Tickets can be purchased online here.
The Soiree will kick off the festival in fine style.
Quirky hair styles and dress are very much encouraged! Masks! Costumes! Outlandish makeup! The sky is the limit.
As MC and DJ Kim Clarke Champniss will lead us on a journey of sights of sounds.
Angie Strauss will inspire us with a half hour message that will delight the artist in all of us.
We will be on the edge of our seats as Mel Monaco delivers to us, her trademark musical tour de force.
Meet and greet many of our featured artists. See and buy their work.
This will be the kind of evening that will be talked about for a long time, simply not to be missed!
Ticket purchase of $15 includes a chance to win an Angie Strauss giclée print (see below) valued at $300 plus a one hour one on one with Angie, complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar.
Angie Strauss – Fallen Angels
My love of poppies is something I have treasured since my childhood in England, and since then I have travelled around the world, and found that most countries have their poppy fields in the Spring.These from my garden have large smiling faces and seem to dance in the breeze…but once put in to a vase and brought inside the house, the petals start to fall… they stop the dance… and slowly they become my fallen angels Enjoy them while you can…Angie
“I have always been a free spirit and making plans was never something I did well.”
I was born in a small village in Cyprus to an English mother and a Greek father and when I was five we moved to London, England.
After finishing school, I apprenticed for five years as a hair stylist & colour technician, even becoming a hair model for Vidal Sassoon. How funny…I’m still working with brushes and colour, but just in a different way! I guess it was meant to be?
During that time, I moonlighted for two years as a film extra and met some amazing actors; the highlights being Katherine Hepburn , Noel Coward and Sir Alec Guiness; who, at the end of filming on the set of “Our Man in Havana”, kissed my hand and told me he knew that I would excel in whatever path I chose to take!
The path I chose was to emigrate to a land of opportunity, Canada! The timing could not have been better. It was the early 60′s…The British Invasion…The Beatles…and FLOWER POWER. I was destined to be a flower child!
I opened my own beauty salon & boutique on Yonge Street and since money was in short supply, there were to be no new shiny arborite counters or chandeliers. Instead, I went to the Salvation Army Store and bought beautiful antique furniture, which I painted in bright colours. And there was music!
Well…it took off and soon became the new “IN ” place to be in Toronto. In fact, I was the first woman ever to cut men’s hair! The salon was a great success and very exciting.
Upon marrying my wonderful husband Hartley in 1969, (and although I loved working), we both felt it was time to expand my creativity and I spent the next three years at George Brown College as a Ceramist, and then on to The Ontario College of Art and Design for fine art. Now the mother of two, I yearned for a different way of life from the big city. Never did I realize what a wonderful decision that would be. We sold our home in Toronto and moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake, then just a tiny town untouched by time. But soon it was destined to become “The prettiest town in Canada” and one with a lifestyle that truly fostered my creativity!
We restored an 1860′s farmhouse, raised chickens, had a huge vegetable garden and I opened a home pottery studio & gallery.
Unfortunately, in 1980, an accident severely damaged my left elbow and I spent an agonizing three months in Mount Sinai Hospital undergoing six hours of therapy a day. I was so very sad and depressed, when one day, my therapist Suzie brought me some Acrylic paints and paint brushes.
I said…”Suzie, WHAT am I supposed to do with these? “She smiled and replied” Don’t worry. I know that you are an artist, so you’ll figure something out”. I left my legacy at the hospital by painting a huge floral mural on the walls of the rehab centre…On returning home, my husband had a beautiful bouquet of red tulips waiting for me. Since I could not move my elbow properly and with diminished strength, I could no longer create my pottery. Once again life had a different plan in store for me…I started to paint wonderful, colourful flowers and those new paintings created a phenomenon!
Soon I was painting beautiful flowered clothing with my designs and they became so popular that within a year, we were manufacturing a complete line of flowered clothing and supplying 125 stores across Canada, as well as to the Canadian Pavilion at the Epcot Centre in Florida! The line grew to include giftware, travel & fashion accessories, slippers, paper goods, place mats and coasters. All distributed around the world.
