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The Yack: August 2018

St. Catharines Open Streets arrives downtown on Sunday August 12 from 12-5pm and is based on the success of Open Streets events across the world! The festival first got it start in Bogota, Colombia and gives residents and visitors a chance to explore their city like they never have before.
“Open Streets is an opportunity to share the spirit of what was and to tell the story of what will be. Open Streets is about bringing people of all ages together to celebrate a revitalized downtown St. Catharines.”

Street closures and route will be announced soon on stcopenstreets.ca as well as a complete list of activities that will include interactive demonstrations including street hockey, basketball, yoga and jump rope arts and culture activities and live performances. Plus there will be kid-friendly events like a bike parade, face painting, bubbles and more. Bring the kids for one last blast of summer!

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Port Dalhousie’s Henley Island will be home to Niagara’s newest music festival in October – Cicada Music & Arts Festival. The fall festival includes craft beer, local art, food, a picturesque tree lined island that is rarely used, oh and the line-up! Headliners include: Dan Mangan, Terra Lightfoot, Said the Whale, Donovan Woods and Fred Penner, Spencer Burton and Joey Landreth with local and breakout artists such as The Strictly Hip, Eleven North, James Blonde, the Kerouacs, The Bae Beach Club, Pindles, Birds of Ontario and Tomorrow’s Voices Children’s Choir.

The re-born festival takes place on October 13 and tickets can be purchased online or at in person at Mindbomb Records. Tickets are $45 and profits will be donated to November Foundation Canada. Why am I telling you this in August? Let’s be real. Fall is around the corner and if time manages to zip by as fast as summer did, fall will likely do the same. Don’t sleep on this stacked festival!

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Back in 2009, in Pulse Magazine I wrote about cyclists attempting to get around safely and legally. Let’s revisit this. Cycling in St. Catharines in 2018 is terrible. Trying to navigate four lane streets like Lake (north of the QEW) or Ontario (from Carlton to the QEW) is a complete and total clusterfuck. If you’re a driver or cyclist and not sure how to share the road, please look up some resources online. Drivers – when opening your door into oncoming traffic, please use your right hand to do so. This forces your to turn your body and avoids potential dooming situations with cyclists.
Is it time to bring back critical mass?

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