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Cinefest announces Master Gardener as third Red Carpet film of the year

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Cinefest Sudbury organizers are set to bring Paul Schrader’s Master Gardener to the big screen as part of the Red Carpet Patron program.

Schrader, best known as the screenwriter for acclaimed films Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, closes out his unofficial trilogy of films that began with First Reformed in 2017 and continued with The Card Counter in 2021.

Master Gardener will screen at SilverCity on May 31 at 7 p.m.

Master Gardener follows Narvel Roth (Joel Edgerton), the meticulous horticulturist of Gracewood Gardens. He is as much devoted to tending the grounds of this beautiful and historic estate, to pandering to his employer, the wealthy dowager Mrs. Haverhill (three-time Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver). When Mrs. Haverhill demands that he take on her wayward and troubled great-niece Maya (Quintessa Swindell) as a new apprentice, chaos enters Narvel’s spartan existence, unlocking dark secrets from a buried violent past that threaten them all.

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Tickets are on sale now at cinefest.com; at the Cinefest box office, 40 Larch St., unit 103; or by calling 705-688-1234.

All Red Carpet patrons are granted free admission, as well as complimentary pop and popcorn with their Red Carpet Patron program card. Visit cinefest.com/rcpp for details.

Cinefest Sudbury relaunches CTV Best in Shorts competition

Cinefest Sudbury organizers, in partnership with CTV, are thrilled to relaunch the CTV Best in Shorts competition. 

The competition, which is now accepting submissions, provides Northern Ontario filmmakers with an opportunity to advance their careers, have their work screened to a festival audience, receive exposure within the film industry and have a chance to compete for a variety of cash prizes.

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There are four categories, including open; post-secondary student; secondary school, which grants up to $1,250 to secondary school students who display notable talent in the areas of animation, documentary, experimental, music video and/or narrative filmmaking; and the Northern Flicks award, which will be presented to the film that best celebrates aspects of life in Northern Ontario.

All entries must be accompanied by the completed application form, which can be downloaded at cinefest.com. Finalists selected by the jury will be announced following the submission deadline on Aug. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

The 35th edition of Cinefest Sudbury takes place Sept. 16-24.

Our Story at Gallery 6500 

Gallery 6500 is pleased to present Our Story in Black and White. 

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This show features original monochrome images of Sudbury, created by five local photographers, including Debbie Anzinger McKay, Caio Higa, Chantal Larochelle, Debb Trahan-Pero and Rita Vanderhooft.  

Each photographer was asked to comment on social, political, economic and environmental issues in our community. The impact of COVID-19 became the focal point of many of their submissions. Their photographs capture the overwhelming sense of uncertainty, worry, fear and isolation this community experienced during the pandemic lockdown periods.

The exhibit is on now. Regular viewing times are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 66 Brady St., inside the Steelworkers Hall. 

This exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Don Kuyek. 

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Seed the Skin by Laura St. Pierre 

The next exhibition at the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario is Seed the Skin by artist Laura St.Pierre. It runs until May 20.

Presented in the form of an immersive installation, Seed the Skin continues St. Pierre’s ecological approach, highlighting the relationship we have with the environment while exposing the harmful impacts of our activities.

Composed of a security shack, monitors and plants, the sensation of being cornered, in a place devoid of human activity, plunges us into a universe that seems to have reached the limit of its capacities. 

But St.Pierre’s intervention makes us aware of the protection of our ecosystems, while ensuring the sustainability of natural resources, offering us perspectives and sustainable alternatives for the future.

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Seed the Skin is on now at the GNO, inside Place des Arts. Admission is free. 

Indie Cinema hosts three screenings as part of Age Up film series

Every other Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Sudbury Indie Cinema has hand-picked a selection of films aimed at older adults with the theme of challenging views of aging. All films are $6. 

The third film of the series is The Last Bus, on May 31. This is a dramatic film staring five-time BAFTA award nominee Timothy Spall (Secrets and Lies), about a man who ends up traveling across the UK by bus to fulfill his pledge to his late wife to spread her ashes near their first home. 

The Age Up film series is geared towards older adults, though we encourage anyone interested to make the most of these special Wednesday matinee screenings. Tickets are available for purchase at the door before the movie, or online for pre-order at SudburyIndieCinema.com. Please call the cinema at 705-674-0000 any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for more information. 

