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LOVE CULTURE IN HONEYMOON CITY: FEBRUARY 2019
EXCITING CULTURAL NEWS AND RESOURCES FOR
THE CITY OF NIAGARA FALLS!
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IN THIS ISSUE

HAPPENINGS
Niagara Falls Art Gallery Lecture -Feb 7
Broadway Showstoppers! Feb 7 - Apr 13
Winter Bunderland - Feb 9 
Valentine's Dinner Dance - Feb 9
Firehall Theatre's Ruthless! Feb 15 - Mar 10 - Select dates

Dry Bar Comedy Live - Feb 16 
5th Annual Heritage Recognition Awards - Feb 16
Winterfest - Feb 18 

CALL FOR ART / MUSIC / AWARDS / AUDITIONS
National Poetry Month is April - Feb 15 for funding
APEXART International Open Call - Submissions accepted Feb 1 - March 1 2019
The Womens Freedom Song Contest - Mar 1
The International Songwriters Day Song Contest - Mar 25

Pumphouse/ Walker Industries Art Competition - Mar- 30
Beechwood Donuts - Ongoing
Niagara Falls Concert Band - Ongoing
Niagara Men's Chorus - Ongoing

DISCOVERIES
A Peek in the Studio - Ashlee Standish
Vaylin Entertainment

ONGOING
4680Q Niagara Online Radio - Ongoing Programming
Niagara Falls Coin Club - Monthly- Feb 27
Tuesday & Wednesday Movies @ the Library - Ongoing
Farmers Market - All Year
Lee Valley Seminars - Ongoing
Meetups - Ongoing


MUSEUMS/HISTORY
Museum - Become a Member
History Museum - Kids Celebrate! - Jan 19 - April 14
Lundy's Lane Historical Society 

ARTIST RESOURCES
OAC Grants - Artists in Communities and Schools Projects - March 14
Canadian Business Ontario - Ongoing

ASSOCIATIONS 
Parkway Artists' Guild
Niagara Men's Chorus 

Niagara Memorial Militaires Alumni Drum Corps
Niagara Falls Concert Band

ART ON DISPLAY
Art In The Open - Online Resource
Heartland Forest- Jaswinder Singh - Feb 18 
Seneca Queen Theatre- - Emily Andrews - Ongoing

Studio Vine Glass - By Appointment
Rosberg Gallery, Niagara Falls Library - Coronation Group Feb 1- 28
The Hub 


WRITTEN ARTS
Niagara Falls Poetry - Ongoing - * See Call for Poets above
Niagara Falls Public Libraries - "More than just Books" event listings


WRAP UP
Culture Committee Appointees 2019-2022
HAPPENINGS
NIAGARA FALLS ART GALLERY LECTURES
Next lecture is David Aurandt lecturing on Light in Art
Thursday February 7th at 6:30 pm
INFO
OH CANADA EH? BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS
An All-New Musical Spectacular!
Written by Oh Canada Eh? and Broadway alumnus Lee Siegel comes this all new tribute to Broadways greatest musicals! Experience the best of the great white way as this all-new musical hits the Oh Canada Eh? stage. Featuring songs from Gypsy, Phantom of the Opera, Hair, Wicked, Cats, South Pacific, Once, Crazy For You, Les Miserables, Annie, Rent & many, MANY more!
Feb 7 - Apr 13
VALENTINES DINNER DANCE
Celebrate Valentine's with special loved ones, families and friends!
Enjoy a Hungarian Style Meal and dance to Hungarian Music!
Árpád Park Hungarian Hall Feb 9, 6pm
INFO
Winter Bunderland, Lincoln County Humane Society
Winter Bunderland
Local vendors and crafters to raise funds for the bunny program at Lincoln County Humane Society. The funds go towards the supplies, care and vet  procedure. Feb 9, 11-5                INFO
Firehall Theatre presents Rithless the Musical. Book and Lyrics by Joel Paley, Music by Marvin Laird
FIREHALL THEATRE PRESENTS RUTHLESS! 
"A spoof that has enough absurd plot twists and multiple identities to fill several old movies.... The fun comes from the sheer brazenness!" - The New York Times 
Feb 15- Mar 10    INFO
5th Annual Heritage Recognition Awards
Celebrate Heritage Week 2019 with our Municipal Heritage Committee at the Niagara Falls History Museum. Heritage Recognition Awards recognize the efforts made in the preservation of local properties as part of Niagara Falls' history. Featured speaker, Craig Finlay, Chair of the Thorold LACAC, speaks about winning the  Prince of Wales Prize for Heritage Leadership.
Sat Feb 16,  1-4pm
DRY BAR COMEDY LIVE
Appearing: Shayne Smith, Jay Whittaker, Steve Soelberg and Alex Velluto! These same professional comedians have also performed on many late night shows including The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Netflix Comedy, TBS’s Conan, Comedy Central, and more.
Partial proceeds of this event will be donated to local charities such as WellSpring Niagara, Therapeutic Community Living and No One Goes Hungry.
Feb 16             INFO
WINTERFEST
Heartland Forest 8215 Heartland Forest Road
Monday Feb 18 11am-3pm
CALL FOR ART / AWARDS / AUDITIONS
CALLING ALL POETS!
National Poetry Month is April.

