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25th Anniversary Merch Sale!

✨ This year, we celebrate 25 years of building community through art and we invite you to join us! To honour this milestone we have released a set of 25th Anniversary Merch printed by local artist Jenn Herd (@jhsilkscreens) ✨

All shirts are available in sizes S-XXL. Is there a size you don’t see? Let us know and have your order in by Monday, October 25 and we can have it printed for you in our next order.

To order send us a message on Instagram, Facebook, or email us at with your desired item and the desired size. Payments can be made through electronic transfer and this will be set up when you place your order.

About the Designs!

The “Ouroboros” Snake

The linocut themed designs are brought to you thanks to a collaboration between Quinn Zwarich and Jenn Herd. Sparked by Quinn’s super well received ouroboros linocut design, we decided it would be a great idea to make linocut themed shirts and bags based on the beloved linocut workshops that Myths and Mirrors are so well known for. 

“I find these designs to be reminders of the infinite care, support and thought that goes into all of Myths and Mirrors work. As the ouroboros logo symbolises infinity, the eggs nest and vines symbolise continued community care, co-habitation, integration and growth.”-Jenn

The “Ouroboros” Nest Crest
The “Rainbow Accordion” Design

This four-colour design was conceived by Jenn Herd, a local silkscreen artist who has spent many summers collaborating with Myths and Mirrors as an artist participant in the past. 

“I wanted to create a fun and bright logo that would celebrate Myths and Mirrors journey and also mark their present prosperity during their 25th anniversary. The rainbow part of the logo is meant to imitate the mural behind the old Roy’s furniture building as a nod to Myths and Mirrors current location downtown on Durham street whilst symbolising the inclusivity that is always practised by staff and collaborators. I decided on the yellow-orange gradient which was inspired by the current front door sign colours and also the rays of sunshine that make what Myths and Mirrors is today.

I then integrated a personal throwback to the old accordion that was donated to Myths and Mirrors a few years back when my brother Josh Herd was hired as an artist at the Victory Park location. We spent many moments during wholesome community events where the accordion was pulled out and used as a tool to reach out, tell stories, bring people together and to have fun. To this day, Myths and Mirrors are always ready to pull out their instruments and tools to help bring more and more of this kind of beauty to our community. 

Huge thanks to Myths and Mirrors for thinking of me and including me in this project.” 


25 Years

This year, we celebrate 25 years of building community through art. We’ve certainly come a long way since our humble beginnings as a three-year project sponsored by Better Beginnings, Better Futures, making us one of the longest-running community arts organizations in the country. Since 1996, we’ve been providing unique opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience and take part in the arts outside of mainstream settings, engaging thousands of residents in the creation of everything from murals and giant puppets, to multi-media theatre and collaborative soundscapes.

Throughout this year, we’ll be looking back and sharing some of our favourite past projects on Facebook and Instagramand we want to hear from you too! Join the celebration by sharing your Myths and Mirrors stories, memories, photos, and artwork using the hashtag #myths25 or by emailing us at

You can learn more about our history here or by browsing our past projects and photos. This work would not be possible without the hard work, dedication, and vision of previous Artistic Directors, staff, and artists, or without the support and love of our community. Miigwetch, merci, thank you!

ABOVE PHOTO: Lead artist Lori ‘Missy’ Bergh poses with neighbourhood kids and our project A Show of Hands, now permanently installed at the Greater Sudbury Public Library’s Mackenzie Branch. Learn more about this project here.

Annual General Meeting

Please join us WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2022 @ 7PM for our Annual General Meeting. Help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary as we reflect on our 2020/21 programming and look towards the coming year!

To RSVP for the 2021 AGM, please email us at

✨ Have you been wondering how you can personally get more involved with Myths and Mirrors? Do you have ideas that you think can help us grow? Are you looking for an opportunity to connect more with your community and put your talent to good use? Well look no further! ✨

We are seeking individuals interested in joining our Board of Directors. To express your interest or learn more please email by January 19, 2022.

Making Our Way Through May – An Online Making Session

Making Our Way Through May title page

Join us for Making Our Way Through May, an online making workshop designed so we can each create our own way! Using your preferred medium, we will be designing our own notebooks while we chat and learn more about Myths and Mirrors. 

Online event on Zoom / Email registration / No cost
Notebook provided through contactless delivery and pickup in the Sudbury area

Email to register and claim your notebook today. If you require any materials to create with, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you with supplies. Deadline to register is Friday, May 14 @ 5PM.

