An Art Lover’s Weekend in Sudbury

Summer festivals, multiple art galleries, and creative cuisine make Sudbury a city for art lovers. Follow this weekend itinerary for a fun-filled adventure!
Checking out art at the cozy Laughing Buddha

A weekend in the city surrounded by the very landscape that inspired A.Y. Jackson’s work? It's easier than you think. Just a few hours north of Toronto, the charming city of Sudbury, in Northeastern Ontario has a rich artistic heritage in addition to its well-known history as the nickel capital of the world—today the city has harnessed its creative powers to cultivate the thriving art scene it showcases today. 

Here are the best things to do in Sudbury for an art-filled staycation. 

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Marvel over Sudbury’s Infamous Outdoor Gallery

Volunteer run, non-profit organization We Live Up Here has been transforming bare space into jaw-dropping murals since 2013, creating and curating over 50 public art works in the Sudbury area. You can spend an entire afternoon exploring downtown Sudbury, admiring the unique styles and narratives of the many talented artists. Check out a comprehensive overview of each mural and its artists, or do a DIY mural walk. You can also download the We Live Up Here user-friendly app to assist your self-guided mural tour. For art lovers, the city’s outdoor gallery is truly a highlight, showcasing incredible and inspiring pieces by talented artists from Canada and around the globe.

Every summer, We Live Up Here hosts an art and music festival where they bring in muralists, musicians and artists to contribute to Sudbury’s evolving urban art gallery. Keep an eye out for their upcoming festival on Aug 16-18, 2024! 

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We Live Up Here mural // Gillian Schultze Art

Visit Northeastern Ontario’s Newest Contemporary Canadian Artist

Step into the world of Gillian Schultze, a local Sudbury artist whose deep connection to Northeastern Ontario is strikingly portrayed in her work. Using innovative mixed media, from upcycled materials to natural fiber, Gillian’s art is a testament to her passion and advocacy for preserving the region’s beauty. Colourful and fresh, her pieces remind me of all the best parts of nature. Her gallery in Cedar Pointe Plaza is open by appointment, so you can take the unique opportunity to see the beauty of her artwork and engage in insightful conversation with Gillian herself. Check out the Art Gallery of Sudbury for more ways to experience local and Canadian art! 

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We Live Up Here Mural // Gillian Schultze art

Choose Your Own Adventure

Beyond murals and art galleries, Sudbury offers many other art experiences, so you can spend the rest of your day exploring what suits you! Here are a few ideas:

Indulge in Artistic Dining

In this art-loving city, most restaurants embrace and showcase local artists’ work as a vibrant part of their interior. Continue your creative day with a meal at one of these tasty options.

Knowhere Public House

Nestled in the corner of downtown Sudbury, Knowhere Public House is a cozy, culinary haven. With locally sourced food and drinks on their seasonal menu, a visit to Knowhere always promises new and delicious flavours. Don’t miss their daily-changing tasty soup and grilled cheese combo! Beyond dining, enjoy local artwork and frequent events like Sunday Movie screenings and live music performances. Their laid-back vibe, cozy interior and flavourful food make it the perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploring.

Laughing Buddha

Known for its lively ambiance, the Laughing Buddha seamlessly blends artistry and gastronomy. Their diverse menu boasts of tasty, creative foods and tempting vegan options! Their must-try stone baked pizzas are a definite highlight! The restaurant also serves as an art space, displaying incredible offsite exhibitions from the Art Gallery of Sudbury. Know before you go with a peek at The Laughing Buddha’s current and upcoming exhibitions.

Laughing Buddha art wall Yummy soup at Knowhere Pub
Art at the Laughing Buddha / Soup and sammy at Knowhere Pub

Finish the Evening in Style

Enjoy a Night Out at Alibi Room

If you’re in search of delicious, innovative cocktails, look no further. Alibi Room is well known for their swanky vibe and handcrafted drinks. They often have live music, from Open Mic Wednesdays to a live DJ on Thursdays.

Stay at Homewood Suites by Hilton

Homewood Suites provides a genuinely comfortable stay with its spacious rooms. Each room features a convenient kitchenette, allowing guests to prepare their meals or store outside food in the refrigerator. Kickstart your day of exploration with the complimentary hot breakfast, and unwind in the indoor pool in the evening. The hotel also offers free parking, perfect for out-of-own visitors, and is conveniently situated near downtown Sudbury and popular locations like Kivi Park and Salute Coffee.

About Velika Masongsong

Velika is a writer, creator, digital strategist and full time explorer. She has travelled to over 38 countries and works with local businesses to help create the content of their dreams. To get to know Velika, here are two truths and a lie: she has been bitten by a sea lion in the Galapagos, she accidentally crossed into China by foot, and she has skydived four times in four different countries. Follow her adventures on Instagram: @Veleeks

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