A New Place to Dwell: 8MM Films and Live Music by Several Futures

A New Place to Dwell: 8MM Films and Live Music

Film Collages by Jonathan Culp
Live Music by Several Futures

Saturday 19 December 2015 9PM at NAC

“A New Place To Dwell” is a live multi-screen Super 8 film mashup, with driving accompaniment from Toronto avant-rock band Several Futures. This one hour performance features dozens of one-of-a-kind film clips from the “orphan film” archives of Jonathan Culp – from horror movies to home movies, from living rooms to dance floors. Projected on three 50-year-old Technicolor loop projectors, these images are orchestrated into a bizarre, kinetic journey through the 20th century camera’s gaze.



The Curse of Clara

The Curse of Clara
Special Niagara Screening
Based on the autobiographical short story by Vickie Fagan


When small-town girl Vickie is accepted into the prestigious National Ballet School and selected to play “Clara” in the Company’s holiday production of The Nutcracker, things look like they couldn’t get any better. And they can’t, because that’s when Vickie finds out about the mysterious Curse of Clara. Thankfully, she’s got a good friend, the 1972 Summit Series and an imaginary mentor (in the form of Phil Esposito) to keep her “on pointe.” Starring Saara Chaudry, Sara Botsford, Sheila McCarthy, Karen Kain, Bob Cole, and Phil Esposito.

THE CURSE OF CLARA: A HOLIDAY TALE is a new original animated special airing on CBC-TV in December as part of its holiday programming lineup. A young dancer’s dreams come true when ballet, hockey and the holidays converge.

Inspired by the autobiographical short story “The Curse of Clara or My Big Fat Disappointment” by Vickie Fagan, the 30-minute special is set against the backdrop of The National Ballet of Canada’s Nutcracker and the 1972 Summit Series, a Canada-USSR showdown that shaped hockey history.

THE CURSE OF CLARA: A HOLIDAY TALE stars Hockey Hall of Fame inductees Phil Esposito and Bob Cole (Hockey Night in Canada) and National Ballet of Canada Prima Ballerina Karen Kain as themselves with Sheila McCarthy (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Emily of New Moon) as the narrator, Sara Botsford (E.N.G., Legal Eagles, Still of the Night) as the ballet mistress and Saara Chaudry (Max and Shred, Degrassi) in the roles of Vickie and Clara.


LIT ON TOUR! Dylan Horrocks and Seth > FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2015 7PM

International Festival of Authors Ontario presents
Dylan Horrocks and Seth

Niagara Artists Centre

Join New Zealand’s Dylan Horrocks and Canada’s Seth for a discussion on their latest graphic novels, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen and Palookaville 22 at Niagara Artists Centre on October 30 at 7pm.

>> pay-what-you-can // suggested $10 <<

DYLAN HORROCKS is the author of the award-winning graphic novel Hicksville and the comic book series Pickle and Atlas. Horrocks has also written for DC Comics and Vertigo, including Hunter: The Age of Magic and Batgirl. He presents his latest critically acclaimed graphic novel, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, which explores the pleasures, dangers and moral consequences of fantasy.

SETH is the cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookaville, which started as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which showcased the first public display of his model city Dominion. He is now a part of the Gallery’s permanent collection. Seth presents Palookaville 22, the latest in the series and a continuation of Part Four of the ongoing Clyde Fans serial.

Harriet’s Legacies: Race, Historical Memory and Futures in Canada | Thurs 22 + Fri 23 Oct

Harriet’s Legacies:
Race, Historical Memory and Futures in Canada

Organized by Ronald Cummings, Natalee Caple, Gregory Betts, Kevin Gosine, and Tamari Kitossa
Day events at Pond Inlet, Brock University
Evening events at the Niagara Artists Centre

