Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Fall Colours on Full Display this Thanksgiving Weekend at Ontario’s Niagara Parks

Niagara Parks’ Nature Centre overlooking a spectacular Niagara Glen and the lower Niagara River. All photos courtesy of Niagara Parks

Niagara Parkway and trail network offer stunning views from lake to lake

Iconic ‘Friends’ couch coming to Table Rock

Reflect upon a moment in history during Battle of Queenston Heights memorial

Locally sourced menus and Thanksgiving Brunch at Niagara Parks restaurants

Last chance for fall promotions at Niagara Parks Golf Courses

News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted October 10th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Hiking Niagara Parks’ scenic trails

Niagara Falls, Ontario – Celebrate the transition to fall and take in the vibrant colours 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.

Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect chance to take advantage of the remaining warm temperatures and enjoy all there is to do at Niagara Parks: 

56 Kilometres of Breathtaking Autumn Landscape 

The Niagara region is famous for its stunning fall scenes, from rolling hills lined with vineyards to roadside fruit stands offering locally grown produce, and Niagara Parks is no exception. Continue reading

Beach Boys Legend Brian Wilson Surfs On at Artpark

Following a Seven-Week Postponement, Brian Wilson Keeps his Promise to Fans to bring his Pet Sounds Tour show to Lewiston, New York

“Dear Friends,

“It is with great regret that I need to postpone my upcoming June tour,” wrote Brian Wilson this past spring in an open letter to ticket holders for the Artpark show and other shows on the tour.

“It is no secret that I have been living with mental illness for many decades. There were times when it was unbearable but with doctors and medications I have been able to live a wonderful, healthy and productive life with support from my family, friends and fans who have helped me through this journey. …  But then it crept back and I’ve been struggling with stuff in my head and saying things I don’t mean and I don’t know why.

“It’s something I’ve never dealt with before and we can’t quite figure it out just yet.

“I’m going to rest, recover and work with my doctors on this. I’m looking forward to my recovery and seeing everyone later in the year.

“The music and my fans keep me going and I know this will be something I can AGAIN overcome.” – Love & Mercy, Brian Wilson”

Beach Boys co-founder and music legend Brian Wilson

A Brief Tribute to Music Legend Brian Wilson By Doug Draper

Posted August 9th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

I’m one of those people who can still remember where I was the first time I heard a song that I immediately fell in love with. Continue reading

St. Catharines’ Lakeside Park Carousel is Reopening this Friday, August 9th 

Popular Carousel to resume operations following recent flash flooding around Lake Ontario shoreline areas

High water levels continue to impact other parts of Lakeside Park. The east Port Dalhousie pier and the Lakeside Park Beach remain temporarily closed to the public until further notice for safety reasons.  

News from the City of St. Catharines in Niagara, Ontario 

Posted August 9th, 2019 on Niagara At Large 

After a two-day closure due to flooding at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie, the carousel will reopen on Friday, Aug. 9.

City crews have spent the last two days pumping water out of the area, and cleaning up any mud and debris following the intense rain on Tuesday night.

An assessment of the carousel shows there was no damage sustained due to the active weather. The Lakeside Park Carousel will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Monday, Sept. 2. Continue reading

The World Can’t Afford to Lose People Like Toni Morrison Now

The Celebrated Nobel Prize-Winning Author & Humanitarian Dies at Age 88

A Brief Comment from Doug Draper

Posted August 6th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Legendary writer and Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison has left the madhouse

“Authoritarian regimes, dictators, despot are often, but not always, fools. But none are foolish enough to give perceptive, dissident writers free range to publish their judgments or follow their creative instincts. They know they do so at their own peril. They are not stupid enough to abandon control (overt or insidious) over media. Their methods include surveillance, censorship, arrest, even slaughter of those writers informing and disturbing the public.”                                                                                          – Toni Morrison, for the introduction of “Burn This Book”, a collection of essays by prominent writers about the power of the written word and efforts by fascists and other totalitarian thugs to discredit or destroy writing they find threatening to them.

