Experience Culture in Niagara:

DAYS OF WINE AND CHOCOLATE

Weekends in February | 11am – 5pm

Explore the decadently sweet and savoury art of wine and chocolate pairing. Visit our wineries and taste over 20 VQA wines matched with chocolate-infused dishes – from classically sweet flavour combinations to unexpected surprises. A romantic celebration for two or a great reason for a girls’ getaway weekend!

If you are travelling with a group of 10 or more guests, please have your group organizer call ahead to the wineries you plan to visit with your approximate arrival time so that we can plan to serve you better and make your experience an enjoyable one! Touring passes are $45 per person (taxes and fees not included). Passes are valid for any of the four event weekends. Passes for the 2017 Days of Wine and Chocolate Event are available now. Tickets can be purchased at wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com

FOR THE LOVE OF ART SHOW

February 4 | White Oaks Resort

For the Love of Arts is being presented the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre and The Club at White Oaks, This premier juried art show will feature high quality fine art and master crafts, and will feature the best of the region’s established and emerging artists, Exciting live entertainment, fine food and wine, demonstrations, and workshops make this unique event the place to be on Saturday, Feb. 4. Tickets are $10. A portion of the proceeds will go to supporting the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, 905-468-5455.

SOUND SOUND

February 6 | 7pm | Maytay Café & Lounge

This improvised music series runs the first Monday of every month. Created and run by St. Catharines based musicians Jeff Luciani and Joe Lapinski, this improvised music series runs the first Monday of every month. Aimed 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. Please check mahtay.ca/events for up to date listings as it is subject to change.

MAN IN THE MIRROR

February 14 – 17 | Fallsview Niagara Casino

Celebrate the music of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson at Fallsview Casino Resort. This theatrical spectacular will take audiences on a musical journey through the career of one of the greatest entertainers of all time.

Feb 14 – 8:30PM

Feb 15 – 3:00PM and 8:30PM

Feb 16 – 3:00PM and 8:30PM

Feb 17 – 9:00PM

Feb 18 – 3:00PM and 9:00PM

Feb 19 – 3:00PM and 7:00PM

Buy your tickets at Fallsview Casino Resort’s Box Office

(open noon on show days), or through Ticketmaster.

BLUE SUEDE SHOES

February 14 – 19 | Scotiabank Convention Centre

MGI presents – Blue Suede Shoes – “The King, The Colonel & The Memories!” – created by Chris Mcharge & Colin Stewart The King of Rock n’ Roll explodes onto the Scotiabank Convention Centre’s Theatre stage in this pulsing tribute to the performer who transformed a generation. Told through the eyes of Elvis’ business manager, Colonel Tom Parker, the show shakes, rattles and rolls through Elvis’ humble beginnings at Sun Records to the Hollywood years and on to the near-mythical comeback and flamboyant Las Vegas residency. With over 40 songs and dozens of costume changes, the show details the days when Elvis was the King of both stage and screen. Elvis will be in the building! Visit fallsconventions.com

CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: FLEETWOOD MAC’S RUMOURS

February 16 | 7:30pm | First Ontario Performing Arts Centre | Partridge Hall

The world’s greatest classic rock albums performed live on stage, note for note. Cut for cut. Fleetwood Mac’s groundbreaking 1977 album Rumours became the quickest selling LP of all time, moving 800,000 copies per week at it’s peak. Tickets are $49. Discounts for members and VIP also available. For more information visit firstontariopac.ca

SINGATHON-CHORUS NIAGARA

February 18 | 10am

Come out for Chorus Niagara’s Annual FIVE HOUR SINGING MARATHON!

Free to the public all day. GREAT MUSIC – fun for the entire family. Guest conductor and fun all day! Joined by the Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir (CNCC). Taking place at the Seaway Mall.

SHAW FESTIVAL FILM SERIES

Running until February 18.

Stay warm and entertained with weekly screenings of critically acclaimed films and documentaries. A full listing of movies can be viewed at shawfest.com. Tickets are $12 each. 3 shows live at Fallsview Casino Resort, award winning comedian, actor, director, producer, and writer Chris Rock. Known as one of our generation’s strongest comedic voices, he wrote, directed and starred in the hit comedy “Top Five”. Other credits include executive producer, writer and narrator “Everybody Hates Chris”, “Saturday Night Live”, writer and producer “Good Hair” and director “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo”.

Feb 21 – 8:30PM

Feb 22 – 8:30PM

Feb 23 – 8:30PM

Buy your tickets at Fallsview Casino Resort’s Box Office (open Noon on show days), or through Ticketmaster.

