To date, SPARC has held two highly successful symposiums in Haliburton Ontario.

For information about the 2016 symposium, click here.
For information about the 2014 symposium, click here.

The SPARC Network is delighted to announce that the 2018 SPARC Symposium will be held May 24th to 27th in Cobalt, Ontario, hosted by Pied Piper Kidshows and their community partners. For more information, click here.

Cobalt and the neighbouring communities offer the unique opportunity to visit rural Northern Ontario.  Steeped in a rich history, the region has been a gathering place for thousands of years.  Lake Temiskaming is the headwaters of the Ottawa River, and as such was a vital trade route for the First Nations people and key to the Cobalt Silver Boom of the early 20th century that had folks in 1909 saying “Toronto? That’s where you catch the train to Cobalt.”  Today the town’s winding streets, brick buildings, scarred landscape, and proud and steadfast headframes echo the ghosts of the tens of thousands who once made this (now National Historic Site) their home.  Cobalt offers the perfect opportunity to witness how the performing arts are being used as a catalyst for enriching rural economies, reconciling diverse rural cultures, and meeting the pressing and varied needs of local communities.


Le Réseau SPARC est heureux d’annoncer que le Colloque 2018 aura lieu les 24, 25, 26 et 27 mai à Cobalt, Ontario, sous la tutelle de Pied Piper Kidshows et de leurs partenaires communautaires.

Cobalt et des villes avoisinantes offriront aux participants une chance unique de visiter l’Ontario champêtre. La région est empreinte d’une riche histoire et s’avère une place de rencontre depuis des millénaires. Le lac Témiskaming, en amont de la rivière Outaouais, était une importante route pour les Premières Nations pour la traite des fourrures. D’ailleurs ce fut également une importante route pour la ruée vers l’argent de Cobalt au début du 20e siècle.  En 1909 on disait, « Toronto? C’est là où on prend le train pour Cobalt! ».