Arts & Culture

Celebrate Canada’s Northern Cultures


Be Entertained & Inspired


February 9 – Business-to-Business Day – 1:30pm-5:30pm
February 10 – Public Day – 1:30pm-5:30pm
February 11 – Public Day – 10:00am-4:00pm
Admission – $10.00 (business card also required on February 9)

Perhaps the two most recognizable features of Canada’s North, the arts and culture component of the Northern Lights event is truly a spectacular showcase of talent!

From the opening ceremonies to the trade show floor, to the Gala finale, visual and performing arts – including demonstrations and displays, as well as musical, cultural, and theatrical performances – will be showcased throughout the four-day event.

The Arts and Cultural Pavilion will also be located in the pre-function area of the third floor of the Shaw Centre overlooking the Rideau Canal. This will provide regional artists the opportunity to stage and market their inspiring creations.

To be considered, you must represent either Nunavut, Nunavik, or Labrador. The intent of this event is to promote and develop markets for local arts and crafts to a national / international audience.

This is a highly sought-after event for craftspeople! The Pavilion is a low-risk environment for craftspeople, provides significant training opportunities during the morning workshop program to scale-up your business, and offers craftspeople access to a variety of buyers and gallery representatives from across Canada and abroad. In 2020, participants sold a record $160,000 in product in 14 hours.


Call for Northern Lights 2023 Fashion Show Models! Click here to download the form.


Note: The Artist Expression of Interest is NOW OPEN! If selected, you will be contacted by the Arts and Cultural Committee by the end of October 2022.




Conference Information

The Northern Lights Business & Cultural Showcase is designed to profile Eastern Arctic & North business, industry, history, and culture. With thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors, the conference is an excellent venue to learn more about what makes Canada's North unique and grow your northern network. No matter what you're interested in experiencing at the event, our host of options has something for everyone. Business and industry interests can be explored at the conference, on the tradeshow floor, and during workshops. For those looking to experience the culture and history of Eastern Arctic & North regions, our Arts & Cultural Pavilion will be busy throughout the event with demonstrations and displays from up and coming and established artists, craftspeople, and performers.

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If you’re interested in attending Canada’s only cultural and business showcase that highlights our country’s Eastern Arctic & North, register now for Northern Lights 2023, taking place at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.

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