The Gallery Players of Niagara came together in the fall of 1993, beginning as a collective of four musicians. The group’s first Artistic Director was Heather Toews; the group performed for the first time at Rodman Hall Arts Centre in St. Catharines in the same year. In 1999, the collective became a not-for-profit corporation with charitable status, and a board was formed. Since then the organization has continued to grow, and now gives concerts at Rodman Hall, and St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Three of the original members continue to perform with the group regularly, while the core of performers has grown to about ten musicians with one or two guests each season.
The 2006-2007 concert season will see the inauguration of New Sounds Niagara, a mini concert series dedicated to presenting new Canadian compositions. The project is a joint venture with the Niagara Artist Company; all the concerts will take place in NAC’s new venue at 354 St. Paul Street in downtown St. Catharines.