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Meet our New Artists

Allison Tait Studio 216

Toltec Spirit Tattoo is owned and operated by Dr. Allison Tait. Allison’s lifelong love of animals and nature has led her on a unique journey.


Michelle Eissler Studio 203 A

Michelle first discovered her passion for painting when she attended the Art & Art History program at the University of Toronto. After graduating, she furthered her studies with Interpretive Illustration at Sheridan College and pursued commercial art for several years before solely concentrating on her love of oil painting.

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EV Chargers are Live at Alton Mill

This fall and early winter there was a bunch of construction activitiy installing a new electrical sub-service and electric vehicle chargers at the Alton Mill. We're happy to announce that the four 30 amp Level 2 chargers are now active on the FLO network. A fifth 50kw fast Level 3 DC charger is still awaiting activation.

It enatiled a lot of work and expense, just over half of which was funded by the Federal government through their ZEVIP and FedDev Ontario Tourism Relief Fund.

Read on for the full media release and pics of the installation.

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Fire & Ice 2023 back for 2023!

After a 3-year COVID hiatus, our  much beloved winter festival returns January 28 & 29th, 2023! Rediscover the joys of Canadian Winter with a jam-packed agenda of events and activities for adults and families alike.

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EV Chargers Coming Soon

The mill is in the process of installing five Electric Vehicle charging stations beside the Annex. They required a separate electrical service with dedicated transformers and panel, so it entailed fairly extensive construction and funding. We're hoping to have them up and running on the Flo network by the end of the month.

Artful Giving Show and Sale

If you're looking for that unique, handmade, beautifully crafted and thoughtfully created gift for someone special on your list this Christmas, then the Artful Giving Annual Artisan Gift and Fine Art Sale is where you’ll find it!

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Classes and Workshops

Learn a new skill, refresh your perspective, and imagine the world more creatively! As covid restrictions begin to ease, now is the perfect time to artistically reconnect with our community!

A few studio artists of the Alton Mill are now offering classes & workshops in a variety of mediums and themes, for beginners to advanced artists of all ages. There are new classes being offered weekly, don't miss your chance to sign up!

Or if it's for someone else, gift certificates are available!

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Caledon Music Festival at Alton Mill

This August Caledon Music Festival returned for a gorgeous afternoon of classical music. Our outdoor tented Annex swelled with the sounds of viola, violin, flute, and cello for an unforgettable experience. 

An article from the Caledon Citizen says: "During the intermission, the Citizen caught up with Caledon Music Festival organizer Terry Lim. Lim said he was very pleased with the turnout for the festival, explaining on the seventh he actually had to add more tickets than planned to meet the demand from people hoping to get a spot last minute. He said people were enjoying the music, and that he and the other performers wanted to bring a balance of strong, passionate music, and lighter sounds for a summer day... The acoustics at the Alton Mill concert location were great, said Lim, as the walls bounced sound off of them and created a church-like sound." 

Read more about it in their article here.

Spring Open House 2022

Spring is in the Air ...and with it comes a whole host of exciting Spring fun here at the Alton Mill. We are thrilled to be once again hosting a variety of in-person events, classes, and much more! Our Spring Open House returns to the Alton Mill on Saturday, April 30 - Sunday, May 1. Come celebrate the upcoming warmer months with open artist studios, shop our spring marketplace, and listen to fabulous live music! Our beautiful grounds also offer a wonderful stroll through nature, and a relaxing afternoon by the Millpond.

Considering a Wedding at the Alton Mill?

The Alton Mill’s combination of art, heritage and modern amenities provides the perfect environment for a truly unique and beautiful wedding. Picture your guests surrounded by art in an industrial-chic, national award-winning restored heritage building, in an idyllic village setting overlooking a waterfall and 3-acre Millpond less than an hour from downtown Toronto! Our newly roofed annexed courtyard offers a magical setting for you and your significant other to say 'I do'. 

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Journeys, Dreams and Fantasies

Three Headwaters Arts member artists, Marnie Cook, acrylic painter Susan Kelly, oil painter and Jolanta Jung, ceramic and glass, present an eclectic selection of over 30 works that capture their interpretations of the wild journeys, colourful dreams and whimsical fantasies.

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Raising the Bar

This year’s Headwaters Arts Fall Festival Art Show and Sale, “Raising the Bar”, challenged artists to submit works created during this unprecedented time of solitude and isolation due to the pandemic. The exhibition showcases over 80 works of art by 45 artists and features an eclectic, deeply personal and diverse selection of subject matter and mediums.

The Fall Festival Show is Headwaters Arts flagship, fundraising event and the show kicks off with an official opening event on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Alton Mill Arts Centre in Alton. Enjoy live music/entertainment, juror and student award presentations, meet the artists, buy art and enjoy local food nibbles and bar/refreshments all outdoors, undercover, beneath the magnificent tented, Annex Courtyard. Tickets are $35 each, (including HST), you receive one bar ticket, refreshments and entertainment.

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Concerts are back ... with a bang!

Tim HicksThanks to the new seasonal roof over the Annex and the Covid regulations that permit outdoor performances, the mill has come alive with music and performance arts!

Since the space was inaugurated by Headwaters Arts with their jazz and poetry performances on August 1, we've had three sold-out concerts and many more events are planned.

Next up, the Good Lovelies on Thurs. Sept. 9, then the Caledon Music Festival presents two classical performances on Fri. Sept. 10 and Sun. Sept. 12. On the evening of Thurs. Sep. 16, Headwaters Arts opens their annual fall event  with entertainment, cash bar & refreshments throughout three galleries and the tented Annex, and Thurs. Sept. 30, Headwaters Arts brings the Campfire Poets to the Annex.

On Thursday Oct. 7, Noisemaker presents The Trews

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Classes & Workshops

Learn a new skill, refresh your perspective, and imagine the world creatively! Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, indoor classes are not able to run at this time, but we are now able to run outdoor workshops amongst this beautiful weather!. Plus, our creative artists and tenants are adapting with new virtual classes and workshops as well. Click to see what's being offered at this time, and ways you can learn something new this Fall.

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Chantal Kreviazuk coming to the Mill

 Tim Hicks so enjoyed the intimate audience interaction in the newly-roofed outdoor venue of the Annex Courtyard, that he spread the word to some of his fellow performers. Now we're pleased to announce that Chantal Kraviazuk is coming to the mill Thurs. Aug. 26th.

We're also talking with other "name" musicians, hopefully every second Thursday for the balance of the season. Hold the date for September 9 - performer to be announced soon.

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Tim Hicks Playing at Alton Mill

Canadian country music star will be playing at the Alton Mill August 12th, as part of his Campfire Troubadour Tour! We are so excited to have such a legendary musician performing in our new Annex Tent, it will be a great way to celebrate this newly revived space!

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Raising the Roof

It's time to celebrate Raising the Roof! Headwaters Arts has an exciting event coming up in the Annex Courtyard, full of live music, food, art, and more. It's time to look ahead and commemorate this new era of growth and opportunities. 

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The Grand Reopening

After months of being closed to the public and many weeks of uncertainty, we are finally officially open to the public. Everyone here at the Mill is so excited to welcome back the community, show you what has been going on during the lockdowns, and introduce exciting new plans for the upcoming weeks.

