The Volunteer Recognition Video will be released on Saturday, December 5th at 7:00 pm. Join us on the City’s website and Facebook page.
The Annual Volunteer Recognition Program provides an excellent opportunity to honour and recognize the many outstanding volunteers in our community. Community organizations are invited to recognize one Individual Volunteer and one Corporate Sponsor each year.
Along with the 7 Special Award recipients, we will be recognizing 23 Individuals, 13 Corporate Sponsors, and the Mayor’s Office will be recognizing several individuals through the BeNF award for their contributions during the Covid19 pandemic.
SPARKLE AWARDS: Enter Your Property Now! Christmas magic is in the air! Help make December 2020 the season to sparkle by registering your entry in this annual Christmas lighting competition. Now hosted by the City of Niagara Falls, the Sparkle Awards tradition will continue, as we recognize the best residential and commercial property holiday light displays in Niagara Falls.
Sparkle Awards entry is free for all Niagara Falls residential, commercial and multi-residential properties and makes you eligible to win great prizes. The deadline to enter is Friday, December 11, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. Visit niagarafalls.ca to learn more.
CALLS FOR ART / SUBMISSIONS / GRANTS
NIAGARA FALLS POETRY PROJECT SUBMISSIONS
Dedicated to the poetry of Niagara Falls – the waterfalls, river, city, people, and history. A section of the site is also being developed to showcase Niagara poets. The very first poem that contains a reference to Niagara Falls is by Le Sievr de la Franchise, published in 1604.
Read Poetry HERE Submissions of original poems about Niagara Falls are welcome and can be sent via this LINK . If you are a Niagara Falls poet please indicate that you live in Niagara Falls.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Seeking Digital Comedy Shorts
Have an idea for a funny holiday comedy video, song, or animation? 'Tis the season to make it happen!
Suitcase in Point is looking for a variety of funny content from funny people living in Niagara and beyond. We are accepting video submissions to be considered for an upcoming online Holiday Comedy Cabaret, which will kick off a four-month comedy series, Laughing Together.
For now, we welcome YOU to send us YOUR bit of holiday-inspired belly laughter. What’s your take on the extreme HOME for the holidays vibe this year? What’s your satirical take on life right now? What tickles your ridiculous bone? As we approach the holidays, let’s share our traditions, our communities, our home life, our family shenanigans.
What will you be celebrating this December? Christmas? Hanukkah? Kwanzaa? Ōmisoka? Family? Boxing Day sales? A flossing streak? Another day alive on this planet!?
Deadline to submit: Monday 6 December at 5pm EST How to submit: Please fill in the submission form found here.
Niagara Falls Cultural Development Funds!
Dream big or small! Up to $10k.
New this year- Micro Grants! $1000
Opens Oct 20, Deadline Dec 7 INFO
Niagara Falls author, Cat Wilson writes novels and short stories. If you like alien encounters, gruesome ghosts, morbid murderers or just the poor misunderstood, you will love Cat’s Tales of the Macabre. If you like mysteries and whodunnit’s join her and her detectives on a Caribbean island. Grant Stone, and Blake Anthony solve their adventures of murder and mayhem. Check out her website: catwilsonmysteries.com for more details.
BOOK RELEASE “Savagely Noble”
Just released!!! Niagara Falls resident Scott G. Harvey's psychological novel titled “Savagely Noble.” Abandoned in an alienating world, Savagely Noble brings the reader on a voyage to connect individual and collective identities. As the expedition spirals out of control, this psychological thriller will make you question how best to live, what is real, and whether you’re truly free. Book review HERE NIAGARA FALLS EXCHANGE (NFX) - CULTURAL HUB & MARKET The City has officially engaged Garritano Bros. Ltd tobuild the Exchange. We will be sitting down with them in the next two weeks to discuss the commencement of the construction and the demolition of the former Market Building.
In the meantime - our shovels are ready for the ground breaking.
Seasky International Light Show is a show for all seasons! Featuring some Christmas LED installations, the focus of the show is its international, timeless appeal.
From the show-stopping dragon; a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it in East Asian culture, to the grandeur of our other displays that feature animals, nature and history, our show brings the imagery and culture of the world together in magical lit brilliance!
Please note the trail is outdoors so dress comfortably and warmly as the weather permits. TICKETS
HIKING Niagara Parks offers 15 kilometres of hiking footpaths through six different nature areas. TRAIL MAPS
Come down to the Lonsley G show and see what is really going down Niagara. We bring in a combination of local dignitaries and high quality rappers for your education and enjoyment. Seating is limited and masks are required during covid. Dec 8 INFO4680Q - LIVE - TALK SHOWS - EVENTS - PODCASTS: Broadcasting from the heart of Niagara Falls, Ontario. LINK to 4680Q.
Sign up and enjoy Concerts, podcasts, and more. Our programming extends beyond just the music and dives into the Martial Arts, Health and Wellness, Comedy, DJ spins and more! INFO
NIAGARA FALLS - THEN & NOW
A Photographic Journey Through The Years
Discover historical Niagara Falls with photographs from our Local History Collection.
