APRIL 2020
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Niagara Falls Culture is trying to find ways to support you through COVID-19. Everything is still very much in flux at this point and, until we've weathered this, it will be difficult to comprehend the full extent of how this situation has affected our community. We recognize that the COVID-19 crisis will impact everyone's lives and organizations / operations / businesses going forward. 
  • Please keep us informed of your cultural updates as we can assist with posting any online events/outreach or content.
If you have questions or comments, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Email is the best way to contact us as we work from home as much as possible. You can reach us at
We hope you stay safe, healthy and creative.
Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: LINK 
Canadian Heritage’s FAQs : LINK 
Canada Council for the Arts’ FAQs: LINK 


From Following a tele-townhall on March 26, the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries:
10-point action plan for her Ministry moving forward: 

I announced some changes we are making to respond to the challenges our industries and sectors are facing.
1.    I’ve re-purposed the Tourism Development Fund to the Tourism Development and Recovery Fund and increased the fund from $500,000 to $1.5 Million
2.    I’m working with industry partners on an online marketplace and town centre for all Ontarians to access concerts, art, digital gallery and museum tours and attraction pre-purchases. I’ve made an initial investment of $150,000 to match community contributions to give musicians a platform to perform concerts from the safety of their homes. 
3.    Destination Ontario is actively working on a marketing program that will let the world know that when they are ready to travel and when we are a safe environment to accept them back, we will be ready. 
4.    Our government will be allowing all licensed restaurants, bars and pubs to sell and deliver unopened alcohol at their establishments.
5.    We have provided lists of Hotels to MOH, MOLTC and MCCSS to be used in the event hospitals, LTC's, VAW Centres need capacity due to social distancing. Yesterday’s economic statement earmarked $341 Million if this is required. 
6.    For our film and TV industry we are revising regulations so we can allow contract and freelance workers to receive Ontario’s three refundable film and TV tax credits while at the same time working to streamline the time it takes to complete them. 
7.    For our emerging artists, we are retooling our $7 Million Ontario Music Fund to get more money into their hands immediately during this crisis.
8.    As we know the Olympics have been postponed and many of our sport hosting events have been cancelled. Each year we invest $10 Million into our athletes through Quest for Gold and Sport Hosting events. Despite these postponements and cancellations this money will still be available. 
9.   Celebrate, OAC, OCAF or Trillium Grant will flow even if events are forced to cancel. We will invest almost $200 Million in 2020.
10. Local libraries, community museums and our governments agencies and attractions will see their money flow very quickly so when it is safe to do so, they can open their doors again to the public.

Guest speakers on the tele-townhall included Beth Potter, President & CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) and Josh Basseches, Director & CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum. 
The Poppy Project is a collaborative community ART PROJECT by the Niagara Falls History Museum in conjunction with Stick 'N Needles Guild. The Museum is inviting you to work on this large scale installation of knit and crochet poppies to drape over the exterior of the Museum for Remembrance Day. 

The public is asked to create these poppies at home or at the Museum at regularly scheduled events throughout 2020.

  • May 26, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
  • June 23, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
  • July 28, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
  • August 25, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
  • September 22, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
Members of the Stick’N Needles Guild will be on hand to help participants with the poppy patterns. Coffee, tea and yarn will be provided at these events, but please bring your own needles or hook if you have them.  INFO
QUARANTINE CABARET  Let's Put On A (Virtual) Show!
Essential Collective Theatre's annual Vaudeville fundraiser is coming directly (and safely) into your home!
We hope to support and inspire performers without an audience in search of a creative project during this dark time. 
We will be selecting video submissions throughout the month of April to showcase on our YouTube channel and social media, culminating in a live-streaming event at the end of the month. 
Melodramatic Readings or Skits
Drag Queens & Kings
Novelty acts
Acts should be 3-8 minutes long. For an authentic Vaudeville experience we will give preference to acts that reflect that era, so keep that in mind when it comes to material, style and music and costumes. That said, almost ANYTHING GOES!
QUESTIONS? Contact Rebecca for instructions HERE

THE BANISTER 35th Annual Poetry Anthology Contest
The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 35th Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. 
Deadline: May 31. INFO

NIAGARA'S TOP COMIC- QUARANTINE SPECIAL! The Niagara's Top Comic - Quarantine Special will feature performances by all of the previous winners of the annual 'Niagara's Top Comic' competition, together for the first time ever!
Performers: Levi Mann, Marc Calaguiro, Patrick Alexander, Taylor Grant, Matt Scarfone
Hosted by: David Green
Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 892 843 770
April 3 INFO
Special Podcast with COL. CHRIS HADFIELD (ASTRONAUT & COMMANDER OF ISS) amongst others! Tuck in around 1hour 50 minutes for the Astronaut himself: PODCAST 
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 is a GHOST TOWN // Covid19 Quarantine Youtube video by Dave Tebutt HERE
Daily 3 PM start time  🌸 Kid Friendly 🌸
Live on Facebook (add Andrea Letourneau) Last one is HERE & Instagram💕 (

Maker Activities every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 am. Makers are people who build, design, invent and create! The sky's the limit when creating with basic household materials. 

On Thursday we are teaching you how to do stop motion animation at home. You'll need scrap paper, crayons/markers, scissors, something that can be reshaped like play-do or sticky tack and a device with a camera. 

Our Storytime video Wednesday will also be sharing an activity! Join us as we make Rainbow Rain Clouds! All you need is a glass bowl, shaving cream and some food colouring if you have it.

NIAGARA FALLS HISTORY MUSEUM is closed until further notice.
JD Louis
A Creative Media Studio 
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