Fortin Foundation named new Presenting Sponsor of Up Here

Up Here and the Fortin Foundation announced a new partnership today naming the local foundation as Presenting Sponsor of the fourth annual urban art and music festival. Up Here will take place August 17 to 19, 2018 in downtown Sudbury.

The Fortin Foundation’s support will help Up Here to create more murals, present more ambitious concerts, and make the festival even more accessible to the community at large.

“The Fortin Foundation and Up Here share a passion for innovation, culture, and community,” said Christian Pelletier, co-founder of Up Here. “Sudbury and the downtown community have always been at the core of the festival, and we are delighted to have the support of a strong local leader who is committed to our city and its future.”

Up Here 4 will present over 50 concerts by established and emerging musical acts over three jam-packed days. This year’s festival will feature the creation of six new murals by local, Canadian and international muralists, as well as large-scale public art installations, and surprises along the way. The full Up Here lineup will be revealed in early May.

“Up Here has become one of Northern Ontario’s most iconic annual events thanks to the vision of its creators, whose passion for both the arts and the vibrancy of Sudbury are unmatched,” said Tom Fortin, president of the Fortin Foundation. “We are so excited to take on the role of Presenting Sponsor of this amazing, creative event.”

About Up Here

Up Here is an independent urban art & emerging music festival formed in 2015 in Sudbury, Ontario. With a focus on provocative musical acts, muralists and installation artists, Up Here responds to a desire for discovery among audiences in Northern Ontario. Prominent artists create large-scale murals, erect interactive installations, and perform in venues throughout Sudbury’s downtown, including surprise concerts announced 30 minutes before through the festival app, adding spontaneity to the festival experience. Since its foundation, Up Here has curated and created over 24 new murals in and around downtown Sudbury.

About the Fortin Foundation

The Fortin Foundation was created to encourage entrepreneurial efforts by youth in manufacturing and innovation. The foundation also supports local cultural organizations in an effort to retain youth, attract talent from outside the community, and make Sudbury a great place to live, work, and play.

Early-Bird Passports Available Now

A limited number of Early-Bird Passports are available at for only $90 until April 30. Passports allow access to all concerts (subject to capacity).

Community Support

Up Here thrives thanks to the support of Barrydowne Paint, Equipment World, Downtown Sudbury,, La Slague du Carrefour francophone, Copy Copy Printing, Ici Radio-Canada, Exclaim!, A.Side, CKLU 96.7 FM, Baron Mag, FACTOR, SOCAN Foundation, the City of Greater Sudbury, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Government of Ontario, Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, Sudbury Tourism, and many more.

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Christian Pelletier