The City of Cornwall is committed to offering recreation, leisure, and arts programs for the entire family. Whether its an art, sport or social activity, you'll find something on this page that everyone can enjoy.

Browse the tabs below to learn more about each program, or use the table below to go directly to program details.

Adult Badminton Youth Basketball Adult Improv & Acting Ballroom Dancing Lessons
Adult Tennis Youth Floor Hockey Junior Acting Contemporary Dance
Adult Table Tennis Youth Painting & Drawing Youth Drama Tiny Tots Crafts
Adult Pickleball Youth Tennis & Badminton March Break Activities Arts and Crafts
Ultimate Indoor Frisbee 3 on 3 Hockey Sportball Social Duplicate Bridge
Stroller Babes NERF Battle Little Chefs Gentle Yoga
HITT Fitness      
   
   
   
   
   
 NEW! Ultimate Indoor Frisbee

Ultimate (a.k.a. Ultimate Frisbee) is a fast-paced, non-contact team sport that combines the throwing and catching skills of football with the non-stop, open field movement of soccer, and the stop/start offensive/defensive play of basketball. It is played by hundreds of thousands of people in more than 50 countries worldwide. Whether you already have multiple disc throws in your arsenal or you're just learning the game, please come out and join us indoors at the Benson Centre this season. Come and enjoy Ultimate this winter at the indoor field Benson Centre.

 Date Tuesday
 Time 5 p.m. - 5:55 p.m.
 Session  October 16 to December 18, 2018 (10 weeks)  
 Age  18+  
 Fee $50 for 10 weeks (drop-in fee $8)  
 Location Benson Centre Fieldhouse  


Click here for Ultimate Frisbee Spring Registration Form


Christmas Ultimate


Looking to play Ultimate over the Christmas Break?

Drop In Dates:

Sunday December 23 from 7 – 8 pm
Wednesday December 26 from 7 – 8 pm
Thursday December 27 from 7 – 8 pm
Friday December 28 from 7 – 8 pm

Fee:  $5.00 per evening per person, please pay before entering fieldhouse Benson Centre Field House

Ages: 18+

 

Please note cleats are not allowed in the Fieldhouse.

For more information on the Ultimate Frisbee program, please contact 613-938-9898 x 2 or e-mail ltaillon@cornwall.ca

 

 NEW! Adult Pickleball 

If you are looking for a chance to try out the sport of pickleball, the City of Cornwall is offering an open play each Sunday evening this fall. This program goal is strictly for enjoyment, It will provide participants with the opportunity to play Pickleball with other participants of varying skills. Please Note: No formal instruction is provided and we suggest that players bring their own paddles and balls. We do have a limited number of wooden paddles if needed. Participants should wear athletic shoes with non-marking soles and comfortable clothing. Four Pickleball nets will be set up each week.

 

Date Sunday
Time 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location Benson Centre Indoor Court
Age 16+
Fee $5/night (maximum 24 players per week)

For more information, please contact the Benson Centre at 613-938-9898 x2.

 NEW! Sportball - Sports Instruction for Kids 

Sportball - Sport Instruction for Kids

Winter 2018

 

A Unique Multisport Program for Children

 

Ages 16 Months to 6 Years

 

9:00 a.m.  Multisport 16 months - 30 months Free parent and child trial class for kids 16 - 30 months of age

Refine, rehearse, repeat. Multi-Sport classes are the heart of Sportball programming. Coaches focus on the basic skills common to all sports, like balance, coordination, stamina and timing in a fun, supportive, non-competitive setting that emphasizes teamwork. Each class focuses on one of eight different popular sports: hockey, soccer, football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf and tennis.

 

10:00 a.m. Multisport 2 - 4 years Free parent and child class for kids 2 - 4 years of age

Sportball Parent & Child / Me & My Dad programs help pre-schoolers to refine their motor skills, such as balance and coordination, as well as develop their social skills such as confidence, following instructions, turn-taking and sharing. Coaches introduce a different sport each class using developmentally appropriate games and activities.

 

10:50 a.m.  Multisport 3.5 - 6 years Free trial class for kids 4 - 6 years of age

Refine, rehearse, repeat. Multi-Sport classes are the heart of Sportball programming. Coaches focus on the basic skills common to all sports, like balance, coordination, stamina and timing in a fun, supportive, non-competitive setting that emphasizes teamwork. Each class focuses on one of eight different popular sports: hockey, soccer, football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf and tennis.

 

Sportball Winter Session:  Sunday January 13 - Sunday March 3, 2019

 

Times and Age Groups:

 

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.    Sportball Parent & Child - Multisport - 16 months to 30 months

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.  Sportball Parent & Child - Multisport - 2 to 4 years

10:50 - 11:50 a.m. Sportball Coach & Child - Multisport -  4 to 6 Years

 

Sportball Fee:  $152.55

 

Register online at sportball.ca or in person at the Benson Centre.

