Our Art Now

This is a place where we can share and promote the art and culture of Niagara and beyond, in whatever form it takes. This is also a space for my own musings about life.

December 23, 2012 12:01 pm March 4, 2012 8:24 pm
Everyone needs to follow Mapjection….he is my lovely fiance :)

Everyone needs to follow Mapjection….he is my lovely fiance :)

(Source: wolf-teeth, via mapjection)

January 10, 2012 5:38 pm November 29, 2011 7:28 pm

The BUCWC proudly presents Cipher II! A Poetry and Prose reading.



This month’s reading will be featuring:

Emma Romme

Carlos Morales


Ed Edmonds

Steve Greenwood

Doors open at 7 PM, reading will commence around 7:30 on December 2nd at the Fine Grind Cafe. We hope to see you there!

September 16, 2011 11:17 am

Cipher X: Kicking off the year with the BUCWC!


The Brock University Creative Writer’s Club introduces our first reading of the year, Cipher X! Come over this friday, sept 16th, for some poetry, some prose, some rounds (in the musical sense), and various other shenanigans. Our list of readers for the night include: 

Ed Edmonds
Jade Scapillato
Craig Dodman 
Spencer Roberts

See you all there!

PS. Thanks to Sara Stuart for the poster design!

(via craigdodman89)

July 25, 2011 9:52 pm

Jade’s Farewell Performance


The launch of my new chapbook But I don’t write haiku, which will also be my last reading in the Niagara region for the foreseeable future, will be taking place this Friday July 29 2011 at the Fine Grind Cafe (37 James Street, St. Catharines). Doors open at 7pm, poetry begins at 7:30pm.

Readers, for the moment, include Thomas Hoad, James Millhaven, Jeremy Colangelo, Ed Edmonds, and Tasneem Motola. More readers will be announced shortly.

I hope to see you there!

July 19, 2011 10:35 am

Poetry News

I received some exciting news last week. In September, I had submitted some poems to The Fiddlehead, Canada’s oldest literary journal. Last week, I received a letter informing me that two of my poems will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal. This is a huge step for me as a poet and a great honour.

10:32 am

Niagara Falls Fireworks

Niagara Falls features the longest-running consistent fireworks series. From June 3 until September 4, the city offers fireworks displays above the Falls every Friday, Sunday and Holiday at 10:00 p.m. Additionally, free concerts are offered before the fireworks each Friday.

This week, I get to watch the fireworks with the ESL students that I work with. I haven’t seen the Falls fireworks in years, so I am excited to see them. The band performing this week is Rich and the Poor Boys, a blues band that might be interesting to check out.

Click HERE for more information!

10:26 am

Canal Days!

I have always had a special attachment to Port Colborne, as my Dad grew up there and my grandparents still live there. One of my favourite times of year is the long weekend at the end of July. During this civic holiday, the city of Port Colborne hosts Canal Days, a weekend-long festival that features food vendors, merchants, historic tall ships and live concerts. This year the headlining act is Finger Eleven.

I am lucky, because my grandparents live right across the street from the downtown Market Square where the concerts are held. Every year, my family lounges on my Nanny and Bummy’s rooftop patio and enjoy the concerts above the mobs of people.

This event is fun, exciting and worth checking out. For more information, click HERE!

10:22 am

Sunset Music Series

On every Tuesday in July and August, the city of Jordan welcomes you to come enjoy free concerts! The concerts are held at Charles Daley Park, located at 1969 North Service Road in Jordan. The concerts begin at 7:00 p.m., but local vendors begin serving food at 5:30 p.m. Butterballs Express barbeques, the Beamsville Straberry Festival Association offers fresh ice cream, and Sunnydale Farms serves fresh fruit.

For more information, click HERE!

10:16 am

Sitting Pretty: The History of the Toilet

Well, I never thought I would be writing about toilets, but how can I ignore a cultural activity? The St. Catharines Museum, located at Lock 3, 1932 Welland Canals Parkway is hosting a special exhibit from May 21 until August 28. This exhibit traces the history of the toilet, one of the most important ignored features in our lives.

