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Dundas in Ontario.

 

Dundas is a formerly independent town and now constituent community in the city of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. It's nickname is the Valley Town. The population has been stable for decades at about twenty thousand, largely because it has not annexed rural land from the protected Dundas Valley Conservation Area.

Notable events are the Buskerfest in early June, and the Dundas Cactus Festival in August.

Culture

Fine Arts

Dundas is home to the Dundas Valley School of Art. Marion Farnan and Emily Dutton established it in 1964, and it became a non-profit corporation three years later. Since 1970, it has been located in the former Canada Screw Works building from the 1860s. It began a full-time diploma programme with McMaster University in 1998.

The Carnegie Gallery is housed in the 1910 Carnegie library building and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2005. It is run by the Dundas Art & Craft Association and hosts art exhibitions, book readings, concerts and a gift shop.

Music

"Dundas, Ontario" is also the title of a song from the album Start Breaking My Heart by the artist Caribou (formerly Manitoba), a native of the town. Dundas' sobriquet The Valley Town is used as the title of a song on the album Mountain Meadows by the band Elliott Brood; one of the band members, Casey Laforet, spent part of his childhood in Dundas. The town has produced other independent artists including Junior Boys, Koushik, and smaller bands such as Winter Equinox. folk singer Stan Rogers, who died in an airplane crash in 1983, was born in Dundas as well. He is best remembered for his unofficial Nova Scotia anthem.

Dundas is home to the Dundas Valley Orchestra. The DVO is an amateur, community orchestra and was founded in the fall of 1978 by Arthur Vogt. Many have made the DVO a way station on route to successful musical careers. Former conductors include Rosemary Thomson, Michael Hall, Stephane Potvin. The DVO is currently conducted by Dr. Glenn Alan Mallory.

Film

Because of Dundas' 19th century downtown architecture, films such as Haven, Cabin Fever, Wrong Turn, and others have made use of its location. In December 2005, major filming was completed for Man of the Year, starring Robin Williams and Christopher Walken. Mr. Williams delighted townsfolk, taking time for pictures and autographs in the downtown core.

In early December 2004, The West Wing did some filming; remaking parts of Dundas (Town hall, a residence, and Deluxe Restaurant) into New Hampshire locales. The three episodes aired in late January and early February 2005. Several dozen fans of the show braved chilly weather to witness the snails pace of television filming and grab autographs and photos with celebrities.

From 2004-2007 parts of the YTV program Dark Oracle were also filmed in Dundas.

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