Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Ontario’s Niagara Parks Celebrates Victoria Day Long Weekend – May 20th – 22nd

 An Invite to All from the Niagara Parks Commission

Posted May 17th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – Established during the reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Niagara Parks and Queen Victoria Park, are the perfect venues to enjoy the fresh blossoms and glorious sunshine this Victoria Day long weekend.

Join us as we celebrate the occasion with a fantastic lineup of activities, combining time-honored favourites, such as the Falls Fireworks display, with brand-new attractions and programming.

Victoria Weekend Fireworks over the Horseshoe Falls and Niagara River Gorge in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Falls Fireworks Display
Queen Victoria Park
Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON

Canada’s longest-running fireworks series, showcasing the illuminated beauty of Niagara Falls at night, is set to return with a bang on Friday, May 19 at 10:00 p.m.
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Victoria Day – Monday, May 22nd – Spring Songbird Migration Walk & Picnic

An Invite from Niagara Nature Tours

Posted May 15th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Join Niagara Nature Tours fifth annual Victoria Day bird watching tour on May 22, with Jean Hampson and her husband Bob Highcock. Hampson who helped conduct a birding study in this same area in 2015 said, “We had a great day with twelve species of warblers, including Northern Waterthrush, Palm and Canada Warblers. Also, Veery, Indigo bunting and Ruby-throated hummingbird.  I was able to take photos of a Black-throated Green warbler and a Chestnut-sided Warbler. And happily I’ve seen these same species here ever since.” Continue reading

Ontario’s Niagara Parks in Full Bloom for Mother’s Day Weekend

An Invite to Moms and All from the Niagara Parks Commission

Posted May 11th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – Celebrate the arrival of spring and delight in the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of Niagara Parks in bloom, this Mother’s Day weekend.

Tulips in bloom with American Falls in the background. Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks

Enjoy the stunning magnolia trees and flowering Japanese cherry trees, as you make your way to an afternoon tea or a fabulous Mother’s Day brunch at any of Niagara Parks’ FeastON certified restaurants, all of which are strong supporters of our local economy, featuring Ontario farm-fresh produce and products and a selection of outstanding local wines and beers. Niagara Parks truly has something for everyone on this special weekend, including: Continue reading

One of Pop Music’s Unsung Heroes Shines in Film Doc at Niagara’s First Ontario Performing Arts Centre

If You Love Classic Rock and R&B Music, Go See: ‘Bang! The Bert Berns Story, Screening at the Performing Arts Centre’s            Film House, Saturday, May 13th at 9:30 p.m.

A Brief One from Doug Draper, publisher, Niagara At Large

Posted May 11th, 2017

Niagara, Ontario – For all of you out there who share the love I have for the creative geniuses who have produced some of the best music recorded over the past 50 or 60 years, I just took a few hours away from the usual madness to enjoy a great film about the genius of Bert Berns and I’m sure you would enjoy it too.

Bert Berns (sometimes know as ‘Bert Russell’ or ‘Russell Byrd’ for songwriting credits) was born in the boroughs of New York City in 1929 and grew up with a serious heart condition doctors told him might take his life before he turned 21. It was a death sentence that drove musical gifts that eventually saw him writing and producing music and launching or furthering the careers of artists like the Isley Brothers, The Drifters, Ben E. King Solomon Burke, Van Morrison and Neil Diamond at Atlantic Records, and finally his own record label, Bang, where he cranked out Top 40 hits like ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Kentucky Woman’ and ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ until his death in 1967. Continue reading

Canada’s History Takes To The StageAt The Shaw Festival In A Rollicking Revival Of 1837: THE FARMERS’ REVOLT

Classic of Canadian theatre seen for first time at the Festival

A News Release from The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Posted May 9th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario  1837: The Farmers’ Revolt – the rebellion that helped shape this home and native land – begins previews May 7 at the Court House Theatre.

Created in 1973 by Rick Salutin and Theatre Passe Muraille, this ground-breaking Canadian work features an energetic portrayal of Canadian history through music and movement. The Shaw Festival and director Philip Akin (“Master Harold” … and the Boys, 2016) honour Canada 150 with a true collective piece from this nation’s theatre history. Oh Canada! Continue reading

The Buffalo History Museum And M&T Third Friday Celebrates Pan-Am Day At Two Locations

Free museum admission, children activities, Ted’s grilled hot dogs, tours and discussion by Melissa Brown

An Invite to All from the Buffalo History Museum

Pan-American Exposition Buffalo, New York, 1901

Posted May 9th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Buffalo, New York. – On May 19, 2017, M&T Third Friday, The Buffalo History Museum invites all to commemorate the Pan-American Exposition – a World’s Fair that was held in Buffalo, May 1- Nov. 2, 1901. Event takes place at two locations.


Hours: 10 am –  8 pm  The Buffalo History Museum 1 Museum Court 12 – 2 pm Ted’s charcoal broiled hot dogs  (free to the first 100 guests)

1-3 pm – Free Docent Led tours

3-4:30 pm – Free Kids Activities

6:00 pm – Pan Am Talk by Melissa Brown  “…entertaining and legendary!”

Hours: 10 am – 5 pm

The Resource Center

459 Forest Avenue

Behind-the-Scenes   * Spirit of the City: Imagining the Pan-American Exposition Exhibit Tours: 10:30 am & 3 pm


*Spirit of the City, the History Museum’s 3000 square foot feature exhibit showcasing the Pan-American Exposition, and the Museum collection’s storage areas populate the Resource Center (459 Forest Ave).

The exhibit recreates a Pan-Am Exposition hall that features “the Little Building,” a rediscovered structure from the Pan-Am grounds, plus artifacts and hands-on displays that explore the exposition’s funny and serious sides.

For more information about the events or other program happenings, call The Buffalo History Museum at (716) 873-9644 ext 320. Find us on Facebook and Twitter @BuffaloHistory. Visit the website:

An artit’s rendtion of the Pan-Am Expo site from the air.

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Celebrate Spring at Annual Hydrangea Display at Niagara Parks’ Floral Showhouse

An Invite to All from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted May 3rd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Hydrangea Display at Niagara Parks

Niagara Falls, Ontario –Take in the dazzling sight of giant floral displays bursting with the colours of spring. Among this year’s features are enormous hanging baskets – some over five feet wide, overflowing with colourful hydrangeas.

A seasonal specialty, the annual Hydrangea Display at the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse will run from Saturday, May 6 through to Friday, June 2.

In addition, forced Foxglove and Delphinium will complete the spectacular setting of blues, pinks and whites within the Showhouse. The Hydrangea Show will run until early June, when staff will begin working on the next popular display: Regal Geraniums. Continue reading