Cultural Directory

Are you looking for something to do or wondering who to call to put together a cultural activity or event? Check out our list of organizations, locations and cultural events in the visual arts, media arts, arts and crafts, literature and communication, performing arts and heritage.

Visual arts, media arts, and arts and crafts

Did you know that Sutton has 120 professional artists and craftspeople? Here are some of the local places and events where you can meet them.

Visual Arts Collectives

Tour des arts

Contact: Almut Ellinghaus : 1 800 565 8455  Website : tourdesarts.com

Every year since 1988, about 30 artists have joined forces to promote a self-guided tour in which the public can come and visit them in their studios. For nine days you have a unique opportunity to see artists demonstrate their techniques, talk with them about their practice and buy their works. In the evening, enjoy a show or a great meal at one of our restaurants. There is also a “Petit Tour” for the kids.

Art Galleries

Plein’Art: A short cultural walk to Sutton’s art galleries

Tourist Information office 24-A Principale Sud Sutton QC J0E 2K0 : 450 538-8455 : 1 800 565-8455 Website : Circuit Plein’Art

Enter a creatively vibrant world by taking the self-guided walking tour of Sutton art galleries, right in the heart of the village. The people who own and work in Sutton’s galleries are passionate artists who have often set up collectives and associations. They enjoy giving visitors a warm greeting and talking about their artistic processes and inspiration; you may even be able to watch them as they work, or try out different techniques during special events. In short, you will have an enriching experience, regardless of how much you know about the different artistic disciplines. Just follow the signs stencilled on the sidewalk!


Arts Sutton Gallery

7 Academy John-Sleeth Centre Sutton Quebec J0E 2K0 : 450 538-2563 Website : artssutton.com

Since 1980, Arts Sutton has offered visitors a large, museum-quality venue dedicated entirely to new and contemporary art. In addition, throughout the year, the works of some of its 200 member-artists grace the walls of its boutique: Espace Claire-Léger. Arts Sutton also organizes educational activities such as live model drawing, presentations for the general public, and art talks and encounters with exhibiting artists.

Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Galerie Art +

8 Maple Sutton QC J0E 2K0 : 450 521-3189 Website : galerieartplus.blogspot.ca

Located in the former Calvary United Church, Galerie Art + invites you to enjoy contemporary art in a very spacious environment. Monthly exhibitions present paintings, drawings, sculptures, engravings and photographs by different artists. The winter schedule is devoted to thematic group shows. Conceptual art also finds a home here, through installations and calls for public participation. In addition, artist Brigite Normandin, the gallery manager, has her own studio in the building.

Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. and by appointment

Galerie Farfelu de Sutton

20J Principale Nord Sutton QC J0E 2K0 : 450 538-5959 Website : galeriefarfelu.com

Specializing in arts and crafts, this collective of about 40 local artists and craftspeople has been showcasing the artworks of its members in its gallery/boutique since 1985. The artist-members of Farfelu also organize shows, demonstrations and workshops for the public.

Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(hours are longer at certain times of the year; see website.)

Other venues for making and showing art

Ariane Marois, Jeweller

Contact: Ariane Marois

Ariane Marois brings passion and expert knowledge to her transformations of precious metals such as silver and white gold into jewelry and practical objects for women. Since 2011, her boutique-studio, where you can watch her work, has offered short series and unique pieces in a design style that is both spare and elegant. In 2014 Ariane Marois won the SODEC-LOJI.

D’Art et de Rêves

Contact: Karina Sasseville 57 Principale N. Suttton QC J0E 2K0 : 450 531-5707 Website : dartsetdereves.org

Founded in 2015, the D’Art et de Rêves cultural park is an emerging project to establish a large exhibition area for monumental sculptures and to develop a residential studio space for visual artists, circus artists and writers. The organization also hosts the Monumentum festival. When completed, the park will be crisscrossed with trails that will lead to spaces created specifically for Sutton families and areas devoted to local and regional artists and writers.

Free tours all year-round.

