Celebrate Ontario 150
Niagara Parks presents Ontario Live in Queen Victoria Park. Enjoy free concerts featuring incredible Ontario artists, all summer long.
Join us every Wednesday night in front of Queen Victoria Place and enjoy some of Ontario’s musical artists making the airwaves today. The series starts with a bang on Canada Day with Juno-nominated artists Hollerado!
Niagara Parks Culinary will be on-site to serve up locally sourced crafted beers, ciders and other favourites. Don’t forget to stick around for free fireworks over Niagara Falls.
July 1, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Hollerado’s debut album Record In A Bag came out in 2009 and received a Canadian JUNO award nomination for Best New Artist. Their incredible “Americanarama” video garnered over 1.4 Million YouTube views with its forcefully creative approach to video making, and the album spawned the Top 10 radio hits “Americanarama” and “Juliette” as well as Top 20 radio hit “Got To Lose.”
Hollerado’s latest album, “Born Yesterday”, debuted in 2017.
July 2, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Kasador (Will Hunter, Cam Wyatt, Boris Baker, Nick Babcock, Angus Fay) are a 5-piece indie rock band from Kingston Ontario. Born out of a university town, Kasador brings the energy of a party to the stage and into the audience. This energetic stage show has captured the attention of fans and promoters alike, and has placed Kasador on bills with such Canadian greats as Walk Off The Earth, Lights, Arkells, July Talk, Wintersleep, U.S.S,and Current Swell.
July 5, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Ollivanders are an original jam band from Six Nations of the Grand River and Caledonia, ON that formed during a contentious land claim dispute between their two communities. Band members include Martin Isaacs (Mohawk), lead guitar and vocals; Ryan Johnson (Oneida), bass; Ryan Mickeloff, percussion; and Roxanne Rendle, rhythm guitar and vocals. Choosing friendship, collaboration, and harmony over the discord, racism, and conflict that darkened their world they emerged as an authentic new generation voice in the Aboriginal and Canadian music scenes.
July 12, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Valley is an indie pop band from Toronto with a penchant for crafting songs that never fail to capture the wistfulness of loving and dreaming in an otherwise weighty world. With the release of their June 2016 EP ‘This Room Is White,’ Valley found their music resonating with young fans all over the world, driving over 3 million plays and charting presence on Spotify’s US and Global Viral 50 lists. They have shared the stage with the likes of A Great Big World, Scott Helman, Wintersleep, Walk Off The Earth, and many more, leading to the band’s own 68-date tour of Canada in the spring of 2017.
July 19, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Winner of the “Best female Artist” award (Gala des Prix Trille Or 2015) Gabrielle Goulet is a franco-ontarien country/pop artist from Ottawa, Ontario. Accompanied by 3 musicians she will be performing songs from her latest album (EP) intertwined with some of her previous successes from her first album, Gabrielle Goulet gives an energetic, crowd moving performance every time she is on stage.
July 26, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Alx Veliz and his music are products of the multicultural fabric of Toronto, a blend of histories, renewals, and currents. As he says, “in a society with various cultures, upbringing and dialects there is one thing we all have in common: love. I’ve always been a hopeless romantic so it was only right for the dominant theme in my music to be just that, love.”
Aug 2, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
August of 2015 Eric was the runner-up in the Boots and Hearts emerging artist showcase, and has since had continued interest from both American and Canadian record labels. In early 2016 Eric was selected by a panel of industry professionals from across Canada to be one of the top 6 finalist for the CCMA Discovery Program. After a final showcase of the top 6 emerging artists, Eric then went on to win the 2016 CCMA Discovery Award.
Aug 9, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Singer and songwriter Jessica Mitchell is, at heart, a storyteller – an open book. Based in Toronto, and Nashville TN, she has spent the last decade digging deeper into her artistry, focusing on writing new music and crafting her richly unique sound, which has led her to become one of the music industry’s best kept secrets. At the end of May, she released two brand new tracks; “Don’t Love Me” and “Tear It Down”, which have already landed on multiple Spotify playlists, including the coveted Wild Country list with more than half a million followers.
Aug 16, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Driven by a need to create music that empowers, the indie pop artist always seems to have something to say. Her songs are dark, unique and quirky, while her voice is dripping with angst and emotion.
“When I sing,” says Treacy, “I am always feeling something, and I try to do everything in my power to take the listener on the same emotional journey that I’m on at the time.”
Aug 23, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“Follow what you love and do it for the rest of your life… do what you love each day as if it’s your last.”
When Ascot Royals singer Jimmy Chauveau and his brother and bandmate Ben talk about those words from their dying aunt, it’s clear they’ve decided she’s given them a credo to live by.
LGS – Le Groupe SWING
Aug 30, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Recognized throughout Canada as a French traditional music swindlers, LGS is a Juno nominated group that blends French-Canadian folk songs with elements of urban electro music, creating what their fans call Folktronica. After the release of their self-titled album LGS climbed the charts on Montreal’s number one hit radio station CKOI 96.9. The first single OKAY was in the top 10 for 18 weeks, La Folie the second single was #1 for 4 consecutive weeks (July 2015). In addition to an illustrious ten year career, LGS has been nominated at the Gala l’ADISQ for best traditional album (2004), nominated at the Junos for Best Francophone Album of the Year (2009).