Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

The Buffalo History Museum Announces Upcoming World War 1 Exhibit

The Exhibit – Opening This Coming Aprile 6th – Will Offer A Glimpse Into Western New York During This            Unprecedented Conflict

News from the Buffalo History Museum

Posted February 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

The Buffalo History Museum, overlooking a pond and the south end of the city's scenic Delaware Park.

The Buffalo History Museum, overlooking a pond and the south end of the city’s scenic Delaware Park.

Buffalo, New York– On April 6, 2017, The Buffalo History Museum will premiere its new World War I exhibit, For Home and Country, marking the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I.

During the war, our nation lost nearly 117,000 of its bravest men and women. The exhibit will commemorate the sacrifice of 968 lives from Western New York. Continue reading

Cancer Silences One of Canada’s Great Storytellers

Goodbye Stuart McLean

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted February 16th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Americans had the late Mark Twain and until this past February 15th, Canadians had Stuart McLean.

Stuart McLean, Canadian storyteller and host of the ever popular CBC Radio program Vinyl Café.

Stuart McLean, Canadian storyteller and host of the ever popular CBC Radio program Vinyl Café.

He was one of the Western world’s most engaging storytellers, , and he was one of the last of the all-time great voices, along with late Barbara Frum of ‘As It Happens’ fame and Peter Gzowski of Morningside,  on CBC Radio over the past 30 or 40 years.

“He had a voice that you could not, not listen to. … You had to listen to the guy,” said Michael Enright, another one of the great CBC Radio broadcasters, Michael Enright, of his long-time friend and colleague who died this February 15th at age 68 following a courageous battle with cancer. Continue reading

Niagara Falls to be Illuminated – Tuesday, February 14th – in Pink and Red In Celebration of Valentine’s Day

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted February 13th, 2017

Niagara Falls, Ontario  – Niagara Falls will be bathed in soft pink and red lights this Valentine’s Day, providing the perfect backdrop to celebrate this romantic evening.niagara-falls-lights

Visit Niagara with that someone special and view the beauty and impact of the newly enhanced illumination of both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

This new LED lighting technology has dramatically improved the viewing experience of Niagara Falls at night and allows for a more robust colour spectrum, which will be on full display when Niagara Falls is illuminated in pink and red at the top of each hour for 15 minutes, throughout the evening on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Continue reading

Ontario’s Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory to Host Northern Owls Exhibit

News from the Niagara Parks Commission in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Posted February 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is pleased to present Northern Owls, a travelling exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum that offers a unique look into the intriguing world of owls.white-snowy-owls_banner

The exhibit is the first of NPC’s planned Rooted initiatives, developed under the provincial government’s Ontario 150 Funding Program and is designed to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of both Niagara and the province. Northern Owls will be taking place from February 13 to April 17, at the fully accessible Butterfly Conservatory.

This family-friendly and educational exhibit features 11 different specimens of Northern Owls and focuses on the fascinating and lesser-known aspects of owl behavior, biology and lifestyle. The exhibit will be presented in three sections: “Feathers”, “Hunters by Nature” and “The Ultimate Northern Owl”, each filled with interesting and thought-provoking facts and anecdotes about these secretive birds. Continue reading

Brock U. Film Series Brings Oscar-Nominated Films To Niagara

News from Brock University in St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted February 6th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Some of the most critically acclaimed films of 2016 are coming to Niagara through the Brock University Film Series.

The Academy Award nominated movie Moonlight to screen at Brock U. as part of film series.

The Academy Award nominated movie Moonlight to screen at Brock U. as part of film series.

With the Oscars just around the corner, there has been plenty of buzz about the recently nominated films, and one of the frontrunners stealing the spotlight is Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight.

Jenkins, the first black filmmaker nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture, based the film on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s short play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. The film adaptation is about self-discovery and connection and follows the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he navigates the dangers of drugs and violence in his rough Miami neighbourhood and his complex love for his best friend. Continue reading

Goodbye to Mary Tyler Moore – We’re Missing That Smile Already

A Brief One from Doug Draper, a life-long MTM fan

Posted January 25th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

“Who can turn the world on with a smile,” was the first lyric to the theme song from one of television’s all-time greatest sit-coms, and man, does the world ever need that smile now!mary-on-mtm-show

The answer to the question in that song, of course, was Mary Tyler Moore, who died this January 25th – I’m still saying; ‘Oh know, not Mary!’ – at age 80. It would be sad news any time, but especially so, breaking in as it did as a Trump was busy outlining his plans to build his wall along the entire U.S./Mexican border and move forward, as soon as possible, with the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to oil refineries in Texas.

Those of us who are old enough to remember, first met Mary Tyler Moore when she played Laurie Petrie opposite Dick Van Dyke’s Rob in The Dick Van Dyke Show in the early 1960s – TV’s first ‘modern couple’, as was noted at the time, mirroring America’s first modern political couple – President John F. Kennedy and his wife and first lady Jackie. Continue reading

Chorus Niagara Holds 11th Annual Singathon – Saturday,February 18th – In Welland, Ontario Shopping Mall

An Invite to All from Chorus Niagara

Posted January 24th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Seaway Mall, Centre Court, Welland, Ontario | Saturday February 18, 2017

Chorus Niagara in performance

Chorus Niagara in performance – Photo by Jeff Baker

Continuous Performance 10am-3pm by Niagara’s Premiere 100-voice symphonic ensemble

Chorus Niagara holds the 11th annual Singathon Fundraiser again this year at ‘The Most Famous Food Court in the World’. Singathon is a continuous 5 hour marathon of choral performance that takes place at the Seaway Mall in Welland where our YouTube viral fame began. Continue reading