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An evening of music with Collège Notre-Dame’s Le Bistro

On June 2 at 6:30 p.m., Le Bistro, Collège Notre-Dame’s singing café, will present its end-of-year repertoire. The concert takes place in the school gymnasium at 100 Lévis St. Tickets are $5 each and snacks will be available for purchase during intermission.

Le Bistro is made up of music students from Grades 9 to 12. Under the direction of Renée Dupuis, the performance will please music enthusiasts of all ages. Launched in 2006, Le Bistro finds its musical inspiration in blues, rock, country and folk, as well as French music.

Students will present hits by artists from Québec such as Brigitte Boisjoli, Martine St-Clair and Michel Pagliaro. The students will also honour their French roots with songs by Ben l’Oncle Soul, Ezra Muquoli and Michel Fugain. Le Bistro will also present a Russian folklore song translated into French. The audience can also expect a few translated hits from English-speaking artists, such as Frankie Valli and Rihanna.

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Tickets can be purchased at the main office at Collège Notre-Dame or at the door prior to show time. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards CND’s music program. For more information, please call Collège Notre-Dame at 705-674-7484.

LOL Sudbury announces two nights of comedy at The Daventry

LOL Sudbury will host comedians Fiona O’Brien and Keith Pedro on June 2, and comedians Ted Morris and Patrick Haye on June 3. Both shows will take place at The Daventry, 1500 Regent St., at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

O’Brien quickly established herself by winning over audiences as a two-time semi-finalist in Absolute Comedy’s Prove You’re a Comic; a finalist in the Toronto Comedy Brawl; a finalist in the Rising Stars Competition at the Brantford Comedy Festival; and a two-time tournament champion at Flat Tire Comedy. Her comedy has been featured at the Toronto’s SheDot Festival, Kingston Comedy Festival, Yuk Yuks on tour, Halifax Comedy Festival, as well as on CBC’s Laugh out Loud and Sirius XM.

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Pedro is a headlining Canadian comedian who has toured across the world. His stand-up has been featured on Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, MTV, CBC, FuseTV, as well as on Roast Battle Canada, which earned him a Canadian Screen Award nomination. Pedro is a comedy festival regular at Just For Laughs in Montreal; at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival; and on CBC’s Halifax. In 2022, his comedy album TRILLIPINO was nominated for a Juno Award for comedy album of the year.

Haye has grown to be a favourite wherever he plays. He has been featured on CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulus Tonight and has opened for Gerry Dee (Mr. D), Bryan Callen (MADtv, The Hangover), Eddie Griffin (Undercover Brother) and Harland Williams (Dumb and Dumber, Half Baked). Haye previously performed with LOL Sudbury in 2013, 2016 and 2019.

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Morris has been insulted by Simon Cowell on Season 14 of America’s Got Talent he has appeared five times at the Halifax Comedy Festival and three times at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival; he is undefeated on CBC Radio’s The Debaters; and his performance at Just for Laughs in Montreal garnered him a nomination for a Canadian Screen Award and a Canadian Comedy Award.

Tickets are on sale now for $22 per night at lolsudbury.com; at the LOL Sudbury box office, 40 Larch St., unit 103; or by calling 705-688-1234. Discounted ticket pricing is available if attending either comedy show in groups of four. For more information, please visit lolsudbury.com or call 705-688-1234.

PA days at the STC

Exploration and fun are the key words for the Sudbury Theatre Centre’s PA day theatre camps, for youth aged eight to 12.

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Six full-day camps will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 9.

The program includes collaborative activities and games designed to build imagination, confidence and creative expression.

Students will enjoy learning drama fundamentals such as role-playing, tableaux and stage-blocking. Character work and storytelling activities building on the theme of relationships and respect will challenge students to think critically and creatively.

The camps will be led by Garrett Carr. Enrolment is limited to 20 students. Masks are no longer mandatory. Activities will be held in instructional spaces that promote physical distancing. Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the building and in the washrooms.

Parents may register their children for more than one camp, but payments will be collected for one camp at a time. The cost is $65 per day (includes HST) or $60 for current STC Academy students. After-care until 5 p.m. is available upon request for an additional $10 per day.

For more information, including registration forms, visit sudburytheatre.com/youth. To register, email completed forms to the STC box office at boxoffice@sudburytheatre.com and call 705-674-8381 ext. 1 to provide payment. 

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