Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Ontario’s Niagara Parks Closes Public Facilities, Outdoor Recreational Amenities Until Further Notice

News from the Niagara Parks Commission in Niagara, Ontario

Posted Aril 2nd, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Parks Commission headquarters in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls, Ontario – In response to the current global health crisis and to protect the health and safety of staff and guests, Niagara Parks’ public-facing facilities and outdoor recreational amenities will remain closed until further notice, aligning with action taken across the Province and country to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Niagara Parks first closed its public-facing facilities on March 14, 2020, with tentative plans to reopen on April 6, the original reopening date of publicly funded schools in Ontario which has since been adjusted.

Effective this past March 31, Niagara Parks extended closures to include all outdoor recreational amenities, including remaining public washrooms, picnic areas, playgrounds, park shelters and any other item that is high touch or encourages the gathering of people. These closures will be in effect until further notice.

Niagara Parks will be closely monitoring ongoing developments and announcements from all levels of government and public health officials to determine next steps, including potential reopening dates.

Niagara Parks’ website will remain up to date with the latest information and guests are encouraged to contact<> with any questions, concerns or requests.

About Niagara Parks – Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism & Culture Industries, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River.

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The Great Musicians of the Buffalo Philharmonic Ready to Perform for Us During These Perilous Times

Join the BPO Tuesday, March 24 at 7pm for its first in a series Tuesday archival live concerts broadcast on WNED Classical!

“Over the coming days and weeks, our BPO musicians will unite to bring music to our fans during this difficult time.”

News from the BPO in the great city of neighbours, Buffalo, New York

Posted March 24th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Tuesday’s broadcast features Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3, originally performed and recorded Saturday May 11, 2019 as part of the M&T Bank Classics series. The program also includes Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467, “Elvira Madigan,” featuring pianist Adam Golka.

These archived concert recordings will be available each Tuesday at 7pm for the next several weeks by tuning in to 94.5 FM, or by streaming at (, via the WNED Classical mobile app, or by listening to WNED Classical via smart speaker.  Continue reading

Shake Away the Coronavirus Blues by Watching Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts at Home

Way to Go BPO – Tune in to WNED Classical for a FREE BPO broadcast!

The seats in Kleinhain’s Music Hall may be temporarily empty, but the BPO plays on.

Some Uplifting News from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) in Buffalo, New York

Posted March 19th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Foreword Note from Doug Draper at NAL – From classically trained instrumentalists and singers entertaining their neighbours from balconies in Italy to members of the Hamilton-based band The Arkells offering guirtar lessons on-line, artists around the world are rising up to keep us from going nuts while we are pent up in our homes.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra – known simply as the BPO to the countless many who follow this world-class music machine – circulated the following good news for us a day or so ago, and Niagara At Large will be posting more news like this when we can.

Now here is the news from the BPO –

Buffalo, New York – During this uncertain and stressful time, we believe that it is essential to unite through music. Over the next several weeks, we are partnering with WNED Classical, Buffalo Toronto Public Media’s Classical music station, to broadcast archived live recordings of BPO concerts. Continue reading

Thorold Garden Club Cancels Upcoming Meeting in Wake of Coronavirus Outbreak

“I am asking for your support as we cancel our garden club meeting Wednesday, March 18th. We will show the movie The Gardener as soon as it is safe to congregate – again.”                      – Leslie Daniels, Thorold Garden Club in Niagara, Ontario

A Message from Thorold Garden Club President Leslie Daniels

Posted March 17th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

In Italy “there is no more time”…

In Canada we are taking steps, but there are also those who think we are over-reacting and that the Coronavirus is “only a flu” and only the elderly, or those with compromised health need worry.

Not so. If we continue with our normal daily lives this virus will continue to spread throughout our population. Carriers with no symptoms will bring it home, leave it on buses, in stores and other places people gather and it will spread – fast and effectively.

Eventually, like in Italy our health care system will be inundated with those requiring lifesaving intervention and hospital treatment. What happens when the numbers of contagion do not go down?

The growth rate tells us from experience that it will multiply the numbers of people who, at the least, needing care they will end up over taxing our health care system until it fails and there are no beds, staff or ICU places left?

The only way to combat this at all is to remove the hosts the virus needs to live: That is US – people…  It cannot spread without us.