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What's Happening During Shutdown

Unfortunately because our studios and galleries can't offer direct street access, we must remain closed to the public until further notice, but that doesn't mean that there aren't still ways we can share art with you and ways you can still support our artists and galleries.

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Welcoming Loom Studio

We have a new tenant taking over studio #211, Johana Cordero of Loom Studio! Loom Studio focuses on weaving and will be offering a variety of classes, whether you're an absolute beginner to the weaving practice or you already have some experience. Loom will have workshops for groups and even one-on-one classes.

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Fifth COVID notice March 10, 2021:

We're delighted to re-open with our regular hours of operation. Come pay us a visit, but first please click read more when planning your trip as we have made numerous changes to our regular operations to make reopening a safe and fun experience for guests and staff alike.

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Rare Threads re-opens with new lines.

Rare Threads, the fibre design and fashion market at the mill, has ramped up with a greatly-expanded line-up of incredible vendors. To keep things interesting and ever-changing, the shop now also feature monthly pop-up vendors offering a variety of artisan fashions and decor. Stop by to check out our new offerings.

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Anne-Marie Warburton featured in In the Hills Magazine

The Alton Mill's jewellery designer, maker and teacher extraordinaire, Anne Marie Warburton of Gallery Gemma is the featured artist in this summer's edition of In the Hills Magazine. "What do you do for work? Do you have a favourite number? What’s your most memorable holiday? These are questions Anne-Marie Warburton may ask you as your jewellery commission takes shape in her hands." Check out the full article.

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We've Gone Virtual!

The Alton Mill's studio artists are now offering online virtual learning and workshops and our galleries are accessible online. Click through to learn more and see what's on offer.

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Considered a Winter Wedding?

We still have plenty of dates available this coming winter and next! Check this out by a photographer from BC ..."Cheryl and Dale’s wedding was the perfect way to learn to love (okay, maybe like) winter. The grounds at the Alton Mill Art Centre are gorgeous in the winter so I was thrilled that Cheryl and Dale wanted to do all their photos outside even though it was about -10 C on the day! Cheryl was even brave enough to go skating and play a little hockey while still wearing her wedding gown"

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First COVID-19 Notice March 14, 2020:

Dear Alton Mill Community,

As we continue to monitor developments in the COVID-19 health emergency and follow the guidance of Peel Public Health and the Government of Canada, we wish to assure you that we are taking measures to avoid any risk of transmission and to provide our customers, tenants and  staff with a safe environment.

IMPORTANT: If you are experiencing fever or difficulty breathing, have travelled abroad in the past 2 weeks, have potentially come into contact with a COVID-19 carrier or have any concerns about your health, please postpone your visit. Our team will be happy to see you once you're feeling better.

2nd Notice March 17, 2020:

Due to COVID-19 the Alton Mill Arts Centre building is temporarily closed to the public. The grounds and sculpture garden remain accessible, our studio artists have access to their individual workspaces and are available by appointment with appropriate physical distancing, and many are active on-line. Click "Read More" for more details.

Check out for their latest virtual gallery tour, go to our directory page for our artists' and galleries' contact information, or to see what's they're up to online check #altonmillathome.

In the meantime, work is underway on our re-opening plan. Sign up for our e-newsletter, follow us on Facebook or simply check back here for more info when the phase 2 reopening of Peel Region is announced.

Third COVID notice July 3, 2020:

We're delighted to re-open with our regular hours of operation. Come pay us a visit, but first please click read more when planning your trip as we have made numerous changes to our regular operations to make reopening a safe and fun experience for guests and staff alike.

Fourth COVID notice Nov. 23rd, 2020

Sorry but due to the Provincial State of Emergency, the mill will be closed until further notice.

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Holiday Open House

Join us for an old-fashioned holiday weekend full of art, cheer, and small town charm. Find creative, hand-made gifts in the Mill's galleries and open artist studios.

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Get Tickets for Empty Bowls

On Sunday, October 20th, enjoy specialty soup in a bowl handcrafted by a local artist, in support of local food banks, and keep the bowl! Empty Bowls celebrates its 10th year in Caledon/Orangeville.

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Classical Takeover in Alton!

Don't miss some of Canada's hottest classical talent in Alton, at the Alton Mill and the Paul Morin Gallery, during the Belfountain Music Festival. Get your tickets today!

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A Refreshing Local Event

The annual Wine & Food Festival was a summer succes. Thank you to everyone who made the day a great one! Click through to see pictures from the festival.

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Happy Retirement Rae!

Two weeks ago, one of the Mill's most familiar faces had his last day of work. We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life, along with wife Barb. 

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Wine & Food Festival

Celebrate the summer with a refreshing day out at the 10th annual Wine & Food Festival! Sunday, July 21st from 12-5pm.

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Spring Thaw Open House

This year the Mill has embraced a botanical theme for our open house weekend... don't miss out on a weekend full of workshops, talks, special guests, and treats, designed to delight! Bring your Mom for an early Mother's Day out in the country.

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New Studio Artists!

Meet two of the Mill's newest resident artists, oil painter Agata Wisniewski and textile artist Hildegarde Sausik. 

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10th Annual Fire & Ice Festival

The Alton Mill Arts Centre's all-ages community festival celebrating outdoor winter fun returns! Highlights include an after-dusk fire sculpture on Saturday, millpond skating and curling, maple syrup and other tasty treats, a super snow slide, bonfires, indoor storytelling and indoor art activities ... and so much more! 

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Holiday Open House

Don't miss this annual Mill tradition, including the return of the beloved family Christmas portrait with a twist, Photos with the Grinch. Celebrate the holiday season with a trip to the country for small-town charm and handcrafted gifts, made locally.

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Empty Bowls

Buy a delicious soup in a hand-made bowl, keep the bowl as a gentle reminder that not everyone has a full bowl every day. 100% of the proceeds donated to local food banks.

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Outdoor Sculpture Garden

Discover an amazing collection of outdoor artwork on the ground of the Mill. Click through to find out more, and see an interactive map of the sculptures!

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Headwaters Arts Fall Event

A spectacular showcase of arts and culture from across the province, set amongst the vibrant fall colours of rural Ontario. This year featuring the Annual Juried Show & Sale, The Big Blues Party II, and Monday Night at the Movies. 

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Wine and Food Festival 2018

Discover your senses at the Mill's most anticipated summer event! Live entertainment, art exhibitions and open studios, and culinary delights from the Headwaters region! 

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Get your Celtic On!

Celebrate Spring on May 5th & 6th with our annual Celtic-themed Open House. Live performances by Rhythmfoot featuring the Leahy Family, NUA, highland dancers, one of a kind artwork, local craft beers and cider... don't miss it!

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Alton Millpond Ice Rink is now Closed

The Alton Millpond ice rink is open to the public when the ice conditions are safe.


Other than during the Alton Millpond Hockey Classic and Fire and Ice Festival weekend (Jan 20 & 21, 2018), we do not maintain the ice.

Shovels are on hand, and we ask you to respect the Canadian tradition of outdoor rinks by kindly clearing the ice when you come to use it.

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Heritage Days

Visit the Mill on Sunday, February 18 & Monday, February 19 for a collaborative event with Heritage Caledon. Take a tour of the historic Alton Mill, discover the 150 for 150 Project, and enjoy a very special Heritage Menu from Gourmandissimo!

