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Arts & Culture


Arts & Culture abound in Petrolia from Victoria Playhouse, where the lobby is also an art gallery featuring the work of local artists to the stores that feature art and antiques, framing, custom photography etc. The Petrolia Community Theatre group stages 2 productions per year at Victoria Playhouse, the Library is very active with cultural programming and the Lambton Young Theatre Players showcase the talent of the young people of the community in their productions. Art in the park showcases local artists in July and if you visit in the fall, the annual Scarecrow Festival is sure to pique your interest as handmade scarecrows are strategically placed throughout town to greet visitors on their travels. Photo opportunities abound at this time too.


Victoria Playhouse Petrolia

Victoria Playhouse (VPP) is a 400 seat state-of-the-art theatre housed in Historic Victoria Hall in the centre of Petrolia’s Victorian downtown. The VPP Summer Festival is the main event happening onstage and includes six different productions per year running for a period of three weeks each from mid-May through mid-September. There are also other professional and community events presented at Victoria Playhouse throughout the year. Information is best found on the website.


Victoria Hall Art Advisory Committee

Ten years ago, a few local people were eager to provide a venue for local artists to show their talents and at the same time add to the experience for those visiting Victoria Hall. What began as three art shows during the summer, has grown to a year round program. The art displays are available for viewing any time Victoria Hall is open. An important aspect of this program is the opportunity given to local elementary schools and L.C.C.V.I. to show works of their students each year. For our 10th Anniversary year, we are hosting our first Juried show in October with the theme “Celebrating Lambton through Art”. Current members of our committee are Anna May Aldous, Karen Campbell, Laurissa Ellsworth, Liz Welsh, Sylvia Fairbank,  Linda Smith and Tim Brown. Website Facebook Page


Art in the Park

Art in the Park Petrolia….and the perfect day! As you enter beautiful historic Victoria Park you are struck by the beauty of the art under the canopies, the music in the air, the smiles of people enjoying the sights and sounds and the magnificent roses in full bloom. Wandering through the booths you meet the artists, buy the perfect Christmas gift, spot a bag to match your new coat, and sign-up for stained glass lessons. It’s time for a quick lunch from one of the food vendors while you listen to a local guitar player on the Band shell stage. Checking the entertainment schedule you decide to call your friends to meet you this afternoon to watch the dancers, and perhaps treat yourselves to some ice cream or fudge. The children are busy creating at the Children’s art tent or watching the magician so time for another shady walk around, this time stopping to watch the potter at her wheel. A nearby artist has the perfect painting for your office, another a perfect birthday present for your niece. Art in the Park Petrolia….and the perfect day! Event date: 2nd full weekend in July Event location: Victoria Park in downtown Petrolia Website (for vendors, and visitors), Find us on Facebook, or E-mail Us!


Lambton Young Theatre Players

The Lambton Young Theatre Players offers young people a chance to become involved in theatre productions under the direction of professional artists. We believe that theatre encourages creativity and imagination. It also builds self-esteem, teamwork, and a sense of responsibility. And above all, it’s fun! Programs are offered throughout the year including two mainstage productions. Website Facebook Page


Lambton Youth Choir

The Lambton Youth Choir (est. 1994) is a choral ensemble of energetic, enthusiastic young people (grades four to twelve) who combine singing and choreography in performances that are entertaining and inspirational. The Lambton Youth Choir personifies teamwork, development of leadership skills, and consistent personal best – always in an atmosphere of professionalism. Whether performing for the ‘hometown crowd’ or at local, national, international events – or on tour, our vision remains the same : to create a better community while providing joy and comfort for others through our music. Website Facebook Page E-Mail Us! For more information please call: (519)882-1514


Petrolia Community Theatre

Whether you have been on stage or behind stage; or want to learn a new skill and meet some great people, then Petrolia Community Theatre is the place for you. We put on two major productions a year, as well as numerous smaller projects such as murder mysteries and historical re-enactments. Our members write scripts, sew costumes, shop for set décor items, build sets, act, create props, create with sound, light and special effects. We work together to create theatre and have loads of fun. Join us on stage, behind stage or in the audience. For further information call Warren or Carol Graham at 519-882-1220 or E-mail us, find us on Facebook, or visit our Website!