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News | June 8, 2018

ST. CATHARINES, June 8, 2018 – The Niagara River Lions announced Friday that they have left the National Basketball League of Canada and are joining the Canadian Elite Basketball League. Niagara officially notified the NBL of its departure Friday. The River Lions join Hamilton, Guelph, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Abbotsford as the original six cities with […]


News | May 29, 2018

FOLLOWING 100+ SOLD-OUT U.S. SHOWS, CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED SINGER-SONGWRITER WILL SET OUT ON 20+ NEW CANADIAN DATES TICKETS ON-SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 1 St. Catharines, ON (May 29, 2018) – Following two hugely-successful U.S. concert tours, JOHN MELLENCAMP will set out once again this Fall for 20+ stops across Canada for his SAD CLOWNS & HILLBILLIES TOUR. Hailed […]


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For Immediate Release | May 28, 2018 Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir (Concert Choir – Ages 9-14), under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Amanda Nelli, WON GOLD last week at MusicFest Canada in Toronto. The 46th Annual MusicFest Canada was hosted from May 14-19, 2018 at the University of Toronto (Victoria University, Faculty of […]

Kick Off Summer Sipping Season at Niagara Wine Festival’s New RBC Picnic In The Vineyard Event

News | May 3, 2018

Release Date: May 3rd, 2018 St. Catharines, ON (May 3, 2018) – After a winter that felt like it would never end, wine lovers looking for a fun new way to celebrate summer’s arrival will be sipping pretty at Niagara Wine Festival’s all-new RBC Picnic In The Vineyard event on Friday, June 22nd. The event, […]

In the Soil celebrates 10 years in St. Catharines!

News | April 30, 2018

In the Soil Arts Festival is an explosion of creativity in downtown St. Catharines each spring.  It features three days of music, media, theatre, dance, installations and one-time, out-of-the-box performance experiences. In the Soil has a free, licensed outdoor hub ON James Street. in downtown St. Catharines that will feature a rocking weekend of activity, […]

Try the St. Catharines Farmers Market on your next visit!

News | April 26, 2018

Thank you,, for the wonderful shout-out in this article!  “NIAGARA PENINSULA, Ontario — It’s hard to compete with Niagara Falls for inspiring awe and wonder. But as the Niagara wine industry has flourished, this compact peninsula on the southwest corner of Lake Ontario has quietly grown into a top foodie destination. Our mid-May plan […]

13th Street Winery celebrates 20 great years!

News | April 16, 2018

Happy 20th anniversary to 13th Street Winery! Enjoy their new video and learn a little about wines & vines from the 2017 Grape King. About 13th Street Winery: Originally started by four amateur winemaker friends the winery was purchased in 2008 by the current owners: John & June Mann and Doug & Karen Whitty. Both families […]

The St. Catharines Standard: City showcased in flashy new tourism video

News | February 14, 2018

There’s lots to see and do right here in St. Catharines. Watch our brand new video to see what all the excitement is about! From The Standard, “The 60-second video by Mitchell Reilly Pictures shows quick shots from across the city, including aerial views of the Welland Canal and Rockway Vineyards Golf Course and closeups […]

The St. Catharines Standard: Winter WineFest a barrel of fun

News | January 15, 2018

Residents and visitors will find plenty of winter wine fun in St. Catharines and Niagara’s Twenty Valley. The Winter WineFest, a festival in Jordan took place January 12-14. Read the article here.

The St. Catharines Standard: Downtown kept alive in The Tale of a Town

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The Tale of a Town – Canada stops in St. Catharines this January at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Read about it here!

Emilie-Claire Barlow in St. Catharines this holiday season

News | December 13, 2017

From the St. Catharines Standard: “Jazz crooner Emilie-Claire Barlow knows the reputation of most Christmas records: Quickies to cash in on the season. Which is why she treated her second Christmas album, Lumieres d’hiver, with the same care she has treated everything else during her 20-year career. The way she sees it, if her name’s […]

Elton John in St. Catharines

News | November 16, 2017

What an honour to have Elton John right here in St. Catharines! The Meridian Centre was loud and lively as the crowd heard many great hits. From the St. Catharines Standard: “If John thought this was going to be a quiet little Canadian pit stop, the thunderous applause after most every song – as loud […]


News | September 25, 2017

St. Catharines, ON – The Niagara River Lions announced their schedule for the upcoming season today. The River Lions will tip-off its third season in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) on Saturday, November 18th versus the reigning NBLC Champions, the London Lightning at the Meridian Centre. The busiest month for the River Lions is […]

City wins national marketing awards

News | September 14, 2017

Posted on on Wednesday September 13, 2017 Campaigns promoting the Garden City as a great place to visit and do business have garnered the City of St. Catharines two prestigious Marketing Canada Awards from the Economic Development Association of Canada. The City received the Marketing Canada Award for best website from the Economic Developers […]

Amanda Marshall at Montebello Park

News | August 31, 2017

Thousands gathered at Montebello Park to watch Amanda Marshall perform. Read about it here and check out the photos!  

