Volume 9 - Issue 8

Friday, April 24, 2020


Information about the City's response to COVID19
The City updates the website frequently as new details become available.
Please visit www.stcatharines.ca/COVID19 
for more information.

State of Emergency | Reporting Violations
Provincial Emergency Orders currently forbid social gatherings of more than five people, use of closed parks amenities and non-essential businesses remaining open.  To file a complaint the public is encouraged to complete the online form:  www.stcatharines.ca/COVID19 ; During Business hours contact Citizens First by email at  CitizensFirst@stcatharines.ca ; or by phone at 905.688.5600

For after-hour concerns or complaints of an urgent nature people are asked to contact Niagara Regional Police on their non-emergency line at 905.688.4111


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BREAKING | New Art Fund from CBC and Canada Council Announced
"Art Uncontained" is a new initiative announced on April 21, connecting Canadian artists and art lovers that includes original programming from CBC Arts and across the CBC network, as well as a new artist fund in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts.
Federal Funding Increase for Arts & Culture Announced 
PM Trudeau announces targeted help for some hard-hit sectors on April 17. Announcements include providing $500 million to Heritage Canada to aid workers in the arts, culture, and sports sectors.
The Fund is meant for organizations that can't qualify for the existing wage subsidy because of the lumpy or irregular nature of their revenues as well as to cover contract workers. The Fund will also provide advances on future grants and contributions to help maintain liquidity as well as small subsidies to cover some fixed costs.
Full press release from the PM: 


The Gallery Players Label presents the Eybler Quartet's newest recording of work by Franz Asplmayr. To purchase a copy of the double CD:  https://galleryplayers.ca/shop/music
Also available for download at itunes and other platforms.
St. Catharines Museum Launches Extended Digital Content
Featuring the "Legacy of a Pandemic Project"
The St. Catharines Museum is looking to collect journal or diary entries, creative writing, or photographic representations of how the current global pandemic has affected you, your family, and your community.  What are your stories and experiences as society shuts down around us and we work to fight off this invisible enemy?
The Museum is also offering free programs and tours through zoom to educators for delivery to local students. details:  https://stcatharinesmuseumblog.com/category/museum-classroom/

One Dish One Mic Podcast wins National Journalism Fellowship
Karl Dockstader, and Sean Vanderklis, hosts of One Dish, One Mic, are winners of the annual CJF-CBC Indigenous Fellowship.  Read the Story: 


Appalachian Spring 
On April 25 & 26 the Niagara Symphony was scheduled to perform Aaron Copland's quintessential American work, Appalachian Spring in its original chamber configuration for 13 performers as part of the N. Walker Chamber Orchestra Series. While they are not able to share this incredible work with you in person, they have developed a number of resources to help guide your listening experience.

Read: Appalachian Spring Program Notes by Dr. Brian Power.

Explore: Appalachian Spring Listening Activities. 

Listen: follow along with the score for the original "Ballet for Martha" scored for 13 players with ballet dancer Martha Graham. 

Stay Connected:
Stay up to date with the Symphony and follow them on social media: 


NEW | Niagara Performs | Digital Performance Series
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
#NiagaraPerforms will provide a platform and professional artist fees for local artists to share performances with online audiences.
The series will feature:
Every Sunday at 4pm | live concerts from Niagara musicians.
Sun, April 26, 4pm - Laurel Minnes & Taylor Hulley, with laid-back grooves.
Every Thursday at 7pm | content from community partners.
Thurs, April 30, 7pm - Suitcase in Point, sketch comedy.
View on Facebook |  https://www.facebook.com/FirstOntPAC
And YouTube |  https://bit.ly/2RLXlM7
Full Details:  https://bit.ly/PacPerforms 

NEW | The Film House At Home  | Film Streaming
Every Wednesday  the Film House will provide virtual cinema experiences for you to enjoy from your home.
WONDERS OF THE ARCTIC | Available April 17 to 24 only | Free
THE GREY FOX | Available April 22 to 30 only | $7.99 for 3 days of access
CAT VIDEO FEST | Available until May 13 | $0.99
Film House Details:  https://bit.ly/2XGT14q

