Friday, Nov 10

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Cultivating Peace: Vimy Ridge

DREAM is very grateful to host Dr. Ian Mckay, who will offer an historical overview of   the Battle at Vimy Ridge during WWI. Just a day before we remember all those who    have experienced the sacrifices of war, Dr. McKay will join us for a provocative presentation titled: “Cultivating Peace: Vimy Ridge” . Dr. McKay "is one of Canada's   most prolific and well-respected historians" and Chair of the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University.

The DREAM Raising Awareness Film and Speaker Series is hosted at DREAM’s Community Centre and Cafe, The Minga at 146 Queen Street in Dunnville. On film nights, DREAM presents a movie related to social justice, community awareness, or life-planning, followed by a community discussion. On speaker nights, DREAM presents an engaging guest speaker to lead the community informative conversation.Tickets are $10 at the door or $5 prior to the event at the Minga. Season pass is $20. Students are free. All proceeds will support DREAM’s community building activities. For more information on how you can purchase a ticket visit The Minga 146 Queen St., or call 289 738 1198

The Minga

146 Queen Street


Saturday, Nov 11

Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Show 8:30 p.m.

Comedy Night

10 Comedians - 1 Night
Dunnville, are you ready to laugh?
Join local host Lacie Victoria for a night of jokes and laughter as comedians from all over Southern Ontario descend upon Flyers Bakery and Cafe for a night of fun!

This show is now sold out: Standing Room Only!!! Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on-line  here or at Flyers Cafe or Haldimand Art Works (inside Flyers Café). To reserve a table or group tickets please message River Arts Festival ( or call 905 772 7000.

Dinner can be purchased separatelybefore the show  at $12.95...stuffed chicken breast OR stuffed squash, German rice and veggies.

We are expecting a sold out audience, so please get tickets early!

Line Up:

  • Brandon Sobel Grandma's Fav from Hamilton
  • Erinn White The Professional Cat Lady from Guelph
  • Tyler Shazma is Most Likely Fake from Burgessville (also fake)
  • Devin Bateson of Hamilton from Hamilton
  • Dan Brennan doesn't believe in labels from Waterdown
  • Joellasaurus Bolton-South aka Boobs McLaughsalot from St. Catharines
  • Matthew Surina refuses to play along despite being an event planner by day from Hamilton
  • Patrick Alexander, Niagara'ss Next Top Comic winner, 2017)
  • Headliner: Jason Gracey - The Disgraced Professor from Etobicoke (He actually grew up in Dunnville)

Flyers Cafe

Tickets $5

Sunday, Nov 12

1:00 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Children's Workshop with Lacie Williamson

Ages 3 and up. Create an acrylic and paper landscape mosaic.

LVW Creative Barracks


Thursday, Nov 16

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Variety Night: An old-fashioned variety night featuring performers you might otherwise not see; a great family outing!!!


ROAD GANG: A local barbershop quartet who regularly perform with the Gentlemen

of Harmony.

COMEDIANS:  Devin Bateson, Mike Mitchell, and Jason Allen

PERFORMANCES by the the Cayuga Gymnastics Club, the Caledonia School of Dance,

the Dunnville Ukelele Band and DSS students including Wilson, Mason, Connor and Kehnyon. Refreshments from Sweet Retrospect, celebrating 10 years of busness in downtown Dunnville!

Dunnville Secondary School, Cafeteria


Wednesday, Nov 15

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Adult/Youth Workshop: Make Your Owen Mandala

Join Susan Smith at Cheap Shabby Chic to create your own, personal mandala.

Cheap Shabby Chic became a reality almost 7 years ago. Starting as a home-based business, it has grown into a storefront where one can find a wide range of options

for decor and for pursuing one's creative impulses through workshops ranging from wood projects, wreath making, and reupholstery through to furniture refinishing.

Join  Susan for a fun evening that allows you to express yourself ina new creative way! Spaces are limited so please pre-register on-line here or at Cheap Shabby Chic.

Cheap Shabby Chic

148 Queen Street



Please pre-regisiter here.

Friday, Nov 17

6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Haldimand Norfolk PRIDE Event

hosted by Ken Hancock

Looking Back / Moving Forward

Featuring the film "Before Stonewall"

The Minga

146 Queen Street


Friday, Nov 10

Music starts at       8:30 p.m.

