What Is Small Town BIG?


 Small Town BIG is a multi-arts festival set to take place from May 1st to 10th, 2020 across Scugog. Discover music, theatre, visual art attractions, and more. Small Town BIG will deliver small-town charm and a BIG experience!

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Small Town BIG Kick Off with The Wanted LIVE

Date: Friday, May 1st, 2020

Time: 5 pm – 10 pm

Location: Old Flame Brewery

Join us in kicking off Small Town BIG with some craft brews and epic tunes! Hawley Crescent Culinary Services will also be on location serving up some awesome eats (Menu TBD) to go with the live music for the evening.

FOOD – 5 pm – 9 pm
MUSIC – The Wanted Live – 6 pm – 10 pm

Event on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: FREE



The Wilkinsons LIVE

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm 

Location: Town Hall Theatre 

An up close and personal evening with the award-winning Canadian country music trio The Wilkinsons. Playing old classics and maybe even a few surprises!

The Wilkinsons are a Canadian country music trio from Trenton, Ontario. Founded in 1997.  They achieved success late in 1998 with the hit single “26 Cents”, a Number One on the Canadian country music charts and Top 5 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles Charts.

Event on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $40 –https://townhalltheatre.ca/

Drew Hayden Taylor In-Conversation

Date: Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Town Hall Theatre 

As a playwright, Drew has proudly been a part of what he refers to as the contemporary Native Literary Renascence. An author of more than 20 plays (resulting in almost a hundred productions), his popular plays such as TORONTO AT DREAMER’S ROCK, ONLY DRUNKS AND CHILDREN TELL THE TRUTH, THE BERLIN BLUES, and COTTAGERS AND INDIANS have left their mark on the Canadian theatre scene.

Before the show enjoy a tasting form one of Scugog’s most anticipated new shops The Port Cheese Co.!

Event on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $25 –https://townhalltheatre.ca/ 

Inkslingers - Writer's Sanctuary

Date: Sunday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 9th, 2020

Time: 10 am – 5 pm 

Location: Uplands Retreat

Get your writers juices flowing with a one-day writer’s retreat in a beautiful and nurturing setting. Find rest, growth, and connection that will encourage you to experiment with your writing. 

Writers’ Sanctuaries are one day retreats in a beautiful rural location. Mornings are devoted to creating new work and receiving feedback.

Afternoons are 2 hours of silent communal time to devote to a writing project, finishing with another chance to share and receive feedback. In between is a delicious lunch, included.

Event on Facebook:  HERE

Tickets: https://inkslingers.ca/sanctuary-days/about-writers-sanctuary/



Agatha Christie and Archaeology with Amy Barron

Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Location: Town Hall Theatre 

If you don’t know why these two things go together, then join us to learn how the great mystery novelist’s life is revealed within the pages of her books. Her love of the Middle East and the life she lived with her famous archaeologist husband provided the basis for many of her greatest novels including Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, and Murder in Mesopotamia. Learn about her life, travels, and the fabulous ancient sites whose mysteries she helped uncover.

About Dr. Amy Barron
Amy Barron received her PhD at the University of Toronto in the field of Mesopotamian history and archaeology. Her doctoral thesis is entitled “Late Assyrian Arms and Armour: Art versus Artifact”. She has excavated in the Middle East and elsewhere, and has travelled widely studying the archaeology of various remote parts of the world from Peru to China. She has also worked in the museum field for over twenty years and presently teaches Museum Studies at Fleming College.

Event on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $15 – on sale at Scugog Arts

Pipo Romero LIVE

Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm 

Location: Church of the Ascension

Lynn McDonald Jazz presents Flamenco and Classical Spanish Guitarist – Pipo Romero LIVE!

Event on Facebook:  HERE

Tickets: $25 – on sale at Eco Port April 7th!

Lake Scugog Studio Tour

Date: Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Location: Various Locations

19 Sites With 51 Artists!

This self-guided tour promises a behind the scenes look at the creative process. Artists are opening the doors to their studios to give you a chance to see what goes into their craft. Visit sites at your own pace!

Event on Facebook:  Stay tuned!

Tickets: FREE



Port Perry Home and Garden Show

Date: Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Time: 10 am – 4 pm 

Location: Scugog Community Recreation Centre 

The Home and Garden Show has dozens of great exhibitors here to offer you information about home improvement, landscaping, realtors, contractors, and much more! These local businesses from Port Perry and the Scugog area are here to help you!

See the latest in Home and Garden products. Find answers to your questions from the expert vendors. Learn about local service providers and get advice and ideas for your own home. Enjoy an array of seminars and displays designed to inspire you.

Event on Facebook: HERE

Tickets: $2 + non-perishable food item. 

China: through the Lens and the Brush – Ray McNeice and James Wilkes

Date:  Saturday, May 2nd – 28th

Time: Regular library hours

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 2nd, 2 pm – 4 pm 

Explore China through acrylic and watercolor paintings by Ray McNeice and photography by James Wilkes. Become immersed in the nature and culture worlds away!

Location: Scugog Memorial Public Library

Event on Facebook:  Stay tuned! 

Tickets: FREE


Thank you to our generous sponsor. Without you, Small Town BIG wouldn’t be possible!


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