Arts, Theatre and Culture

Appeal to your senses and incorporate an arts, cultural, or theatrical experience into your visit to Brockville.

Take in an art exhibit or studio tour, see a live theatre performance at the Brockville Arts Centre, or enjoy Shakespeare on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Listen to powerful voices and musicians performing at local nightspots, concerts, and special events. Experience the region’s culture and visit local gardens on a tour, and stop to learn more about each unique gardener.

Enjoy Theatre and Live Performances at The Brockville Arts Centre

Built in 1858, the Brockville Arts Centre remains one of the most unique and historic performing arts centres in Canada. In 2009, the Brockville Arts Centre underwent a two-million dollar restoration including the installation of 700 high-quality seats. It is recognized as one of the finest medium-sized historic theatres in Canada. Each year the theatre greets thousands of guests to an experience that makes them feel up close and connected to the performer. The theatre brings in big names such as Ron James, Rick Mercer, and Jann Arden, as well as hosting local theatre performances and a special summer series.

The Brockville Arts Centre has one of the region’s top art galleries, is fully accessible and provides phonic in-ear devices for those with hearing disabilities. The theatre is air conditioned, has ample free parking and the lobby bar is licensed.

The theatre is located in the heart of historic downtown Brockville within easy walking distance of the city’s beautiful St. Lawrence River harbour and fine restaurants.

Art in the City

Each summer artists and artisans of many genres, hosted by area businesses, galleries and churches, add to the allure of Brockville by presenting their creations at the annual Brockville Art in the City Studio Tour. The tour is easily traversed by foot, bicycle or car with 7 posted stops around the picturesque home and garden laden streets of downtown Brockville. This event will take place in 2016 on October 1st as part of Culture Days in downtown Brockville

Film Brockville

Film Brockville is a non-profit group associated with the Toronto Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which provides film-goers transformative experiences through access to Canadian and international independent films which they would otherwise not have the opportunity to see. Film Circuit is essential in helping TIFF lead the world in building markets and audiences for Canadian work. Screening times are twice monthly on Wednesdays, be sure to check the listings, at 7:30 p.m. at the Brockville Arts Centre.

Sunday Concerts in the Park

Every Sunday in July and August, bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket to Hardy Park and enjoy a free concert on the waterfront. Featuring local talent, are bands, and performers from the St. Lawrence College Musical Theatre program, this series is enjoyed by everyone who attends. Visit our events calendar for updates

Explore Gardens

All summer long you can explore the 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail, a new initiative which connects regional private gardens and opens them up to the public.

The Brockville Museum hosts the annual “Hidden Gardens of Brockville” tour. Tickets are only $10 and grant you access to some of the best local gardens and gardeners in the area. 2015 was the first year for this event, with the tour occurring on the last weekend in June. Unfortunately this event will not be held in 2016 -check the museum’s website for updates on the next tour dates.

Marianne Van Silfhout Gallery

The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is a state-of-the-art community art gallery located at the front atrium of the St. Lawrence College campus and is the focus of the visual arts for Brockville and the larger Eastern Ontario area.

The MVS Gallery is also the location used for live Art Battles which are live competitive painting events held across the county.

St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

Enjoy watching Shakespeare performed live on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Held in Prescott annually, this festival is held in an outdoor amphitheatre overlooking the river. Running in July and August, this professional festival showcases two pieces of Shakespeare’s work each year, and always to rave reviews.