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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE York Road Niagara Stone Rd. at Creek Rd.

We are often asked “When is the best time to visit Niagara?” and our answer is that we’re worth visiting all year round. Travelling to Niagara during any of our four very distinct seasons presents a new and unique adventure. Whether colourful leaves are turning in fall, the backdrop is beautifully blanketed in snow during winter, or the vivid blue skies greet you in spring and summer, Niagara is the place to be. Give yourself plenty of time to explore, and you will absolutely love it here.

NIAGARA FALLS Thorold Stone Rd. at Montrose Rd. Thorold Stone Rd. at St. Peter Ave. Drummond Rd. at Scott St. Stanley Ave. at Valley Way Lundys Lane at Carlton St. Bridge St. at Victoria Ave. Portage Rd. at Norton St.

FORT ERIE Gilmore Rd. ST. CATHARINES St. Paul St. West at Louth St. Ontario St. at GM Plant Welland Ave. at Francis St. Martindale Rd. at Hannover St. THOROLD Collier Rd. at Confederation



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e sometimes find it hard to believe that this remarkable place is where we choose to live and call home. This past year, we have been exceptionally blessed with the ability to rediscover Niagara and we cannot describe in words how incredible of a journey it has been. Our mission from the beginning has been to share with the world the profound abundance that Niagara has to offer, challenging locals and visitors alike that there is so much more than meets the eye.


We’ve become well known for several things, such as our incredible, award-winning wineries that stretch out across the Peninsula. We aren’t stopping there either, as we mention later in this issue, our growth in the craft brewery and distillery market share will turn even more heads in our direction. We are, however, most prominently recognized for the Niagara Falls itself, which draws in over 14 million people each year, spending a day or two, soaking in the immediate sights, and capturing picturesque photos of the natural wonder. To support our mission, we have spent the better part of this past year on an exploratory adventure of Niagara. We are still uncovering new experiences and we will continue to do so for the years to come. Niagara simply cannot be appreciated in one or two short days. We only hope that each issue of Reveal Magazine encourages you to seek new adventures, go beyond the expected, stay longer than planned, and be sure to visit again. Simply put, get out there and #RevealNiagara!

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Already a well-established wine country, Niagara’s warm micro-climate and ideal growing conditions offer the same benefits to the ever-growing craft beer industry. Just 15 short years ago there were only 12 craft breweries in all of Ontario. Now we are at 14 and growing right here in Niagara, making this craft our next big thing.

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CONTENTS Arts & Entertainment

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Art Formation Art in the Open Look Closer

Home, Fashion, Health, & Beauty

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Shop Local The Perfect Gift Retail Obsessions Nourish & Nurture Hidden Treasures

Eat & Drink Winter Beauty Wine Wonderland The Freshest of Foods Farm to Table Recommendation What’s For Breakfast What’s For Dinner Don’t Cook Tonight Kitchen Master Smooth Sippin’

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Creators & collaborators come together to showcase what we have to offer beyond the iconic Niagara Falls. We proudly call this region our home and invite you to explore with us. â—˜ Many Thanks


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Darlene Valentine Erin King Haven Alexander Leon Perel Paul Prudente Nancy Carr Robert Forster Sheila DeLuca Tunde Bacso Annie Pasquariello Akanksha Mathur

Photographers Barry Smith @barrysmithphotography Lorne Demoe @lornedemoe Ray Hayhurst @dustybee13 Tito Barbaza @iflyamavic Andrew Agnew-Stewart @andrewagnewstewart

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Take Winter by the Horns The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a long and cold winter this year, but it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying some of the best fun in Niagara. So let’s take winter by the horns and join us as we start you off with 8 Things to Do in Niagara this winter!

By Paul Prudente

Marvel at a Frozen Wonder ONE

Born roughly 10,000 years ago (give or take a couple of hundreds of years), Niagara Falls is an internationally recognized wonder that draws millions to its calling. Its raw power forces out over 100,000 cubic feet of water per second, which is equivalent to 1000 elephants falling over the falls every second. This famous attraction is a beast throughout the year, but in the winter it becomes a pure beauty. To behold the view of Niagara Falls in the winter time brings an awe onto itself. As winter progresses the base of the falls turns into a winter wonderland, seemingly frozen in time as giant icicles creep down from the crescent of the mighty falls. The Falls has never fully frozen solid, but it has been reported on two occasions that Niagara Falls has frozen over. Covered in ice as the waters flow beneath it. If you happen to be lucky enough to be in Niagara Falls when this happens, snap a pic and let the whole world know you were able to marvel at a frozen wonder.

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Outdoor Ice Skating TWO

The ice skate is synonymous with winter, whether it be the carving of the ice as our favourite hockey player speeds around the net to pot a goal or the leisurely glide of skating on community ice. Although most of us are not hockey players, we can and should take advantage of the scenic outdoor skating facilities that surround the Niagara region. Some of these outdoor venues include historical Fort George in Niagara on the Lake, the Hilary Bald Outdoor Rink in Beamsville, the Lions Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in Niagara Falls, Ravine Vineyards in St. Davids, Civic Square in Welland, and The Freise Zone in Grimsby. Although these amenities are weather permitting, they are a great opportunity to show a new generation what it feels like to enjoy winter outdoors, with a rosiness in our cheeks and a hot cocoa in our bellies.

Root for the Home Team THREE

The Meridian Centre is home to the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara Icedogs. The OHL is a stepping stone for elite junior hockey players to the National Hockey League. The style of play is fast-paced and hard-hitting at times, ensuring that fans get the best of entertainment each game. Players showcase their talents in hopes of catching the attention of professional hockey scouts and making the best of impressions. In the last 11 years, 7 of the number one draft picks for the NHL came out of the Ontario Hockey League. Franchise players such as John Tavares, Steve Stamkos, Patrick Kane, and Connor McDavid were groomed in the OHL and have had very successful careers in professional hockey for their respective teams. So, grab a beverage and hang on to the edge of your seat because you might be watching the next generational player to rock the NHL.

Indoor Recreational Fun FOUR

Truth be known, some of us are not suited for the teeth chattering weather of winter. But Niagara has a cure for that...indoor fun! As a destination location, Niagara doesn’t close down because of a few measly snowflakes. It just makes playing indoors that more entertaining. And there is plenty of entertainment. Obviously, if you would like to contribute to the local economy, the casinos are more than welcome to oblige, but there is more. Feel free to take in some illusion or magic shows with tigers, catch some world-class performances at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre, visit an indoor bird sanctuary, play laser tag with a bunch of your buddies, see some classic shows at the Shaw Festival Theatre, try some indoor skydiving, jump around with the family at the trampoline park, or check out some local comedians (amateur night is a howl). These are but a few examples of ways to beat Ole Jack Frost during the winter months. Whether you are visiting or happen to be local, try something new and different. Niagara has plenty of different to go around.

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Savoury Icewine

Culinary Delights

Thanks to the consistent winters of the Niagara region, wineries within this area have contributed to Canada being the largest producers of icewines in the world. See, winter is not all that bad. In fact, in order to produce ice wine, Canadian standards require that the grapes are picked off the vine at a temperature of negative 8 degrees Celsius or lower for three consecutive days. Harvests are not as numerous for vineyards in this situation, which makes this collection of beverages more unique. There is a fruitiness and aroma that blends well with its sweet succulent taste that can easily be paired with a plethora of desserts. A very good way to end a savoury meal.

Great food is in abundance, catering to even the finickiest of taste buds. Most restaurants offer both vegans and gluten-free options, making eatery choices for larger groups and families easier. This is an area where you can pay top dollar for a dry aged steak or pay as little as $11 for an 8 oz sirloin with most fixings. Budget-wise, there is something for everyone’s spending habits, although it would be a good idea to put a little extra aside to experience some of the more savoury meals in Niagara. If you would like to experience a true farm to table atmosphere, be prepared to be pampered while being nourished by Niagara’s freshest produce. If you haven’t experienced a Brazilian steakhouse before, be prepared for a food coma… the selection of meats is plentiful as servers visit your table with skewers of edible delights. Niagara Falls holds an event annually called Restaurant Week that occurs near the end of February. Up to 20 restaurants located on Lundy’s Lane put together special menus for the occasion and provide great quality meals at lower prices. It is a fantastic way to try local cuisine without breaking the bank.




Beer Lover Adventures SEVEN

For our beer connoisseurs, we have good news. The Micro-Movement is alive and well in Niagara! Within the last decade, Niagara has opened its welcoming arms to craft or micro breweries all over the region. Locations reach far and wide in this area including, Fonthill, Port Colborne, Port Dalhouse, Beamsville, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Niagara on the Lake. These establishments have given beer lovers a great way to appreciate beer in a different manner. It’s the attention to quality and flavour that bring out robust tastes in such beers as Black Lager, Sinister IPA, Barn Raiser, and Logger Lager. This isn’t just beer, it is beer that tantalizes the palette of so many who prefer the meticulous techniques of the brewmaster at hand. Niagara has long been known as wine country, but with the growing presence of craft breweries, we may soon be known as beer country... has a nice ring to it.

Founded in 1983, the Winter Festival of Lights is a holiday tradition that delights both the young and the inner youth within us. Boasting over 3 million lights, this 8-kilometre route of illumination runs along the mighty Niagara Falls and culminates in a dazzling homage to Canadian winters and the holiday season at Dufferin Island. The beauty of this radiant art is complimented by the snowy banks and snowflakes that help bring this festival to life. Garnering many awards, the Winter Festival of Lights attracts over 1.6 million tourists from around the globe and keeps growing every year.

Niagara has plenty to offer and much to see, that not even the chills of winter can stop the fun. Whether you are hanging out with friends or taking your family on a quick road trip, this destination has entertainment to fill your needs. So, hop in the car and take a trip that promises to be enjoyable and memorable this winter.

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Art Formation to see, to hear, to experience, and to behold

would you travel the world exploring the various forms of art and culture? Many people reply with excitement at the thought of seeing the world’s great works of art, however, we sometimes miss out on the opportunity to explore the rich culture surrounding us in our own community. Niagara’s art scene continues to grow and often surprises both locals and visitors alike as they seek out or sometimes tumble upon new and exciting experiences. The talent being cultivated right here is outstanding and spans all forms of art: from the visual arts to performing arts and beyond. World class facilities, from convention centres to theatres of all sizes, are accessible throughout the region, playing host to a variety of local and international performers. Both art and entertainment come alive in Niagara, all year round, with new and unparalleled talent being discovered regularly.

If given the opportunity,

Art is humanity’s most essential, most universal language. It is not a frill, but a necessary part of communication. The quality of civilization can be measured through its music, dance, drama, architecture, visual art, and literature. We must give our children knowledge and understanding of civilization’s most profound works.

