Ontario Culture Days kicked off Friday September 30th, 2016 and the Town of Kingsville was proud to show its support with an official flag-raising ceremony. Designed to foster cultural spirit and passion, Culture Days is an annual three day celebration that unites hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations across Canada to create free “interactive” and behind-the-scenes activities.

Art-Free-For-All committee member, Joan Cotte, whose group has planned various activities for this year’s event, is glad to see the Town joining the movement. “Kingsville should participate due to the amazing talent in our community,” Cotte stated.

Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos and members of council were joined by local artists in expressing appreciation for the creators, heritage-workers, architects, curators, and designers who have helped shape the community.

Nurturing the development of art and culture is a long-standing community value. We’re proud to help raise the profile of our growing local Art and Culture scene, and to ensure that Kingsville takes its place as part of this national celebration.” Kingsville Mayor, Nelson Santos

Culture Days exists to create a Canada where culture connects us all to see and do more. Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit organization 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 each 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.

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.

The Town of Kingsville is rich in history and Victorian era architecture. Primarily an agricultural community nestled along the north shore of Lake Erie, the Town has declared itself geographically the Southernmost Downtown area in Canada. Kingsville enjoys an ideal growing climate and benefits from a diverse technologically-based agricultural economy, with natural and eco-tourism and opportunities for all ages.

Kingsville values its heritage and is committed to growth and renewal in a way which will ensure to offer a small-town, friendly atmosphere while enhancing the environment.

Kingsville boasts some of the best known wineries, greenhouses and prime agricultural lands and a small town quality of life second to none. Kingsville is not only the destination of choice, but the launching point for adventures to Pelee Island and Sandusky, Ohio via a regular ferry service shared with Leamington.

The Town was reincorporated on January 1, 1999 for the purpose of combining the former Townships of Gosfield North, Gosfield South and Town of Kingsville and provides a unique blend of picturesque small urban centres to live in such as, the Village of Cottam and Hamlet of Ruthven in addition to the former Town of Kingsville.

Photos by Stella Ciancio – Biz X magazine

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