Start the Christmas season in Westport with the Annual WAC Christmas Market. With curated one-of-a-kind artisan vendors including jewellery, linen, baked goods, maple products, clothing, house decor, glass, mosaics, paper goods, soaps, and more! With carolling, wagon rides, food, drinks, and the lighting of the Village Christmas tree at Town Hall, your heart will grow two sizes from cheerful Christmas spirit.
Friday, 22 November 2019
4-8 PM Christmas Market, Church Street, Downtown Westport
Carolling, Wagon Rides, Food & Drinks
5 PM Christmas Tree lighting at Town Hall
The Call for Artists is now closed.
Thanks to everyone who contacted us. We will shout out next year once again!
WAC is proud to bring back Art on the Street for a third summer. Six chosen artists are given a blank Muskoka chair as their canvas to design and paint any way they choose. The theme for 2019 is “The Beauty of Westport”.
Finished chairs are displayed at businesses throughout the village during the summer and eventually raffled off in August at MUSICwestport. Raffle tickets can be bought throughout the summer and proceeds go towards local art events.
- Artists will be chosen on a “first come- first served” basis.
- On May 1, selected artists will pick up an unassembled Muskoka chair kit and urethane sealant at Herlehy Home Building Centre
- Artists will paint their design on the chair, assemble and seal it. Artists can google: “one of a kind hand painted Muskoka chairs” for ideas
- Each artist will provide a laminated biography and contact information submitted with their chair for display
- Chairs will be “unveiled” and the artists introduced at the Westport Heritage Festival on 2 June 2018.
- Chairs will then be “adopted” by six different businesses from 2 June to August 18
- Tickets will be sold for $5.00 each on the chairs and the draws will be made at MUSICWestport. Proceeds will go to the Westport Arts Council.
The Westport Arts Council hopes you will be excited about the prospects of having your art on display in the village throughout the summer months.
To participate in the project as an ARTIST or HOST BUSINESS, please contact Mary Anne Bishop:
613 273 8699
Saturday 13 October 2018
10-12pm Workshops — Registration Only, Limited Spaces
2-4pm Performance — Entrance by Donation
Westport United Church
Rediscover the power, joy, and art of storytelling. WAC is very proud to welcome master storytellers Jennifer Cayley and Ellis Lynn Duschenes for “Once Upon A Time.” Our day of storytelling in Westport boasts two workshops and a feature performance “Stories that Challenge and Change”.
Adult Workshop with Jen Cayley
$25 Adults Only Max. 12
United Church Hall
You will hear one or two good stories and take part in a number of participatory exercises that will help you discover yourself as a teller. As well there will be information about how to get started and where to find good stories. While the workshop will be based in traditional material, it will help you grow as a teller no matter what kind of material you want to tell.
Youth Workshop with Ellis Lynn Duschenes
$10 Ages 10-12 Max. 10
St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall
A morning for discovering some great stories, for finding out about what makes them great, and to learn a bit about how you might be a great storyteller yourself.
Bring open ears, hearts and minds (along with a snack!) for all the energy you will need to fuel this grand adventure.
Workshops by advance registration only!
Email your name, contact info, and complete E-Transfer to:
Phone Robin at 613-273-9195 for in-person booking and payment.
Meet the Storytellers
Ellis Lynn Duschenes is a founder of the Ottawa Storytellers and has been telling for at least three decades. As well as being an exceptionally skillful teller, she is a passionate listener. Traditional folk and fairy tales along with ancient epic and myth are the foundation of her storytelling work. When she was an elementary school teacher, Ellis Lynn’s classroom was always alive with stories of every kind.
Jennifer Cayley has been telling stories across Canada and beyond, for more than a quarter century. Her repertoire includes traditional, epic, literary, historical and personal material. Jennifer believes passionately that stories, especially the old traditional ones, are important to all of us as we struggle to understand the shape and meaning of our lives.