NEW | Museum Live | The St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre
Live content including interactive tours, activities, crafts, and fun talks live every Thursday at 11 am and 2 pm on Facebook Live:   https://www.facebook.com/stcatharinesmuseum/
NEW | Virtual Museum Lecture Series
Select Tuesdays at 7 pm.
May 5 | The Niagara, St. Catharines and Toronto Railway
May 12 | The 1918 Pandemic in St. Catharines 
May 19 | Open for Business: The Welland Canal, 1830 
May 26 | Tracing the Tracks of the Underground Railroad
For lecture series please email museum@stcatharines.ca to receive a link to a zoom session.

For a full listing of Museum programs visit:  https://www.stcatharines.ca/en/experiencein/MuseumEvents.asp


St. Catharines Public Library
Access to free digital resources |  https://bit.ly/2VvMMxB
TD Niagara Jazz Festival | Digital Concert
Fri, Apr 24 at 7pmFeaturing Randy Stirtzinger on Piano
Sat, Apr 25 at 7pm - Featuring Lance Anderson
Free Digital Workshop for Artists
Meaningful Work: Workshop for Artists and Activists
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 12 PM - 2 PM
What is the purpose of your art/activism? What are you doing and is it working? How are you serving your community/audience with your work?  Organized by  Suitcase in Point Theatre Company , OPIRG Brock and Brock Student Justice Centre.  Pre-Register by May 1.
Register On EventBrite:  https://bit.ly/3auY0bg

Virtual DJ Dance Party | Social disDANCE | Featuring DJ Marinko
Streaming daily at 10 am, 1 & 7:30 pm
Social disDANCE is a live-streamed invitation to dance together, apart, in line with " Flatten the Curve
" directives. In a spirit of solidarity, wellbeing, and uplifting play, they invite you to a new kind of dance party... Including St. Catharines-based DJ Marinko.

Programs | Seniors' Centre Without Walls


Survey | Calling all Arts & Culture Organizations
TODAY is the deadline to participate.
Statistics Canada's Canadian Survey on Business Conditions
This survey will directly inform the government's decisions with regards to industry-specific measures, during the crisis and over the recovery period. It is essential that the arts sector be well represented in the survey results.
This is your chance to let the federal government know how severely the arts & culture industries have been impacted by the pandemic.
Call for Task Force Members |  Neil Peart Commemorative Task Force
Recruitment is open now for citizen members and closes Friday, May 1 at 4 pm.
For details about the Task force and to apply please visit:
Survey | *Extended* | Rodman Hall Art Centre
St. Catharines City Council requested the creation of the Rodman Hall Task Force in 2019 to provide information and recommendations to Council regarding the City's role in the future of Brock University's Rodman Hall building and grounds, and the art collection that is housed in the facility. 
Participate today, the public input period has been extended for two weeks. 
The survey will now close on Monday, April 27, at 4 p.m.

Survey | Naming
Naming of Pavilion in Lakeside Park, Port Dalhousie

Call For Poetry | Mayor Sendzik's Poetry Challenge
The Mayor's Poetry Challenge is returning this April to celebrate national Poetry Month. 
St. Catharines residents are invited to submit an original poem with the theme 'Always Together' - messages of hope and endurance as loved ones try their best to stay connected while staying apart. The winning poem will be featured on the Mayor's social media.
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Please send poem submissions to:  poetry@stcatharines.ca

Call for Visual Artists
City of St. Catharines 2020 Annual Juried Exhibit 
MORE THAN WORDS: Truth and Reconciliation
Deadline: June 22, 2020 at 4:30 p.m

Call for Volunteers 
TD Niagara Jazz Festival
If you love jazz & would like to join the team of volunteers for the TD Niagara Jazz Festival please contact them: volunteer@niagarajazzfestival.com


Museum Classroom | Free Virtual Programs and Tours
St. Catharines Museum offering FREE virtual programs and tours to St. Catharines Educators.
The St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre "Museum Classroom" is a new digital experience developed specifically to bring the Museum directly to your students through a user-friendly zoom platform.
And then contact Adrian for details or booking information:
museum@stcatharines.ca | 905-984-8880

All Ages | Culture Days Digital Experiences
Dedicated to all those art enthusiasts out there! Visit Culture Days' new "Digital Experiences" page to access live-streamed performances, virtual tours, and activities to keep the kiddos busy at home.

