Although it was early September, one of the finest moments of last Summer was when Strange Shakes played the Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC (Niagara Artist Centre): this was not just because Pindles, who opened for them, were also excellent, making it the best one-two combination TCO Terrace concert (though The Woodshed Orchestra was very fine and DKV Trio played what, if I remember correctly, were only a few songs that seemed to never end under a warm summer moon). I distinctly remember that Strange Shakes did an “encore” number of The Season of the Witch, and a number of us were grooving as the guitar chords wafted out over the downtown night air….just as Woodshed did an acoustic final number on the rainy cold roof, a final song to see us out into the night.
Well, oh faithful readers, your intrepid #artcriticfromhell (who, if you’ve noticed, seems to pay more attention to music than art at festivals like In The Soil, ahem) has all the information you need about who’s coming to the rooftop at NAC, and when they’ll be shaking that space, for the Summer of 2018.
As with my mad suggested itinerary for In the Soil, I now offer facts and fandom for the upcoming SOUND + VISION Fest on the TCO Rooftop Terrace at NAC. I’m glad this is being officially called a Festival now, as it links the events together over the summer, and also serves as a reminder that the TCO Rooftop Terrace is a space you must be checking out constantly (their Sunset Sunday DJ series hosted by the Killer Beets Collective will also be happening again, and groups like The Willow Community will be using the space, as well).
So, let us go then, you and I: doors always open at 8:30, and the music begins at 9PM. All Sound + Vision Festival events are on the TCO Rooftop Terrace at 354 St. Paul Street, in the glorious downtown of STC. You’ll need to climb some stairs, but the way STC shifts in the Terrace space, a different STC of music and culture and sound and vision, is worth it. Also worth it: the ticket prices.
Just like last year, you can purchase a single ticket for one evening, ahead of time or at the door for $18.00. But – again, like last year – you can purchase a SOUND+VISION Festival Pass for all five shows (the wonderful thing here is that you can use it, or you can let a friend use it, if you can’t be there). AND again, being a NAC Member pays: a pass for non NAC Member is $80 ($16/show) but is $75 ($15/show) for NAC Members. Passes are available at the Niagara Artists Centre (nac.org, 905-641-0331 or in person at 354 St. Paul Street). SOUND+VISION is sponsored by The Office Tap & Grill and Rise Above Restaurant.
Unsurprisingly, your intrepid #artcriticfromhell is very eager for the final scheduled duo of bands: Friday, September 28th will be Strange Shakes + Fat Moth, two of the finest performances from ITS 2018, always energizing.
You can purchase tickets online here, or swing by NAC in person. Shows last year sold out, so move quickly or you’ll be stuck down on the street (or perhaps in the back alley) listening to the music float down to you…..
Bart Gazzola (also known as #artcriticfromhell) is an arts writer/critic who has published with Magenta Magazine, Canadian Art, New Art Gazette, Galleries West, PrairieSeen, Long Exposure and BlackFlash (where he was Editorial Chair for 3 years). He is Assistant Editor at thesound.rocks and a frequent contributor to various cultural spaces in Niagara.