Culture Days

Culture Days 2020

Culture Days in St. Catharines

September 25 to October 25, 2020

Activities will be listed here (below) in advance of the event, new activities will be added weekly. You can also follow us on Facebook for updates. 

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 2020 Culture Days activities are being planned to include in-person socially-distanced experiences: collaborative murals, puppet creation, painting, portrait drawing, illustration and textiles/knitting.

Digital activities will include workshops and performances featuring: drama games, improv, community play development, mixed media art, steel drum music and shadow puppets.  

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

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre will present a series of free digital/online and socially distanced in-person performances and film screenings.

And the TD Niagara Jazz Festival will present a series of virtual concerts.

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.

** Activities Updated Weekly**

Ongoing Activities - Offered Throughout Culture Days Month.

 Ongoing | In-person (Distanced)

ship platform

Daily
Self-Guided Tours
St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre
1932 Welland Canals Parkway
Visit: www.stcatharines.ca/museum for full details
Appointment required (see below)

A. Museum Exhibits
Enjoy permanent exhibits illustrating the history of St. Catharines and its people: The Welland Canals, the Underground Railroad, and the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum. Head outside to experience the Lock 3 Ship Viewing Platform.

B. Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Museum
Recognizing and celebrating the great game of Lacrosse, through historical, cultural, and athletic contributions to the sport; celebrating past, and present achievements in Canada’s national sport, across the province.

C. Lock 3 Ship Viewing Platform
Lock 3 Viewing Platform An up-close and personal view of the lock and the ships that traverse it. An elevator is available for accessibility. For a listing of Ship viewing times: Visit website and select "Welland Lock 3" from dropdown menu: http://bit.ly/shiptimeslock3 Please note that all times are updated daily, estimated and subject to change without notice.

D. Canals Discovery Park
Located adjacent to the Platform: An outdoor picnic area, playground and Discovery Park, filled with interesting artifacts and information about the Welland Canals. 

E. The Welland Canals Fallen Workers Memorial
Unveiled in 2017, An 85-year-old promise to honour 137 men who died building one of the greatest engineering marvels in Canada. Located outdoors, adjacent to the Centre.

Instructions for Timed Entry to the Centre:
Due to COVID related precautions, all visitors to the Centre are asked to make a reservation for a timed visit available daily at: 
9 to 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1 to 2:30 p.m.
3 to 4:30 p.m.
by calling: (905) 984-8880

Please note, construction is planned for road re-surfacing on the Welland Canals Parkway from Queenston St. to Glendale Ave. This may cause delays to your travel to the Museum. 

 

 

NAC

Every Thursday to Sunday
Self-Guided Tours | Art Exhibitions

Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street
Open on Thursday’s and Friday’s 12 noon to 5 p.m., Saturday’s, 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Visit: https://nac.org/ for full details

A. Lindsay Dobbin | Arrival
Details: http://www.lindsaydobbin.com/arrival 

B. Magdolene Dykstra | Persistent Humanity

C. Community Project
An extension of Dykstra’s exhibition, the community are encouraged to add their fingerprint to a community project (safety protocols respected)
Details: https://nac.org/persistent-humanity-magdolene-dykstra/

D. Outdoor Installation
Jose Luis Torres | Traversee
Find it between The Lincoln and Silver Spire Church. https://nac.org/traversee-by-jose-luis-torres/

 

 Ongoing | Free Online Workshops

illustration

Visual Arts Workshop | Illustration
Watercolour and Pen Illustration with Jon Shaw
Artist: Jon Shaw
For all ages

Explore illustration with artist Jon Shaw as he guides you through the process using ink markers and watercolours. Using a tracing technique, participants will create basic line drawings onto watercolour paper. Then learn professional tips & tricks in drawing and painting to enhance your completed piece of art!

Download the handout and image samples to work along with the artist. (click here)

The step-by-step video recorded during the live session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXFYdYQkm6A&list=PLbqfnE2T8rYaE13nJFFu7i4G1pEf1coFN&index=6

 

 

 

mixed media

Visual Arts Workshop | Painting and Mixed Media
Intersecting Mixed Media
Artist: Janice Low
For all ages

Explore an intersection of mediums as we combine a partial photocopied picture or magazine picture with paint to complete a composition on canvas. The Artist will lead the activity as both a quick experiment and will provide extension ideas for those interested in adding more details for a finished piece.

Download the image samples (click here)

The step-by-step video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWz2b1XTbzU&list=PLbqfnE2T8rYaE13nJFFu7i4G1pEf1coFN&index=5

Gather the following materials:
- background - can be canvas panel, carboard or thick bristol/cardstock
- a photocopy or magazine image
- pencil, scissors, glue or gel medium
- acrylic paints and brushes
- water & water cup, paper towel or rags
- or as an alternative to paint, any drawing materials

If you do not have access to materials, there is a free art kit available for pickup in limited quantities. Email culture@stcatharines.ca to request a kit. Limited one kit per household, kit contains enough materials for 2 participants. Kit contains canvas boards, acrylic paints and brushes. Those with access to these materials already at home are encouraged to leave kits available for those who do not.

 

 

Silver Spire

Visual Arts | Collage Workshop
Collage Hour with Jenn
Artist: Jenn Judson in partnership with Silver Spire Church
Suitable for all ages

Learn the fundamentals of collage while the artist gives you prompts and tips to make amazing art! This activity is a chance to explore collage beyond simply just cutting and pasting – it will be an excellent expression of creativity! 

