Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

City of St. Catharines Celebrates New Neighbourhood Park Thanks to Wise Guys Charity Fund

A News Release from the City of St. Catharines

Posted June 1st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

There’s a new neighbourhood park in south St. Catharines thanks to a partnership between the City and the Wise Guys Charity Fund.



Doug Smith, chair of the Wise Guys Charity Fund, Mayor Walter Sendzik, members of City Council and the Wise Guys kicked off June is Recreation and Parks Month by celebrating the new Wise Guys Park, located across from the Welland Canals Fallen Workers Memorial where Wilfrid Laurier Crescent meets Welland Canals Parkway.

The Wise Guys Charity Fund contributed $25,000 towards the new park. Continue reading

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Ontario’s Niagara Parks Summer Concert Series to Kick-off June 1

A News Release from the Niagara Parks Commission

Posted June 1st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

• Live shows on the stage at Queen Victoria Place set to run until September 3
• Popular free concert series showcases homegrown talent
• Concert series presented with support from Celebrate Ontario and Coca Cola

Live music from Niagara Parks concerts, with the Falls as a backdrop – all making for a stage show that is hard to beat.

Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Niagara Parks 2018 Coca Cola Concert Series will run from June 1 to September 3, with free performances featuring local artists from a variety of musical genres from country to classic rock, with bonus concerts scheduled from July 1 to July 4.

Out-of-town guests and local residents alike are invited to enjoy free live performances on the concert stage located at Queen Victoria Place, starting at 8 p.m. Each evening will culminate with a fireworks display over Niagara Falls at 10 p.m. Continue reading

Ontario’s Niagara Parks Enhances Niagara River Recreational Trail for Cyclists

Cycling along the unforgettable Niagara River has never been easier

A News Release from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted May 4th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

  • Over $200,000 invested in cycling infrastructure all along the renowned Niagara River Recreation Trail.
  • Improvements include new bike racks, repair stations, equipment lockers, water refill stations, lockers, solar lighting and waste receptacles.
  • Provincial support highlights the importance and growth of cycling tourism in promoting Ontario as a premier tourism destination.

Niagara Falls, Ontario  – Thanks in part to the generous support of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Bike Parking Capital Funding Program, Niagara Parks has undertaken a series of cycling amenity improvements along the Niagara River Recreation Trail, designed to enhance and promote cycling tourism in Niagara and Ontario. Continue reading

Celebrating the First Really Beautiful Morning of Spring, 2018!

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted April 23rd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Suffice to say, we’ve been through a very a long, cold winter across Southern Ontario and Western New York. We had snow and ice storms just one week ago – right up to the middle of this April, for Hell’s Sake!

On top of the frigid weather, in Niagara, Ontario, in particular, we’ve had all the madness and ugliness coming out of Niagara’s regional headquarters and some of the other government bodies in the region – all of this in the backdrop of Trump, Trump, Trump dominating news on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border.

So waking up to a Monday morning like this is like going from scrapping ice off your windshields to taking a walk along a warm, sandy beach with a song that is the perfect soundtrack for mornings like this. Continue reading

This Record Store Day – Saturday, April 21st, 2018 – Do Yourself And The World Of Music A Favour

Make A Pledge To Save What Are Left Of The World’s Real Brick-and-Mortar Record Stores By Buying           All Your Music There

By Doug Draper, reporter and publisher for Niagara At Large

Posted April 19th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Record Theatre in Buffalo, New York, one of the region’s great record stores, closed last year after more than 40 years. File photo by Doug Draper

For this life-long lover of recorded sound, this year’s ‘Record Store Day’ – scheduled for this Saturday, April 21st – arrives with a tint of sadness.

For the first time in 42 years, Record Theatre on Main and Lafayette in Buffalo, New York – one of the greatest record stores south of Toronto and north of the Big Apple – is gone.

Walking into Record Theatre, like walking into the grand old Sam the Record Man store on Yonge Street in Toronto, was like venturing into Aladdin’s Cave. The selection of music, in virtually every genre, was breathtaking and the people who worked there – people who became a community of good friends if you visited the store enough – embodied a knowledge and passion for the music that could not be beat either. Continue reading

Feel The Love For Craft Beer At Project Brew – Friday, April 20th in St. Catharines/Niagara

Niagara College Brewmaster students to host Woodstock-style beer festival at the St. Catharines Market Square

A News Release from Niagara College

Posted April 18th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Brewmaster students from Niagara College are set to serve up their visions of peace and love in a glass at Project Brew April 20.

Project Brew BruStock will be held on Friday, April 20 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the St. Catharines Market Square. Eighteen one-of-a-kind beers crafted by students in their final term of the College’s Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program will be on tap at the evening event. Brews will be accompanied by live music, food vendors and games. Continue reading

Experience a Solar Viewing Event at Niagara Glen

Do Some Mid-Day Star Gazing on the scenic heights overlooking  the lower rapids of the world-famous Niagara River on Saturday, April 21st

An Invite from Ontario’s Niagara Park’s Commission

Posted April 18th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Royal Canadian Astronomical Society – Niagara Centre will be hosting a solar viewing event at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre, offering guests an opportunity for some mid-day star gazing on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Niagara Glen Nature Centre overlooking the rapids of the lower Niagara River in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks Commission

   Whether it’s hiking the trails within the Niagara Glen, exploring the Nature Exchange program at the Nature Centre or taking part in planned environmental activities, a visit to the Niagara Glen Nature Centre is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) this weekend.

WHAT:                         Solar viewing event led by the Royal Canadian Astronomical Society – Niagara Centre
DATE:                         Saturday, April 21, 2018
TIME:                          11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LOCATION:                 Niagara Glen Nature Centre, 3050 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls     Continue reading