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29 april - 1 may 2016


In the Soil Arts Festival is set to take over downtown St. Catharines for its eighth year as a multi-disciplinary explosion of creativity. The festival has grown in both scope and impact over the years as the premiere showcase for the arts in Niagara.

It has been a banner year for downtown St. Catharines with the arrival of Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The streets are filled with new life each day and In the Soil Arts Festival is proud to grow with new venues and partners, celebrating the rich past and bright future of the downtown St. Catharines with a lens for the unexpected and extraordinary.

Since we created the festival eight years ago, In the Soil has been dreaming of new arts venues in the downtown core. This year, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre will host our theatre series with plays and performances by local and national artists.

A new addition to this year’s festival, we have created the In the Soil Arts Festival award at the Niagara Sears Drama Festival. We are proud to provide an opportunity for Grimsby Secondary School to stage a performance in Robertson Theatre.

In the Soil Arts Festival encourages audiences to explore and discover new artists and art forms while promising a wide variety of offerings to choose from:

Music - Over 50 bands and solo artists will grace our venue’s stages to share rock, jazz, pop, experimental, hip-hop and more.

Theatre - We’re bringing over a dozen new plays, collaborative creations and Suitcase in Point’s signature comedy show to the downtown core.

Poetry - In the Soil will host a poetry slam, readings and special poetry performances created just for the festival.

One-time audience experiences - Our streets will be filled with installations and interactive art opportunities and we’ve expanded our popular RHIZOMES choose-your-own-art- adventure.

Family - Free interactive activities for families at our outdoor hub and in partnership with the St. Catharines Library.

In the Soil Arts Festival is brought to you by Suitcase in Point Theatre Company and festival partners with an aim to bring Niagara artists from a range of disciplines together to provide unique audience experiences. The festival nurtures the creation of new work, encourages innovation, offers learning opportunities for youth and provides intimate and uncommon platforms for audiences to experience artwork. Last year over 550 artists and 5,000 attendees came together to celebrate the arts of Niagara and beyond. This year, In the Soil Arts Festival is bringing another rich and fruitful harvest to the St. Catharines downtown core to help grow a Niagara that is self- determining and culturally distinct.

All access Festival pass $40 Individual events range from free - $20 per ticket

Content provided by In the Soil Arts Festival.

Quote Unquote Collective

Mouthpiece 7PM Fri 29 Apr 4PM Sat 30 Apr

Twitches and Itches Theatre

Time Again 9PM Fri 29 Apr 6PM Sat 30 Apr

Tottering Biped

The Second Life 11PM Fri 29 Apr 2PM Sat 30 Apr

Refraction Theatre Collective

At Wits’ End 8PM Sat 30 Apr 4:30PM Sun 1 May

Rod Standish

Illegally Blind 10PM Sat 30 Apr 2PM Sun 1 May


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