Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

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


Work of acclaimed Indigenous artist Carl Beam on display at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, Niagara

Opening reception for “Carl Beam: Us and Everything” is free to attend and takes place Friday, Janunary 11th  at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

An Invite from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines

Posted January 11th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

An exhibition featuring works by an Indigenous artist described as one of the most important artists in Canadian contemporary art history, is on display at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

Samples of this great artist’s work above and below

The community is invited to celebrate the opening of the exhibit featuring works by Carl Beam, the first Indigenous artist to have his work purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as contemporary art. The opening reception for “Carl Beam: Us and Everything” is free to attend and takes place Friday, Jan. 11 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Continue reading

Three More Opportunities to see ‘The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Dr. Ann Innis Dagg and a friend

The Feature Length Documentary about a woman considered “Caanada’s Jane Goodall” is still screening at The Film House in St. Catharines/Niagara

December 27th, 28th & 29th

News from The Film House and The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted December 27th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario- You still have an opportunity to see the feature length documentary The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, on Thur 27 Dec at 2:30pm, Fri 28 Dec at 2:30pm and Sat 29 Dec at 4pm. The film is described by critics as “naturally enlightening, inspirational and rousing.”

Director Alison Reid makes the viewer feel joy and pride for all of Dr. Ann Innis Dagg’s ground-breaking successes and sadness and anger at the patriarchal constructs that derailed her professional career.

The documentary does have a happy ending: in 2010, a distinguished group of giraffologists brought Dagg back into the fold.  Dr. Anne Innis Dagg is now gaining recognition as a well-respected Canadian trailblazer! Continue reading

Join a Local Christmas Bird Count this Holiday Season!

In one of last year’s Bird Counts, a record 410 American goldfinches were recorded in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Find Information Below on Bird Count Days hosted by Nature Clubs in Niagara

‘Scientists use the data collected from these Bird Counts to monitor the health and status of resident and migratory birds over time, and to develop conservation strategies for species in decline and their habitats.’

A News Release from Ontario Nature

Posted December 21, 2018 on Niagara At Large

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Each year, bird lovers welcome winter by joining a Christmas Bird Count. It’s a great way to explore nature while helping our feathered friends and is a part of many families’ holiday traditions.

The Christmas Bird Count began in 1900, and today it is North America’s longest-running wildlife census. The one-day bird census is conducted by volunteers of all ages and skill levels. Many local counts are organized by birding and nature clubs, and everyone is welcome to attend free of charge. Continue reading

You Are Invited To A Very Special Screening Of –

THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES: The determined woman, who is truly Canada’s Jane Goodall!

On Wednesday December 19th at 7 p.m. Followed by Q&A with the ground-breaking Canadian biologist, Anne Innis Dagg and film director Alison Reid!

News from the Film House at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on St. Paul Street in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario

Posted December 18th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Anne Innis Dagg discovered her life-long passion for giraffes as a little girl while visiting the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago in 1947. When she asked for a book on the animals, she was surprised to learn there wasn’t one…

“So I thought, ‘Well, I’ll learn about giraffes and then I’ll write one,’” recalled Dagg. Continue reading

Canadian Singer/Songwriter Icon Gordon Lightfoot returns to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, Niagara

Celebrate his 80th birthday with a North American tour in 2019

Tickets on sale to HOT TICKET members this Wednesday, November 28th, 2018!

Some Exciting News from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario

Posted November 26th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines, Ontario – We are ecstatic to announce two performances with Gordon Lightfoot, on sale to HOT TICKET Members starting this Wednesday. The beloved singer-songwriter will perform in Partridge Hall on Thursday 11 April and Friday 12 April 2019 for two up close and personal evenings of stories and song.

Lightfoot’s history with St. Catharines runs deep – his last performance at the PAC was part of The Legend Lives On 2017 tour that found the singer criss-cross North America for 79 dates between March and November. In 1968, some 50 years ago, Lightfoot played to a packed crowd at the Palace Theatre in downtown St. Catharines (the site of the former Town Cinema) directly across the street from the FirstOntario PAC. Continue reading

Annual Poinsettia Display Returns to Ontario’s Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse

Popular seasonal display will take place from Saturday, November 24 to January 12, 2019

An Invite to All from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted November 22nd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls, OntarioA family tradition for over 70 years, the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse continues to showcase the best of the holiday season, featuring vibrantly coloured arrangements, including poinsettias, cyclamen, blue spruce and many other Christmas surprises.

A visit to the Floral Showhouse would not be complete without a stroll through the Life on Display exhibit, located throughout the gardens outside. Explore the grounds, including traditional-themed holiday lighting displays as part of Niagara Parks’ Aura: Let it Glow celebrations, which have added several incredible illumination-themed events to the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights. Continue reading