Check out our event page on Facebook here!
For more information contact us at

We’re Hiring: Deadline to Apply May 31

JOB POSTING – Myths and Mirrors Community Arts is hiring three community artists this summer. Under the guidance and supervision of the Artistic Director, the community artists will work with a team to develop projects and create art that engages with members of the community. This contract is for 35hrs/week for 8 weeks, starting Monday, July 5, 2021. The rate of pay is $14.75/hr.

Duties include:
– Assist in the development of community art projects and activities
– Assist in organizing and facilitating community meetings and workshops
– Assist in the organizing and facilitating of community art activities
– Assist in organizing unveilings, celebrations and other public events
– Participate in project evaluation
– Attend staff meetings as required
– Other related tasks and duties

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at time of employment
2. Legally entitled to work according to relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations

Applicants must be highly motivated, have a background in the arts or strong interest in social issues, and be able to work as a team member with minimal supervision. Folks identifying as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and LGBTQ2S+ are encouraged to apply.

Apply for this position by submitting a cover letter and resume to by MIDNIGHT on MONDAY, MAY 31, 2021. Please include “summer job application” in the subject line. For additional information, please contact (249) 360-6535.

Please note, Myths and Mirrors is committed to providing a workplace that maintains physical distancing and takes preventive measures against Covid-19. Funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Plalk Around the Block

Let’s get plalking! Join us and Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury this April (for Earth Month!) as we show some love to Mother Earth by picking up litter as we explore our neighbourhoods! Then, unleash your creativity and turn that trash into art and share it online via social media using the hashtags #PlalkArt and #NeighbourhoodsTogether (and don’t forget to tag us @mythsandmirrors).

Need some inspiration? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram where we’ll be sharing some ‘Plalk Art’ ideas over the coming weeks. And for folks that don’t have social media, you can also submit your up-cycled creations via email to and we’ll share it for you!

Mino-bimaadiziwin – Mural w/ Better Beginnings, Better Futures

On Tuesday, October 13th (11:30AM), Myths and Mirrors Community Arts and Better Beginnings, Better Futures invite the public to the unveiling of a new mural at Better Beginnings’ main site, located at 450 Morin Ave.

The mural is titled ‘Mino-bimaadiziwin – The Good Life’ and was a collaborative effort by local artists Adrienne Assinewai and Raven Debassige, with additional support and assistance from Wallace Gillard. Inspired by traditional Woodland art, the mural depicts seven animals representing the Seven Grandfather Teachings, while other elements symbolize Better Beginnings programming and connections within the community.

Better Beginnings Program Manager, Jim Eshkawkogan, says, “We’re honoured to work in partnership with Myths and Mirrors to create this beautiful fence mural. The trees, plants and animals depicted in the mural signify our connection with nature… and will be helpful in the work we do through programs to promote land-based learning and outdoor play to families and children.”

The mural unveiling takes place TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13th at 11:30AM at Better Beginnings, Better Futures’ main site (450 Morin Ave.). Physical distancing measures to be in place. Masks required. For more information, contact

She is Awakening – PART 2

Myths and Mirrors is proud to present She is Awakening – PART 2, a 10 track collaborative album featuring compositions by Emilio Portal with contributions from 7 local artists, musicians, and poets.

She is Awakening is a community art and sound project by Myths and Mirrors and Coalition for a Livable Sudbury in Atikameksheng Anishnaabek territory. Using 60+ field recordings submitted by folks from all over, artist Emilio Portal created the almost 30 minute soundscape, She is Awakening; as well as the additional compositions Gatineau Owls, Vancouver Island Grouse, and Vancouver Island Grouse 2. She is Awakening – PART 2 is an extensive collaboration based on that work.


Emilio Portal makes intense, vulnerable, meditative and quirky interdisciplinary work that focuses our attention on the foundations of our accepted ways of living. His work focuses on ethics and the nature of reality itself: his conviction is that all entities – human, nonhuman, animate, inanimate – inherently and innately are valuable. His art reveres objects that are seen as trash (in all its various meanings); through craft, he honours tree’s flesh (wood) with a meticulous and ritual approach; in design, he seeks solutions to the built environment that plague the world with pollution and suffocating emissions; in music, he plays intuitively, allowing sound and rhythm to breathe. Growing up in northern Ontario, and experiencing the continuous and ongoing destruction of countless ecosystems, has impressed onto him a sobering and grievous tone. Emilio’s own complex mixed heritage seem to echo the current ecological epoch; this manifold reality has imbued him with a deep sense of awe, concern and responsibility, which is apparent in all his work.

KIYAN PEPPER (World Peace Jesus)
Kiyan Pepper is a Canadian World Peace promoter, performer, and a spiritual guide from Sudbury, Ontario. He frequently collaborates with local artists from Sudbury. He has given out 60 000 world peace cards and now has World Peace Hoodies and T-Shirts available as a reminder to breathe deeply and to be present. To be aware of the mind and not to take it personally. That the mind is just a tool and it no longer has power over your consciousness!