All Ages | Visual Arts | Field Trip: Art Across Canada
Field Trip: Art Across Canada is a new online platform to deliver arts experiences with some of Canada's most celebrated artists in a national partnership with leading arts organizations. From children's programs to artist talks and workshops, these activities are designed to advance the work of our nation's organizations through digital platforms for different age groups, on a range of subjects, that engage communities and support artists, particularly during the challenges presented during a pandemic.

All Ages | Weekly Arts Roundup | CBC Arts
CBC Arts has your weekly guide to all the things Canadian artists are doing to help us pass the time at home. 

All Ages | A Free Collection of Colouring Pages designed by Canadian Artists

All Ages | Art Tutor.com
Art tutor is a fantastic resource for artists of all ages and mediums! Checkout their large selection of tutorials on youtube.


For Kids | Puppet Making Free Printable Templates
from Puppet-a-go-go and Swizzle Studio

For Kids | Story Time | Goodnight with Dolly Parton
An online bedtime story video series for children and families

For Kids | Young Peoples Theatre
The Young People's Theatre has released an online series of indoor drama games, with videos released weekly.


For Adults | The Festival of Literary Diversity Canada
April 30 to May 3
Free Workshops, please pre-register. Breaking Down Poetry, Podcasting Masterclass, The Process of Publishing, Fiction Workshop, Non-fiction Workshop, Creating your own Audiobook.

For Adults | Canadians Create Skill Share Facebook Group
Weekly 30-minute live art tutorials by artists across Canada. Topics include: Painting, Calligraphy, Card-Making, Cross Stitch and more!

For Adults | CBC Books | Suggested Reading List


Film | Watch the "Hot Docs" Festival at Home!
The CBC is partnering with Hot Docs to provide access to the festival at home, available for FREE streaming on the CBC Gem App.

Music | Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance Livestream
Today (Friday, April 24) at 5 PM EST
Juno nominated Cris Derksen, originally from Northern Alberta Canada is an Internationally respected Indigenous Cellist and Composer. 

2 PM | SoulNidus | Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop
5 PM | Nick Schofield | Ambient, Electronic, Instrumental
6 PM | Julian Taylor | Folk, Rock, Pop, Blues
7 PM | Alexis Baro | Funk, Jazz, Instrumental
8 PM | Kadeema | Rock, Alternative, Indie
9 PM | Andrea Ramolo | Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Other
4 PM | Robyn Ottolini | Country, Pop
6 PM | Nathan Hiltz | Jazz, Instrumental, Punk, Folk, Country
7 PM |Loviet | Pop, Rock, Indie Pop
8 PM | Nathalie Nadon | Francophone, Jazz
9 PM | Noelle | Pop, R&B/Soul
3 pm | grej | Electronic, Classical, Instrumental
5 PM | Dave Clark | Singer/Songwriter, Jazz, Pop
6 PM | Tom Savage | Folk, Blues, Singer/Songwriter
7 PM | Paul Chin | Electronic, Hip-Hop/Rap, Dance
8 PM | Quique Escamilla | Blues, Folk, Pop, Reggae, Rock
8:30 PM | The Honest Heart Collective | Alternative, Rock, Folk
9 PM | WolF J McFarlane | Funk, Jazz, R&B/Soul, Reggae, Spoken Word

Music | "Stay at Home Music Festival"
A central hub for open-source online music festival schedule, resources for artists to host their own shows, and a special main stage live-stream event planned for April.

Performing Arts | Canada Performs
Presented by the National Arts Centre, f eaturing music, theatre, performance, dance, literary events and more!