 

For more information contact -  mattp@sportball.ca, leave a voicemail at 1.877.774.3221 or facebook messenger us Sportball Cornwall.

 

 NEW! Nerf Battle 
New NERF battle dates coming Spring 2019!

Join us as we turn the Benson Centre fieldhouse into a battlefield where players shoot, run, duck and dodge their way around playing a variety of battle games!

Cost is $5 per player and players need to provide their own gun and eye protection. Nerf bullets will be provided.

 Gentle Yoga 

Gentle Yoga Lunch Classes

Wednesdays 12:10 - 12:40 p.m.

 

Dates:  Wednesday January 9 - Wednesday March 13, 2019 (10 Classes)

Time:   12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Site:     Cornwall Civic Complex - McLeod Room 

Cost:    $68.00 Full Session  or $8.00 drop-in fee plus hst

 

Gentle Yoga classes will focus on breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, for health and relaxation.   Hatha yoga focuses on stretching and aligning the body, and helps with the promotion of balance and flexibility. For the 10 weeks we will explore different postures, stretches and relaxation techniques.  Class is led by Farhana Meghji, who has over 10 years experience teaching yoga.  Participants will need to provide their own yoga mat.  For more program information, please call 613-938-9898 ext. 2.  Drop-in participants can pay before each class at the Cornwall Aquatic Centre.

 

Click here for Gentle Yoga Lunch Registration Form

Gentle Yoga Evening Class

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

 

Dates:  Wednesday January 9 - Wednesday March 13, 2019 (10 Classes)

Time:   6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Site:     Benson Centre Automotive Room

Cost:    $68.00 Full Session or $8.00 drop-in fee plus hst

 

Click here for Gentle Yoga Registration Form

 

Gentle Yoga classes will focus on breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, for health and relaxation.   Hatha yoga focuses on stretching and aligning the body, and helps with the promotion of balance and flexibility. For the 10 weeks we will explore different postures, stretches and relaxation techniques.  Class is led by Farhana Meghji, who has over 10 years experience teaching yoga.  Participants will need to provide their own yoga mat.  For more program information, please call 613-938-9898 ext. 2.  Drop-in participants can pay before each class at the Benson Centre.

 

For more information on the Gentle Yoga program, please contact 613-938-9898 x 2 or e-mail ltaillon@cornwall.ca

 Youth Tennis Lessons and Youth Badminton 

Youth Badminton Program
 
Winter Session: Friday January 11 - Friday March 1, 2019


A Smashing Good Time

This co-ed badminton program will offer participants a chance to play badminton in a recreational setting.  Practice makes perfect, develop your badminton skills and build your confidence all while having fun.  Program will take place on Friday evenings at the Benson Centre from 6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.   

Dates and times are subject to change.

Open to all levels of play, players must come equipped with their own racquet and indoor shoes (non-marking soles only please) 

Winter Start Date: Friday January 11 - Friday March 1, 2019 (8 Weeks) 

Time:  6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Ages: 12 - 16 years

Cost: $32.00/Each Session

Click here for Youth Badminton Program

 

Youth Indoor Tennis Lessons
Winter Session: Dates to be Announced

The Department of Planning, Parks & Recreation will be offering youth tennis lessons at the indoor court at the Benson Centre.  Join instructor Drew Poirier as he teaches players court etiquette and stroke techniques including forehand, backhand, serve, and volley.  Through skills and game play, this course will help improve the players' tennis ability and focus on sportsmanship and having fun.  For more information, please contact 613-938-9898 ext. 2 or e-mail ltaillon@cornwall.ca

The lessons will be offered in 3 age categories and are scheduled to take place on Friday evenings.   

Players must provide their own tennis racquet.  Please refer to chart below to find out your appropriate level and cost.

*Age limits are flexible based on level of play for each individual.  The instructor can assist in determining which level your child would be best suited for.

Click here for the Youth Tennis Lesson Registration Form


Youth Tennis Lessons
Winter 2019 Session - TBA

 Program Name

 Ages*

 Fee

 Min/Max   Participants

Little Racquets
 6:00 p.m. -6:55 p.m.

5 - 7 years*

 $68.00

    4 / 8 Participants

Volleys
 7:00 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.

8 - 10 years*

 $68.00

    4 / 8 Participants

Aces
 8:00 p.m. - 8:55 p.m.

11 - 14 years*

 $68.00  

    4 / 8 Participants  

 

 

 

 Social Duplicate Bridge 

Players practice duplicate while enjoying a cup of coffee with friends. This is a drop-in program; once registered come as you please.

