Music festival gives a reason to say ‘Bravo Niagara!’
— William Littler, Toronto Star
Oscar Peterson festival brings true jazz to Ontario.
— Peter Goddard, The Globe and Mail
A grand festival to celebrate the genius of Oscar Peterson.
— Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
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.
— Peter Goddard, The Globe and Mail
At Meyer Sound we are very pleased to support Bravo Niagara!. It’s an ideal combination, since Bravo Niagara! is one of the leading performing arts organizations in Canada with the Spring Into Music Series, Voices of Freedom Festival and the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival, while Meyer Sound strives for excellence in sound reinforcement technology. Bringing the two together means every concert will be a memorable experience for all who attend.
— Helen Meyer, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Meyer Sound
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.
— The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (Ontario Media Release Re: Alexis Spieldenner, Co-Founder of Bravo Niagara! & Recipient of Lincoln M. Alexander Award)
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.
— William Littler, Toronto Star
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.
— Minister Coteau (Honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport)
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).
— Ali Moussa-Iye, Chief, History and Memory for Dialogue Section, UNESCO
A mother-daughter venture off to a strong start
— William Littler, Toronto Star
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.
— Charles Letourneau, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Festivals & Events, IMG Artists / Executive Producer of Festival Napa Valley
You made Niagara-on-the-Lake proud.
— Betty Disero, Niagara-on-the-Lake Town Councillor
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.
— Donald Ziraldo, Co-Founder Inniskillin Wines; Managing Director, Senhora Do Convento
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!
— Bravo Patron