I felt so blessed, I knew I had to share my positivity with others and started to do motivational speaking, giving others hope in overcoming their adversity. I still cherish my “Rainbow Box” which is filled with letters from grateful people (who attended my seminars) sharing with me how my encouragement helped them to change their lives. It makes me very proud and is something I still do today.
Now, after having my own large Art Gallery & Craft Centre for 30 years on the main street in Niagara-on-the-Lake, it is time for me to make another change, To my beautiful new Home art gallery & Studio.in Niagara Falls.. With more time to be creative, and more one-on-one personal relationships with all of the wonderful people who have made my amazing journey possible.
*NIAGARA REGION BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR
*NIAGARA REGION ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
*LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR THE NIAGARA REGION
If you can’t be safe, be spectacular”: a phrase setting the tone for Mel Monaco, singer/songwriter. Inspired by the dark brassy notes of legends, Mel produces a contemporary, yet vintage inspired R&B soul pop soul sound enhanced by her unique alto voice that can be heard through her diverse original compilations. Mel turns every experience into lyrical memories… “These Are Just Suggestions” released April 2015, has “Single Again”, NMA “Music Video Of The Year”. Continuing with its success, Mel released the single “Hold Me Back” alongside its fun music video in November of 2016. The track “Hold Me Back” is off the brand new full length CD/VINYL“Falling For The Third Time” Mel is releasing on August 19, 2017. Be sure to get the album AND keep an eye and ear out for Mel Monaco!
Kim Clarke Champniss knows popular culture. He has played it, promoted it, created it, managed it, and written about it.
KCC was born in Bahrain, but raised in London, England. He achieved early success as a child actor, including roles in MGM’s sci-fi classic Village of The Damned (he was the original alien child whose eyes light up) and was The Quaker Oats Boy. While still a teenager Kim moved to Canada and spent a year in the sub-Arctic buying furs for the Hudson’s Bay Company in the northern outpost of Eskimo Point, now known as Arviat. Then, after traveling around Canada, Kim broke into the music industry as a deejay in Vancouver nightclubs while studying English Literature at the University of British Columbia. He went on to manage one of Canada’s pioneer electronic bands – Images In Vogue.
In 1986 MuchMusic brought Kim to Toronto to host/produce the rock and roll news desk. He then became special assignment reporter for The NewMusic and traveled the world reporting on pop culture. Along the way there were countless interviews conducted, from U2 to The Sex Pistols, and numerous documentaries produced. KCC was named Music Television personality of the year at the Canadian Music Industry awards (1994). In the mid-90’s MuchMusic expanded into the USA and Kim was chosen as the station’s music ambassador.
At the turn of the millennium, KCC set up his own music and media company, Invisible Republic Incorporated. In 2003 the Ontario Government hired Kim as their consultant for the hugely successful “Concert for Toronto”, a unique event featuring some of Canada’s greatest musical talents playing before 70,000 people at Skydome and The Air Canada Center with both venues linked by giant screen television.
KCC is the former executive producer of E! Entertainment Television. He has produced work for the Junos, Canada’s Walk of Fame, Bravo Television, and BPM:TV. He wrote and hosted “A History of Popular Culture” – an eight-part series for Canadian Learning Television. Kim has also released and performed spoken word music under the moniker KCC & DanceSpeak, curated an 80s compilation album for EMI Canada, and is the author of the E-book The Republic of Rock’n’Roll, released in 2013 in partnership with Warner Music Canada. His second book, Skinheads, Fur Traders, & DJs, an adventure through the 1970s, is due September 2017 published by Dundurn Press.
Erin Lafford – The Nest
Art can be in many forms. On Friday night, Erin Lafford of The Nest and her models will be sporting full Masquerade Soiree style hairdos. Come and see how everyday hair can be transferred into art.