Niagara Métis Art Exhibit / Exposition d’Art Métis au Niagara

Niagara Métis Art Exhibit
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Saturday 19 August
Please email submissions to and include Metis Art Exhibit in the subject line.

Are you a Métis visual artist living in Niagara? Are you interested in exhibiting your art work or video art?

The Niagara Artists Centre and the Niagara Region Métis Council is interested in displaying your work for a special exhibition in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery as part of the Celebration of Nations this September.

We are interested in new art works that explore what it means to be a Metis living in Niagara. Please send by email:

  • a short biography about yourself no longer than 50 words
  • a short statement about your work no longer than 50 words
  • ten jpeg images of art work or two mpeg sample videos of work that you’ve made

Submissions can be made in French or English.

DEADLINE: Saturday 19 August 2017

Please direct any questions to the Stephen Remus at the Niagara Artists Centre, 905-641-0331

Exposition d’Art Métis au Niagara
DATE LIMITE: Samedi 19 août
Merci d’envoyer votre demande de soumission à et de bien indiquer “Exposition d’Art Métis au Niagara” dans le sujet du message.

Êtes-vous artiste plasticien Métis résidant au Niagara?  Seriez-vous intéressés à exposer vos œuvres plastiques ou vidéos?

Le Centre des Artistes du Niagara et le Conseil des Métis de la région du Niagara aimeraient présenter vos œuvres pour une exposition spéciale dans la galerie des membres Dennis Tourbin en partenariat avec la Célébration des Nations ce mois de septembre.

Nous sommes intéressés à découvrir de nouvelles œuvres d’art qui explorent ce que signifie être un Métis habitant dans le Niagara. Envoyez-nous par courriel:

  • Une courte biographie de vous, pas plus que 50 mots
  • Un court résumé concernant vos œuvres, pas plus que 50 mots
  • Dix images jpeg de vos œuvres d’art ou deux échantillons d’œuvres vidéos mpeg que vous avez fait

La proposition peut se faire en français ou en anglais.

DATE LIMITE: Samedi 19 août 2017

Veuillez adresser toutes questions à Stephen Remus au Centre des Artistes du Niagara, 905-641-0331



Saturday 29 July 8PM

The Summer Rooftop Series is generously supported by our amazing friends at Mahtay Café & LoungeThe Office, tap & grillNiagara Oast House BrewersRise Above, and Long & McQuade – St. Catharines

$20 or $15 for NAC Members


Buy a Rooftop Summer Pass $100 (inc HST) for all eight spectacular rooftop shows this summer. Worried you won’t make all the shows? No problem. Pass your pass on to someone else!


B.A. Johnston is a highly spirited musician hailing from Hamilton, Ontario. His songs are unabashedly honest, uniquely quirky and cover controversial topics such as: deep frying, pirates, poutine, video games and love.

He has released five albums and has spent the last eight years touring the country in his mother’s Toyota Previa minivan, providing Canadians with a truly wild performance. He has shared the stage with acts like The Rheostatics, The Constantines, Cuff the Duke, The Silverhearts, The Guthries, and Joel Plaskett.

He has played such high profile schmooze fests like Halifax Pop Explosion, SappyFest (Sackville), Close to the Coast (Charlottetown), and Ranchfest (Vancouver).

He hopes one day to be rich and famous, buy a deep fryer for his bedroom, and finally dance with a girl when Stairway to Heaven is the last song of the night.

A shark throttles your skull : its teeth slide in between the fissures in your scalp : the scent of fresh ‘za : the sight of fresh guts : {PiZZA ViSiON}

Pizza Sharks have been writing music and playing shows for the past year, in which time they have had three releases, including two EPs and a single, and have produced a short film to go with their “Dart Distributor” release. Pizza Sharks draws on a wide canon of music and art as an influence to create their own unique and uncategorical sound.

“They will melt your face. They will damage your hearing. They will probably cause some bleeding. Pizza Sharks are alt-shoegaze from St. Catharines. They SLAY.” – Zoe Smith

Palooka / DRFTR : Fri 14 July 2017



$20 or $15 for NAC Members

Buy a Rooftop Summer Pass $100 (inc HST) for all eight spectacular rooftop shows this summer.
Can’t make a show? Pass your pass on to someone else!


Palooka is back! After an 8-year hiatus as a band, Eron, Jay and Joe are back and want to RAWK THE ROOF…. HARD. Palooka is Joe Lapinski (The Woodshed Orchestra, The Joe Lapinski Band, Bronx Cheerleader), Jay Peters (The Silver Hearts, Magna Cum Loud) and Eron Stroud (Bronx Cheerleader, Rose Garland). Formed in 1999 and based in St. Catharines, Palooka won the hearts of indie, prog, funk and jam band fans right off the bat, making the then-newly opened Merchant Ale House their home away from home. Their music can be described as “progressive-indie Can-RAWK”.

>> If Pavement, Rheostatics, Thin Lizzy and Rush were approved to adopt a Canadian trio rock outfit together, it would be Palooka.


DRFTR is the brain child of Oscar AS. Writing about love lost and the dirty bits inbetween, DRFTR blends soul & folk, and hints elements of pop. Upon completion of his first ever release “DRFTR”, Oscar has spent the better part of the last two years playing around the Niagara region playing with many notable artists such as: Knife the wolf, Abigail Lapell, Stereo Sunrise, Claire Coupland, Majora, Flat Rock, Ed Sawyers and many more canadian DIY artists.