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AVAILABL The TD Niagara Jazz Festival has quickly become one of the most popular festivals in Ontario. The festival is dedicated to celebrating the art form of Jazz in the Niagara region. They inspire, educate, and develop future Jazz audiences for generations to come, while combining live

jazz with a Niagara experience – food, wine, culture, and natural wonders. The TD Niagara Jazz Festival features events all throughout the year with the flagship festival coming together in the form of a weekend summer festival that runs twice in July.

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the sixth annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival Celebrating music, life, and art through by showcasing the finest Canadian and internationally renowned Jazz musicians. This multi-venue festival delivers music runs

twice in July. Each run is a three full days of outstanding live performances, educational initiatives, and free events.

July 19th -21st Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines July 26th -28th Niagara-on-the-Lake

Live . Learn . Jazz .

1-844-LIV-JAZZ (1-844-548-5299)


“The Jazz festival gets bigger and better each year. We don’t have to drive to Toronto or visit night clubs in Manhattan for this entertainment.” - Carm Lenartowich Hamilton, Ontario

Twilight Jazz Series

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Celebrating the many talented musicians of Niagara & beyond, the Twilight Jazz Series features the best in local and touring jazz artists and ensembles. The series runs from November to June, operating on the first Sunday of every month in St. Catharines and the third Sunday of every month in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Live Learn Jazz Series

”The World Music on the Beach was a splendid success! We reveled in the diversity of music performed and the atmosphere of peace and friendship that prevailed among those in attendance. The packed crowds and full houses belied the fact that this was the first year for a full-blown TD Niagara Jazz Festival-produced event at Lakeside Park. Amazing!” - Tim Johnson St. Catharines, Ontario

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This series was conceived by the TD Niagara Jazz Festival for those patrons who are interested in learning more about jazz music in a fun atmosphere and in a picturesque Niagara setting. The performances are held at local wineries, breweries, distilleries, and parks.

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Art in the Open

fascinating arts found across the Niagara region

Art in the Open is an initiative designed to connect and engage Niagara through public art. It is one of the most beautiful collections showcasing over 250 pieces throughout Niagara. Each piece has a story, illuminating what has shaped our local Niagara community.

By Annie Pasquariello

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Nikola Tesla

the man who lit the world Artist Les Drysdale Location: Queen Victoria Park Niagara Falls, Ontario ▼

The name Tesla has become synonymous with innovation and Elon Musk, but long before electric cars, Nikola Tesla’s legacy had already been established as the man who lit the world. Between the now known Tesla Motor Company and the focus of major motion pictures, it’s no wonder Tesla is more popular than ever before. Tesla’s roots in the Niagara region run deep as the Niagara Falls was his inspiration for creating alternating-current electricity (AC).

the community and tourists have embraced the statue and are happy it is there as a historical piece and monument. “We always knew how important Tesla was and it seems like he is becoming more popular again as growth and development are in the mainstream,” he says. While he jokes that the Serbian community likes to take ownership of Tesla, Kolundzic acknowledges how we take for granted how Tesla’s innovations impact our daily lives – from cell phones to radio waves to lasers. Drysdale’s inspiration came from learning and researching Tesla. Through those findings, he tried to convey the essence of Tesla’s life. He says one of his sources of inspiration was a quote of Nikola Tesla himself, where he said: “The possibilities of will power and self control appeal tremendously to my vivid imagination… My imaginings were equivalent to realities.” “This was the primary inspiration for the piece, where I have Tesla facing the falls and drawing sin wave which represents AC electricity. Below him evolves into a physical manifestation of his idea, an AC motor. During my research I was lucky enough to be given a tour of the Rankine Generating Station and loved the early 20th industrial aesthetic.” Drysdale explains. “This was also a reason why I wanted to incorporate the motor into the sculpture. I thought it was amazing in its form and function just as an interesting sculptural object.” Alex Pantelic, president of the Serbian National Shield Society of Canada says the statue is a representation of the bigger picture of what anyone can achieve. “We need more people like Tesla – innovators. Hopefully it inspires young kids to something like he did.” The Tesla monument can be found across from the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. This fabulous piece of art, as well as so many others, can be discovered by visiting

Nikola Tesla

“We always knew how important Tesla was and it seems like he is becoming more popular again as growth and development are in the mainstream...”

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“The possibilities of will power and self control appeal tremendously to my vivid imagination… My imaginings were equivalent to realities.

A monument sits across from that source of inspiration to honour his achievements and his importance to not only Niagara, but the world. It was Tesla’s invention of AC that competed against Thomas Edison’s direct current technology, which made the transmission of power over long distances possible. Born on July 10, 1856 in what is now Smiljan, Croatia to a Serbian orthodox priest and his mother who invented small household appliances, young Nikola Tesla always took an interest in inventions and electricity. As a young boy Tesla had already considered the idea of water turbines after seeing a lithograph of the mighty falls. Hearing Niagara Falls described, Tesla, “pictured in my imagination a big wheel run by the falls,” he says in his biography. How the monument came to light so many years after his death in 1943 is due largely in part to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian National Shield Society of Canada. The monument was unveiled at would have been Tesla’s 150th birthday in 2006 with cooperation from the Niagara Parks Commission donating land as well as financial contributions from the Serbian government. The statue was completed by Les Drysdale, a Hamilton-based artist who won an international competition to create the piece. Dan Kolundzic, president of the church says they felt an obligation to do something like this for the community as a public service. “The unveiling was a dramatic day and event. It was a long road to get there and ultimately became a larger project tied to the republic of Serbia. They donated $50,000 to the project and the ceremony was broadcast live to Serbia,” Kolundzic says. “That’s how important this was and still is to people.” Drysdale says he still receives emails of appreciation and photos of people saluting Tesla to which he is frequently reminded of the project and how well it has been received. Like most people, Drysdale’s knowledge on the inventor was limited to the Tesla Coil and AC. “I knew he was a historical underdog that got little credit for what he did. I was not however aware of what a fascinating, quirky, weird, and over- the- top genius he was and how profoundly he changed the world,” he says. The sentiments like Drysdale’s has created a loyal following for Tesla and heritage sites dedicated to him all over the world. Kolundzic says

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Magnificent EXPERIENCE


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professional productions

Linus Hand Productions brought Disney’s Aladdin to Niagara Falls in 2005. Since then, several productions have followed such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, Scrooge, and Disney’s High School Musical. Linus Hand Production also presented Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, Peter Pan, and Oliver. And they will continue to produce more!

Opportunity to Learn at classes & camps

To support the talent that is required to put on these family-friendly theatre productions, Linus Hand Productions hosts its own Drama Academy classes and camps where local children learn from professional artists. Children are provided with the opportunity to learn a variety of talents such as projection, mime, posture, body movement and vocal skills.

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Junior, intermediate, and senior lessons are provided within the Drama Academy Camps. Each camp concludes its final class with a young production put on for family and friends.

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The Producer

Linus Hand, originally from Scotland, was the GM of the Royal Alexandra and the Princess of Wales theatre in Toronto for 14 years. He has blessed the Niagara region with stunning theatrical performances that inspire, delight, and entertain all ages. His productions have been running locally for over 12 years, and in 2014 was inducted to the Niagara Falls Arts & Culture Wall of Fame. His extensive career in performing arts is more than apparent in the quality of his productions.

Coming Soon 2019

Linus Hand Productions proudly presents. . . Into the Woods at the Meridian Centre for the Arts in Fort Erie, Ontario on June 20 - 23, 2019. This is a young company performance. All roles will be performed by children between 5 - 18 years of age.

Niagara’s Pride

Linus Hand Productions “My daughter has been going for years and has thoroughly enjoyed being involved. Many of the kids have become life long friends! Also is a great way to learn how to stand infront of people, builds confidence!”

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“Children learn and perform with professional artists and develop skills as singers, dancers, and actors.”

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successful businessman, who grew his company by inspiring loyalty among his customers. He was a family man, grounded in his strong principles and faith. This very human sculpture of Alban Leon is intentionally interactive with a comfortable feel that encourages people to sit with Leon. The sculpture is of a living room set, that consists of a statue featuring Alban sitting on the couch, complete with two recliner chairs and a coffee table. It weighs approximately 2,500 pounds and was bronzed in Bangkok, Thailand. It has been said that rubbing his shoulder or taking a picture with him will bring luck and prosperity.

“Ablan was clearly a successful businessman, who grew his company by inspiring loyalty among his customers.

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Alban Leon

it may bring you good luck & prosperity Artist Timothy P. Schmalz Location: Chippawa Park Welland, Ontario ▼

Alban Leon’s life is one the most fascinating stories when immigrating to Canada. After fleeing Lebanon and travelling throughout the United States and South America, Alban settled in Welland, Ontario. This is where he opened his first store on King Street: A. Leon’s Co. Leon’s is now a national brand with over sixty stores across Canada and the business is till more than 70% owned by his family. Ablan was clearly a

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Timothy P. Schmalz is a figurative sculptor whose past commissions include Golden Leaves, at the Gordon Lightfoot Sculpture Park (Orillia) and the National Mining Monument (Sudbury). He’s best known for his religious works, including Homeless Jesus, which has been installed from London to Toronto to Dublin, and has garnered international attention and acclaim.

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First Nations Peace Monument

founding and shaping Canada’s identity Architect Douglas Cardinal Location: Decew House Heritage Park Thorold, Ontario ▼

Unveiled on October 7th, 2017, the monument is an interactive piece, inviting everyone to reflect on the vital contributions of First Nations peoples on founding and shaping Canada’s identity. It came at a time when the country showed it was coming to terms with historical injustices against Indigenous people. The specific date for the unveiling was chosen because marks it the anniversary of the Royal proclamation of 1763 issued by George III, which set out the core elements between First Nations and the Crown. This was a critical step in initiating the recognition of

“ existing Aboriginal rights, land title, and the right to self-determination in Canada. Designed by world-renowned architect and human rights activist Douglas Cardinal, the circular shape acts as a symbol of welcoming, inclusion, and protection in native cultures. Prominently located near the site where Laura Secord was found by First Nations warriors, who escorted her to deliver a warning to the colonial British forces of an impending American invasion. Following her warning, British and First Nations forces were able to mount an offensive that resulted in a definitive defeat of the American invaders in the Battle of Beaverdams, arguably changing the course of Canadian history.

The monument will serve as a permanent reminder of how early settlers and the resident First Nations galvanized their forces to defend a country still in its infancy – and the importance of recognizing that the promises of the covenants and treaties of that time need to be critically redressed and reconciled with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters of today.” Caroline McCormick, President of Friends of Laura Secord

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RUMBLE: THE CONCERT Wed 6 Feb 7:30pm Experience the story of how Indigenous musicians influenced rock n' roll and the soundtracks of our lives. Featuring guitar slingers Derek Miller and Kenny Lee Lewis of the Steve Miller Band, local jazz virtuosos Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea and more, this vibrant and awe-inspiring stage production mixes live musical performances with video clips of Robbie Robertson, Buffy SainteMarie, Jimi Hendrix, Link Wray and more from the award-winning film.