 

Date Tuesday
Time 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location Benson Centre Automotive Room
Fee $25 (tax included)
Session September 18, 2018 to April 30, 2019


*Please note there will be no bridge on Tuesday December 26, 2018

Click here for the Fall/Winter Bridge Registration Form

 

Social Duplicate Bridge Summer Session 2019

Players practice duplicate while enjoying a cup of coffee with friends. This is a drop-in program; once registered come as you please.

Date(s): TBA
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Benson Centre 800 Seventh Street West - Automotive Room
Cost: $ registration fee + $3 Instructor fee paid weekly.

Click here for Summer Bridge Registration Form (PDF)

 Adult Tennis Lessons 
Winter Session

Dates: Sunday January 20 - Saturday March 3, 2019
Location: Benson Centre Indoor Court
Cost: $70.00 PLUS TAX
Times: Please Note Starting Times For Each Group

Level 2: 11:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
Level 1: 12:30 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.
Level 3: 1:30 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.

Join tennis instructor Larry MacDonell on Sundays for our adult tennis lessons.  The lessons will run for six weeks starting Sunday January 20, 2019 and will take place on the indoor court in the Benson Centre.  We offer three levels of lessons from beginner to intermediate, please see the course description below to see which level is best for you. 

Session Program Choices: 

Adult Level 1 - Sundays 12:30 p.m.  This class would be for students with little or no tennis experience. The lessons will provide participants with an introduction to the basic strokes, rules and scoring of the game. Maximum 6 participants per class, 1 hour class each week. Sundays at 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00 PLUS HST

Adult Level 2 - Sundays 11:30 a.m.  Students with a little playing experience will continue to work on and improve their basic strokes, along with the rules and scoring of the game. Maximum 6 participants per class, 1 hour class each week. Sundays at 11:30 a.m. Cost: $70.00 PLUS HST

Adult Level 3 - Sundays 1:30 p.m.  These lessons are for those who can place shots with moderate success and can sustain at rally at a moderate pace. The emphasis on this course is on increasing students' fundamental knowledge and techniques using drills and matches. Maximum 6 participants per class, 1 hour class each week. Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Cost: $70.00 PLUS HST

The emphasis on this course is on increasing students' fundamental knowledge and techniques using drills and matches.  Maximum 6 participants per class, 1 hour class each week.  Cost: $70.00 inc. tax


Click here for Adult Tennis Lesson Registration Form

 

For more information regarding the adult tennis program please contact Lorne Taillon at 613-938-9898 ext. 2 or ltaillon@cornwall.ca

 Stroller Babes - Fitness For Moms and Babies
Stroller Babes focuses on intervals of power walking and running with functional strength training, followed by postnatal specific core work and flexibility. This course is led by Pre & Post-Natal Fitness Specialist Jenny Irvine. We are offering 2 winter sessions.  Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Fieldhouse at the Benson Centre. Registration is accepted for full session, half session or daily drop-in. 

Free Trail Class on Wednesday January 9th at 9:30 a.m.
 

Program Details:  Winter Session - Begins Monday January 14, 2019 

Dates:  Monday January 14 - Wednesday February 27, 2019
            (No class on Wed. January 16 and Mon. February 18)

Time:    9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Cost:   $84.00 - 12 classes (includes HST)
           $51.00/ 6 classes (Mondays Only) (includes HST)                                                       
           $51.00/ 6 classes (Wednesdays Only) (includes HST)                                                      
           $10.00 Drop-In Fee (plus HST) Location: Field House at the Benson Centre


Program Details:

Spring Session 2019 - Begins Monday March 4, 2019

Dates:  Monday March 4 - Wednesday April 24, 2019
            (No class on Monday March 11, Wednesday March 13 and Monday April 22)

Time:    9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Cost:     $91.00 - 13 classes (includes HST)                                  
             $51.00 -  6 classes (Mondays Only) (includes HST)                                
             $59.50 -  7 classes (Wednesdays Only) (includes HST)                                
             $10.00 Drop-In Fee (plus HST)

Click Here for Stroller Babes Registration Form

Click Here for PAR-Q Health Form

Instructor Biography: Jenny Irvine is a YMCA certified group fitness instructor with over ten years experience. She teaches a wide variety of classes which include full body sculpt, core conditioning, cardio kickboxing, cardio ball, bootcamp, step, Zumba, Hoola Hooping, and Drums Alive. Jenny is dedicated to sharing her passion of health and fitness with others; and believes that it is never too late to find a healthier you.

For more information on the Stroller Babes Program please contact Jenny Irvine at jennyachievefitness@gmail or ltaillon@cornwall.ca or call 613-938-9898 x 2.

