Centre for the Arts News - November, 2012


A big CONGRATULATIONS to our Director, Debbie Slade, for receiving the Presenter of the Year award at the 2011 Ontario Contact provincal presenters conference.

Debbie is also nominated for the same award at this weekend's national presenters conference CAPACOA in Toronto.

Debbie has been the Director of the Centre for the Arts at Brock University since 1987. In her capacity there, she has earned an international reputation as one of the most respected university/community presenters in North America. Her program is the most comprehensive and successful university presenting programs in Canada. Under her direction, the program has grown, sustained and evolved programming, audiences and outreach. She has led the way for numerous successful collaborations between the university and the community, and has earned the distinction of being a trusted representative of both Brock and community interests.

The Centre is a unique and essential venue in Niagara. It has operated for over 40 years as a centre of excellence in arts presentation. Many of those years have been under Debbie’s leadership. Not only has Debbie ensured that national and international artists of a significant diversity, in many arts disciplines, perform in Niagara for the benefit of local audiences, she has encourages many local artists to step onto the stages at Brock University, and in some cases this step has led to performance opportunities in other communities. Debbie has helped innumerable numbers of artists get their touring legs through booking, and commissioning unknown artists to give them their first exposure to critical audiences.

More recently, Debbie has been an integral contributor to the behind-the-scenes work on developing a future arts centre in downtown St. Catharines. She was a member of the project management team that oversaw the 2008 Feasibility Study, a partnership between Brock University and the City of St. Catharines, and continues to play a key role as the project moves forward. Study author, Martin Vinik, an internationally renowned theatre consultant, acknowledged Debbie’s successful presentation series at the Centre for the Arts, and her experience as an arts presenter, are essential to the future St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre’s success.

Debbie has served on numerous industry boards and committees at the national and provincial levels (served two six-year terms on CCI’s Board of Directors and as the President of the CAPACOA board), has won numerous awards (Niagara Women in Business Award, YWCA Women of Distinction Award), and is an active advocate and supporter of the arts in Niagara. She is an inspiration to many emerging people entering the field, both administrators and artists, and she always makes herself available to provide advice, mentorship and resources to a good idea and a worthwhile cause. Debbie has worked hard over the years to develop her managerial skill sets and share her wisdom with others. Over her long tenure, she has never ceased to recognize new opportunities, and to set and achieve new goals. She epitomizes excellence, commitment and vision in the Niagara Region and beyond.

Congatulations Debbie...and good luck this weekend!

The Klezmatics PRE-SHOW HANUKKAH CELEBRATION DINNER package available

"The Klezmatics have owned klezmer and Yiddish music for the past 25 years. Universally regarded as the genre's most innovative band, the Klezmatics have spread the Yiddish gospel at performances ranging from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to underground night clubs in Budapest to outdoor festivals in Berlin - not to mention the occasional New York wedding or bar mitzvah (they even performed at Charlotte's nuptials in 'Sex and the City')" (Wall Street Journal)


Celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah with a festive dinner at Brock University’s Guernsey Market and light the menorah prior to your evening of klezmer music with the Grammy-winning Klezmatics from New York City.

$100 tickets include the dinner and celebration, concert, parking and a raffle ticket to WIN one of two round-trip tickets to Tel-Aviv and three nights at any four star hotel in Tel-Aviv or Jerusalem. Charitable receipts for $35 provided.
Call the synagogue at 905-685-6767 or e-mail office@jewishstcatharines.com.



Wine selection process and list

In 2006, the Centre for the Arts, Brock University began a new tradition of inviting Niagara wineries to participate in a competition to have their wines sold at our venue. We saw this as an excellent opportunity for the wineries to reach a new clientele as well as to introduce our patrons to some of Niagara’s best.

Recently, we completed our third competition with some 30 wineries submitting 76 varieties for tasting.

Barb Tatarnic, coordinator, continuing education and wine education events and managing director of the Canadian Wine Library (CWL) of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University, organized the blind tasting at the institute by qualified tasters to help the Centre with its decision.

Having the wineries submit their wines to a blind tasting put everyone on an equal-playing field and having qualified tasters, with varying levels of wine experience, including patrons of the Centre for the Arts, made it a unique and ultimately fair competition for all the wineries.

The wineries selected to sell their wines at Centre for the Arts performances, will also have the opportunity to showcase their wines at the centre’s Pre-Show Platinum Lounges and other special events at the theatre. At such events, a representative from the winery will be on hand to pour the wine and provide additional information on both the wine and the winery.

All of the selected wineries have also provided the bar staff with an in depth overview of their wines for them to be as knowledgeable as possible about the wines we are serving to you, our patrons.

We look forward to serving you your next glass.

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Take a step back in time December 2nd when award winning Country music star George Canyon performs at the Centre of the Arts, Brock University. George Canyon and his band perform all classic, country music favourites from his new Classics II album! Staged with songs and stories, you will step back in time to those 'good old-time radio show' days, like the Grand Ole Opry.


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