Thurs 7 Feb 7:30pm Experience an extraordinary performance by Alicia Svigals, founder of the Grammywinning Klezmatics, composer, vocalist, and the world’s foremost klezmer violinist accompanied by Toronto’s virtuoso newmusic pianist Marilyn Lerner. The original score, composed by Svigals, is set Pola Negri’s 1918 silent film made at the end of World War I, on the eve of the Russian revolution, and includes precious footage of the former Jewish quarter of Warsaw.



Wed 6 Mar 7:30pm Experience this fantastic and intense four-time Academy Award-winning film Birdman like never before! The film is projected in entirety as Antonio Sanchez viscerally reproduces his Grammywinning original drum score live.


it may bring you luck & prosperity Artist Mary Anne Barkhouse Location: Rodman Hall St. Catharines, Ontario ▼

Now permanently found on the grounds of Rodman Hall, his inviting, playful piece incorporates two lifesize bronze sculptures of a coyote and a badger in an artist’s garden built in the shape of a frontier house. It is often one of the first pieces that visitors engage with, approaching the beautiful border gardens comprised of indigenous plants. The garden is also home to corn, squash, beans, and quinoa, allowing for beautifully changing backdrops throughout the seasons.

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“ Commemorating the War of 1812, this piece leverages sculptural elements that represent a narrative surrounding the cooperative nature of the allies involved in the 1812 conflict. The badger and coyote were chosen because of their cooperative hunting patterns and are also two significant animals in Aboriginal worldviews. Here at the entrance of Rodman Hall they keep watch, friendly yet fully alert.

The easy poses of the animals suggest the First Nations / Settler alliances of 1812, literally standing within modern examples of the land and foods that are still nourishing their descendants. Though acting as a positive reminder of the War of 1812, and the roles of differing nations in creating Canada, Settlement also alludes to how many issues around treaties and the land and its resources are still a defining factor for Canada two hundred years later.” Venture Niagara

Looking beyond the beauty of the sculptures themselves, the narrative expands to the intentionally designed border garden. “The four corners of the Settlement garden are occupied by mounds of earth that give the seeds planted there, its drainage and warmth. Each mound is planted with corn, beans, and squash. These plants, called “The Three Sisters,” are staples in the agricultural practices of certain North American Aboriginal peoples. Their companionship in the garden benefits all three species. The corn provides a natural trellis for the beans to climb, and the beans reinforce the strength of the cornstalk. The beans infuse the soil with nitrogen from their roots that benefits the corn in years to come. The broad squash leaves shade the ground, keep weeds down, trap moisture, and provide rich mulch at the end of the season.” Stuart Reid, Director/Curator of Rodman Hall Art Centre The art installation is an important educational piece that contributes to the storytelling of Niagara’s history. It both reflects and exposes the colonial past of Canada by reinforcing Aboriginal perspectives on their relation to the land and on the arrival of Europeans. Mary Anne Barkhouse is a member of the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

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you deserve a good break

Catch a meal or enjoy a beverage at one of the local bars and eateries, including a pit stop on the great Niagara Ale trail at Breakwall Brewing Company. You can even find a regular supply of fresh fish made available along the waterfront and lakeshore.


around this beautiful city

Port Colborne Canal Days Festival Welcoming more than 400,000 people to the four-day festival each year, Canal Days continues to be one of the most popular summer festivals in Niagara. Each summer, Port Colborne is proud to take the time to celebrate its rich nautical history, successful marine heritage and its connection to the St. Lawrence Seaway. This working marine community is a welcoming and hospitable one, which is why this is a premier summer festival. With a packed roster of activities, vendors, rides, entertainment, and fireworks, there is fun for the entire family all weekend long. The festival is free to attend and will be entering its 41st year this summer.

Take a walk through the beautiful gardens and fountains of Lock 8 Gateway Park and watch the ships pass through. Enjoy a scenic drive along Sugarloaf Street and Lakeshore Road. Turn around at Cement Road, retrace your route and observe the Incredible Shrinking Mill.


to see & know more

Take a tour of the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum and learn the history of the Welland Canal, or the 1901 Neff steam buggy, which was one of the first automobiles manufactured in Canada. Go on a self-guided walking tour to learn about the architectural history, 33 homes, sites and properties located near the canal and downtown district.


variety of antiques, food, & more

#porticipate be active

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As one of the 45 communities across Ontario taking part in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the Port Colborne “PORTicipate. Every Day!” program is aimed at creating a supportive environment delivering accessible physical activity programs that promote healthy activity in children 12 years and younger.

Enjoy some retail therapy at one of our many boutique’s, found on Historic West Street, the Downtown Business District and along Old Humberstone. Or look for hidden gems along the antique trail, where more than thirty outlets can be found in town and along the Lake Erie shore. There’s also the Port Colborne Farmers’ Market, which has been a Friday morning tradition dating back more than a century.

Look Closer... We’re admiring on one of Niagara’s best artists - quiet but fierce - Barry, who’s brought many extraordinary things to life

Barry Smith

from the City of Thorold, Ontario and raised in Niagara, Barry Smith’s unique pictures come to life like a fresh painting on canvas. He primarily prints on locally printed canvas to bring out the textures and depths of the photographs. Not one to manipulate the photographs, Barry says, “what I want is that by looking at my work, you will see what I saw.” Born in Aberdeen, Scotland

Barry enjoys taking photographs of architectures, people, and irony. He is always looking to capture the uncaptured, the soon to be lost forever, and the once in a lifetime moment in time. With a knack for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, look for the kiltwearing photographer in your area!

Barry is a member of the St Catharines Art Association and Niagara Artists Centre. He was nominated for a St Catharines Art Award in 2014 as an emerging artist. Look for his art hanging across the Niagara Region at various homes and businesses such as Chapel Street Designs in Thorold; Blueline Diner in Niagara Falls; Thorold Physiotherapy; Andies Gallery in Port Colborne to name a few. He has shown his work publicly at galleries such as Holcim Gallery in Milton; Mahtay Cafe, and Studio 4 Tattoo Parlour in St. Catharines. You can even find his pictures on recording artists’ albums Pazit and Cory Cruise. Currently Barry is working with 6 talented painters for an art gallery tour under the group name Niagara Shores Artists. You can also find his work as Creative Director of Photography with the Living Library of Resilent Women.

Look for Barry on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and as a member of Niagara Shores Artists, also as a wedding photography partner of DBS Studios. He is currently working on an amazing art project with fellow painter, Robin Nisbet.

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“on the fence� We looked closer... and what we saw were beautiful photographs that Barry has captured in and around the Niagara region. From his gallery, these three photographs spoke to us. Photographs that display people, places, and structures that have proven to have stood the test of time... We are delighted to have met such a talented artist in Niagara. His photographs and arts are so moving and simply incredible. Based on what Barry wanted to achieve, from the eyes of the artist himself, he describes what he has seen and captured in these photographs:


Humility, family, community, and separation from the world are the mainstays of the Amish. Whereas, it took humility, family, and community to CONNECT the world with the Welland Canal. The Amish have a long history in Canada with the oldest settlement dating to the 1820s. Coincedently, in 1824 work began on the first Welland Canal to transverse Niagara Falls and since 1959 permitted international vessels. Lock 7 in Thorold is just behind my home and along my family’s walking route but still extremely lucky to cross paths with this family.

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Sometimes creating an image is not deliberate but a balance of being at the right place at the right time. I knew these conditions would not be easily recreated with the fog rolling off the Niagara Escarpment blanketing the lower bench with perfectly balanced clouds. As if the grapes have gone into hiding, a hush across the fields is broken only by passing vehicles. The calmness of the moment is taken from any mindfulness process, no planning, just being.

A desire for isolation can slowly cease to be a choice. Every spring the combination of snow melt and endless days of rain makes a tiny creek swell into a slow moving river. A backyard getaway is forcibly taken away. This image shows a lack of motion where motion exists, all the while evoking emotions. This is the very thing to avoid with isolation as a defense mechanism. The freedom of the choice can be taken away leaving nothing but the isolation desired.

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Invest in community. Support local economy. P r o m o t e l o c a l p ro s p e r i t y.

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Throughout the winter season, we seem to have one celebration followed by another, with the multitude of holidays that occur from Thanksgiving all the way through to Easter. Add a sprinkle of birthdays and anniversaries and you have a full plate in the gift-giving department. We can sometimes find ourselves feeling rushed and the true joy of gifting gets lost in the hustle and bustle. If you give it some thought, you probably know at least one person that seems to always get it right. Something simple, uncommon and often personalized, leaving you feeling exceptionally appreciative of the gesture while also wondering how you could become an equally incredible giver of gifts. Now, we assure you that this craft of gifting doesn’t have to be a long and arduous creative process. It just takes a little attentiveness, the willingness to be unique, and a touch of personalization. There is a highly duplicatable recipe for

success, right here in your own backyard, that you can adhere to every time. Believe it or not, the best gift givers are the ones that include personalization in the form of a card or a note. Spending a few extra minutes picking out the card that fits the scenario just right goes a long way, but also adding a special note within that card is almost always the part that does the trick. Adding the perfect gift alongside the perfect personalized note can be just as easy. We suggest making locally owned boutiques and novelty shops part of your shopping protocol. They already spend a lot of time and effort ensuring that their inventory is different than what you can access at the mall, so using this to your advantage is the absolute best strategy to presenting your recipient with something special and unique no matter the occasion.




1. Pillows Along with providing comfort, the perfect cushion finishes any room. From warm and cozy to bright and fun, Everlove has what you desire. 2. Trinkets & Treasures Jazz up your space by adding a few little trinkets without breaking the bank and keep your eye out for pieces that also serve a practical purpose. 3. Art Adding that piece of wall art is often the icing on the cake when finishing a space, so be sure to check in often for unique pieces pop up, including work from local artists such as Kathy McBride’s shown below. 4. DÊcor Have some fun and show your personality through the accents in your home, from vases to decorative clocks to fun photo frames. 5. Textiles & Rugs A new look can be achieved effortlessly by updating or adding a new throw or rug. Try new textures and colors or update them with the changing seasons.




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There’s something to be said for a more personal and exclusive shopping experience. Local boutiques often take the time to source items that are more unique and cannot be easily found somewhere else. Shopping at a locally owned boutique gives you more diversity and individuality in your own wardrobe and offers a very satisfactory experience worthy of repeating (regularly)! Next time you need some retail therapy, check out one of our favourite picks.


