Creative City Summit

The first Creative City Network of Canada conference was held in Vancouver, BC in November 2002. Since then, the CCNC has organized an annual meeting in different Canadian cities for established and aspiring culture workers to meet, share ideas, connect, and work together to build vital infrastructure for arts and cultural development across Canada’s towns and cities. The conference is now known as the Creative City Summit.

Why Attend a Creative City Summit?

Connecting with sector colleagues is an essential part of developing culture in Canada. Every year, delegates representing culture work across the country gather to share, learn, and grow.

Each Creative City Summit offers content that is national in scope and addresses the breadth of issues within the practice of local cultural development for communities of different sizes and geographies.

Upcoming Creative City Summits

Oct. 13
Vancouver, BC

Kingston, ON

Calgary, AB

Bidding to host will be announced.

Past Creative City Summits

2023 — ST. JOHN’S, NL


“…the St. John’s Summit was beautifully organized and very informative. Thank you for a wonderful conference!”
2023 delegate

“I haven’t been to a conference since 2015 and I was really impressed by how well organized this one was and I really appreciated the opportunity to meet my colleagues in person. It really just provides much better experience to connect.” – 2023 delegate

2022 — Waterloo, ON

Button Factory, Waterloo

ALL IN: New Pathways for Moving Forward

“This was a very well-organized event. I learned a lot and got to connect with colleagues across Canada in a meaningful way.”
– 2022 delegate

“I discovered many things about the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge area and would love to return to see the things I did not get a chance to visit.” – 2022 delegate

2019 — Saskatoon, SK

Growing the Creative Cultural Economy for 21st Century Cities

2018 — Mississauga, ON

Creative Disruption | Building a new foundation for people, places, and spaces

2017 — Halifax, NS

Views from the Edge: Periphery, Perspective and the Contemporary City

2016 — Surrey, BC

The Future Lives Here: Bridging Cultures and Building Communities

2015 — Kelowna, BC

Let’s Cultivate Culture! Nurture, Grow, Celebrate in Your Community!

2014 — Hamilton, ON

Love Your City: Transforming Communities through Culture

2013 — Ottawa, ON

Recalculating: Culture in a Digital World

2012 — Victoria, BC

Fertile Grounds: Culture in Your Community

2011 — London, ON

The New Old: Culture as a Revitalizing Tool in your Community