Gather the following materials to work along:
- scissors, glue,
- a piece of thick backing paper or cardboard
- old magazines, books, posters or any other interesting paper material you have laying around the house!

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crXjudQ3cDs&fbclid=IwAR3xdavjhmLF_XAL3x-6lluA_I9D5qlcRTUJVnC5rA35P8E9a3q3ngj16Jc

 

waterwood

Puppet Workshops and Performance | Live-Stream
Waterwood Theatre Presents Shadow Puppets

Available Now:
Make it at Home with Pre-Recorded Workshops: 

1. How to Make a Shadow Puppet Theatre
Watch on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU0WY4gZF1o&list=PLbqfnE2T8rYaE13nJFFu7i4G1pEf1coFN&index=1

2. How to Make Shadow Puppets
Watch on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58zi0vz5s_M&list=PLbqfnE2T8rYaE13nJFFu7i4G1pEf1coFN&index=2

Resources: 
Print-at-home puppet patterns (click here) 

Then Tune in for a live professional Shadow Puppet Performance:
Oct. 15
7 p.m.
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Discover the magical world of shadow puppets and learn to make your own! Waterwood Theatre will share two instructional videos on the making and use of shadow puppets that will be shared before their event (links above). These family-friendly activities will provide steps to make your own. We invite children of any age to delight in making puppets and telling stories using a screen and a light. 

As a culmination of these activities, Waterwood Theatre will present two five minute shadow puppet pieces as well as host a sharing of their creative ideas and a short question and answer period in the October 15 livestream presentation.

Watch live or catch up later:
Watch Youtube: http://bit.ly/CD20FOPAC
Watch Facebook: www.facebook.com/FirstOntPAC/

 

 

puppet


Puppetry | Virtual Workshop, Pre-recorded
Make Your Own Giant Puppet
Presented by Carousel Players with Artist Alexa Fraser

Gather these materials: Newsprint – lots , Cardboard – two large boxes worth, Craft paper – 3′ x 2′ piece, White school glue – one large bottle, 3 broomsticks or long poles, 1 large old bedsheet or large pieces of fabric, Masking or painter’s tape, White acrylic paint, Colourful acrylic paint, Decorations, Tools: Scissors, stapler, paint brushes, sandpaper.

Instructional Video: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZqBXcDyDn8

 

music

Music 
Music Workshop with Colleen McTigue
Presented by OUTNiagara

Watch on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AQeX3hSRY4&list=PLbqfnE2T8rYaE13nJFFu7i4G1pEf1coFN&index=3

Colleen is developing her practice in a variety of artistic disciplines and mediums, primarily exploring visual arts and music as singer/songwriter, showcasing this work in local festivals and art exhibits. In her work Colleen frequently explores themes of nature, and LGBTQ2+ issues through a social justice lens.

This series presented by OUT Niagara will tell the fresh, unconventional stories of Niagara’s sexual and gender-diverse community through various artistic media. Join OUTniagara and beautifully diverse 2SLGBTQ+ community members for painting, music, and other creative forms.

 

 

improv niagara

Virtual Improv Workshop | Live-Stream Recording
Improv Niagara 
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
All levels of experience, all-ages

Participants will learn about improv by joining in fun scenes and games with some of Improv Niagara's best improv performers and educators.

 
 

 Ongoing | Free Online Performance Recordings

more than words

Virtual Art Exhibition
More than Words: Truth and Reconciliation
Presented by the City of St. Catharines Cultural Services Office
A virtual exhibition walk-through and artist features will be posted online on facebook here: 
https://www.facebook.com/StCathCulture/

Details coming soon!

 

Niagara Performs 

Virtual Performances
#NIAGARAPERFORMS Virtual Concert and Performance Series
Over 40 live-stream recordings available to watch.
Watch on Youtube: https://bit.ly/CD20FOPAC

 

museum

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre
Virtual Lectures, Podcasts and Activities
A complete listing of Culture Days activities at the St. Catharines Museum is available online here: 
https://culturedays.ca/en/hubs/0ba9219f-beb6-41f9-9827-adaffc3f90e5

 

foster festival

Virtual Performances and Artist Q&A
The Foster Festival
A complete listing of virtual activities presented by the foster festival is available here: 
https://culturedays.ca/en/hubs/2d7534df-26a4-4627-913e-abae6f2cc467

 

td jazz

Virtual Performances  | Live Stream Recordings
The TD Niagara Jazz Festival
A complete list of recorded livestream presentations is available here: https://culturedays.ca/en/hubs/bf324b84-73f7-4a90-a5b5-e9cfc1283920

 

in the soil

Virtual Performances
In the Soil Festival
A complete list of recorded livestream presentations is available here: https://culturedays.ca/en/hubs/5c5d9d38-0f00-4f73-a31d-ed1c6384de48

 

 

ect

Playwriting and Virtual Performance
Community Mad Libs Play Writing

Essential Collective Theatre Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Stephanie & Genevieve Jones want to play a rousing game of Mad Libs with you! Mad Libs are fill-in-the-blank stories. To play, you choose words – nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives – to fill in blanks in a story. The result is a strange, funny, and definitely original story!