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Millpond Hockey Classic

Returning for the 9th year to the Alton Millpond, local hockey players of all ages and abilities take to the ice to raise funds for the Millpond Rehabilitation Project.


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Christmas at the Alton Mill

The Alton Mill offers a refreshing alternative experience to the usual frenzy of mall shopping. Our galleries, shops and studios offer a huge array of hand-crafted unique items suitable for meaningful gifts, all in a serene and beautiful environment. Connect with the makers, hear their stories and reward yourself with a memorable day out.


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A Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 3, 2017, Andrew Welch presents a magical reading of Dickens' classic Christmas tale, with music by Elswyth Fryer.

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Rare Threads

Visit Rare Threads a new fibre design and fashion market at the Alton Mill, featuring Canadian-designed goods, with a complement of fair-trade items.

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Wearable/Fibre Art Shop

Invitation for Vendor Applications for the a Wearable/Fibre Art Shop opening on the main floor of the historic Alton Mill from November through Christmas 2017.

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8th Annual Empty Bowls

Enjoy specialty soup in a handmade bowl of your choosing... and keep the bowl! The 8th annual fundraiser for local food banks.


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Headwaters Arts Festival

Discover vibrant fall colours and displays of artistic excellence at the Alton Mill this September & October during this highly respected annual Arts Festival. See the Juried Show & Sale, hear stellar Blues musicians live, and choose from a variety of activities around the Mill.

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Tri-Village Treasures

Bring your treasure map and tri-village passport to discover hidden gems in Alton, Belfountain & Erin. Enter to win one of three $100 prizes.  
For a limited time only!

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Wine & Food Festival 2017

Join us on July 22nd for the Alton Mill Arts Centre's Wine & Food Festival! Featuring 25 Alton Mill artists, regional chefs, wine, beer, cider & spirit companies enjoy a dynamic culinary and art tourism experience.

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Canada Day Concert

Celebrate Canada Day with Headwaters Arts! On July 1, visit the Headwaters Arts Gallery between 1 – 4 pm for some birthday treats and then spend the evening with Ryan MastersFalcon Jane and The Justin MacDonald Band! A fundraiser for Headwaters Arts. Door opens at 6:30 pm.

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Get Your Celtic On!

The Alton Mill invites you to our annual Spring Open House with a twist -  'Get Your Celtic On!' April 29 & 30th. Experience fantastic art, Celtic music and dance, an exciting jewelry line launch, Andy Goldsworthy environmental art videos and dry-stone-wall demos. Particpate in hands-on workshops for adults and kids and enjoy scrumptious food from Gourmandissimo café.  Ring in the spring with your loved ones and have fun!

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The Gem Roundtable

Gallery Gemma Jewellery invites you to attend a special evening event "The Gem Roundtable" a coloured gemstone presentation & sales night with Lisa Elser! Taking place on Saturday May 27 from 7-9pm, enjoy Gemma's free dinner party with a twist! After the wine is poured, hors d'oeuvres enjoyed - out comes the main course, a truly delicious selection of coloured gemstones. Call or email to reserve your seat today!

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Valentine's at the Mill

With all its beautiful history, art and ambiance the Alton Mill is the perfect place to visit with your loved ones this Valentine's season! Enjoy great food at the Gournamdissimo cafe, shop for one-of-a-kind items in our galleries and explore the grounds by taking a walk by the Shaw's Creek. 

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Fire & Ice Winter Festival

Rediscover Canadian winter traditions at the 8th annual Fire & Ice festival on January 21st & 22nd at the Alton Mill Arts Centre. The stage is set for one of our most popular events of the year, with loads of activities both indoors and out!

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NYE Wedding at the Mill

What’s a better way to kick off the start of a new year (and marriage) then with a New Year’s Eve wedding? Sarah and Dan were joined by their loved ones for a magical NYE wedding at Mill. With the beautiful creative touches of Mill artistans Cedar & Stone and 1486 Photography, this wedding blog post is a must read!

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Christmas Markets at the Mill

 The artists of the Alton Mill invite you to give the gift of art and hand-crafted items from our Christmas Markets. The studios and galleries have created and sourced a wide range of unique art objects, jewellery, textiles and other offerings. From the small and affordable to the wildly indulgent, shop local and find one-of-a-kind gifts for the special people in your life.

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Holiday Open House

On Nov. 26th-27th the Alton Mill Arts Centre hosts a wonderful weekend of art exhibitions, open studios and workshops. Experience works of arts & crafts ranging from ceramics to wood, jewellery, textiles and paintings. Families can enjoy music, great food from our café, our painted Christmas tree forest, shop our Christmas markets & take photos with the Grinch.

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An Afternoon of Dickens

Caledon Actor and Town Crier Andrew Welch presents a fabulous dramatic reading of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, on December 18th, 1:30pm. His celebrated performance of this timeless classic is 1½ hours of suspense, Christmas magic, extraordinary characters, and captivating energy!

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Musical Performances at the Mill

The Mill is excited to present some amazingly talented musicians this holiday season! Ranging from folk to classic and traditional - there is something for everyone to enjoy. Performances will take place throughout the Mill between 1pm - 4pm on select upcoming weekends. 

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Headwaters Arts Festival 2016

One of the most respected festivals in Ontario opens its doors once again as we celebrate our 20th year. The Festival features performances, book readings, workshops, open studio tours and other art events at multiple venues throughout the Headwaters Region.


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The Art of Preserving

Chef Pam Fanjoy, one of the chefs behind the Mill's new cafe The Mill Run Eatery, hosts BATCH - cookbook signing and fun preserving demo! Taking place at the Alton Mill on Sunday August 21st, from 2-4pm. Finger foods and cash bar available.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Making Shakespeare fun for everyone! Back by popular demand, Humber River Shakespeare presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Thursday July 14! 

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Source of the Song 33

Get your feet tapping, your fingers snapping and your hands clapping at the Alton Mill! Join host and award-winning songwriter Bruce Madole (Folk/Americana) for a musical afternoon of original songs, performed by the people who wrote them!

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Valentine's Day at the Mill

Start your Valentine's date at the historic Alton Mill Arts Centre! You can enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate, a romantic stroll around our sculpture garden and take a look at some great art in our rustic studios and galleries.

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Fire & Ice Festival 2016

Experience an arts-rich weekend with a Canadian twist Jan 23 & 24th.

Watch the Millpond Hockey Classic, or afterwards skate on the millpond yourself or try your hand at pond curling (check details for times). Open studios, ice sculpture, fire sculpture, outdoor raku firing, indoor art activities and workshops, music, ice slide and more! Cozy up by the fire with a BBQ sponsored by Enbridge Gas, hot drinks and treats from Shaw’s Creek Café.

Extended hours Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, culminating in the spectuclar fire sculpture. For details and times...

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Spring Open House

Spring has sprung at the Alton Mill Arts Centre! Bring your friends & family together for the annual Spring Open House taking place Saturday April 30th – Sunday May 1st and enjoy everything the Mill has to offer. From great artwork by local artisans to an award winning theatrical performance, a variety of creative art classes and live music, this is one weekend you definitely want to mark on your calendars!

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Small Wonders

Headwaters Art Gallery presents their first show of 2016, Small Wonders! Located on the main floor of the Alton Mill, this art exhibition is on from January 6th – February 14th. The show features two and three-dimensional works that are 12”x12” in size.

