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Juno-winning singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark headlines Wainfleet Summer Games event

Juno-winning singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark headlines Wainfleet Summer Games event
Juno-winning singer and songwriter Susan Aglukark will headline the special one-day Canada Summer Games event taking place in Wainfleet on Aug. 16
Juno-winning singer and songwriter Susan Aglukark will headline the special one-day Canada Summer Games event taking place in Wainfleet on Aug. 16

It’s not every day that a Juno Award-winning artist makes the trek all the way to Wainfleet, but ‘Fleeters will get to see a big-name Canadian act perform — for three, to boot — when the township hosts its 2022 Canada Summer Games 13 for 13 Cultural Festival event next week.

The Games, which kicked off Aug. 6 and have brought more than 5,000 athletes, coaches and managers, and volunteers from across Canada, are seeing each of Niagara’s 12 cities and towns hosting events. They will showcase the unique cultural heritage, entertainment, art and culinary experiences of different provinces and territories.

Wainfleet is hosting the Nunavut experience on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in Wainfleet Arena park at 31943 Park St. The event will feature headliner and Juno Award-winning Nunavut performer and songwriter Susan Aglukark.

The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with kids/francophone programming, followed by a performance by local artists Great Lakes Swimmers at 7 p.m. and Aglukark at 8:30 p.m.

Last fall, Wainfleet Township’s director of operations, Richard Nan, told township council that the regional Summer Games committee suggested each municipality establish their own Games committee to hold special one-day events. Nan, who sits on Wainfleet’s committee, said the committee lucked out by having one member with deep connections with the tourism and culture industry in Nunavut in the far north.

That helped pave the way for the township to land Aglukark.

Nan said the township was also moving its local farmers market from its regularly scheduled day to coincide with the 13/13 event on Aug. 16.


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Dundas and surrounding areas host fundraising cycling events

Dundas and surrounding areas host fundraising cycling events
A cyclist on the temporary Hatt Street bikeway shortly after it opened in August 2021

Two fundraising cycling events may impact traffic in and around Dundas, but won’t require any temporary road closures, according to the City of Hamilton.

Ride to Conquer Cancer comes to Dundas and Flamborough June 11 and 12, then ALS Revolution Ride hits Valley Town and Ancaster roads Sunday, Sept. 25.

“They are ‘moving lane occupancies’ with the assistance of Hamilton Police at all controlled intersections,” said city spokesperson Michelle Shantz.

Several Ride to Conquer Cancer routes pass through Dundas and Flamborough June 11 from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 5 p.m., and again June 12 from 6 to 10 a.m.

Affected streets both days include: Brock Road, Harvest Road, Rock Chapel Road, Valley Road, York Road, Olympic Drive and Cootes Drive. Westoby Ice Surface on Olympic is identified as a “cheering station.”

More information on the Ride to Conquer Cancer can be found at:

The September ALS Revolution ride includes two routes, one 40 kilometres and one 90 km, both starting and finishing on Hatt Street at Shawn & Ed Brewing.

Both routes travel through Dundas to Cootes Drive and through Ainslie Wood to Wilson Street in Ancaster and Jerseyville Road, Shaver Road, Book Road, Butter Road, Fiddlers Green Road, and back to Dundas through Ainslie Wood residential streets to the Cootes Drive multi-use trail. The exact route through Dundas was not confirmed by deadline.

More information on the ALS Revolution ride can be found at

Ride to Conquer Cancer

June 11

Day 1 — Classic Route — Toronto to Hamilton

10 a.m. to noon

June 11

Day 1 — The Hammer — Toronto to Hamilton

12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

June 12

Day 2 — Classic Route — Hamilton to Niagara Falls

6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

—Maps provided by City of Hamilton

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A summer of hit-and-miss for festivals and traditional events in the Peterborough area

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Kathleen Edwards sings at the Peterborough Folk Festival in 2019.