Browse the site or hit the streets with our interactive map! INFO
NIAGARA FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY Browse, Borrow & Go!
Want to browse the Library and make your own selections in-person?
Chippawa Library - Wednesday 10-7 and Saturday 11-3
Community Centre Library - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10-4
Victoria Avenue Library - Monday 10-4; Wednesday 10-7; Friday 10-4; Saturday 11-3 INFO
A New Stamford Centre Library coming soon!
The Niagara Falls Public Library is thrilled to announce the renovation and expansion to the Stamford Centre Library in the Town & Country Plaza!
NIAGARA FALLS CAMERA CLUB
Check out the Weekly Challenges on their Facebook page. Join in! LINK
QUEEN STREET / DOWNTOWN
NIAGARA FALLS CHRISTMAS MARKET
Rediscover a Unique Holiday Experience
Downtown Niagara Falls is thrilled to host a Christmas Market this holiday season. The Niagara Falls Christmas Market occurs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from November 14th-December 20th starting at 5pm and going until 10pm.
The Niagara Falls Christmas Market features a large selection of local vendors; from handmade goods, local artists, food, and more. Downtown Niagara Falls also features a magical display of Christmas decorations and lighting to enchant your holiday experience at the market. INFO
Opening September 25, “North Is Freedom”, an evocative photographic essay by Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc which celebrate the lives of the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the US in the years before the American Civil War. Sept 26- Jan 10 INFO...AND WE RISE
An exhibition co-created with Justice 4 Black Lives founder, Sherri Darlene, will run simultaneously to North is Freedom in the Ontario Power Generation Gallery. Through the use of images and artefacts, this exhibition marks a historic day in our City, when more than 4000 people came together on June 6, 2020 for a peaceful demonstration to help break the barriers of systemic racism. Sept 26 - Jan 10 INFOCOMING OUT STORIES: SAINT STONE
Join Falynn Shaw as she hosts a series of events for LGBTQ+ and straight communities alike. Each night will feature a different special guest to share their personal coming-out story. Come be a part of these much needed conversations in the Niagara Region. All are welcome. REGISTERWILMA
Join us for a digital screening of the film Wilma, produced and directed by Ayo Adewumi.
Wilma Morrison, who is regarded as the custodian of Black History in Niagara, tells her story and experiences growing up as an Ontario-born Black Canadian, the discrimination she faced based on her colour and sex, and her efforts to preserve Black History in Niagara Falls. She highlights the struggles of saving the local BME Church and having it designated as a National Heritage Site, and also, the history of early Black settlers in Niagara Falls. Wilma talks about her numerous awards including the Order of Ontario, and her hopes for the future as Canada celebrates her 150th anniversary of Confederation.
To participate, click on the link provided, and input the password. The password will work for exactly 24hrs starting from Dec. 10, 2020 at 7pm. Please do not try to access the film before this time.
LINK: https://vimeo.com/195402932 PASSWORD: Wilma Online EventDecember 10, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PMSPARKLE
Rusty McCarthy and Maja Bannerman present SPARKLE, a digital seasonal winter show brimming with magic, romance and music. The duo performs vignettes, skits and songs with aplomb and panache peppered with a pinch or two of humour. Touching down at the City of Niagara Falls Museum near Christmas time they will be sure to bring Sparkle by special delivery to your home; prepare for part kitchen party, part- cabaret!
Video will be released at 7pm on December 17th, INFOOnline EventDecember 17, 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PMHistory@Home: BRINGING THE MUSEUM TO YOU!
Spend some time online with us today as these short videos highlight the Museum's collection and the history of our famous City. Annie Edson Taylor! Blondin! Bridges and more! LINKS
EMPATHIC TRADITIONS: NIAGARA'S INDIGENOUS LEGACY
The Niagara Falls Museums teamed up with Landscape of Nations 360⁰ to create an exciting new virtual exhibition that explores the Museums’ collections of Indigenous artifacts as curated through the perspective of Indigenous curators and their allies.
The Poppy Project is a collaborative community art project by the Niagara Falls History Museum in conjunction with Stick'N Needles, a Niagara Falls stitching guild. We reached out to the public and asked them to knit and crochet poppies to be included in a large-scale art installation. The response was overwhelming, with over 11,000 poppy donations coming from every province in Canada, twenty-five different states in the United States, as well as Denmark and New Zealand.
NIAGARA FALLS FARMERS MARKET
The market is now closed for the season. This year saw a whopping 60% increase in attendance to over 28,000 visitors! Congrats to the people who put it together and thanks go out to all those who participated this year! See you next year!
Interested in becoming a vendor in 2021? The vendor application form will be available in March 2021 on niagarafalls.ca
WALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
This year it was closed to public.
Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony was aired on YourTV
Congratulations to our 4 inductees: Steve Burnside, Leona Skye Grandmond, John Law, and Karlee Morse.