Arts Festival


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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government's mandate to maintain physical distancing, the Municipality of Port Hope is celebrating the Arts Festival virtually and around town on August 8, 2020. 

Celebrating the arts in Port Hope

The 2020 experience will look a little different than Arts Festivals of past, but at it's heart, the event is still a celebration of art, agriculture and community! This year, the event will feature a virtual marketplace of artisan vendors, live music around town, art in downtown windows and a radio play. Check it out:

Painting supplies and canvas

The work of 32 artists will be displayed in the windows of various commercial establishments in Port Hope. Where will you visit first?

The original art pieces will be on display (and for sale!) from August 1 to August 13. Enjoy the discovery.

Venue: Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, 20 Queen Street
Artist: Brian HoadPeter Holton

Venue: Dreamers Cafe, 2 Queen Street
Artists: Alexandra Peters, Frances Clancy, Judy Waymark

Venue: Dane and Jute, 94 Walton Street
Artist: Barbara Buntin, Frances de Codero BolanosOli Goldsmith

Venue: Bibelot, 91 Walton Street
Artists: Barbara Bickell, Judy Waymark

Venue: First Choice Haircutters, 29 Walton Street
Artist: Stephen Snider 

Venue: Flourish Fashion, 60 Walton Street
Artists: April Potter, Deborah Uhman-Sures, Helen Van Poorten, Herb Jung, Judy Hopkins, Lynda Sellar

Venue: Furby House Books, 65 Walton Street
Artists: Barbara Bickell, Judy Hopkins

Venue: Gallery 18, 18 John Street
Artist: Angelique Hieronymus

Venue: Ganaraska Art & Framing, 93 Walton Street
Artists: Alexandra Peters, Bill TomlinsonPeter Holton

Venue: G Facey Clothing, 57 Walton Street
Artists: Heather Roy, Linda McClelland, Roseanne Dolan, Victoria Terry

Venue: Gould's Footwear, 26 Walton Street
Artists: Frances Clancy, Helen Van Poorten, Judy Hopkins, Linda McClelland, Maggie Money, Philip Hieronymus, Victoria Terry

Venue: Happenstance Coffee Pub, 66 Walton Street
Artist: Suzanne Aldis Routh

Venue: Holton Flowers, 62 Walton Street
Artists: Angelique Hieronymus, Helen Van Poorten, Herb Jung, Judy Hopkins, Lynda Sellar, Peter Holton

Venue: Kingsmill Kitchens and Baths, 64 Walton Street
Artist: April Potter

Venue: Northumberland Arts Gallery & Shop, 8 Queen Street
Artist: Hilda Van Netten

Venue: Port Hope Public Library, 31 Queen Street
Artists: Frances Clancy, Jack Heckbert, Stephen Snider 

Venue: Port Hope Visitors Centre, 20 Queen Street
Artists: Christine Benson, Jenny Munro, Melanie Browne

Venue: Second Helpings, 45 Walton Street
Artist: Herb Jung

Venue: Studio 100, 14 Ontario Street
Artist: Gillian Smith-ClarkMoya McPhail

Venue: Sugar Dust Bakery, 74 Walton Street
Artist: Herb Jung

Venue: Queenies Bake Shop, 16 Walton Street
Artist: Linda McClelland

Watch for colourful chalk designs on the sidewalk outside these locations on August 7 and 8 (or until it rains!).

A sincere and special thanks to local artist Herb Jung for coordinating this initiative!

Microphones set up outsideLive music is an integral part of the annual Arts Festival experience.

Instead of a concert from our historic bandshell this year, we are working with local restaurants to present music around town throughout the weekend.

Reservations are reccomemended.

