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MAY 2019
EXCITING CULTURAL NEWS AND RESOURCES FOR
THE CITY OF NIAGARA FALLS!
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CALLS FOR ART IN NIAGARA FALLS
*ARTISTS WANTED! Keep you eyes open for Art Calls from Niagara Falls Culture here!*
Coming in May and June!
 
HAPPENINGS
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
Firehall Theatre
"A terrifying moral thriller which combines brilliant theatricality with clear thought and fierce compassion." - London Sunday Times
"Suspenseful, rivetting...[and] movingly personal." - The New York Times
Note: This play contains very explicit sexual language and adult situations
VIDEO PROMO     TICKETS
April 26 - May 11
 Cooking For Reconciliation
Top Chef Canada finalist Rich Francis is catering a dinner using local Indigenous foods.
INFO 
May 4th at 6 pm.
Free Comic Book Day!
Drop by your local Big B Comics shop or Freakshow Comics on Saturday, May 4th from 9am-6pm to partake in this awesome day!
What do you need to do to get free comics? Walking in the door will score you 4 FREE COMICS! But wait...you want more free comics?! Alright! We can give you an additional 2 free comics (for a maximum of 6 free comics!) for doing any of the following:
Show up in a costume!   Donate to our food drive with Project Share!   Present your local library card!
INFO
May 4
Studio Vine Glass
BBQ & Open House!
 
Come on down for our second BBQ and Open House! Get in the mood for Springtime and help us clear out all of our old 'seconds'. Glass for insanely discounted prices, $5 beers, $3 burgers, loud music and free glassblowing demonstrations!
INFO
May 4th
Spring Brew & Browse
It’s finally here - SPRING!!! Come join us just in time for Mother’s Day for our 2nd Brew & Browse. Shop many of the handmade/local vendors and find Momma the perfect gift. Or bring her down for lunch, grab a drink, and browse the brewery! Live music by Jessica Wilson
INFO
May 5th
Cruising on the Q.
Cruising On The Q takes place every Tuesday @5pm on Queen St, Niagara Falls. We welcome all cruisers to join us (weather depending). 
INFO
Tuesdays starting May 7
Unveiling of  Niagara Strait
The Niagara Parks Commission invites members of the public to attend the unveiling of Niagara Strait, a major new site-specific sculpture by Gordon M. Reeve.  The program will include a live performance of a new work for “pipigwan”, traditional flute, by Barbara Croall followed by a performance of Karl Jenkins’ Benedictus by the Walker String Quartet. The spirituality of Croall’s music and the profound emotion of Benedictus were critical to Reeve during the creation of Niagara Strait.         MORE
May 9, 2019 at 11am
Botanical Garden & Butterfly Conservatory 
2405 Niagara Parkway Niagara Falls, Ontario
Beginner Bees Course
This course takes you through basic knowledge and understanding of bees. If you are interested in beekeeping, this is your first step. Or, if you just want to learn more, you can start here.
Massive bee deaths leave us with questions. Colony collapse disorder, viruses, environmental stress, neonicotinoid pesticides, varroa mites, habitat loss, the list goes on and on. But the evidence, the research, and the science, are all clear. Come learn the facts. 
INFO
May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 7–8:30pm  Fairview Cemetery 
OHNIA:KARA: AN ASPIRING GEOPARK
Join Darren Platakis, Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, as he shares his dream for the Ohnia:kara Geopark. UNESCO Global Geoparks are grassroots community led projects that must demonstrate broad community engagement and commitment to be UNESCO designated. The Ohnia:kara Aspiring Global Geopark will bring a sense of pride and strengthen our Niagara community identities while educating about the importance of the geology and its impacts on our industry and cultural history through the recognition of the indigenous peoples that call this land home.
INFO
Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street
May 9, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Art Show: Darkness - Let's Crown It
This art show is a one night only event, crowning the images of Darkness. Letourneau Art brings a Darkness, conspicuous, creepy conceptual ideas to the canvas. The art pieces are inspired by royalty, love and betrayal.
INFO
May 10th
MOCCASIN TALKS:
THE GREAT LAW OF PEACE THROUGH THE ARTIST’S LENS
Raymond Skye, Tuscarora artist, will share what inspired him to create the Great Peace artwork, and how it became a focal point for creating an educational CD-rom explaining the significance of all the imagery contained within the piece. This piece of art led him to be involved in various areas of providing and presenting his work towards First Nations education, and also providing a resource for both native and non-native curriculum studies. He will also touch on how this piece led him to become to become very involved and instrumental in the Landscape of Nations memorial project.
INFO
Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street
May 16, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
A Tribute to Sly & the Family Stone   
The mighty 11 piece tribute to Sly & the Family Stone will be coming to Niagara Falls on Friday 10th May at the fabulous Seneca Queen Theatre. This show is off the hook. It features some of the finest talent in the country and is tight beyond tight! INFO
May 10
Garden Workshop 
Make a Hanging Kokedama Ball for Mom
Free at Lee Valley
INFO
Saturday, May 11th
Solar Observing at Heartland Forest
International Astronomy Day is on Saturday, May 11. We will be at Heartland Forest in Niagara Falls to celebrate with two events. In the day we will show people the Sun with our safe solar telescopes from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. At night there will be a talk indoors at 8 p.m., followed by telescopes outdoors until 11 p.m. Join us to see the Moon, Mars, stars, constellations, galaxies and more. It’s a free event and fun for the whole family. Everyone is welcome.
INFO
Saturday, May 11th
THE IMMIGRANT LIFE OF AUTHOR GERALD A. ARCHAMBEAU
Gerald A. Archambeau, author of A Struggle to Walk with Dignity: The True Story of a Jamaica-born Canadian, shares stories of his life, and how his experiences have been shaped by his identities as a mixed-race child in colonial Jamaica, and then as an immigrant to Canada.
Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street
May 23, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
LGBTQ in the City  Presents:
Musical Mixer - All ages event! Friends, family and allies of LGBTQ+ community welcome. This is an alcohol-free zone, come enjoy music in our newly renovated event space at the cafe, "The Fourth Corner".
INFO
May 24th
Live History is Back @ The Battle Ground Hotel Museum
Explore Niagara history in an interactive theatrical experience like no other! Tour around the historic Battle Ground Hotel Museum while participating in a mystery described as a cross between Downton Abbey and an Escape Room. Work with the characters in this dark drama to uncover a cipher, and discover the past in a whole new way.
$10 a ticket; must be purchased in advance by calling 905-358-5082 or in person at the Niagara Falls History Museum.Battle Ground Hotel Museum is located at 6137 Lundy’s Lane.
May 25 @ 12, 2, 4, & 6pm
May 26 @ 12, 2, & 4pm

