Art and Culture

NEW – Cultural Recreation Directory for Suttonites

In response to requests for information about the many activities being offered in Sutton and the surrounding area, the Town is now providing this new searchable directory of local cultural and recreational events.

Search by age, language, category or keyword. Explore some 60 different activities! From choir and reading clubs to pottery class, family reunions and dance classes. Fun for all ages!


Come and have a great time at this weeklong event to raise awareness of art and culture for young kids: performances and workshops for everyone!

The Town of Sutton, along with six other municipalities in Brome-Missisquoi and some 30 partners, is organizing a week of events to raise awareness of art and culture for young kids. All the performances, workshops and presentations are part of the J’inviterai l’enfance (I’ll invite in my young heart) project. See below for four activities open to the general public free of charge. Places are limited, reservation required. Activities in French only.

Atelier Des lettres au son (in French only)

Parents et nourrissons, avant la marche

Les parents, accompagnés de leurs nourrissons, sont guidés dans un réchauffement vocal en relation avec leur tout-petit. Sur le dos, à quatre pattes et en mouvements, ils traversent les voyelles et consonnes pour ensuite lire un livre pour enfant et le transformer en chœur tantôt en berceuse, tantôt en comptine rythmée.

Samedi 15 juin à 9 h 30 Centre culturel St-John, Bromont. Pour vous inscrire:

Samedi 15 juin à 10 h 30 Centre culturel St-John, Bromont. Pour vous inscrire:

Atelier Petites bouchées de cirque (in French only)

2 à 5 ans

Venez non pas voir, mais vivre une expérience avec votre tout-petit ! Vous deviendrez porteur de main-à-main pour votre petit voltigeur, acrobate en tandem dans un parcours à défis et assistant coach de trapèze pour guider votre enfant dans la réussite de mouvements en suspension. Vêtements confortables, sans jupe ni souliers requis.

Samedi 15 juin à 13h Centre culturel St-John, Bromont. Pour vous inscrire :

Spectacle Amarelinha (in French only)

À partir de 4 ans

Amarelinha est un spectacle extérieur construit autour d’une marelle, de la TERRE jusqu’au CIEL, où l’on suit le parcours de cinq enfants du quartier, à travers leurs jeux et leurs enjeux, leurs grandes questions, leurs passions et leurs drames. C’est une fenêtre sur un quotidien qui nous ressemble, dans notre décor.

Mercredi 18 juin à 18 h,  dans le stationnement du CPE Les Tisserands, 118 rue Laurier, Cowansville. Apportez vos chaises! Annulé en cas de pluie. Pour vous inscrire :

An information meeting on the project “J’inviterai l’enfance”

Join us at the Cafetier Tuesday, May 14, from 5 p.m.! This project allows the creation of a network of partners for the development of artistic actions that contribute to the overall development of toddlers and focus on the social role of the artist.

Training, shows, conferences, grants for creation, creation with children in daycare whether you are an educator, an artist or a representative of a cultural organization, this project is for you.

On the 5 to 7 menu: a few words on the project, presentation of inspiring projects, brainstorming of ideas of artistic projects to realize in daycare and networking.

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Job offer – Cultural awakening project for toddlers

The Town of Sutton initiated the project entitled “J’inviterai l’enfance”, which is now supported by the Town of Cowansville and now includes seven municipalities in Brome-Missisquoi. We are looking for a coordinator for a one-year contract. Click here to consult the job offer (in French only)

Artists, educators, parents, you would like to know more about this artistic project? Sign up for the newsletter: [email protected]


Second Award for Sutton’s Heritage Tours

Second Award for Sutton’s Heritage Tours

Last Thursday, the Glen Sutton audio-guided heritage tour, “If these roads could speak,” won the Jury’s Choice Award in the heritage category from Culture Montérégie. The winning project was presented jointly by the Town of Sutton and Heritage Sutton; the presenters outlined the unique concept of the tour, which takes the form of a radio drama based on accounts by seniors in the Glen Sutton community.  

The jury noted that you have reinvented the audio-guide by turning incidents from Glen Sutton’s history into a very original radio drama with high production values, all of which brings its history alive. Plus, you did so with an impressive number of contributors and participants. Congratulations!”

Click here to read the complete press release.