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB7sAOrS2fI

 

 

pow wow

Virtual PowWow
Nurturing Our Roots PowWow
Presented by the Niagara Regional Native Centre and Fort Erie Native Centre
The online Powwow experience features traditional dance demonstrations, teachings and songs.
Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j03-xv2fAFk

 

 

CNCC

Chorus Niagara Children's Choir
Music Performance | Choral Music | Pre-Recorded
"We Can Dream" 
Song by PinkZebra. Youth performers include: Bronte Ibbotson, Charlotte Rangaratnam, Danae Dyck, Eleanor Rangaratnam, Elli Rigby, Emily Fulton, Emily Mino, Hannah Baran, Jaden Hoff, John Choi, John Emmett Wright, Kathryn Korody, Lexi Turner, Lyla Dierickse, Natalie Jansz, Norah Hoff, Reese Melynk, Ria Dohn-Steingart, Riley Wiersma, Suebin Choi, Sydney Roberts, Tennyson Linders and Zekijah Hoekstra.

Watch: https://www.chorusniagaracc.org/

saint Stone

Virtual Concert | Live-Stream Recording
Saint Stone 
Presented by OUTNiagara

SAINT STONE is a quartet of tender queers from Niagara, on the shared territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabeg, Huron-Wendat, and Neutral peoples. STONE for the first brick thrown at the Stonewall Riots, and SAINT for the queer and trans people who were told that they were anything less than transcendent. This punk/grunge/indie group screams and shouts about what it’s like for some of us to live and love in this world. Their sound is unique, forward-driving, and lovingly described as “catchy, yet depressing”

Watch on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIMGOD9l3Ws&list=PLbqfnE2T8rYaE13nJFFu7i4G1pEf1coFN&index=4

 

This series presented by OUT Niagara will tell the fresh, unconventional stories of Niagara’s sexual and gender-diverse community through various artistic media. Join OUTniagara and beautifully diverse 2SLGBTQ+ community members for painting, music, and other creative forms.

 

 

Week One: Friday, September 25 to Sunday September 27

 Week One | In-person (Distanced)

Click here for the Week 1 printer-friendly calendar and details. 

In-Person Activities:

Due to changing concerns regarding COVID; in-person activities may be moved to online delivery. Check back here often for updates.

For all In-Person Activities
- masks required for ages 6+ (indoors or outdoors)
- social distancing, one family group per table, adult companion must supervise children
- hand sanitizing and enhanced cleaning procedures
- screening protocols, please stay home if ill
- materials provided (unless noted otherwise)

 

September 25-27

Guided Tour | Art and Performance
In the Soil | Rhizomes
Presented by the In The Soil Arts Festival
Pre-Paid (Pay-what-you-can) tickets required
Tours begin at 6, 7 and 8p.m. and last 75 minutes

Guided small group tours of artist work and experiences. 

Safety: hand sanitizer stations, sanitizer wipes, and contact tracing. Masks for duration. max. 6 per tour

https://rhizomes.brownpapertickets.com/

 

Saturday, September 26

watercolours

Visual Arts Workshop | Painting
Intro to Watercolour Painting
Sept. 26
Sessions begin at: 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. and last for 90 minutes. Pre-register (see below)
Location: SMUN, Work Action Centre, 203 Church Street
Artist: Renu D’Cunha
Suggested for ages 16+

Renu D’Cunha, mixed media artist & painter, will demonstrate various watercolor techniques and then support participants to explore the medium, resulting in a finished work of art.

Pre-registration required, spaces limited. To register: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/117807349955

 

Visual Arts Workshop | Drawing
The Spark Joy Postcard Project
Sept. 26
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Pre-register (see below)
Location: Silver Spire Church, 366 St Paul St.
Artist: Marion Griese
Suggested for kids ages 6+

Postcards help us stay connected when we’re not together and what better time than now, to reach out to someone. Here is your opportunity to SPARK JOY on someone's day by creating a bright and colorful original art postcard, inspired by the artist Romero Britto. In this guided workshop, learn about colour theory, lines and patterns and composition.

Pre-Registration required, Register by sending an email with ”Culture Days Registration - Postcard Project" in the subject line and include the names of your participants to office@silverspire.ca or call 905.682.8328


Visual Arts Workshop | Painting
Ready, Set, Paint!
Sept. 26
Sessions start at 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m. Pre-register (see below)
Location: Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, Dr. Huq Library Program Room. 425 Carlton St.
Artist: Dena Colling Gelentso

Get creative as you take a brush for a walk across your canvas. Dab, stroke, twirl, and twist your brush as we explore acrylic painting.

Pre-registration required, spaces limited. To register:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ready-set-paint-culture-days-2020-tickets-119477894599

 

Puppet Creation and Performance 
Giant Puppet Party
Sept. 26
2 to 3 p.m. Pre-register (see below)
Location: Lester B Pearson Park, adjacent to Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, 425 Carlton Street (Outdoors & Socially Distanced)
Presented by Carousel Players Theatre & Artist Alexa Fraser
For Young Audiences

Using a variety of materials (provided in a pick-up-kit) and a video tutorial, families can create their own fabulous giant puppet right from home. Then, join us in the Park for our Giant Puppet Party for music, dancing, laughter and more! Carousel Players’ Giant Puppet will lead everyone in song and dance, creating a community that is together, apart and making art.

Although presented outdoors, we require all participants ages 6+ to wear a mask.