Fanny Beaudoin’s Studio

Contact: Fanny Beaudoin Visits by appointment 548 Perkins Road Sutton QC J0E 2K0 : 450 538-0800 Website : fannybeaudoin.com Website : carrementculture.ca

The wall painting and decorative art projects of Fanny Beaudoin can be found all around the world! Since 1991, she has painted works on canvas by hand, in her studio. The works are then installed on her clients’ premises.

Forge d’OLL Olivier

Contact: Olivier Burnham Visits by appointment 1057 Valley Road (Hwy 215-Sutton Junction) Sutton QC J0E 2K0 : 450 538-0891 Website : forgedoll.com Website : carrementculture.ca

Forge d’OLL Olivier creates unique wrought iron artworks inspired by the environments where they will be placed, whether this involves creating furniture, architecture, decorative elements or sculptures.

Les Arts à la montagne

Contact: Claude Gagnon : 450 538-7375

Located near the ski and Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton (PENS) trails, Les Arts à la montagne seeks to bring nature and culture together by showcasing the works of local artists. The organization’s goal is to one day create a natured-themed open air gallery in the mountains. Exhibited sculptures are made out of wood, stone and pottery.

Qita Pottery Studio

Contact: Qita Reindler Visits by appointment 367 Principale N. (via Percherons Road) Sutton QC J0E 2K0 Text only please: (450) 531-7868 Website : studioqita.ca

Qita Reindler teaches pottery to students of all ages. She makes mostly functional pottery that is dishwasher and microwave safe. Qita likes to describe her work as a “meditation in movement”.

Roger Tousignant, Cabinetmaker

Contact: Roger Tousignant Showroom open by appointment : 450 538-3707

Roger Tousignant uses recycled wood, stone, metal and tagua-nut ivory in the creation of unique furniture and paintings. He also uses slate and copper to make decorative and specialized birdhouses to attract about 50 Quebec species of nesting birds.

Special, traditional and creative orders are accepted.

Many cafés and restaurants in the town, such as Le Cafetier and Tartinizza also host exhibitions by local artists.

Literature and Education

Libraries

Bibliothèque Sutton Library

7 Academy John Sleeth Centre (on the ground floor) Sutton QC J0E 2K0 : 450 538-0244

Founded in 1949, this library is a non-profit public library run by volunteers. The library offers books for adults and children in French and English, as well as audio books and educational videos. An occasional story time activity is organized for children. Adults are encouraged to form book clubs to share their insights. Readings with local authors are also organized.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sutton Municipal and School Library

19 Highland (in the elementary school, with its own exterior door) Sutton QC J0E 2K0 : 450 538-5843 Website : reseaubiblioduquebec.qc.ca/sutton

This library has offered books in both French and English to adults and children since 1995. It has a large selection of comic books, audiobooks, ebooks, and printed books, all of which you can sign out from your own home. It also holds art shows all year round.

A member of Réseau Biblio, the library provides access to books from other libraries in the area, as well as other online services. Internet stations and wireless Internet access are also available. Adults and children can also participate in book clubs and take advantage of the Montérégie museum card.

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Life-Long Learning (Université du troisième âge)

Société Temps libre

Contact: Jacques Alary Website : Société Temps libre

This organization manages the classes offered by the Brome-Missisquoi chapter of the Université du troisième âge de Sherbrooke. Classes and workshops on various subjects include the arts, history, and information technology. Activities take place in Sutton and Cowansville.

Medias

Journal Le Tour

Contact: Geneviève Hébert C.P. 810 Sutton QC J0E 2K0 Canada : 450 538-5630 Cellulaire: 450 204-6219 Website : Journal Le Tour

Performing Arts

Performance Space

Salle Alec et Gérard Pelletier performance hall

The cultural hub of the Sutton/Brome-Missisquoi MRC region 4C Maple Sutton QC J0E 2K0 : 450 538-0486 Website : salleagpelletier.com

This 100-seat, cabaret-style hall offers a diverse artistic program with around 150 shows a year in everything from cinema, dance and music to theatre, poetry, song and improvisation. It also hosts several festivals, including the Sutton Jazz and the Sutton Traditional Violin Festival. The hall is managed by Productions Cœur du village, which is a social economy organization and has, since 2003, provided Sutton with a professional community venue for performance and creativity in all its forms.

