Hello! It’s abundantly clear that despite my best intentions my full plate isn’t going to allow me to produce new Check In Niagara episodes in the short term. Hopefully we can get up to speed again in 2012.
In the meantime here’s where you should visit for thoughtful and insightful local views of life in Niagara. Eating Niagara is a website devoted to local eating and agriculture in Ontario’s Niagara Region. It pairs well with Wines In Niagara, which focuses on the wonderful wines and food made in the Niagara Peninsula. You should be following the trials and tribulations of a small Organic Niagara farmer on the Tree and Twig Farm Blog. They’re only slightly more timely than I am, but Get Out Niagara remains a great resource for exploring outdoor life in the region, as does Wolfmaan, where you can follow the barefoot adventures of a local outdoor educator and wilderness guide.
If you’re looking for more on the history of Niagara there are some fantastic resources coming together for the 1812 bicentennial, specifically the Discover1812 website. For information on local hiking and trails you can’t go wrong with the official Bruce Trail website.
Of local interest we just launched Some Party: The Punknews.org Ontario Podcast. It’s a monthly music show featuring nothing but Ontario bands, including many from the Niagara Region. You can subscribe to the show in iTunes.
Some Party will strive to reflect the province’s vibrant independent music community. It will feature a mix of local punk rock and the genre-defying offshoots of that scene, from singer-songwriter to alt-country to folk. In the first episode we feature music from Marine Dreams (ex-Attack In Black), The Demics, Bathurst, Northern Primitive, Mark It Zero, The Decay, The Steve Adamyk Band (ex-Million Dollar Marxists), Single Mothers, Bruce Peninsula, Cuff The Duke, Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots), Elk, One Hundred Dollars and Mongo.
Until next time.