Leah Daniels in Concert

Leah, from Uxbridge, Ontario,  was the 2016 Country Music Association of Ontario Female Artist of the Year. and was also the  2016 Canadian Radio Music Award - FACTOR Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Her new album, What It Feels Like, includes   10 tracks ranging from the sassy opener "Boots 'N Jeans," to the soaring ballad         "Old Piano," and the edgy "Your Kiss Is Killing Me."  Working with producers Dave ”Dwave” Thomson (Lady Antebellum, Autumn Hill), Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace, Barenaked Ladies), and Sam Ellis in the studio, What It Feels Like is the perfect introduction to her powerful voice and undeniable charm, which have quickly built         a loyal fan base from coast to coast.

Special Guest:   A.K. McLeod

A.K. McLeod is a blues/rock guitarist/singer/songwriter working out of Hamilton, Ontario. He comes from the Six Nations Reserve and the Moose Cree First Nation in Moose Factory, Ontario. His style is a mixture of 1970’s British blues rock and a fiery Texas style blues. He has shared the stage with a number of established artists including Jack De Keyzer, Harpdog Brown, Jace Martin, Derek Miller, Susan Aglukark and David Wilcox. He is a 2 time award winner (First Runner Up ’08 and Grand Prize ’09, Aboriginal Canada “We Got Talent” Competition). He is noted for his high energy performances, catchy and driving guitar riffs in his original songs, fiery and skillful leads, and his modern interpretation of old blues classics.

DINNER SPECIALS at Ace's will feature roast beef dinner ( mashed potatoes and veggies etc) and vegetarian lasagna with caesar salad and a slice of garlic bread.  Both will come with cheesecake dessert.  $18.95  each

Aces Bar and Grill

1123 Broad Street E. Dunnville

Tickets $10 available online here or at Haldimand Art Works or Aces Bar and Grill after October 1.

Saturday, Nov 4

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

one book one haldimand

Presented by the Haldimand Public Libraries - 

Read Ontario author Paul Cavanagh's novel Missing Steps, a thought-provoking

novel about family,  relationships and remembering. Meet the author and share your thoughts on the book with a community of fellow readers. 

Cayuga Arena – McSorley Family Hall

Tuesday, Nov 14

8 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

Who Says You Can't Make a Living in the Arts?

An exciting set of panelists - all successful, professionals working in the arts and all from Dunnville - will explore the challenges and rewards of making a living in the arts. FEATURING:

JANET TRULL: is a freelance writer who grew up in Dunnville. Her personal essays, professional writing in the education field, and short stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Canadian Living Magazine, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly and subTerrain Magazine, among others. She won the CBC Canada Writes challenge, Close Encounters with Science, in 2013 and was nominated for a Western Magazine Award in the short fiction category in 2014. Her collection of short fiction, Hot Town and Other Stories, was published in 2016 by At Bay Press. Many of the stories in this book are inspired by Haldimand history, characters and settings.

HAILEY PARKER: graduated from DSS iN 2004 and went to Fanshawe College for their theatre technicIAn program. After Fanshawe she went to Metalworks Institute to learn more about live sound.Following school she went on to work in various live entertainment settings before coming to Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover as their Head of Sound.

LACIE WILLIAMSON: "... artist/writer/adventurer, you couldn't keep up if you tried..."  Born and raised in Dunnville, Lacie studied at both Algonquin College and Carleton University before returning to Dunnville (and for awhile St. Catharine's), working in graphic design  and establishing herself as a popular art teacher and passionate advocate for all things art. She recently opened LVW Creative Barracks in Dunnville where she teaches, hosts a  gallery, and works hard to ensure Dunnville and Haldimand are communities that understand and support the arts!

Dunnville Public Library, Garfield Disher Room


Saturday, Nov 4

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Children's Opening Reception

Join local children's author Cindy Stewart for a reading of her book Lewy Kablooey and Sneezy Cheezy. Afterwards you can buy your own copy, have your picture taken with the author and get her autograph!

About the Book: Lewy Kablooey & Sneezy Cheezy is a fantasy story about Lewy Brown, a young boy with a passion for creating inventions that somehow always go kablooey...One day, Lewy finds a mysterious cat in his garage that...join us to .hear more about his adventures!

