Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

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

Chorus Niagara Proudly Presents Amadeus, featuring one of Mozart’s grandest musical works – Mass in C Minor

May 5, 2018 7:30pm Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Don’t Miss It!

No Western composer demonstrated a more Shakespearean range of emotion than Mozart — from the comedy of self-deception to tragic despair, from pleasure in worldly comforts to heroic defiance of convention, from supernatural terror to spiritual rhapsody. His most ravishing music looks inside the soul as deeply as art can.”[1]

A News Release from Chorus Niagara

Posted April 16th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

May 5, 2018 7:30pm Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Niagara, Ontario – Culminating its 55th season, Chorus Niagara and Artistic Director Robert Cooper proudly present AMADEUS, featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s astounding Mass in C Minor.

Mass in C Minor is the most lavish and grandest of Mozart’s works. Four stellar Canadian soloists are featured with brilliant choruses by Chorus Niagara full of operatic flourish. Mozart’s theatrical genius further complements the program with buoyant excerpts from his greatest operas Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte and The Magic Flute. Continue reading

Speaker Series At Old Fort Erie Features Acclaimed Canadian Adventurer Adam Shoalts – Saturday, April 7th at 2 P.M.

 An Invite to all from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commisson

Posted March 23rd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Adam Shoalts

Niagara, Ontario  – Acclaimed Canadian adventurer, author and former Old Fort Erie staff member, Adam Shoalts, will share his experiences mapping Canada’s rugged north during an engaging and humorous lecture at Niagara Parks’ Old Fort Erie on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m.

Guests are invited to attend the free event to hear more about Adam’s 4,000-kilometre solo adventure across Canada in 2017. An author of three books, Adam will also be available for a book signing during the event. Registration is recommended.

For more information and to register, please call the fort at (905) 871-0540 or email

Date:                Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m.

Location:          Old Fort Erie – Welcome Centre
350 Lakeshore Rd, Fort Erie

Admission:       Free (registration is recommended)

About Ontario’s Niagara ParksSince its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure.

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Support Two of Niagara, Ontario’s Great Used Book Stores

They Have Big Sales On This March. Check Them Out

A Brief One from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper

Posted March 22nd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Let me start by saying that this is not a paid ad.

I am posting this one because I’ve always been a strong supporter of what are left of our great old brick and mortar book and record stores in Niagara, Ontario and across the border in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York areas, and I urge you to be a supporter of them too.

The only real way to do that and keep real book and record stores alive is to literally go to them and spend a little money on some of the good titles they have.

And right now, two of the very best of the used bookstores in our Niagara region are having sales of up to 50 per cent off most of their inventory, every day they are open, right up to and including Saturday, March 31st. Continue reading