Pre-registration is required for the in-person puppet party, spaces limited. To register:
https://carouselplayers.com/for-community/culture-days/

Make Your Own Giant Puppet At Home
Gather these materials: Newsprint – lots , Cardboard – two large boxes worth, Craft paper – 3′ x 2′ piece, White school glue – one large bottle, 3 broomsticks or long poles, 1 large old bedsheet or large pieces of fabric, Masking or painter’s tape, White acrylic paint, Colourful acrylic paint, Decorations, Tools: Scissors, stapler, paint brushes, sandpaper.

Instructional Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZqBXcDyDn8

If you’d like to participate but are unable to afford puppet making materials, Puppet Packs are available through Carousel Players. Email sara@carouselplayers.com for more information.

 

Sunday, September 27

Jon Shaw

Visual Arts Workshop | Drawing and Painting
Ink and Watercolour Illustrations with Jon Shaw
Sept. 27
Sessions start at: 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Pre-register (see below)
Location: St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre, 1932 Welland Canals Parkway
Artist: Jon Shaw

Explore illustration with artist Jon Shaw as he guides you through the process using ink markers and watercolours. Using a tracing technique, participants will create basic line drawings onto watercolour paper. Then learn professional tips & tricks in drawing and painting to enhance your completed piece of art!

Doors open 15 minutes in advance of each session for staggered seating and entrance protocols.

Pre-registration required, spaces limited. To register:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/120209701453

Please note, construction is planned for road re-surfacing on the Welland Canals Parkway from Queenston St. to Glendale Ave. This may cause delays to your travel to the Museum, so please take into consideration when arriving for your workshop start time.  

  

More activities added weekly!

Week One | Online

Click here for the Week 1 printer-friendly calendar and details.

Friday, September 25

Virtual Concert 
Haus Trio
Sept. 25
7 p.m.
Presented by the TD Niagara Jazz Festival

Watch live or catch up later:
Watch Youtube: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020
Watch Facebook: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020FB 

 

Sunday, September 27

 In Our Shoes

Digital Visual Arts Workshop | Mixed Media
Sept. 27
In Our Shoes
2 to 3 p.m.
Live on Zoom, pre-registration required (details below)
Artist: Leona Skye | Presented by OUT Niagara

In Our Shoes Collective Art Project: This project will tell the story of Niagara’s 2SLGBTQ+ community. Participants are invited to share their unique stories by decorating shoes. The pieces of artwork created will be displayed walking in unity to celebrate the diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and their allies. Grab an old pair of shoes and join artist Leona Skye for an online workshop. Decorated shoes can be brought to various drop-off locations (stay tuned for details) and will be on display at the St. Catharines Museum during open hours on October 18. 

Pre-registration requiredspaces limited. To register:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/in-our-shoes-collective-art-workshop-tickets-120594654859?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

This series presented by OUT Niagara will tell the fresh, unconventional stories of Niagara’s sexual and gender-diverse community through various artistic media. Join OUTniagara and beautifully diverse 2SLGBTQ+ community members for painting, music, and other creative forms.

 

More activities added weekly!

 

Week Two: Monday, September 28 to Sunday, October 4

Week Two | In-person (Distanced)

Click here for the Week 2 printer-friendly calendar and details.

In-Person Activities:

Due to changing concerns regarding COVID; in-person activities may be moved to online delivery. Check back here often for updates.

For all In-Person Activities:
- masks required for ages 6+ (indoors or outdoors)
- social distancing, one family group per table, adult companion must supervise children
- hand sanitizing and enhanced cleaning procedures
- screening protocols, please stay home if ill
- materials provided (unless noted otherwise)

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

steel drums

Music Demonstrations and Photo Booth
Culture Days @ the Market
Featuring PK Hummingbird Steel Drum Orchestra, the Harvest Discovery Table and Pumpkinville Photo Booth
Oct. 3
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Location: Market Square, 91 King Street (Outdoors & Socially Distanced)

October 3 is all about the Harvest at the Market! Join Dena Colling Gelentso at the Harvest Discovery Table and PK Hummingbird Steel Drum will provide us with musical demonstrations and performances for you to enjoy!
Drop-in, no registration required.

 

Knitting Workshop
Interactive Mosaic Creation
Location: SMUN, Work Action Centre, 203 Church Street
Sessions begin at: 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. and last for 1 hour
Suggested for ages 12+
Artist: Tanya Jackson

Learn basic knitting skills to make a small knitted patch that will be pieced together to make a beautiful mosaic blanket. The instructor will teach each person basic skills how to cast on, create rows and cast off each square. The participant will learn basic knitting skills that you can then explore at home. The final community collaborative project will be donated to a family in need.

Pre-registration requiredspaces limited. To register: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/117836741867

 

Outdoor Film Screening
nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
Oct. 3 at dusk (7 p.m.)
In the Mann Raceway Plaza (PAC Backyard), 250 St. Paul Street
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in partnership with Indigenous Education at Niagara College

Trailer Link: https://vimeo.com/330841782
Canada, 2019. Directed by Tasha Hubbard. Documentary. 98mins. PG.

nîpawistamâsowin (Cree)
NEE-pa-wista-MAA-sowin – we (small group) will stand up for others (large group). 