Darlene (aka darlenYa)’s musical influences reflect the 25years she traveled absorbing cultural influences. Founding member of the Road Dog Divas and Sweetwater Women, she has 6 solo albums (and 1 cassette). Her AIM is to offer thoughtful and uplifting earworms that are worth repeating.

Influenced by changing times, shifts in consciousness, and really good beats, Polly Kultur emerged in 2018 as a project sparked by Fionna Tough, formerly of Toronto-based bands Mango Angle and Beetzzwaxx. With soul, R&B, punk rock and indie rock driving & influencing musical creations, Polly Kultur is in the midst of recording a debut E.P., being warmly housed at Sudbury’s Deadpan Studios and is set to be released in 2020.

Emilie Carrey AKA Sparx is a beatboxer from Sudbury, Ontario who has made waves in the female hip-hop community worldwide, putting Canada on the map. Holding the title of the first Canadian female to compete in the Beatbox World Championship and placing 2nd in the world, Emilie is currently establishing a female base in a genre dominated by males. In 2015, she became the first and only female to have ever competed in the National Canadian Beatbox Competition and placed fourth. Aside from competition, she travels across Canada to empower youth and women through her work, teaching beatboxing as a form of mental stress expression with non-profit community organizations like Unity Charity. Emilie is an artist, beatboxer, creator and event host, having toured with artists such as Barenaked Ladies, Our Lady Peace, Kardinal Official and many more, she uses the power of her voice, mouth and contagious enthusiasm to captivate and excite every crowd.




Thanks to the following people who submitted sound and/or video recordings:
Bennett Malcomson, Naomi Grant, Polly Kultur, Jenny Martindale, Lola Thyme, Luciano Porto Goncalves, Dylan Shigwadja, Katie Fenerty, Dr. Jiselle Griffith, Melanie Hunt, Evelyn Eekels, Brenda Petays, Lilly Noble, Josee Joliat, Joycelyne Serrano, Derrick Pilon, Rebecca Coughlin, Alex Michelle Philip, Adam Knauff, Hugh Kruzel, Sharon Roy, Stephanie Fournier, Christine Charette, Mackenzie Parr, Taiaiake Alfred, Staci Duhaime, Katherine Blaire, Brydon King, Maude Bourassa, Patricia Delyea, and Tamara Gagnon.


The Circling Project is funded by the Catherine Donnelly Foundation.

Queerspace – Writing Workshop w/ Fierté Sudbury Pride

We’re proud to partner with Fierté Sudbury Pride to offer Queerspace, an online workshop that focuses on writing as healing, as part of Queerantine: Pride 2020. Queerspace is created and facilitated by Blaine Thornton (aka unwaking), an emerging Queer artist studying Creative Writing at OCAD University.

WHEN: Sunday, July 19th @ 7PM
WHERE: Online

Email to register for this FREE workshop.

Sudbury Street Arts – Call Out for Donations

Sudbury Street Arts launched in the fall of 2019 as a weekly arts drop-in space reserved for low-income folks and homeless and/or street involved people. Each Wednesday we’d gather as community members with mixed and shared experiences of homelessness, extreme poverty, immigration, queer identity, gender-based violence, disability, Indigeneity and racialization, to create a space of cultural production, gift giving, and knowledge exchange.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 has interrupted this work and left many without access to the supports and services necessary to meet their basic needs. To this end, we are seeking the following items to be redistributed to community members.

Items can be dropped off at 139 Durham St. – 2nd floor on Tuesdays between 10am-5pm. Please contact or (249) 979-1795 to make arrangements or to set up an alternative drop-off time. (*Please note, physical distancing and other public health measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will be enforced.)

If you’re unable to donate items, we’re also accepting monetary donations. From now until August 31st, 100% of all money raised will go towards the purchase of food and other supplies to be redistributed to community members in need. DONATE HERE!

  • Sun gear – hats, sunscreen, aloe, etc.
  • Re-useable water bottles
  • Hygiene products – wipes, tooth paste/brushes, hand soap, etc.
  • Menstrual hygiene products – pads, tampons, etc.
  • First aid supplies – bandaids, antiseptic wipes, etc.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – masks, gloves, sanitizer, etc.
  • Socks
  • Non-perishable snacks – granola bars, applesauce, beef jerky,
    Vitamin C tablets, etc.
  • Journals, pens, and art supplies
  • Tools
  • Self-care items – candles, books, medicines, etc.
  • Camping gear – tents, chairs, re-useable cutlery, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cots


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