Featured Artists

Current Featured Artists:

Interested in being a Featured Artist or in suggesting someone who should be? Let us know! A Featured Artist can be a person or an organization involved in any creative activity that's making waves in our communty. Contact artsandculture@collingwood.ca


Photos: Nicole Bishop

Featured Artist for May: Erin McAndrew

Erin is an independent choreographer, dancer, producer and arts advocate whose passion for dance has taken her across Canada and to Australia, India and Thailand. Presently she is right here in Collingwood spearheading the Sharing Dance initiative, a flagship community program of Canada’s National Ballet School. Over the next month Erin will work with elementary and high school students to share her love of dance and foster a sense of community by offering free dance workshops that will culminate in a community performance on Thursday, June 7 at Central Park from 10:30-12:00. Erin is partnering with the Healthy Kids Community Challenge to incorporate elements of their ‘Power of and Play’ initiative into the Sharing Dance workshops. “My work with Sharing Dance has underscored my belief that the arts are vital and should be accessible to everyone,” says Erin.

After studying kinesiology at The University of Western Ontario, Erin graduated from the Commercial Dance Studies program at George Brown College. She is a versatile performer, an innovator, educator and entrepreneur.  Erin continues to develop unique collaborations across art forms and communities with her company E.M. Creative Productions.






Features Artist for April: Drew Murdoch, Actor/Playwright


Drew Murdoch found an artistic home with Quarter Century Theatre (QCT) in 2016. He is currently one of the collaborators behind QCT’s brand new show Collected Stories for a Better World, which explores mankind's relationship with our natural world through drama, dance, music and poetry and opens May 16, 2018 . “QCT is site-specific, edgy and unpredictable and that’s exactly what I was looking for,” says Drew.  
In addition to performing, Drew has a passion for theatre education and is part of the team delivering Fusion Fun Labs for youth aged 6 to 17, a joint initiative with Theatre Collingwood and QCT.
While obtaining his BA in theatre studies at York University, Drew performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2015 and again in 2016 when he organized the performance of Head À Tête by David S. Craig and Robert Morgan, a Canadian Theatre for Young Audiences Play.
Drew has written multiple plays, one of which received a Sears Drama Festival award. He writes and performs slam poetry and never one to shy away from a challenge, Drew is currently working on a novel for National Novel Writing Month. 
Learn more about Drew and Quarter Century Theatre’s latest production here: www.qctheatre.ca

Beyond the Studio, Tremont Artists Paint en Plein-Air: Six Tremont Artists step out of the studio to explore and interpret landscapes from Georgian Bay to Quebec to Newfoundland. See  works by Lisa Hannaford, Kaz Jones, Kara McIntosh, Andrew Peycha, Dragica Vidakovic and Jenn Wilkins from March 6 to May 31 in Council Chambers at Town Hall. To view the catologue of artwork click here.


Off The Wall, Jenn Wilkins
Jenn is a full-time professional artist working out of her studio, along with other artists, in the historic Tremont in downtown Collingwood. Her work is widely sought after to fill a variety of spaces internationally and across North America from corporate to high rise condos to Georgian Bay cottages. www.jennwilkins.com
Jenn is exhibiting in the Press Room Gallery at 65 Simcoe Street until the end of May.
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