Culture Days

Culture Days

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 & 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 MUSEUM & 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 SATURDAY
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 | Online

 

mixed media

VISUAL ARTS WORKSHOP | PAINTING AND MIXED MEDIA
INTERSECTING MIXED MEDIA
PRE-RECORDED | COMING SOON!
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.

THERE WILL BE 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.

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

 

CNCC

MUSIC PERFORMANCE | CHORAL MUSIC
PRE-RECORDED
"We Can Dream" by Pinkzebra
Presented by Chorus Niagara Children's Choir
Watch Online: https://www.chorusniagaracc.org/

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.

 

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!

 

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCES
#NIAGARA PERFORMS VIRTUAL CONCERT & PERFORMANCE SERIES
Over 40 live-stream recordings available to watch.
Watch on Youtube: https://bit.ly/CD20FOPAC

 

 

More activities posted weekly!

 

Week One: Friday, Sept. 25 to Sunday Sept. 27

 Week One | In-person (Distanced)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE WEEK 1 CALENDAR AND PRINTER FRIENDLY 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 ans enhanced cleaning procedures
- screening protocols, please stay home if ill
- materials provided (unless noted otherwise)

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

watercolours

VISUAL ARTS  WORKSHOP | PAINTING
INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR 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 INTERACTIVE 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
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 TO DOWNLOAD THE WEEK 1 CALENDAR AND PRINTER FRIENDLY DETAILS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

jazz

VIRTUAL CONCERT 
BILL MAYS ON PIANO
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 required, details coming soon!

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 CONCERT 
POWERHOUSE FELLOWSHIP SOUL CHOIR
Sept. 27
11 a.m. to 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 

 

More activities added weekly!

 

Week Two: Monday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Oct. 4

Week Two | 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)

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

steel drums

CRAFTS AND MUSIC PERFORMANCE/DEMONSTRATION
CULTURE DAYS AT THE MARKET
Featuring PK Hummingbird Steel Drum Orchestra and the Harvest Discovery Table
Oct. 3
Times TBA
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 REQUIRED, spaces limited. To register: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/117836741867

 

OUTDOOR FILM SCREENING
Oct. 3
Time TBA
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in the PAC Backyard/Mann Raceway Plaza, 250 St. Paul Street

SCREENING TBA

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. 


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
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+

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

Self Portraits

VISUAL ARTS WORKSHOP | DRAWING SELF-PORTRAIT
PHOTO TRANSFER YOURSELF INTO ART
Oct. 4
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 REQUIRED, spaces limited. To register: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/121425098739

 

 

More activities added weekly!

 

Week Two | Online

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

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE 
7 p.m.
Oct. 1
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
ARTISTS TBA

Watch 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
7 pm
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 
LAURA FERNANDEZ
Oct. 4
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 

 

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE 
Oct. 4
7 p.m.
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
ARTISTS TBA

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

 

DIGITAL ARTIST Q&A
Oct. 4
SAINT STONE AND COLLEEN MCTIGUE
Time TBA
Presented by OUTNiagara
Details coming soon!

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 3: Monday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 11

Week Three | 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)

 

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 REQUIRED, spaces limited. To register: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/117835504165

 

VISUAL ARTS WORKSHOP | MIXED MEDIA
ST. CATHARINES ENVISIONS INCLUSION
Oct. 10
Sessions begin at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and run for 80 minutes, pre-register (see below)
Location: Silver Spire Church, 366 St Paul St.
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 REQUIRED, spaces limited. To register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-catharines-envisions-diversity-and-inclusion-tickets-120462589849

 

 

More activities added weekly!

Week Three | Online

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6

jazz

VIRTUAL CONCERT 
Oct. 6
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 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7

FOPAC

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE 

Oct. 7
7 p.m.
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
ARTISTS TBA

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


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Jazz

VIRTUAL CONCERT 
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 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

MUSIC WORKSHOP

Oct. 10
MUSIC WORKSHOP WITH COLLEEN MCTIGUE
Time TBA
Presented by OUTNiagara

Details coming soon!

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.

 

 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

VIRTUAL CONCERT
Oct. 11
SAINT STONE 
Time TBA
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 Online: Link coming soon!

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: MON. OCT. 12 TO SUN. OCT. 18

Week Four | 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)

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18

 mural

IN-PERSON COLLABORATIVE PROJECT
VISUAL ARTS | COMMUNITY MURAL
MURAL 2 | THEME TBA
Oct. 17 and 18
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days
Location: TBA
Artist: TBA, 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

FINE CRAFT WORKSHOP | JEWELRY MAKING
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

Details coming soon!

Pre-registration required, details coming soon!

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

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.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15

FOPAC

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE 
Oct. 15
7 p.m.
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
ARTISTS TBA

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

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

 drama

ONLINE THEATRE WORKSHOP
INTERACTIVE DRAMA WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN

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 PERFORMANCE 
Oct. 17
7 p.m.
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
ARTISTS TBA

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

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18

Jazz

VIRTUAL CONCERT 
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 

 

 

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE 
Oct. 18
7 p.m.
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
ARTISTS TBA

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

 

 

More activities added weekly!

WEEK 5: MON. OCT. 19 TO SUN. OCT. 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 WORKSHOP | CULTURAL CRAFTS
DAY OF THE DEAD “OFRENDA MUERTOS” ARTS AND CRAFTS
Oct. 25
Session Times TBA, 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, details coming soon!

 

More activities added weekly!

 

Week Five | Online

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20

VIRTUAL MUSIC WORKSHOP
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 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

jazz

VIRTUAL CONCERT 
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 

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

FOPAC

WE WILL BE CAPPING OFF CULTURE DAYS WITH A VERY SPECIAL ONLINE EVENT - STAY TUNED FOR  ANNOUNCEMENT & DETAILS!

 

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE 
Oct. 4
7 p.m.
Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
ARTISTS TBA

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

 

 

More activities added weekly!

 

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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