With a new semester comes new classes, new professors, new stress. After the holiday break, coming back to school seems awfully daunting. But it doesn’t have to be all work — this January, you can settle back into the new year with ease thanks to the number of upcoming events around St. Catharines that are worth making a night of. Whether you’re looking for a simple way to unwind after a hard day of classes or a memorable night out with friends, the wealth of art hidden around the city is sure to offer you the perfect experience somewhere.
Looking for something new to liven up your stale playlists? St. Catharines has an excess of local talent worth checking out, and there’s a few opportunities to do so this month. Brock’s very own live music club GoLive is hosting two events over the course of the month in support of musicians from the St. Catharines community. First up is local indie group The Bae Beach Club, for those entranced by the soothing sound of ambient surf-rock. The concert is to be held at Isaac’s on January 9 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Jan. 16 sees a concert taking place at the Warehouse Concert Hall, this time featuring acts familiar to the Brock community. Aside from the GoLive Band itself, the night will feature appearances from The Otherwives and special guest Rob Repovs.
For those looking for ease and relaxation, an art gallery may be what you need. Brock alumna Kylie Haveron is bringing her first solo art exhibition back to her Brock roots. Featuring drawings, sculptures and installations, the exhibition focuses around themes of lightness and darkness found throughout our lives, with the intent of assisting viewers in finding the light in their lives. The exhibition is being held in the VISA Art Gallery and Student Exhibition Space at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. Entry to the gallery is free and extended to the whole community, open Tuesday to Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be an opening reception for the gallery in the same space on Jan. 10 from 5:00 p.m. to 8 :00 p.m. but the exhibit will be available for viewing from Jan. 9 to 26.
The Brock University Film Society is back for the winter term with three films over the course of the month. Jan. 17 sees Spike Lee’s much anticipated BlacKKKlansman, a critically acclaimed biographical comedy-drama centered around the first African American detective to infiltrate the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Next up is Suspiria, a supernatural horror from Luca Guadagnino (familiar to those who enjoyed last year’s BUFS presentation of Call Me By Your Name). Suspiria is inspired by the 1977 Italian film of the same name and follows a woman enrolling in a dance academy that’s run by witches. It will be shown as part of BUFS on Jan. 24. Ending the month is Destroyer, a crime drama from Karyn Kusama. Nicole Kidman earned a Best Actress nomination at the Golden Globes for her role in this film as an LAPD detective struggling with a past infiltration into a gang 20 years later. Destroyer will be presented on Jan. 31. All BUFS films screen Thursdays at 7 p.m. at The Film House in collaboration with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.
It might be only the beginning of the year, but breaks are essential all throughout. Not only that, but they’re a good way to immerse yourself in the local talent that St. Catharines has to offer and garner some inspiration from it or indulge in some of pop culture’s finest so you’ll know what’s on the table when Oscar season rolls around next month. January alone clearly has a lot to offer, ensuring the transition into the new semester is something worth looking forward to rather than dreading. And, clearly, there’s even better to come around the city in the months ahead.