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Celebration of the 225th Anniversary of First Ontario Parliament


September 17, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Simcoe Park

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Commemorating the 225th Anniversary of the Opening of the First Parliament of Upper Canada

Music Niagara is proud to be a part of this special celebration.

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Special Guests:

Her Honour, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Wayne Gates, Member of the Provincial Parliament for Niagara Falls

His Worship Mr. Pat Darte, Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake



Music Niagara Program

All works were composed in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150 years of Confederation, and to commemorate the Act Against Slavery legislation of Upper Canada’s First Parliament in 1793.

Barbara Croall: “Bimaawadaaso”

Mark Richards: Two movements from String Quartet “Abolition”: “Simcoe’s Act” and “The Underground Railroad”

Jim Hiscott: Two movements from the string quartet “Four Streams”: “Bold Canadians” (Ontario) and “La grande gigue simple” (Quebec)

Dmitriy and Anatoliy Varelas: Four movements from quintet “Taste of Freedom”: “Slavery Life”; “Run Cooley, Run”; “Newark: Protests and Simcoe’s Law”; “Taste of Freedom”.



Barbara Croall, composer, pipigwan (Anishnaabe cedar flute)

Alexander Savastian, button accordion

Esmaeel Sharafadin, bozoq

Rahaf Alakbani, vocals

Aleksa Toskov, violin

Gould String Quartet:

Atis Bankas, violin

Vera Alekseeva, violin

Anna Antropova, viola

Jonathan Tortolano, cello


Simcoe Park
2 Picton Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0 Canada
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