Venue:  The Festival Hub
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations, Film + Video + Visual Arts
City of Origin:  Buffalo, NY
Price:  PWYC or Festival Pass
Websitehttp://lilydale.flatsitter.com

SNAPSHOT:

A virtual reality exploration of spiritualism and the afterlife featuring a custom-drawn tarot deck and 20 different VR vignettes for multiple viewings.

ABOUT:

Lily Dale was founded in 1879 as a camp and meeting place for Spiritualists and Freethinkers.

Residents of this small town in Western New York claim to communicate with the dead.

The ‘Guidelines for Spiritualism’ are posted on the wall of the Assembly Hall in downtown Lily Dale. Guideline #4 reads: “We Never Die”

The virtual reality experience incorporates interviews with Lily Dale resident mediums, motion capture from movement artist Ginger Wagg, and a deck of hand-drawn tarot cards by artist Bobby Griffiths.

WARNINGS:

For ages 10+

Venue:  The Festival Hub
Time: Friday 5pm-9pm; Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm
Category:  Interactive + Workshop, Interactive Village, Family Friendly
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  Free
Websitehttp://www.4cats.com/

SNAPSHOT:

Ready to get messy? Paint on a humongous collaborative splatter canvas to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday! Be sure to dress for MESS! Part of the Interactive Village.

ABOUT:

The 4Cats mission is to love what you do and make good art. Through our studio experiences, professional art supplies, artwear, events, blog, website & online shop, we wholeheartedly encourage everybody to enjoy a creative life. Art is for everybody.

4Cats is a hive of creativity. Joey & Darryl Simon were inspired by the famous Els Quatre Gats cafe in Barcelona, Spain. The 4Cats Cafe was the gathering place of poets, actors, philosophers and great artists, including Pablo Picasso, who met to discuss art, create and enjoy life.

Venue:  Festival Hub Stage
Time: Saturday 1:30pm
Category:  Music
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  Free
Websitehttp://walterostanekband.com/

SNAPSHOT:

A rollicking afternoon performance by St. Catharines’ own, multi-Grammy award winning “Polka King.”

ABOUT:

In 1957 Ostanek formed his own band playing Slovenian-style polka music. In 1963, Ostanek and his band, the Walter Ostanek Band, would record their first of many albums. Over his career, Ostanek would record more than 50 albums and become known as Canada’s Polka King. He has received three Grammy Awards and he has been nominated thirteen times. His style has been compared to America’s Polka King, Frankie Yankovic of Cleveland. Like the late Yankovic, Walter Ostanek is of Slovene descent.

MORE LINKS:

Venue:  Mahtay Cafe
Time: Sunday 8pm
Category:  Music
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  $10 or Festival Pass
Website: https://www.turbostreetfunk.com/

SNAPSHOT:

New Orleans-Inspired Brass Rock. Presented in partnership with TD Niagara Jazz Festival.

ABOUT:

Turbo Street Funk defy convention; whether they’re playing a festival, pub, concert hall, or even on a busy street corner, the infectious sounds of Turbo Street Funk always sound at home. With a performance style rooted in the New Orleans horn band tradition, Turbo Street Funk combine Top 40 hits with top notch originals in an incendiary show that gets people moving.
Formed in 2011, Turbo Street Funk started as a professional busking band, performing on the streets of Toronto four days a week each spring and summer while members of the band attended university. The band received high praise from local journalists for their fresh sound and popularity with Toronto audiences:

“Turbo Street Funk takes Toronto busking to a new level” – BlogTO

“…Turbo Street Funk have become a fixture on Toronto’s sidewalks.
They gather crowds wherever they go” – Torontoist

The band quickly drew the attention of Canadian jazz legend, Richard Underhill, who introduced them to fellow “Shuffle Demon” and music producer, George Koller. With George at the helm, Turbo Street Funk released their debut album, To The Street, in May 2014 at Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern. The album features unique artwork and design from JUNO Award Winning graphic artist, Michael Wrycraft.

In July 2016, Turbo Street Funk released their sophomore album, Momentum, a nine track initiative that “captures their infectious energy neatly” (FYI Music). Produced by Chris Birkett (Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sinead O’Connor), the album received two 2016 Toronto Independent Music Award nominations in the categories of “Best Jazz Vocal” and “Best Jazz Instrumental.” Momentum debuted at #8 on earshot!’s National Jazz Chart and is frequently found on CBC Radio, JAZZ.FM91 and campus/community radio charts from across Canada.

After hundreds of performances throughout Ontario, Quebec and New York State, Turbo Street Funk has gained a reputation for powerful live performances that bring audiences to their feet. The band has become a “must-see” event at festivals such as the Tremblant International Blues Festival (2016), Blue Skies Music Festival (2016), Mariposa Folk Festival (2015), CAN-AM International Festival (2016), Beaches International Jazz Festival (2015, 2016), Sound of Music Festival (2016), Jazz Sudbury (2016), Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival (2016), Lighthouse Blues Festival (2016), London Bluesfest (2016), Cultura World Music Festival (2014, 2015), and many more.

