Elliot Lake has a lively arts and culture scene.
At the Civic Centre:
The Lester B Pearson Civic Centre houses the Welcome Centre (great for information on local attractions), The Gallery at the Centre, a 360-seat theatre, the Elliot Lake Nuclear and Mining Museum, and the Elliot Lake Arts Club.
The Gallery at the Centre is a co-op art gallery where local artists and artisans display and sell their work. You’ll find everything from mixed media art, to weavings, stained glass, photography, fine woodwork, water colours, and jewellery.
Elliot Lake Arts Club (ELAC) has three studio spaces at the civic centre. Members can use the studio spaces to pursue their artistic interests, and take part in workshops offered throughout the year. Studio amenities include electric potters wheels, looms, printing presses, and a space for stained glass making.
The Elliot Lake Entertainment Series is a yearly concert series with world-class performers. You can buy the entire series (usually 4 or 5 concerts) at a discounted subscription price, or purchase tickets to individual shows. In past years performers have included the Czech Boys Choir (a Christmas performance), the Good Lovelies, the Sault Symphony Orchestra, The Second City comedy troupe, Ennis, Serena Ryder and the Beauties, John McDermott, Crystal Shawanda, and many more.
ARIEL – the Arts & Culture Roundtable in Elliot Lake (office located next to the art gallery) is a not-for-profit arts council that promotes and supports local cultural groups, artists, writers, musicians and artisans.
Larks in the Park is a free concert series that takes place in the open-air at Westview Park on Sunday evenings during July and August. Performers have included locals Jim Graham and Kim Arnold, The McCarthy Lake House Band, Roger Legacy, the Algoma Wildflowers, Dr Draw, Young Running, Kalle Mattson, and Ian Tamblyn.
Arts on the Trail is a self-guided art tour timed to coincide with the height of the fall colours (usually the last weekend in September). Artists display and sell their work at various venues around town, with local musicians on site to entertain through-out both days. You’ll have a chance to see the work of craftspeople working in a range of disciplines: from paintings by eminent First Nations artists, to jewellery, water colours, hand-made teddy bears, wood carving, photography, and more.
Art Among Friends has been held at Laurentian Lodge for the last few years on the last weekend in September (coinciding with Arts on the Trail). You can take in the fall colours on the drive, and peruse photography, paintings, stained glass, pottery, handmade knives, and jewellery.
The Elliot Lake Amateur Theatre Ensemble (ELATE) puts on several plays a year and is always looking for new blood. If you’re an actor or behind-the-scenes-type be sure to check them out.
The Jewels of Harmony (a women’s barbershop chorus) rehearse on Monday nights from 6:30pm-9:00pm (September-June) at Holy Trinity United Church (in the basement). If you enjoy ensemble singing and would like to try a cappella style harmonies, check out the Jewels.
The Men of Song is an all-male chorus that sings regularly at retirement residences around town. They meet on Wednesday nights (September-June) at 7:00pm at the United Church (in the basement).
Elliot Lake Writers group meets once a month to discuss work in progress and offer mutual support.
Club 90 (1 Newfoundland Walk) hosts regular open-mic nights on Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm. You hear everything from poets reading their work, to singer/songwriters accompanying themselves on guitar and keyboard.
Thursday Night Jammers -meet between 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Lester B Pearson Civic Centre in the theatre lobby. They also meet on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30pm-3:30pm at the Gentle Shepherd Church. Bring your guitar and music stand and join the fun.
Arts and culture in Elliot Lake is as varied and involved as you want to make it.