Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Fall Foliage on Full Display this Thanksgiving Weekend at Niagara Parks

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission
Posted October 4th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

The rapids of the lower Niagara River. Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks Commission

  • Take in the stunning autumn colours from lake to lake along the Niagara River Recreation Trail 
  • Hike the newly classified trail system that winds through the lush Carolinian forest of the Niagara Glen
  • Locally inspired harvest menu and Thanksgiving Brunch at Niagara Parks restaurants
  • Take advantage of the last stretch of warm temperatures with special fall promotions at Niagara Parks Golf Courses

Niagara Falls, Ontario  – Celebrate the transition to fall by exploring the hiking trails, parks, gardens and natural wonders found throughout Niagara Parks, as you enjoy the beauty and serenity of the fall colours all along the scenic Niagara Parkway.

An aireal shot of the fall foliage along the Parkway and walls of the gorge above the lower Niagara River. Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks Commissoin

The timing is perfect this Thanksgiving weekend to take advantage of the remaining warm temperatures and enjoy all there is to do in Niagara Parks: Continue reading


Summer’s Gone, But Stage Is Already Being Set for 25th Anniversary of  Garden Walk Buffalo in 2019

Call Now Out for 2019 Garden Walk Buffalo Artwork Submission

News from the Organizers of Garden Walk Buffalo

Posted September 28th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Buffalo, New York – In 2019 Garden Walk Buffalo will celebrate 25 years as America’s largest Garden Walk. We are looking for submissions of original artwork to promote the 2019 event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, 2019.

This is an opportunity to share your artwork with hundreds of local gardeners and thousands of visitors.

Entries are due Jan. 31, 2019.

Artwork should communicate:

On the artwork front, here is the winning poster for this past July’s Garden Walk Buffalo 2018

  • Descriptives: Gardens, flowers, creativity, neighborhood
  • 25th Anniversary: you may choose to incorporate the number “25” into your artwork if applicable. It is not a requirement to do so, but an option.
  • Garden Walk Buffalo is the largest garden tour in the U.S and one of Buffalo’s most anticipated summer events.
  • It attracts thousands of visitors to Buffalo’s Westside to tour more than 400 creative urban gardens.
  • Garden Walk Buffalo shatters expectations of Buffalo city living, it promotes neighborhood beautification, and instills community pride.

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Niagara College Prof, Grad Christopher Bessette Wins Best Director Award

2012 film Trade of Innocents makes a comeback at annual Canadian International Faith and Family Film Festival (CIFF)

News from Niagara College in Niagara, Ontario

Posted September 24th, 2018 on Niagara At Large 

Niagara-based writer / director Christopher Bessette doesn’t only reach for the stars, he shines among them.

Christopher Bessette (,left) receives the Best Director award from festival co-founder and co-director Rafael Kalamat at CIFF 2018.

The Niagara College Broadcasting graduate and current part-time faculty member was among the star-studded nominees and winners at the second annual Canadian International Faith and Family Film Festival (CIFF) held September 14-16 in Toronto – including Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Dennis Quaid and Mira Sorvino. Bessette attended CIFF with multiple award nominations for his 2012 film Trade of Innocents, and walked away with the Best Director award, while cast member Sorvino also won Best Lead Actress for her role in the film.

Trade of Innocents — which raises awareness of child exploitation through human trafficking – was selected one of the featured films at CIFF and Bessette was invited to participate in a film festival panel alongside Oscar winner Roger Christian (Star Wars) and other industry experts.

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Buffalo Philharmonic Pays A Musical Tribute To One Of The Greatest Song-Writing Masters Of All Time

Come Celebrate George Gershwin’s 120th Birthday at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York – Saturday, September 22 at 8:00 pm

News from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) and Kleinhans Music Hall

Posted September 21st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Celebrate the 120th birthday of the original piano man, George Gershwin! John Morris Russell opens the BPO Pops season with an extravaganza of the Gershwin repertoire, including the cherished Suite from Porgy and Bess.

Guest artist seventeen-year-old Ray Ushikubo, winner of the 2016 Piano Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School and recipient of the prestigious Davidson Fellow Laureate Award, will wow audiences with the “I Got Rhythm Variations” on piano, and a special encore you won’t expect! Mezzo-soprano Nicole Thomas lends her pipes to some of Gershwin’s classics.

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Brock U. Film Series Moves To Performing Arts Centre For New Season

2018 Season Begins Thursday, September 20th at the Performing Arts Centre’s Film House in downtown St. Catharines. See You There!

News from Brock University in St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted September 19th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Brock University Film Society (BUFS) is launching its new season with a well-known partner on board.

The longstanding movie series will begin its latest run at the end of the month in collaboration with The Film House at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC).

Screenings will take place at the downtown St. Catharines theatre over the course of 11 weeks — and cinema buffs will not want to miss a scene.

With the advent of streaming sites and changes to the way films are distributed, people are tempted to watch movies at home. But Scott Henderson, a professor in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, and one of the people behind BUFS, wants to challenge that idea. According to Henderson, there’s more to watching a movie than just hitting play. Continue reading

An Old Beatle Offers Us A Bit Of  Bright Light In Dark Times

“Who cares what the idiots say, Who cares what the idiots do, Who cares about the pain in your heart, Who cares about you, …. I DO.

  • From ‘Who Cares’, one of the 17 new songs on Paul McCartney’s 25th and latest solo album, ‘Egypt Station’, released This September 7th, 2018

A Brief One from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper

Posted September 7th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Paul McCartney is back – not that he ever went away – with a very nice new album.

In a world where music lovers everywhere are still mourning the passing of Aretha Franklin and some of us are still coming to terms with the all-too-soon –and-sudden death last year of Tom Petty – all with the madness of King Trump deconstructing decency and democracy 24/7 – how good it is to still have Paul McCartney with us, releasing a whole album of songs that rise up from the kinder side of human nature.

The album, called ‘Egypt Station’, also features great cover art from paintings produced by McCartney himself and was released this Friday, September 7th, 2018 – just a little over 50 years to the day that he and the rest of The Beatles released what would be one of the biggest singles every, ‘Hey Jude’, with ‘Revolution’ on the flip side. Continue reading

Ontario Parks’ Old Fort Erie Hosts Annual Murder Mystery Night

See It On Saturday, September 8th, at 7 P.M.

An Invite to All from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission
Posted August 30th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Fort Erie, Ontario  – Niagara Parks’ Old Fort Erie invites guests to attend its popular Murder Mystery event taking place on Saturday, September 8 at 7 p.m., which will combine an evening of intrigue with the fascinating history of the old stone fort and the site of Canada’s bloodiest battlefield.

Murder Mystery in Old Fort Erie. Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks

The all ages event challenges participants to test out their detective skills within the chilling walls of Old Fort Erie. Assist the inspector and interview sneaky suspects to find the culprits and help solve the mystery to win a prize at the end of the evening. Continue reading