The city of Thunder Bay was called the "Cultural Capital of Canada" during the year 2003 because of the cultural centres which represent the numerous diverse populations all through the city. Some of the most common sights are the Scandinavia House, the Finnish Labour Temple, the Polish Legion, the Italian Cultural Centre, and many others. Performance arts and music venues proliferate within the city. Magnus Theatre is created in 1971, and it provides six stage plays for each season in the renovated Port Arthur Public School on Red River Road. The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium can seat roughly two thousand people, and is considered to be the main place utilized for many kinds of entertainment. Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra provides excellent classical music. New Music North provides contemporary classical music through novel and unique chamber music concerts. Museums and galleries accessible within the area include the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, which specializes in First Nations artists and their works. The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society presents traveling and local exhibitions and has a large collection of photographs, documents, paintings and artifacts in its archives.
Within the city, there are several annual festivals that happen here. Amongst the most popular festivals comprise the Bay Street Film Festival, Doors Open Thunder Bay, The Make It Short Movie Project, Summer in the Park, Thunder Bay Kite Festival, Thunder Bay Blues Festival and the Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Race Festival. The Bay Street Film Festival showcases "Films For the People." It shows the audience the elements of social justice, human rights, the environment and community activism. The Festival is an annual event which has screened hundreds of films to thousands of Thunder Bay visitors and residents over the years. Doors Open Thunder Bay is when Thunder Bay city opens its doors to the public, without charge. Summer in Parks is a summer of weekly musical concerts that are free and is coordinated by the Recreation and Culture Division. The concerts feature local talent performing different musical styles at Marina Park on Lake Superior. The Make It Short Movie Project is created by Thunder Bay producers Suzanne Plesh and Lee Chambers as an educational film production which provides the community a chance to star in and work on a short film that has a theatrical release. Thunder Bay Blues Festival is an event where many Blues enthusiasts gather on the shores of Lake Superior to enjoy a good line-up of famous local and international musicians. The Dragon Boat Race Festival is a fundraising event each summer which encourages community vitality, unity and spirit. Thunder Bay Kite Festival is considered as "One of Ontario's Top 50 Festivals" by Festivals & Events Ontario for four years in a row. Activities comprise face painting, games, and crafts.
This city of Thunder Bay is the biggest city within the region of Northwestern Ontario. What's more, it is the region's centre for administrative, medical and commercial business. The public sector is the largest single employer in the city, with the Lakehead District School Board, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the City of Thunder Bay, and the Government of Ontario; all of which employ more than one thousand five hundred people. The largest private business within Thunder Bay city is Bowater Forest Products. Other major employers within the forestry sector comprise AbitibiBowater and Buchanan Forest Products. Bombardier Transportation likewise has a a plant in Thunder Bay which makes mass transit vehicles and equipment.