Volume 9 - Issue 9

Friday, May 1, 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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The Province has released their official plan for re-opening businesses and services. 



Ontario's Museums are vibrant and vital parts of communities across Ontario. They hold relevant and meaningful collections that tell stories of the past, present, and future. May is Museum Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of museums to their communities. International Museum Day will be celebrated on Monday, May 18, 2020.


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 | St. Catharines Museum Launches 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?

NEW | Museum Classroom | Free Programs for Students
The Museum is offering free programs and tours to educators for delivery to local students. details:  https://stcatharinesmuseumblog.com/category/museum-classroom/

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 


Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum 
View online exhibits on Google Arts & Culture 

Welland Historical Museum

Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum
Are you following them yet on Facebook?


"In Lockdown with Jess"
Saturday May 2 & 9, 7 to 8 pm
Featuring St. Catharines Singer/Songwriter Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson will be hosting an intimate acoustic performance from her home via Facebook Live. She will  be playing covers & originals and taking requests via the comment section!

This limited series, generously sponsored by Peter Pipers Pubhouse in Fonthill Jessica Wilson was the 2017 Recipient of the St. Catharines Emerging Artist Award.


MUSIC | TD Niagara Jazz Festival | Digital Concert Series
Fri, May 1 at 7pm -  Featuring Roberta Hunt on Piano
Sat, Apr 25 at 7pm - Featuring Chris Butcher
Tune in on Facebook live here: 

WORKSHOP | 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. Pre- Register On EventBrite: 
PERFORMING ARTS | Essential Collective Theatre Presents Quarantine Cabaret
Friday May 15Live-stream will be presented on Youtube.
In advance of the Live-stream, participants will be presented.
Hosted by Lila Town and the Silent Clown.

MUSIC | Showcase Niagara | Streaming Concert Series
Wednesday, May 6, 7 pm: Tim Hicks, Michael Wainwright, Brooke Georgeneau, Ron Hoover and the Tin Roof Duo.
Wednesday, May 13, 7 pm: Jessica Wilson, Evan Jeffrey, Spencer McKenzie, The Mandevilles and Ryan Guay of Street Pharmacy
Wednesday, May 20, 7 pm: Brad Battle, Mel Monaco, Katey Gatta, Nathan Warriner and Elton Lammie.

COMEDY | Garden City Comedy Festival | Free Live-streams
Every Friday at 8 pm
The Garden City Comedy Festival is devoted to bringing you the best in live comedic entertainment!
Each Friday during the pandemic they will be broadcasting a special free live stream comedy event broadcast on Zoom featuring some of Canada's funniest performers.

MUSIC |  #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. 
Sun, May 3, 4 pm | Suzie Vinnick | ro ots and blues artist
Thurs, May 7, 7 pm | Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea of TD Niagara Jazz Fest
Sun, May 10, 4 pm | Spencer Burton  | country and folk
Thurs, May 14, 7 pm | Carousel Players' Artistic Director Monica Dufault will share a reading of Peg and the Yeti by Kenneth Oppell and show how to make your own Yeti craft at home (for ages 4 to 10).
Find upcoming details and recordings of past performance links online here: 
FILM | The Film House At Home 
Virtual cinema experiences for you to enjoy from your home.

LITERARY | St. Catharines Public Library
Access to free digital resources

VIRTUAL DJ DANCE PARTY | Social disDANCE | Featuring Local 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
Please register by calling 905-688-5600 ext. 1554, or email  sphelan@stcatharines.ca

MUSIC | The Niagara Symphony Orchestra Presents  Appalachian Spring Digital Resources
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. 


In the Soil Festival | Updates 
Originally scheduled for June 5-7, this year due to COVID cancellations, the festival team is postponing the live events and re-imagining an exciting new program: In the Soil: A Multi (p)Arts Festival. They will begin with Online content in the Spring / Summer. In the Soil Festival is known for the incredible roster of artists delivering innovative work in live theatre, music, comedy, visual arts and film.  Please visit their website for details of upcoming events: 
CD Release | The Gallery Players of Niagara
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.