 

 New Fitness Recreation Program Coming Soon - HITT Fitness
HITT Fitness Starting January 2019


Program Dates: TBA
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Benson Centre Automotive Room
Cost: Full Session (Includes HST)
$9.00 Drop in Fee

Click here for Registration Form

Drums Alive Cardio Drumming - Dates to be announced

Enter a new dimension fitness at the Benson Centre with Drums Alive Cardio Drumming led by instructor Jenny Irvine. Feel and experience the pulsating rhythms, dynamic movements and powerful percussions of this new and unique high-energy dance rhythmical class. Drums Alive® is designed to burn fat, improve physical and mental fitness and above all, be fun! To learn more about Drums Alive, please visit http://www.drums-alive.com

Come ready to sweat! Wear comfortable exercise clothing and shoes. A 55" or 65" exercise ball is required. Drumsticks are provided. For more information on the Drums Alive Program or to purchase an exercise ball they can contact Jenny Irvine at jennyachievefitness@gmail.com or visit www.drums-alive.com


Program Dates: TBA
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Benson Centre Automotive Room
Cost: Full Session (Includes HST)
$9.00 Drop in Fee

Click here for Drums Alive Registration Form

 

 Adult Table Tennis 

Table Tennis Club
A Smashing Good Time
Wednesday Nights at 6:30 p.m.

Join other table tennis enthusiasts in weekly games.  Practice and improve your skills in a fun and recreational setting. All level of players welcome. Please note session runs on Wednesday evenings beginning Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 610 McConnell Avenue (Former École Jean XXIII).  Ages: 16+ unless supervised by parent or guardian.  For more information, please contact ltaillon@cornwall.ca or call 613-938-9898 ext. 2.


Program Details:
Dates:      Wednesday September 26 - May 15, 2019                  
Time:       6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Former École Jean XXIII at 610A McConnell Avenue Gymnasium
Cost:        Full Season Membership: $40.00 (includes H.S.T.)  Drop in fee: $4.00 per week 

                   
Please note there will be no Table Tennis on the following dates December 26, 2017 and January 2 and  March 13, 2019

 

 Gerry Brown Spring 3 on 3 Hockey 
 Cost:      IP Divisions - $120/player or $80 for Goalies  8 Game Days Half Ice
     
          Novice to Bantam Division - $160/player or $100 for Goalies - 10 Games Full Ice 
               
Midget Division - $160/player or $100 for Goalies - 8 Games Full Ice

Register in person for the 2019 season after February 1, 2019 at the Benson Centre or Aquatic Centre

Another year of fast paced, recreational 3 on 3 co-ed hockey is just around the corner.  The Benson Centre is the place to be for 3 on 3 spring hockey for IP to Midget aged players.  The program has been in operation for a number of years and has grown from 40 to over 250 participants in 7 divisions.  3 on 3 hockey is a great way for players to develop skills, increase creativity & conditioning, and to just simply have FUN! 

All IP games are played on 1/2 ice and teams will consist of up to 10 skaters and 1 goalie per team.  Novice, Atom, Peewee and Minor Bantam and Major Bantam and Midget Divisions will play full ice and teams will consist of a maximum 10 skaters and 1 goalie.  

Our rules encourage non-stop action, with no body checking, no icing, no offside faceoffs, to keep the game flowing at a high pace.  To keep the emphasis on fair play and fun, teams are balanced for equal competition.  Teammate requests (maximum of 2) are welcomed and every effort is made to accommodate the players, but we cannot guarantee.  All players will register individually and will be placed on teams by a selection committee based on their current level of play (examples House, B, A, AA, AAA).  Volunteer on-ice coaches (IP Division) and bench coaches (All Divisions) needed for each level of play, if interested please mark accordingly on your child's registration form. 

Registration is now open for 2018 at the Benson Centre or the Cornwall Aquatic Centre.  Spaces will fill up quickly so please register early.  For more information on the Gerry Brown 3 on 3 Spring Hockey program please feel free to contact 613-938-9898 ext. 2 or ltaillon@cornwall.ca

Coaching Opportunities

A huge thank you to the volunteer coaches who donate their valuable time teaching, encouraging and cheering, to ensure that your child has a rewarding 3 on 3 hockey season.   Without the help of these coaches the league would not be able to continue.  If you are interested in volunteering to be a coach or assistant coach, please contact ltaillon@cornwall.ca or call 613-938-9898 ext. 2. 

Fun and Safe Hockey
Once again thank you for your participation in the Gerry Brown 3 on 3 Hockey Program, we estimate we will have over 300 players registered again this year.  Please remember the goal of this league is to provide all individuals an opportunity to participate in a recreational hockey league and to provide community based programs which will allow a player to participate in an environment of fun, physical exercise and fair play.  Our officials will call the game based on this premise, please respect the officials and their decisions at all times.  Physical or verbal abuse of any official, coach, or player will not be tolerated.

