Events & Tickets

Sep 15, 2016

Kristen French Child Advocacy Spotlight Gala Event


St. Catharines, ON - The Board of Directors of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara (Kristen French CACN) announced today its Inaugural Spotlight Gala to be held September 15th at the Meridian Centre. The Gala will commemorate the Centre’s 8th Anniversary and will feature Patrick O’Sullivan, formerly with the National Hockey League (NHL) as the keynote speaker. 

Patrick O’Sullivan is no stranger to the Niagara region. Before retiring in 2013, he was the first overall pick in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), went on to win the OHL and Canadian Hockey League rookie of the year honours. He is an all-time leader in his own right in games played, goals, assists and points for the Mississauga/Niagara franchise.  

Recent author of “Breaking Away” a memoir of his journey to overcome a gruesome abusive childhood, Patrick was a kid with skills, with natural gifts that catapulted him into the spotlight and made NHL scouts rave. O’Sullivan seemed destined to become one of the next great hockey players in the world. But then it all went horribly wrong. In “Breaking Away”, Patrick gives readers a disturbing account of ten years of ever escalating physical abuse and emotional cruelty at the hands of his father. “Breaking Away” is a true story about abuse, but is also a story about resilience, courage and triumph as Patrick revisits the ghosts of his past. 

 “The Spotlight Gala will shine a spotlight on the sad reality of child abuse in the Niagara region and beyond” said Lynn Jerchel, President of the Board of Directors. “Patrick O’Sullivan’s story reminds us that child abuse prevention is everyone’s responsibility and in sports in particular there can be a tragic cost when parents cross the line between support and abuse.” 

Opened in 2008, the Kristen French CACN provides a safe place to help, heal and end child abuse for Niagara’s children and youth who have been physically abused, sexually abused, become the targets or internet luring, or were the unwilling witness of violence. As a registered charitable organization, the Centre serves all of Niagara’s 12 municipalities, helping children and families cope with the life altering impacts of child abuse. Since opening, over 2300 children, youth and adult witnesses have been interviewed at the Centre. Statistically, 96% of perpetrators are known to their victims. “The facts of child abuse are disturbing with 1 in 3 Canadians victims of child abuse. ‘More than a third of Canadians have suffered some kind of child abuse in their lives … according to a new national study … published April 2014 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The study ‘found that 32% of Canadians had experienced physical abuse, sexual abuse, exposure to intimate partner violence or a combination of these while they were young. …the report establishes mental-health links with both less serious forms… and far more serious abuse forms of abuse.’  

“We owe it to our children and their futures to be tenaciously involved in child abuse awareness, prevention and response initiatives. The centre is proud to host Patrick and in hearing his story of resilience we hope to inspire others to come forward and seek the supports they deserve.”  Janet Handy, Executive Director.

The Spotlight Gala promises to be a night of awareness and charm, as the Meridian Centre hosts live chef stations with delicious fare and an opportunity to participate in a Silent Auction, designed for the sportsmanship in all of us. Tiered sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $200 to $5000. If you are a Niagara business, leader in the hockey/sports community or just have a passion for helping kids, please contact [email protected] to find out how you can be involved and how we can help you profile the good work you already do in our community! 

Hosting of this event is made possible by the generous support of the Meridian Centre. The arena is located at 1 Ice Dogs Way in St. Catharines and is home of the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League.  

Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster online at, by phone at 1-855-985-5000, or in person at the Meridian Centre Box Office on July 8th 2016 starting at 10 AM. Tickets are limited so be sure to purchase early. Tickets are $180.75* per person plus applicable fees. Tickets purchased before August 13th are eligible for an early bird bonus at $169.50* per person plus applicable fees.  

