A group of ghoulish friends pose for a photo with a white tiger. In front of them a pink banner reads 'The Sweetest Little Thing' in dark pink cursive writing.


Monday, 14 February 2022


8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Sweetest Little Thing

Online Art Auction and Virtual Variety Show
Followed by a Zoom Dance Party with Graeme Patterson

Valentine’s Day
Monday, 14 February 2022 @ 8:00 PM (AST)
Zoom/Facebook Live

Since Valentine’s Day 1999, Struts Gallery and the Owens Art Gallery have worked together to present The Sweetest Little Thing, a beloved annual fundraiser and community event.

This year, The Sweetest Little Thing will once again take place entirely online, with an online auction accompanied by a Virtual Variety Show featuring musical performances from Wolf Castle, Shotgun Jimmie, Keeper E., Colleen Coco Collins and appearances from artists, community members, and friends of the Owens, including Melanie Colosimo, Wit López, Emily Critch, Miranda Bellamy and Amanda Fauteux—plus a few other surprises for good measure! This year’s musical performances are sponsored by Sappyfest, and Sackville residents are invited to buy raffle tickets for an epic cake donated by Cranewood on Main Bakery and Café. Emceed by Geordie Miller and Tori Weldon, and directed by Matt Tunnacliffe, SLT 2022 promises to be just as warm and fuzzy as last year’s event.

As you look forward to seeing your Sackville friends, take a moment to listen to the 2022 Sweetest Little Thing Jingle, written this year by Shotgun Jimmie and featuring Chad VanGaalen and Julie Doiron, and let Madeleine Hansen’s graphics and poster design put you in the mood to dress up!

Register for the Virtual Variety Show Zoom
You can also tune in on Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/owensartgallery
Live automatic captioning will be available during the Virtual Variety Show.

Register for the Sweetest Little Zoom Dance Party hosted by Graeme Patterson

All proceeds from this annual fundraising event support ongoing programming at the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery.

This event is made possible thanks to the generosity of local, national, and internationally recognized artists who have established connections with our galleries and who are part of our community.

Bid on artworks donated by artists from across the country and beyond beginning Monday, 7 February @ 9:00 AM (AST)


Share photos of your favourite Sweetest Little Thing memories, your outfits, and the works you are most excited to bid on by tagging us @OwensArtGallery and @StrutsGallery, or use the hashtag #SweetestLittleThing. Follow these tags to see what others are wearing, sharing, and loving.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for behind-the-scenes access, live virtual event updates, and to share The Sweetest Little Thing love from near or far.

If you want to relive The Sweetest Little Thing memories, these videos capture the fun of the night from years past: www.sweetestlittlething.ca/video-scrapbook. You can also listen to past Sweetest Little Thing Jingles on SoundCloud.