Balanced Teams

Each year we try and create teams in each division that are equally balanced and provide opportunities for players to play with a few friends from hockey, school or the neighbourhood.  In an effort to make each game fair, we have developed rules to help keep individual games close and competitive.  Teams are allowed to play 4 on 3 or 5 on 3, when trailing by 4 or 5 goals respectively.   Also if a goalie is facing an unbearable amount of shots the referee has the right to have goalies switch teams for the second period of play.   As a last resort team rosters MAY be subject to roster adjustments to maintain a competitive balance, if we can reach an agreement between coaches, players and families.  Please note that we will not post the scores of games on the scoreboard of more than a five goal differential. Our 3 on 3 league does not record individual or team stats throughout the year, and we only post the score while game is in progress.  

 Youth Recreational Floor Hockey 
Recreational Floor Hockey

Program dates announced soon.

If you enjoy playing floor hockey, this is the group for you. Each week participants will have fun playing floor hockey. All players must wear helmet and full face shield, as well as shin pads and gloves. Children are encouraged to bring their own sticks (no black tape on blades). Boys and girls are welcome.

For more information, please contact ltaillon@cornwall.ca or call 613-938-9898 ext. 2.

Dates: TBA Returning in 2019

Ages: 6 -8 years    Time: 6:00 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.
Ages: 9 - 10 years Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.
Cost: TBA
Location: TBA

Please click here for Youth Floor Hockey Registration Form

 Youth Recreational Basketball 
Co-ed Youth Recreational Basketball
Hoop It Up

This is an instructor led program for young basketball players of all skill levels. The focus of this class will be on shooting, passing, dribbling, teamwork and more. Look for fun games each week. Boys and girls are welcome. Registration is now being accepted at the Benson Centre and the Cornwall Aquatic Centre.

For more information, please contact 613-938-9898 ext. 2 or e-mail ltaillon@cornwall.ca

Dates: Spring 2019

Ages: 6 -8 years  Time: 6:00 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.

Ages: 9 - 12 years  Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.

Cost: TBA

Location: TBA


Please click here for Youth Basketball Registration Form

 Adult Badminton

Adult Badminton
Tuesday January 8 - Tuesday March 12, 2019

This programs goal is strictly for enjoyment.  It will also provide participants with the opportunity to play games with other participants of varying skills. 
 
Please Note: No instruction is provided and birdies and racquets are required.  Participants should wear athletic shoes with non-marking soles and comfortable clothing.  Four badminton courts will be set up each week.  Dates and times are subject to change.  For more information, please contact ltaillon@cornwall.ca or call 613-938-9898 ext. 2.


Program Details

Dates:  Tuesday January 8 - Tuesday March 12, 2019  (10 Weeks)
Time:  8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Benson Centre
Ages: 16+ 
Full Session Fee: $51.00 Full Session (10 weeks) HST Included
Drop-In Fee: $6.00 + HST per night/per person if space is available

 

Please click here for Adult Badminton Registration Form

 

NEW! Ballroom Dancing Lessons

Ballroom Dancing for Fun
Wednesday Evenings


This ballroom program will progressively cover all the dance styles over a few years and move the student from the basic movements to more advanced figures. You will also learn to recognize music, understand the beat, and associate it with the correct dance style. The lessons include a group instruction for each new figure, group practice, and practice as couples. The instructors provide lots of individual attention and coaching.

This session offers beginner lessons in three different styles. Foxtrot and Waltz are contemporary European and North American dance styles that are popular in pop and country music. Triple Swing is the popular rock-n-roll dance from the 1960s and remains relevant today. 

Program Details 

Dates:  Wednesday January 9 – Wednesday March 20, 2019

Times:  7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Foxtrot – Beginner Levels 1 and 2, with conversion to Waltz later in session

            8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Triple Swing - Beginner Levels 1 and 2

Cost:    $150.00   Foxtrot and Triple Swing – 2 Hours each night 7 – 9 pm

            $100.00   Foxtrot Only 7 – 8 pm

            $100.00    Triple Swing Only 8 – 9 pm

Location:   Benson Centre - MacEwen Room


Open to couples, friends, and individuals; we will regularly rotate dance partners to integrate individuals.


The class on January 9th is a free trial. 