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C I T R U S B T Q , S T. C AT H A R I N E S A very fashionable family-operated business, the store is a delight to visit, filled with both local brands and international treasures. Something new arrives everyday so visit often.

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2 P L A N K S C A N A DA , C RY S TA L B E A C H An inhouse fashion designer, locally sourced and locally made products, and the perfect combination of clothing, home dĂŠcor, and accessories. This beautiful store has become a fast favourite.

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GLAM GIRL, P O RT C O L B O R N E A trendy boutique with a beautiful view of the canal, this boutique is always changing its rotation of brands to stay current and offers a variety for all ages.

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Located in a fabulously renovated heritage building, this store offers women a large assortment of highquality clothing & accessories, and the constantly refreshed sale rack always has the greatest finds.

In its 20th year, this designer boutique caters to women and men and features a large selection of casual wear to event & holiday outfits, jewellery, shoes, ties, belts, and bags.



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Nourish & Nurture

winter care inside and out

Stay Rested As the days get shorter and nights become longer, you may find your body feeling more sluggish than usual. Your instinct may be to fight through, but we encourage you to listen to the signals your body is giving you and slow down when needed. We aren’t suggesting that those earlier sunsets mean that its time for bed, but as your body begins to wind down earlier than usual, take on more nurturing activities such as meditation, yoga, or reading. Lock in Moisture Cold and harsh weather tends to dry your skin out quickly, so making sure you stick to a daily moisturizing regime is critical. Completely nourish yourself from head to toe, paying special attention to those trouble spots. Your face, neck, and hands all benefit from a heavier application of moisturizer. Your cuticles require special attention, as they lose elasticity in the winter and can create painful splitting if not looked after daily. And of course, do not forget about those fabulous feet that may need some extra soak time. In addition to moisturizing on the outside, pay special attention to drinking lots of water to keep hydrated from the inside.


Self-care is not a seasonal thing, but there certainly some areas that require extra attention in the harsh winter months to be sure the best version of yourself emerges come spring. With a few common pitfalls that ail us all, we thought we’d share a few tips that we gathered from the pros.

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Spa at 124 is a tranquil, full service health and wellness spa. Located in the heart of Niagara on the Lake, we offer a peaceful escape from the bustling town around you. Our mission is to provide our guests with uplifting services that envelop your senses, using some of natures finest ingredients. We have sourced the best natural and organic skincare companies and are proud to feature Eminence and Spa Ritual - both environmentallyaware companies are renowned for their holistic approach to skincare and known for their conscientious choice of ingredients. Our fabulous Spa Boutique offers a range of these luxury items for those wishing to indulge and continue their spa journeys at home.

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Put Your Food to Work The winter doesn’t have to be the time where you eat too much for the holidays, consume all your favourite comfort foods, and pack on extra winter weight. Indulge all winter long by adding more soups and stews to your diet. Soups are the brilliant way to increase your vegetable intake while also keeping you feeling fuller for longer. With hearty root vegetables and cabbages in season, you can get some amazing benefits by packing in things like sweet potatoes and red cabbage. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins C, B2, & E that help boost the immune system. Red cabbage is full of antioxidants through its own minerals and vitamins and is an affordable alternative to summertime superfruits. In addition to vegetables, be sure to add those detoxing agents like garlic and ginger wherever possible to increase the overall benefits of your meal.

Beat the Blues Shorter days means less daylight and that often leads to a gloomier mood than usual. To keep the winter blues at bay, our best advice is to stay active and connected with friends and family to avoid falling into a social hibernation. It’s completely acceptable to stay in and be cozy more regularly than you do on those warm summer nights. But if you can’t remember the last time you left your house for something other than work or groceries, find a reason to get out and about. Have a tip you want to share or a question for one of our health and beauty experts? Drop us a line at and we’ll get back to you right away.

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Hidden Treasures

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Shopping for antiques is like going on an exciting treasure hunt. You may be in pursuit of something very specific, on a quest for items that possess great value, or you might just enjoy adding unique pieces to your personal collection of jewelry, artwork, or household items. Whatever you fancy, there are a couple of hints to making your treasure hunt successful and that you don’t have to overpay for that one special item that catches your eye. Before exploring the shop, take a few moments to get to know the shop owner and find out what their expertise and what they are passionate about. Find out the amount of knowledge they have about antiques and vintage items, whether they are certified appraisers or not, this will provide you with an outline as to how fairly their items are priced. It’s also important to know that there are certain terms that can be misleading. Be wary of terms like retro, collectable, or reproduction; they could be driving the price higher of an item by implying that it’s older than it is. Items that are labelled as antiques or vintage items could be of greater value but be sure to ask questions to validate their true age and value. True antiques are greater than 100 years in age and

Tales of an Antiques Dealer There are many types of antique dealers and proprietors, but each one with a passion for the profession can appreciate the beautiful process that comes along with finding, researching, and restoring a piece of history. Leon Perel, owner of Forum Antiques in Niagara-on-the-Lake, shares with us two of his personal tales: The Clifton Hotel Grandfather Clock The Clifton Hotels were considered the finest hotels Niagara Falls has ever had. Their first hotel was built in 1835 and the second in 1905. But after a tragic fire in 1898, these initial properties were destroyed. They then built a new property nearby (currently where the Oakes Garden Theatre is located). It was bigger than their first hotel, boasting 270 rooms and grand ballroom space to accommodate the large gatherings and parties. It was

True antiques are “greater than 100

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the premier location for influential visitors such as King George V and Queen Mary (then Prince and Princess of Wales), and King Albert and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium. This hotel unfortunately succumbed to the same fate of the first one, destroyed by fire on New Year’s Eve, December 31,1932. One of my antique travels led me to a magnificent piece of Art Deco furniture; a century old grandfather clock that had been painted white. Upon discovery of its true origin, that it stood tall in the lobby of the prominent Clifton Hotel, I knew I had to bring it back to life. It would, however, take a lot of time and work to restore it to its original beauty. It was clear that the clock was damaged in the fire as it had traces of the blaze on its dial. But this was a rare and beautiful piece, uniquely and delicately constructed, so I had to acquire it. We began our work by stripping the layers of paint and refinishing the wood. When it came time to repair the mechanical components, many of these pieces needed to be hand crafted. This process took nearly three years


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but has been one of my most rewarding restorations. The work we put in brought new life into such a historical piece of furniture. Now, this clock stands tall in my shop, awaiting its next home. 18th Century Jewels Finding a rare object, researching its history, and discovering both its value and its story, is one of the most rewarding parts of being an antique dealer. When buying estate jewellery recently, a pair of earrings caught my eye. I recognized the item model as being of the 18th century. But the silver and gold testing did not confirm its value and the main amethyst stone was new, so I concluded it must have been a reproduction. But I later noticed that there were gold posts and a small screw; I wondered why the investment in such expensive posts. I then took the earrings to my gemologist, a GIA certified gem professional. It turned out that the earrings are of silver from approximately 1600-

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1700s. The gold had been applied with gold leaf burnt into the silver, and the ruby, emerald, and aqua marine gems had been chipped, not cut. The findings proved that the origin of these earrings is either French or Spanish design from that era. What was thought to have been a reproduction, after some additional expert review, it is in fact, a magnificent and valuable piece of timeless jewelry.



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Winter Beauty

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ome to more than 50 exquisite wineries, and nestled between the escarpment and Lake Ontario, the historic and beautiful Twenty Valley has become a sought-after destination within a destination. While visitors from near and far flock to Niagara, it is highly recommended to book an extra day or two enjoying the Twenty Valley to make the most of your trip. From a romantic weekend away, to a rejuvenating escape to the spa with the girls, the Twenty Valley has everything you need. When thinking of that perfect winter getaway, it’s not always about fleeing the cold and finding a sunny hot spot to hide out. The winter season is an inspiring time to explore Niagara at your leisure, away from the often-frenetic summer tourist bustle.

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51 vision and what the land offers them. Here in the valley, the fruits of local farmers are nearly all that is required to present you the most desirable and enjoyable culinary talents all throughout the seasons. The seasonally inspired menus are not only rich, colorful, and beautiful but also mouth-watering and flavorful. Each culinary offering is a worthwhile experience; from the morning stop at the local cafes and bakeries to a light lunch required to refuel your shopping adventures, right down to the perfectly presented dinner courses wherever you choose to land and recap your day. While there are several ongoing markets, festivals, and events throughout the year, Twenty Valley is home to some outstanding signature events that are growing in popularity every year.


Niagara’s Twenty Valley is a destination wrapped with winter beauty. It is perfectly situated along the escarpment with exceptional views of Lake Ontario. Many of the wineries atop the escarpment offer the most endearing sights that can be soaked in indoors, outdoors, and beside a warm and roaring fire. Jordan Village has accommodations fit for royalty. This quaint little village is perfect when you really want to get away from it all. While it offers serenity and relaxation, it is also surrounded by bustling shops, a full-service spa, and some of the most sought-after culinary experiences. So, there is plenty to do and see when you want to move about. Wine lovers can indulge in a variety of vineyard tastings, where you will learn why Niagara wines are truly award winning. The unique climate and land structure allow our winemakers to create the most delectable offerings, using a combination of their

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Winter WineFest January 11th -13th, 2019 Celebrating its 10th season, this free event occurs annually over one full weekend in January. Showcasing some of the best VQA wines, paired with exquisite culinary treats, this festival attracts nearly 10,000 visitors and is packed with food, wine, craft beer, spirits, and loads of entertainment.

Roots on the Twenty July 2019 A little hip, a lot of nature, and a tremendous amount of fun this event explores the roots of Niagara’s Twenty Valley that allow us to deliver our very best local fare. Live entertainment is provided throughout the weekend to keep you hopping. Wrapped Up in the Valley November 2019 Spread across three full weekends in November, enjoy the experience of premium wine perfectly paired with a culinary treat crafted by our local chefs. The bright fall colors contributing to the beautiful landscape as you explore premier boutique wineries make this an unforgettable fall experience.

While there are several ongoing markets, festivals, and events throughout the year, Twenty Valley is home to some outstanding signature events that are growing in popularity every year.


Get Fresh in the Valley April 2019 Kicking into the spring, this event is a selfguided wine tour of up to 20 wineries throughout Twenty Valley wine route. Unleashing the new seasonal aromas, you will explore fantastic food pairings offered by local chefs and even collect your favorite experiences through recipe cards allowing you to recreate at home.

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ICON An exclusive highlight of a Niagara local superstar. Meet the cover girl for this Reveal Magazine Leisure Issue.