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Jason Wilson Band CD Release Party, Perennials

Dr. Jason Wilson is a two-time Juno Award nominee and Canadian Reggae Music Award winner. Known for incorporating jazz, Scottish and English folk influences atop a reggae foundation, Wilson is a multi-instrumentalist best known for his piano skills.

In addition to amazing music, there will be delicious food offered by The Friendly Chef Adventures. This is one party you won't want to miss!

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Marilyn - After

The Alton Mill presents Canadian theatre legend Nonnie Griffin in her one-woman show Marilyn - After. The play imagines Marilyn Monroe coming back to life 50 years after her death to tell us about her life, her loves and her untimely passing.

This show is a fundraiser for KAMI for Haiti, a charity founded by Michele and Kathleen Jobin. KAMI is a group that produces stoves and jetropha oil in the northern community Terrier-Rouge in Haiti, a region where very little is offered and where there are few NGOs to help these extremely poor people.

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An Evening With Dr. Lance Secretan

Open talk & book signing with author Dr. Lance Secretan takes place on May 26 at Caledon Country Club, 7pm.

Learn how his latest book, A Love Story, has helped to shape his entirely new theory on leadership which is transforming organization to vibrant, inspiring institutions. Get your tickets now!

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Temporal Vertigo

The Noodle Gallery's upcoming Winter exhibition, Temporal Vertigo opens this weekend at the Fire & Ice Festival! Join us on Saturday January 23rd from 1pm-4pm and experience the dramatic and 'fiery' creations of artists Eva McCauley and Fraser Forsythe.

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Christmas at the Alton Mill

 Tis' the season! The Alton Mill is all decked out for Christmas and we can't wait for you to see! Come visit our festive arts centre where there is something for the whole family to enjoy. We have Christmas Markets with unique handcrafted gifts by resident and guest artists, Oh Christmas Tree a forest of hand-decorated art trees throughout the mill, Photos with the GrinchDickens' A Christmas Carol, and a Designed by Linda Lundstrom pop-up shop. You won't want to miss this holiday season at the Alton Mill…see you soon!

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Oh! Christmas Tree

Throughout the mill is a forest of one-of-a-kind hand painted art trees like you've never seen before! You'll be amazed at the range of interpretations the mill artists have given to this common theme. For a sneak peak...

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Pond Hockey Volunteers Needed

The Alton Millpond Hockey Classic is looking for volunteers! Help support this vital fundraiser for the Alton Millpond and enjoy a day of old fashioned Canadian fun. 

Volunteers are needed to help set up, and take down, parking crew, front entrance greeters, ice rink monitors, vehicle management, and many other tasks. You'll help throughout the weekend to keep the festival events running smoothly. 

If you'd like to volunteer please contact Jeremy Grant directly at 519-766-1440 or

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Designed by Linda Lundström

Renowned Canadian fashion designer, Linda Lundström, brings her exquisite sense of design and enthusiasm for clothing to the Alton Mill Arts Centre in the form of a pop-up shop! Her shop features beautiful coats, vests and luxurious shawl collars of genuine suede/fur. Hurry over to the Mill, her shop closes on January 31st!

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Tonight - Ondine Chorus with Special Guests.

Ondine Chorus (with special guests Jeff Bird and Gary Diggins) will again be doing a christmas concert on Friday Dec 18 at 8:15PM following the performance of "A Christmas Carol" by the Humber River Shakespeare Co. (doors open 7:30) tix $20 advance, $25 door.

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Melanie & Robert's Wedding at Alton Mill with flowers by Cedar & Stone

A wedding held at the Alton Mill has been featured on With photos by Stacy Kincaid and flowers by Cedar & Stone Melanie and Robert's wedding was "...full of heart. There was passion, emotion and relaxed fun in every minute of the day." Click the link to see the full selection of stunning images from this joyous event. 

Public Open House - Alton Millpond Rehabilitation Project Master Plan BIG REVEAL.

At long last and after several years of work, the Master Plan for the Alton Millpond's rehabilitation is complete.
Come out to see and learn about this exciting plan to reestablish the millpond as an ecological, educational, and recreational hub for the village of Alton.
Project consultants and committee members will be present to share the newly-developed master plan with the public.
The Master Plan is the result of several years of committee work, fundraising, studies and hard work by a team of professional consultants to develop a plan for how to rehabilitate this important feature in the village of Alton.

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Photos from Stories from Elsewhere

Stories from Elsewhere took place Thursday July 30 to a record audience. The evening was jam packed with tales of travel. 

Bringing together thirteen storytellers who shared their outrageous, harrowing, poignant, zany and otherwise entertaining tales from on the road.

Thanks to all our story tellers including special guest Nicola Ross (journalist, and author of Caledon Hikes: Loops and Lattes), singer/songwriter Jon Farmer, and a busload of tellers, including Mark Grice, Mary Little, Elswyth Fryer, Andrew Welch, Clare McCarthy, Daniel Kolos, Kat Selby, Bob and Caroline Menzies, Barb Stasiw, and Maria Coletta MacLean.

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Headwaters Arts Festival

Join us for a three-week-long celebratation of all the Arts in the Hills of Headwaters. This year the gala and juried art show will be hosted right here at the Alton Mill Arts Centre. There will also be new art shows in all our galleries, open studios, workshops, demos, performances and special art activities all three weekends.

Throughout the hills of Headwaters region there will be open studio tours and gallery exhibitions, Authors Night, art film screenings, and music performances.

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Culture Cafe presents: Anne Lindsay performing SOLOWORKS

SOLOWORKS. Brilliant violinist Anne Lindsay employs both classical and fiddle techniques as she presents selections from her recently released CD "Soloworks" on Thursday, September 24th. Paul Morin Gallery, 7 pm. 

Anne Lindsay has established herself as one of the most engaging and versatile instrumentalists in Canada, adapting her unique violin/fiddle style to the eclectic sounds and musical languages of this country’s rich cultural texture.

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Click, Create, Celebrate

CLICK*CREATE*CELEBRATE On Friday, October 23rd, 6 pm, in the Millrace Room, enjoy the Caledon Public Library’s annual literary and arts awards celebration.

Live music, fabulous food, an art show of entrants’ works (in The Corridor Gallery), and announcements of the winners in the competition categories.

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Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls is a Fundraiser for Local Food Banks. Enjoy Specialy soup in a handmade bowl of your choosing, and keep the bowl! Sunday October 25 in two sittings. 

For more information and to purchase tickets contact Ann at 519-938-2092
or at Bridget 416-505-1867

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Photos from the Pan Am Torch Relay in Alton

The Pan Am Torch came to the Alton Village Square June13. Art demos were held by Alton Mill Arts Centre's very own C.J. Shelton, Wendy McLeod, and Ann Randaraad. Large horse paintings by Mark Grice were also on display in honour of the event and the Mill's own Jeremy Grant was one of the runners who carried the torch through Alton and into the Village Square. 

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Culture Cafe Presents: Assisted Living

ASSISTED LIVING: A Play in One Act by David Laing Dawson

The Story: Anne, an aging thespian and English teacher, now in her mid eighties and recently widowed, is determined to maintain her independence and stay in the house she shared with Poppy. Her daughter Katherine arrives with groceries and a determination to help, organize, be sensible and plan for the future, only to find her less-than-reliable brother has been there before her. 

