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

Saturday 29 August in the Showroom and on the roof

EXCELSIOR! Reception & Artist Talk with Dave Gordon in the Showroom Gallery followed by SOUND SOUND on the Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace (ROOF!)

Excelsior! 1975-2015:
A survey of forty years of artwork by Dave Gordon
Opening Reception Saturday 29 August 2015 7PM
Showroom Gallery at NAC

A survey of forty years of artwork, Excelsior! 1975-2015 is a testament to working in the ‘wilderness’. The paintings of Dave Gordon are idiosyncratic, humorous and above all display a perceptive eye to out surroundings: woodpiles outside a cabin, figures metaphorically “lost” in the wilderness and farcical political portraits—including many provincial and national politicians. Especially incisive are a series of works produced during the bitter Mike Harris years (those aforementioned “lost years”), a perverse take on the Group of Seven, and a recent body of work documenting Gordon’s travels to Syria. In rejecting the spurious intellectualism of Conceptual art, Gordon found a way to document the local in a very personal manner. The works are simultaneously pastoral and political, finding solace in the landscape. This exhibit is generously supported by Shannon Passero.

followed by ……

Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC
Beginning at 8:30PM
PWYC / Licensed Event

Sound by Joe Lapinski + Jeff Luciani
Visuals by Adam Vollick + Stephen Remus

SOUND SOUND is an improvised music series created and run by St. Catharines based musicians Jeff Luciani and Joe Lapinski. It aims at bringing together local and non-local musicians and artists in the spontaneous creation of sound. Both random and thematic inspirations are used to propagate a unique experience for both musician and audience member. In other words, everyone in the room can participate! SOUND SOUND currently has a monthly residency at Mahtay Cafe in lovely downtown St. Catharines.



Bold, fresh and brought to you with a lot of heart, In the Soil Arts Festival is back for the 7th year. This year’s festival will feature a truly original program of new music, media, theatre, dance, poetry, installations and one-time, out-of-the-box performance experiences from 24-26 April 2015. Early bird Festival Passes are only $25 (until 5pm on 3 April 2015) and provide access to over 150 acts and installations.

  • Over 500 artists from close to home and as far as Halifax are coming to downtown St. Catharines to welcome spring with open arms;
  • Back this year, Rhizomes: a choose your own art adventure through the special nooks and cavernous landscapes of CorBloc in downtown St. Catharines;
  • A warm and cozy festival hub ON James Street (between St. Paul and King Streets) that will include an Arts Market, (The Vendor Bender), in partnership with Craft Arts Market, delicious local beer and wine, interactive activities and our festival stage;

In the Soil Arts Festival warmly welcomes PenFinancial Credit Union as our new lead partner. We are proud to be aligned with such a passionate community-minded organization. “Our partnership with In the Soil Arts Festival is a perfect fit,” says Jody Vizza, Director of Brand. “Nurturing the arts community and helping to grow an appreciation for and celebrate the work of performing, literary, musicians and media artists is critical to building strong and vibrant Niagara communities.”
A limited number of early bird festival passes are on sale now for only $25 until 3 April 2015. Visit for tickets and more festival information.

A full list of artists (and more announcements to come) can be found here.  

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 450 artists and 4500 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.

Dig it.