By Rob Lapensee
We’ve been enjoying the crisp winter air here in St. Catharines and The Weather Network is calling for another nice weekend. And, with no shortage of amazing performances on stage, exhibits and attractions, it’s shaping up to be another exciting one as well. Here’s some of what’s happening in St. Catharines.
The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre will be buzzing this weekend as top performers take the stage. Adonis Rose and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra brings the tradition of New Orleans music and culture to Dowtown St. Catharines tonight. Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal presents Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me, a riveting homage to the famed Montreal-based poet, singer and songwriter, on Sunday, Feb. 23.
The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre continues to celebrate Black History Month in February with special tours of its award-winning Follow the North Star exhibit Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The museum also hosts a screening of the 2019 documentary “Risking Everything: A Story of Niagara’s Freedom Seekers” Saturday at 11 a.m. Tours and film screening are open to everyone. Admission is by donation.
The Anti Queens are on stage at the Warehouse tonight (Friday, Feb. 21) with St. Catharines’ the Holdouts. Jeremie Albino performs Saturday, Feb. 22 with Dave Monks.
The Avanti Chamber Singers explore the Canadian, Scandinavian and Baltic northlands through the eyes of composers Vytautas Miškinis, Urmas Sisask, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Eriks Esenvalds, Kathleen Allan, Nicholas Kelly, Trent Worthington, Eleanor Daley and others. Look North is set for Saturday Feb. 22 at St. Thomas Church.
A new exhibition, Evolving Legacies, opens Saturday, Feb. 22 at The Gallery at 13th Street Winery and features three rising stars of Toronto’s contemporary art scene: Matt Bahen, Cynthia Chapman and Kyle Clements.
The Sports Card and Collectible Show featuring sports cards, non-sports cards, comics, toys, figurines and more is set for the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Everyone can enjoy classic winter fun Sunday, Feb. 23 at the public skate at the Meridian Centre. Open to all ages.