Forging Her Future she creates, she inspires, she capitvates

Kristen Nagel is a successful entrepreneur, actor, internationally published freelance model, and social justice activist from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

When Kristen takes on a project, she always puts 100% of herself into it and does whatever it takes to see the task through to completion. Despite her young age, Kristen’s driven nature, insatiable curiosity, and loyalty to her work have led to several successful ventures in various areas of business. This natural drive was proven to be exceptionally valuable when it came time to partner with Julio Batres Gavidia and together opened the doors to Paradigm Ventures Niagara Incorporated. As the co-founder, Vice-President, and Chief Creative Officer she works tirelessly alongside her partner delivering a multi-disciplinary, innovative technology company that holds roots in the educational, service, and property-development sectors. The company also provides a platform for Kristen to show off


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In the process of obtaining her degree in medical sciences, Kristen discovered a love of working with individuals with autism and other developmental disorders. This led to her becoming the Special Needs Activity Program coordinator at Brock University.

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her impressive communication skills. She can often be found eloquently delivering keynotes at numerous speaking engagements regarding technological applications and the role of virtual reality and augmented reality in classrooms, storefronts, and marketing. An accomplished model, Kristen has been published in local and international lifestyle, fashion, and art magazines. These publications are mostly throughout Europe and United States. She currently works mainly out of Toronto, however she plans to travel across Canada in pursuit of her passion. Kristen consistently strives to make a difference for the less fortunate, not only here in Canada, but also abroad. Since 2016, she coordinates and facilitates

multiple medical service missions to Pamplona Alta, Lima, which is one of the poorest shantytowns in Peru. Managing the pharmaceutical components of the mission, Kristen deals with the controlled collection of various medications here in Ontario and handles its importations into Peru. She oversees every delicate shipment until it arrives in the designated medical clinic there. She has made the trip to this country four times thus far, with a fifth planned for February of 2019. A talented actor, Kristen has appeared in numerous productions in both leading and supporting roles. Her passion for the filmmaking process has also led to her being credited as a producer and First Assistant Director for some of these projects.

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A self-described “Country Girl”, she feels most at-home in the outdoors; hiking and camping whenever she can find the time. She loves to travel and adores animals, including her two cats, Winston and Bruce. When she’s not forging her own future, Kristen is constantly inspiring others to forge THEIRS. She’s a true leader and is always motivating those who work alongside her to

work harder to achieve their goals. Regardless of whether those goals are personal or professional. An imaginative and patient problem solver, Kristen’s resourcefulness has allowed her to overcome virtually any obstacle in her path; on a journey that has brought her all over the world and given her experiences that most will only dream of.

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Celebrate every season at Canada’s largest wine festivals!



Niagara Wine Festivals


Three times each year, our festivals reflect appreciation for the vines and the wines in the region with fantastic events and exclusive experiences.


DISCOVERY PASS Enjoy eight VQA wine & culinary pairings crafted by some of the most talented people in Niagara!

MONTEBELLO PARK EXPERIENCE September 20–22 & 27–29, 2019


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hen the vineyards become cloaked in bright white snow and the valley beyond sparkles in the sun, the wine route of Niagara becomes a fairytale setting. Exploring wine country in the winter is a glorious treat for all senses. It’s the perfect time to expand your palette to new and exciting flavours. Switching up your preferred vino throughout the various seasons is a regular occurrence among many. If you haven’t ventured beyond your comfortable blends in a while, then using the changing weather as a reason to do so can be a rather enjoyable experience. Similarly, we often find ourselves adjusting our wine selection to best compliment our meal. Since the winter season usually presents itself with both a cooler climate and a heartier menu, it stands to reason that a

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perfect winter white by looking for more robust blends and heavier on oak in the body. These oaky whites tend to compliment the heartier and season-served food in the winter. We suggest looking for a buttery rich chardonnay as an alternative to eggnog, or be adventurous and sample a new gewürztraminer. With the winter season also comes celebration, so having some champagne or sparkling white wine is a great compliment to your winter regime. And since we’re in Niagara, we’d be remiss if we did not mention that icewine is a true winter favourite. The Niagara region is a global leader in icewine production. During our winter season, while the grapes are still frozen on the vine, it’s when we harvest this award-winning treat. With several festivals dedicated to the celebration of our icewine, there are ample opportunities to explore new wines and enhance your palette. If you want to find your favourite winter wines,

deep and full-bodied red tends to take center stage. Just as though your wardrobe transforms in the winter, the more complex and layered your wine selections become. We tend to seek for more lush aromas and stronger textures. A cabernet sauvignon or shiraz are both popular choices and will warm you up in a hurry. You can also try a nebbiolo or sangiovese, which are both known to be versatile, although its high tannin and acidity may be something to consider when choosing your pairings. Now, if you’re sitting fireside wrapped in your favourite sweater and you’d really like a glass of something white, then you should follow your heart because there really are no rules. Your familiarity may be crisp and fresh summertime whites, but there are more velvety and full-bodied textures that are truly exceptional in the winter season. Try experimenting with different variations to find your

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The festival takes places over three weekends in January and is kicked off with the Niagara Icewine Festival Gala.

Niagara is where you visit especially in January. Every year, across the region, a winter wine wonderland comes to life through bright-outdoor street festivals, wine and food pairing events, and the luxurious galas of the year. The festival takes places over three weekends in January and is kicked off with the Niagara Icewine Festival Gala. The Niagara Icewine Festival Gala is not only Canadas largest VQA Icewine tasting event, but also one of the most elegant black-tie affairs: This year, it’s decked out with a “Northern Lights” theme. On January 11th at Fallsview Casino Resort, you are invited to enjoy an all-inclusive evening of wine, food, and splendor. Indulge in award-winning wines served by more than 30 wineries onsite, feast on exquisite culinary dishes served up from the world class Chefs of Niagara Casinos, and dance the night away enjoying the live entertainment and stunning backdrop. While the Niagara Icewine Festival Gala kicks off the festivities in style, the 10th annual Winter Winefest gets underway, running all weekend from January 11th – 13th. This event closes the streets of the historic Jordan Village district and attracts more than 8,000 visitors to join the various celebrations. The event itself is free admission as well as free parking and shuttle services. There are indoor and outdoor activities, a fashion show, and live entertainment all weekend long. The festival also includes some highly sought-after ticketed events such as the Sparkling Dinner and Icewine Brunch, hosted by Celebrity Chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, the owners of Calgary’s charbar and CHARCUT Roast House. The celebrations wrap up with some healthy competition starting with the Chef Challenge on Saturday and the Barrel Competition on Sunday. Guests can even compete to take home the Icewine Cup in the Icepuck shootout. On January 18th, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine

Festival kicks off with the Sparkle and Ice Gala at the Prince of Wales Hotel. The evening is filled with Icewine cocktails, culinary creations, and live entertainment complete with fireworks and an icewine toast in the village on Queen Street. The rest of the weekend envelops Queen Street into an enchanting wonderland, where the community comes together to sip, sample, and explore all throughout downtown. Be sure not to miss the Cocktail Competition, where the mixologists of Niagara-on-the-Lake share their most exciting icewine-inspired cocktails... see who takes away top honours for the year. On January 26th & 27th, the festival returns to Niagara Falls for its final weekend at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. More that 15 of Niagara’s exceptional wineries pour their best blends that seem to pair perfectly with the savoury dishes offered at the event. Don’t forget to step outside for a stroll and gaze at the glorious ice sculptures and lights. While exploring Niagara’s vast wine country in the winter, whether at a festival or just exploring the various wineries on your own, be sure to take full advantage of our local-experienced sommeliers who will guide you successfully through exploring new flavours. Don’t be shy in asking key questions, such as “What is your favourite bottle under $50?” or “We are having fish, which wine do you recommend to pair it with?” Our Niagara sommeliers are some of the finest and will proudly answer your questions to ensure that your Niagara wine experience is as flawless and memorable as possible.

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The Freshest of Foods

Our natural landscape throughout the Niagara Region presents us with everything we require to grow, produce, and create the most tantalizing farm to table experiences around.


hether its farm to market, farm to table, or farm to fork, Niagara’s bountiful supply of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy have created an overflowing access to a healthier, more locally inspired culinary intake both in and outside of our homes especially this winter. These farm concepts are certainly anything but new. They consist of battles that are decades old that have been pushing a cultural change around how we grow, produce, and consume our food. Once upon a time, there was no alternative to a homegrown or homecooked meal. Nearly everything was prepared fresh, and most diets consisted of a healthy balanced variety of food. After moving through the industrial age, with equipment being created for mass production of goods to reduce costs, we also


entered a more processed food environment. It also became more popular to dine out, and as people became busier in their day to day lives, the dining experience itself changed substantially. Going out for dinner was once an event, often to celebrate a special occasion or milestone, and you took your time to enjoy the surroundings and the experience, but over time, the frequency of faster, more convenient, and later, mediocre quality meals have increased. Even through this change, the topics of eating well and supporting locally grown foods were always there, but since have come the time for these conversations be louder.


The highly talked about benefits of eating well in conjunction with making more frequent choices to support the local community is filled with tremendous benefits to your body and the economy. Quite literally, we are surrounded by local markets and a bustling restaurant industry that embrace its local Niagara roots. It has become exciting and enjoyable to incorporate these healthier and locally inspired meal choices into our regular routine. This excitement isn’t just occurring here with the locals either. More and more of our visiting audience is seeking out these fresh, authentic, seasonally, and locally inspired culinary menus across the various bistros and restaurants in Niagara. The accolades are growing and the Chefs throughout the region continue to be more passionate and even more inspired to continue to create and deliver their craft. By exploration and experimentation, we encourage you to go where you have not yet gone and to satisfy your senses in a way that is sure to deliver an impeccable dining experience.

We take great pleasure exploring our love affair with food, especially here in Niagara, where the freshest ingredients breath life into the menu. Here are the current farm to table restaurants we recommend that you should try:

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Reveal Magazine Picks

Weinkeller Niagara Falls Weinkeller truly delivers on their “casually upscale in every detail� commitment. Prix-fixe menu is prepared fresh daily using local farm to table ingredients.

Noble Restaurant Niagara-on-the-Lake The decadent dish that remains a constant on the menu is a must try; the Signature Vintage Hotels Rib Steak

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The Restaurant at Pearl Morisette Lincoln Each dining experience is entirely unique, showcasing a beautiful synergy between the farm, the cooks and the dishes created to serve you

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What’s for Breakfast we turn to basic and the most needed meal of the day! ▼

“Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper!”

