Arts in Uxbridge
Uxbridge has a proud arts and entertainment tradition that dates back to 1901, when the Uxbridge Music Hall was built. The Music Hall known for its superior acoustics is located in downtown Uxbridge on Main Street. This popular venue is the home of the Uxbridge Players theatrical group and the Uxbridge Chamber Choir. Elgin Park in downtown Uxbridge is the site of many popular annual events. These include: Art in the Park, which takes place every summer and is hosted by the Uxbridge Lions Club. Artists from across Ontario show their work at this event. The Uxbridge Fall Fair which originated in 1864, celebrates Uxbridge’s rural roots. The Highlands of Durham Games features Celtic games, music, storytelling and merriment.
The Roxy Theatre located at 46 Brock Street is an Uxbridge landmark. This art-deco theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art projection equipment, surround sound, and comfortable tilt-back chairs. The Roxy Theatre screens current films and also runs an Art Film Club. The Uxbridge Township Public Library built in 1887, is located at 9 Toronto Street, in the heart of Uxbridge. This library includes a newer addition and houses a collection of over 50,000 books, as well as internet terminals, meeting rooms, a business centre, and a number of programs for adults and children. The Zephyr Library located at 1300 Durham Rd. #39, offers programs for all ages.
Museums are plentiful in Uxbridge. The Leaskdale Manse Museum located at Regional Road 1, a short drive north of downtown Uxbridge, celebrates the life of renowned Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Montgomery’s two children were born and raised in the Manse, and half of her 22 books were written here. Tours are available by appointment only. The Thomas Foster Memorial located on Durham 1, Concession 7, pays tribute to the rags-to-riches life of Thomas Foster. Foster, whose roots were in Uxbridge, was a self-made real estate tycoon, and was Mayor of Toronto from 1925 to 1927. The Thomas Foster Memorial which sits on a hill in the countryside, was built in 1936 for $250,000, and was modelled on a much smaller scale after the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
The Uxbridge Scott Museum located off Durham Road 8, at 7239 Concession 6. , tells the story of Uxbridge and its many celebrated figures. An old school house, church, and municipal hall, are some of the historic structures that are part of this museum.