What will you read this National Poetry Month? What events will you organize, attend? Will you start your own poetry writing project? Will you write your first poem? Will you share your poetry on stage for the first time?

If you’re planning an event for April, send us the details so we can include you in our national Poetry Map charting NPM19 events!

Applications for NPM19 event funding are now open.

Hosting an NPM event this year? We’re now accepting applications from event hosts for our NPM funding program. Funding is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019. Download our application form and guidelines at  poets.ca/npmfunding.

INFO
APEXART International Open Call Exhibitions
Who? Creative people who have interesting exhibition ideas. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of experience level, background, or location can apply.
What? The opportunity to organize an exhibition. No topics off limits, no ideas too controversial as long as they are not illegal and are selected by our international jury.
Submissions accepted Feb 1 - March 1 2019
INFO
WOMAN'S FREEDOM SONG CONTEST
Deadline Mar 1
The Womens Freedom Song Contest is looking for the "next female anthem." Open to all genders, nationalities and levels of experience. Contest runs to March 1st and winners will be announced on International Womens Day, March 8.
INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS CONTEST
DEADLINE Mar 25
The International Songwriters Day Song Contest is looking for songs of inspiration. Contest runs to March 25 and winners will be announced on International Songwriters Day, April 9. 
Help us celebrate International Songwriters Day, by kicking off this inaugural event. We have some heavy weight judges and cool songwriter prizes. So get your entries in today.
INFO

CALL TO ARTISTS

In celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, we present the Walker Industries Art Competition. A juried competition with $3,000 in total cash prizes! This competition is open to emerging and established artists anywhere in Canada.

Deadline for submission is March 30, 2019

INFO


CALL TO NIAGARA ARTISTS
Beechwood Donuts Art 
Are you interested in having your art displayed in Beechwood Doughnuts?  We display each artist for two months, so we can only accept 6 applicants a year. 
NIAGARA FALLS CONCERT BAND
CALLING ALL MUSICIANS
If you play drums, percussion, bass guitar, clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, baritone, euphonium, tuba, french horn, trombone or trumpet!
EMAIL Frank Martens or call 905-664-1542
NIAGARA MEN'S CHORUS
No formal auditions are necessary but evaluation of the part your voice falls in ie. Bass, Baritone, Second Tenor or First Tenor is required.
DISCOVERIES
A PEEK IN THE STUDIO
Our new feature about Niagara Falls Artists' Studios: 
A few pictures and questions about artists' work, space and what drives them to create. 
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Ashlee Standish
VAYLIN ENTERTAINMENT
INTERACTIVE VIDEO EXPERIENCES
VAYLIN ENTERTAINMENT, located in Niagara Falls, is an creative content company, with a focus on video pre-production services and interactive experiences, including escape rooms. They make engaging content using the incredible local talent that the region has to offer. 
JUST RELEASED: "Red Snow", released on December 24th, 2018, is the second in a series of shorts within the JVHA Universe, after Monsters Exist. These films continue the story that began in 2011's "Jim Vaylin's Halloween Adventure", an interactive video experience that was released on YouTube and received over 17,000 views. 
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ONGOING
4680Q - LIVE - TALK SHOWS - EVENTS - PODCASTS
4680 Q is an innovative broadcast platform to celebrate arts, heritage and culture interactive using live interviews, podcasts, streaming to build capacity within every medium of Niagara’s growing talent.
4680Q.ca is physically located at 4680 Queen Street in the heart of Niagara Falls and offers a frequency to celebrate, promote and mentor our diverse culmination of artists including but not limited to historians, singers, songwriters, authors, painters, sculptors, musicians and bands, script writers, dance, public speakers, comedians, food, health, simulcast components with museum and library and opinion leaders.
NIAGARA FALLS COIN CLUB
Monthly Meeting - Feb 27
INFO

