Volume 9 - Issue 23

Friday, August 14, 2020
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FROM THE CITY OF ST. CATHARINES
 
Information about the City's response to COVID19


CITY FACILITIES REOPENING PLAN
Please note, with the fluid nature of the ongoing emergency, some dates listed below are subject to change.
Playground equipment, July 24 | Residents should note playground equipment will not be sanitized. 
Port Weller Community Centre, July 27Drop in recreational activities and modified programming.
St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, July 28Reservations required, call 905.984.8880 to book your time.
Happy Rolph's Animal Farm washrooms, July 31Animals will not return this year to the farm.
City Hall, Aug. 10By appointment only, book online at www.stcatharines.ca/CitizensFirst, or by calling 905.688.5600. 
Russell Avenue Community Centre, Aug. 22Modified programming.
Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, Aug. 22.
St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre |  Aug. 31 leisure and lane swimming only.
Sept. 21 - Swim lessons, fitness classes and rentals may resume.

Read the Press Release for full details: 


FRAMEWORK FOR RECOVERY
The Recovery Plan outlines the strategic efforts to reintroduce services; reopen facilities; and support both residents and businesses. 



COVID 19 INFORMATION
The City updates the COVID19 Information website frequently as new details become available. 



    
MANDATORY MASKS BY-LAW
St. Catharines by-law requires owners and/or operators of enclosed public spaces, to require mask use by those entering their establishments, in addition to the provision of hand sanitizer at entrances.
The Mandatory Masks By-law is now in effect, enacted on Friday, July 17, 2020.


RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
Print and post signage:




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We want to help you get the word out about your upcoming arts or culture events, programs or helpful resources. Content may be included in upcoming issues of Culture Ink and may be featured on the St. Catharines Culture Social Media accounts.

Email us to submit content for consideration: culture@stcatharines.ca


 
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CULTURE DAYS | FREE
Online & Socially Distanced
Family-Friendly Arts & Culture Activities
Mark your Calendars: September 25 to October 25, 2020

Activities will be listed online in advance of the event. 

In 2020 the event has been expanded to one month and activities will be led either online or in-person with social distancing and enhanced cleaning considerations. Participants are given the opportunity to get creative, get messy, engage with performances, make art and experience culture!

IN-PERSON SOCIALLY DISTANCED ACTIVITIES: 
Collaborative murals, puppet creation, painting, portrait drawing, illustration and textiles/knitting.

DIGITAL ACTIVITIES: 
Drama games, improv, community play development, mixed media art, steel drum music and shadow puppets.  
The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Suitcase in Point Theatre Company, and the TD Niagara Jazz festival will each present a series of online performances and the St. Catharines Museum will present a series of virtual lectures.

Special interest groups are also presenting activities (online or in-person) that address Social Diversity & Inclusion, feature LGBTQ2+ artists, and explore Cultural Traditions by providing teachings, art-making and music experiences. 

We look forward to celebrating Culture Days with you!
 
Culture Days is a Canada-wide celebration that is the largest-ever public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in this country. 
Culture Days features FREE hands-on activities that invite the public to participate in the "behind-the-scenes" experiences. 



 
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LOCAL

Jazz 4 The Ages Youth Competition Goes Online This Weekend

Workshops and Dance Competition Announced for Virtual Celebration of Nations

$400 000 in Federal Funding to Shaw Festival Announced

A Christmas Carol is last Show Standing for Shaw Festival

Neil Peart Tribute Show Pushed Back to 2021

Niagara Youth Orchestra Says Goodbye to Longtime Conductor Laura Thomas



BEYOND NIAGARA

Government of Canada Announces Plan to Help Support Canadians through the Next Phase of the Recovery.

Toronto Film Festival Adds More Titles, Events, Including Planet Africa Program



 
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CALLS


THEATRE | CALL FOR NEW PLAY SUBMISSIONS
Carousel Players
Seeking to develop new works for children in Grades 4-8. Scripts and works in progress eligible.
Deadline to submit: November 27
For details and to submit: email scripts@carouselplayers.com



CALL FOR ARTISTS | HYDRO BOX WRAP COMPETITION
Presented by the Niagara Pumphouse and NOTL Hydro
Deadline: September 11
The competition is open to artists who live, work or operate in the Niagara Region. 
Three different designs will be chosen and each will be transferred onto a vinyl wrap.
$500 honorarium to selected artists. 



 
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CITY OF ST. CATHARINES VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES
Stay engaged at home with a variety of virtual experiences, activities and programs. Watch a performance or film, explore our history, stay active with fitness videos, find options for local delivery / pickup, and so much more!