In a hit-and-miss summer for festivals and gatherings in the Peterborough area, residents are going to miss out on the likes of Peterborough Pulse, the Kawartha Craft Beef Festival, Hootenanny on Hunter, and Kawartha Rotary Rib Fest.

The DBIA has put its focus on recovery for businesses downtown. Instead, people are being encouraged to get out shop, eat and explore the core.

But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a return of some of the other more popular events that the people have gotten used to.

Here’s a list to help you plan your summer:


Held on the shores of Little Lake, Peterborough’s Dragon Boat Festival is a vital fundraiser for the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation, supporting world-class cancer and breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment at your hospital. Race day is June 11.


A proud to be a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, NIFF opens with ceremony on June 21 and continues with public performances from June 22 to 26 at the East Bank campus of Trent University.


While it is still lining up acts, Musicfest has already announced three free concerts so far for Del Crary Park. It will kick off July 2 with Styx frontman Lawrence Gowan. The following Saturday, July 9, they welcome indie rock band The New Pornographers. And on Saturday, July 16, Dwayne Gretzky is back.


The Lakefield Jazz Art Craft Festival invites all July 9 to a breezy day of outdoor summer living beside Lakefield’s scenic Otonabee River, to enjoy a wide variety of jazz music, colourful works for sale by artisans and crafters, local food, and beverage vendors.


Taking place at the Buckhorn Community Centre, festival visitors have the chance to admire beautiful works of art while surrounded by the natural beauty of Buckhorn. The 2022 Buckhorn Festival of The Arts will take place on Aug. 13 and 14.


Held on the stage at the rear of Nicholls Oval Park, this free three-day music and art festival returns the weekend of Aug. 19 to 21. Organizers have yet to release an artist line-up.

The Lakefield Jamboree has officially been called off for 2022 and Havelock Jamboree officials have yet to announce whether the event will go ahead this summer.

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The Warehouse celebrates youth achievement with plethora of events

The Warehouse celebrates youth achievement with plethora of events
The local Boys and Girls Club has come a long way in the last 50-plus years, including a move from Wellington Street to Lindsay Street and new branding as BGC Kawarthas. The club is once again celebrating the contributions of youth to the community on June

After keeping Kawartha Lakes Youth Award ceremonies small over the last two years due to COVID-19 restrictions, BGC Kawarthas (Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes) is going big this year with a week of special activities designed to celebrate youth achievement.

The fun kicks off Tuesday (June 7) with the Music Makers’ open mic night from 6 to 8 p.m. where youth can share their songs, poems, dances and spoken word performances. Snacks and good vibes will be in abundance.

In addition, the Keystone Youth Council, which is comprised of local high school students, is organizing local speakers to share their experiences with mental health.

A three-on-three basketball tournament is scheduled to take place on Wednesday (June 8) from 6 to 9 p.m. at the outdoor basketball court. Teams of six players — consisting of at least two female/two male identifying players — are being sought. Costumes or matching outfits are encouraged for bonus points but are not mandatory.

On Thursday (June 9), the Warehouse presents its Flea Market: Spring Edition showcasing the arts, crafts and food from its youth and community members. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the outdoor basketball court and features 20 local vendors, providing an excellent opportunity to support local businesses and the youth that will be creating some of their first pop-ups.

The week wraps up with the Kawartha Lakes Youth Awards presented at the club, located at 107 Lindsay St. S. in Lindsay, on June 10.

The awards were first launched to mark the 50th anniversary of BGC Kawarthas in 2020 and shine a spotlight on youth in our community between the ages of 12 and 24 in eight categories: BGC Club Spirit Award; Arts Achievement; Entrepreneurship; Green Award; Humanitarian; Leadership; Resiliency; and Physical Literacy. Two scholarships are also presented. The Ron Kennedy Scholarship is given to a youth entering post-secondary education or training within the next 12 months. The Marcie Beall Scholarship is offered to the winner of the BGC Club Spirit Award in the 18 to 24 age category.