>> DRFTR is a kick in the ass and a horrible philosophy



s u m m e r   p a s s

$88.50 +HST = $100 / Includes entry into all eight shows

The rooftop terrace has a limited capacity, so please call ahead to reserve your spot. Otherwise entry is first come first served.

can’t make a show?
Pass your pass to someone else!

i n d i v i d u a l   t i c k e t s
$20 or $15 NAC members (all prices include HST)


l i n e   u p
Doors open at 8PM for all shows

Friday 30 June

Dance Party > JFM

Friday 14 July
Palooka + Bronx Cheerleader

Saturday 29 July
BA Johnston + Pizza Sharks

Friday 4 August
The Woodshed Orchestrap-tbdo of nola

Saturday 12 August
1914 + Ferns

Friday 25 August
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

Friday 15 September
Strange Shakes + Planet Creatures

Saturday 23 September
Attic Daddy + Charles Hunk


++ line up subject to change / rain dates / location change ++

STILL ALIVE by Katie Mazi : Spring/Summer 2017

Katie Mazi
On display at NAC’s Flea Market Gallery

Still life paintings and drawings were commonly created, sold, collected and showcased since the 1300s and continue to be used as source material for artists. The still life is a timeless way to construct a work of art. Common elements include plants, food, flowers, drapery, vases, and jewellery as seen above.

Still Alive is a collection of found, household objects assembled to create a still life scene. The items on display were gathered from second-hand sources including this flea market. They all have gone through a similar cycle beginning at a retail store, to a residence, discarded and then brought together to restore their value. Each item has been through the process of being desired at one time, then unwanted. The intention of including reused imitation plant material along with ceramics was guided by their long lasting and timeless qualities, which are juxtaposed with their fragility and outdatedness. We are reminded of our own fragility, as the things we use, lose, trade, discard and find will often outlive us, as we move in and out of this world. Those who are passing by will view and perhaps document the scene if they choose.
Katie Mazi is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Niagara region. Her installation work immerses viewers into subversive domestic environments, while her photos illustrate vivid and deceptive scenes. She also uses painting and drawing to communicate fluid and immediate ideas. Mazi is most interested in using everyday objects to represent the absurdity of human behaviour, especially in relationship to non-human animals and the natural world.

To see more work visit:


Pile On by Steve deBruyn / Friday 12 May 2017

Pile On > Steve deBruyn

Show Room Gallery at NAC
Opening Reception / Friday 12 May 2017 at 7PM

READ THE REVIEW by NAC Member Bart Gazzola HERE

On display until Saturday 22 July

An installation of large proportions, rooted in the abandonment of traditional approaches to art making.

Neon Bloom by Amanda McCavour April – Sept 2017

Thread/Machine Embroidery Installation
Amanda McCavour
On display from 30 March – 26 August

Neon Bloom is a thread installation that transforms the gallery into a faux ecosystem as a means of considering reactive and adaptive strategies. Comprised of hundreds of suspended sculptural elements, this constructed ecosystem is further shaped by the artist’s imagination of how nutrient cycles, energy flows, and topologies might affect these blooming forms.

For this project the artist begins with a sewing machine to create three dimensional thread drawings. Stitched lines are made on a temporary surface by sewing onto fabric that dissolves in water. The crossing threads create strength so that when the fabric is dissolved the thread drawing can hold together without a base. These flat embroideries are then sculpted with heat to create a three-dimensional form.

During the installation period leading up to the opening of the show, Neon Bloom takes on a life of its own in the gallery space, hooking into ceilings, spreading across walls, wedging into corners and anchoring along ledges. Once the installation process is complete, hundreds of blooms cluster, float and spread through the space, creating an intensely coloured and immersive environment.

Neon Bloom investigates the sculptural potential of this embroidery process and explores the dualities that embroidery offers – the subtle qualities versus an accumulative and persistent presence and the structural possibilities versus the inherent fragility.

Amanda McCavour is a Toronto-based artist who works with stitch to create large-scale embroidered installations. She is interested in thread’s assumed vulnerability, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.

McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations. By sewing into fabric that dissolves in water, she can build up stitched lines on a temporary surface. The crossing threads create strength so that when the fabric is dissolved, the thread drawing can hold together without a base. With only the thread remaining, these images appear as though they would be easily unraveled and seemingly on the verge of falling apart, despite the works raveled strength.

Through an exploration of line and its 2-d and 3-d implications, stitch is used in her artwork to explore various concepts such as connections to home, the fibers of the body and more formal considerations of thread’s accumulative presence. Amanda’s work explores embroidery’s duality- it’s subtle quality versus it’s accumulative
presence and its structural possibilities versus its fragility. Through experimentation and creation within her studio, she continues to investigate line in the context of embroidery, drawing and installation.

McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and installation and has recently completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. McCavour shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions in Gatineau (QB), Williamsport (PA) and Vancouver (BC). She has received awards and scholarships from the Ontario Crafts Council, The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of America, The Ontario Crafts Council, The Ontario Society of Artists, The Surface Design Association and The Embroiderers Guild of America for her work.