Free, drop-in, no tickets required.
Space will open 30 minutes prior to listed start times.
Bring your own concessions.
Although outdoors, masks required for ages 6+ until you are seated in your designated "pod."
Accessible entrance from Carlisle St. 
www.FirstOntarioPAC.ca

 

Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4

 mural

In-Person Collaborative Project
Visual Arts | Community Mural

Mural 1 | Shipman's Paint by Numbers
Oct. 3 and 4
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days

*weather permitting*
Location: 200 St. Paul Street (St. Paul at James Street)
Artist: Mathew Vizbulis, presented in partnership with the St. Catharines Downtown Association

Join local artist Mathew Vizbulis to create a collaborative community mural that commemorates historic ships that navigated the waters of the first and second canal that flowed behind St. Paul Street. Contribute to the mural and collaborate with the artist while each mural is in progress and add your mark to the overall pieces. 

Although this activity is outdoors, masks are required for ages 6+

 

More activities added weekly!

 

Week Two | Online

Click here for the Week 2 printer-friendly calendar and details.

Tuesday, September 29

Lecture

Virtual Lecture | History
Cemetery Tours - Behind the Scenes
Sept. 29
7:00 p.m.
Presented by the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre 

Museum Visitor Services Coordinator Adrian Petry will offer a special behind-the-scenes look at the Annual Victoria Lawn Cemetery Tours, this year delivered virtually. This lecture is also presented virtually.

Email for zoom link: museum@stcatharines.ca

About the Lecture Series: Delve deeper into St. Catharines and Welland Canals history in our public online lecture series. Discover your local history from the comfort of your home, with fascinating new stories and fresh takes on St. Catharines' past. These engaging talks are led by our Museum historians and feature expert special guests from the community.

 

Wednesday, September 30

Virtual Lecture | History
Women of the Early American Film Industry 

Sept. 30
7 to 9 p.m.
Presented by Brock University Faculty of Humanities in partnership with the St. Catharines Public Library.

Who were the women of early American film production? What were their roles in building the film industry? And why are they absent from film history's textbooks? Despite a growing awareness of the gender imbalance in Hollywood production today and a belief that the film industry has always been one that employs mostly men - apart from acting - Professor Liz Clarke will take us back to the origins of Hollywood to reveal the many roles for women both on screen and behind the scenes.

Register for the Zoom session here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErceuopzgrEtxoMAImpSCCUfdyomKBDwQD


Thursday, October 1

FOPAC

Playwriting and Virtual Performance
Community Mad Libs Play Writing

Oct. 1
7 p.m.
Essential Collective Theatre Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Stephanie & Genevieve Jones want to play a rousing game of Mad Libs with you! Mad Libs are fill-in-the-blank stories. To play, you choose words – nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives – to fill in blanks in a story. The result is a strange, funny, and definitely original story!

To participate, fill in this GOOGLE FORM with a few nouns, verbs, adjectives and well... body parts. Find it here: http://bit.ly/cdmadlibs

Watch the resulting play live or catch up later:

Watch Youtube: http://bit.ly/CD20FOPAC
Watch Facebook: www.facebook.com/FirstOntPAC/

 

Saturday, October 3

Silver Spire

Digital Workshop | Pick-Up Kit Available
Visual Arts | Collage
Collage Hour with Jenn
Oct. 3 
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Artist: Jenn Judson in partnership with Silver Spire Church
Suitable for all ages

Learn the fundamentals of collage while the artist gives you prompts and tips to make amazing art! This activity is a chance to explore collage beyond simply just cutting and pasting – it will be an excellent expression of creativity! 

For those joining in without a kit, materials you need to assemble in advance are: scissors, glue, a piece of backing paper and old magazines, books, posters or any other interesting paper material you have laying around the house!

Pre-Registration required, Register by sending an email with ”Culture Days Registration - Collage Hour" in the subject line and include the names of your participants to office@silverspire.ca or call 905.682.8328

If you would like to also request a pick-up kit please do so in your email or by phone, available in limited quantities.

 

Virtual Concert | Live-Stream
Hungry For Hammond Part 2
Oct. 3
4:45 p.m.
Presented by the TD Niagara Jazz Festival
ARTISTS: JV’s Boogaloo Squad and The Joint Chiefs of Soul, ft. Lance Anderson

Watch live or catch up later:
Watch Youtube: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020
Watch Facebook: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020FB 

 

Sunday, October 4

jazz

Virtual Concert | Live-Stream
Laura Fernandez
Oct. 4
2 p.m.
Presented by the TD Niagara Jazz Festival

Watch live or catch up later:
Watch Youtube: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020
Watch Facebook: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020FB 

 

Digital Artist Q & A | Music
Saint Stone and Colleen McTigue
Oct. 4
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Presented by OUTNiagara

Pre-register for a link to view the live-stream:
https://bit.ly/2HPusfV

This series presented by OUT Niagara will tell the fresh, unconventional stories of Niagara’s sexual and gender-diverse community through various artistic media. Join OUTniagara and beautifully diverse 2SLGBTQ+ community members for painting, music, and other creative forms.

 

Virtual Pow Wow
8th Annual Nurturing Our Roots Pow Wow 
Oct. 4
4 to 5:15 p.m.

Watch live: https://www.facebook.com/FirstOntPAC/videos/439370653708587/
The Niagara Regional Native Centre in partnership with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is hosting their 8th Annual Nurturing Our Roots Powwow VIRTUALLY this year.

 

More activities added weekly!

Week 3: Monday, October 5 to Sunday, October 11

Week Three | In-person (Distanced)

Click here for the Week 3 Printer-Friendly calendar and details

In-Person Activities:

Due to changing concerns regarding COVID; in-person activities may be moved to online delivery. Check back here often for updates.

