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What's up in November/

Hello, friends. We hope your bounty of chocolate and candy was rich this year. Is it just me or does it rain every single year on Halloween? At least this year, the heavens paused with their outpour until after the trick or treaters reached home safely. The next three days though will be extra wet by the looks of it.

If you like to stay dry and cosy during November’s unpredictable weather forecast, stick with us. The Sanctuary – Centre for the Arts has got you covered with a variety of different concerts, “Bite Nite”, “Trivia Time” and “Holidays in the Beach” market.

First up, we are expecting a visit from the up and coming Masters of Indie Rock “Monowhales” with their friends “The Royal Foundry”, “What If Elephants” and “To the Trees” on November 2nd. Doors open at 8 pm, the show will start with the four-piece synth-rock band from Kitchener-Waterloo “To the Trees” at 8:30 pm. I think you’ll enjoy their unique sound of pulsing rhythms and lyrics. Montreal’s Indie Pop Rock band “What If Elephants” will take the stage shortly after with their blend of rhythmically driven indie-pop and alt-rock. They will be handing the mic to co-headliner “The Royal Foundry” from Edmonton, an upbeat Alt-POP band that makes catchy-singable music driven by raw guitar and tasty synths. Think Arcade Fire meets Coldplay and Imagine Dragons. The dance filled evening will end with the hardworking quartet Monowhales from Toronto. Thebreakout single “Home” catapulted the band out of the competitive Toronto music scene into the spotlight, with over 128K streams on Spotify and 1.4 million people watching the music video in 2016. You probably heard their new single “Let it go” which they recently performed live on CHCH TV on 102.1.

Next, we will get “Boss” withTommy Youngsteen, North American’s ultimate Bruce Springsteen tribute band on November 9. Doors open at 7:30 pm. The show will be on its way at 8 pm. Let me give you a little background information about why this band is so special. Not only are the members of Tommy Youngsteen very accomplished musicians in their own rights, they also have gained commercial success that has earned them the respect of their peers, fans and the musical community as a whole. The 10 members are alumni of Juno award winning bands such as Great Lake Swimmers, The Trews, The Arkells and Sam Roberts Band to name just a few. This evening will be appreciated by Rock’n’Roll connoisseurs and diehard Bruce Springsteen fans alike.

I find many of us appreciate a variety of different music genres and one of the bands that satisfies the urge of experiencing sounds hailed from different musical backgrounds are Niagara’s one and only brass beast “My Son the Hurricane”. The 16 – piece brass ensemble with their multiple drummers, Rapper Jacob and singer Sylvie are blending New Orleans style grooves with funk, jazz and hip-hop in a unique way. Their high energy live shows are the highlight at every festival and club they hit leaving only destructed footwear in their wake. Hanging out with them gives the “Hurricane season” a completely different meaning. Their new album “Is that what you want” deserves only one answer “YES”. On November 16, MSTH are bringing their friends from Washington’s Black Masala with them. Black Masala is like My Son the Hurricane part of “a new generation of go–anywhere brass bands pushing the musical envelop to create new creative sounds. Give their 2018 release “Trains and Moonlight Destinies” a listen. You will not be disappointed. Leading into the night is local singer songwriter and folk musician DRFTR aka Oscar Anderson. Doors open at 8 pm, show will start at 8:30 pm.

For those who like a different approach to their evening planning, you might enjoy “Bite Nite” – the Kick-off to Ridgeway’s Restaurant week on November 8. Fill your belly with all the deliciousness our beautiful town has to offer from 5 pm to 9 pm. Tickets are available at participating restaurants and on www.ticketscene.cafor $25 (includes food and a drink). Kids under 12 are free.

Kick your Christmas shopping into high gear on November 18 at the “Holidays in the Beach” market at 11 am offering great handmade products and direct sales items by companies such as Thirty-one, Scentsy and SweetLegs. Shop local, my friends.

Do you like to showcase your magnificent brainpower – perhaps in a game of Trivia? Join the “Trivia Time” at Brimstone Brewing Company courtesy of The Fort Erie Public Library on November 28 at 7 pm. Register (as a team or join a team when you get there) by calling the library. See you then.

We are finishing the month of November off with another epic “Art Battle” brought to The Sanctuary – Centre for the Arts by the one and only Fort Erie Arts Council on November 30. Tickets are available on Doors open at 7 pm. Who knew that watching artists battle against each other equipped with canvas, paint and brushes could be so exciting.

For more information to all events, shows, classes and markets, please visit www.thesanctuaryarts.orgor follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Got a question? Shoot us a line to

Until next time….

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