*Prices include HST

For more information, contact:

Janet Handy 

Executive Director, Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre 

8 Forster St., St. Catharines, ON 

Janet Handy, Executive Director of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara 905-937-5435 x7001 | [email protected]  

About Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara:

Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara is a safe place to help, heal and end child abuse for Niagara’s children and youth who have been physically abused, sexually abused, become the targets of internet luring, or were the unwilling witness of violence. Our home-like Centre is child focused and a family’s privacy is always respected. Children speak about their experience of abuse to specially trained teams that investigate and conduct forensic interviews. These video recorded interviews are proven to be effective in gathering valuable information to help both the child and the justice system. Counselling is provided at no cost and without a wait list. Kristen French CACN’s partners are Niagara Regional Police Service, Family and Children’s Services Niagara, Family Counselling Centre Niagara. For more information, please visit our new mobile friendly website at:



The Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara (Kristen French CACN) provides a community based, child-focused multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach to the investigation and treatment of child abuse. Under the umbrella of the Kristen French CACN, three partner organizations streamline and integrate services creating a one-stop, child-focused facility for children and their families. Niagara Regional Police Service and Family and Children’s Services Niagara conduct forensic child abuse investigations on site. Counselling is offered through the Family Counselling Centre Niagara at no cost and without a wait list. Together with the post-investigation services provided by the Kristen French CACN’s Family Advocacy Program and through our Teen Connect Program, children and youth who have been physically abused, sexually abused, become the targets of internet luring, or witnessed violence can disclose their experience to professional investigators and receive caring, cooperative support in one location.  

Child Abuse is a sad reality. It can happen in any family, community or neighborhood. Canadian statistics show that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before they are 18. From its opening September 2008 until present, the Centre has conducted well over 2000 interviews of suspected child abuse. As a designated specialty site, the Centre focuses mainly on the most severe physical and sexual abuse cases, of all the types of child abuse allegations investigated in the region. Our statistics show that there is no one municipality within the Niagara Region that has a greater or lesser number of investigations per but rather the numbers are in equal proportion to each municipal population. This means that it takes a community to prevent child abuse and it does not happen in some else’s back yard! 

The Kristen French CACN provides an environment that enables young victims to disclose their abuse. Once a disclosure is made, the Centre can help to minimize the impact of abuse to the young victim and their family through:  

A reduction in the number of times a child victim must repeat his or her experience of abuse to Police, Child Welfare and Crown Prosecutors
Faster and streamlined investigative practices when joint investigations between police and FACS are undertaken
Increased access to support and therapeutic resources for immediate follow up support
Long-term support and follow-up for the child victim and their family through the Family Advocate’s post-investigation programs.

The Kristen French CACN is committed to early intervention by providing children and their families with the resources they need to begin the healing process. In the past too many children have gone through this trauma and not disclosed their abuse or received treatment and therefore struggle for years with addiction, mental health issues, and may continue the cycle of abuse. 

The Kristen French CACN is committed to working with the 12 municipalities within our region to engage and empower them to take responsibility and collectively respond to one of one of the most serious social health concerns of our community.  



The Centre:  


The Kristen French CACN is a refurbished 5,000 square foot building, located in the north end of St. Catharines at 8 Forster Street in a welcoming, tree lined residential neighborhood. Kristen French CACN staff support over 20 partner organizations’ personnel working out of the Centre. A 50 member volunteer team from the community supports the fundraising, maintenance and administrative needs of the Centre.  


Entering the CACN, children and their families are greeted by a walls covered with a soothing underwater theme of friendly sea creatures and even a treasure chest. Visiting rooms have been updated and made more age appropriate and a multipurpose space downstairs is complete with a change table for young moms. The site requires continuous upgrading and maintenance to sustain its high quality child friendly atmosphere. 



The Kristen French CACN does not yet receive sustainable government funding and relies on grants and community investments to operate. To help children of abuse and their families have hope for the future, the Kristen French CACN calls upon Niagara citizens to commit to a monthly or yearly donation, consider leaving a bequest in your will and be a knowledgeable voice about child abuse at work, home and in your neighborhood.  

Early Bird is $169.50 before Aug 13th after that $180.75

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Limted Accesible Parking is avaible on Front Lot.

Rankin Bridge is only Bridge open for this event

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Sep 29, 2016

Maple Leafs

After much anticipation, the Meridian Centre is excited to announce that tickets for the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. the Buffalo Sabres will go on sale this week.