Celebrate Lakeside Park Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

News | August 22, 2017

Aug. 21, 2017 – It’s a Lakeside Park celebration and everyone is invited. The official opening of the revitalized Lakeside Park will take place Thursday, Aug. 31 at noon. The event is open to everyone and will include giveaways, games, informative displays and free rides on the Lakeside Park Carousel, courtesy of the Friends of […]

New Gathering to Focus on Indigenous Arts and Unity

News | August 21, 2017

Celebration of Nations, an exciting new festival of Indigenous arts, culture and tradition, will be held at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) in downtown St. Catharines, ON from September 8 to 10, 2017. The weekend gathering features diverse arts programs, including an impressive list of local and national artists such as Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kaha:wi […]

Canadian playwright Norm Foster gets his due

News | August 10, 2017

From the Toronto Star: “Norm Foster is widely considered Canada’s most produced playwright, whose works receive an average of 150 productions per year.” Read the full article here!

Facer Feast a European Feast

News | August 8, 2017

“For a while, it seemed like Greg Gospodarek was going to live up to his “ringer” status as he devoured perogy after perogy. But in the end, it was the “sleeper” councillor, Mike Britton, who took Monday’s Facer Fest contest to see how many perogy could be consumed in four minutes. It was a tough […]

Driftwood Theatre brings Shakespeare to the Mann Raceway Plaza

News | July 6, 2017

For the 23rd annual Bard’s Bus Tour of Ontario, Driftwood Theatre presents Shakespeare’s Othello. This distinctly Canadian production will be showcased in the Mann Raceway Plaza on Thursday 21 July at 7:30pm. William Shakespeare’s blistering tale of race, jealousy and revenge is set against the backdrop of Canadian history, when in 1974 Canadian soldiers are […]

13th Street Bakery Butter Tarts featured in House & Home

News | June 30, 2017

13th Street Bakery was featured in House & Home! This article says it right. Their butter tarts are every bit as delicious as they are described. Read it here:    

Lakeside Park Carousel opening July 1

News | June 29, 2017

St. Catharines families can add taking a spin on the Lakeside Park Carousel to their Canada Day festivities this weekend. After a six-week delay caused by record-breaking high water levels in Lake Ontario that saturated Lakeside Park, the carousel is set to open for the season Saturday, July 1. “We are thrilled to be able […]

River Lions Name Joe Raso as Head Coach

News | June 28, 2017

Release from Niagara River Lions: The Niagara River Lions named Joseph (Joe) Raso as the franchise’s new Head Coach and General Manager today during a press conference held at the Meridian Centre. Raso, who joins the River Lions as they prepare for their third season in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC), is the […]

A Hockey Weekend in St. Catharines, Ontario Canada

News | June 26, 2017

“ST. CATHARINES, Ontario — This spring we had a great time during a long weekend in and around St. Kitts. Not the island between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, but this town in southern Ontario — not even a five-hour drive from Pittsburgh — that locals fondly call St. Kitts.” Read the full article […]

Doors Open in St. Catharines this Saturday

News | June 23, 2017

“Buildings and places normally off-limits will be open this Saturday for Doors Open St. Catharines. Residents are invited to explore government buildings, local businesses, heritage sites and places of worship for free. The full list, descriptions and times can be found on the city’s website at” Read the full article here:  

St. Catharines Promotes Tourism with New Website

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“St. Catharines has launched a new tourism website that’s more interactive and user-friendly — and it’s not just for visitors. Residents can also re-discover the city and find new adventures on the site at that features attractions, events, local businesses and cuisine. “When you live in an area, you sometimes tune out of what […]

Amanda Marshall headlines City’s free concerts at Montebello Park

News | June 22, 2017

Amanda Marshall will rock Montebello Park when she’s in town later this summer for a free, outdoor concert. Marshall will be part of a trio of Canadian singers performing in Montebello Park Wednesday, Aug. 30 as part of the ONtour free concert series marking Ontario’s 150th anniversary. Michelle Treacy and Mélanie Brulée will also take […]

Celebrate Canada Day with family activities

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Celebrate 150 years of Canada with the City of St. Catharines with free activities the whole family will enjoy.  Flag Raising The City’s Canada 150 Task Force kicks off Canada Day festivities with a flag raising ceremony at Centennial Gardens at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 1. Centennial Gardens was unveiled in 1967 to commemorate the […]

First Set of Artists and Events Announced for Celebration of Nations A Gathering of Indigenous Arts, Culture and Tradition

News | June 19, 2017

Celebration of Nations proudly announce performances for the first gathering at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre will include Buffy Sainte-Marie ​with an opening performance by The Ollivanders, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s Re:Quickening, as well as a Speakers Series, a dance party hosted by DJ Shub (formerly of A Tribe Called Red) and a special RUMBLE: All-Star Jam with Kenny […]

Niagara Parks partners with Metrolinx for new Go Train travel package

News | June 13, 2017

It’s now even easier to GO to Niagara. Spend some time in #OurHomeSTC during your visit! “Metrolinx and Niagara Parks are teaming up to make it easier for people to experience one of the country’s top tourism destinations.” Read the full article in the St. Catharines Standard here!