This important conference will highlight the historical presence of Black Canadians in Canada. The title refers to the crucial role that St. Catharines played in the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery. Harriet Tubman, who is recognized by UNESCO, as a freedom seeker, abolitionist and ‘conductor’ was the city’s most renowned participant in the Underground Railroad. Tubman and the Black citizens who helped to build St. Catharines are soon to be recognized by the opening of a new elementary school in downtown St. Catharines. The timing of the conference will help to connect the university and the broader community around shared goals of unity in diversity, the recovery and memorialization of Black history in Ontario and the promotion of general knowledge around the multiple accomplishments of Black Canadians.

dann j. Broyld, Carole Lynn Stewart, Jennifer Harris, Jessica Ratcliffe, Kate Siklosi, Victoria Partyka, Anique J. Jordan, Carla Chambers, Kaie Kellough, Jacqueline Valencia, Klyde Broox, Clifton Joseph, Lillian Allen, Paul Barrett, Cecil Foster, Carolyn Thompson, Leslie Sanders, Wilma Morrison, Natasha Henry, David Hemmings, Kit Dobson, Deanna Henderson, Ronald Cummings, Nalini Mohabir, Zainab AMadahy, Bonita Lawrence, Paula Madden, Ciann Wilson, Jane Andres, DJ Marinko Marinkov, Bill Ralph

THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER  2015 > beginning @ 8:30AM
A day of conference presentations, musical performances, and a catered lunch followed by keynote presentations by two-time Juno Award winning Dub poet Lillian Allen and Dr. Paul Barrett, author of Blackening Canada. An evening of music, dub poetry, and a special living tribute to Austin Clarke.

FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2015 > beginning @ 9:00AM
A morning of conference presentations and roundtable discussions, followed by a guided tour of the Black history of Niagara Peninsula by Niagara Bound Tours. Evening events feature a discussion and demonstration of the vinyl history of Dub, Techno, and Hip Hop followed by a screening of NFB classic King of the Hill, featuring St. Catharines’ own Ferguson Jenkins, the greatest Canadian baseball player of all time.

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Sculpture by Frank Rekrut
Photograph by Gregory Betts
Poster by Natasha Pedros, Niagara Artists Centre

BORDER BLUR RS: OCTOBER EDITION > Thursday 15 October 2015 7PM

Featuring David Goldstein, Liz Worth, Adam Sol, and Karen Solie
Thursday 15 October 2015 7PM at NAC

We’ve got a goodie this time! We’re going to be hosting none other than David Goldstein, Liz Worth, Adam Sol, and Karen Solie. I know, right? Amazing.

David B. Goldstein is the author of a poetry collection, Laws of Rest (BookThug, 2013), a book of criticism, Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare’s England (Cambridge, 2013), and two chapbooks, the most recent of which is Object Permanence(Ugly Duckling, 2015). His next full-length collection is forthcoming in 2016. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award, Goldstein lives with his family in Toronto, where he is Associate Professor of English at York University.

Liz Worth is a Toronto-based author and tarot reader. Her first book, Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond, was the first to give an in-depth account of Toronto’s early punk scene. She has also released a poetry collection called Amphetamine Heart and a novel called PostApoc. Her latest book is called No Work Finished Here: Rewriting Andy Warhol. You can reach her at www.lizworth.com.

Adam Sol’s fourth book of poetry, Complicity, was published in 2014 by McClelland & Stewart. His previous collections include Jeremiah, Ohio, which was shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium Award for Poetry; and Crowd of Sounds, which won the award in 2004. He teaches at Laurentian University’s campus in Barrie, Ontario, and lives in Toronto.

Karen Solie was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She is the author of three collections of poems including Pigeon, which won the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. She was International Writer-in-Residence at the University of St. Andrews in 2011, and is an Associate Director for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio program. Her poems have been published in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe, and have been translated into French, German, Korean, and Dutch. Her first U.K. edition, The Living Option: Selected Poems, was published in 2013. She lives in Toronto.

Get pumped.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.


It’s happening ? It’s not happening? When’s it happening?

Shit happens.

Whither the STRUTT Wearable Art Show?

We sincerely wish we could offer you a short, concise, and confirmed answer on where and when the the sixteenth incarnation of the STRUTT FIASCO will be touching down.

Unfortunately, we can’t.

