Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Chorus Niagara Presents Semi-Staged Version Of Bach’s Greatest Choral Work  – St. Matthew Passion

Be Part of the Audience – Saturday March 3, 2018 , 7:30 pm Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

News from Chorus Niagara in Niagara, Ontario

Posted February 19th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

CHORUS NIAGARA presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s magnum opus and the opera he never wrote, the monumental St.Matthew Passion.

Chorus Niagara is proud to present this towering masterpiece featuring two choirs, two orchestras and six soloists by a composer at the pinnacle of his creative powers. Patrons will experience a unique and innovative ‘semi-staged’ rendering of one history’s most trans-formative stories. Continue reading


Some Fun Things To Do In Niagara, Ontario On Family Day Weekend – Saturday, February 17th thru Monday, February 19th, 2018

Posted February 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Make Ontario’s Niagara Parks Part of Your Family Day Getaway

  • ·         Wild Ontario exhibit showcasing Ontario’s native species returns to the Butterfly Conservatory, starting Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • ·         Witness the breathtaking formations and ice-coated landscape surrounding the “Frozen Falls”
  • ·         Niagara Parks’ Heritage Team will be set up at Table Rock Centre with exciting, interactive displays highlighting Canadian history

Inside Niagara Park’s Butterfly Conservatory. You can enjoy a wonderful escape from the winter in here.

Niagara Falls, Ontario  – Over its short history, Family Day has quickly become the ideal time for a mid-winter escape to Niagara Parks.

With the start of Heritage Week celebrations coinciding with the holiday long weekend (Family Day and Presidents’ Day), allow Niagara Parks to provide the perfect combination of engaging historical programming, awe-inspiring natural attractions and mouth-watering, Feast On certified culinary experiences that will leave you wanting more. Niagara Parks truly has something for everyone: Continue reading

Plan a Romantic Valentine’s Day with Ontario’s Niagara Parks

‘Niagara Falls will be bathed in soft pink and red lights at the top of each hour for 15 minutes, throughout the evening                      on February 14, 2018’

An Invite to All from Ontario’s Niagara Parks  Commission
Posted February 5th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – From the warm, lush paradise of the Spring Show at the Floral Showhouse, to the incredible sight of the illuminated Falls from the dining room of our signature Elements on the Falls restaurant, Niagara Parks offers something for everyone this Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Illumination

File photo of Niagara Falls illuminated for Valentines Day courtesy of Niagara Parks Commission

Niagara Falls will be bathed in soft pink and red lights at the top of each hour for 15 minutes, throughout the evening on February 14, 2018 beginning at 7 p.m., providing the ultimate backdrop for couples celebrating this romantic holiday. The Valentine’s Day illumination is in addition to the regular nightly illumination of the Falls, which takes place from 6:30 p.m. to midnight that evening. Continue reading

General Public Invited to University at Buffalo Faculty Jazz Quartet Concert

Thursday, February 15th at 7 p.m. in Buffalo, New York

Posted January 31th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Buffalo, New York  Since forming in 2017, the UB faculty jazz professors (aka Buffalo’s premiere jazz musicians) have been presenting clinics and concerts at high schools around town in Clarence, Williamsville, Amherst, and City Honors in Buffalo.

In February the Quartet – Bobby Militello, saxophone /flute; George Caldwell, Piano;  Sabu Adeyola, contra-bass; John Bacon, drums –  will play in concert for the general public.

Location: 836 Main Street – Scientology Building

Date: Thursday, February 15

Time: 7 pm

Admission:  $10. donation at door goes directly to the musicians

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee, Militello and Grammy Award winning, pianists, ‘Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance,’ Caldwell also serve as artistic directors for the Buffalo Jazz Collective .

For inquiries about the UB jazz concert program contact: George Caldwell – / 917-318-6922

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Fifty Years of ‘Born To Be Wild’ – Celebrating A Rebel Anthem

‘Get your motor runnin, head out on the highway.’

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted January 29th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

I was at a birthday party for one of my high school classmates in 1968 where we were each received a gift of thanks for attending.

I can’t remember what I was given but a friend of mine got a copy of record album with a five pretty wild and hairy looking guys on the cover.

The album was called ‘Steppenwolf’, which was also the name of the band  responsible for the 11 tracks of music inside, and of a very popular novel at the time by German author Hermann Hesse that this Canadian-based – previously known as ‘The Sparrows’ – renamed itself after. Continue reading

Plenty Of Oscar Buzz In Brock U. Film Series Lineup

News from Brock University in St. Catharines, Niagara, Ontario

Posted January 12th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Scott Henderson is equal parts movie buff and Oscar prognosticator.

As a film professor at Brock University, Henderson is one of the faces behind the Brock University Film Series, which kicks off its 2018 season at the Pen Centre’s Landmark Cinemas on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

For more than 40 years, Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted the film series to bring some of the best in international, independent and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines.

Now part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit, the selection committee of professors Henderson, Anthony Kinik, Liz Clarke and Peter Lester has access to many of the most hyped films during award season. Continue reading

Some of the Sad Notes and High Notes in Music in 2017

Let’s All Make A New Years Pledge for 2018 to Keep Record Stores Alive

By Doug Draper

Posted December 22nd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Canada and countless others around the world said goodbye in 2017 to one of its favourite musical sons, and a true advocate for social justice and environmental protection, Gord Downie.

For those of us – young and old – who are fans of pop music going back to the first records of Elvis, Chuck Berry and The Beatles, 2017 was another year of sad goodbyes to some of the giants in the world of rock and soul and folk and blues and jazz, and everything in between.

The goodbyes started with the one and only Chuck Berry and  another one of rock’s pioneers, Fat Domino, and continued with the legendary likes of Gregg Allman of Allman Brothers fame, Allman Brother co-founder and drummer Butch Trucks, Glen Campbell, J. Geils, one half of Steely Dan’s brilliant music makers, Walter Becker, soul-singing sensation and late comer to stardom, Charles Bradley, and (I still can’t believe this next guy left us before I was ever able to get my hands on one of those always hard to get tickets to see him in concert) Tom Petty – just to name a few

Greg Allman, co=founder of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, left us in 2017 with one last great recording out of the just as legendary Muscle Shoals studios called ‘Southern Blood’.

On the Canadian side of the ‘rock and roll heaven’ ledger, 2017 goes down as the year millions of us mourned the news we all knew was coming when Tragically Hip front man and national treasure Gord Downie succumbed to brain cancer. Canadian music fans also said goodbye to April Wine bassist Steve Lang and, for those of us who got into the habit, starting in the late 1960s and early 1970s, of going to a Lighthouse concert whenever that band was booked to take a stage anywhere within driving distance, we lost its co-founder and one of the world’s greater drummers, Skip Prokop. Continue reading