L Show / Friday 23 August 8PM / TCO Rooftop Terrace

Friday 23 August 8PM
Ten bucks to get in

Thomas Craig Oliver Rooftop Terrace at NAC

L = 50

It was the summer of 1969.

Mark Clifford was in a band called THE STROLLING SENTRY. Mike Dixon was in a band called THE HUE AND CRY.
Dave Petrie was the drummer in THE STROLLING SENTRY. His brother Gord was HUE AND CRY’s guitarist. Both bands rehearsed in the Petrie family basement.

With the Petrie family on vacation in Europe in the summer of 69 THE STROLLING SENTRY needed a substitute drummer for a gig at a hair salon across from the Six Pence on Carlise Street.

The Hair Salon was owned by Kevin Ridge, a brother of the other guitarist in THE STROLLING SENTRY.

Mike Dixon got the gig because he could play Purple Haze, a song on THE STROLLING SENTRY set list.

A spark ignited at that first gig. The next two years they began working up some ‘muse’ with new friend Steve Doede. They called the band MOTION.

A foray into the oblivion of improvisations and the music of the day began at that gig in 1969 and it’s carried on for 50 years (Roman numeral: L).

With the L-Show on the Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC, Mike and Mark plan on playing in a transparent and vulnerable way. They have prepared and charted skeletal forms, confident in 50 plus years of experience in their quest for the muse within a moment in time

Joining us, occasionally, will be percussionist/poet/digeridoo player Mike Corrigan and technician/recording engineer/bassist Gerry Hotson.

Mike and Mark are grateful that these friends that they share so much history with will be joining them on their continued search for the ‘muse’.

‘L’ also stands for LONGEVITY. We trust the hand signal shall become a new and positive gesture.

Mike and Mark are grateful to NAC for support and encouragement from the get-go.

Much love and musing and ‘L’ to all.
Marco  (Mark Clifford)


Artist Talk w Carrie Perreault + Eliza Chandler

In Conversation
with Carrie Perreault + Eliza Chandler
Wednesday 24 July 7PM at NAC

Carrie Perreault in conversation with Eliza Chandler about current exhibition period of adjustment on display in NAC’s Show Room Gallery. The evening will also be marked by a publication launch, with essays by Lucy R. Lippard and Sky Goodden. This period of adjustment poster is a numbered/ signed edition of 500. It can be purchased for $15 in person at the Niagara Artists Centre or sent by post when purchased online through www.carrieperreault.com

Carrie Perreault is an artist based in Toronto and New York. Recent exhibitions and projects include SHOW.19, Cambridge Art Galleries, Idea Exchange, curated by Iga Janik (2019); Deathnastics, as part of Gymsick, curated by Hazel Meyer and Lucy Pawlak, Toronto (2018); Hamilton Biennale, Hamilton (2017); Strange Beauty, Tangled Arts + Disability Festival, Toronto (2015); and Little Tremors, Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei (2014). Perreault has participated in residencies at Open Studio, Toronto; The Banff Centre; and Taipei Artist Village.


Eliza Chandler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. Previous to this role, she was the Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability, a disability arts organization in Toronto, Canada. Chandler’s teaching and research bring together disability arts, disability studies, and activism. This includes her co-directorship of Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life, a SSHRC-funded partnership grant dedicated to the cultivation of disability arts in Canada. Chandler sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Arts Council and is a practicing curator.

ACCESSABILITY: This exhibition is partially accessible. There is ramp access at the entrance of the Niagara Artists Centre. The gallery is on the ground floor along with three non-gendered bathrooms, one of which is accessible. There is an audio description of the exhibition available. If you have specific accommodation requests please get in touch with natasha@nac.org







Saturday 6 April 2019
at NAC 354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines ON
Doors at 8:00PM / VIP Preview at 7:40PM*

Niagara’s creative community has come together in record numbers to support your friendly neighbourhood artist-run centre at the ninth annual SMALL FEATS ART SHOW!