There are a few exclusive presale opportunities through the Leafs and the Meridian Centre beginning at 10am Wednesday, July 20th. To get access to the Meridian Centre Pre-sale code, sign up on the Meridian Centre’s website for the “In the Know” newsletter, and expect your email to arrive early Wednesday morning.  The Meridian Centre Box Office does not sell tickets on-site during the first day of the general public sale and will sell them, if available, July 22 beginning at 10am.

On Sale to the general public will start at 10am on Thursday, July 21.

Ticket Prices are $75-$95 plus fees.

*Please note there is a ticket limit of 8 for this event. Any purchasers over the ticket limit will be cancelled without notice.
There is a delivery delay on all ticket delivery methods until 48 hours prior to the event.

$75-$95 plus fees

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Sep 30 - Mar 18, 2017


Season tickets $399-$569

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Dec 4 - 5, 2016

Festival of Stars Concert Series



Four concerts over 2 days, buy them all or choose from each show below.



  1. Sunday, December 4 at 1:30 PM  BUY NOW
  2. Monday, December 5 at 8 PM  BUY NOW

Coming to Festival of Stars in Ontario’s Niagara region is Irish singing sensation Daniel O’Donnell, who has made himself a household name in countries all over the world with more than 12 million CD and DVD sales and 12 national PBS television specials. With a different album on the UK charts every year for 28 consecutive years, Daniel’s versatile voice and signature Irish charm never go out of style. Join him for a concert of favourites, including “Danny Boy”, “Rivers of Babylon”, “Stand Beside Me”, “Moon over Ireland” and many more. Don’t miss this toe-tapping concert of beloved country, folk, oldies and Christmas melodies, with special guest Mary Duff. 



  1. Sunday, December 4 at 8 PM BUY NOW

In “Conway Remembered”, impersonator and tribute artist Mike Walker delivers the hits of late country music legend Conway Twitty! During Festival of Stars in Ontario’s Niagara Region, Walker performs some of the most beloved, timeless songs of this musical icon, including “Hello Darlin'”, “Slow Hand”, “Don’t Take It Away”, “Tight Fittin’ Jeans”, “I May Never Get to Heaven”, and many more. Walker’s uncanny rendition will thrill both long-time fans and newfound admirers with this musical tribute to this multiple award-winning singer. No fan of classic country music should miss “Conway Twitty Remembered”!



  1. Monday, December 5 at 2 PM BUY NOW

Five-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer BJ Thomas will join the star studded artist line-up at Festival of Stars in Ontario’s Niagara region. Thomas has topped the charts with beloved songs like “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and “Hooked on a Feeling”. See him perform live, as he celebrates an incredible half century of hits – Thomas has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years, known best for his hit songs of the 1960s and 70s. Performing “Suspicious Minds”, “Any Day Now”, as well as Christmas favourites to celebrate the season, don’t miss this invitation for long-time fans and newcomers alike to see BJ Thomas in concert. A treat for all ages.



49.50-145.00 Plus applicable fees

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We have a limited number of accessible parking spots on a first come first served basis

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Jan 1, 2017

Niagara River Lions

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Feb 18 - 26, 2017

Scotties' Tournament of Hearts

Canada’s elite women’s curling teams will be heading to the Niagara region of Ontario for the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

The 2017 Canadian Women’s Curling Championship will be staged Feb. 18-26 at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines.

“St. Catharines put in a wonderful bid that was backed wholeheartedly by the city, and we’re excited to see what’s in store in 2017,” said Hugh Avery, Chair of the Curling Canada Board of Governors. “The Scotties Tournament of Hearts has a rich history of thrilling action on the ice and party for all ages off the ice. Curling fans in St. Catharines, and all over Southern Ontario, are in for a treat.”

It will be the first time the Scotties has been staged in St. Catharines, which previously hosted the 2001 (won by Newfoundland/Labrador’s Brad Gushue and Prince Edward Island’s Suzanne Birt) and 2007 (won by Alberta’s Charley Thomas and Newfoundland/Labrador’s Stacie Devereaux) Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Championships.