So what does that mean?

That means STOP going to meetings, work, recreational activities. Take precautions, wash your hands frequently and keep your hands away from your face. If you possibly can stay home – nothing is so important that it cannot wait.

However, by missing a few gatherings, taking yourself out of potential for exposure can help to stem the rapidly increased numbers of hosts exposed and passing this on to other friends and family. Might save a death from pneumonia for someone as well.

Think of Italy, their time ran out – we still have a little leeway. No need to panic, but we should use it wisely.

Because of this I am asking for your support as we cancel our garden club meeting Wednesday, March 18th. We will show the movie The Gardener as soon as it is safe to congregate – again.

For those who may have a Smart TV they can sign up for $2.99/mo. to the app Curiosity Stream and watch it there as well as many other fantastic documentaries.

Till then, Happy St. Patrick’s Day and stay safe. (Fingers crossed we will be able to hold our meeting in April!)

 – Leslie Daniels, President , Thorold Garden Club,

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The Late Kirk Douglas’s Film ‘Spartacus’ Was ‘Pivotal to 20th Century History of Confronting Injustice and Oppression’

“It was credited with effectively ending the Hollywood blacklist and has been recognized as providing social commentary on the Civil Rights Movement in its treatment of women, African-Americans, and same-sex relationships.”                                             – Classics Professor at Brock University, Katharine von Stackelberg, reflects on legacy of Spartacus

News from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario

Posted February 11th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Of all the films he appeared in, Kirk Douglas, who passed away last week at the age of 103, was perhaps best known for his starring role in the 1960 film Spartacus.

Although Douglas was a controversial figure — including serious sexual misconduct allegations that came to light later in his life — Spartacus is seen as an important film that dealt with significant contemporary issues.







“The film was pivotal to 20th century history of confronting injustice and oppression,” says Katharine von Stackelberg, Associate Professor with the Department of Classics at Brock. “People keep thinking slavery is just something that belongs to the past, but as I emphasize in the slavery module of my introduction to Roman civilization course, slavery is very much a present and ongoing issue.” Continue reading

Goodbye to Kirk Douglas – One of the Very Last of the Greatest from Hollywood’s Golden Age of Film

And Maybe One of the Last of Those Who Would Stand Tall During Dark Times in America’s Democracy

“I’ve played some good guys as well, in Spartacus, Paths of Glory and my favorite picture, Lonely Are the Brave, so I had a mixture of parts in my life.” – Kirk Douglas

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted February 6th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

the now late, great Kirk Douglas

Not to many people under the age of 40 – unless they study film at college or university – know who Kirk Douglas is or know what ‘the golden age of Hollywood; means anymore, so I am not going to spend much time with this.

Except to say that one of the greatest film actors of the 20th Century – one of the actors that invented the ‘anti-hero’ and championed films that the corporatists in Hollywood would not necessarily make – died this February, at the grand old age of 103, and he is one of those who definitely deserves to be remembered.

His name was Kirk Douglas, and along with the already late great Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, William Holden, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracey, and others of their ilk, he deserves to go down among the great, ground-breaking film actors and artists of the last hundred years. Continue reading

We Are All Invited To A Photo Exhibition – Welland: Times Present, Times Past – Featuring the Work of one of Niagara’s Most Respected Artistic Photographers Sandy Fairbairn

 From Saturday, February 15th to Sunday, March 15th, 2020, at AIH Studios in Welland, Ontario

‘Many of (Sandy Fairbairn’s) images recall the industrial history of the region, and others chronicle the ebb and flow of the downtown urban life of Welland.’

News from Bart GGazzola for AIH Studies in Niagara, Ontario

Posted January 22nd, 2020 on Niagara At Large

AIH Studios in Niagara, Ontario is very pleased to present Sandy Fairbairn’s exhibition Welland: Times Present Times Past from February 15th to March 15th 2020.

Curated by Bart Gazzola, the opening reception for Welland: Times Present Times Past will be on Saturday, February 15th,  from 2 to 5 PM.

Sandy Fairbairn has been taking photographs of Niagara for over forty years, focusing on the people and places around him. His images of Niagara stretch back to the 1970s, and some of the scenes presented in Welland: Time Present Time Past will be shown in the Rose City for the very first time. Continue reading