Cindy Stewart was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and has always had a passion for writing. In 2002, she and her husband, Lewis Stewart, moved to a farm in Dunnville. They have three sons and; two granddaughters, Madison and Alexis; and many animal friends. Cindy enjoyed a thirty-year career with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, twenty of which were at Parkdale Elementary School. There she found a second home, working with students, and relaying the message that they should always believe in themselves.

LVW Creative Barracks

125 Queen Street


Standing Room Only

Event is now full!!!

Tuesday, Nov 14

6:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Artist and Author Reception
Join Haldimand County Library and River Arts Festival in welcoming the artists of the Niagara Start Me Up Program in sharing their body of work: The Art Me Up Exhibit.

Gather together with local authors Brad Smith, Janet Trull, Tamara Botting, as well as members of the DOTS Quilting Guild and enjoy an evening of art, conversation, demonstrations and more!

Dunnville Branch of Haldimand County Library

Saturday, Nov 4 

9 p.m. - ???

Vinyl After Party

The River Arts Festival 2017 opens with a wine and cheese reception from 7pm-9pm

at Flyers Bakery and Cafe and Haldimand Art Works November 4th and instead of winding things down at 9pm, we're going to keep the momentum going! Join LVW Creative Barracks in welcoming DJ Vizbulis for a night of vinyl house music! Dance

the night away while you mix and mingle with a cultured crowd of cool cats! You want to be a cool cat, don't you? Entry is free!

LVW Creative Barracks

125 Queen Street Dunnville

With a Special Presentation by

Dunnville Community Theater


Sunday, Nov 5

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Collaborative Art Project  with Frances Porter  and Lacie Williamson

Calling all families, children and youth! Join Fran and Lacie to paint a new mural on the  wall of Lloyd's Value Tire in Central Lane, Dunnville. The.location is being negotiated so look back soon  here to find out where you can contribute to this fun community art project!

Standing Room Only

Wednesday, Nov 8

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Adult/Youth Intuitive Painting Workshop

Born and raised in Dunnville, Jane Dickson is a self-taught  mixed media artist

who loves sharing her passion for intuitive painting. This workshop will allow

adults and youth to explore their creative. An experienced facilitator, Jane offers a comfortable way in which to enter into the world of painting and an opportunity

for both beginners and more advanced artists to hone their intuitive connection to creativity.  All materials supplied. Pre-registration has been closed- this workshop

is full.

Cheap Shabby Chic

148 Queen Street



Saturday, Nov 4

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Opening Reception - All Welcome, All Ages

Enjoy cheeses from The UDDER WAY Artisan Cheese
Company  (Hannon),  ciders from Bains Road Cider  Company, wines from

Frisky Beaver,  and music from Rick Henderson. Meet artists, view the best in local

and regional visual art and learn about Festival programming. More details to come.

Flyers Cafe
144 Queen Street


Hosted by


Art Works

Saturday, Nov 18

Music starts           9:30 p.m.

Festival Finale

Cops on Horses in Concert

COPS ON HORSES are an alternative/indierock band from Dunnville, Ontario. Formed    in 2012 their name pays homage to the Great White North, taking inspiration from artists like Arkells, Ladyhawk and Attack In Black. “We like to make music that people can connect with. We hope to take our fans to a happy place, start a party and make  em’ dance!” They’ve toured extensively throughout Ontario, playing alongside artists like Adam Baldwin, Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs, Poor Young Things and The Matinee, as well as support for Ladyhawk and Marine Dreams during their Decade of Passive Aggression Tour 2013. They also performed at SCENE Music Festival 2014, which included well known artists like The Sheepdogs, Monster Truck, Lights, Mariana’s Trench, The Glorious Sons and Arkells to name a few. Cops On Horses’ most recent EP Instigator was recorded and produced by Mitch Bowden (Chore, Don Vail, Broken Social Scene) and is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

Special Guest

Jane Baker

Jane, from Grimsby, is a Dunnville favourite. Since first performing as a very young musician 5 or 6 years ago at a Flyers Open Mic, Jane has begun to forge a remarkable career. Her awards have included  the Niagara Music "Rising Star Award", Niagara Music "Female Vocalist of The Year"(2013 and 2014), Finalist in RBC Canada's Walk Of Fame Emerging Artists, and the Toronto Independent Music Awards Song Writer of The Year.