For all In-Person Activities:
- masks required for ages 6+ (indoors or outdoors)
- social distancing, one family group per table, adult companion must supervise children
- hand sanitizing and enhanced cleaning procedures
- screening protocols, please stay home if ill
- materials provided (unless noted otherwise)

 

Saturday, October 10

printmaking


Visual Arts | Printmaking Workshop
Explore Mono-Printing with Gelli Plates
Oct. 10
Sessions begin at: 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. and last for 1 hour; Pre-register (see below)
Location: SMUN, Work Action Centre, 203 Church Street
Suggested for ages 10+
Artist: Steve Plews

Explore Mono printing using Gelli plates and household items. Participants will engage in a mixed-media printing process and experiment with natural elements such as leaves as well as paint and stencils to make their own one-of-a-kind designs.

Pre-registration requiredspaces limited. To register:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/117835504165

 

Visual Arts Workshop | Mixed Media
St. Catharines Envisions Inclusion
Oct. 10
** New Location**
St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, 1932 Welland Canals Parkway

** New Times**
Sessions begin at 1 and 3 p.m., and run for 75 minutes, pre-register (see below)


Artist: Azra Momin and Facilitator: Dr. Neivin Shalabi
For All Ages

An art-based event that encourages participants to reflect on the current changing demographics of our community. Participants will have opportunities to express their thoughts and aspirations for diversity and inclusion through creation. Join us to have fun and help shape a better future for St. Catharines rooted in our Canadian values.

Pre-registration requiredspaces limited. To register:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/new-location-free-culture-days-st-catharines-envisions-inclusion-tickets-124329572097

 

  mural

In-Person Collaborative Project
Visual Arts | Community Mural

Mural 1 | Shipman's Paint by Numbers
Oct. 10
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

*weather permitting* This is a new date due to weather cancellation on October 4.
Location: 200 St. Paul Street (St. Paul at James Street)
Artist: Mathew Vizbulis, presented in partnership with the St. Catharines Downtown Association

Join local artist Mathew Vizbulis to create a collaborative community mural that commemorates historic ships that navigated the waters of the first and second canal that flowed behind St. Paul Street. Contribute to the mural and collaborate with the artist while each mural is in progress and add your mark to the overall pieces. 

Although this activity is outdoors, masks are required for ages 6+

 

More activities added weekly!

Week Three | Online

Click here for the Week 3 Printer-Friendly calendar and details

Wednesday, October 7

FOPAC

Virtual Improv Workshop
Improv Niagara 
Oct. 7
7 p.m.
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
All levels of experience, all-ages

Participants will learn about improv by joining in fun scenes and games with some of Improv Niagara's best improv performers and educators.

 
1) Register to participate in the workshop by sending an email to info@improvniagara.com . They will send you a link to connect and you’ll be able to play the games with them in real time!
 
2) Just feel like watching? You can see how the workshops play out by tuning in on YouTube from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzi239vo6FY
 
Watch live or catch up later:

Watch Youtube: http://bit.ly/CD20FOPAC
Watch Facebook: www.facebook.com/FirstOntPAC/


Friday, October 9

Jazz

Virtual Concert | Live-Stream
Bill Mays 
Oct. 9
7 p.m.
Presented by the TD Niagara Jazz Festival
ARTISTS TBA

Watch live or catch up later:
Watch Youtube: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020
Watch Facebook: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020FB 

 

Sunday, October 11

music

Music Workshop
Music Workshop with Colleen McTigue
Oct. 11
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Presented by OUTNiagara

Find it on the OUTNiagara Facebook Page!
https://www.facebook.com/pg/outniagara/videos/?ref=page_internal

This series presented by OUT Niagara will tell the fresh, unconventional stories of Niagara’s sexual and gender-diverse community through various artistic media. Join OUTniagara and beautifully diverse 2SLGBTQ+ community members for painting, music, and other creative forms.

 

 

More activities added weekly!

 

Week 4: Monday October 12 to Sunday October 18

Week Four | In-person (Distanced)

Click here for a Week 4 printer friendly calendar and details.

 In-Person Activities:

Due to changing concerns regarding COVID; in-person activities may be moved to online delivery. Check back here often for updates.

For all In-Person Activities:
- masks required for ages 6+ (indoors or outdoors)
- social distancing, one family group per table, adult companion must supervise children
- hand sanitizing and enhanced cleaning procedures
- screening protocols, please stay home if ill
- materials provided (unless noted otherwise)

 

Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18

 mural

In-Person Collaborative Mural 
Mural 2 | Furry Friends
Oct. 17 and 18
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days
Location: 25 James St. (Lot beside Mindbomb Records)
Artist: Melani Pyke, presented in partnership with the St. Catharines Downtown Association

Join a local artist to create a collaborative community mural Contribute to the mural and collaborate with the artist while each mural is in progress and add your mark to the overall pieces. 

Although this activity is outdoors, masks are required for ages 6+

 

Sunday, October 18

Self Portraits

Visual Arts Workshop | Drawing Self-Portraits
Photo-Transfer Yourself Into Art
Oct. 18 (new date)
Sessions start at: 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. Pre-registration required (see below)
Location: Niagara Artists Centre (NAC), 354 St Paul St.
Artist: David Figueroa
All Ages

Turn a printed photo of yourself into a piece of art by using an embossing drawing process. The artist will capture you in a photo to use while you explore creating your very own self-portrait.