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As the old sayings go, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether or not you believe it to be true, there’s something about starting your day with a beautifully prepared, fresh, and savoury meal. Wherever you may find yourself in Niagara especially this winter, there is an abundance of fabulous spots that will satisfy your breakfast preference, from delectable farm to table restaurants to locally crafted coffee roasters and bakeries. Since our locals often share their personal favorites with us, we’ve included a sample of those great places to catch a fabulous breakfast all over Niagara. Rev-a-Lee Brunch Café, in Lincoln, offers a fresh and modern menu, and exceptionally savoury vegan options. Flat Top Grill in Smithville (West Lincoln) is a fabulous place to bring the whole family for breakfast. If you’re in Pelham and you need a quick bite, Nature’s Corner provides delicious, local, and organic options or you pop over to Grill on Canboro for a larger, more traditional menu selection. Elm Street Café Grill, in Grimsby, serves up some of our favorite eggs benedict. In St. Catharines, Rozie’s Breakfast Café is nestled in stunning Port Dalhousie, is happy to accommodate dietary preferences and always has gluten free bread on-hand. If you’re in Thorold, you must visit Hana’s Place. Betty’s, located in Niagara Falls, has become a truly timeless place for breakfast, and often the choice for Sunday brunch with the family. Many Niagara-on-the-Lake locals can be found at Silks Country Kitchen, which is also a great family friendly spot that serves all day breakfast. In Fort Erie, you can find some incredible breakfast sandwiches made with their fresh sourdough bread at 335 On The Ridge.

In Port Colborne, you must try the lobster eggs benedict at the Flying Squirrel Bistro Since 1957 the 2x4 Diner has been serving delicious breakfast in Wainfleet and always has a fresh selection of treats on hand from The Fenwick Pie Company In Welland, visit the team at Black Sheep Lounge for specialty crafted coffees and fresh dishes. SAY BREAKFAST in these languages:

French: petit déjeuner Italian: prima colazione Spanish: desayuno Czech: snídaně Dutch: ontbijt German: Frühstück Greek: proino gevma Hungarian: reggeli Filipino: almusal Indonesian: sarapan Japanese: asa gohan Chinese: Zǎocān Arabic: wajabat ‘iiftar Hawaiian: ʻo ka kakahiaka Russian: zavtrak Did we miss your language? Let us know how you say it!

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What’s for Dinner we are surrounded by most food from around the globe, dare to try? ▼

“Food is our common ground. A universal experience.” – James Beard with an incredible view, Lake House Restaurant found in Lincoln along the water, is an excellent dining choice specializing in Mediterranean cuisine. For Mexican, we tend to visit Chile and Agave Mexican Grill in St. Catharines. We enjoy the shrimp ceviche, and of course we always have a margarita (or two)! Green Lotus Thai Lao Cuisine in St. Catharines is not only a very zen place to dine, but the food is incredible For Vietnamese, visit Pho Real in Pelham and try their cream cheese and crab stuffed wontons while you decide what to try next.

Dinner Hits At Reveal Magazine, we really love food! We also like to have fun on Fridays, so we share our favourite dishes, give dinner recommendations, and sometimes post secret chef recipes. Join the fun on #foodiefriday! Don’t be shy, tag us (@revealniagara) in your epic food adventures, and you may even be featured in our social feeds.

One of the most exciting things about exploring different cultures is the culinary journey you can take through the different tastes, flavors, and aromas of truly authentic cuisine. As Niagara’s own palate continues to expand, we are proud to say that we have a wide array of restaurants serving up some international flare. Experience Brazilian churrasco (Portuguese for BBQ) at Copacabana in Niagara Falls, where your selections are hand carved right at your table. Truly one of our favorites for British fare, you’ll enjoy both the food and ambiance at The Olde Angel Inn, found in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake. Authentic Caribbean cuisine, like the oxtail or curried goat dishes, can be found Kool Katts in Niagara Falls. Chinese dishes can only truly be experienced at MA Chinese Cuisine in St. Catharines, with such an authentic and expansive menu combined with an unforgettable ambience. Kaiserhaus in Port Dalhousie serves up traditional, European comfort food; and who would say no to a pint and a pretzel? For a hint of French cuisine, Paris Crepes Café in Niagara Falls has a Parisian bistro dinner menu, and also truly excellent crepes. Greek dishes are one of our favorites, and Koutouki in Niagara Falls does not disappoint, be sure to try the Saganaki and the Octopus Sta Karvouna. Moksha Indian Bistro in Niagara Falls utilizes the freshest of ingredients and all their dishes are prepared to perfection. Authentic Italian can be found in Grimsby at Casa Toscana, starting with virgin olive oil shipped directly from their family orchard in Tuscany. Experience the freshest and most delicious Japanese cuisine at East Izakaya in St. Cathatines. A stunning venue all year round

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DINING OUT Some interesting things we’d like to share with you.

Don’t Cook Tonight

add some spice to your Monday to Friday routine ▼

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Heading out for dinner on a Tuesday or a Wednesday may not seem like the typical thing to do, but it certainly has plenty of advantages. Not having to compete with crowds or waiting for a table are some of the obvious ones. But, did you know that weeknight dining is a fantastic way to break up your weekly routine? Some say that it offers some mental rejuvenation before the weekend arrives. Do you have some friends and family that you may not see as often as you’d like because your weekends are just plain hectic? Instead of trying to fit them in your busy weekends, try to reconnect on weeknights. You will find it easier and more relaxing doing this. The same could be said for your spouse or loved one. If you’ve found yourselves consumed as you move through your bustling routine week after week, make a commitment to dine out together in the middle of the week, or perhaps ask each other what you’d feel like eating at that very moment. You’ll be surprised on what you’d come up with - Chinese? Japanese? Steak? Or it doesn’t matter where or what but an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and have fun.

In Niagara, many restaurants have some daily specials, from wings and tapas to fine prix-fix courses to the all-time-favourite, All You Can Eat... So, add some spice to your weekly routine, try to dine out on weeknights. For us, we dine out and have fun on a Tueday night and it puts us in a good mood the next day. How about you? What’s your favourite night of the week to dine out? Let us know!

Proper Ambience it makes it better Atmosphere is as important as the meal itself. If catching up with a friend, favour the privacy of a booth to allow for comfortable conversation. For a weeknight date, look for cozier lighting and avoid places with televisions that cause distractions. A few extra moments to consider the right ambience will deliver you an enjoyable dining experience any night of the week.



Canad ian cuisine is of te n a b eautif ul merge of not only geographic location, but also culture and trad itio n. L e t us share a bit about a few of our favorites. 1840s TOURTIÈRE Some form of meat pie can be found anywhere in the world, but the first appearance of tourtière are reportedly found in “La Cuisinière Canadienne” which may be one of the first French language cookbooks to be published in Canada.

1890s PIEROGIS With nearly 170,000 Ukrainians immigrating to Canada between 1891 and 1914, its no surprise that this delicious dumpling is a Canadian staple, no matter which way you choose to spell it.

1920s FLAPPER PIE A truly Canadian prairie pie, this dish gets in name from its era of popularity. A plain vanilla custard pie crusted with graham crackers and topped with fluffy meringue. It is continuously being recreated generation after generation.

1950s THE POUTINE The delicious combination of fries, gravy, and cheese curds holds a rather murky and contested debate over its true origins. Though, we tend to lean towards its rural Quebec roots.

1970s THE BEAVER TAIL Courtesy of Grant and Pam Hooker, this fried-dough pastry was originally known as keekla, German for “little cake.” It was a third-generation recipe that was only coined and trademarked after their daughter likened its shape with that of beaver tails.

HOME-COOKING Special recipes to try at home

Kitchen Master

master the art of cooking your own food... home-cooked meals are the best ▼

There is a reason that the dinner table is often referred to as the heart of a home. There’s something to be said for gathering together over a home cooked meal. Eating at home together can also encourage healthier choices that lead to a more balanced diet. Having control over exactly what ingredients are used almost instantly provides you with healthier meals.

Chef Robert Forster, Weinkeller featured chef

Blackened Pork & Potatoes inspired by Niagara

By: Chef Robert Forster

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Serving: 2 people



2 10oz pork chop 2 potatoes, roughly chopped 1 egg ½ Spanish onion, chopped ½ cup seasonal vegetables, blanched ¼ cup cream

2 tbsp butter ½ tbsp herbs, chopped 1 ½ cup panko bread crumbs Salt and pepper Grapeseed oil Blackening (Cajun) seasoning Croquette

DIRECTIONS: Cook potatoes from cold salted water at medium heat until the potatoes are just fork tender and drain. While cooking, caramelize the onions at medium heat with grape seed oil. Once caramelized, add the cream and butter and melt together. Mash together the potatoes, onion mixture, herbs, vegetables, egg and half the panko. Taste and and season with salt and pepper. Form into 2 pucks and coat the outside in the remaining panko. Set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Take each center cut pork chop and dust one side with blackening (cajun) seasoning. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and then, preheat a sauté pan with 2oz of grapeseed oil and sear the seasoned side at medium high heat until the seasoning turns to a dark color (about 3 minutes). Flip the pork over to give the other side some colour (2 minutes). Place on baking sheet with potato pucks, and complete the cooking until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 137 degrees, (around 10 minutes). Remove from oven, let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

From 19 years of age, Chef Robert has been in the restaurant industry, working his way up from a dishwasher. He was always happy to serve and ensure that people enjoyed their overall dining experiences. When he became a Kitchen Manager, he decided to reboot his career and seek out training on how to create and cook to the best of his ability. One of his greatest feelings of satisfaction is the overwhelmingly positive feedback received after a table completes their meal, often claiming it was the best thing they’ve eaten from start to finish. Chef believes there is always more to learn and master and continues to push himself to guarantee that he delivers the best dining experiences ever.! Meet Chef Robert -

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Curried Winter Stew inspired by Niagara

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 60 minutes Serving: 6 people One of our personal favorites, this nice warm stew makes use of in season root vegetables found at our local market this winter.

Interesting Fact just good to know

Pork consumption in Canada amounted to approximately 27.3 kilograms of carcass weight per capita in 2018, and it is forecasted to stay the same volume in 2019. source:

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup parsnips, peeled and diced 1 cup sweet potato, diced 1 cup colored potatoes, diced 1 cup parsnips, diced 1 cup chickpeas 1 cup carrots, diced 1.5 cups vegetable broth 1 can coconut milk 3 tbsp curry powder ¼ tsp black pepper 1 tsp salt ¼ cup chopped cilantro

DIRECTIONS: Combine chickpeas, potatoes, parsnips and carrots in pot. In a separate bowl, whisk together the broth, coconut milk, curry powder, salt and pepper. Pour into pot. Simmer on low for 45-60 minutes. Add more broth or water to reach your desired consistency. When vegetables are tender, garnish with cilantro and serve.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese inspired by Niagara

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Serving: 4 people Squash is one of our most abundant produce this winter why not cook it with the old time favourite - mac & cheese.


know your ingredients The shorter the list, the better! Stay away from products that have a laundry list of ingredients. Aim for 5 or less. Pay special attention to the first 3 listed as those are usually your main ingredients. It should be something recognizable.

