Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Sudbury Irish Arts Association Inc.

CCE SIAAI concerns itself with the development of an environment conducive to: promoting traditional Irish music and arts in all forms; promoting, in particular, the playing of the harp and uilleann pipes locally; promoting Irish traditional dancing and singing with the traditional music; fostering and promoting the use of the Irish language; creating a closer bond among all lovers of Irish music and culture.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Sudbury Irish Arts Association Inc. (a non-profit, charitable organization) was originally formed on March 17, 1996 under the name Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Sudbury Branch. Since the begining, we have produced 14 Irish Celtic fairs, and ran a variety of weekly programs, large community shows (e.g. Echoes of Erin) and preformed in countless venues.  We also train local adult singers, dancers and speakers of Irish, and also children to dance, sing, speak Irish, Irish crafts, do plays, and play fiddles and tin whistles.  Our programs are provided on a weekly basis to children, youth and adults.  We also run a week long Irish Summer school.

Greater Sudbury Public Library (GSPL)

Contact Name: Jessica Watts

The Greater Sudbury Public Library promotes literacy, preserves the past, and explores new ideas in Greater Sudbury. There are many ways the public libraries support arts and culture in the community including: providing art spaces to display visual art, offering spaces for groups to gather and perform, hosting special events and regular library programs, and promoting online through our website and social media. GSPL aims to support local writers by promoting local talent and highlighting works written by local authors. The Main Library also houses a Makerspace open to makers of all ages and we run a regular Maker-in-Residence program that is open to makers who want to share their skills and vision with the community of Greater Sudbury. Through this program we are open to all forms of making and invite applicants from all traditional areas of art, technology and electronics. With 13 locations in the Greater Sudbury area, opportunities to further promote arts and culture to the wider community are possible though the public libraries.

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Heiti, Matthew

Born and living in a meteor crater in Northern Ontario, Matthew has a BFA in acting and an MA in creative writing. He is the author of a novel, The City Still Breathing, as well as several plays. He is currently playwright-in-residence with Pat the Dog Theatre Creation.

Lowe, Andy

Mairs, Beth

Myth and Mirrors Community Arts

Contact Name: Blaire Flynn

“Through the process of multi disciplinary artistic practices and public art interventions, Myths and Mirrors collaborates with community to weave art and story into the landscape and practices of our daily lives.  We actively seek unexpected connections, openings, opportunities and possibilities of collectively being in the world.  We push boundaries and create openings for public participation in social transformation.  Everyone is welcome to imagine and create community with us.”

We work to blur the lines between artist and audience and push boundaries around places of artistic creation and experience. We use methods of artistic subversion to question who is artist, who is audience, where and when art is made and experienced. As community and environmental connections become increasingly electronic and virtual, Myths and Mirrors seeks ways to reconnect. We believe it is necessary to find opportunities for first hand connections. By sharing our stories in meaningful and tangible ways we humanize and learn to be a community.

While M&M continues to create collaborative visual art such as murals, we are also directing our energies toward performance, puppetry and circus arts.

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Sanders, Bill

Bill Sanders has been working as an arts professional for over 30 years. He was the Technical Director for Rainbow Theatre in Parry Sound in the early 90s and then came back to Sudbury to work backstage at the Sudbury Theatre Centre. In 1993 he secured a full time position at Laurentian University in the Fraser Auditorium. It was at this point that he started to collaborate with Amber J. Hicks acting in Murder Mysteries. He also acted for Windmill Theatre in Lively and then backs at The Sudbury Theatre Centre in Arsenic and Old Lace. The Theatre Centre then asked him to direct in the following summer. Bill cast local actors to perform in Run for Your Wife, which received glowing reviews. He was also working for Theatre Cambrian as Technical director on A Christmas Carol. He has designed set, lights and multimedia for The Trojan Women, Sept 11 th Project, String of Pearls, Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest for the Thorneloe Theatre program. He has written 2 plays and co- wrote 9 others, wrote two skit comedy shows and writes all of his own standup comedy. Bill has been doing corporate comedy events for the since 2005. Bill was also on the Board of the Fringe Festival and then performed at the festival in Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead. He is presently a member of ACTRA and is working with Sarah Gartshore on a variety of projects.

Smith, Melissa A.

Casting Director and owner of MAS Acting Studios Inc.  Specialising in the are of film and television for the past 5 years.

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Straughan, Judi

An actor/director in community theatre, Judi became program leader of drama, film and visual art at Sudbury Secondary School.  A theatre teacher at Thorneloe, she was publicist and education coordinator at Sudbury Theatre Centre until 2015.

Sudbury Theatre Centre

The Sudbury Theatre Centre is a professional theatre company, located in Sudbury, Ontario. STC offers expansive programming including a performing arts series that includes music, dance, comedy, and spectacle which complement their existing main-stage theatre series.


Artistic Director: John McHenry

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Urquhart, Susan

Susan Urquhart is a classically trained soprano and violin soloist available for special events.  Teacher of both the Royal Conservatory of Music and Suzuki methods of violin playing.  Musical theatre and Royal Conservatory of Music vocal teacher and coach of all levels.

Her areas of interest include Music Theatre & Opera, and Choral Music.  Other organization affiliations include: Musical director of the Sudbury Chamber Signers and current member of the Ontario Music Teachers Association.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Music and Licentiate in Music from Queens University.

She is always looking for a new and different performing opportunities.  Contact her by phone: 705.919.8232 or via email: