Colours of Canada

50 Canadian Things

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council unveils “50 Canadian Things” in the Doris Crowston Gallery at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, August 2―20. The exhibition is based on Jane Urquhart’s book A Number of Things, which the internationally acclaimed author was invited to write for Canada’s 150th. The book features fifty “things” that have particular significance for Urquhart as a Canadian. In turn, gallery curator Ian MacLeod invited fifty Sunshine Coast artists to each create a work inspired by the book. These works range from paintings and photographs to mixed media and textile installations.
In conjunction with the art exhibition will be a special reading by Urquhart. Her work has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is also a Chevalier dans l’Order des Arts et des Lettres in France and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Ms. Urquhart will read surrounded by works of art inspired by her book. Each piece is a personal interpretation of one of the things that “spoke” to the artist. The reading will take place on Thursday, August 10, at 8 pm in the Doris Crowston Gallery. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at or by calling 604.885.5412.
This group exhibition and reading is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. For more information on the artists participating in “50 Canadian Things,” please visit the Sunshine Coast Arts Council website at


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