20 Jul

Rural Talks to Rural 2022 Conference

The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (CCRC) is pleased to present this year’s R2R in-person conference (with virtual options) with the theme: Rural Today/Rural Tomorrow! We will be exploring where we are now and where we could be going in the areas of Wellbeing, Housing, Climate and Community. It all happens over three and half days in the Four Winds Barn in Brussels, Ontario, from October 17th – 20th.


Click here for conference details.

R2R22 Conference Themes

15 Jun

Support the Spirit of CCRC

THE SPIRIT OF THE CCRC is an energy that brings people together who mightn’t ever come together. It is about sharing an idea – something that is working in one rural community that could also work in another rural community. It is an energy inside a gathering place, where dialogue can develop into a path forward, where meaningful participation can wind up with us working together to leave the campsite better than we found it.

In supporting the CCRC you are supporting an organization that explores where rural is at today and, as importantly, where rural will be tomorrow.

Please visit: https://www.ruralcreativity.org/donate-today/

05 Jun

Welcome Summer Students Shree & Meagan!

A big welcome to summer students Shreeansha Bhattarai and Meagan Downes!

Shree joins us as our Marketing Assistant this summer. We look forward to having Shree share online what’s been happening at the CCRC – what’s in the works and to highlight some of the incredible content and people from past conferences. Shree shares with us:

“I am a third-year student at UofT. I am excited to be part of this team as I really resonate with CCRC’s objective in giving voices to great minds. A small fun fact about me is that I am the color pink.”

Meagan joins us as our Creative Assistant to support the development of the Grand River Community Play Project. Meagan will work alongside Pete Smith in bringing together the people, stories, and spirit of the Grand River which will culminate into a community play in August 2024. Meagan shares:

“I am a theatre studies major at the University of Guelph in my final semester of studies. I have a passion for writing, theatre, and trees! I am so excited to be joining this project and can’t wait to see what this summer brings.”

02 May

We’re hiring this summer! Job details here.

The CCRC is hiring a Creative Assistant and a Marketing Assistant. These positions are funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program (eligibility for youth between the ages of 15 – 30 years).

The positions are 8 weeks in length, full-time and virtual. The deadline to apply is May 17th with a start date of June 1st.

Learn more and apply today:

Creative Assistant
Marketing Assistant

Submit applications to Peter Smith at peter@ruralcreativity.org

01 May

What’s new with the Grand River Community Play Project


is building toward a presentation of stories that will run the 310-kilometre length of the Grand River by August 2024.

The project is the story of the River, created and developed by the people of the River, and ultimately told to those who are engaged and impacted by the River. It is a coming together of stories and, as importantly, a coming together of people along the length of this magnificent waterway. It also creates room for the River to speak for herself.

We continue to connect with communities up and down the Grand in story circles, in song, in quilting, photography, poetry, theatre, mapping and workshops.

The project is inclusive, and anyone who wants to participate can do just that. We invite you to get in touch with us.

The project is being produced by the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity – where we strive to establish an inclusive gathering place, a place for creativity and meaningful participation.

For more information, click here.
To get involved contact: Pete Smith, peter@ruralcreativity.org

09 Nov


The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity in association with Six Nations Tourism, the Two Row Wampum, Six Nations Polytechnic, RTO4, and the City of Waterloo, invite you to two unique presentations – one held at Six Nations and the other in the city of Waterloo.

WHERE: Chiefswood Park – 1037 Brand County Hwy. 54, Osweken, Ontario
WHEN: November 12, and 13th, 2022
TIME: 4.15pm-6.30pm

The presentation begins just before sunset on both days – with a Thanksgiving under the trees followed by a walk of the Park with stops along the way for stories/poems/songs. The journey concludes at the Six Nations Tourism Office with a light snack, and an interactive art experience with the Dragonfly installation. That’s followed by a discussion as to next steps for the Grand River Community Play being built for the summer of 2024 – a presentation that will run the length of the River.

WHERE: Abraham Erb’s Grist Mill – Caroline St N, Waterloo, Ontario
WHEN: November 19, and 20th, 2022
TIME: 3pm – 5.30pm

The presentation begins at 3pm both days with a water ceremony on Laurel Creek and is followed by stories/poems/songs. We will be led by music and enter the Grist Mill to experience the interactive Dragonfly installation. There will be a light snack and a discussion as to next steps for the Grand River Community Play that will be happening in the summer of 2024 – a presentation that will run the length of the River.

For more information: peter@ruralcreativity.org

14 Oct

R2R Market – local vendors and pop-up bookstore!

The R2R Market will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Brussels Four Winds Barn and is open to delegates and the public!

Local produce, its bounty from the County, and the kind of swag that you can take home and eat. A big thanks to Homegrown Food Basket for organizing the local vendors for our first R2R Market!

And in the value add department the popup bookstore courtesy of the lovely folks at The Village Bookshop in Bayfield will be at the R2R Market with choice books from their fine collection.