Featuring performances by Liz Inman and Jo Skilton. Tickets $20. Ticket includes poetry, music and an art show exploring aspects of aging. Friday August 28, and Sunday August 30.

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Images of ALTON THE HANDSOME for the Parade of Horses

Presented by the Headwaters Equine Leadership Group the Headwaters Parade of Horses is a unique series of outdoor sculptures featuring 25 + fiberglass horses transformed through the creativitiy of talented local artists. The Alton Mill Arts Centre's horse, named ALTON THE HANDSOME is the result of a collabrative effort between the studio artists of the Mill. 

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Culture Cafe Presents: Stories from Elsewhere

An evening of storytelling on the theme of travel. Once upon a time. Who doesn’t love a good story?

Scary, awe-inspiring, hilarious, bizarre; everyone has a travel story to tell. Join us at the Alton Mill Arts Centre on Thursday, July 30th, from 7-9 pm, as we celebrate the art of storytelling with an evening devoted to tales from the road.

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Images from "Femmes Musicales"

February 27th saw the fourth ever Culture Cafe unfold into FEMMES MUSICALES, a musical evening in celebration of the female voice. Painting the night with song in front of a room full of appreciative listeners were local singer/songwriters Erin Bolton, Hannah Chapplain, Nicole Robertson and Sue Smith. We were treated to indie soul, alternative rock, heartfelt pop, and down low blues by these multi-talented and unique young women. 

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Cuisine-Art Festival this Weekend

Food and Art - what a beautiful combination: Celebrate the delicious diversity of Headwaters region's food, drink and creativity this Father's Day weekend with tasting stations and art activities throughout the Alton Mill's open art studios and galleries.

Award-Winner : Last year's Cuisine-Art was named a finalist for Ontario's Culinary Tourism Event of the Year and a Top 100 Festival in Ontario. This year's edition (June 20-21) has evolved with new activities and participants to make it even better. Click to view a short video of the event.

Non-stop entertainment: The Main Stage features chef demos, live jazz, cook-offs and artist paint-offs. Learn about fly-fishing and beekeeping. Then try your hand at painting with beeswax in Andrea Bird's encaustic studio. Or watch potter Ann Randeraad, accompanied by a live goat, turn goat cheese into pottery!

Thrill of the grill: In honour of Father's Day, we've added a special "Bro-B-Q" and beer tent, featuring signature offerings, hot off the grill from Speers Farms Amaranth. Enjoy a bite and a brew while listening to live jazz.

Treat yourself: Your ticket includes unlimited access to food tasting stations, your first three samples of fine wine, craft beer or premium cider, and access to all entertainment. The cash bar and cash BBQ menu will be available all weekend. Art workshops and the Good Things Marketplace complete the day. Rain or shine - all sampling stations are indoors and the main stage and other outdoor activitiies are under tents.

Tickets $35 at the gate. Additional drink sampling tickets can be purchased for $2.50 each (5 tickets for $10). For more information or to see the schedule...

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Culture Cafe presents: THESPIONAGE

April 24th, 7-9 pm, Culture Cafe at the Mill presents THESPIONAGE, an evening of monologues and one-act plays, starring Andy Ingram, Pam Hewitt, Barb Stasiw, Andrew Welch, Jay Wilson, and more. For theatre lovers everywhere. $10 at the door. For

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Tales from the Fashion Industry Trenches

With the heart and soul of an artist, Linda Lundström has been a creative tour de force in Canada for over 3 decades. Having produced more than 100 collections, she is more than a fashion designer. Building a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Toronto, Lundström is a leader in embracing CAD/CAM technologies and Lean Manufacturing processes necessary to compete internationally.

This Thursday April 9, Lundström will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising luncheon for Headwaters Arts at the Best Western Hotel in Orangeville. Hear her speak with honesty and comic timing about her years of success and brushes with failure. For more information or tickets go to the Headwaters Arts website...

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Support the Arts In Headwaters Region

The Alton Mill is a proud supporter of Headwaters Arts, the non-profit group that produces the region's annual arts festival, provides scholarships to aspiring young artists, runs the HA Gallery showcasing local art at the Alton Mill, and provides arts education and enrichment programs. It's annual membership drive is now on and membership dues are a crucial revenue source. Please join or renew today to help  promote the development, appreciation and enjoyment of all arts in the Hills of Headwaters.

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Culture Cafe presents: When Lightning Strikes

Culture Cafe presents: When Lightning Strikes. Get inside the heart of the creative process as five artists take you on a journey from idea to art. How inspiration inspires perspiration for the sake of beauty. Featuring set designer Andrew Welch, singer/ songwriter Zoltan Stewart, mixed media artist Andrea Trace, poet Harry Posner, and more...

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Fire & Ice 2015

Join us January 24 and 25 for the Fire & Ice Winter Festival. Bring the whole family to this arts-rich weekend with true Canadian flavour. Enjoy skating on the Millpond, igloo building, ice sculptures, raku and blacksmith demonstrations, indoor art activities and workshops, stories, music and more! Cozy up by the fire with hot drinks and treats from Shaw’s Creek Café.


Plus, Sunday only, curling on the millpond!. Try your hand on our outdoor sheet. Truly a winter weekend not to be missed! 

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Art Battle: Round 2

Art Battle is live, competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can in twenty minutes. As they work patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process take place! With only limited tools the artists must battle to create the winning piece!

The second Headwaters Art Battle was held this Saturday Feb. 7th, and the overall winner is... Diana Hillman of Silver Creek Studios.

Next Art Battle is Sunday March 29th 1-4PM.

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Fifth Annual Empty Bowls Another Success!

Thanks to all our sponsors, chefs, & potters. This year's event was another great success!

We'd also like to give a special thanks to Scotiabank of 97 First St for their donation of $2595- towards the food bank run through CCS. Both "The Cupboard" run by Westminster Church and the food bank program operated by Caledon Community Services will receive more than $4800-. This year, the Empty Bowls event netted more than $9600-. And a special thanks to Bridget Wilson for all her behind the scenes support.


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Pictures from Frightapalooza

Thanks to everyone who came out to Frightapalooza! the event was a great success and provided a day of frightful family fun for all those who attended.

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Run and Hide! The Grinch is back at the Mill

Hide your presents and pretend to hate Christmas; the Grinch is back to get his photo taken at the Mill! This holiday favourite is in it's third season and the Grinch is gearing up to scare your kids into behaving - this is the final weekend, December 13 & 14. Noon - 4pm.

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Images from the Not-Your-Run-of-the-Mill-Christmas show on now in Falls Gallery

Christmas at Alton Mill ... it’s Santa’s best kept secret!
Why not treat your own list to some not so Run-of-the-Mill gifts this year?
Browse and buy artful gifts created by the Studio Artists of The Alton Mill. A beautiful selection of their one-of-a-kind works are featured in the Not-So-Run-of-the-Mill Art Show now on in the Falls Gallery. Click through for a preview of this stunning show. 

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Call for Artists -Art Battle

Art battle is live, competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can in twenty minutes. As they work patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process take place! Register today to be a part of this exciting event!

