Niagara-on-the-Lake Information

Go to Niagara-on-the-Lake for wine tasting, theatre, history, perhaps a little biking ... Here's a quick guide to help you make the most of your time.

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January 27-29, 2023

Niagara Icewine Festival


With thousands of acres of snow-covered vines to set the scene, the annual Niagara lcewine Festival offers three weekends of incredible wine and culinary events. From the opulent Niagara lcewine Gala to street festivals and winery events, there is something for every taste and style.

Saturday, January 28th 2023

7:00 pm -10:00 pm

Icewine cocktail competition


The Icewine Cocktail Competition will be in the ballroom of the Old Courthouse. Local wineries will compete to claim this year’s trophy with their mixologist-approved icewine cocktails.


January 28th - 29th

Icewine Village


There will be free admission to the Icewine Village. We will be enhancing the Icewine Festival with new experiences this year! There will be an outdoor stage with live music entertainment, a guest speaker on the history of Niagara icewine, cooking and mixology demonstrations to highlight the diversity of icewine.

January 31, 2023

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Pottery Open Studio


Our studio is equipped with 4 electric pottery wheels, pottery and sculpting tools, and large tables for working. Small class size guarantees you access to use of a wheel in an environment that lets you be creative and get feedback from your studio-mates.

Tuesdays January 31 - February 21

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Anatomy for Life Drawing



Learn about bones and muscles and how the body moves from an artist and former human anatomy researcher. Each week we look at a different section of the body. You will also have ample opportunity to draw from the live model with guidance.

February 01

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Working with Clay



After learning the basics from the workshop "Working with Clay: Intro to Hand Building", continue with an in-depth exploration of advanced hand building techniques (coiling, pinching, slab work, carving and sculpting).

February 01- March 25

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Reflections-Group Exhibit by the NOTL Arts Collective


"Reflections" is a unique and thought-provoking display that showcases the diverse styles and perspectives of the participating members of the NOTL Arts Collective.

February 01/08/15/22 1:00-4:00

Painting Vivid Winter Landscapes


Activate the still scenes of winter. In this class, participants will break out of the chilly blues and experiment with the brilliance of bold colours among crisp crusts of untouched snow to tap into the beauty of winter landscapes. Escape from grey into a world of colour!

February 03. 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

When Antiques Attack - The story of the Battle of Fort George


Dan Laroche will tell the story of the Battle of Fort George using original artifacts from the War of 1812. Guests will get the opportunity to see, and in some cases get their hands on, these artifacts, many of which have not yet been seen in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

February 03-05. 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Wine, Chocolate and Cheese


Explore the decadently sweet and savoury art of pairing wine with chocolate & cheese. Passports now on sale!

February 06 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Alexis Baro Quartet

Twilight Jazz & Blues Series 4th Edition


February 08

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Working with Clay


After learning the basics from the workshop "Working with Clay: Intro to Hand Building", continue with an in-depth exploration of advanced hand building techniques (coiling, pinching, slab work, carving and sculpting).

February 09-10

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Painting Snow


Going from snow in shadows to its character as it emerges into the light, as its edges go from soft to firm to hard, colour and colour character changes.

February 10. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Reconstructing the Band of the 41st


Even though military bands were universal, very little detail about them was known, but on October 16th of 1812, the Band of the 41st Regiment played at the very public funeral of Isaac Brock, which is where our story begins. Come and follow their discovery of the 41st Regiment's band, the events in which they were involved, the instruments they played and hear examples of popular tunes that were performed for entertainment, ceremonies, dances and funerals.

February 10-12. 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Wine, Chocolate and Cheese


Explore the decadently sweet and savoury art of pairing wine with chocolate & cheese. Passports now on sale!

February 15. 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Tom Wilson at Ravine Vineyard


Tom Wilson is a Canadian music legend, famed storyteller and visual artist. Wilson’s memoir, Beautiful Scars published by Penguin/Random House has become a national bestseller. In his memoir, Wilson reveals the impact of discovering his indigenous heritage. Musically, Wilson is best known for his work with Blackie & The Rodeo Kings and Lee Harvey Osmond, the latter receiving a 2020 Juno Award for the album "Mohawk".

February 16-17

1:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Colourful Landscapes


Bring the joy of colour to landscape painting by exploring with a colour journal, creating a limited pallete and understanding how colours can be used to create depth and value in landscape paintings.

February 17-19. 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Wine, Chocolate and Cheese


Explore the decadently sweet and savoury art of pairing wine with chocolate & cheese. Passports now on sale!

February 17

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Speaker Series: The British Army Gets the Blues


There were several people in the British Army who wore blue! But who were these people? Peter Martin will discuss who these brave men were and their role in the defence of Canada during the War of 1812.

February 20

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


Neil Brathwaite Group



Enjoy the soothing sounds of ‘Urban Neo Jazz’ as the Neil Brathwaite Group features songs from their debut album: “Bee Thankful” for this performance

February 21 - March 21

Tuedays 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Drawing for Beginners and Absolute Beginners


The course will introduce the principles of composition, build confidence through short exercises that allow students to explore various drawing concepts. It will include contour, gesture, and value study.

February 22

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Working with Clay


After learning the basics from the workshop "Working with Clay: Intro to Hand Building", continue with an in-depth exploration of advanced hand building techniques (coiling, pinching, slab work, carving and sculpting).

February 23-24


Oil Portraits


Portrait painting basics from preliminary proportions, value study, colour mixing to final rendering. Traditional classical portrait process using a live study model.


February 24

11:00 AM -12:00 PM

Niagara’s Women of War


This talk looks at some of the classes of women who lived in the Town of Niagara during the War of 1812 and highlights the experiences of specific women who lived here. The talk also includes a few stories of American women from across the Niagara River.

February 28 - March 26 1:00-3:30

Shaw Festival Season Opening with MAHABHARATA


Through playful narration, with live music, the Ensemble tells the stories of humans struggling to build a just world in the face of competition, jealousy and rage.


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June 24 10:00 AM -4:00 PM

Shaw Guild Garden Tour 2023


The 17th Annual Garden Tour will feature fabulous private gardens in beautiful and historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Early Bird Tickets ($25 + Eventbrite fee) will be available from this page on February 1 until March 31, 2023. Regular price tickets ($30 + Eventbrite fee) start on April 1. Use the link below from February 1.

https://www.shawguild.ca/garden-tour/