A Day in Oshawa

Yep, Oshawa’s our stomping grounds, so we were all mystified when we realized we’ve never featured the city in this space in our magazine. The Spark Centre team proudly works right downtown at 2 Simcoe Street, but we’re all big fans of sites and spots Oshawa has to offer. Here’s a short list of some of our favourites.

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5 Ways to Pick Up a New Hobby

We’re all super busy. There’s no disputing that. Our culture is one of hustle, back-to-back meetings, packed social schedules and not nearly enough downtime. But so many of us dream of doing something creative. Read on for five easy ways to pick up a new hobby, to help you get inspired.

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Spark’s Picks

The minute we told our Spark Centre and Synergy Lab colleagues we were doing an arts and culture issue, they insisted we spotlight a few of their favourite local musical acts. Never ones to disappoint, we were only too happy to give them space to share their love below.

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Next-Gen Arts in Academics

As most art is now produced and consumed in digital
formats, the next generation of artists is fine-tuning
their talents to meet the changing conditions and complexities of the digital age. In Oshawa, Ont., Durham College and
Ontario Tech University provide students with a unique blend of creative exploration with digital media know-how.

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In the Limelight — Live Theatre in Durham Region

There’s nothing quite like a night (or afternoon!) out at a live theatre performance. Even in the most low-key settings, attending a show feels like an occasion. Durham Region boasts many quality theatre opportunities, from intimate settings to large-scale productions, and is full of talented actors to pull off even the most complex shows. So, with a wealth of options to explore, we dove into the theatre landscape in the area to round up some of the incredible venues and theatrical companies you should have on your radar. We’ll also tell you what’s on this season, and where you can get tickets — you’ll just have to decide what to see first.

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Hitting the Right Note

Famous novelist Jack Kerouac once
said, “The only truth is music,” and
while that might seem a tad dramatic, we couldn’t agree more. Music is
universal (it’s actually been proven
by scientists at Harvard) and releases
endorphins in our brains. It offers hope and an escape, it excites and relaxes, and it’s an art form that brings people together like no other. Not to sound like a broken record, but we love music, and so do the folks we feature here. Hearing their stories was, well, music to our ears.

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