THE FIRSTONTARIO PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE PRESENTS:
IN PERSON | FREE OUTDOOR EVENTS
In the Mann Raceway Plaza, directly behind the FirstOntario PAC. 
Please bring a mask, washroom facilities are not available, please bring a blanket or chairs. 
Respect social-distancing.
FILM | Fri, Aug. 28 | At Dusk | Best in Show | USA, 2000. Comedy. 1hr30mins. PG-13.
CONCERT | Sat, Aug. 29 | 5-6 and 7-8 pm |The Figure Four
More details about outdoor events: https://bit.ly/2BDXFaO





CELEBRATION OF NATIONS | VIRTUAL FESTIVAL
September 11 to 13, 2020
On Friday 11 September, Celebration of Nations will begin virtually with a profound short film entitled Starborn that captures the essence of our current existence. The virtual festival will feature livestreams of Blood Water Earth by renowned Indigenous creator Santee Smith of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. Indigenous JUNO Award winners LeE HARVey OsMOND (aka Tom Wilson), Celeigh Cardinal and 2020 Polaris Music Prize shortlisted artist Lido Pimienta are set to share livestream performances. Presentations and teachings will centre on the 2020 theme of Mighty Niagara and the Great Lakes Watershed. The Indigenous Niagara Living Museum Tour, an online experience, will transport visitors to several significant cultural and historical Indigenous locations within the region.
For more information on programming, visit www.celebrationofnations.ca
Additional programming to be announced in coming weeks! 





ST. CATHARINES MUSEUM & WELLAND CANALS CENTRE

IN-PERSON VISITS | MUSEUM, CENTRE & LOCK 3 VIEWING PLATFORM
Timed entry daily: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Museum is closed between these times for additional cleaning.
Call ahead to reserve: 905.984.8880
Masks required. Hand sanitizer stations are provided throughout the facility. 

VIRTUAL | MUSEUM BLOG
Hear about interesting artifacts that are being catalogued, exhibition and programme development and events and activities that are upcoming for you to enjoy!  Share your memories or experiences of an event or artifact; or ask staff questions about caring for historic objects. 

VIRTUAL | COMMUNITY LEGACY PROJECT | Legacy of a Pandemic
What are your stories and experiences as society shuts down around us and we work to fight off this invisible enemy?
  
VIRTUAL | MUSEUM PODCASTS | One Hour in the Past






MUSIC | CD LAUNCH | Gallery Players
The Gallery Players celebrates the release of it's first full length 
opera CD!
Available for purchase: 
The Gallery Players of Niagara, Capella Intima and Nota Bene Baroque
Players-four singers and a six-member instrumental ensemble led by
Musical Director and tenor Bud Roach have based their performance on the
surviving scores and libretti from libraries in Brussels and Bologna,
with a new English translation by Gabriele Erasmi.




THEATRE | Normflix 
Presented by The Foster Festival
Fri, Aug 28, 7 to 8 pm
Join them for a LIVE Q & A with Norm Foster!
Foster Festival Artistic Producer Emily Oriold, and Canadian Playwright Norm Foster will be popping up LIVE to answer your questions.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2453057504996805/

NORMFLIX began as a three-part, online series that is sure to tickle your funny bone and will continue to deliver our trademark Humour with Heart that you have grown to love. Watch as Norm answers questions from you, and you'll see a few familiar faces, as well. 






MUSIC | Digital Free Concert Series
Presented by the TD Niagara Jazz Festival

Fri, Aug 28, 7pm | Brian Dickinson
Sat, Aug 29, 4pm | Jazz 4 the Ages Youth Competition
All of their past presentations can also be viewed on the facebook link.






VIRTUAL AUTHOR LECTURE  | Genevieve Graham
Presented by the Welland Historical Museum
Wed, Sept. 23, 7pm
Join the Welland Museum (virtually) as they chat with bestselling author Genevieve Graham about her latest novel The Forgotten Home Child. 
$10 access. 





FUNDRAISER | NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE MUSEUM
PATIO PICNIC IN THE VINEYARD
At Ravine Winery
Monday, August 31: 12:30 to 2 pm or 6:30 to 8 pm
$55 per person, tables of up to 6






VIRTUAL FESTIVAL | BALLS FALLS THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL
Sept. 12 to Oct. 7
Join us on this virtual adventure where guests will enjoy heritage village tours and historical demonstrations, as well as music and entertainment, all from the comfort of their home. This year's virtual event will feature more than 80 juried artisans, vendors, demonstrators and entertainers participating in this long annual tradition.
More information to come including in-person and drive-in/drive-through opportunities!
 



PODCAST | One Dish One Mic
In the heart of the One Dish One Spoon Treaty territory, Niagara residents Sean Vanderklis and Karl Dockstader dish on any and all issues.






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FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS & CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY | Ontario Trillium Foundation | Resilient Communities Fund
The Ontario Trillium Foundation has introduced the one-time Resilient Communities Fund to invest in the recovery and rebuilding efforts of the non-profit sector impacted by COVID-19. Supporting capital and non-capital activities to aid in the medium to longer-term recovery efforts of organizations.
Apply by Sept. 2 and Dec. 2
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY | Ontario Arts Council | Arts Response Initiative
The OAC launches the Arts Response Initiative to help Ontario's artists and arts organizations respond to challenges posed by the pandemic.
Individual Applicants Deadline: Oct. 20
Organizations Deadline: Nov. 3


RESOURCES | Guidance for Cultural and Heritage Spaces and Attractions Developed by the City of Toronto



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