Performing Arts | Stuck in the House Performance Series
Edmonton artists affected by COVID closures present cabaret, music, and comedy.

Performing Arts | The Social Distancing Festival
This is a site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, and coming together as a community at a time when we need it more than ever.

Theatre | Stratford Festival
CBC Gem offers streaming of recordings of classic plays from the Stratford Festival.  
Theatre | Performance Live Stream Series |  British National Theatre
Thursdays at 2pm EST 

Theatre | Soulpepper presents Fresh Ink
Weekly on Friday's at 4 pm.
In a new virtual series called Fresh Ink, hear readings of new works by several playwrights at an event hosted by Weyni Mengesha, Frank Cox-O'Connell and Guillermo Verdecchia. 
Check on  the Soulpepper website to get the link to Zoom on Fridays. 

Live streaming improv and sketch comedy weekly. 
Sat April 25 "SCRIPTLESS"
Join the Second City's best improvisors... in their homes! Chicago's funniest comedy talent joins forces with Second City alumni from across the country to bring you a night of fun-filled distraction. You get to join The Second City in creating a singular online experience as your suggestions influence every aspect of this interactive, playful, hilarious performance.
Their next upcoming improv dates Apr 28, 30 and May 2 at 8pm EDT

Musical Theatre | Broadway Productions
Free 7 day trial. 


Art Gallery of Ontario
Digital experiences: articles, online collections, and recordings of past talks.
Google Arts & Culture AGO virtual tour.
National Gallery of Canada
Online Exhibitions |  https://bit.ly/34kOupy

Royal Ontario Museum
  Google Arts & Culture virtual tour |  https://bit.ly/2Rm2BG9

Virtual Tours of Internationally Acclaimed Art Museums


Breaking | New Fund from CBC & Canada Council Announced 
"Art Uncontained" is a new initiative announced on April 21, connecting Canadian artists and art lovers that includes original programming from CBC Arts and across the CBC network, as well as a new artist fund in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts.

Breaking | Canada Council Announces Digital Origins Fund
Available to artists, groups or organizations that can either adapt their existing work or create a new work for digital dissemination to the Canadian public during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Digital Originals offers a $5,000 micro innovation grant from the Canada Council.
CBC Announces Creative Relief Fund
Deadline is TODAY, Friday, April 24. 
CBC announced $2 million for new content in a variety of familiar CBC programming areas (scripted content, podcasts, docs, etc.). There's even a special funding stream for playwrights, too.


St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program www.stcatharines.ca/SCCIP

Government of Canada https://bit.ly/2RNOpG9

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidyhttps://bit.ly/2KckfZ1

SOCAN Contact:  1-866-307-6226 , or by email at  members@socan.com

Department of Canadian Heritagehttps://bit.ly/2yqgw7b

Canada Council for the Arts https://canadacouncil.ca/covid-19-information

Ontario Arts Council https://bit.ly/3aMhMA1




LOCAL | Webinar | Fundraising Tips During COVID-19
Presented by Niagara Community Foundation and Armstrong Strategy Group
May 6, 10 to 11 am
Join an informative online presentation, learning how to navigate the world of fundraising during a world-wide pandemic.  The Zoom event link will be provided by email in advance of the session.
Cost: Free

Leadership Emergency Arts Network (LEAN) Canada
LEAN is an immediate, grassroots, pro bono response network to help Canadian non-profit arts organizations.

The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)
Podcasts for Theatre Professionals
Heritage in Times of COVID
From the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)  
Discussion on  ways to use heritage as a tool of recovery and resilience, while protecting its vulnerabilities and sector staff.

Resources for Artists and Freelancershttps://bit.ly/3bKgYfa

The Ontario Association of Art Gallerieshttps://bit.ly/2JgxLKD

Ontario Presentshttps://ontariopresents.ca/

Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA)https://capacoa.ca/


The Cultural Services office is a division of the City of St. Catharines' Community , Recreation and Culture Services department. Cultural Services focuses on public art, community development, planning and policy related to arts and culture in the City of St. Catharines.