This year’s Imagine Arts Festival was about collaboration

November 04, 2013

Working with the Abilities Centre, The Whitby Public Library and the Station Gallery, Imagine expanded to multiple events and sites in 2013 with a common goal to bring the community together as one and ensure that everyone regardless of mental or physical challenges can be supported, respected and allowed to be engaged and involved.

Imagine began in 2008 as a film festival under Ontario Shores organized and operated by the Communications and Public Affairs team but expanded in 2012 to focus on all aspects of art.

Ontario Shores signature event returned to the Regent Theatre in Oshawa hosting the Juno Award-winning Serena Ryder. This concert was sold out months in advance and Ryder didn’t disappoint bringing her music and mental health message to the masses during a spirited and memorable evening. This event was supported in part by Scotiabank and Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health.

A number of events were held in October include an open music day at the Abilities Centre which featured the unveiling of the Sound Beam which uses sensor technology to translate body movement into music and sound. Other events included family films at the Whitby Library and Ontario Shores, Station Gallery art programs and much more – all supporting the vision of Imagine.