Click here for Ballroom Dancing Registration Form

 

The Instructors - Tom Manley and Isabelle Masson - Tom and Isabelle have been dancing ballroom for fun for about 18 years and have been teaching ballroom dancing for 3 years. Before starting ballroom, they already enjoyed going out, listening to music, and freestyle dancing. Over time, they started looking for more, beyond the routine bobbing back and forth of freestyle dancing. Seeing an advertisement, they started classes and never looked back. Tom is living proof that anyone can learn ballroom dancing. He was initially clumsy with two left feet, could not hear the beat, and struggled to remember the figures. But Tom caught the rhythm and now leads graciously. Isabelle was a natural as she picked up the beat easily and flowed smoothly on the dance floor. The two are now respected dancers and they relish any occasion to go out and enjoy a band or a party.


For more information about ballroom dancing, please contact Tom at 613-361-2056 or email at tom@tommanley. For more information on recreation programming, please contact the Benson Centre at 613-938-9898 x2 or email at ltaillon@cornwall.ca.

New Adult Improv and Adult Acting Classes 

Improv for Adults 
Winter Session

"Focus will be on how to create scenes and skits through Improv techniques. Voice and movement will be a part of the classes as well to help with presentation technique. Depending on the participants, script writing can be introduced to help with scene developments. Prepare yourself for fun, excitement, and some general tom foolery (wait, that's a term, not an actual person)."

Dates: Thursday January 24 - Thursday February 28, 2019 
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Cost: $70.00 + HST 
Ages: 16 - 116 years

Click here for Improv for Adults Registration Form

Improv will allow you to: *Have Fun *Build Confidence *Improve speaking and presentation skills *Let your creativity blossom

Instructor Brett Desrosiers - Brett has been a working actor, writer, director and teacher of drama for many years now. She possesses a Diploma in Theatre Arts from Algonquin College and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree with a Specialization in Theatre Arts from the University of Ottawa.  Brett's specialty is in comedy but she has both directed and acted in dramatic plays.  All and all, Brett sees theatre and drama as a chance for people to build confidence with their speaking and presentation skills and to allow for creativity to blossom. For more information on the Improv programs please e-mail ltaillon@cornwall.ca or call 613-938-9898 x2

 

Acting 101 for Adults 
Spring Session

Have you ever wanted to learn to act? Been hesitant to join a group. Have no fear, Brett is here to teach you acting techniques. We will work on voice projection, body movements, and scene studies to get you ready for the stage. This is a great class for beginners or people who want to get back into the swing of acting.

 

Dates: Thursdays March 21 - Thursday May 9, 2019 
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Cost: $70.00 + HST 
Ages: 16 - 116 years

Acting classes will allow you to: *Have Fun *Build Confidence *Improve speaking and presentation skills *Let your creativity blossom

Click here for the Acting 101 Registration Form

Instructor Brett Desrosiers - Brett has been a working actor, writer, director and teacher of drama for many years now. She possesses a Diploma in Theatre Arts from Algonquin College and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree with a Specialization in Theatre Arts from the University of Ottawa. Brett's specialty is in comedy but she has both directed and acted in dramatic plays. All and all, Brett sees theatre and drama as a chance for people to build confidence with their speaking and presentation skills and to allow for creativity to blossom.

For more information on the Improv programs please e-mail ltaillon@cornwall.ca or call 613-938-9898 x2

 New! Adult Dance Classes - Introduction/Beginner Contemporary Dance
Introduction/Beginner Contemporary Dance
Free class on Monday January 10 

A beginner contemporary class influenced by ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern techniques.

Classes will consist of a warming-up which includes; stretching, limbering, strengthening, co-ordination, alignment and articulation exercises.  Moving forward to the body of the class we will explore movement exercises that engage dynamics, mood, intention, imagery, levels, travelling, timing, and more.  Floorwork while seated, lying, standing and travelling will incorporate exercises enhancing foot, leg, hip, spine, arms and hands articulation, postural alignment, core support, use of breath, weight distribution, full body co-ordinations and releasing of unnecessary tension for fluidity. Class will close with learning choreographed sequences together in unison and in groups for potential performances.

Program Details:
Dates:      Thursday January January 10 - Thursday March 7, 2019
Time:       5:00 - 5:55 p.m.
Location:  Benson Centre - Automotive Room
Cost:        $67.80 (HST Included)

Click here for Adult Contemporary Dance Registration Form

Bio: Amanda Marini-Rohde

Amanda holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours in dance and is an elementary teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers, a dance instructor, choreographer and performer.  She has taught dance and movement to movers of all ages in public schools, her own dance studio, senior homes and even bachelorette parties!

She has always been a kinesthetic, musical learner and so movement comes quite naturally to her.  She has studied many different forms of movement including contemporary dance, traditional folk dance, world dances, ballet, jazz, Pilates, yoga, Nia and various forms of conditioning and body awareness techniques.  She has taught contemporary, jazz, broadway, burlesque, ballet, conditioning, expressive and creative dance in a variety of platforms including workshops, day camps, traditional classes and more.  Her passion is clear in her instruction and attention to her students in the learning environment.  Oh, and improv dance is also her absolute favourite thing to incorporate into all her classes!