For more information on the awards and Youth Week events visit Updates will also be posted on the club’s social media on Instagram?@bgcwarehouse and Facebook at? BGC Kawarthas.

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Wondering if your fave festival or event is returning to Cobourg? Here’s a rundown of coming events

Wondering if your fave festival or event is returning to Cobourg? Here’s a rundown of coming events
A number of festivals, including the Waterfront Festival, and several community events are returning to Cobourg in 2022.

Whether you’re looking to try something new for fun in 2022, or wondering whether your fave spring or summer event is returning to Cobourg, theres lots in the works in coming weeks and months.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the festival, and community and cultural events returning to Cobourg:

Northumberland pro wrestling

May 21, 2022, at the Cobourg Community Centre.


Northumberland Players presents “All My Sons”

May 27 to June 12 at the Firehall Theatre.


Film Access Northumberland: Eye2Eye International Film Festival

June 3 to 5, at the Concert Hall at Victoria Hall.


Bike for the Planet: Sustainable Cobourg Bicycle Action committee

June 5, cycle around Cobourg starting at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Victoria Park.


Downtown Cobourg welcomes summer

June 9 and June 10, downtown Cobourg.


58th annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games

June 17 to 18, at Victoria Park.


Silver Salmon Challenge

June 18 to Aug. 27, at the Cobourg Marina.


Cobourg Waterfront Festival

July 1 to 3, at Victoria Park and Rotary Harbourfront Park.


Canada Day celebrations and parade

July 1, in the downtown, Victoria Park, more.


Downtown Cobourg pedestrian friendly walkway

July 8 and 9, downtown Cobourg.


Movies in the park

July 9, Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, at Victoria Park.


Great Pine Ridge region antique and classic car show

July 9, at Victoria Park.


The Concert Band of Cobourg concerts in the park

Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., starting July 5 to Aug. 30.


Beyond the Blue Box 30th anniversary concert

July 22, at Victoria Park.


Northumberland Ribfest and Music Festival

Aug. 12 to 15, at Victoria Park.


Northumberland Festival of the Arts

Sept. 16 to Oct. 2.


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It’s time to ‘Celebrate Havelock’ with return of popular event on May 7

It's time to 'Celebrate Havelock' with return of popular event on May 7
Celebrate Havelock returns to the HBM Community Centre on May 7, 2022 after a three-year hiatus.

  • Celebrate Havelock returns to the HBM Community Centre on May 7, 2022 after a three-year hiatus.
  • Celebrate Havelock returns to the HBM Community Centre on May 7, 2022 after a three-year hiatus.

After a three-year absence, the popular Celebrate Havelock event is back.

Celebrate Havelock returns for its 15th anniversary on May 7 and organizers promise a bigger and better event inside and outside the Havelock Belmont Methuen Community Centre.

The event will feature numerous exhibitors including local businesses and community organizations.

“This celebration of the local community was started by Linda and Cliff Clark of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce in 2007. In the first couple of years it attracted 200 to 300 visitors. It has continued to grow over the years and consistently tops one thousand,” writes organizer Paul Stevens, in an email explaining the event. “As the attendance has grown, so has the number of exhibitors.”

The doors will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The event will also feature a variety of food and beverage retailers with an array of offerings including perennial favourites Tim Horton’s, Grampa’s Fudge, Foodland BBQ, the HBM Firehall, and Back Alley BBQ. There’s also a chance to win prizes as well.

“Every year sponsors graciously donate thousands of dollars to help cover costs and ensure there is an enticing selection of draw prizes. So far, the Havelock Guardian Drugstore, Deal Taxi, Dunfords Powersport and Marine, Havelock Timber Mart, the Havelock Lions Club, JJ Hudson Remax, the Havelock Rail, Covia Holdings, and the Havelock Chamber of Commerce have come on board with more expected to join in,” writes Stevens.