INGREDIENTS: 8 ounces medium pasta shells 2 tbsp unsalted butter 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 shallot, minced 2 tbsp flour 1 ½ tbsp sage, minced 1 ¼ cups half and half 1 cup milk 1 cup butternut squash, cooked & blended to a puree 1 tsp Dijon mustard 2 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded ¼ tsp black pepper 1 tsp salt

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DIRECTIONS: Cook pasta, drain and set aside. In a skillet, melt the butter and then add garlic and shallots, stir & cook until fragrant. Mix in flour and brown slightly. Gradually add in half and half, followed by milk, butternut puree and Dijon. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, continue to stir occasionally until desired texture is reached. Add pasta and cheese, season with S&P and serve once cheese is melted. ** If you’re looking to score points with the family, you can add chopped bacon and chives as garnish.


Niagara Ale


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John Tiffen, owner and brewmaster at the Merchant Ale House in downtown St. Catharines, admits he was naïve when he and his par tners opened one of the Niagara Region’s first craft brew pubs in 1999. “ There were times in the beginning when a full table of people would walk out because we didn’t ser ve Coors Light in bottles. They just said, ‘We’re not eating here.’” says Tiffen, noting that he always stood his ground. “It was a challenge to bring a craft product to our customers, but I just understood that those people who wanted mass-market beer were not my customers, yet.”


“Beer is ver y accessible,” says the Alliance’s Agatha Podgorski. “Beer is usually sold at a lower price point than wine, and tasting beer is a really fun experience: It’s not pretentious. It’s casual. It’s fun.”

iagara is a simile to wine, waterfalls, waterparks, and wonderful seasonal produce. If you look closely, a burgeoning craft beer industry also calls Niagara home. Hiding in plain sight, amongst the numerous wine routes and cycling paths, you’ll find more than a dozen unique and local breweries that offer something for every beer drinker out there. Reveal magazine plots the regional landscape and invites you to take a trip on the vast NIagara Ale Trail. . . as this could be Niagara’s next big thing.

Destination craft breweries are one of the fastest-growing segments of Ontario’s food tourism industr y, according to the Ontario Culinar y Tourism Alliance. Niagara’s wine industr y is more mature, but it’s not ever yone’s cup of tea. Beer, on the other hand, is made for the masses.

Today, customers at Tiffen’s historic proper ty are joined by legions of others who follow the Niagara Ale Trail not for the region’s famous wine, but for the beer. From early adopters, such as Taps on Queen and Syndicate Restaurant and Brewer y, both in Niagara Falls, to newcomers like Bench Brewing Company, there are about 14 breweries from Por t Colborne to Beamsville, with at least two more slated to open in St. Catharines in the near future.

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“The wine industry was invaluable to me because we ended up using the winery model, which is familiar to all tourists who come to Niagara, but we switched the product from wine to beer,” - Cian MacNeill, principal owner of Niagara Oast House Brewers

▲ Agatha points out that a lot of craft breweries are inviting locales that emphasize a sense of fun. They have taprooms for sampling, restaurants, patios, live music, and trivia nights. And it’s a four-season business, with hear ty dark stouts on tap for winter days, and lighter, fruity beers – made with local peaches or rhubarb – for the summer time. Kame and Kettle Beer Works in Fonthill, for

example, has brewed over 100 different beer styles to date, including the coffee-flavoured Schwarzbier and the tonguein-cheek Gedit D’Afukenya IPA. Por t Colborne’s Breakwall Brewing Company pays tribute to the town’s industrial histor y with beers such as the 9 O’Clock Whistle IPA and Shrinking Mill APA. And Lock Street Brewer y in historic Por t Dalhousie heritage district really has fun with naming its beers, coming up with such brands as The Jealous Mistress and The Knotty Sailor Lager.

Another reason for the phenomenal growth in craft brewer y touring in Niagara: The wine industr y had already done the “heavy lifting,” according to former winemaker Cian MacNeill, principal owner of Niagara Oast House Brewers. “ The wine industr y was invaluable to me because we ended up using the winer y model, which is familiar to all tourists who come to Niagara, but we switched the product from wine to beer,” says MacNeill, whose distinctive

red barn brewer y opened in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2011. And it’s not only Oast’s appearance that’s distinctive. The brewer y, which takes its name from the traditional English hops-dr ying kiln, was one of the first farmhouse breweries established in Canada. It produces a style of FrancoBelgian beer that emphasizes a sense of place, or terroir, in the final product. Oast achieves that by using water from a well on its proper ty, yeast gathered from local grape vines, rhubarb,

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CRAFT BREWING 101 ▲ Brewmaster Jon Downing, the head beer maker at the Niagara College Teaching Brewery, signs each email with a simple reminder: “There are five ingredients needed to make beer: malt, hops, yeast, water and knowledge.” MALT ▼ This is a grain, barley or other, that constitutes beer’s main raw ingredient. While grains aren’t commonly grown in Niagara, they can be found about 100 kilometres away, near Guelph. “For specialty beers, we can get some fairly local to us, but the big suppliers of the Canadian malts are out west.” HOPS ▼ These are the flowers of the hop plant, and they’re used to flavour beer. They grow on vines that can reach heights of 20 feet. “There are quite a few growers in the area now, and the terroir is definitely a big part of it.”

The newest addition to Niagara’s craft brewing scene

is Bench Brewing Company. Located in the par t of wine countr y known as the Beamsville bench, on western side of the Niagara Region and less than a 90-minute drive from downtown Toronto, Bench has been turning heads on picturesque Highway 81 since it broke ground several years ago. Owner Matt Giffen, who also star ted out growing grapes and making wine, returned to rural Ontario after working in big cities for 25 years, and built a brand-new, state-ofthe-ar t brewer y attached to a gorgeously refurbished historic schoolhouse. “I’ve always been fascinated with the influence that climate and soil have on growing wine grapes,” Giffen says. “I’m also a huge beer lover. So, I star ted wondering why only a few beers were focusing on the concept of ‘terroir.’ That was really my inspiration for Bench: I wanted to build a unique craft brewer y

that produces remarkable small batch beers in the hear t of Ontario’s wine countr y.” With a sprawling, two-floor taproom and restaurant in the renovated Maple Grove Schoolhouse, a three-acre hops yard and about 15,000 square feet of brewing and fermenting space, Bench has seen a nonstop flow of visitors since it opened in mid 2018. “We’re really humbled about the reception we’ve received,” says Giffen, whose beers are for sale on site, and at restaurants, grocer y stores and Liquor Control Board of Ontario stores in the Toronto area. “We’ve brewed 25 different beers, and we’re just getting star ted!”

WATER ▼ Beer is 95 per cent water, so it plays a critical role in the taste of the finished product. “The water here is from the Great Lakes, which is one of the largest catchment basins in the world. It’s very well balanced and very clean.” KNOWLEDGE ▼ From the long-time family farmers, to the award-winning wine-grape growers and passionate beer brewers, this area is rich in know-how. And, since 2010, Niagara College has been turning out brewmasters of the highest calibre. “Most of the breweries here have graduates of mine working for them. There’s a little bit of competition between them, but there’s also a lot of collaboration.”

oak and chestnut trees, and fresh fruit from its neighbours. The inventive brewer y barrel ages some of its beers, like the Dark’Ass Ale in the Farmhouse Ale collection, and recommends drinking them within one to three years. Other beers, like the R.R. #1 – Strawberr y Rhubarb Ale and the R.R. #3 – Apricot IPA , are always ready to drink. Another similarity between craft brewers and wineries is that both offer tours of their facilities. Karen Doyle at Tourism St. Catharines is seeing more and more people book brewer y tours through local operators or organize their own self-guided golf-and-beer or sightseeingand-beer trips. She adds that visiting wineries and breweries as par t of the same tour can be great way to please a diverse crowd.

YEAST ▼ These single-cell organisms are the key to fermentation. Brewers can use local yeast for a local flavour, by capturing it in the air or off of leaves and other surfaces. “One of our professors is a microbiologist who is a specialist in yeast. He isolates and creates specific yeasts that we use in the brews that we make.”

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yndicate Brewery offers a variety of flavourful beer styles brewed directly onsite, from clean and gentle pale ales, silky caramel cream ales, to smoky black wheat porters. A new IPA release called The Boss, is a robust-flavoured ale made with east coast hops. A sampler is the most popular way to select your favourite, which can be enjoyed anywhere on the property, including the second-floor bar area that looks out onto the brewery, or the comfortable outdoor patio. The onsite restaurant presents you with their sophisticated twist on your traditional pub fare favourites. The menu is clearly linked to the beers and spirits crafted onsite, as the pairings are perfect compliments to one another with the kitchen even utilizing the brew itself to create unique and flavourful options for you to choose. 6863 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, Ontario (289) 477-1022 |


ame & Kettle proudly represents themselves as the community’s brewery, with the name itself being inspired by the local land. The taproom is a beautifully welcoming space that has been strategically carved out of the lower level of a historic building in downtown Fonthill. Since opening in 2015, there has been ongoing growth and expansion to support the continuous demand of the wide selection of ales onsite. They have produced over 100 different beers to date, and are always experimenting with new, fresh, and local ingredients to serve up an ongoing supply of original and innovative flavours. The Righteous Monger menu in-house offers equally well crafted and delicious options to perfectly compliment your choice of brew.



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reakwall Brewing Company is a family owned and operated, open concept small batch brewery, serving a locally sourced menu to compliment its brew. Proud of its Port Colborne roots, the family has restored a century old tradition of brewing along the Lake Erie shore. Upon opening its doors, the brewery paid tribute to these roots with a series of specialty beers in the name of the original brewery, Cronmiller and White Brewing and Malting Co., which closed in 1919. The beers crafted here are all inspired through its local history and landmarks, each telling a story through their name. The Shrinking Mill Pale Ale and Sailor Saison are just two of the locals’ favourites and are available on tap as well as in cans and growlers to take home.