Over one hundred and twenty NAC Member artists are creating sooo-weet works of art for Niagara’s largest and most energetic art sale frenzy set to take place on Saturday 6 April at NAC in Downtown St. Catharines.

Every year NAC challenges our artist members to create killer-diller visual art con­fined to an area no larger than one square foot—all for sale for $200. In 2017 we broke the mold and introduced Big Feats for sale at $800 (varying in size and all way bigger than a square foot)!

And 2019 brings a whole new suite of works – $50 silk screened prints hand made at the NAC Studio Shop. There’s something for every art collector at SMALL FEATS!

The annual SMALL FEATS show and sale is NAC’s largest art fundraiser and an as­sured rocking good time in beautiful downtown St. Catharines-on-the-parking-lot.

Every year artists respond to the call—and to the efforts and talents of their peers—and every year the show gets larger and the art gets stronger. Each of the contributing artists has generously chosen to split half or donate all of the proceeds to NAC, Niagara’s friendly neighbourhood, charitably registered artist-run centre.

We’ll be uploading images of the work on our site beginning Wednesday 27 March. Make sure to refresh the page every day leading up to the event!

See what makes Niagara a distinct place to live.
Own a piece of this place–our place.
Buy Local Art!

* Upgrade your NAC membership to Supporter, Patron, or Champion and get in early at 7:40PM. Don’t miss Niagara’s largest visual art show and sale. Special viewing and purchasing opportunities are available.

TZT : TNT / Fri 1 Feb 2019

E X P E R I M E N T A L  /  P O E T R Y  /  M U S I C

TZT are Gregory Betts, Arnold “Frothing” McBay, Benjamin Mikuska, Devon Fornelli, and Gary Barwin
with special guest Lillian Allen.

Friday 1 February 2019
Doors 7:30 / Show 8:00


Bar by Mahtay Cafe



Tuesday 18 December 2018 7PM
Niagara Artists Centre
It’s a potluck!

Join us on TUESDAY 18 DECEMBER 7PM at NAC for a review of the activities of the last year. We’re going to use Power Point. We’re going to make motions. We’re going to elect board directors. We’re going award the volunteer of the year. And best for last, we’re going to adjourn.

There’s a potluck after the meeting where we will acknowledge our good fortune and talk to one another outside of a bureaucratic framework. It all amounts to good times.



A concentrated three blocks of artists’ studios and cultural enterprises open their doors and invite your patronage. Visual arts, crafts, musical instruments and recordings, books, and eclectic cultural gifts and artefacts of all kinds are to be offered at discounted rates – ONE DAY ONLY!

Discover these TWELVE destinations between Carlisle and Geneva!

Visit EIGHT independent businesses selling cultural goods and the studios of SIXTEEN Niagara artists plus a makers market featuring NAC Artists!

dear gemini at 283 St. Paul
The Write Bookshop at 285 St. Paul
Bond Street Studio Sale at 3 Bond
What Box Studios at 329 St. Paul #2
Out of the Past St.Catharines at 340 St. Paul
Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) at 354 St. Paul
Niagara Records at 377 St. Paul
pocket CHANGE at 393 St. Paul
Mostly Comics at 413 St. Paul
Rysons Music at 5 Court
Handmade Market / Warehouse at 11 Geneva
Roly Poly Records & Retro and the NAC Studio Shop at 433 St. Paul

>> Each shop has their own hours, but we’ll all be rocking between 12+5PM! <<

The Northern Arm + The Dinner is Ruined at NAC!

