FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre St Catharines

Performing Arts Centre 2018/19 season

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre recently kicked off its 18/19 Hot Ticket Season with a launch event to preview the goodies they have in-store over the next year. Check out our picks for the hottest “Hot Tickets” in town!

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.

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, St Catharines, ON, Canada

The PAC curates a world-class line-up of acts from Canada and around the World in its Hot Tickets series. Last year, they welcomed more than 75,000 guests to the centre in downtown St. Catharines.

“We have a stacked lineup of artists joining us this season from as close as our own backyard and far across the globe,” says Sara Palmieri, Programming and Marketing Manager. “Whether it’s an exceptional contemporary theatre performance or discovering the spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop culture and storytelling of Australia’s Djuki Mala, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

Here are St Catharines Street’s top 5 picks for the 18/19 Hot Ticket Season at the FirstOntario PAC.

Serena Ryder will be heating up the stage on October 11th. It will be a fun night watching her belt out her hit tunes, like Stompa and Got Your Number.


I can’t wait to take my son to Carousel Players production of Peter Pan on October 20. This version of the classic has received rave reviews and looks like energetic, song-filled fun for the whole family!


Trace is a dance, music and genre-defying production that explores Indigenous connections to ancestral origins and all things traceable. A short clip of this was shown on preview night at the PAC, and it was received with a thunder of applause. Shivers ran over my skin watching the power and grace of these dancers. A definite must see! Check it out November 21st.


Soulful singer and songwriter Royal Wood stole audience hearts on preview night with a beautiful ballad and foot-stomping folk sing-a-long. His charm, sense of humour and sweet tunes made for a great time. Definitely one to watch! Check him out November 28th.


On March 6th Drummer Antonio Sanchez will perform live to the film Birdman, which he created the amazing soundtrack for! This is going to be a unique event and a privilege to watch such an artist at work. Plus, Birdman is a really cool movie!


Check out the full line-up at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on their website.

Website firstontariopac.ca

Location 250 St Paul St, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3M2