Musician: Daniel O'Farrell
Venue: Local 90, 90 Mill Street N
Date: Thursday August 6
Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Musician: Bruce Longman
Venue: The Thirsty Goose, 65 Walton Street
Date: Friday August 7
Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Musician: Jeff Biggar
Venue: Trattoria Gusto, 1 Walton Street
Date: Saturday August 8
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Musician: Matt Marcuz
Venue: The Thirsty Goose, 65 Walton Street
Date: Saturday August 8
Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Munician: Brian Bracken
Venue: Local 90, 90 Mill Street N
Date: Sunday August 9
Time: 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Play reading protagonist Rajah

Renowned Canadian Playwright, Dave Carley, takes us on a journey from Sarawak to England to Ontario in the bizarre- and true- story of Esca Brooke in Canadian Rajah.

The true heir to the throne of the then British-ruled Sarawak, Esca is banished as a young boy by the Brooke family - landing with his adopted parents in Madoc, Ontario and attending Trinity College School in Port Hope. In this play, we first meet Esca as a grown man in Toronto as he desperately seeks recognition of his family lineage.

Starring Barbara Worthy (Ranee Ghita Brooke) and Jon De Leon (Esca Brooke), directed by Cecily Smith and audio produced by Victor Svenningson, the cast and crew assembled in beautiful Campbell House Museum in Toronto for the recording of this radio drama and are thrilled to air on Northumberland 89.7FM on Saturday, August 8, at 9pm.

Listen to the play here.


Under the umbrella of the Port Hope Arts Festival, Port Hope resident and esteemed artist Lee Higginson of Fluke Craft will be lending her creative eye to the Capitol’s 90th anniversary celebrations.

The piece will be a visual representation of us coming together in times of trial to create something beautiful. We invite you to watch as this piece unfolds beginning the first days of August live in the Capitol window.

Lee, in conjunction with The Capitol, aims to show the strength we have when we come together and connect.

In an effort to connect through art, Lee will be asking 90 residents to join her in the creative experience. Please visit Lee under the Capitol's Marquee on Friday August 7th for your opportunity to be part of an incredible community art project that Lee will be facilitating throughout our celebrations.

Join us as we honour the incredible 90 incredible years of entertainment and rich history through a series of events connecting our beautiful community of artists, volunteers, supporters and businesses that have helped to shape what the Capitol Theatre is today.

Find out more about the celebrations by visiting

Capitol Connects

Sidewalk chart art

As part of this year's Arts Festival experience, we invite you to break out the sidewalk chalk. A creative and colourful activity, sidewalk chalking is an interactive way to brighten our streetscapes.

Share photos of your designs on social media with the hastag #porthope.

Watch for colourful chalk designs on the sidewalk outside the Art Around Town locations on August 7 and 8 (or until it rains!). Give our friendly Parks staff a big hello, should you see them throughout the downtown!

Don't have sidewalk chalk, try these recipes to make some chalk paint at home:

Sidewalk Chalk Paint
• 1/2 cup cornstarch
• 1/2 cup water
• food colouring
Directions: mix equal parts cornstarch with water and add food colouring. Apply to sidewalk and let dry.

Puffy Sidewalk Chalk Paint

• 1 cup flour
• 1 cup water
• 1/2 cup shaving cream
• food colouring
Directions: Mix flour and water together. Add food colouring and shaving cream to combine.  Pour into squeeze bottles for easy application to sidewalk.

Shop the Market

Shopping the market is a favourite component of our annual Arts Festival experience. This year, we present three shopping options for you to explore.

The Port Hope Farmers Market is running on Satruday mornings (8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) at 56 Queen Street. Visit this open air market to find the freshest locally grown vegetables, baked goods, preserves and more. Please practice physical distancing and enjoy the sights and sounds of our downtown.

Port Hope merchants offer distinction and diversity. Shop local to find items ranging from the rare and curious, to the practical and pretty. Check out our locals support local campaign to plan your route! Please remember your mask when enterting our commercial establishments.

Virtual Vendor Market: The annual artisan marketplace has gone virtual for 2020. Check out the vendor map below to discover original work from the 30 participating makers and artists. Customers are encouraged to contact the artist directly to arrange for purchase pick up or delivery.

For more information about how to get involved with the Port Hope Arts Festival, contact Jeannie Maidens at 905-375-7855