NF PUBLIC LIBRARY - FREE MOVIES
Tuesday & Wednesday Movies @ the Library - Ongoing
NIAGARA FALLS FARMERS MARKET 
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5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, ON
Fresh eggs all winter long!
The Niagara Falls Farmers' Market has been part of the Niagara community for over 50 years! 
Saturdays 7am -1pm
LEE VALLEY SEMINARS
Each of the retail stores across Canada offers a unique and broad selection of in-store seminars for gardeners and woodworkers. Topics range from Carving Wood Spirits to Make Shaker Boxes and from Starting Your Own Seeds to Put Your Garden to Bed for the Winter. ONGOING
FIND MORE INFO HERE
MEETUPS
What do you love? Do more of it with Meetup.
Meetups are neighbors getting together to learn something, do something, share something.
MAKING FILMS. BOARD GAMES. LGBTQ. HIKING...
Find others who share your interests in Niagara Falls. SEARCH HERE
 

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY MOVIES
AT THE LIBRARIES
The Victoria and Chippawa libraries are pleased to offer feature-length movies for everyone to enjoy. Popular movies are shown on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm in the LaMarsh Room at the Victoria Avenue Library, and in the Meeting Room at the Chippawa Library at 2:00 pm on Wednesdays .
No registration, it's absolutely FREE, bring your own popcorn and a comfy cushion if you like! FREE
MUSEUMS/HISTORY

NIAGARA FALLS HISTORY MUSEUM
BECOME A MEMBER

The Niagara Falls Museums membership is inexpensive and an affordable way to find out about our community. Your membership gets you free admission to the Museum and current edition of our publication “Circa”, which is filled with great articles on local history. 
  • Individual Membership - $15
  • Family Membership - $25
For more information on other benefits, call the museum at
905-358-5082
5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls
INFO
 
NIAGARA FALLS HISTORY MUSEUM EVENTS CALENDAR
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FREE WEEKLY MEDITATION CLASSES AT THE MUSEUM.
Jan 30, 2019 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Feb 7, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

POLITICAL PLAYERS ON SCREEN: WINTER FILM SERIES

THE CANDIDATE (Michael Ritchie, 1972) 110 mins
 Awards: Oscar, Best Writing/Story/Screenplay.

January 31, 2019 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
A RAILWAY HISTORY OF NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE
Peter Mulcaster, P. Eng, explores the beginnings of Niagara-on-the-Lake railways dating back to 1854 and the resulting economic and strategic benefits they had for travel, tourism, industry, agriculture, and the military. This talk will feature period maps and many black and white photographs. A stimulating night for local history enthusiasts and rail historians alike!
February 7, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
POLITICAL PLAYERS ON SCREEN: WINTER FILM SERIES
WAG THE DOG (Barry Levinson, 1997) 90 mins
Rated PG Awards: Oscar nominations, Best Actor, Screen Writing.
February 14, 2019 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM

FAMILY FUN DAY @ THE MUSEUM
Spend Family Day exploring biodiversity and habitat conservation @ the Museum! Join the Earth Rangers for shows @ 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. This unique and up-close encounter with their animal ambassadors will leave you educated and inspired to help protect animals in the wild. Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.
Other activities include scavenger hunts, crafts, FREE family portraits and three galleries full of artefacts that explore our local history!  

