Virtual Access to the St. John’s Creative City Summit

October 3 – 5, 2023
St. John’s Convention Centre, Newfoundland

The Creative City Network of Canada invites you to the best conference on municipal cultural planning in the country, the Creative City Summit. This year’s program is themed: You Are Here: At the Intersections of Creativity, Culture, and Place.

For those not joining us in person, a robust virtual ticket is available!

Each of the three days of programming includes virtual access. The online Summit features all main plenary programs through a live stream. If you cannot watch live, a daily recording will be uploaded for virtual ticket holders to access at their convenience! Additionally, network with colleagues via our event app and dive into topical conversations in virtual roundtables.

Networking on Whova

Just because you’re not in St. John’s, doesn’t mean you can’t network with cultural planning colleagues from across Canada. All Summit attendees receive access to our event app, Whova. So, whether you are online or onsite, you can connect with everyone online.

A large room filled with people seated around round white tables. On the left, a large projection screen shows a moment of a video featuring a speaker. Decorative white and gold orbs hang from the ceiling.

2022 Creative City Summit. Courtesy of Creative City Network of Canada.

Interactive Virtual Roundtables

Four virtual roundtables will be hosted for virtual delegates on Zoom. CCNC special interest committees will facilitate discussions in:

  • Public Art
  • Municipal Events
  • Truth and Reconciliation
  • Data and Research

The Live Stream Program

Zita Cobb’s Keynote Address
Live stream: October 3, 2023 | 9:15 AM local time
CEO of Shorefast and Innkeeper of Fogo Island Inn, Zita Cobb opens the Creative City Summit as Keynote Speaker. Zita established Shorefast to put another leg on the Island’s struggling economy to complement its ever-important fishery. With an enduring commitment to Fogo Island, Shorefast is expanding its mission through its pan-Canadian Community Economies initiative to strengthen place-based economic development within the global economy.

In Conversation with Nancy Duxbury and Pam Hall
Live stream: October 5, 2023 | 10:45 AM local time
Two of today’s most respected researchers of place will meet in St. John’s to share their thoughts, theories, and visions for the world of placemaking and place-keeping. Nancy Duxbury shares her work with the University of Coimbra’s Centre For Social Studies in Portugal. Current research through the IN SITU and the recent CREATOUR projects will be begin the conversation around remote tourism and place. Dr. Pam Hall, author of Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge, brings a deep knowledge and appreciation for the traditions of rural Newfoundland and of the process of documenting the stories of the land.

Panel: People and Place
Live stream: October 4, 2023 | 3:15 PM local time
A conversation about places that hold the stories of the people connected to the land and the connection between the two. This panel will focus on heritage from a past, present, and future lens as well as the importance of celebrating communities that have been built around cultural identities, shared histories, and inclusive placemaking.

Panel: Events as Placemakers
Live stream: October 5, 2023 | 1:45 PM local time
How can events become a part of a place’s identity? How does place impact its flagship event? Panelists bring their perspective on this relationship through events like Edmonton’s Winterruption YEG, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, and the remote Miawpukek First Nation Powwow. The correlation between events, residents, tourism, and reputation will all be discussed in this program.

A person in a grey sweater stands behind a podium and in front of a black curtain. On the left, a large screen features a projection of an image of a drum circle. In the foreground, out of focus attendees face away from the camera.

Edmonton Arts Council’s David Turnbull presents at the 2019 Public Art Year in Review.

Public Art Year in Review
Live stream: October 3, 2023 | 12:45 PM local time
A review of municipal public art projects from across Canada and featuring a range of budgets and innovative approaches.

Awards of Excellence
Live stream: October 5, 2023 | 12:45 PM local time
The annual CCNC awards cover categories in municipal culture work. The Summit is the perfect time to recognize and celebrate these achievements.

Peer-to-Peer presentations

Strengthening Cultural Engagement: Local to National Perspectives
Live stream: October 3, 2023 | 1:45 PM local time
In this panel session, we will hear from multiple municipal perspectives on what makes community arts and culture programming successful, how it has shifted since the pandemic, and how our peers are working to leverage tools like Culture Days to instill arts and cultural programming as essential to municipal ecosystems. The panel will feature local-to-national perspectives, offering case studies, discussion and data regarding public participation, changing behaviours, reaching new audiences, challenges and opportunities in partnerships and inter-departmental work, working with local arts organizations, and bringing artists to the table.

Ādisōke Public Art and Engagement, Ottawa
Live stream: October 4, 2023 | 1:45 PM local time
In 2016, an innovative partnership began between Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada to create Ādisōke, a combined facility in the heart of Ottawa. Featuring one of the most inclusive engagement processes for any public building in Canada, including extensive engagement with the two Host Nation communities whose contributions throughout have ensured that the facility is an inclusive space for local First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation communities. Commissioned artists will continue to be supported through a flexible approach as the projects develop. Hear about key project developments and timelines along with the successes and lessons learned to date.

From Asphalt to Activities: How Municipal Strategy Supports the Development of Unique Event Sites
Live stream: October 5, 2023 | 9:15 AM local time
The City of Calgary Eventful City Strategy aims to further enhance event culture in Calgary. Designed in collaboration with industry and Calgarians, the strategy proactively shapes the future of the creative sector. Its objectives are to elevate existing and attract new events through an innovative approach to delivery of service that aligns with the infrastructure plan. A featured example will be “Lot 6” – identified as an opportunity to fill a gap in downtown event site inventory and developed as a space for creative expression and an ideal venue for cultural food-focused festivals and events, bringing communities together.

The Creative City Summit will take place from Oct 3–5, 2023 at the St. John’s Convention Centre in St. John’s, NL. The SJCC is an accessible venue.

St. John’s Convention Centre (SJCC)
50 New Gower Street
St. John’s, NL A1C 1J3

Contact for more information!

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Twitter: @creativecity

St. John’s Creative City Summit 2023 from October 3–5 in St. John’s, NL. Theme: You Are Here: At the Intersections of Creativity, Culture, and Place