Canada Day fireworks move to the Henley

News | June 8, 2017

Canada Day fireworks move to the Henley The record-breaking high water levels of Lake Ontario won’t stop fireworks from lighting up the sky in Port Dalhousie on Canada Day. The Port Dalhousie Lions Club normally sets off its dazzling Canada Day fireworks display from Lakeside Park but will be unable to this year due to […]

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre announces third HOT TICKET season

News | June 6, 2017

Building on the successes of the last two HOT TICKET seasons, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is thrilled to release the 2017/18 HOT TICKET line-up. This remarkable third season features some of the best artists from around the globe as well as Niagara’s own backyard, including Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Cochrane + Red Rider, Tower of […]

Progress with Port Dalhousie Piers

News | May 30, 2017

The future of the Port Dalhousie Piers it taking shape. Updated detailed design drawings and cost estimates for the east and west piers and inner harbour have been supplied to the City by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The drawings are based on the public’s request to have the piers restored to allow pedestrian […]

River Lions Here to Stay

News | May 25, 2017

Niagara River Lions announced that they have come to a three-year lease agreement with the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines. The news comes after many rumours circulated with fans questioning where the River Lions would be playing for the seasons to come. “I am personally pleased to come to a long-term agreement with the […]

Lakeside Carousel Opening Delayed

News | May 17, 2017

The Lakeside Park Carousel opening will be delayed as a result of the condition of the park, caused by recent flooding. To read more, and for a list of what is opening for the season:

A warm #OurHomeSTC welcome to our new IceDogs!

News | May 15, 2017

We know you’ll love it here! View the article on the St. Catharines Standard website:

Elton John in St. Catharines

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Elton John and his band appear in St. Catharines for one performance at the Meridian Centre on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8pm as part of a 6-city concert tour that will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, as well as selected tracks from his latest release, Wonderful […]

Roots on the Twenty, Niagara’s Hottest New Event!

News | May 10, 2017

Niagara’s Twenty Valley in collaboration with Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority has added another attraction to its annual line-up with a new Spring event – Roots on the Twenty! Dust off your boots and kick up your heels as you explore the history, feel the culture, and sample the best local fare Niagara has to offer. […]

Terra Lightfoot to engage youth at songwriting workshop

News | March 15, 2017

Terra Lightfoot to engage youth at songwriting workshop ahead of her appearance with Donovan Woods at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is proud to welcome Hamilton-based Terra Lightfoot for a special one-time-only HOT TICKET double-bill with 2017 JUNO nominee, Donovan Woods in Partridge Hall on Friday 24 March at 7:30pm. Before […]

Captivating artists break out this March!

News | March 10, 2017

Kick off your March Break on 9 March with Lightwire Theater’s MOON MOUSE! This electroluminescent puppet show features music by David Bowie and Elton John and is led by a team that reached the semi-finals on America’s Got Talent.  Other family shows includes two wonderful introductions to theatre for little ones:  Windmill Theatre’s Grug and […]

Huka Entertainment & Gold & Gold Productions Present OLD DOMINION

News | February 8, 2017

Huka Entertainment & Gold & Gold Productions Present OLD DOMINION With Special Guest Kira Isabella Friday, April 28th MERIDIAN CENTRE ST. CATHARINES, ON  Ottawa, ON (Wednesday, February 8th) – HUKA Entertainment & Gold & Gold Productions are excited to welcome chart-topping country sensations, Old Dominion, Friday, April 28th, Meridian Centre, St. Catharines, ON. Tickets on sale Friday, February 10th […]

CHRIS DE BURGH: ‘A Better World’ Canadian Tour 2017 Visits St. Catharines, ON

News | February 2, 2017

CHRIS DE BURGH ‘A BETTER WORLD’ CANADIAN TOUR 2017 to visit ST. CATHARINES, ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 7, 2017/MERIDIAN CENTRE TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10 AT 10:00 am Montreal, February 2, 2017 – Chris de Burgh comes to St. Catharines on Saturday, October 7 at Meridian Centre for a night of his greatest hits and […]

No borders! – International artists visit downtown St. Catharines

News | January 31, 2017

No borders! – International artists visit downtown St. Catharines 25 January 2017- Impressive sounds and remarkable artistry will continue to fill the stages of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre this February. Performances include exceptional musicians and artists from Los Angeles, Tokyo, Newfoundland, South Africa, and Niagara. Plus, Robertson Theatre will play host to a pair […]

The Farthest Shore – a Celtic Celebration

News | January 30, 2017

THE FARTHEST SHORE – A CELTIC CELEBRATION Chorus Niagara and Artistic Director Robert Cooper kick off 2017 with THE FARTHEST SHORE – A CELTIC CELEBRATION in Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines, Saturday March 4th, 7:30pm. Following two sold out shows in the first half of the season, Chorus […]

Foster Festival to Honour Norm Foster on Opening Night of Second Season

News | January 6, 2017

The Foster Festival applauds playwright Norm Foster’s induction as an Officer of the Order of Canada Foster Festival to Honour Norm Foster on Opening Night of Second Season January 6, 2017 (St Catharines, ON) – The Foster Festival applauds the appointment of Canadian playwright Norm Foster as an Officer of the Order of Canada, the […]