Pre-registration requiredspaces limited. To register:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/121425098739

 


Jewelry-Making Workshop
Pendant Workshop
Oct. 18
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm, pre-registration required (details below)
Location: St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre, 1932 Welland Canals Parkway
Artist: David Lowe | Presented by OUT Niagara

Pre-registration requiredspaces limited. To register:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/121848695729

This series presented by OUT Niagara will tell the fresh, unconventional stories of Niagara’s sexual and gender-diverse community through various artistic media. Join OUTniagara and beautifully diverse 2SLGBTQ+ community members for painting, music, and other creative forms.

Doors open 15 minutes in advance of each session for staggered seating and entrance protocols. Please note, construction is planned for road re-surfacing on the Welland Canals Parkway from Queenston St. to Glendale Ave. This may cause delays to your travel to the Museum, so please take into consideration when arriving for your workshop start time.  

  

More activities added weekly!

Week Four | Online

Click here for a Week 4 printer friendly calendar and details.

 

 Monday, October 12

saint Stone

Virtual Concert | Live-Stream
Saint Stone 
Oct. 12
7 to 8 p.m.
Presented by OUTNiagara

SAINT STONE is a quartet of tender queers from Niagara, on the shared territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabeg, Huron-Wendat, and Neutral peoples. STONE for the first brick thrown at the Stonewall Riots, and SAINT for the queer and trans people who were told that they were anything less than transcendent. This punk/grunge/indie group screams and shouts about what it’s like for some of us to live and love in this world. Their sound is unique, forward-driving, and lovingly described as “catchy, yet depressing”

Find it on the OUTNiagara Facebook Page!
https://www.facebook.com/pg/outniagara/videos/?ref=page_internal

This series presented by OUT Niagara will tell the fresh, unconventional stories of Niagara’s sexual and gender-diverse community through various artistic media. Join OUTniagara and beautifully diverse 2SLGBTQ+ community members for painting, music, and other creative forms.


Tuesday, October 13

Lecture

Virtual Lecture | History
Ontario's Racially Segregated Schools
Oct. 13
7 p.m.
Presented by the St. Catharines Museum

Special Guest historian and President of the Ontario Black History Society Natasha Henry joins us to speak about the not-so-distant history of Ontario's racially segregated schools.

Email for zoom link: museum@stcatharines.ca

About the Lecture Series: Delve deeper into St. Catharines and Welland Canals history in our public online lecture series. Discover your local history from the comfort of your home, with fascinating new stories and fresh takes on St. Catharines' past. These engaging talks are led by our Museum historians and feature expert special guests from the community.

 

Virtual Artist Conversation Series
5 x 2 Visual Conversation | (five images x two minutes)
Oct. 13 
5 to 7 p.m. Presentations from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Community facilitator: Bart Gazzola
FREE to everyone, and everyone is welcome.
5x2 is presented on the SECOND TUESDAY of every month. 

PLEASE NOTE: there is no "live stream" rather a live conversation via the facebook group sharing images and comments in real time.

Artists, architects, designers, image-makers and those who enjoy visual culture are invited to attend 5x2. Contribute to the conversation by providing 5 images and talk about each for 2 minutes. Show us what you are working on, have finished, what inspires you, or just enjoy the discussion.

You can also contact Bart Gazzola at bart.gazzola@gmail.com

 

We also invite non-presenters to attend and share in the conversation.

Please join the Facebook group to contribute to the conversation:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/5x2.image.conversation/

 

Thursday, October 15

waterwood

Puppet Workshops and Performance | Live-Stream
Waterwood Theatre Presents Shadow Puppets

Available Now:
Make it at Home with Pre-Recorded Workshops:

1. How to Make a Shadow Puppet Theatre
Watch on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU0WY4gZF1o&list=PLbqfnE2T8rYaE13nJFFu7i4G1pEf1coFN&index=1

2. How to Make Shadow Puppets
Watch on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58zi0vz5s_M&list=PLbqfnE2T8rYaE13nJFFu7i4G1pEf1coFN&index=2

Resources: 
Print-at-home puppet patterns (click here) 

Then Tune in for a live professional Shadow Puppet Performance:
Oct. 15
7 p.m.
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Discover the magical world of shadow puppets and learn to make your own! Waterwood Theatre will share two instructional videos on the making and use of shadow puppets that will be shared before their event (links above). These family-friendly activities will provide steps to make your own. We invite children of any age to delight in making puppets and telling stories using a screen and a light. 

As a culmination of these activities, Waterwood Theatre will present two five minute shadow puppet pieces as well as host a sharing of their creative ideas and a short question and answer period in the October 15 livestream presentation.

Watch live or catch up later:
Watch Youtube: http://bit.ly/CD20FOPAC
Watch Facebook: www.facebook.com/FirstOntPAC/

 

 

Virtual Performance | Live-Stream
Foster Festival Digital Play Reading:
Wildly Romantic
Oct 15. 
6:30 p.m. 
Presented by the Foster Festival and Theatre New Brunswick

CULTURE DAYS - we're celebrating on a National scale! As a part of Theatre New Brunswick's Fall Festival of New Plays, The Foster Festival & TNB present...a LIVE reading of Norm Foster's new play Wildly Romantic

Watch LIVE on YouTube: https://youtu.be/i0xz-yIzjSU

 

Saturday, October 17

 drama

Online Theatre Workshop
Interactive Drama for Kids
Oct. 17
1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Pre-register (see below)
Delivered Live on Zoom
Artist: John Sweeney in Partnership with Silver Spire Church

Join in for word games and improvised storytelling as well as some small-space physical engagements.  Participants (and adults) are encouraged to dress up in a costume of their own creation or simply in comfortable clothes.