 

For more information on recreation programming please contact 613-938-9898 x2 or e-mail at ltaillon@cornwall.ca

 NEW! Youth Drama Classes - Acting Out 

Youth Drama Classes - Acting Out 
Mondays at 6:30 p.m. 

"Acting Out!" Youth Drama:  The students will hone their skills in drama by working on their voice, movement, and creative play. Youth will work on character development, scene development, and creating mini-plays to be performed for family and friends in their final class.  Be ready to have fun and act out (in drama class, not at your family).


Program Dates:    Monday January 14-Monday April 1, 2019 (10 Weeks)  
Time:                   6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Ages:                   8 - 15 Years 
Site:                    Benson Centre 
Cost:                   $125.00 / Full 10 Week Session


Click here for Registration Form for Acting Out! Youth Drama Classes


Acting Out! Drama for Youth, focusing on developing drama skills and gradually working on scenes.


Benefits include:

- Building Confidence

- Listening Skills

- Presentation Skills

- It's really fun!

- Working on our Acting Chops!

Instructor - Brett Desrosiers - Brett has been a working actor, writer, director and teacher of drama for many years now. She possesses a Diploma in Theatre Arts from Algonquin College and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree with a Specialization in Theatre Arts from the University of Ottawa. Brett's specialty is in comedy but she has both directed and acted in dramatic plays.  All and all, Brett sees theatre and drama as a chance for people to build confidence with their speaking and presentation skills and to allow for creativity to blossom.


To sign up, use the contact information at the bottom of the page!

 

 NEW! Improv Junior Acting Class 

Improv Junior Acting Class 
Mondays at 5:30 p.m.


Childrens Improv: This is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to think on their feet and create their own scenes through Improvisational skills. Improv is a wonderful way to introduce kids to a fun form of dramatic play. This class will also teach creative movement and voice training for the kids to use in their performances. Creativity will know no boundaries with this class!" 

Winter 2019 Session 
Program Dates: Monday January 14 - Monday April 1, 2019 (10 Weeks)
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Ages: 4 - 7 Years 
Site:  Benson Centre 
Cost:  $100 - Full 10 Week Session

Improv Junior! Improv Class for ages 4-7, focusing on drama techniques and improv for kids.


Benefits:

- Speaking up! 
- Listening skills. 
- Building Confidence 
- Having a blast and being silly at times!


Click here for Registration Form


Instructor - Brett Desrosiers - Brett has been a working actor, writer, director and teacher of drama for many years now. She possesses a Diploma in Theatre Arts from Algonquin College and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree with a Specialization in Theatre Arts from the University of Ottawa. Brett's specialty is in comedy but she has both directed and acted in dramatic plays.  All and all, Brett sees theatre and drama as a chance for people to build confidence with their speaking and presentation skills and to allow for creativity to blossom.


To sign up, use the contact information at the bottom of the page!

 

 March Break Workshops 

The Recreation Department of the City of Cornwall will be offering a wide range of activities during the March Break to keep you and your family busy!  Some of the possiblities include:

  • NERF Gun Battles
  • Zumba Kids with Jasmine and Adele
  • Little Chefs
  • St Patty's Day Crafts
  • Pick Up Soccer
  • Public Skating
  • Family Stick & Puck Skates
  • Public Swimming

 

March Break Fun and Games Workshops
Dates and activities to be posted January 2019

Boys and Girls Club Day Camp

March Break Camp Boys and Girls Club - Choose Your Own Adventure Camp Sports, Games and Positive Activities

Dates: Monday March 11 - Friday March 15, 2019

Cost: Details to Follow

Registration for camp is available at the Benson Centre, Aquatic Centre and the Boys and Girls Club at 506 Marlborough Street.


Fieldhouse Walking & Jogging During March Break

Visit the Ed Lumley Arena Hall at the Cornwall Civic Complex for a walking or jogging session. The arena is open to walkers and joggers from 7 am to 9 pm every day (except in the evenings when a Cornwall Colts hockey game is scheduled). Walking and jogging at the Benson Center will be interrupted due to the holiday schedule for March Break.

We encourage walkers / joggers to use the hall of the Cornwall Civic Complex as an alternative venue.



To sign up, use the contact information at the bottom of the page!

 Gingerbread Construction Workshops - Christmas

Christmas Gingerbread House Construction (Ages 5 - 12 Years)

Join us and create your very own gingerbread house and decorate it any way you like. All the goodies will be supplied. Keep your eyes peeled for this "SWEET" program. Sign up early as space is limited.