Other venues, such as Pub Mocador, St-André church, Good Shepherd church and the Legion, also host musical performances.

Performing Arts Groups

Ballet-Théâtre Sutton

Contact: Dashiele Haskin 50 Principale N. suite 206 Sutton QC J0E 2K0 : (450) 531-3315 Website : www.balletsutton.com

Ballet-Théâtre Sutton supports the performing arts through training, producing shows and doing outreach in the community of Sutton and neighbouring areas.  It operates the École de ballet classique Sutton (a classical ballet school), which has a well-qualified instructor to teach students of all ages and experience levels who want to explore ballet, tap dancing, acrobatics, contemporary dance, music and theatre.
Find out more about their activities in the Cultural Recreation Directory.

Cordes à Vent

Contact: Françoise Turcotte, Conductor : 450 538-7480 Website : cordesavent.ca

Community orchestra with musicians of all ages, especially kids age 8 and older. This string ensemble with piano, percussion and sometimes wind instruments is open to any musician who will enjoy an enriching experience before eventually moving on to a professional symphony orchestra. Repertoire of baroque to jazz, as well as classical music and film soundtracks.

Find out more about their activities in the Cultural Recreation Directory.

Espace Sutton

Contact: Roland Degani : 450 538-8062 Website : espacesutton.com

A community organization that has, since 2002, promoted, circulated, and supported creative and interpretative arts in theatre, dance, music, song, video and film. It also produces professional and amateur works, including the acclaimed Tableaux vivants.

Musique et traditions illimitées

Contact: Jean de Grosbois : 450 538-3641 Website : violontraditionnelsutton.com

Come listen to acclaimed musicians from both sides of the border at Sutton’s Traditional Fiddle Festival for hours of lively tunes played outdoors and indoors. Bring along your instruments for the jam sessions and master classes, and dance away to old-time jigs.

Sutton Jazz Festival

Contact: Stanley Lake : 450 292-3835 Website : suttonjazz.com

For four weekends in a row, you’ll hear music in the street and restaurants that will have you smiling and foot-tapping. Listen to your heart’s content while enjoying a panoramic view of the fall colours on the slopes of Mount Sutton. In the evening, take in an intimate cabaret-style show at the Alec et Gérard Pelletier performance hall, which has ideal acoustics for jazz. The program includes well-known local and international artists. A must-attend event for jazz lovers since 2002.

Other Activities in the Performing Arts

Les Productions Kazou

Contact: Jean Sicotte : 450 538-0037 Website : Productions Kazou Website : Sutton en Blues

There are also a number of dance groups and bands in Sutton, including L'Écho sans gain, The Homebrew Dixieland Band, Loco Jam, Kaval and The Organic Panic.

Heritage

Museum of Communications and History of Sutton

Contact: Richard Leclerc 32 Principale Sud Sutton QC J0E 2K0 : 514 891-9560 Website : museedesutton.com

The Museum of Communications and History of Sutton is home to a permanent exhibit of more than 1200 artifacts, most bequeathed by Mr. Ebert, the museum’s founder. In 2009, the museum also began hosting temporary exhibitions based on people or events in Sutton’s history.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.; call for group reservations on weekdays.

Heritage Tours

Address of the Tourist Information Office 24A Principale Sud Sutton Quebec J0E 2K0 : 450 538-8455 : 1 800 565-8455 Website : Circuits du patrimoine Website : Chemin des Cantons

With Sutton as the starting point, three fascinating heritage tours take you through the rich history of the Eastern Townships and its architecture. Tour maps are available at Sutton’s tourist information office.

Enjoy our new audio self-guided heritage tours for tablets and smartphones.

Héritage Sutton – Historical Society

11 Principale S. Sutton QC J0E 2K0 Website : www.heritagesutton.ca

Since 1983, Héritage Sutton has sought to interpret, research, preserve and share the stories gleaned from Sutton’s history, and the people and families who lived it. The society manages an archival collection, publishes booklets, organizes educational activities and heritage tours and collaborates with other community organizations such as the Sutton Museum and the Town to promote Sutton’s history and heritage.