Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Hail, Hail to a True King of Rock ‘N’ Roll – Hail, Hail Chuck Berry

Hail, Hail to a True King of Rock ‘N’ Roll – Hail, Hail Chuck Berry

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted March 19th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

“Hail, hail rock and roll
Deliver me from the days of old
Long live rock and roll
The beat of the drums, loud and bold
Rock, rock, rock and roll
The feelin’ is there, body and soul.”

         From the 1957 Chuck Berry song, ‘School Days’

“Before Elvis there was nothing,” were John Lennon’s words on the way Elvis Presley and Rock’N’ Roll exploded on to the music scene in the last half of the 20th Century.

The late Beatle could have said the same of the iconic Chuck Berry, who died this March 18th at age 90, and who Lennon idolized so much, he invited Chuck Berry to join him as his special guest while he was guest hosting a popular American talk show in the 1970s. Continue reading

Canada’s Federal Government announces Department of Canadian Heritage’s Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program

Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey invites Niagara organizations to submit  project proposals

From the Niagara Centre Constituency Office of Federal MP Vance Badawey

Posted March 16th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey

Welland, Ontario – Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, Vance Badawey is inviting Niagara organizations to submit a project proposal to the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program.

The Projects component of this program supports national initiatives that will promote diversity, inclusion, and building positive relationships among the different cultural, religious, and ethnic communities in Canada.

Priority is given to projects that work toward eliminating discrimination, racism, and prejudice through youth community engagement and involvement, art, culture, and/or sport. Continue reading

Demand for Use of Pelham’s New Community Centre Exceed’s Town Council’s Expectations!

A Column from Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn

Posted March 16th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Last week (during the first full wee of this March), Pelham Town Council signed five-year agreements with six major community groups for their use of the new Pelham Community Centre. These binding agreements exceed the Town’s revenue goals for the Centre and confirm the demand for a second arena.

Artist’s rendition of new Pelham Community Centre

Council was thrilled to enter into these partnerships with the Pelham Minor Hockey Association, the Pelham Panthers Basketball Association, the Pelham Jr. B. Hockey Club and the Southern Tier Admirals AAA Hockey.

The Town is also excited to welcome the Welland Raiders Minor Lacrosse and the Niagara Centre Skating Club back to Pelham. Now that we have these agreements with major users in place, the Town will work to rent and program the rest of the available time at the facility. Continue reading

Niagara Falls to be Illuminated in Green – Friday, March 17th – for St. Patrick’s Day

Niagara Falls Illumination Board to take part in annual “Global Greening” campaign

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission & Niagara Falls (Ontario/New York) Illumination Board

Posted March 16th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Niagara Falls Illumination Board will renew its partnership with Tourism Ireland’s “Global Greening” campaign this year, as it lights up Niagara Falls in green on Friday, March 17 for St. Patrick’s Day.

File photo courtesy of Niagara Parks Commission and the Niagara Falls Illumination Board

The Falls will shine a brilliant shade of green for 15 minutes at the top of each hour from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., in celebration of all things Irish.

The “Global Greening” campaign connects Niagara Falls with many other world icons such as the Empire State Building, the Colosseum in Rome, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Nelson’s Column in London and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, in honouring this festive day. Continue reading

A Fun-Filled Week of March Break Activities at Ontario’s Niagara Parks

 News from the Niagara Parks Commission

Posted March 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – The Niagara Parks Commission is proud to be presenting another dynamic lineup of special events and activities for guests planning a visit to Niagara this March Break. Enjoy the majesty of the Falls, all while allowing Niagara Parks to provide the perfect combination of engaging historical programming, awe-inspiring natural attractions and our mouthwatering, Feast ON certified culinary experiences that will leave you wanting more. Take it all in at Niagara Parks this March Break:

Northern Spotted Owl

Northern Owls – Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
March Break Hours: Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Butterfly Café Holiday Hours March 11 to 19: Daily 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON
Northern Owls, an exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), is the first of Niagara Parks’ planned Rooted initiatives, developed under the provincial government’s Ontario 150 Funding Program. Designed to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of both Niagara and the province, the exhibit focuses on the fascinating and less well-known aspects of owl behavior, biology and lifestyle.
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Ontario Moving to Close Curtains on Scalping of Tickets for Concert, Theatre and Sport Events

“We’ve got an opportunity right now to do something about it. The government is listening – I encourage all fans of music, theatre, sports, to make your voices heard.”                             — Rob Baker, The Tragically Hip

News from the Ontario Government

Posted March 3rd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Ontario is reviewing the rules for buying and selling tickets online to give fans a fair shot at getting tickets to see their favourite team, musical act or theatrical performance.tickete-scalpers-best

Event tickets are mostly bought and sold online. While this has given fans more options, it also means that tickets to popular shows and games often sell out within hours, sometimes minutes. Many tickets are then posted on resale sites at a price much higher than their original value. This leaves fans unable to find the tickets they want at a price they can afford. Continue reading

Join Chorus Niagara for THE FARTHEST SHORE – A CELTIC CELEBRATION, Saturday, March 4th

An Invitation to the Show from Chorus Niagara in Niagara, Ontario

Posted March 3rd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Chorus Niagara and Artistic Director Robert Cooper kick off 2017 with THE FARTHEST SHORE – A CELTIC CELEBRATION in Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines, Saturday March 4th, 7:30pm.chorus-niagara-poster

Following two sold out shows in the first half of the season, Chorus Niagara raises the bar with a glorious Niagara premiere of Welsh Composer Paul Mealor‘s The Farthest Shore.

Thrust into the international limelight with his beautiful anthem for the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Mealor has written an ambitious choral work for soloists, chorus, children chorus, brass quintet and organ, based on an Anglesey folk tale about a boy who was washed ashore in a storm. Continue reading