RAILWAY TRACKS AND TOMBSTONES
Join Sherman Zavitz, the City’s Official Historian, for a walk into the past. This tour will focus on the area around Morrison Street, and Stanley Avenue, including a visit to Fairview Cemetery.
All Participants MUST be registered BEFORE event.
Registration
For further information: 905-358-5082 jmilner@niagarafalls.ca
INFO
May 26, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Chippawa Lions Carnival
4 Days of Family Fun & Food.
INFO
May 30th through June 2nd.
“OUR HOPE FOR THE FUTURE LIES IN REMEMBERING THE PAST”: NIAGARA HOLOCAUST MEMORIALS
Historian Matt Busnello presents “Our Hope for the Future Lies in Remembering the Past”. He aims to shed lights on the efforts that have been made to commemorate the Holocaust in Canada by examining the memorial culture of Jewish communities in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, and Hamilton; discussing the National Holocaust Memorial in Ottawa; and addressing the future of Holocaust memorials in the Niagara Region, including the soon-to-be-built Holocaust and Jewish Welland Memorial and the efforts of the Chabad Jewish Center of Niagara.
INFO
Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street
May 30, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
CALL FOR ART / AWARDS / AUDITIONS
NIAGARA ARTISTS! Watch for the Wheat Paste artists Call in Early May on our social media!
MUSICIAN GRANT - OAC Music Recording Projects
The program supports the recording of music by Ontario-based musicians including composers, songwriters and beat producers. There are two categories: Demo/EP recordings, Full-length album.
DUE May 16

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. 
Like Cultural Currents! May 2019 on Facebook
Niagara Falls "Clifton Hill" artist and sculptor Anton Gosley
IMAGES START HERE
GREAT NIAGARA FALLS PODCASTS
History, Culture, Music, Comedy
Featuring our latest collection:
The Great Canadian Historical Songbook - Stories and Songs of our History
[NFCDF /Grant recipient 2018]
Browse HERE
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 every medium of Niagara’s growing talent.
Located at 4680 Queen Street, it 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 FARMERS MARKET 
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5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, ON
The Niagara Falls Farmers' Market has been part of the Niagara community for over 50 years! Food, fun and flowers!!
Saturdays 7am -1pm
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
 

NIAGARA HERITAGE QUILTERS GUILD
Our monthly general meeting - guests are always welcome! 3364 Montrose Road.
Monthly - April 17 6:30-9pm 

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY MOVIES
AT THE LIBRARIES
The Victoria and Chippawa libraries are pleased to offer feature-length movies for everyone to enjoy. For the months of March, April & May, the library has changed the Wednesday screening time and added Film Fest Fridays.
Victoria Ave. Library Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm
Chippawa Library Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm
Fridays, 2:00 pm, at either Victoria or Chippawa.

No registration, it's absolutely FREE, bring your own popcorn and a comfy cushion if you like! 
MUSEUMS/HISTORY
NIAGARA FALLS HISTORY MUSEUM 
EXHIBITIONS
GALE FAMILY WAR OF 1812 GALLERY
A gallery dedicated to the history of the War of 1812 and the impact of the War on the citizens of Niagara Falls. Permanent Exhibit.
NIAGARA FALLS COMMUNITY GALLERY
Immerse yourself in the history of the iconic City of Niagara Falls, from geological creation of our famous landmark to the daredevils that dared Mother Nature, to the stories of the people who made our city. Permanent Exhibit.
*NEW! OPENING THE DOORS TO DIALOGUE
The Niagara Falls History Museum is proud to host Opening the Doors to Dialogue. It is our hope that visitors will seize the opportunity to learn more about the 165 years (1831-1996) when the residential school system operated across Canada.
MAY 11, 2019 - JANUARY 5, 2020
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

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
ARTIST RESOURCES
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 - Selections of Historic Work from the Niagara Collection & Figuratively Speaking - Selections from the Permanent Collection
NIAGARA FALLS LIBRARY Rosberg Gallery 4848 Victoria Avenue -
Exhibit: Niagara District Art Association
May 1-31
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 
 
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.

ENJOY HERE  Like Cultural Currents! May 2019 on Facebook
WRAP UP
Poets, punkers, politics:
Niagara Falls’ new online station has a bit of everything.

A Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund recipient!
From the Niagara Falls Review: "Since it launched last September, 4680Q — https://4680q.ca — has been the new gathering spot for the city's arts and culture scene, bringing together musicians, artists, promoters, etc. But it has also been a forum for politics, history and just about anything else guests want to talk about."
READ HERE
There are a number of free event listings available for you to
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