BOOKS AND BREWS

February 21, March 21 & April 18 | 7pm

A new kind of book club experience with a museum twist. Mingle, chat about books, learn new things, and experience brews in a whole new way. It’s all happening at your favourite place on earth: the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. February 21 – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead March 21 – In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje April 18 – The Illegal by Lawrence Hill Includes Tasting Seminars presented by Mahtay Cafe and Lounge, and Podcast Study Guides for an enhanced immersive experience. Book list, seminars and presenters are available on the Museum Events webpage and the Museum blog. Must be 19+ to attend. Includes book, tasting seminar, and podcast. Tickets are $35 per person. More info: 905-984- 8880 or museum@stcatharines.ca

FABULICIOUS

February 23 – March 2| 11pm

This event is a veritable feast for connoisseurs of all things culinary allowing everyone to celebrate the joys of local, seasonal artisan cuisine. Offering terrific value with Prix-Fixe 3-Course Menus consisting of an appetizer, main course and dessert, Fabulicious is a great opportunity to sample culinary delights from 14 local fine-dining establishments. Lunch is $25. Dinner is $39. Call 905-468-1950 or visit www.niagaraonthelake.com/ page/fabulicious_2016.

ART GARFUNKEL

February 25 | Fallsview Casino Resort

As a cornerstone of folk-pop music, Art Garfunkel is best known as the lead vocalist in Simon and Garfunkel while producing a string of solo hits such as “All I Know”, “Skywriter”, “Second Avenue”, “I Only Have Eyes For You”, “99 Miles From L.A.” and “Bright Eyes”. One Show Only – 9PM Buy your tickets at Fallsview Casino Resort’s Box Offi ce (open Noon on show days), or through Ticketmaster.

DINNER IN THE DARK

February 26 | Watermark Rooftop Restaurant

Take your senses to new heights with the Watermark’s Dinner in the Dark culinary adventure. Without sight, all of your other senses become enhanced. While blindfolded, enjoy succulent dishes using only the aroma and your taste buds as your journey’s guide.

YOUR EVENING INCLUDES: Cocktail Reception – From 5:30PM to 6:30PM

• Enjoy the view of the Falls with sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres Three-Course Dinner

• Guests will be seated, then put on their blindfolds

• Enjoy three dishes prepared by our Executive Chef using all your senses but sight

• Each course includes wine pairing

• The menu will be revealed after dinner concludes Note: Please be sure to make our staff aware of any allergies or dietary restrictions you may have as early as possible.

DINNER AND WINE PAIRING $99 per person. Call 1-888-370-0700 for reservations.

NIAGARA FALLS COMEDY FEST-KOMEDY FOR KIDNEYS

March 1 | 7pm | Greg Frewin Theatre

Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live! Join us on Thursday, March 1, 2017 for the Niagara Falls Comedy Fest. The show this year brings some of the Canada’s top comedians and funny people. This Niagara Falls Comedy Show is widely known as Komedy for Kidneys Rodney Pentland Memorial Benefit Show, established in memory of Rodney Pentland, a stand-up comedian in Niagara who continued to laugh people until he died of kidney failure. To spread his courageous life and legacy, some his friends, take the stage at the Greg Frewin Theatre to keep the tradition alive while raising funds to benefit the construction of a Dialysis Centre in Niagara Falls. The 10th annual “Komedy for Kidneys” Show will include Emcee Mark Matthews, Paul Haywood and Mark Walker and many more…

For Tickets: 905-356-0777 or tickets@gregfrewintheatre.com Visit NiagaraFallsComedyFest.com for details.

A CULINARY TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

March 3 |  The Rainbow Room

Since California’s famous Napa Valley is home to some of the fi nest vineyards and wineries in the world, the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra will be bringing California to Niagara Falls. Chef Massimo Capra and Executive Chef John Casciato will be taking guests on a culinary journey through the legendary Napa Valley by offering up trendy west coast-inspired dishes accompanied by some of the very best wines from Robert Mondavi Winery. It will be a truly spectacular evening featuring fresh seasonal dishes, expertly-selected wine pairings, and a magnificent view of the thundering Niagara Falls. Reservations Required. More info at fallsavenueresort.com

HEAR! HERE! NIAGARA MUSIC SERIES

March 5 & April 2 | First Ontario Performing ArtsCentre | Robertson Theatre

Hosted by The Mark Lalama Trio

An organic series of songs and stories featuring an impressive roster of international and local guest artists and our acclaimed hosts Mark Lalama, Rich Moore and Davide DiRenzo in the intimate Robertson Theatre. General admission tickets are $35 (General Admission Seating). Each series hosts special guests, for more information visit firstontariopac.ca

NEW KID IN TOWN: A HOT TICKET PRESENTATION RHYTHM OF THE DANCE

March 18 | 7:30pm | First Ontario Performing Arts Centre | Partridge Hall

A new era in Irish entertainment that features an incredible spectacle of world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band and the Young Irish Tenors. From the disciplined Celtic step to the sensual, ancient Sean Nos dance style, it’s been internationally rated as one of the most popular dance shows by critics and millions of fans around the world. Tickets are $59. Discounts for members and VIP also available. For more information visit fi rstontariopac.ca

EAGLES TRIBUTE

March 25 | 8pm | Seneca Queen Theatre

New Kid In Town’s tribute to The Eagles has been performing in Canadian theatres, festivals, and casinos for several years. Eagles fans continue have been flocking to this engaging group who love to pay tribute to what many consider to be one of the greatest bands of all time. Like The Eagles, New Kid In Town delivers excellence in sound quality, personnel, and equipment, as well as an obvious enthusiasm for each new show.

