Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Visit Two of Niagara, Ontario’s Great Used Book Stores & Help Keep Great Stores Like Them Alive

 – Hannelore Headley Old and Fine Books & The Write Bookshop in St. Catharines –

Both Stores Are Bursting With Books, Now on Sale for 50 Per Cent Off for the Whole Month of March

A call of support for some of the Best Independent Stores in our Greater Niagara Region by Doug Draper

Posted March 14th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

“Books are everywhere; and always the same sense of adventure fills us. Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack –  from Street Haunting, a book of essays by Virginia Woolf

Hannelore Headley Old and Fine Books on 71 Queen Street in St. Catharines near Lake Street and Montebello Park

In an age when online shopping threatens the survival of brick and mortar stores, I hope the day never comes when we are sorry that they are all gone.

Call me out of step with the brave new world of eBay and Amazon, if you like, but I think our towns and cities would be pretty deadening places to live in if there were no more brick and mortar stores.

And that would be especially true, in my view, if we lost every last independent book and record store, where a person can go and experience a real sense of community with others who share their passion for good books and music.

In that spirit, I am going to make a habit on Niagara At Large of devoting a little more space to drawing attention to and encouraging all of us to support what are left of the independent book and music stores on both sides of the border in our Niagara and Erie county regions, lest we lose these great places.

The Write Bookshop on 285 St. Paul Street in downtown St. Catharines

So I begin with two of the very best used book stores in all of Niagara, Ontario, and they are both having store-wide 50 per cent off sales all this month, right through to end of Saturday, March 30th. Continue reading


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

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

An Invite to the Falls from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted March 14th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – In partnership with Tourism Ireland’s “Global Greening” campaign, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board will once again light up Niagara Falls in green on Sunday, March 17 in celebration of all things Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

Photo courtesy of Niagara Parks Commission

Both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls will be bathed with vibrant green light for 15-minute intervals at the top of the hour from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., joining numerous prominent world icons such as the Sydney Opera House, Empire State Building, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the London Eye, the Colosseum in Rome and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to name but a few. Continue reading

Make Ontario’s Niagara Parks Your March Break Destination

Visit the Art of Nature exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory

Take part in Birds in Flight photography sessions

Enjoy interactive heritage programming at Table Rock Centre

Niagara Parks goes Green for St. Patrick’s Day with special Falls illumination and Irish-themed menu at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant

Plan a full day and save on Niagara Parks attractions with the Wonder Pass

An Invite to All from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted March 5th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Inside Niagara Park’s Butterfly Observatory

Niagara Falls, Ontario  – Niagara Parks will be presenting an exciting lineup of March Break events and activities all along the Niagara River corridor from March 9 through to March 17.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the majesty of Niagara Falls alongside awe-inspiring natural attractions, special exhibits and programming, as well as locally sourced Feast On certified culinary experiences. Continue reading

Chorus Niagara premieres a new musical work by Niagara composer James Moffett

Saturday, March 2 , 2019, 7:30 pm Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, St.Catharines.

Also featuring seldom-heard unique work KING DAVID from French/Swiss composer Arthur Honegger

A News Release from Chorus Niagara in Niagara, Ontario

Posted March 1st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Chorus Niagara and Artistic Director Robert Cooper proudly present Arthur Honegger’s KING DAVID. Accompanied by new music by Niagara composer James Moffett, LEGACY.

Artistic Director Robert Cooper says, “If you enjoy the drama of a great Handel oratorio, like Messiah or the magnificence of a Bach masterpiece like the St Matthew Passion, then this concert is for you.  Continue reading

Ontario’s Niagara Parks Presents Art of Nature Series Including New Exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory

Exhibit to showcase 30 visually stunning nature photographs, winners from the Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography Contest

Interactive programming and workshops inspired by Canadian nature and wildlife

Overlooking the lower Niagara River from Niagara Glen along the Parkway in Ontario

A News Release from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted February 27th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, Ontario – In support of its mandate as the environmental and cultural stewards of the Niagara River corridor, Niagara Parks will be hosting the upcoming Art of Nature Series, including a travelling exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory, along with specialty programming and hands-on workshops from February 16 through to April 28.

Inside the Niagara Glen Nature Centre overlooking the lower Niagara River

The exhibit will showcase 30 winning photographs from the Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography Contest, as coordinated by the Canadian Museum of Nature and Canada Post, offering guests a closer look at incredible moments in Canadian nature, which have been captured on film. Continue reading

It Was 50 Years Ago Today …. January 30th, 1969

The Beatles performed their very last public concert on a rooftop

A Brief Memory from Doug Draper

Posted January 30th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

“I’d t like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we’ve passed the audition.”

With those words, spoken by John Lennon on top of a roof in London, England on January 30th, 1969, performed their very last public concert before disbanding for good, the following year.

What became known as their “rooftop concern” was documented on film for the grand finale of what would also be their last feature-length movie, ‘Let It Be’, and would showcase live performances that song along with other soon-to-be hits, ‘Get Back’ and ‘The Long and Winding Road’.

It would also showcase ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, a song written mostly by John and that made up the flip side of the vinyl 45 rpm single, ‘Get Back’, and that featuring keyboardist Billy Preston, in a rare appearance with a group that had virtually no history of using accompanists when it played live.

Click on the screen below to watch them performance of that song –

For millions of people like me, who grew up in the mid-to-late 1960s Beatles music as a major part of our soundtrack, the breakup of the band was a sad time and was followed by a hope that it would one day re-unite – a hope that, a decade later, died forever, when a deranged individual shot John Lennon to death outside his home in New York City.

The Beatles’long and winding road did not last long enough, at least not for the rest of us, but we still have all of the great music from band that certainly passed the audition.

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Local Musician’s Legacy Lives On Through New Brock University Jazz Ensemble

Brock students and members of the community are invited to audition for the Department of Music’s new jazz ensemble. For more details, read on.

News from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario

Posted January 28th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

If you’re a jazz lover in Niagara, you’ve likely crossed paths with Hugh Logan.

Brock students and members of the community are invited to audition for the Department of Music’s new jazz ensemble, which is funded by a generous gift from the Bassett family in honour of late musicians Hugh and Marie Logan. Pictured here is music student Aaron Cardona.

Affectionately known as ‘Hughie,’ the Toronto-born musician was a prominent part of the local music community for decades — known as much for his upbeat demeanour and quirky antics as he was for being a valued and dedicated member of a number of bands.

Logan died in 2016, but his legacy will live on for years thanks to a generous gift to Brock University’s Department of Music.

Logan’s sister, Norma Bassett, has created a fund that will support a new student and community jazz ensemble, an accompanying instrumental jazz techniques course and the Hugh and Marie Logan Jazz Series. The gift is Bassett’s way of honouring her late brother and sister-in-law, who were loved for their musical accomplishments and larger-than-life personalities.

The ensemble and three-concert series will launch in the fall out of Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA). Continue reading