On March 28, 2019, Claudine Filion-Dufresne (Town of Sutton), Jeanne Morazain (Heritage Sutton) and Étienne Legast (Audiotopie) attended the Culture Montérégie awards ceremony in Boucherville to receive the Jury’s Choice Award

Press Release following the cultural clinic

For Immediate Release

 Community Consultation: Sutton hosts a Cultural Clinic

Sutton, February 26, 2019 Sutton is one of five Quebec towns selected by Les Arts et la Ville (a network of French-speaking cities and towns in Canada committed to cultural development) and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy to participate in a Cultural Clinic in 2019. This consultation, held today at Sutton’s Town Hall, was attended by a diverse set of community stakeholders: local elected officials, community members and representatives of the social and community, economic, and cultural sectors, as well as education, tourism, land use planning, environment, and health. Forty people came together for a workshop and discussion based on the sustainable approach to development promoted by Agenda 21 for Culture, with the goal of working on a new Cultural Action Plan to support and involve all sectors.

The discussions identified major issues facing Sutton, including an aging population, retention of young people, gentrification and its impact on housing costs, cultural governance, volunteer burnout, town planning and the need for a community gathering place at a time when some municipal infrastructures are reaching the end of their useful service life. Overall, there is a need for more bridge-building to ensure a more unified community, one where all sectors and organizations work better together.

Participants identified possible actions to help generate a new vision of local and regional development based on the specific nature of Sutton and the aspirations of its citizens. This will help the town and its departments work more effectively with the community. The consultation also opened up perspectives on the many ways culture can play a key role in the well-being of the Sutton community.

What is a Cultural Clinic based on Agenda 21 for Culture?

Today, culture is recognized as a transversal driver of development and community well-being. Culture helps create environments that are more inclusive, distinctive and attractive, and it is a strategic component of local development. This means that every area of the community can benefit from cultural action, particularly when collaboration becomes the focus. This is the idea behind the Cultural Clinic. Agenda 21 is a strategy to support sustainable development and it emphasizes culture as the fourth pillar, alongside the economy, environment and social sectors.

Initiated by Les Arts et la Ville, the Cultural Clinic brings together various actors from the community in a transversal, participatory and horizontal process (equals among equals). The purpose of the clinic is to develop a common vision among community stakeholders and to propose a common action plan for sustainable community development.

The clinic allowed participants to familiarize themselves with Agenda 21 for Culture and Culture 21 as strategies for devising actions and reference tools for integrating culture in every area of society, with a view to achieving sustainable local development. The clinic also gave participants a chance to talk to each other, share their achievements and reflect on and propose possible actions for the future. Through group participation, the workshop was able to identify local and regional barriers to change and build bridges among the participants in an effort to decompartmentalize municipal action for future actions and projects.

This is not Sutton’s first collaboration with Les Arts et la Ville. Last June, the municipality received the network’s 2018 Culture and Development Award for its project On the Trail of the Pioneers, which focused on cemetery conservation and enhancement.

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For more information:

Claudine Filion-Dufresne, Cultural Development Officer
[email protected] or 450-538-2290


The Sutton Museum of Communications and History received a “Coup d’Coeur” award

To learn more about the subject, consult the press release by clicking here.

Contract Job – Museology Technician

The Culture Department is seeking a Museology Technician to help initiate the actions under the Municipal Public Art Policy.


  • Prepare an inventory and photograph the municipality’s cultural property (indoors and outdoors), including some of the History Museum’s artifacts, and set up a database in Filemaker Pro;
  • Prepare a new display in the curio cabinet in the Town Hall reception area and finish hanging the works from the permanent collection;
  • Develop solutions and suggest tools for properly protecting cultural assets; this may include advising the Town regarding the maintenance, restoration and storage of works, and management of the collection database.

The technician will work with the Cultural Development Officer and, as needed, History Museum volunteers. However, much of the time the technician will be working without supervision and will be the only museology expert working on a daily basis.


  • Successful completion of training in Museology Techniques;
  • Proficient in Filemaker Pro software;
  • Excellent organizational and priority management skills and ability to assess the time required to carry out the tasks in the mandate;
  • Self-starter;
  • Creativity in the methods suggested to showcase the works given a limited budget;
  • Proficient in written French.


Contract for a minimum of 315 hours to December 21, at an hourly rate of $17. Allowance of up to $50/week in addition to wages to help defray travel and accommodation expenses.

Support may be offered to find accommodation during the contract period.

Please email your resume to Claudine Filion-Dufresne, Cultural Development Officer, at [email protected] by October 10, 2018.

Application for financial assistance from the Municipality for 2019 projects and events

The application form for funding regarding Sutton’s Community, Cultural, Recreational and Sports Organizations Recognition and Support Policy (Cultural Fund) is now online. The deadline to submit a project is October 9, 2018.

New: The document « Questions préparatoires pour remplir le formulaire de la politique de reconnaissance » was written to assist organizations. It includes not only questions but also tips for easier use of the online form.

Organizations submitting an initial application for financial assistance from the Town or a completely new project are invited to contact Claudine Filion-Dufresne, Cultural Development Officer, before completing the form: [email protected]