What we can tell you is this: Our home for the last four years is no longer available to us. The WS Tyler Factory has been reactivated, and believe it or not, now has a higher purpose to serve than hosting an annual wearable art weekend.

Our search for a home has lead us to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. We’re working the details on how to land the STRUTT Mothership of Weirdness in that spanking new facility but the calendar is too crammed for this fall. Presently, we’re trying to work all the details of unleashing the amphetamine rush of STRUTT on the newly beating cultural heart of downtown in the early months of 2016. Provided the ticker can take it, we’ll be making a formal announcement of the confirmed dates soon.

So, artists, hold on to those ideas, hone and refine them. And, anxious audience members, hold onto your hopes and your expectations. When we finally do this thing, guaranteed, it’ll be aimed at the stratosphere.


Stephen Remus
Minister of Energy, Minds, and Resources

n-e-o trio collective on the Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace: Sat 26 Sept 2015

n-e-o trio collective
thomas craig oliver terrace at nac
saturday 26 september 2015


under the stars

$10 at the door // licensed event

Unpopular Film Series presents Sudden Fury: Thurs 24 Sept 2015

Unpopular Arts Film Series presents


Thursday 24 September 8PM at NAC

An independently financed (no tax shelter here) and directed by Brian Damude, this is one of the best Canadian films of the era, a successful transplanting of Hitchcockian shock techniques to a pastoral southern Ontario milieu. The mostly unknown cast really knocks it out of the park, and there’s clever pacing tricks and brilliant use of props – a telephone, a milk jug.

Border Blur Reading Series > Thursday 17 September 2015

Natalee Caple / Kaie Kellough / Andrew McEwan / Jacqueline Valencia

Thursday 17 September 2015 at 7PM
Niagara Artists Centre

Natalee Caple
Natalee Caple is the author of seven books of poetry and fiction and the co-author of several incarnations of a full-length play titled irobot (based on jason Christie’s work of poetry) with theSwallow-a-Bicycle Theatre Collective. Her most recent novel, In Calamity’s Wake was publihed to international acclaim in Canada and the US in 2013. Her collection of poetry, A More Tender Ocean, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Natalee teaches literature and creative writing at Brock University.

Andrew McEwan
Andrew McEwan is from Bright’s Grove, Ontario, and studies at the University of Toronto. His work has appeared in Dandelion, Misunderstandings Magazine, Fact-Simile, Monkey Puzzle, and Gulch, an anthology published by Tightrope Books. His first chapbook is due in February 2010 from Cactus Press.

Kaie Kellough
kaie kellough is a word-sound systemizer. his systems originate in the inchoate swirl of vowels, consonants, misspellings, shapes, stammerings, and emerge as audio recordings, books, visual entities, volumes of letters, and performances that verse and reverse utterance.
kaie’s work fuses formal experiment and social engagement. kaie is the author of 2 books of poetry and 2 sound recordings. he has performed and published internationally. kaie lives in montréal, where he works on new and old ideas.

Jacqueline Valencia
Toronto-based poet, writer, and film/music/literary critic Jacqueline Valencia earned her Honours BA in English at the University of Toronto. Jacqueline is currently a freelancer, senior literary editor at The Rusty Toque, critic at Broken Pencil Magazine, founding editor of These Girls On Film, and a film journalist and senior staff film critic at Next Projection.

MOVE ON UP! A Fundraiser in Benefit of NAC : Thursday 10 September 2015

A fundraiser in benefit of the
Niagara Artists Centre

Thursday 10 September 2015  7PM

An evening to enjoy Niagara’s superlative music, food, and drink
Featuring The Mark Lalama Band

Farm-to-table epicurean fare prepared by chefs
Andrew Mcleod (Bolete) and Adam Hynam-Smith (El Gastrónomo Vagabundo)

with outstanding Niagara wines by
Creekside Estate Winery

On the Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace
at the Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines, Ontario

$250 a couple or tables of eight $800

Tax receipts available on request
Charitable registration number 0625-46-2216

For tickets or more information