Sudbury Tourism Partnership Newsletter

June 2016


Upcoming Events in Sudbury






  • Art Gallery Presents Starry Stairs, April 15 – June 19
  • Peter Schneider Concert Series, Sunday nights May through August
  • Downtown Movie Night under the stars, last Thursday of the month May to September
  • Graphic-Con 2016, June 11
  • Sudbury Mudbogs, June 11-12
  • Retro Dance Party, June 11
  • Turtle Walk and Talk, June 11
  • Downtown Rotary Blues for Food, June 11
  • Sudbury Gardening Festival, June 11
  • Summer Shopping Expo, June 12
  • Sudbury Flea Market, May 1 to August 31
  • Rock the Farm at Anderson Farm Museum, June 16
  • Rods and Rails Classic Car Show, June 19
  • National Aboriginal Day, June 21
  • Fête de la St-Jean, June 24



For a more complete listing of 2016 events, please visit our online Event Calendar.



Remember to submit your events online.




Save the Date!






Northern Water Sports Centre (NWSC)



Staff attended the Grand Opening of the Northern Water Sports Centre (NWSC) on Saturday, May 28th. Perfect weather assisted in a very well attended and well organized event that showcased the newest addition to the city's facilities with potential for hosting meetings, convention and sporting events. Staff are also working to support the Canoe Club on a new opportunity for NWSC to become the CanoeKayak Canada Team Training Centre for the Women's National Canoe Team, with many other opportunities and ideas being explored to utilize this facility. 


Meetings, Conventions & Sport Tourism


Bid Proposals


Greater Sudbury is now officially a bid community for the Canada Summer Games 2021, competing with Ottawa, the Niagara Region and the combined cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph. Phase 1 of the bidding process involves a detailed technical review of the Sport Venues, Non-Sport Venues, Games Village and Venues Development. Tourism & Culture staff are working together with Leisure Services to bring the various community groups, sport clubs, city departments and stakeholders together to complete the comprehensive bid process by the June 30th deadline, and to prepare for subsequent site visits that will occur at the end of August. This process is proving very helpful for strengthening community relationships and creating an up-to-date inventory for future hosting opportunities and development. 


While work on the 2021 Canada Summer Games bid opportunity is ongoing, there are numerous other bids in progress and opportunities being investigated such as:

  • 2017-2019 PGA Tour Canada Event,
  • 2018-19 Grand Slam of Curling,
  • 2019 ESSO Cup National Female Midget Hockey Championship,
  • 2020 Ontario Winter Games,
  • 2018 Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) Conference,
  • 2018 Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Symposium,
  • 2019 Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) conference, and a
  • 2019 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board Meeting.


Industry Partner Web Page


Visit our Industry Partner page for links to statistical information for the tourism sector.  


For example:  Current Performance Indicators




Science North Invites You...


What:  Wild Weather travelling exhibition

When:  June 14, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m.

Where:  Science North, Special Exhibits Hall


RSVPs were due by June 8th.  For more information contact Eileen Kotila at or 705-522-3701 ext. 216



artsVest Invitation


Last spring our city was selected as one of a handful of communities across Ontario to participate in artsVest. Now that the mentoring and fund-matching program is coming to a close, you are invited to join Business for the Arts and Mayor Brian Bigger for a wrap event celebrating Greater Sudbury’s success. Please join us for refreshments and full program impact results, whether you were a participant or just want to come out and congratulate our local arts organizations on their tremendous efforts and commitment over the past year. The event will be held on Monday, June 20th at 5:00 pm at the Art Gallery of Sudbury (details attached)Please RSVP online here and feel free to share this invitation within your networks.


Artists on Elgin Invite You to the Opening Reception of Redflection






Arts & Culture


The Cultural Action Committee continues to work on implementing the Cultural Plan. To advance projects within each of the goals, six subcommittees have been formed: Marketing & Outreach, Film, Research & Data, Public Art, Places and Education & Training.


Filming in Sudbury:  After an exceptionally successful season 1 of Letterkenny, producer Mark Monefiore has returned to Sudbury to film season 2. Other filming in the city includes A Fond de Train and the TV series Amélie & Compagnie. A full listing of films that have recently shot in Sudbury can be found at




Durham Social /

Respect is Burning



While undergoing an expansion and renovation in March 2014, a devastating fire brought down the iconic Respect is Burning Supperclub, a popular downtown restaurant and events Mecca since 2001.  Read more....  



The Ontario Government announces amendments to the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service.  Click here to read a brief synopsis from their newsletter.


Visit for full details.


Tourism Partner Meetings


Our Tourism Partner Update & Exchange meetings are held the first Thursday of every month.  You may view the previous meeting presentations below:


June 2nd, 2016

May 5th, 2016

April 7th, 2016

March 3rd, 2016

February 4th, 2016



Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 7 at Holiday Inn, starting at 9:30 a.m. We'll be emailing a week ahead for RSVPs. Come on out and see what you've been missing!





Meet Our Summer Students

Keira Ferguson, Maggie Sheehan and Clark Hinschberger
Our students on board to assist with the maintenance of the brochure racks; attendance and surveying at Sudbury festivals and events and social media updates, to name a few of their priority duties.



The Market


Under sunny skies, the Market had a successful opening day for the 2016 season on Saturday, June 4th, with over 500 people attending and 20 vendors, both returning and new, offering their wares. The Market collaborated with reThink Green to offer Earth Day Festival exhibits and activities on site as well as at Memorial Park. Eat Local Sudbury staff coordinated the operations while members of the Downtown Market Working Group greeted vendors and visitors out to enjoy the day.



Improving Local

Tourism Awareness

As many of you are aware, a large number of locals are involved in providing services to tourists.  So with the goal of enhancing local perceptions of Sudbury as a tourist destination, and reminding our community of the benefits of tourism, we have created coasters highlighting the number of tourists and the economic impact they bring to our city. From Statistics Canada 2012, we know that "1.1 million tourists spend close to $200 million each year in Sudbury".  But did you know that there are 4 billion nickels in 200 million dollars? The coasters will be available for distribution at hotels and restaurants within Greater Sudbury for a limited time as a pilot program.  


We have also created a “10 Great Things to See & Do in Sudbury” rack card that will be distributed to taxi companies, the airport shuttle and on brochure racks across the city. 




Archived Issues of our Newsletter

Click here for past issues of our Partnership Newsletter.  Links are also available through our online Industry Partner page.



Have Information or Updates to Share with the Tourism Partners?


If you have newsworthy items you would like us to share with the partners in a future edition of our monthly newsletter, email by the first Friday of any given month and reference "newsletter" in the subject line.