“One of the best bands that I have seen in my life.”
– Rob Rapiti, seeAliveband.com

Venue:  Oddfellows Temple
Time: Saturday 11-5pm; Sunday 11-5pm
Category:  Film + Video + Visual Arts
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  Free

SNAPSHOT:

A working studio open house with paintings, drawings, encaustics and pastels.

ARTISTS:

Jim Maunder has been an exhibiting artist since 1988 and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (OCADU). He has shown across Canada, in the USA, and Japan. Primarily a sculptor, this is an opportunity to show some of his flat work.

Mori McCrae is a poet and visual artist. It is difficult to say which takes precedence, for her work gravitates to the borderland between them. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto in 1984. Shelf Life, her first collection of poetry, will be launched in the spring of 2017, published by Grey Borders. She is a founding member of the Jordan Art Gallery, which showcases Fine Art and Craft from Niagara, where she lives.

Venue:  Niagara Artists Centre
Time: Friday 11pm
Category:  Music
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  PWYC or Festival Pass

SNAPSHOT:

The Killer Beets Collective & Fourgrounds Media present In the Soil’s opening night Dance Party!

Let’s get extra dancey for our DJ pals in the back room of the NAC & cap the first night off w/ some shakey bakey moves.

DJ Bud$ (Deep / Classic / Tech House) — 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM
https://www.mixcloud.com/DJBudS/

SummerBoi (Trance / Techno) — 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Sweet Beet (R&B / Big Beat / House) — 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM

Venue:  The Merchant Ale House
Time: Saturday 5pm
Category:  Music
City of Origin:  Toronto, ON
Price:  $10 or Festival Pass

SNAPSHOT:

The Fern Tips bring a touch of garage/soul/pop to your life through sad songs that make you dance! Watch Out!

ABOUT:

Established in 2015, The Fern Tips are made up of members of Toronto band, Beams and BC born Alli Sunshine. Influenced by The Spector Girls and Cat Power, Heather writes garage/soul/pop songs featuring four-part harmonies that lean towards sad, but make you dance! Currently recording with Peter Hudson who is known for recording The Deadly Snakes, Jason Collett and more, The Fern Tips will release their first EP in the Summer of 2017!

ARTISTS:

Heather Mazhar – Vocals, Guitar
Anna Mernieks – Lead Guitar, Back Up Vocals
Gillian Stone – Bass, Back Up Vocals
Mike Duffield – Drums
Alli Devenish – Keys

WARNINGS:

Some explicit language.

Venue:  The Festival Hub
Time: Friday 5pm-9pm; Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm
Category:  Interactive + Workshop, Family Friendly, Interactive Village
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  Free

SNAPSHOT:

Suitcase in Point and visual artist Tyler Hyde invite you to be a part of a cumulative art project that explores what being “Canadian” means to YOU! Add your voice to this creative exploration of identity.

ABOUT:

By use of visual and creative expression participants may use (but are not limited to) the materials and templates provided to contribute their personal narratives and experiences to this community project.

Venue:  The Festival Hub
Time: Friday 5-9pm; Saturday 11-5pm
Category:  Family Friendly, Interactive Village
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  $5

SNAPSHOT:

Committed to making each “transformation” a smile worthy one, Nicole usies only FDA approved, water soluble, cosmetic grade products.

Venue:  Festival Hub Stage
Time: Saturday 10am
Category:  Interactive + Workshop
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  Free
Websitemokshayogastcatharines.com

SNAPSHOT:

This will be a fun and accessible yoga practice accompanied by Tabla Nirvana. The intention is to inform the public in this free space that yoga is for everyone. It can be enjoyed on the mat while exploring the postures and movements offered. It can be appreciated off the mat by simply participating in the breath. This unique offering with live music resonates with the soul and has the capacity of a lingering peace and ease for hours and even days afterward.

ABOUT:

This will be the 5th year offering yoga to the community at this festival. Tracy brings 9 years of experience sharing the light of yoga. She is the founder and co-owner of Moksha Yoga St. Catharines.

“Tracy’s integration of yoga sets a soul filling tone for the day. Her approach and voice captured me. She has a beautiful gift & as she led us my heart followed without the slightest hesitation – Tracy plants these seeds so believe in yourself.”

ARTISTS:

Tracy Duru: yoga instructor

Bio:
I’ve got a fire in me to serve & I’m on a mission to grow to my highest potential. I spent a lot of time fighting this, going in the other direction, down, so I’ve hit some hard bottoms. In the words of Maya Angelou “Wouldn’t take nothing from my journey now”. From barely surviving to thriving, guided by how I want to feel. It’s awesome.

I am a dog lover, people lover, yoga lover, dance lover, art lover, book lover, earth lover, chocolate lover, wine lover, body lover, lover lover. I live in St. Catharines, Ontario. I am a proud owner of Moksha Yoga St. Catharines where I teach Moksha Yoga and Revkor, and am supported by an incredible team of teachers and staff that support a growing and beautiful community.