Quality of Life


Arts and Culture


From a bustling film sector, to a number of festivals and events celebrating its rich heritage, the arts and culture scene in Sault Ste. Marie is alive and well.

Festivals & Events

Celebrate at the Algoma Fall Festival, Art at the Docks, Shadows of the Mind Film Festival, Ontario Winter Carnival Bon Soo or one of the many other arts and culture events in Sault Ste. Marie.

For dates and other information, visit the Festivals and Events web page from Tourism Sault Ste. Marie.


Located on the grounds of Algoma University, the Algoma Conservatory of Music has blossomed to become one of the largest and most recognized music schools in the province.

Sault Ste. Marie is also home of the Essar Centre, Northern Ontario's most modern sports and entertainment complex. In recent years, the venue has hosted a number of major acts, including Elton John, KISS, Jerry Seinfeld, Sheryl Crow, Blue Man Group, the Backstreet Boys, Brad Paisley and Blue Rodeo.

The community is also home to the Northern Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame.

Theatre and Cinema

Care to take in an evening theatre show? Sault Ste. Marie offers a number of venues, including:

For movie buffs, the community boasts a multi-plex cinema, from Galaxy Cinemas.

As well, every year, Sault Ste. Marie hosts the Shadows of the Mind Film Festival, which features documentaries, full-length films and other productions from around the world.

Film Sector

With a vibrant arts and culture sector, a number of motion pictures have been shot in Sault Ste. Marie, particularly in the past few years.

Recently-shot films in Sault Ste. Marie include:

  • Remember (2015)
    Staring Academy Award-winning actors Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau.
  • Swearnet: The Movie (2014)
    Featuring the cast of the television show Trailer Park Boys (Mike Smith, Robb Wells and John Paul Tremblay).
  • Breakout (2013)
    A thriller starring Brendan Fraser (The Mummy) and Dominic Purcell (Prison Break).
  • Foxfire (2012)
    Set in the 1950s, a a group of young girls in upstate New York form their own gang.
  • Collaborator (2011)
    Directed by Martin Donovan (Weeds, Insomnia), the movie stars Donovan and David Morse (The Green Mile, House, The Rock).
  • Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy (2011)
    This is the sequel to the 1996 cult classic Trainspotting. Additional details are available at the movie website and a January 2011 Globe and Mail article.
  • Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster (2011)
    Chronicling the leader of the infamous Toronto-based Boyd Gang, which gained notoriety during the 1940s and 50s, the film features Scott Speedman (Felicity, Underworld), Kevin Durand (Lost, Robin Hood, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes) and Brian Cox (X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity and Supremacy, Deadwood).

More information on these and other movies is available on the local film industry's Facebook page.

If you're a film or television producer looking to shoot in Sault Ste. Marie, there are incentives available through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. For more information, contact Andrew Ross, from the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, at 705-759-5461 or a.ross@ssmedc.ca.