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In this edition of The Bulletin:

  1. Puppet-A-Go-Go opens Saturday in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery
  2. PHOBE: Saturday 9:30PM at the Film House / Post Screening chat at NAC
  3. In the Soil Arts Festival: Friday 29 April  – Sunday 1 May


Christine Cosby, Alexa Fraser, Trisha Lavoie and Clelia Scala
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday 23 April 2016 at 7PM

The Puppet-A-Go-Go project 1000 Finger Puppets has surpassed its goal. Artists of all ages and walks of life have attended puppet-workshops, come to puppet making parties, mailed in their contributions from across North America, and dropped off sandwich bags of puppet goodness at our doorsteps. We have felt puppets, knitted puppets, wooden puppets, inner tube puppets, plaster puppets, paper puppets and more!


All of this work will be on display for two weeks at the Niagara Artists Centre, debuting this Saturday.

Founded by Christine Cosby, Alexa Fraser, Trisha Lavoie and Clelia Scala, Puppet-A-Go-Go aims to bring puppets to the people and the people to the puppets. In addition to the Wall Of 1000 Finger Puppets, the four artists will also be debuting puppet-based installations and performances at the opening reception.


Puppet-A-Go-Go will also be hosting drop-in workshops during the In The Soil Arts Festival, April 29 to May 1. See below for details.


Canada 1995. Directed by Erica Benedikty, 81 min. NR

The Film House: Saturday 22 April 2016 at 9:30PM

Join the filmmakers after the screening at the PAC for a discussion and a toast to PHOBE at the Niagara Artists Centre!

If you were up late surfing through the channels on offer from our local cable provider in the mid-90s, chances are you happened on PHOBE. Produced by a small and undaunted group of Niagara filmmakers, this sci-fi thriller chronicles the search for a deadly creature known as the PHOBE. From parts of the universe unknown, one of these bad-ass critters has esaped and come to earth. Ultimate fighter, and fellow alien, Sgt. Dapp is in pursuit. A true DIY classic, PHOBE has mullets you just can’t grow anymore, bongloads of Amiga CGI and more roman candles than Parliament Hill on Canada Day. Join the filmmakers after the screening for a discussion and a toast to PHOBE!

Get your tickets here

Friday 29 April – Sunday 1 May > Downtown St.Catharines


Over 650 artists will bring 150 acts/ installations to 15 venues with the care and support of over 150+ volunteers for the 8th annual In the Soil Arts Festival – an extraordinary showcase of original music, theatre, dance, spoken word, film, media art, street art and one-time performance experiences from 29 April – 1 May 2016.

Festival passes are only $40 for all access pass (subject to venue capacity).

It has been a banner year for downtown St. Catharines with the arrival of Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The streets are filled with new life each day and In the Soil Arts Festival is proud to grow with new venues and partners, celebrating the rich past and bright future of the downtown St. Catharines with a lense for the unexpected and extraordinary.

• Over 600 artists will be in downtown St. Catharines to welcome spring with open arms in 15+ performance and installation venues;
• A warm and cozy festival hub on James Street (between St. Paul and King Streets) that will include the Vendor Bender Arts Market in partnership with Craft Arts Market, delicious local beer and wine, interactive activities and our festival stage.

Stay tuned for a few big announcements as well as a full schedule and artist bios in mid-March.

Interested in volunteering for the festival? We’d love to have you and encourage you to check out more information at

In the Soil Arts Festival is brought to you by Suitcase in Point Theatre Company and festival partners with an aim to bring Niagara artists from a range of disciplines together to provide unique audience experiences. The festival nurtures the creation of new work, encourages innovation, offers learning opportunities for youth and provides intimate and uncommon platforms for audiences to experience artwork. Last year over 550 artists and 5000 festival attendees came together to celebrate the arts of Niagara and beyond. This year, In the Soil Arts Festival is bringing another rich and fruitful harvest to St. Catharines downtown core to help grow a Niagara that is self-determining and culturally distinct.

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