Friends & Neighbours at Mahtay Cafe / Sat 9 Sept 2017

Zula Presents
Niagara Artists Centre

Fire Music from Norway

Mahtay Cafe
241 St. Paul St.
St. Catharines, ON

Saturday 9 September 2017

ANDRÉ ROLIGHETEN saxophones/clarinets
JON RUNE STRØM double bass

Described as energetic and melodic free jazz inspired by musicians like Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and John Carter, Norway’s Friends & Neighbors create an authentic and acoustic atmosphere that refers back to the political roots of free jazz.
Through original and strong compositions, this has resulted in a band sound with strong identity, crystal clear presence and personality. 
Their second release Hymn for a Hungry Nation was received with 4 1/2 out of 5 stars in DownBeat Magazine. 



Summer Rooftop Kick Off Party



Our summer season of roodfeck music kicks off with an announcement of seven great live shows featuring musicians from Cayuga to Chicago and from Welland to New Orleans!

Limited (and soon to be elusive) passes for these shows will go on sale at the event. Only sixty passes available, so don’t miss out!

$5 at the door

BOWLING: Thurs 1 June 2017 / 7pm-9pm


     Strikes and gutters,
     ups and downs,
     the Dude abides

Thurs 1 June 7pm-9pm
Fairview Lanes / Fairview Mall

Shoe-up at 6:45!

Sign-up in advance at NAC, email, or pay at the lanes
$25 / bowler or groups of 5 / $100
>> includes shoes! <<



DRONE DAY / Sat 27 May 2017

Saturday 27 May

For too long the drone has been overshadowed by the tyrants of melody & rhythm.

We call upon all drones to come together annually to form a massive drone.




OPEN HOUSE: Membership Month!


We’re inviting all NAC members to come on down, bring some friends, and show the place off. It’s a free night of music and dancing on the Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace with Parisian melodies and beats for rumpshakers provided by our own DJ Mo-Tang!

We open the doors downstairs at 7PM on Saturday 25 June, and then move the affair top floor before 9PM.

A wonderful summer evening is in store.

You are also welcome to consider this the ideal opportunity to introduce your friends to NAC and beg, bribe, hound, pester, and badger them into becoming a member. Yes we take money in all its many forms: cash, interac, credit cards, Canadian Tire money, and gold bullion.

Hope to see lots out Saturday!


Saturday 9 April 2016
Doors at 8PM / VIP Preview at 7:40PM
Largest Art Exhibit + Sale in Niagara



The SMALL FEATS show and sale is NAC’s largest annual fundraiser and an assured rocking good time in beautiful downtown St. Catharines-on-the-parking-lot. Every year NAC challenges our artist members to create killer-diller visual art no larger than one square foot. These are veritable OXO cubes of artistry, the sweet and condensed distillations of visual expression. They pack a wallop but they’re small enough to hang almost anywhere in your house: in the hall, beside the fridge, in front of the TV, or hey, stick one up in the car.

Stay tuned for a preview of the show here!

The Sadies at Silver Spire: Fri 5 Feb 2016

Friday 5 February 2016 | Doors at 8PM
Silver Spire United Church – Next door to NAC!

Physical tickets available at Mindbomb Records


If you’re seeking affirmation that despite the fading potency of rock ‘n’ roll it still bashes through the hardened slurry of mundanity with ground quaking authority akin to John Henry’s last mighty sledge hammer swings, you owe it to yourself to behold The Sadies.

A few years back, for the In the Soil Festival, The Sadies blew-up the Mikado clipping breakers no one knew were in the joint. Shortly after, they brought their ton-weight of guitars to bear on the twenty-thirteen incarnation of STRUTT, diesel powering the affair into legend.

On February fifth, The Sadies’ll be in the auditorium of the Silver Spire United Church, right beside your friendly neighbourhood artist-run centre on St. Paul Street.  The show is co-presented by Indoor Shoes and NAC. Witness, and you too may testify!

Special thanks to the folks at The Silver Spire United Church for hosting the night!

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Move On Over! A fundraiser for NAC

MOVE ON OVER! A Fundraiser for NAC
Pop Up Dinner & Entertainment Series
With Chefs Andrew McLeod and Kyle Paton of Bolete and Adam Hynam-Smith of El Gastrónomo Vagabundo

Thursday 11 February at 7PM at the Kwong Chow

Tickets are $125 each. A charitable receipt of $60 will be issued for all tickets purchased. Contact Natasha at NAC for tickets: 905-641-0331 or

You need to get on this like white on rice!

In September we launched our pop-up dinner and entertainment series on the Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace right here at NAC. Seven courses of phenomenal cuisine followed by a wonderful performance by Niagara’s own accordion heartthrob Mark Lalama. Here’s what some of you said:

“Last nite’s event was smashing! We enjoyed every minute and every bite and every sip and every musical note! . . . and bonus—met some more wonderful St. Catharine’s people.”

“Wonderful evening, all around! You guys did a great job.”

“St. Catharines never had it so good. NAC does the unexpected and consistently makes it extraordinary. Can’t wait to see what you do next.”

Well, that wait’s almost over. The next edition in NAC’s series of fine dining and knockout entertainment events is coming down the pike like a snow plough on full throttle!

Our generous chefs are back with us again to create our epicurean feast; Andrew McLeod and Kyle Paton of Bolete (soon opening downtown), and Adam Hynam-Smith of El Gastrónomo Vagabundo (the pioneering and award-wining food truck that’s rambled all over Niagara and the GTA these last five years). Since our last event, Chef McLeod placed second in PEI’s prestigious Garland International Chef Challenge. So let’s be real here, these are not only some of the best chefs in Niagara, there some of the best chefs anywhere!

Though we won’t be under the stars at NAC this time, we’ve found a venue a few doors down at our end of St. Paul that will provide the eclectic energy we thrive on.

The Kwong Chow is one of the oldest, continually operating restaurants in downtown St. Catharines, first opening its doors in 1981. It’s a brightly shining example of the classic Chinese/Canadian restaurant that was once ubiquitous in towns and cities of all sizes. The place is renowned among downtowners for its rare style: chandeliers, red velvet wallpaper, and a tabletop video game. The Kwong Chow—we are near certain—is also the last place on this earth where hamburgers and cheeseburgers are sold at the same price, we invite you to an alternate universe of free cheese!

Working from nothing more than a mention in passing, Wing and Soo, the Kwong Chow’s proprietors, have generously offered their restaurant as the host venue for our MOVE ON OVER fundraiser. That’s mighty neighbourly.

The event’s entertainment is sure to astonish, we guarantee it. However, for legal reasons, news of our headlining act must remain confidential at this time.

Seating is limited, buy your tickets early!

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.

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