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Stonefest '14

The Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada and the Alton Mill Arts Centre present:Stonefest '14, the association's annual festival this Thanksgiving weekend, Friday October 10th & Saturday October 11th, 10 am to 5 pm both days.

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Where History and Art Live Side by Side

April 11 post on Central Counties website: "From the looks of awe on faces old and young, I understood that this place, the Alton Mill Arts Centre, has a magic that appeals to a wide-ranging audience. You don’t have to be “into art” to enjoy Alton Mill. When you’re there, the place transforms you and the way you think of art."

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Headwaters Arts Festival Opening Gala

Tickets are available now for the Evening Art Gala and Authors Night. The Headwaters Arts Festival opens with an evening Gala where you can grow your art collection from our world class juried show of original artwork in all mediums.

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Historic Mixing Pot at the Alton Mill

The cast iron mixing pot on our property is a historical remnant of the equipment from the operation of the Mill during the 1800's. A sign posted nearby invites anyone with information about the pot's function or history to get in touch with us. Recently, visitor to the Mill John Howard Gibson, engineering technologist and history buff, accepted our challenge and contacted us through email with his notes about the mixing pot. 

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Summer Solstice Concert

Join us Saturday June 21 for the heavenly sounds of the Ondine Chorus with special guest Gary Diggins. Inspired by nature, community and the power of collective voice, the Ondine Chorus presents an evening to celebrate the season. The concert begins at 8pm in the Paul Morin Gallery and will feature a mix of scored and improvisational works. Join us for an event to remember! 

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Romeo & Juliet at the Alton Mill Arts Centre

Passion. Romance. Violence. Vengeance. Despair. Love. Romeo and Juliet is a tale of warring families and star-crossed young lovers. Humber River Shakspeare Co. is now in its seventh season of outdoor Summer touring, presents Shakespeare's beloved romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet Friday July 18 at the Alton Mill Arts Centre. 

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Space for Lease at the Alton Mill.

There's an immediate opportunity for a special retailer to open a unique craft and gift shop at the Alton Mill. Become part of a national award-winning destination arts centre. For more information contact Margi Taylor at 519-940-0935 or margi (at) or...

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Sarah & Sean’s Outdoor Wedding Story

Sarah & Sean had a beautiful Alton Mill wedding last summer. Check out the photos posted by Toronto photographer Janice Yi.

Mother's Day at the Alton Mill Arts Centre

Join us for workshops, events and more this Mother's Day weekend! Enjoy a special Mother's Day menu at Shaw's Creek Cafe. Attend the Pearl Event of the Year. Give it a Whirl with Andrea Bird and take part in Art in the Round May 9, 10, 11.

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"Moody Hues" artists share a few tunes

New this year at Cuisine-Art, the Market stage; featuring non-stop live music including a performance by "The Moody Hues" Bob 'Omar' Tunnoch, Gary Taylor and friends. 

Don't miss this rare chance to see juno-award winning musicians in the heart of Alton as they demonstrate just how multi-talented they are. 

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Winner of the "Capture the Burn" Photo Contest.

After much deliberation photographer Jeffrey Nagy has been chosen as the winner of the "Capture the Burn" photo contest! Jeffery's photo sequence, documenting the burning of artist Paul Morin's Fire Sculpture at this year's Fire & Ice, has been selected for a show in the Falls Gallery.

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"Spring Fever" Spring Open House

Join us may 3,4 for "Spring Fever" our spring open house! We'll have open studios, art demos and workshops all weekend long. And don't miss the "selfie challenge!" 

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Cuisine-Art 2014

Mark your calendar! Rain or shine, join Alton Mill artists, 20 local chefs, plus beer, wine and cider masters to sample the region's best food and cool drinks at tasting stations throughout the Alton Mill's studios and art galleries with special art demonstrations, collaborative food-art activities, daily cook-off competitions, live music, and so much more! The culinary weekend to savour all summer takes place July 12 & 13 from noon to 5pm. See you there! 

Tickets $35 at the door. Sorry, advance tickets no longer available.

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Art and Music Video Night

Friday April 18 Artist Paul Morin will host an Art and Music Video Night in his Gallery. The event will take place Friday april 18 from 7 - 10pm at the Alton Mill Atrs Centre and will feature a screening of the new video of this year's Fire and Ice Pyramid Burn. 

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"Capture The Burn" Photo Competition

The "Capture the Burn" photo competition returns Saturday Jan 25 during Fire & Ice 2014. Artist Paul Morin set alight an all new Fire Sculpture to welcome the new year and now it's up to you to submit your best photos of the burn to or our Facebook page for a chance to win! 


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Photos from Dave Bidini Event

 Dave Bidini, well known musician with the iconic Canadian band The Rheostatics and prolific writer stopped by the Millrace Room with his new book "Keon and Me: My Search for the Lost Soul of the Leafs". The event also featured the unveiling of a painting of Dave Keon by Mark Grice, a performance by the Rubber Brothers and a special audience participation hockey poem entitled "Dreams Live Forever" by Harry Posner.  

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Photos From Cuisine-Art 2013

A stunning selection of photos from this year's Cuisine-Art. The Mill would like to thank all the food producers, amazing chefs, beverage makers and vendors who participated as well as all the attendees who helped to make this year's event such a success. Can't wait for next year! 

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Pictures from the Adrian Raso performance at the Mill

Thanks to Adrian Raso and his band who performed at the Mill on Sunday June 2nd. The concert went ahead without a hitch despite some less than accommodating weather. Due to rain, the concert was moved to the Millrace Room for an intimate afternoon of remarkable jazz and spoken word by Raso and his opening act, The Mill's own Rubber Brothers. Raso performed as part of this year's Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival.

Thanks to everyone who came out and we hope to see you at our next exciting event. See the whole collection of images over on our Facebook page

YMCA Art Camps at Alton Mill

Alton Mill artists have teamed up with the YMCA Cedar Glen day camp to offer professionally-instructed art camps this summer for children aged 9 to 12. Openings still open for August camps. Register via the Greater Toronto YMCA website. For more information...

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Cuisine-Art ~ July 19 - 21, 2013

buy online imageMark your calendar for the culinary event that celebrates the region's best food, drink, and creativity! Join artists, taste makers, market vendors and thespians for a weekend to savour all summer long. Watch chefs in action and artists in action! Enjoy tasting stations, a gourmet market, dueling chefs at cook-offs with hosts Ali Hassan and Theresa Albert, and more. 

Get your Sip & Savour Passes at the Gate for $30. 

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the 4th Annual Millpond Hockey Tournament!

It's back! The event that has been called "...The real Winter classic" will not be stopped by stalled negotiations or a fight between greedy players and managment. Join us for the 4th Annual Alton Millpond Hockey Tournament on February 9th. An entire day of true Canadian celebration. Food, drink and fun for all ages. The puck drops at 8:30am.

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Capture the Burn Photo Contest

Prove your mastery of the photographic arts in the 'Capture The Burn' Photo Contest! The best image of Paul Morin's fire sculpture will win a month of exhibition space in the Millrace Room at the Alton Mill Arts Center.

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Fire & Ice 2013

Thanks to everyone who attended Fire & Ice 2013, our fourth annual winter festial of flames, food and fine art!