“Congratulations to the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club and Meridian Centre, co-hosts of the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts,” said St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik. “We look forward to welcoming curlers and their families from across Canada to St. Catharines, to experience our world-class sports facilities and cultural venues, right here in our hometown.”

The Meridian Centre opened in September 2014, and seats approximately 5,300 for hockey. It is home to the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara IceDogs.

“When my sister (longtime teammate Christine Jurgenson) and I were growing up, it was our dream to curl in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and we worked hard to achieve that dream,” said St. Catharines curling legend Marilyn Bodogh, a two-time Scotties and world women’s champion. “Now to see the biggest women’s curling event in the world come to my hometown is an absolute thrill, and I can’t wait to show off our city for all of the curlers and fans who’ll be here in 2017.”

There will be plenty on the line at the 2017 Scotties. The winning team will represent Canada at the World Women’s Championship in Beijing, China. Additionally, should the Scotties champion win a medal at the World Women’s, the team will also qualify for the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials in Ottawa. That’s the event that will decide Canada’s men’s and women’s four-player teams for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome the Scotties Tournament of Hearts back to Ontario,” said Ontario Curling Association executive-director Steve Chenier. “St. Catharines has produced some great curling champions, and has also hosted wonderful curling events in the past, so I’m confident that the 2017 Scotties will be no exception.”

The 2017 Scotties will mark the 36th consecutive year of Kruger Products’ title sponsorship of the Canadian women’s curling championship, which is among the longest-running partnerships in Canadian sports.

“Kruger Products is excited to welcome the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts to St. Catharines,” said Nancy Marcus, Corporate Vice President Marketing at Kruger Products. “As a Canadian company, we are pleased to continue to support the outstanding women of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and we look forward to seeing this premier event hosted in St. Catharines for the first time. All of us at Kruger Products are proud to be the longest sponsor of amateur sport in Canada and we are thrilled to continue our support of women’s curling for over 35 years.”

TSN/RDS will provide complete coverage of the 2017 Scotties, from the opening round-robin draw to the gold-medal game.

Tickets for the 2017 Scotties will go on sale early in 2016.


It’s time to join the volunteer team
for 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts



St. Catharines curling fans are getting geared up to welcome the world’s most famous women’s curling event, and now they have a chance to be directly involved in helping make the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts a success.
Volunteer applications are now being accepted, giving you the opportunity to make your contributions in all aspects of putting on the 2017 Scotties.
Volunteer contributions, both behind and in front of the scenes, are indispensable, and their efforts are often as profound as the event itself.
Facilities will need volunteers in a variety of positions that start before the event and carry through to teardown. Opportunities vary from setting up and taking down equipment to facilitating interview requests for the media. Canada’s best curlers, VIPs and fans will be gathering at the Meridian Centre, and volunteers will be required to work behind the scenes at various checkpoints.
Hosting is looking for friendly faces to provide information regarding tickets and daily activities. Some volunteers will be tasked with transporting VIPs, media members and athletes to and from their destinations around St. Catharines, while others will help keep a variety of lounges stocked with refreshments and food.
The special events committee will make the off-ice activities, such as autograph sessions, Up Close and Personal interviews, and the Junior Stars program, a success. They’ll also help plan and prepare the ceremonies at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and provide retail assistance for souvenirs.
After the last rock is thrown each night, attention shifts to the HeartStop Lounge, Curling Canada’s post-game party zone. The bands will be electrifying, the dance floor packed, and volunteers make it all possible by bartending, busing, selling tokens, and enjoying the camaraderie of the HeartStop Lounge.
What are the benefits of volunteering? Here’s a look at what you get:

Official volunteer clothing;
Limited-edition volunteer pin (not available to the general public)
Invitation to the volunteer appreciation party
Access to the famous HeartStop Lounge with entertainment
Access to seating in the venue when not on shift*
Volunteer handbook

*based on seat availability
These positions are just a taste of what volunteers will be doing to make the 2017 Scotties a success. Visit and become part of the team today.



Full event packages are $369 plus applicable fees

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