Music festival gives a reason to say ‘Bravo Niagara!’
Oscar Peterson festival brings true jazz to Ontario.
A grand festival to celebrate the genius of Oscar Peterson.
This was that kind of jazz festival – the Bordeaux-sipping, dreamy ballads kind, something of a lovely social fantasy not far in spirit from that evoked by the ‘dear gentle folk of Newport,’ as sung in That’s Jazz by Bing Crosby in the 1956 film High Society. In broader terms, here was a reminder of jazz’s golden afterglow in the 1960s and early 70s, when the music still made money, when compact festivals from Newport, R.I., to Juan-les-Pins on the French Riviera, were well-curated at the start.
It is my distinct pleasure to join Ontarians in celebrating these remarkable recipients of the Lincoln M. Alexander Award. These young leaders have demonstrated commitment, creativity, and dedication to social justice as they lead the way towards an ever more inclusive society that is accepting of diversity. In this special year for Canada, I encourage everyone to look to their example as we continue working hard to break down barriers.
Indeed, for a community of (Niagara-on-the-Lake’s) size there may not be a counterpart more richly endowed in all of Canada. And the endowments keep increasing, one of the most recent being a modest sister enterprise to the Shaw Festival, known as Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts.
I commend the Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts and all supporters, performers and volunteers for celebrating this vital part of our heritage, and I am proud of our government’s support to this superb event.
I wish to congratulate you for your initiative which will showcase the musical interactions generated by the slave trade and slavery. This festival will pay tribute to the resistance and resilience of Enslaved People and highlight their contribution to modern societies. Your project is in line with the UNESCO Slave Route project’s objectives and will contribute to the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).
A mother-daughter venture off to a strong start
Christine has demonstrated that she not only has passion, she also has the knowledge and musical experience to bring her vision to life. And I am also convinced that Bravo Niagara! possesses all of the essential components to create a successful event: a market niche, a desirable destination, a clear narrative, natural partners in the community and an abundant supply of top- quality programming possibilities. Within a few years, Bravo Niagara! could become one of the most important arts and lifestyles festivals in Canada.
You made Niagara-on-the-Lake proud.
I was most impressed with what Christine and Alexis are doing and the quality and commitment to music that they are bringing to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The music, the ambience, the “feel” of the room - like being in NYC in the coolest venue at the best show in town! You pulled off such a spectacular inaugural event - and a gorgeous transformation of the venue - wow!