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Fire & Ice 2013

Fire&Ice posterThis weekend is our annual festival of Flame, Food & Fine Art! On January 19 & 20 enjoy an artful celebration of winter for both adults and families. In addition to such indoor and outdoor activities as skating and cider-jug curling on the millpond, an ice sculpture demonstration, workshops & demos in our open studios and new shows in our galleries, this year we will be bringing you a spectacular fire sculpture followed by an evening of dinner and music - H'eat it up with Soulyve Carribbean foods and Ed Roman & his band! 

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No more ugly Christmas Sweaters - this season give the Gift of Art!

This year, think local and hand-crafted when contemplating a gift for family and friends who deserve something unique. Whether its a special art piece to grace the home, a work of jewellery, pottery or glass, or a workshop series to learn to create their own, our studios and galleries are brimming with one-of-a-kind gift ideas. And check out The Little Art Show upstairs with pieces priced perfectly for gift giving.

The Alton Mill galleries and shops, and many studios too, are open Wed. through Sunday 10am to 5pm right through December 23. Gallery Gemma Jewellery and a few other studios and galleries have extended their hours and will also be open for your convenience on Monday Dec. 24 to 10 am to 5:00 pm. 

Come celebrate the season with us!

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More Awards!

We are thrilled to announce that Cuisine-Art has been chosen 'Best Culinary Tourism Experience'! The awards were handed out on Wednesday November 14 at the Annual Hills of Headwaters Taste of Tourism Awards.

The win comes on the heels of another honor for the Alton Mill; Seaton Group's partnership with Headwaters Arts in creating the Alton Mill Arts Centre was recently honoured with one of six national awards from Business for the Arts, Canada’s association of business leaders who support the arts.

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More Bowls Filled this Year

On Sunday October 21 the 3rd Annual Empty Bowls was held in the Paul Morin Gallery. This year ticket sales, which included a one-of-a-kind bowl crafted by local potters, soup & bread donated by local restaurants and eateries, were up nearly 20%. With Scotiabank (First St, Orangeville) matching the first $5000 raised, the total amount raised by Empty Bowls exceeded $12,000 this year. Those funds will go to support Caledon Community Services and the Food Cupboard at Orangeville's Westminster United Church.

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Rhythm & Hues

Taking place over three arts-packed weekends in conjuction with the Headwaters Arts Festival, the Alton Mill brings you Rhythm & Hues. Experience the rhythms of the arts at this Mill-wide, multi-media event full of hands-on experiences and dazzling artwork.

Click for pdf schedule of events or for more information...

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The Mill Welcomes writer Anthony Carnovale

The Mill is pleased to welcome writer Anthony Carnovale! Author of In Full Uniform, Anthony has moved into studio 203 and is offering both private and group writing workshops. Welcome Anthony!

The Hills are Alive with Cyclists!

There is no place more picturesque in fall then the hills of Caledon. It is also a prime time for cyclists to take in the beauty and the exciting ride the hills have to offer. Two bike rallies are visiting the Mill this month:

Last Sunday, riders in the final instalment of Vitess' 2012 Gran Allenamento series, visited the Mill as they took on Caledon’s challenging terrain. The popular annual rally is known among cyclists as the quintessential cycling lifestyle event.

West End Food Coop second annual bike rally takes riders from the city to the farm making a stop at the Mill September 16.  The rally will raise money for WEFC programming that will make healthy foods accessible to people with low income in Toronto’s west end.

Cuisine-Art 2012 Retrospect

Food & Art came together in this year’s Cuisine-Art, a celebration of all things artistic and tantalizing.

By day guests were treated to samples of the area’s best food & drink and incredible arts programing. By night the Annex Courtyard was transformed into a stage for Humber River Shakespeare Co.’s production of Macbeth…

One of the new additions to Cuisine-Art programming was Eat Local Cook-Off  hosted by Jen Clark of Eat Local Caledon. Saturday’s competition saw Owen Vulpe of What's Cookin' vs Josh Blake of Soulyve, with Owen cooking the winning dish, Sunday’s winner was Gilles Roche of Gourmandissimo, over Thorntin Macdonald of Bistro Rivere/Belfountain Inn.

A huge thanks to all who helped make this Cuisine-Art the most delicious yet!

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We've got Swag!

We have our first Alton Mill t-shirts available for sale! Men's and women's styles, black and white options for $15 each. Drop by the Mill to get yours!

Want to take home memories of Cuisine-Art 2012? We still have a few memory sticks left. 4 gig sticks with recipes and information on Chefs and participants of Cuisine-Art are $15 each. Proceeds from sales of the Cuisine-Art memory stick go to support the Millpond Rehabilitation Fund.

Cuisine-Art 2012

"From the canvas to the printed page to the stage, food, cooking and dining have inspired artists and chefs to produce masterpieces. Fine food and fine art are linked not only by the talent needed to create them but also by the pleasure they give to those who consume them." Jason Smith


Food & Art came together in this year’s Cuisine-Art , a celebration of all things artistic and tantalizing.

By day guests were treated to samples of the area’s best food & drink and incredible arts programing. By night the Annex Courtyard was transformed into a stage for Humber River Shakespeare Co.’s production of Macbeth…


One of the new additions to Cuisine-Art programming was Eat Local Cook-Off  — one held Saturday and another Sunday-  hosted by Jen Clark of Eat Local Caledon. Saturday’s victor Owen Vulpe of What’s Cookin’ in Erin bested Orangeville restaurant Soulyve’s Josh Blake.  Sunday’s winner was Gilles Roche of Gourmandissimo in Caledon, over Thorntin Macdonald of Bistro Rivere/Belfountain Inn.


A huge thanks to all who helped make this Cuisine-Art the most delicious yet!

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Community Design Workshop

On Saturday, June 23, the Alton Village Association will host a Village Square Community Workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Alton Mill. The workshop will be followed by a free barbecue prepared by chefs from the Millcroft Inn.

The Alton Village Association has received an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant “to support a community undertaking to develop the Alton Village Square. The Square will be a gathering place for community celebrations and art performances, heritage awareness and community engagement. Funding will enable project planning and coordination and the building of a heritage stone wall, outdoor structures, and sustainable community gardens.”

This will be an innovative, interactive workshop that will engage the residents of Alton. The workshop will be led by Breakhouse, community engagement specialists.

Welcome Lucille Weber!

We would like to welcome our newest tenant Lucille Weber in Studio 202. Lucille is a painter / mixed meda artist who also gives lessons. Come and see her inagural show 'All Fired Up.' Don't hesitate to drop in, even if she is up to her elbows in paint! 


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Not another Cookie Cutter Wedding

The Alton Mill served as the backdrop for a beautiful, whimsical wedding featured in Style Me Pretty. The vibrant colour scheme and unique and personal touches were the perfect recipe for this adorable couple.

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Blues & Jazz comes to the Mill

The Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival comes to the Alton Mill for the first time. Come out to see emerging blues musician Lyric Dubee and his mesmerizing guitar skills! Lyric performs at 4pm on Saturday June 2.


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Spring Awakening 2012

Celebrate this season of renewal with art activities and exhibitions at the Mill during our 2012 Spring Awakening event. Browse open studios, interact with artists and take part in our mini-workshops in encaustic, drawing, pottery, collage, jewellery-making or silk painting for an incredible hands-on arts-packed day! Class size is limited so pre-register to avoid disappointment! For more Spring Awakening activities....

