Aside from being one of North America’s preferred wine country and a favorite Canadian culinary capital destination, Niagara-on-the-Lake is becoming quite a remarkable and well known music scene as well! From the now legendary Music Niagara Festival to the live music evenings inside our restaurants and pubs, there is so much to choose from that the real question simply becomes, when planing your stay in town: How do you like your music?
This short but ”oh so filled with possibility” question has become, for good reasons, Music Niagara‘s new motto. In a world of specialty Festivals, Music Niagara is proud to offer performances that span the musical spectrum—chamber music, choral, vocal, contemporary, country, folk, jazz—stimulating audiences with its diversity. Niagara visitors who find Music Niagara for the first time, marvel at the stature of our performers and how wonderful it is to experience them in the intimacy of our special venues—churches, parks, wineries and restaurants, to name a few.
Starting their 2016 season with their Opening Gala’s ”Triple Treat” on Saturday July 16th, Music Niagara will offer more than 30 different concerts until the end of August…All of which are conveniently listed for you in our Upcoming Events Calendar.
Let’s not forget about the Niagara Jazz Festival, being held this year from July 29-31. with Concerts everywhere in Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines, Jazz will truly be everywhere! Don’t miss their ”Live Learn Jazz” sessions bringing musicians into intimate settings where they can teach the fundamentals of jazz while demonstrating on their instruments. You can see the festival schedule Here.
Another music venue in town that built itself up quite a reputation in recent years is the Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre. Already at its 16th annual concert series of ”Music under the stars”, they offer a relaxed way to enjoy wine country at its best, while experiencing the talents of top Canadian performers. The winery also offers a Concert and Cellar Dinner option which takes care of your whole evening at once! Because of their growing popularity, we also included all of the Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre Concerts in our Upcoming Events Calendar.
Now, in terms of finding a restaurant or pub offering live music in Niagara-on-the-Lake, there are many options to choose from. The first one that comes in mind is the already bicentennial town landmark the Olde Angel Inn, who has taken their live music schedule very seriously this summer by offering live entertainment 4 nights per week from Wednesday to Saturday!
Another local favorite hang out place right in Historic Old Town would be the Irish Harp Pub offering live musical evenings this summer from Thursday to Saturday and also on Sunday afternoon! The Irish Harp Pub offers great food, great beer, great whiskey and old-fashioned Irish “craic” (fun and chat).
The Old Winery, an italian inspired dinner venue in town, also have live music in their Wine Bar every Friday and Saturday nights featuring the very talented Niagara Rhythm Section and special guests from all around; good evening guaranteed in a friendly and intimate atmosphere. You can find their full entertainment schedule online right here.
A few other places offer live music and entertainment on weekends: The Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course patio is the one that comes in mind right away, offering breathtaking views of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. Also, the Prince of Wales and Queen’s Landing lounges are usually good spots to relax and enjoy some nice tunes on a summer weekend’s evening.
With so much available in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s music scene, truly, the first question you need to ask yourself before choosing where to go is still: ”How do you like your music?”