Calls to Artists

Curtain Call by L. Otasevic

Image: Curtain Call by L. Otasevic, Public Art Piece at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

The City of St. Catharines engages artists in temporary exhibits and commissions of public art, and hires musicians for a variety of special events. Calls to Artists and Requests for Expressions of Interest are released on an ad hoc basis. These opportunities and their guidelines will be listed here when available.

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2020 Juried Exhibit: More Than Words: Truth and Reconciliation 





More than Words: Truth and Reconciliation

2020 City of St. Catharines Annual Juried Exhibit

On View: September 21, 2020 to March 19, 2021

Submissions have closed for the 2020 exhibit. 


“Together we must do more than just talk about reconciliation” - Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

This exhibit asks artists to consider the process of healing relationships through sharing truths, apologies, and acknowledgements. The artists are being asked: what does reconciliation mean to you? What does action look like? Is it abstract and complex, a representation of healing, and/or something that can be practiced in our everyday lives? 

In the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, action number 83 asks for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process.

The exhibit More than Words:  Truth and Reconciliation encourages artists to take action through their art and engage with the truths of indigenous experiences in Canada and address meaningful reconciliation as we move forward together as a community.  This exhibit aims to educate and inspire both artists and the community to move from the written words of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to the actions needed to effect change.   


Click here for more information on the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action”

Click here to apply. 

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Presented in partnership with the Niagara Regional Native Centre. 

Ongoing Opportunities

Call for Musicians

Each year the City of St. Catharines presents a variety of live music programming at Market Square, Montebello Park and other park settings to provide community members with free outdoor music experiences. These concerts bring alive our parks and green spaces, enhance our farmers market and add vitality to the urban areas of downtown.  Review the complete Call for Musicians.

The City of St. Catharines will now be accepting applications throughout the year. Submissions from original and cover recording artists are welcome.  

Applications will be kept on file and artists are welcome to update their information at any time. Past applicants do not need to re-apply - your submissions are being kept on file.  

Please contact us with any questions or if you wish to update your current song files, application or contact information.

For More Information

Contact Cultural Services Staff:


phone: 905 688 5602 x 5244

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