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New Alton Mill Tenants

Welcome to the newest arrivals at the Mill!

Shannah Rose designer clothing has moved into studio 101 on the main floor of the Mill. Owner Shannah Davison will be designing, making and selling her one of a kind creations here in the Mill.

Photographers Simon Burn and George Church have moved into studio 216.

The Frontline Media offices are now located in the Mill. Katie Burchell will be putting together her popular magazines Caledon Living and Orangeville Living, in studio 216.

Last but not least, wood-turner, Randy McLeod has joined glass-worker Bridget Wilson in studio 208.

Fire & Ice - a fantastic weekend

For weeks we were worried that there would be no ice or snow for this past years's Fire & Ice Festival. But mother nature came through and gave us perfect conditions! Approximately 1,200 people came out and enjoyed a beautiful sunny weekend with myriad activities indoors and out. For photos of the event...

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A Beautiful Summer Wedding

Here is a look into a recent Wedding that was hosted here and captured by the talented photographer Tara McMullen.  This couple was married within the stone walls of the Waterfall Courtyard. They moved indoors into the Millrace Room for a Cocktail Reception as the final details were being setup upstairs in the Bartlett Gallery for their dinner.  After an amazing dinner with the most unique and romantic ambience, the guests moved downstairs where they danced the night away with DJ Laura Forbes (who lives right here in Alton.)

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Holiday Gift & Event Guide

This Holiday season, indulge your senses and treat your loved ones to a truly unique gift.  This year, make your gifts exceptional. From our hands to yours, buy an original!

See our printable Holiday Brochure & Gift Giving Guide by clicking here.

Not sure what to choose? Purchase an Alton Mill Gift Certificate that works in most Studios & Galleries, letting the lucky recipient pick their own amazing gift.  Certificates available for purchase in the Crimson Feather Gallery located at the main entrance of the Mill.

Visit often to participate in the many seasonal events offered.

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Local Heroes In the Hills

Everyone in the local area knows In The Hills Magazine. In fact we are almost willing to bet that there is a copy currently sittting on your coffee table. So we were delighted to read in the current issue that Jeremy & Jordan Grant, owners of the Alton Mill Art Centre, are featured as Local Heroes for their dedication in restoring this Historic Landmark, as well as creating a home for the local art scene. Read the full story online.

Empty Bowls finds a winning recipe

A hand-crafted bowl and a variety of tasty soups prepared by local chefs are the main ingredients of an event that raises money for local food banks.

The Alton Mill Arts Centre hosted its second annual Empty Bowls on Oct. 22. Approximately 200 guests joined the soup line for the chance to choose one of hundreds of bowls made by area potters. Their bowls were then filled with one of five soups on offer for lunch.  At the end of the meal, they went home with the bowl, a full belly, and the knowledge that they had helped the less fortunate in the community.This year Empty Bowls raised over $11,000.  

Event was organized by local potter, Ann Randeraad who is located in studio 209.

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Empty Bowls

The concept behind Empty Bowls was initiated by Michigan Art teacher John Hartom in 1990. The idea is to have participating artists to create and donate bowls, then serve a simple meal, the objective being to organize a charitable event to give artists and art students a way to make a personal difference.  
Empty Bowls has since grown into an international project to fight hunger at a community level.

Ann Randeraad, a potter at the Alton Mill, brought this iniative to the Mill last year and the response was overwhelming. The first Empty Bowls at the Alton Mill was sold out completely. This year there are 200 hand crafted bowls that will be filled with soup from local participating restaurants. Attendees can enjoy their soup during either the lunchon sitting (11:30am – 2:00pm) or the dinner sitting (3:30pm – 5:00pm). Both sittings will include live musical entertainment.

New this year is the opportunity for attendees to make their own stone bowls through a workshop with stone worker Doug Bell. The price of admission covers this option as well as the meal.

Tickets for Empty Bowls are $35.00 and include handcrafted bowl as well as meal of soup and bread. For more details including how to buy advance tickets...

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Buckets of Colour 2011

Buckets of Colour PosterSaturday Sept. 24 to Monday Oct. 10, 2011

Autumn brings its annual pageantry to our Great Lakes forests, when, for a fleeting few weeks, the hills of Caledon are ablaze in red, orange, yellow and brown. Fall is both the most visually stunning season to take in the Alton Mill Arts Centre, and the most bountiful time for the Arts.

Buckets of Colour, the Alton Mill’s third annual Fall arts event, runs for three weekends, from September 24 to Thanksgiving,  and features open studios of all tenant artists, with special workshops and demonstrations, a youth art show, a new outdoor sculpture show plus new gallery exhibitions and openings. At Buckets of Colour, the Headwaters Arts Festival, Culture Days and  Destination Equitation all meet under one roof. For the full shedule of events...

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Youth Equine Art Contest Winners!

The results are in! Winners in all catagories and divisions have been chosen. Come by the Millrace Room to see the incredible equine art of local youth, on display until Monday October 10. Congratulations and thanks to all who participated!

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Peterson Art Ball

Headwaters Arts invites you to the Peterson Art Ball "No Boundaries" fundraising dinner Friday Sept. 9 - gourmet food, fantastic entertainment, excellent company! Hosted by Mag Ruffman and Patcick McKenna under a marquee tent in the Annex. Proceeds to support the Arts in the Headwaters region. Buy your tickets now.

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Volunteer Oppportunities!

Interested in becoming a part of the Alton Mill team? Come and join us for a tour of the Mill on Sunday September 11 led by Jeremy Grant and sign up for future volunteer opportunites!

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Millpond Rehabilitation Project article in Orangeville Citizen

Read Citizen article on Millpond Rehabilitation Project.

Cuisine Art 2011

A Wonderful Weekend of Local Food, Art & Drink!

On July 15-17 the mill was swarming with people. What were they doing in all the heat?

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Experience Cuisine-Art this Weekend!


Delicious art, beautiful fare.  July 16 & 17, 2011. Our 3rd annual summer festival of Food & art promises to be nothing short of spectacular. With the return of our popular Toonie Tastings, the area’s finest in Art, Food and Drink, our Open Air Market, and Humber River Shakespeare Company performances of Comedy of Errors, Cuisine-Art is the event of the summer – you will not want to miss it!

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New Website and Logo

Welcome to our new website and logo. The original Alton Mill logo dates back to the conception of the project in the late 1990s. We felt it was time for a fresh new look that reflects the unique combination of heritage preservation and sleek modernity that characterizes both the rehabilitation of the building and the creative vibrancy that is generated by our artists every day. The logo was crafted by local graphic designer Paul Hogeveen. The website was built by Gabriel Grant with the assistance of designer Paul de la Merced.Thank you to the numerous photographers who contributed material used on the site.

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We've Won!... again

Alton Mill wins award for Best Arts, Culture or Heritage Experience in the Hills of Headwaters tourism region. This follows on the heels of the Ontario Heritage Trust's Community Recognition Award and the Heritage Canada Foundation's National Achievement Award for the rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of the Alton Mill into a mixed-use, arts and heritage complex.At its annual conference in September 2009, the Canadian Association of Heritage Profiessionals gave Architect Catherine Nasmith and Landscape Architect Owan Scott Awards of Merit for their work on the project.