February 18, 2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
THE STORIES WERE NOT TOLD: CANADA’S WWI INTERNMENT CAMPS
Award-winning author and photographer Sandra Semchuk visits the NFHM to share stories from her new book, The Stories Were Not Told: Canada’s WWI Internment Camps. Sandra will share little-known stories about a remorseful period of Canadian history, including how her research for this book took her to Niagara Falls. Sandra is excited to meet and discuss history with like-minded people at the Museum.
February 21, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

POLITICAL PLAYERS ON SCREEN: WINTER FILM SERIES
THE IDES OF MARCH (George Clooney, 2011) 101 mins
 Awards: Oscar nomination, Best Writing; Golden Globe nominations, Best Actor, Director, Screenplay.
February 28, 2019 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM

Niagara Falls History Museum
5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls
MORE
LUNDY'S LANE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Founded in 1887, the Lundy's Lane Historical Society aims to stimulate interest in the history of Niagara Falls, the Battle of Lundy's Lane, and the Niagara area. 
INFO
ARTIST RESOURCES
ARTISTS IN COMMUNITIES AND SCHOOLS PROJECTS
OAC Deadline dates: March 14, July 30 and November 28, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
ALL OAC GRANTS HERE IN AN EASY TO NAVIGATE LINK!!
Grant Program Deadlines and Important Dates
Review dates HERE
Ongoing  Exhibition Assistance
If you are an artist or are starting an arts-related business in Ontario, you may be looking for information on programs and services that can help you achieve your goals. Whether you are a dancer or visual artist, a publisher or game developer, there are resources that may be useful to you. 

An arts business may be defined in many ways, including:

  • Illustration, painting and drawing
  • Printmaking and imaging
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre and film
  • Games design
Ontario Arts Council

As an Ontario-based artist, you may be eligible for grants and awards programs through the Ontario Arts Council.
1-800-387-0058
Ontario Arts Council - Grants

Canada Council for the Arts

You may be able to access a variety of resources for individual artists, as well as for arts organizations. Visit the Canada Council for the Arts website to find out if you are eligible for grants or funding to cover creative production, professional development, residency costs or travel expenses.
1-800-263-5588
Canada Council for the Arts - Grants

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)

If you are one of Ontario’s cultural entrepreneurs from the book and magazine publishing, film and television production, sound recording or interactive digital media content production industries, OMDC has funding programs that may help you grow your business. Your arts business may also qualify for tax credits or other incentives.
1-416-314-6858
Ontario Media Development Corporation - Funding

A WEALTH OF GREAT INFO HERE
ASSOCIATIONS
PARKWAY ARTISTS' GUILD The School of Horticulture, 2565 Niagara Parkway
NIAGARA MEMORIAL MILITAIRES ALUMNI DRUM  
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 479, 5603 Spring Street, Niagara Falls, L2G 1P7
NIAGARA MEN'S CHORUS 
3121 St Paul Ave, Niagara Falls, L2J 2L8
NIAGARA FALLS CONCERT BAND 
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 479,, 5603 Spring Street, Niagara Falls, L2G 1P7
ART ON DISPLAY
ART IN THE OPEN - Online resource
NIAGARA FALLS ART GALLERY 8058 Oakwood Drive - William Kurelek 
HEARTLAND FOREST 8215 Heartland Forest Rd - Jaswinder Singh - Feb 18
NIAGARA FALLS LIBRARY Rosberg Gallery 4848 Victoria Avenue - Coronation Group - Feb 1- 28
SENECA QUEEN THEATRE- Emily Andrews - "Far From Ordinary: A Series of Dreamscapes Made with Very Precise Slices" is a collection of hand-cut photo collages.
STUDIO VINE GLASS 5535 Slater Avenue 
THE HUB 4333 Queen St. Niagara Falls
 
WRITTEN ARTS
NIAGARA FALLS POETRY PROJECT
"Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed."
A continuously rotating gallery of poetry of and about Niagara Falls & the Niagara River :
the waterfalls, the city, the history, the stunters, and everything else Niagara.

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NIAGARA FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARIES
"More Than Just Books" event listings
Niagara Falls Public Library enriches, inspires, empowers and links the community through our resources, services and spaces. 
HERE
WRAP UP

CULTURE COMMITTEE

City Council has made the following Citizen Appointments to the Culture Committee for the current term (2019-2022).

Council Representatives: Wayne Campbell, Lori Lococo

  • Sheri Armstrong
  • Debra Attenborough
  • Eveyln Bailey
  • Priscilla Brett
  • Dino Fazio
  • Angela Menotti
  • Margaret Mingle 
  • Laurie Moffat
  • Dianne Munro
  • Patrick Sirianni
  • Gordon West
There are a number of free event listings available for you to
promote your upcoming events.
Also check out what else is happening... Click on the site links below.
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