Program note: Parent/Guardian over 14 years of age is required.

Date: Returning December 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Benson Centre 
Cost: $15.00 - Each additional family member $10.00

 

Click here for Gingerbread Construction Workshop Registration Form


To sign up, use the contact information at the bottom of the page!

 Youth Painting & Drawing 

Attack Art with Pizzazz 6 - 10 years


Program Details:

Dates: Saturday January 19 - Saturday March 2, 2019
           (No class on Saturday February 16) 
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Location: Benson Centre 
Ages: 6 - 10 years 
Cost: $61.50 / 6 weeks

What to Expect: Discover the world of art with our new Attack Art with Pizzazz class for children ages 6 to 10 years.  Students will get an opportunity to learn and practice a variety of art skills using different materials.  Students will create original and amazing works of art.  No experience necessary, just wish to have fun with art.  Material will be provided, students are encouraged to wear "paint" clothes.  Join instructor Penny Bateman for our new set of art lessons for children.


Click here for Attack Art with Pizzazz Registration Form

Freewheeling Art 10 - 13 years


Program Details:

Dates: Saturday January 19 - Saturday March 2, 2019
           (No class on Saturday February 16)

Time: 10:45 a.m.  - 11:45 a.m.

Location: Benson Centre

Ages: 10 - 14 years

Cost: $60.00

 

What to Expect:

Experiment with known and new techniques in painting, drawing and printing and discover the wild and wonderful creations you can make.  Work at your own pace and level of experience.  Whether you are looking to discover or enhance your already existing art skills this class is for you.  Students will get an opportunity to learn and practice a variety of art skills using different materials.  Students will create original and amazing works of art.  No experience necessary, just wish to have fun with art.  Students are encouraged to wear 'paint' clothes.  Join instructor Penny Bateman for our new set of art lessons for youth.

 

Click here for Freewheeling Art Registration Form

 

To sign up, use the contact information at the bottom of the page!


Mixed Media Art 8 - 16 Years

Program Details: Dates: New Dates Coming Soon Time: Location: Ages: Cost:

Little Chefs - Cooking Up Fun! 

Little Chefs - Summer Programming Returning Summer 2019


Do you have a child that loves to cook...and snack too?

Make it and taste it classes for boys and girls featuring healthy, fun, quick and easy recipes.  Each Wednesday participants will be instructed on healthy eating, healthy lifestyles, basic kitchen skills and hands on cooking fun!  Weekly themes include Tex-Mex, Italian, Cajun and more. 

There is a Little Chef in everyone!


Date:  2019 Dates to Follow
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.            
Ages 6 - 10 years 
Cost:  TBA / 6 weeks of cooking fun


Please click here for Little Chefs Registration Form


To sign up, use the contact information at the bottom of the page!

 Tiny Tots Craft Program 

Check back soon for new dates for our Tiny Tots Craft Program.  For more information please contact the Leisure Arts Coordinator by using the contact information at the bottom of the page.

Join us for our special craft theme days specifically designed for children ages 2 - 5 at the Benson Centre.   What a great way to spend time with your child or grandchild, working together on arts and crafts projects. We will take care of the set up, supplies and the clean up, you just have to create and have fun!   Sign up for 1 or all 6 of our workshops.  The program is offered in partnership between the Ontario Early Years Centre and the Department of Planning, Parks & Recreation.    

Ages:   2 - 5 years
Time:  10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Benson Centre
Cost:        TBA 

 Arts and Crafts Workshops 
Arts and Crafts Workshops for Children

Art Attack Craft Workshops ( 5 to 13 years)

Make-it and take-it classes for boys and girls will feature weekly theme-based crafts. Register for our upcoming classes, wear old clothes and come prepared to have fun. Younger students should be able to cut well with scissors and be able to print/copy simple words.  Students will take home two or more crafts.  Classes are held selected Saturday mornings throughout the year, (see below for full calendar) from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Benson Centre.  Classes are instructed by Leah Prevost.  Participants must pre-register at either the Benson Centre or the the Cornwall Aquatic Centre.

Ages:  5 - 13 years
Time:  New dates Coming Soon 
Fees:   TBA
Location:  Benson Centre 

Check back soon for our 2019 themes and dates for our Art Attack Craft Program program.  

To sign up, use the contact information at the bottom of the page!

Looking for information on other arts and cultural events in the community? Check out The Spectacle on the website of Your Arts Council for other upcoming events!

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Lorne Taillon
Leisure Arts Coordinator
800 Seventh Street West, Box 877, Cornwall ON, K6H 5T9
T.: 613-938-9898 ext. 4012
F.: 613-938-8855
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