Culture Days is thrilled to announce the 2018 National Programming Theme — OnBeat!

May 4, 2018

Presented by Sun Life Financial, OnBeat is a collective drumming event bringing together thousands of Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast over the Culture Days weekend: a celebration of rhythm and making the arts accessible, inclusive and fun!Communities large and small are invited to participate in OnBeat by organizing drumming and/or rhythm-inspired events during Culture Days. For the first time in Culture Days history, select events will also live-stream from multiple locations. Visit our website for more details and ideas to get involved.OnBeat is not limited to drumming. Rhythm can make its way into many different art forms and cultural practices including dance, visual arts, theatre, digital arts and storytelling.Sign up for our information webinar on May 17th, 2-3pm EDT, where we will discuss OnBeat, hear from organizers and review Culture Days prep and how-to’s:

Register for our OnBeat Info Session
Culture Days Event Registration is Now Open!
Registration is now open for the 9th annual Culture Days weekend, taking place September 28, 29 & 30, 2018! If you’ve got your event details lined up, just fill in the information and hit publish. Register during the Spring Registration Promotion for a chance to be one of five event organizers from across Canada who will receive a Culture Days promo package, including:

  • A Culture365 feature blog profile all about you and your event
  • A spotlight write-up in this newsletter
  • Social media posts across all platforms about your event

Register before June 8th, 11:59pm EST to be entered to win* this promotional opportunity (valued at $3000) to generate national awareness about your event. Detailed rules and regulations here.

Culture Days Gets a Makeover 
Our website and logos have undergone a redesign and we’re feeling fresh and fine! Check out our website’s new look, and take a peek at our updated logos here. A new Branding Guide and more goodies are on their way, so stay tuned through our social media channels for releases.
Drumming Across Canada

Culture Days has been rounding up stories from across the country that connect drumming, the arts, accessibility and inclusion. Keeping a beat and participating in rhythm-based events have many benefits to both individuals and groups. Get inspired to be OnBeat!

  • From Vancouver, an overview of the varied career of prominent drummer Sal Ferreras:
  • In Toronto, non-profit group Native Women in the Arts host hand-drumming events to empower indigenous women and promote better understanding of traditions with non-indigenous Torontonians:
  • The Community Inclusions Centre in P.E.I. connects young adults with disabilities with skill-building opportunities through drumming exercises:

Photo: Culture Days 2016 in Kingston, ON. Courtesy of Mark Bergin

Culture Days is Hiring
The Culture Days office, based in Toronto, is currently hiring for two positions that will support both nation-wide and Ontario-based initiatives.

The postings will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Please share the links below with your networks:

Website and Digital Assets Coordinator

Communications and Outreach Coordinator (bilingual)*
*This position is offered as part of the Canada Summer Jobs program
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Subject to Official Rules at Open to legal resident of Canada (excluding the Provinces of Quebec); (b) located in Canada (excluding the Provinces of Quebec); (c) of the age of majority in his/her province or territory of residence. Contest Closes at 11:59:59 PM (EDT) on June 8, 2018. Five prizes are available to be won and consists of: a Culture Days 365 Blog post written by a professional Culture Days writer; (ii) a Culture Days e-newsletter announcement of the winners with links to the individual’s 365 Blog post; (iii) a Culture Days social media post and (iv) be featured on Culture Days Blog Post for a one (1) week period starting the first week of August to help promote the event. Approximate retail value of each Prize is $3,000 CDN. Random draws by defined region: June 13, 2018. Odds of being selected depend on the total number of eligible entries received per defined region. The ten selected entries by defined region will be judged and the entry that receives the highest overall score by defined region will be declared the eligible winner. Correct answer to a mathematical skill-testing question required.