The Queens

121 Main Street East
Dunnville, ON

Cover Charge: $10

Thursday, Nov 9

7 p.m.

Film Night


  • the short film "Gorge", a 'thrillarious horror comedy' (PG) created in response   to   development proposals to take over much of the Niagara Gorge (Oh Hey Mann Productions).
  • winning entries from the Festival's open call to video and film artists  to submit   5 minute shorts on the theme "Canadian Landscapes"
  • a chance to meet and mingle with participating artists

For more information on the Open Call, please click here.

Dunnville Public Library, Garfield Disher Room


Sunday, Nov 12

2 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Blues Matinee - Hosted by Kevin Hamilton

Featuring Jerome Godboo

Toronto singer and harmonica player Jerome Godboo is always improving himself,       as a musician, a man and a communicator. An accomplished and exceptional    bluesman, his bending harp skills have been sought by everyone from Ronnie     Hawkins to the late Jeff Healey and he continues to mesmerize all who witness him onstage including the judges at the International blues Challenge 2014 held in   Memphis where Jerome took home the Lee Oskar best harmonica Player award.

The one-time local legend of explosive 90s rock band the Phantoms, Jerome has released 14 albums in his 25-plus year career, 11 of which are solo, including the brand new Sanctuary City with drummer Gary Craig and Spin Doctors guitarist Eric Schenkman.

The Queens

121 Main Street East

Dunnville, ON


Monday, Nov 6

6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Culinary Night - The theme of this year's culinary

event is "Canada's Culinary Mosaic". This year's chefs are Debb Davies (Debbs Cuisine on Queen), Carolyn Donders (Dunnville Golf and Country Club), Cheryl Bishop (Flyers Cafe) and Julie Marchese (Julia's Bistro).

Featuring a main course of rack of pork on truffle mash with creamed baby spinach, ribboned carrots and shallot jus!

To purchase tickets on-line, click here (tickets are $60 each and include appetizers, a four course meal and a complementary glass of wine.) Alternately, tickets are available at Debbs Cuisine, Julia's Bistro and Haldimand Art Works.

Hunters and Anglers Hall

237 McLaughlin Rd,
Dunnville, ON

Tickets - $60 each

Event is now full!!!

Tuesday, Nov 7

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Open Mic - hosted by Dick and Lisa Passmore.

All musicians, spoken word artists and poets are

invited to attend and share their talent with the community.

Secret Garden Tattoo

225 Broad St E, Dunnville


Programming focused on children is shown in pink below. Programming that may interest youth and adults both is shown in green below.

Saturday, Nov 18

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

RiverArts Festival Songwriting Workshop with Rob Lamothe is designed to accommodate people of

all skill levels… from musical ‘beginners’, to those

who have many years of experience playing an instrument, singing, composing and recording. Workshop facilitator Rob Lamothe has toured Europe more than

twenty-five times and brings 40 years of musical/professional experience to the Songwriting Workshop. Rob’s songs are in movies and on lots of records. He is a seasoned songwriter and a wicked singer. Rob Lamothe is Artistic Director at Interprovincial Music Camp’s ‘Songwriting Camp’, offered every summer in the hills outside Parry Sound. He has private students (songwriting and/or musical   performance) all over the planet. Frontiers Music, a record label based in Milan, Italy  has just released an album featuring Rob’s Los Angeles rock band, Riverdogs. Rob’s mantra is ‘Create without  fear, edit without mercy’. Workshop attendees will                  learn that this concept can be applied to music, to dance or to martial arts. To building a chorus, an arts ‘scene’ or a skatepark. Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring a notebook (and something to write with) to the workshop! Space is limited so pre-register at The Music Room or on-line here.

The Music Room

168 Queen Street


Limited seating- pre-registration required after October 1 through The Music Room or online here.


Visual Arts Walking Tour - Throughout the Festival, view visual art from more than 50  artists in over 20 locations in downtown Dunnville and see a visiting exhibit from Art Me Up Niagara at the Dunnville Public Library (for info, click here). Children's Exhibition can be viewed over the Festival at LVW Creative Barracks (125 Queen Street, Dunnville), and youth entries can be seen inside The Minga (146 Queen Street, Dunnville).