The exhibition is on loan from the Guelph Museums and offers interactive quizzes, audio programming of the history of outhouses, as well as collections of chamber pots and other antique toilets. Check out the Museum daily between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to brush up on toilet lore!

To learn more, click here!

10:06 am

Shakespeare in the Park

Tomorrow (Wednesday, July 20), The Driftwood Theatre Group will be performing a production of Shakespeare’s MacBeth. The performance will take place in Montebello Park, downtown St. Catharines. It will begin at 7:30 and tickets will be pay-what-you-can, with a suggested fee of $10.00.

The Driftwood Theatre Group is based in Ontario and spends their summers touring outdoor locations in order to share the works of William Shakespeare. Since founding in 1995 and registering as a not-for-profit charitable organization in 1997, they have performed for nearly 70,000 people.  Award-winning Artistic Director and General Manager Jeremy Smith believes in reaching audiences that do not normally have access to professional, classical theatre.

"Our philosophy is simple. All audiences, regardless of socio-economic, physical or geographical considerations, should have access to high-quality, professional theatre. Through touring outdoor-summer performances, which will always be available for Pay-What-You-Can admission, Driftwood provides opportunities for people to experience the works of Shakespeare and other great playwrights as they were originally intended - live and onstage.” (Source)

If you want to experience one of Shakespeare’s most chilling works, this is a great opportunity. Why not enjoy a warm, summer’s evening soaking up some plotting and murder?

July 12, 2011 2:50 pm

Harry Potter-thon

On Saturday, July 9, I had friends over to share in our Harry Potter excitement. We watched movies 4 through 7 and everyone had a great time.

I had fun preparing a candy buffet with treats from the series, including: Acid Pops, Licorice Wands, Droobles Best Blowing Gum, Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, Fizzing Whizbees, Cauldron Cakes and Chocolate Frogs. I also made drinks to mimic those in the books: The Draught of Living Death, Pumpkin Juice, Veritaserum and Butterbeer.

My friends came with food and excitement, some of them sporting things like Time-Turners (Natalie bought one at Coles for only $5!) My friend Katrina and I had made jewellery out of polymer clay that we wore (necklaces and radish earrings). We had fun testing our HP knowledge during the trivia game.

Now, I can’t wait for the last movie to come out on Thursday at midnight! I have grown up with Rowling’s characters and I can’t wait to experience the last treat the studio has in store for us.

2:33 pm

Drowning in Responsibility

            Although I am passionate about participating in and enriching the arts and cultural scene in Niagara, I often find myself pulled away from this scene. I wake up and notice that I am buried under self-imposed burdens, and I wonder why it is that we over-burden ourselves. Why do we allow ourselves to feel pressure, even during the months that we are supposed to relax, the sunny dog days of summer?

This summer, I had planned to write for at least an hour a day. But by giving myself a deadline and a goal, I have been deterred and unfocused. Even when I do find time to write, I am not writing for pleasure; instead, I am editing past works to include in my graduate application portfolios. This work is interesting and necessary, but it does not allow me to be as creative as I would like to be. In June, I wanted to attend most of the events hosted by the Literary Arts Festival, but because I have four jobs, I was unable to find the time or the energy to do much more than sleep or work.

The region is full of rich and bounteous festivals, exhibitions and events during the summer months. But I have not been keeping my blog updated, because I have not had time to research these events myself. I have been lucky to be involved in cultural events and activities with my job at ESL Services at Brock. It is interesting to do things through fresh eyes, to explore wineries with people who had never seen them before, to go to Niagara Falls as a tourist.

This post is not meant to be a space for me to complain, but a space for me to question. Is it because I am a student, struggling to find a path in life, applying for jobs, scholarships, and schools that I find my artistic life slipping? Or do people feel overwhelmed throughout their entire lives? I can’t help but wonder whether making money and being productive is worth losing the time to be creative.

July 11, 2011 10:03 pm

St. David’s Lions Family Carnival

 The 48th annual Carnival will run at the St. David’s Lions Grounds, 1462 York Road, St. David’s from July 21 to July 24. The Carnival will feature rides, food, games, and five bands on the Saturday night. The headliner will be MRS. JOHNSTON.The funds raised are used for local charities, sports for kids and the Guide Dog programmes.