the policies and practices designed to ‘manage’ migration, and how Canada has been a leader on refugee policies. Will Canada continue to lead as this global crisis continues to grow?

The re-opening of the Joseph Brant Museum in Burlington, Ontario will take place with a community celebration and FREE admission on September 15, 12 noon to 4 pm. The festivities will feature tours, interactive exhibits, activities and an official ribbon cutting with Burlington Mayor Meed Ward.

Joseph Brant Museum is Burlington’s community museum. With the replica of the original homestead of Joseph Brant ‘Thayendanegea’ (1742-1807), serving as a beacon, the transformed facility has been expanded to provide barrier-free space, including an elevator to the Garden Terrace and replica home. The expansion includes more room for gallery displays, interactive programming, the storage of collections and community outreach. The Museum presents Burlington’s history as well as providing interactive experiences for visitors of all ages.

Parking is limited at the museum. Please take advantage of downtown area parking.

Tales & Dances Around the Baobab takes audience members, children and adults alike, on a fantastic story-telling journey that includes call and response, African dance, song, and live drumming.

Canada's Largest Ribfest is proudly organized by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore. This is our largest and most successful community event and has been around since we planned Ontario's first Ribfest in 1996. Since that day, all proceeds collected have gone to charity. Come celebrate our 24th anniversary with us!