For children ages 6 to 10, with a supervising caregiver on-line to help them focus and to participate with them in the theatre games and activities. 

Technical recommendations: Use of a computer or tablet for the audio and visual functions of Zoom. Not recommended for phone.

Pre-Registration required, Register by sending an email with ”Culture Days Registration - Drama" in the subject line and include the names of your participants to office@silverspire.ca or call 905.682.8328


Virtual Event | Live-Stream
Gord's Legacy
Oct. 17
7 p.m.
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Watch live or catch up later:
Watch Youtube: http://bit.ly/CD20FOPAC
Watch Facebook: www.facebook.com/FirstOntPAC/

 

 Sunday, October 18

Jazz

Virtual Concert | Live-Stream
Juneyt
Oct. 18
7 p.m.
Presented by the TD Niagara Jazz Festival

Watch live or catch up later:
Watch Youtube: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020
Watch Facebook: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020FB 

 

 

More activities added weekly!

Week 5: Monday October 19 to Sunday October 25

 Week Five| In-person (Distanced)

In-Person Activities:

Due to changing concerns regarding COVID; in-person activities may be moved to online delivery. Check back here often for updates.

For all In-Person Activities
- masks required for ages 6+ (indoors or outdoors)
- social distancing, one family group per table, adult companion must supervise children
- hand sanitizing and enhanced cleaning procedures
- screening protocols, please stay home if ill
- materials provided (unless noted otherwise)

 

Sunday, October 25

day of the dead

Visual Arts Workshops | Cultural Crafts
Day of the Dead “Ofrenda Muertos” Arts and Crafts
Oct. 25
Sessions Starting at 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Pre-register (see below)
Location: The Robby at Niagara Folk Arts, 85 Church St
Presented by the Mexicans in Niagara Group in Partnership with the Niagara Folk Arts Community Connections Program 
For all ages

Join in and learn about Mexican Cultural Heritage and make arts & crafts celebrating the day of the dead "Dia de Muertos."
* Decorate traditional “Calaveritas de Azúcar” Sugar Skulls
* Create “Flores de Cempasúchil” Paper Marigold flowers

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, spaces limited.
To register:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/st-catharines-culture-days-day-of-the-dead-in-niagara-ofrenda-de-muertos-tickets-122122097481?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

 

 

More activities added weekly!

 

Week Five | Online

Friday, October 23

jazz

Virtual Concert | Live-Stream
Jay Reed on Guitar
7 p.m.
Presented by the TD Niagara Jazz Festival

Watch live or catch up later:
Watch Youtube: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020
Watch Facebook: http://bit.ly/CDJazz2020FB 

  

More activities added weekly!

 

Featured Event | October 25: The 2020 City of St. Catharines Arts Awards

 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

Arts Awards

We will be capping off Culture Days with a very special event!

The 2020 City of St. Catharines Arts Awards
Virtual Edition | Live-stream

Oct. 25, 7 p.m.

Presented by the City of St. Catharines in partnership with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

More details: www.stcatharines.ca/artsawards

Watch live or catch up later:
Watch Youtube: http://bit.ly/CD20FOPAC
Watch Facebook: www.facebook.com/FirstOntPAC/

2019 Wrap-Up

Last year our community engaged over 5000 individuals with Culture Days including participants, activity delivery staff and volunteers. We were excited to make the Canada-wide top 10 list for the number of events offered!

Culture Days stats

Funding for 2020 Activities | Now Closed

The Culture Days Activity Program Funding

As part of the St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP), the City offers the Culture Days Activity Program, intended for artists, businesses or organizations who wish to run a Culture Days activity in St. Catharines.

The application portal for funding of 2020 Culture Days activities is now closed. The deadline to apply was Friday, March 27, 2020 at 4:30 pm

For more information, including guidelines and application forms, please visit the SCCIP Development Funding page.

Culture Days in Canada, A National Celebration of Arts and Culture

Each year during the last weekend of September, millions of Canadians engage in thousands of free events hosted by artists, cultural organizations, institutions, and municipalities in communities across the country—these events serve to showcase the importance of arts and culture in our communities year-round. St. Catharines has participated in Culture Days as a community since 2015 by providing funding to Artists & Organizations.

Culture Days aims to:

  • Foster appreciation and support of the artistic and cultural life that is lived, created and expressed across the country in urban, suburban and rural areas alike;
  • Promote direct interaction between creators and citizens, as a key to increasing understanding and appreciation of art and culture; and
  • Affirm that every citizen is the guardian of the cultural life of his, her or their community.

Culture Days serves as a year-round catalyst that connects individuals and creators to build measurable support for the entire sector and amplify its contributions. They seek to eliminate barriers to access and participation, and stimulate understanding, appreciation and exploration of arts and culture—so that every person in the country has a deeper connection with themselves, their communities, and Canada.

For more information please visit www.culturedays.ca.

 

For More Information

Contact Cultural Services Staff at:

email: culture@stcatharines.ca

phone: 905 688 5601 x 5232

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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