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Savour Shelburne is the theme for new “Culture Days” event

July 30, 2016   ·   0 Comments

By Michelle Janzen


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On Monday, July 25, Sharon Grant asked the Town of Shelburne to support her endeavour to bring Culture Days to our town the weekend of September 30th to October 2nd.

Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit movement dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture.

Through an annual three-day national celebration that always begins on the last Friday of September, hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations in hundreds of cities and towns come together and invite Canadians to participate in free, interactive and “behind the scenes” activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion.

Since its inception, 10 million Canadians have participated in 40,000 Culture Days activities and events in 900 cities and towns during the annual event.

As a leading national voice for the active and engaged cultural life of all Canadians, Culture Days provides support, tools and resources to a wide variety of artists and cultural organizations to help them unite the country through engagement in culture.

“Presently, Culture Days is celebrated by other towns in our area, such as Orangeville, Mono, Creemore and Stayner,” Ms. Grant told Town Council on Monday night. “We would like to celebrate the area’s culture in food, drink and art. Our proposal is to match local vendors of food, drink or art with local businesses.

“The local business will provide the space in their establishment where the local vendor will set out an interactive display of some sort where the public can interact with the vendor.”

Grant then told Council they have named their event Savour Shelburne.

With many local businesses already on board, this event would see participants going from shop to shop with a passport, requiring a stamp by the event manager. At the end of the event, participants would hand in their stamped passports to be entered into a draw for prizes.

With very little seed money needed for this project, Grant went on to tout the numerous benefits of having such an event, one that will hopefully introduce new residents to the downtown core.

Councillor Wade Mills thanked Ms. Grant for taking on this project and running with it after it was just recently brought up at the last Economic Development Committee (EDC) meeting, of which they are both present members.

“I think this is a great idea,” added Mayor Ken Bennington.

With that. Town Council declared “Savour Shelburne” a Town event and asked Ms. Grant to proceed with her plans.

Although money in the amount of $2,000 was requested from Council for advertising, it was decided that not all avenues of sourcing the money have been explored prior to the Town handing it over.

Ms. Grant is to look into BIA and EDC sponsorship of this event and will return to Council for sponsorship if these avenues are not available.

For more information on Culture Days go to or for information on Savour Shelburne contact Sharon Grant at 519-215-0225 or email her at




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