Call for Task Force Members |  Neil Peart Commemorative Task Force
Recruitment is open now for citizen members and closes Today: Friday, May 1 at 4 pm.
For details about the Task force and to apply please visit:

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: Today, Friday May 1, 2020
Please send poem submissions to:  poetry@stcatharines.ca

Call for Performance Artists
Essential Collective Theatre | Presents Quarantine Cabaret
For video performances shared online throughout May, and a featured in a live-stream May 15.
Deadline to submit content has been extended until May 10.
Contact rebecca@ectheatre.ca for details.
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

Call to Youth | Writing Submissions | St. Catharines Library | "Fresh Ink"
The 20th annual creative writing contest for teens.
For Niagara youth ages 12 to 18, live in the Niagara Region, accepting  Poetry and Short Story submissions. 
Deadline to Submit: June 30, 2020.

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


Call for Poetry | Canada Council and CBC Books
Call to submit your original, unpublished poem or collection of poems.The winner will receive $6,000 from the  Canada Council for the Arts , have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the  Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity  and have their work published on  CBC Books .
Deadline: May 31 at 11:59 pm ET

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 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. 


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 Adults | Virtual Workshops |  Canadian Communities Create | Every Monday at Noon
Monday, May 4: Photo Diary Workshop, Must Pre-register

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 | CBC Arts | Artists Scrapbooking to Document Pandemic
Artist Laura Dawe is Making Sense of this Moment by Scrapbooking and You Can Too
Read the Story:  https://bit.ly/2Scckiq
Check out some of the related scrapbook art on Instagram:

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 | The Museum of Modern Art 
The MOMA in New York offering free online learning.
For Adults | Isolation Art School | Creative Community
Projects, lessons and tips by artists to help people get creative while housebound during Covid19 crisis.

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.

Film | 20 Music Films to Stream Now! Curated by CBC Music

Film | The National Film Board of Canada 
More than 4,000 titles available for kids and families to see for free online, from fiction and documentaries to classics and animated features.
CBC Arts gives their top picks for NFB Indigenous films currently available for free viewing.

Film | Sundance Now | Digital Film Festival
7 day Free trial

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.
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 | LiveNation / Ticketmaster | LiveNation From Home | Digital Concert Calendar | Updated/Ongoing

Music | CBC Music Listings for Virtual Concerts by Canadian Artists

Music | Live Performances and Interactive Song-writing Circle with the Band: Snow Patrol 
The band Snow Patrol (remember that song "Chasing Cars") is hosting two Instagram live sessions per week, including  live performances every Thursday at 3 pm EST and Songwriting circles on Saturdays at 3 pm EST. https://www.instagram.com/snowpatrol/

Theatre | The Canadian Play Thing
Celebrating the work of Canadian playwrights. The Canadian Play Thing (est. March 2020) is a playwright-centred virtual theatre that shares live readings of new and under-produced Canadian plays online.

Theatre | Stratford Festival
CBC Gem offers streaming of recordings of classic plays from the Stratford Festival.  
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. 

"Art Uncontained" | New Fund from CBC & Canada Council Announced 
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. Read the f ull press release from the PM: 
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.

Canadian Writers Emergency Relief Fund
For Canadian Writers and Visual Artists (who have had their work previously represented in print), facing lost incomes due to the pandemic.  Deadline: May 5


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

CBC Arts | Pandemic Diaries
Pandemic Diaries is a series of personal essays by Canadian writers and artists reflecting on their pandemic experiences. 


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

Virtual Panel Discussion | Myseum Toronto | Art in the Time of COVID
View the recordings on Facebook:
Part 1:  https://www.facebook.com/myseumoftoronto/videos/218710762758807/

Webinar | Cuseum | Crafting Meaningful Digital Content

Video Series | Arts Organizations |  "How are you Adapting?"  
Interviews of arts leaders from across Canada, discussing how they are adapting their programming and business models, sharing innovative approaches, best practices, and inspiration.

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

Virtual Town Hall | The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)
Podcasts | Theatre Professionals
Resources | 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.