46 Clarence St, Port Colborne, Ontario (289) 836-8181 |


lways offering something different than the rest, we are hyper-focused on setting the new bar for value, fun, and experience. Ride in luxury in our exquisite Mercedes Benz passenger vans and experience premium service at each destination. Our tours explore the best of Niagara’s breweries, distilleries, cideries, and of course, wineries. With a variety of daily tour packages to choose from, each tour visits 4 premium locations and includes pickup and drop off. Custom and private tours are also available.


ocated in the charming heritage district of downtown Port Dalhousie, Lock Street Brewery is within walking distance of the beach and pier. Inside the beautifully restored 1850’s building, you will find a warm and inviting main floor seating area with a view of the brewery and of course, the bar. Venture to the second floor for a more relaxed lounge area and walkout patio. The property also boasts an authentic, outdoor biergarten in the back that is sure to lure you in on a sunny summer day. When it comes to crafting their beers, Lock Street prides themselves on taking their time to hand craft a truly original beer for you to enjoy. Since the perfect pairing to beer is equally crafted cuisine, the in-house bistro, Kaiser Haus, serves a traditional European menu to compliment your visit. 15 Lock St, St. Catharines, Ontario (905) 935-2124 |


ast House has become well known as being one of Canada’s original producers of traditional Farmhouse Ales. Their brand produces several deliciously distinct, hand crafted beers that would suit just about any taste. Using what the local lands provide, this is a true “farm to glass” operation. Oast House prides themselves on using the local terroir in every facet possible, from the well water to the procured hops and even harvested fruits from the neighbouring farms. Upon entering the iconic red barn, which was originally erected in the late 1800s, you are warmly welcomed with a rustic yet modern and inviting ambience. This beautifully renovated space, both indoors and out, provides you with the perfect backdrop to experience “Niagara in a glass.”

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2017 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario (289) 868-9627 |


iagara College Teaching Brewery is Canada’s first commercial teaching brewery, complete with Retail Store and taproom featuring 16 constantly rotating taps of award-winning craft beer. Home to Canada’s first Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program, their open-concept 1,500 sq. ft. microbrewery facility includes a large-scale system capable of producing 1,000 litres of beer and a smaller pilot system that allows students to brew one keg at a time. The core Beer 101 lineup includes 12 classic styles, each with “A Beer Lesson in a Can” to educate consumers on the history and profile of the style. Be sure to check out the Small Batch Brews, of which more than 200 unique styles and flavours are created every year. Open May to October from 10 am – 6 pm daily, November to April from 11 am – 5 pm Sunday through Friday and 10 am – 5 pm on Saturdays. Stop in to enjoy craft beer tastings and select your favourites to enjoy later! 135 Taylor Rd Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario (905) 641-2252 ext. 4099 |






4680 Queen St., Niagara Falls, Ontario (289) 477-1010 |


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oing into its 10th year, Taps was the first craft brewery in the Niagara region and first in Ontario to incorporate freshly made food with brewed onsite, craft beer, and nightly live entertainment. Taps does “pub style food” with a flair, using fresh prepared food and as local as possible ingredients. Their core beers, Charleston Lager, Red Cream Ale, and Sinister Sam’s Insane IPA appeal to a wide range of tastes. They always have something new on tap from the seasonal Pumpkin 3.14 to their winter Dark Beacon Porter, and to “who knows what they’ll brew next.” Taps is located off the beaten tourist path, but their prices, quality, and entertainment make it well worth the trip.

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Smooth Sippin’ It’s no surprise that Niagara is growing its footprint with smallbatch spirits, as we see new distilleries begin to rise amongst the craft breweries and worldrenowned winemakers. You can literally sip your way across Niagara, adding spirits, liqueurs, bitters, and cocktails to the existing roster of wine and beer. With consumers seeking out more unique and locally inspired products, it’s only natural that the distilleries in Niagara have all embraced their roots to offer the most exclusive of spirits.

Limited Distilling Inspired by Niagara’s well-known agricultural assets, Limited Distilling was built as a place to explore, create, and experiment. The distillery is truly a fully functioning laboratory, with a wide variety of equipment that supports both traditional and modern production styles. The distillery currently offers White Rum, Sour Mash Rye Moonshine, and Sour Mash Corn Moonshine, but is always creating something new. So, visit frequently for smaller batches of carefully crafted seasonal options offered only while supplies last.

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Forty Creek Distillery Niagara Falls Craft Distillers Niagara Falls Craft Distillers produces high-quality spirits that tie together hand-crafted products and community legacy. Each batch captures both exceptional flavours and historical experiences, and every bottle made brings to life the cultural events that make Niagara Falls a destination to appreciate and enjoy.

Since opening its doors and making Grimsby its home in the early 90s, Forty Creek has led the charge on reinvigorating Canadian whiskies. The namesake pays homage to Grimsby’s former name, “The Forty” which was derived because the river that ran through the centre of town was precisely 40 miles from the iconic Niagara Falls. Rated as one of the best tasting whiskies in Canada, Forty Creek has garnered several awards and has a very loyal following.

Niagara College Teaching Distillery

Officially opened in October 2018, the Niagara College Teaching Distillery is the first and only of its kind in Canada. The brand new, state-of-the-art 2,500 sq. ft. facility located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus features five stills, four mash tins, and ten fermenters that allow for onsite production of a wide variety of distilled products.

At Cigar Experience, you have access to the largest premium selection in Niagara. We deliver authentic specialty products and deliver an exceptional experience every time.

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The Teaching Distillery is home to the Artisan Distilling program, which provides students with an in-depth understanding of the scientific, technological and business aspects of distilling and fermentation. Students can hone their craft with distiller David Dickson as they create unique craft spirits under the Spirits 101 and premium School Spirits labels. Spirits are available for purchase at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre, next to the Teaching Distillery. The Wine Visitor + Education Centre is open May to October from 10 am – 6 pm daily, November to April from 11 am – 5 pm Sunday through Friday and 10 am – 5 pm on Saturdays.


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Niagara whisky, wine, & beer tasting: An Afternoon Journey ▼

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Niagara is truly a world-class destination, so it stands to reason that excellent service is part and parcel to your experience here. We have the privilege of exploring this fabulous region ourselves daily and our experiences are so outstanding that we thought it was time we shared the most intimate and exceptional reviews of those experiences. A close friend and I recently had the pleasure of taking a tour through Niagara. We selected The Kettle Tour by Brewery & Distillery Tours Niagara (BDTN). This was a fully guided afternoon of premium beer, wine, and whisky, offering something for everyone. We are known for our wines in Niagara, but it became quite clear to me that day that we have become far more than just wine country. Our first impression of the Brewery & Distillery Tours Niagara was amazing! They clearly focused on exceptional comfort and service which was immediately made apparent through our guide, Doug. He was warm, friendly, and professional. He gave us a little teaser about some of the stops we were going to and let us know that some extra surprises along the way were arranged. I was already excited but knowing that we were in such good hands gave me the chance to

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really let my hair down and relax. Our adventure began at Wayne Gretzky Estates, a gorgeous modern building with an impressive façade. It’s hard to describe how warm and welcome you feel after going through the enormous front doors greeted by a roaring fireplace. There are pictures of the Gretzky’s all around and you feel like you might have just wandered into his living room. The oversized couches are so comfy and inviting. I felt like I wanted to kick off my shoes and curl up with a good book. We were given the choice of visiting the winery or distillery, we then opted to go for a wine tasting. The tasting room is a beautiful and opulent with rows of comfortable group-seating arrangements offering a sprawling vineyard vista to rival any impressionist landscape. We were sat closely together to encourage sociability and yet it gave us enough space for some private moments. The wines here are award-winning for a reason, either red or white, both are equally

Our first “impression of

Brewery & Distillery Tours Niagara was amazing! They clearly focused on exceptional comfort and service. . .

good. So, I chose the white tasting flight to begin my afternoon. As a little surprise, Doug arranged for us to taste the Cabernet Franc Ice-wine 2016, and I will tell you that you haven’t lived until you’ve tasted that liquid gold. We were even whisked over to the distillery for another sweet surprise - a tasting of the Wayne Gretzky Red Cask Whisky-based Canadian Cream liquor. It’s a rich and satisfying liquor that somehow brings the best of the cream to the warmest part of the Whisky. I can only describe it as every wonderful childhood Christmas memory I’ve ever had, wrapped in an adult-sized package, and poured into a glass. Our next stop took us to Small Talk Vineyards and Shiny Apple Cider, a quaint little cottage nestled away in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Small Talk is an informal and eclectic little place that offers everything from Paint Nights to Goat Yoga. A fun place with lots to do for locals and an interesting taste of Niagara for tourists. We sampled some fantastic wines but for me, the Ciders were the real stars: fresh and fun! My

personal favourite was the Bootleg Spice Whisky Cider. It starts crisp and clean and finishes with beautiful hints of vanilla and apple pie. When our tasting guide described it to us, I had a hard time imagining what it would taste like, but after trying it, I can only say that it is the most delicious Cider I’ve ever tasted. As we prepared to re-board I was struck by how perfectly clean and comfortable our tour vehicle was, which should be expected as we were riding in a luxurious Mercedes Benz van with plenty of room for

everyone to feel like chauffeured rock stars. Thoughtful touches such as having a complimentary bottle of water and being able to hand over our purchases to be properly stowed were lovely details that really tailored the experience. After Small Talk, we continued to Niagara Oast House Brewers where we were treated to our very own 2L glass Growler, compliments of BDTN. Oast House is a hip and trendy venue. When you enter the front door of the large red barn, you feel like you’re entering a party thrown by that guy who knows everybody. We were invited in and proceeded to indulge in some small batch beers. We were then treated to a behind the scenes tour of the brewery for an informal lesson on all things Oast. Afterwards, we filled our Growlers and headed out to the last stop on our tour. In the heart of Niagara-on-theLake, we entered The Exchange Brewery. When you walk in, you will quickly realize that this isn’t the traditional historic feel that has become synonymous with downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is hip and trendy. The foyer greets you as though you are walking into a big city lounge. In fact, it reminded me of the many places I frequented when I was a big city dweller. Once ready, we were escorted upstairs to the event space and taproom. The last stop on this tour is always one that allows for guests to grab a little bite to eat. We opted for the charcuterie board which was a delightfully rich and

BDTN truly offers a “high-calibre experience

from start to finish. I was loving every moment we spent in this tour.

satisfying companion to the unique beers offered up for our tasting. For those of us who purchased a few extras, Doug was nearby to handle our parcels with care and prepare us for our journey back. As a tour-loving local, BDTN truly offers a high-calibre experience from start to finish. I was loving every moment we spent in this tour. Our guide was the absolute perfect host. A truly divine way to spend an afternoon with a dear friend.

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hile visiting Niagara in the winter might be one of our better kept secrets, there’s no denying the excitement that begins to build as those green leaves emerge in the spring. The striking landscape awakens, unveiling not only the luscious green vineyards that seemingly go on for miles, but the endless stretches of hiking trails, cycling paths and natural scenery just begging to be explored.


Attracting more than 14 million visitors each year, the wonderous Niagara Falls is only one of many reasons to make the journey. From practicing your golf game on rolling green fairways, to taking flight through blue skies above Lake Erie as you check skydiving off your bucket list, Niagara offers nearly everything you can imagine during its peak season.

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Nestled perfectly between Toronto and Buffalo, Niagara is easily accessible by any mode of transportation including two international airports. Increased Go Train services are also available between Toronto and Niagara to make it easier for you to travel back and forth as often as you’d like. Come for a day, a weekend or an entire week and we’ll be sure to keep you occupied.

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