The Priceless Art Auction event allows Yo-Pros to bid with their time, not their dime.
Pieces of art are auctioned off to young professionals. The winner of each piece of artwork is the ‘Yo-Pro’ who pledges the most volunteer hours. These hours are worked off at valued not-for-profit organizations. Each piece of artwork will hang in the office or building of the sponsors until the volunteer hours are completed by the winner of the piece.
The son of Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy has picked up rock & roll’s torch for a new generation
A lanky young man sits at a battered piano in a dark, cramped club. His hair falls in large sweaty tussles over his eyes. As he kicks his band into the immortal “Mystery Train,” he tosses back those curls while cocking his head toward the crowd, Jerry Lee Lewis-style. The setting could indeed be Memphis or New Orleans in 1959, but this is Toronto in 2018 where a new generation has picked up rock and roll’s torch. Not in any kind of fashion sense, mind you, but in a spiritual sense, chasing the rhythm with pure heart and soul.
Devin Cuddy has always made music his way, and some might argue, the hard way. As the son of one of Canada’s most beloved singer/songwriters, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, country rock has been the soundtrack to Devin’s entire life—he was born the same week Blue Rodeo began recording its 1987 debut album, Outskirts. But from the moment Devin was drawn to playing music, he was determined to get as close as possible to the sources of all the sounds he loved, whether they were made by rock and roll’s founding fathers, the Grand Ole Opry’s honky tonk heroes, or Jelly Roll Morton and the kings of jazz.
Folk music is about storytelling, which is something that Kalle Mattson excels at.
However, since the release of the Polaris Music Prize nominated Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold (2014) and the JUNO Award nominated EP Avalanche (2015), Mattson has progressed beyond the purely folk tag that has accompanied him thus far and is examining what it means to be a ‘folk-artist’ in 2018. The discovery is Mattson’s new mantra: “folk is dead.”
Mattson’s new single, “Broken In Two” is a sonic palate cleanser for those audiences familiar with his past. Though the song began as a stark, guitar-based composition, the focus shifts to haunting keyboards and drum machines from producer Colin Munroe (Drake, Sky Ferreira).
“Broken In Two” leads the way for a new coming-of-age album about the in-between days of post-adolescence and pre-adulthood to be released later this year. Sonically, the LP imagines what it would sound like if Tycho made a folk record… or if 80s-era Kanye got his hands on some Sufjan Stevens demos. Watch for more details on the new record to be released in the near future.
The Brush Brawl is an exciting onsite live-action competition! Five artists will go head to head for just 20 minutes to create the crowd’s favourite artwork.
Artists will all be given the same materials — a 24″ x 30″ canvas, paints, and brushes. They can create anything they like with the materials given.
With their applause, the crowd will then vote for their favourite! The winner will receive well-deserved bragging rights and a prize package from Niagara Parks!
All attendees at Priceless Niagara will receive a raffle ticket, and the artworks from the Brush Brawl will be given out as prizes.
Successful bidders who pledge the highest number of volunteer hours will be provided with a “winner’s kit” that will assist them to begin their pledge to giving back to the community. This kit will include: instructions on how to track completed hours, a volunteer tracking form, information on the vendor non-profit organizations, and contact information for staff who can answer any questions you may have throughout your commitment. Volunteer hours do not have to be completed at one of the vendor or partner organizations, but we ask that you complete at least 5 hours of volunteer time at each and we would prefer if it is a new volunteer experience for you.
Successful bidders will be presented their piece of artwork at future NEXTNiagara events by the art’s sponsor, once all pledged hours are completed.
For those bidders who are not the winners, we still want to offer the opportunity to give back to the community. Leave us your contact information and we will be in touch to provide you information on agencies needing help.
Were you the successful high bidder at PRICELESS Niagara 2018? Are you looking for some volunteer opportunities? The following organizations are looking for volunteers!
The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region provides support services to individuals living with dementia and their care partners.
Contact: Christine Hurtubise email@example.com
Address: 403 Ontario St., St. Catharines | 905-687-3914 | www.alzheimerniagara.ca
Office Hours: 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m. Monday-Friday
Bethlehem Housing and Support Services provides affordable housing and support services to individuals and families in Niagara
Contact: Lindsay McKillop, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 166 James Street, St. Catharines | 905-684-1660 | www.bethlehemhousing.ca
Office Hours: 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Monday-Friday
Areas of need: Social Media | Website | Commerce & Marketing | Events | Planning
Contact: Cora Sperry, email@example.com
Address: 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines | firstontariopac.ca
Sign Up: https://firstontariopac.ca/Online/article/volunteer
There are many volunteer opportunities at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. The staff uses a Better Impact database for managing the Volunteer Program; recruiting, scheduling, logging hours and so on are all managed through this system. Potential volunteers can visit the address above to get more information and determine if this is the right fit.
Gillian’s Place offers safe shelter and support services to women and children who have suffered domestic abuse.