PETS ALIVE NIAGARA ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

April 8 | 6:30pm | Royal Canadian Legion Polish Branch

Join in and celebrate this charity efforts in their fourth year of rescuing animals in the Niagara Region. Tickets are $35 each, and include homemade polish cuisine (vegan options will be available), live entertainment by “The Madhatters”, a silent auction and more. All proceeds go to Pets Alive Niagara to help support this charity. Tickets are available at Pet Valu Pendale Plaza or contact petsaliveashley@gmail.com; 905-327-7566.

JOHNNY CASH BASH

April 8 | 8pm – 10pm | Niagara-on-the-Lake Legion

Johnny Cash Bash performed by Marty Allen. Come dressed in your Harley gear. Best Harley dresser wins $100. General admission tickets are $20 and available at NOTL Royal Canadian Legion or by phone at 905-325-5704.

NIAGARA FOOD AND WINE EXPO

April 21 – 23

The Niagara Food & Wine Expo is a premier international tasting event at the Scotiabank Convention Centre featuring wines, beers and spirits from around the globe and stunning regional wines direct from neighbouring vineyards. Local chefs will prepare their brilliant creations and a star-studded line up of guest chefs will take the stage. An excellent opportunity to sample a diverse array of wines and taste some of the best cuisine available in the city for a discounted price. Must be 19 years of age or older. No children or infants permitted. Celebrity Guest : John Catucci from Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here” Timing: Friday – 2pm-10pm Saturday – 12pm-10pm Sunday – 12pm-6pm Tickets: $15 at the door, $12 online For details & booking tickets niagarafoodandwineexpo.ca

IN THE SOIL ARTS FESTIVAL

April 28 – 30 | Downtown St. Catharines

In the Soil Arts Festival is an explosion of creativity in downtown St. Catharines each spring. A free, licensed outdoor hub on James Street in downtown St. Catharines that will feature an exciting weekend of free interactive activities, artisan markets, local brew, wine and eats and over 150 acts and installations in theatre, music, dance, media, streetscape and interactive art that take over the expected and unexpected spaces of St. Catharines downtown core. Visit inthesoil.on.ca for updates and a full listing.

SIP & SIZZLE

Between the Lines, Peller Estates Winery, and more

May 5 – 7; 12 – 14; 19 – 21 & 26 -28

Discover the Wines of Niagara-On-The-Lake with over 20 wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake offering unique grilled food and VQA wine pairings in a fun and relaxed environment. Note if you’re travelling with a group of 10 or more, call ahead to the wineries. Passes are $45 (taxes and fees not included) and entitles you to one VQA wine tasting and food pairing at each of the member wineries. For a list of participating wineries and tasting details as well as designated driver touring and accommodation passes please visit wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com

NIAGARA FALLS ELVIS FESTIVAL

May 19 – 21 | Greg Frewin Theatre

Officially sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. | Graceland, Niagara Falls is about to experience the King like never before! Experience three days of non-stop Elvis celebration at a premiere Las Vegas style venue including:

• Must-See Elvis Gala Shows

• 3 Day Elvis Competition; Grand Champion to be crowned on Sunday

• The Elvis Dealer’s Room

• Delicious Food

• Fun times & cool surprises Full Weekend Program – At a Glance * All feature performances, including the ETA Competition Semi Final and Final will be accompanied by Canada’s Premier Elvis Tribute Band, The Casino Brothers Band. For more information and tickets please visit niagarafallstourism. com/events/niagara-falls-elvis-festival

LADIES OF R&B JULLY BLACK AND DIVINE BROWN

May 20 | Scotiabank Convention Centre

Jully Black is a true Canadian Icon. Named as one of ‘The 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever’, (CBC Music) she has been dubbed ‘Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul’ by her fans and peers. As a platinum selling recording artist, her music career has yielded multiple singles reaching the Top 10 pop, R&B and dance music charts.She has taken home multiple Juno Awards, earned many industry accolades and was hand selected to sing for the Queen of England. Text courtesy of: jullyblack.com A rare gift to have, Divine Brown’s five octave vocal range makes everybody stand up and pay attention. Her versatility as a performer both musically and vocally has found her manifesting success in the musical theatre world, as well as Top 40 radio. Divine has starred in several musical plays such as Rent, Ain’t Miss Behavin’, Life, Death and the Blues, and the Obeah Opera. Placing three top 10 singles on CHR, AC and Hot AC radio in Canada (with her hit single “Sunglasses” reaching Top 15 on the U.S. Billboard Dance Chart in 2010) Divine also captured the heart of the public and her music garnered her a Certified Gold Album for her debut self-titled project (2005 – Universal Music), a Juno Award for R&B Album of the Year (The Love Chronicles) as well as a SOCAN #1 Award. Text courtesy of: divinebrown.com For venue information or details, please call the SCCN Box Office at: 905-357-7008.