The Northern Arm + The Dinner is Ruined / Sat 15 Dec 2018 8PM

the northern arm + the dinner is ruined
Sat 15 Dec 2018 8PM at NAC
Tickets $10

the northern arm
instrumental. started 2004. recorded at various locations in ontario, outside in winter. song ideas recorded acoustically, on spot. 8 track running off a car inverter. dubs later at home. some locations: toronto island, niagara, ghost road scugog island, steel plants in the hammer. 4 albums before children and jobs. now electric, 2 drummers, gtrs, bss, tapes. 30 minutes of continuous music. recorded at the gas station last summer, after floods. 4th time at in the soil, thanks very much.


the dinner is ruined
The Dinner Is Ruined will dazzle a discerning audience with their quirky blend of experimental and improvisational techniques unique to the mood in those special moments of performance. In other words, “Let’s drop some jaws!”

The Dinner Is Ruined was formed in 1991 by multi-instrumentalist Dale Morningstar. Original members included Don Kerr on drums and Al Kelso on bass. They recorded their first album, Burn Your Dashiki, in 1991. After this point, Kelso left the band. Keyboardist/bassist Dr. Pee joined the group, and a second album, Love Songs from the Lubritorium, was recorded in 1993 by Raw Energy, Kerr left the band after this. While opening for Rheostatics in 1994, Morningstar and Pee were booed and had objects thrown at them. Subsequently Dave Clark, at the time a member of Rheostatics, joined The Dinner is Ruined. In 2000, the group released the album A Maggot in their Heads. The band continued to perform live, with often improvised instrumentation quite different from their recorded work. In 2001 the band performed live at the Folk on the Rocks Festival in Yellowknife, backing up Gord Downie. This collaboration continued, and the members of The Dinner Is Ruined recorded as part of Gordon Downie’s backup band on his three solo albums. North American tours in 2001, 2003, and 2010 followed.

Hockey legend Bobby Orr responded to the release of the song “Bobby Orr” saying “It has a good beat and you can dance to it.”

Dale Morningstar has engineered two albums that were nominated for JUNO awards for Thrush Hermit and The Inbreds and Dave Clark and his band Rheostatics received a GENIE award for Best Original Song in 1994.

Wax Mannequin + DRFTR / Fri 30 Nov 2018 8PM

Wax Mannequin + DRFTR
Fri 30 Nov 2018 8PM at NAC

$10 at the door

Wax Mannequin (Christopher Adeney) has honed his weird, folk-punk anthems over years of travel and tribulation. His songs are dark and thoughtful at times, pounding and ridiculous at others…or all of these things at once. Songsmith, performance-art provocateur and self-sabotologist, Wax Mannequin continues indefinitely to carve a deep, indelible groove across the face the modern music underground.

Wax Mannequin’s 7th full length, Have A New Name, was recorded in a small east-end Hamilton industrial space containing piles of vintage and futuristic equipment. Adeney — along with percussionist Mark Raymond and producer Edwin Burnett —crafted Have A New Name’s eight songs out of semi-impromptu sessions that eventually expanded with the addition of grand piano, viola da gamba, double bass and a 12 piece choir. The end product is the most sonically ambitious Wax Mannequin album to date, and also arguably the most powerful.

Have A New Name, will be released June 22nd nationally on COAX records/Outside distribution (vinyl and CD). COAX is a wonderful not-for-profit label run by Rae Spoon, and home to quality friends like Bird City (Jenny Mitchell), LAL and Geoff Berner. I encourage you to explore the entire COAX catalogue at…




Tooton’s Photography: In The Business Of Making Memories / Tues 20 Nov 2018 8PM

Tooton’s Photography: In The Business Of Making Memories
Written and Directed by Anthony Tooton

Niagara Premiere!
Tuesday 20 November 8PM at NAC
$7 at the door

The Tootons processed and printed more than 100 million rolls of film from 1905 to 1996 in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia. This family documented ourpeople, places, and history. Anthony Tooton (IV) takes us on his journey of documenting this important family’s legacy, started by his Great-Grandfather, who was born in Damascus, Syria. The film is a passionate Immigrant’s and business story of endearing love, undying commitment, and unique success.


TEAMS of FIVE – $25 per PERSON for the SEASON


Season Begins Friday 9 November 8pm
Call or email NAC to register your team
artists@nac.org 905-641-0331


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