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Ontario Culture Days kick off in the Sault


Opening ceremonies were held Friday in Sault Ste. Marie for Ontario Culture Days.

For the next three weeks, the Sault's Cultural Corridor Hub will host a series of events at various arts and culture sites.

Events began in front of the James L. McIntyre Centennial Library, with speeches from organizers and local dignitaries.

Officials said the library is hosting a number of events in the coming weeks.

“Our biggest event was the Outdoor Culture Day, to kind of jumpstart the big events," said Elise Schofield.

"We’ve got Truth & Reconciliation Day coming up. So, we have some pre-recorded videos, Voices of Bawating, as well as some local Indigenous authors that speak about themselves, their history, as well as the books that they’ve authored.”

Ontario Culture Days is a celebration of arts, culture and heritage in Sault Ste. Marie.

“These are events where you can get hands-on, you can have fun with arts and culture, you can experience spaces you might not always go into," said Ruth Burns of Ontario Culture Days.

"It’s just a space for communities to come together and really enjoy creativity.”

One of the venues hosting events is the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site, where things will get loud.

Every hour, historical re-enactors light the cannon and shoot their muskets -- of course, the guns contain no actual ammunition.

“A gun of this size … you could use a half-a-pound or eight ounces of black powder," said Capt. Brent Beacroft, of the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada.

"Today, we’d normally use ... about two ounces, and it’ll still give you quite a bang.”

Officials said the Sault has much to offer in the way of arts of culture.

“Sault Ste. Marie is one of the hubs that we have for the province," said Burns.

"And we’re really just so impressed with the incredible cultural community that is in this city.”

A full list of events can be found on the culture days website. Top Stories

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