In her words above, Toni Morrison might just have well have included the use of terms like “fake news” and “enemies of the people” and another strategy for assaulting writers and their work. And those two terms, the second of which has origins at least going back to the deadly purges of Soviet strongman Joseph Stalin, are not just the stuff of Trump.

As recently as a few weeks ago, a couple of middle-aged, white Tory businessmen I will not identify by name here, were using them with an air of mockery and disdain for the news media right here in Niagara, within earshot of this journalist and other members of the media. Why is it more often today’s breed of Tories in Canada and Republicans in the United States who are attacking one of the pillars of our freedom and democracy? Continue reading

Canadian Legend Gordon Lightfoot ‘s ’80 Years Strong Tour’ Coming to Kleinhans in Buffalo

Date Set for Monday, October 28th at 8 p.m. for Gordon Lightfoot at Kleinhans Music Hall

*Tickets for this event will be on sale beginning Friday, August 2 at 10 A.M.

Posted July 31st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

One of Gordon Lightfoot’s collections of his many classic songs

A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large reporter ajnd publisher Doug Draper –

You may read this as a plug for Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, but it is really a free plug from a fan for one of the greatest singer/songwriters Canada has produced over the past 50 or 60 years since folk artists like Peter, Paul & Mary and Ian & Sylvia introduced Lightfoot classics like Early Morning Rain and For Lovin’ Me to legions of people who soon would be fans around the world.

This very first Lightfoot album, released in early 1966, was the introduction to the greatness of this artist for many who came of age in the sixties.

Another great Canadian recording artist, Randy Bachman, a co-founder of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and host of the CBC Radio program Vinyl Tap, has said many times on his program that if one of the legends that we love from decades gone by brings a show to a town somewhere near you, go out and see them while you still can because it may not happen again. Continue reading

A Journey Back Through a Slice of Niagara’s Maritime History

Public Tours to be held at Downtown St. Catharines, Ontario excavation site of historic Shickluna Shipyard

An Invite from Brock University in Niagara, Ontario

Posted July 26th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines, Ontario – Through thick, heavy mud and clay, the search began last week for remnants of lost local maritime history.

Excavation of the 19th century Shickluna Shipyard got underway Thursday, July 18, with Brock University students getting a taste of life on a dig site.

Instructor Kimberly Monk, Adjunct Professor with Brock’s Department of History, shows student Braeden Corr, left, a digital map of the Shickluna shipyard site, where archaeological excavation began July 18. The public is invited to tour the site and meet the archaeologists Aug. 17 and 18.

 Archaeologist Kimberly Monk, Adjunct Professor with the Department of History, is leading an archaeological field school at the site in downtown St. Catharines for both Brock students and community members.  Continue reading

Garden Walk Buffalo is Back & Celebrating 25 Years

You are Invited to North America’s Largest and Most Popular Urban Gardens Tour, Free and Self-Guided, Running                                                      for Two Beautiful Days                                                – Saturday, July 27th & Sunday, July 28th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From the Organizers of Garden Walk Buffalo

Posted July 22nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

A getaway in a corner of a lush backyard near Buffalo’s Elmwood Village area and Delaware Park. File photo by Doug Draper

Join us for our 25th anniversary! Tour is free and self-guided. No tickets required. Nearly 400 creative urban gardens. NEW in 2019–the Parkside neighborhood is part of Garden Walk Buffalo!

Garden Walk Buffalo celebrates its 25th anniversary as a garden tour this year! It is America’s largest garden tour, attracting garden lovers throughout Western New York, Southern Ontario and beyond.

Held annually on the last weekend of July, Garden Walk has become one of the most anticipated summer events locally — and even nationally. An estimated 65,000 visitors flock to Buffalo to tour more than 400 residential gardens as well as many community and public gardens. Continue reading