In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Cambridge Celebration of the Arts event in 2020 took place on-line. Please enjoy the below video.  

Each year, for one evening in June, the Cambridge Celebration of the Arts (CCA) presents the community with a variety of works by local artists and artists connected to our community.  The event showcases many different styles and genres of art in the Visual, Literary and Performing Arts categories.

In 2020, the City of Cambridge & Toyota proudly presented our first ever Cambridge Celebration of the Arts Youtube/Facebook Premier event.

It is very important to the event committee to ensure that we celebrate our local visual, literary and performing artists.  Please stay tuned for event decisions & details for 2021.

Once a decision is made, the committee will reach out via our social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter & Instagram 

Want to know what a typical night at the Cambridge Celebration of the Arts is like? Watch our video to find out! 

Don't forget to tweet/share/like our event! #CCA2020

2021 Committee Members

City of Cambridge Staff Liaison - Leanne Bond, Recreation Coordinator

Chair - Dennis Napper

Promotions/Social Media Coordinators - Deanna Wells & Greg Wilson

Sponsorship Coordinator - Glodeane Brown

Visual Arts Coordinator - Ingrid Talpak

Performing Arts Coordinator - Laurel Swinden

Literary Arts Coordinator - Jill Harrington-Fox

Food & Beverage Coordinator - Claudia Solo Solis

Site Coordinator - Margie McLean

Youth Visual Arts Coordinator - Sharon Bal

Performing Arts Event Check-in - Kristine Dearlove

Volunteer Coordinator - Robert Pham


If you are interested in joining the CCA planning committee or would like to volunteer at the event email the Recreation Coordinator or call (519) 740-4681 ext 4277.

Interested in Volunteering?

The CCA planning committee is always looking for committed day of event volunteers (daytime & evening shifts available).

If you are interested in joining the CCA planning committee or would like to volunteer at the event email the Recreation Coordinator or call (519) 740-4681 ext 4277.

Meet the 2020 Jurors 

Image and description of 2020 Jurors

Visual Arts Juror Heather Franklin

Visual Arts Juror

Heather Franklin

Heather Franklin is a visual artist living and working in the Region, as an instructor, curator, gallery technician and arts administrator.  Heather has been involved in organizations such as; Waterloo Regional Arts Council, Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists, Cambridge Sculpture Garden, Mayor's Celebration of the Arts and the Waterloo Regional Arts Awards Academy. Heather is a printmaker and a member of the collective Riverside Print Group in Cambridge.  Currently she is the Executive Director of Button Factory Arts in Waterloo.

Literary Arts Juror Patricia Helen Oliver

Literary Arts Juror

P.H. Oliver

Patricia Helen Oliver was born in Abercraf, Wales to a rowdy family of storytellers who believed laughter was the best medicine for any ailment.  She has a Master's Degree in Health with a minor in English from the University of Western Ontario.  She has lived in Cambridge, Ontario for 28 years.


"The Gynesaurs" (novel) Longlisted for the 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour (top 10 in Canada)

"Aaaaaaaaaaa Puglia!" (Memoir), 2007

Photo of Vanessa De Freitas

Performing Arts Juror

Vanessa De Freitas

Vanessa is a graduate from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music from 2008 and is classically trained in both voice and piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music along with college and university. She also has vocal training in jazz, pop/rock and musical theatre styles.

Vanessa holds several Kiwanis Festival Awards in both Voice & Piano. Vanessa takes much pride and joy in teaching music to a variety of age groups for over 17 years. She has been teaching voice and piano at Sherwood since 2012 and is now the lessons manager/coordinator. Vanessa is also a licensed Kindermusik teacher. She lives by the quote “Music is not what I do, it’s who I am.”


Interested in applying to participate in the event?

The Call for Entry is now closed.  Thank you to all artists for taking the time to apply.

Please join us on Social Media to celebrate all the local artists that took the time to apply in 2020!  
More details to follow.