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FILM HOUSE THE ART OF GIVING CALENDAR + PAC PICKS


HEAR! HERE! NIAGARA MUSIC SERIES JAMIE ADKINS – CIRCUS INCOGNITUS ESSENTIAL COLLECTIVE THEATRE - POOR BRUCE COCKBURN


18 RON SEXSMITH 20 THE WAILERS 23 DAVID FRANCEY 25 MATT ANDERSEN & THE BONA FIDE 26 MARIE-JOSÉE LORD & QUARTANGO 30 ALEX CUBA 33 LATE COMPANY 35 THE TREWS - ACOUSTIC 36 CELTIC NIGHTS – SPIRIT OF FREEDOM FROM 1916-2016 38 CAMERON CARPENTER 40 DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND 45 THE MEN OF THE DEEPS 46 THE JOHNNY CLEGG BAND 48 SHANE KOYCZAN 50 FAMILY FUN AT THE PAC 53 CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE – SGT. PEPPER 54 AVID VENUE LIVE SOUND SYSTEM


EDITOR: Michael Chess DESIGNER: Lisa Mancini ADVERTISING: Kayley Corupe kcorupe@stcatharines.ca


Spring Edition - February 2016 @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 2016


We would like to acknowledge The City of St. Catharines Mayor, City Council and staff (past and present); Brock University President, faculty and staff; Infrastructure Canada and the Province of Ontario for project funding support; The Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Arts Presentation Fund); the Ontario Arts Council (Ontario Dances Program); Niagara Region (Niagara Investment in Culture) for their support of our season programming; the Niagara Centre for the Arts Task Force, PAC User Group and the citizens of St. Catharines-Niagara.


OSCARS COME


DOWNTOWN The Academy Awards are North America’s most prestigious—and frequently most controversial—annual film awards. This year’s nominations “white-out” with its almost entirely white list of filmmakers and actors is a testament to the convoluted caucus of industry and filmmaking interests that make up the Academy. What might you expect from the a 94 percent white membership with an average age of 62? Regardless, filmgoers in St. Catharines haven’t even had the golden opportunity to be outraged by what gets overlooked at the Oscars as many of the films haven’t screened within our city limits.


The PAC’s Film House opens the week preceding the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday 28 February and it’s high time St. Catharines cinephiles got in on the “Action!”


The PAC’s programming the two weeks around the Oscars are peppered with over a dozen opportunities to see Oscar nominated films. In what we can hope is a trend, there were a bumper crop of art house titles to choose from in 2015.


Here are some of the films headed our way:


Cartel Land Nominated for Best Documentary—Feature This hard-hitting doc about vigilante justice in Mexico ended up on over twenty critics’ lists for Best Documentary and Best Film of 2015.


Mustang Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film An internationally produced drama about girls growing up in conservative Turkish society, Mustang has received universal critical and popular acclaim.


Son Of Saul Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film This film has been described as grimly intense yet thoroughly rewarding and is the first Hungarian film to win the Golden Globe for best picture.


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45 Years Nominated for Best Actress Described as a mesmerizing acting showcase, this British film garnered Charlotte Rampling a nomination for Best Actress.


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