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Headwaters Arts exists to bring together artists and supporters to promote the development, appreciation, and enjoyment of all arts in the Headwaters region (Caledon, Dufferin County, Orangeville & Erin)

Headwaters Arts wants to be able to state with confidence that the Hills of Headwaters region is a widely recognized centre for artistic excellence; a location of choice for artists seeking a nurturing, collaborative community. And that the region is a home to residents and businesses that value support and participate in the arts as well as a renowned destination for tourists seeking high quality and fun arts experiences.


Headwaters Arts Festival

Sept. 16th to Oct. 10th, 2016

One of the most respected festivals in Ontario opens its doors once again as we celebrate our 20th year. The Festival features performances, book readings, workshops, open studio tours, and other art events at multiple venues throughout the Headwaters Region. This year, the main event, our Juried Art Show & Sale returns to the award winning Alton Mill Arts Centre for three weeks.

Mark your calendars to see this and make it a day trip or stay overnight at one of our luxury resorts. While here, take the time to enjoy all that Headwaters has to o er from the magni cent fall colours, great local foods, wines, beers and ciders!


Opening Gala Reception

Friday, September 16, 2016 6:30 pm

Tickets: $50 (tax inclusive)

This year’s fundraising Gala will showcase amazing new works juried into this prestigious Art Show and Sale. Listen to live musical performances while having an opportunity to meet the artists. Enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

Through ticket sales & art purchases you are supporting Canadian art!


Juried Art Show & Sale

After the Gala Reception the Juried Show & Sale will continue to the end of the Festival.
Hours: Wednesdays to Sundays from 10 am – 5 pm (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)\

This year our respected panel of jurors include:

Gary Evans
Coordinator, Fine Arts, Museum & Gallery Studies at the School of Design and Visual Art, Georgian College

Janna Hiemstra
Curator/Director of Programs, Craft Ontario

Mary Reid
Director/Curator of the Woodstock Art Gallery


Authors’ Night

A Literary Celebration
Friday, September 23 at 7pm

The Orangeville Opera House, 87 Broadway, Orangeville

Tickets: $30 (tax inclusive) are available at:

  • Headwaters Arts Gallery: Alton Mill Arts Centre, Alton – 519.943.1149
  • online at headwatersarts.com
  • BookLore: 121 First Street, Orangeville – 519.942.3830




Peter Behrens | Carry Me

Peter, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Law of Dreams, is currently a Fellow at Harvard. Carry Me, his new novel, is the story of Billy Lange who is driven to Germany from his childhood home on the Isle of Wight by WW1. A profoundly moving meditation on Europe’s violent 20th century.


CamillaCamilla Gibb | This is Happy

This is Happy is an introspective memoir which reveals the overwhelming emotions that come with the shattered vision of a longed-for family. The acclaimed award- winning author nds answers in the tender moments of the everyday.


GuyGuy Gavriel Kay | Children of Earth and Sky

Guy, a member of the Order of Canada & winner of the World Fantasy Award, assisted Christopher Tolkien in editing The Silmarillion. Set in tumultuous Renaissance Europe, Children of Earth and Sky is a web of intrigue & romantic history where empires & faiths collide.


NicolaNicola Ross | Moderator

A columnist with In the Hills magazine, and author of five books including Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes, Nicola is excited that Halton Hikes: Mostly Loops & Lattes will be on sale in November.


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Headwaters Arts presents: Colours in Black and White

August 20, 2017 – August 20, 2017

Headwaters Arts Festival

September 15, 2017 – All Day