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Up Here: Making its Mark on Sudbury

Up Here: Making its Mark on Sudbury

One of Sudbury’s newest summer festivals, Up Here, may be in its infancy but it’s quickly gaining the attention of tourists and residents alike.

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The idea is simple—invite artists to paint some funky murals around town and invite great bands to play shows throughout the day and night! You can still see the murals created at last year’s festival as you move through downtown.

The three day event draws quite a crowd. Streets fill up with people who have one common goal: to enjoy the wonderful world of art. This year, from August 11-13th, more than forty five musicians will be playing at local spots downtown including the Townehouse, Laughing Buddha, Fromagerie Elgin, Little Montreal, and more. The entertainment lasts all night and goes into the wee hours.

Local favourites Young Rival hit the stage on Friday night

Tickets are available at the Up Here website, and there is also a free Discovery Series of concerts taking place. This is where you get to know and love up and coming artists from the region. On Friday night you can check out bands like Ocean City Defender from Thunder Bay or Old Cabin from Yellowknife before they break into the mainstream.

Up Here takes over the downtown streets on Saturday morning and transforms them into the Downtown Sudbury Playground, a free family fun zone. Here you’ll find the interactive art installations, street-scaping, family activities and live music. The fun continues when the sun starts to set with a bunch of concerts to keep you moving until the stars come out.

Kristen McCrea will be splashing creativity on this drab downtown wall

In the week leading up to the festival, muralists will once again transform the downtown streets. One of the highlights of this year’s festival will be the rooftop murals. The dynamic duo of French artists Ella and Pitr will be applying their unique style to one of the rooftops in our city! They are already known for their giant creations and were most recently on the streets of Chicago and lawns of the Geoffroy Guichard Stadium in Saint-Etienne. We are very excited to have them in Sudbury next.

Birds and planes need art too. French duo Ella and Pitr will tackle this Science North rooftop

We’re also told that artist Ola Volo will be on hand to cover part of the Mackey building on Durham Street with her intricate, folk-themed art. It’s sure to be a beautiful mural!

There’s an easy way to get to Sudbury for this event – Up Here and Porter Airlines have partnered to give anyone traveling from Canada or the US a discount on flights! Now you have every reason to travel here and enjoy this festival scene.

How often does a city’s Mayor participate in an urban art and music festival…as a guest DJ!? Watch Mayor Bigger hit the decks again this year in what is sure to be a crowd-pleasing set!

The festival's blog makes for an interesting read if you want more details on the artists, musicians, and general information, or you can connect with Up Here on Facebook, Instagram, or their webpage.


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