Office hours: 9:00-4:30, Monday-Friday
Contact: Valerie DuRoss, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 15 Gibson Place, St. Catharines | 905-684-4000 ext 233 | www.gilliansplace.com
Areas of need: Social Media | General Office Tasks | Data Entry | Events | Planning
Habitat for Humanity Niagara is always looking for volunteers to fill opportunities at its ReStores, Salvage Team, in the office and on the build site.
Contact: Jonna Wolfenberg, Volunteer Coordinator | email@example.com | 905-685-7395 x402
Habitat for Humanity ReStore Fonthill – 2499 Highway 20 West, Pelham
Habitat for Humanity ReStore Grimsby – 185 South Service Road, Grimsby
Habitat for Humanity St. Catharines – 150 Bunting Road, St. Catharines
Hours: 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Monday-Friday
Hospice Niagara has several opportunities for volunteers to support our various fundraising events throughout the year. Download Events Calendar
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-984-8766 x 231
The 5th Annual Rankin Celebrity Ice Cup is an innovative hockey experience allowing amateur hockey players the opportunity to play with and against legendary NHL alumni. This charitable hockey tournament is Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation’s signature yearly event to support Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre, a specialty healthcare facility that excels in providing rehabilitation, complex care, and geriatric services in the Niagara region. Your participation and support allows us to continue to purchase the most up-to-date medical and rehabilitation equipment and upgrade patient care areas to serve our community.
I Challenge Diabetes is a program focused organization that delivers mentoring, support and education to people with type 1 diabetes.
Contact: Chris Jarvis, Chris@IChallengeDiabetes.org
Address: 839 Sheppard Ave West, North York | 877-776-0667 | www.ichallengediabetes.org
Office Hours: Flexible
Areas of need: Data Entry | Website | Commerce & Marketing | Planning
The Kristen French CACN provides a safe place to help, heal, end child abuse for Niagara’s children and youth who have experienced alleged physical abuse, sexual abuse, become the targets of internet luring, or were the unwilling witness of violence.
Contact: Keegan Langelaan, email@example.com
Address: 8 Forster Street, St. Catharines | 905 937-5435 Ext 7024 | kristenfrenchcacn.org
Office Hours: 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m. Monday-Friday; some evenings with events
Areas of need: Mentoring
NWPB is one of 26 local planning boards that make up Ontario’s Local Boards Network. NWPB is a not-for-profit research organization that specializes in local labour market information.
Contact: Mario De Divitiis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 43 Church St, Suite 705, St. Catharines | 905-641-0801 | www.niagaraworkforce.ca
Office Hours: 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Monday-Friday
Areas of need: Mentoring
Volunteers are needed for the Five Elves Yuletide Tour. Red Roof Retreat is excited to be one of the recipients of this festive fundraiser, and would love to have a presence throughout this event.
We will have a table set up at these five participating wineries; Vineland Estate Winery, Ridgepoint Wines, Greenlane Estate Winery, Featherstone Wine Company and Malivoire Wine Company. We would like to have a volunteer present at each location. If you can help out for a few hours, please contact us with your availability.
Contact: Karen Post, Karen@redroofretreat.com
Dates Needed: Saturday December 1, Sunday December 2, 11:00am-4:00pm
Well-trained and well-equipped, St. John Ambulance Medical First Responder (MFR) volunteers attend countless public events across Ontario to provide basic and advanced first aid when emergencies occur. Our volunteers are prepared to provide the first response casualty care necessary to save a life, prevent further injury or provide comfort until emergency medical assistance arrives. Our mission is to enable Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing training and community service.
Contact: Taylor Plume, email@example.com
Dates Needed: Ongoing; Volunteers are needed for 10 hours per month
Areas of need: First aid provider
More information: https://www.sja.ca/English/How-You-Can-Help/Pages/Volunteer/Volunteer-Landing.aspx
Niagara’s Twenty Valley comprises of Beamsville, Vineland, and Jordan in the Town of Lincoln and extends to the City of St. Catharines. We are the gateway to the Niagara Region; a short drive from Toronto or Buffalo, New York. Twenty Valley and the Niagara Escarpment is the largest wine producing region with over 50 vineyards featuring many of the provinces best, boutique wineries. Most are family run, award-winning estates, set in the majestic natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment.
Contact: Kelly Bridger 905-562-3636
Address: 4890 Victoria Ave, North Vineland Station, ON, L0R 2E0
Office Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday
Areas of Need:
Volunteer sign up page: https://www.20valley.ca/site/winter-winefest/volunteer
General events page: https://www.20valley.ca/site/winter-winefest
The Welland Heritage Council provides settlement support to newcomers to Canada and employment and entrepreneur support to the community.
Contact: Lori Webster, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 26 East Main St., Welland | 905.732.5337 | www.wellandheritagecouncil.com
Office hours: 9:00a.m.-4:30p.m. Monday-Friday
Areas of need: Social Media | General Office Tasks | Website | Mentoring