Arts & Culture


Christi Belcourt
Espanola, ON
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Visual artist and author Christi Belcourt is the 2014 recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award & the Northern Ontario Influential Women Aboriginal Leadership Award.

Christi’s work explores a variety of issues, including concerns for the environment, biodiversity, spirituality and Indigenous rights.
Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario,  the Gabriel Dumont Institute, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, among other leading institutions.

Christi’s work commemorating residential school survivors and communities, Giniigaaniimenaaning (Looking Ahead), was rendered in stained glass and installed at Centre Block on Parliament Hill. It is only the second stained glass work to be commissioned for the Parliament buildings in recent years.

She is currently leading Walking With Our Sisters, a community-driven project that honours murdered or missing Indigenous women. Touring to 32 locations across North America through to the year 2020, the exhibit/memorial includes over 1,700 pairs of moccasin tops – intentionally not sewn into complete moccasins – that were created by over 1,300 people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
Christi Belcourt

Kathy Dolan
2241 Lee Valley Rd
Espanola, ON P5E 1P7

Kathy took an interest in drawing and painting at a young age and enjoyed taking art courses through high school . Her interest was rekindled in 1999 when she started working in watercolour.

Over the years she added other mediums including pastel, coloured pencil, and just recently - acrylics. Her subject matter varies from people to landscapes to flora; whatever strikes an emotional cord.
Kathy Dolan

Annual Pumpkin Festival

A community celebration of all things Pumpkin!

Visit the Pumpkin Festival Page

2017 PumpkinFest 01

Annual Fibre Arts Festival

For fibre workshop & schedule information visit:

Fabric Art

Espanola Little Theatre

ELT has been drawing audiences to our community since the group’s inception in 1958 when it was co-founded by Sharon Sproule and Recreation Director Red McCarthy.

On Monday, February 2, 1959 the curtain went up on ELT's very first production, "High Ground" played in the B1 Gym at the Espanola High School.

Over the years ELT garnered a reputation internationally for theatrical excellence.  The ELT has been invited to three International Drama Festivals. The first was a showcase festival in Detroit where the group was asked to represent Theatre Canada. The other two competitive festivals were in St. John’s Newfoundland where the group swept the festival as outstanding production with five of the eight awards.  In Haapsalu, Estonia, ELT was honoured with two of three Jury awards, a special Jury award and was recognized as the most professional group at the festival.

Box 5082
Espanola, ON P5E 1S1
PH (705) 869-8696

Stage Production



Espanola YouTHeatre

Driven by a strong belief that young people should have the opportunity to access the arts, Espanola YouTHeatre was formed for students of grades 5 to 12.

Sharon Sproule, Artistic Director
PH (705) 869-1317
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Art Show

Espanola Festival Choir

Known throughout the area for their Christmas cantata, the Espanola Festival Choir enriches our cultural community with their generous sharing of song.

For more information contact Leisure Services.
PH (705) 869-1961

Espanola Festival Choir