Wandering to downtown St Catharines from my midtown abode to enjoy fabulous restaurants and bars along with live performances at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre has been such a wonderful bonus of moving to the Niagara Region.
In 2015 the Performing Arts Centre opened in St Catharines. It’s contribution to the local scene has been a renewed vibrancy to the downtown core and a huge boost to arts and culture in the Niagara Region.
The PAC curates a world-class line-up of acts from Canada and around the World in its Hot Tickets series. It also accommodates a number of fantastic festivals and acts that have been drawn to the area by the creation of this state-of-the-art venue.
This 95,000 square feet building holds four venues –Partridge Hall, Robertson Theatre, Cairns Recital Hall, and The Film House.
With Spring on the horizon, it feels like time to get out of the house and have some fun! The PAC has an eclectic mix of awesome shows coming up for all ages. Check out just a few ways to kick-off a great Spring season.
Entertain the kids with Hare & Tortoise
Saturday 7 April
Kids and parents will love this charming adaptation by UK playwright Brendan Murray won Best Play for Children and Youth at the Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards in 2012. Carousel Players’ production is a Canadian premiere, and includes original music composed by Niagara’s own Joe Lapinski.
Indulge your inner child with Jamie Adkins
Thursday 12 April
World renowned clown, juggler, and comic acrobat, Jamie Adkins, stumbles onstage, desperately trying to become the man he imagines himself to be. In his new show A Fool’s Errand, Adkins uses his unique blend of skills and unguarded physical comedy to explore the what-ifs along the path of life, accompanied by a charismatic tuba player.
Open your heart to LOVEfest
Friday 13 April
LOVEfest is a musical response to hate crimes by Kiran Ahluwalia and other exceptional performers intended to create positive curiosity and appreciation of Sikh and Islamic life. The program features artforms that use age-old symbols of love to express a myriad of passions and features Temple music of Sikh India, modern Indo-Canadian music fused with desert blues, Arab music intersecting with Western sounds, and mesmerizing whirling dervishes of Egypt.
Discover a blast from the past with Molly Ringwald
Wednesday 18 April
Did you know 80s screen star Molly Ringwald was a jazz singer? In fact, before she became a teen icon, she was already singing jazz! Her albums, Except Sometimes and Going Home Alone blur the lines between modern and vocal jazz and draws inspiration from Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Kane, and Bessie Smith.
See the full FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Hot Ticket line-up.
Location 250 St Paul St, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3M2