Discovering Humour with Heart in the heart of Niagara!

Posted May 26th, 2017 in Blog

Discovering Humour with Heart in the heart of Niagara!

Last summer The Foster Festival splashed into the Niagara theatre scene when it landed in downtown St Catharines on Lake Ontario for its inaugural season of three wonderful Norm Foster comedies!


Audiences raved about the quality of our productions and a new theatre was born! This year we’re bursting with pride again as our namesake resident playwright Norm Foster has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada – the highest civilian honour a Canadian can receive.

We’re celebrating with another season of the finest of Norm Foster’s comedies including (count ‘em) 2 World Premieres!

First up is the World Premiere of Screwball Comedy – a zany romp through the high society world of 1938. Written in the style of the great movie screwball comedies like His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, it runs from June 21 – July 7

Then get out your handkerchiefs for Old Love playing from July 12 – 28 and featuring Canadian television stars and real life husband and wife Janet-Laine Green and Booth Savage. Bud is long-divorced. Molly is newly widowed. What happens when Bud shows up as Molly bids farewell at her husband’s grave will knock your socks off. You’ll laugh and shed a few tears as you enjoy this valentine to courtship and the indomitability of love.

Our final show of the summer is Foster’s second World Premiere – Lunenburg. Featuring Shaw Festival veterans Melanie Janzen, Catherine McGregor and Peter Krantz, it’s the story of American Iris who arrives in Lunenburg Nova Scotia to take possession of a house owned by her suddenly deceased husband…problem is she knew nothing about it. A roller coaster ride of surprises, it’s part mystery, part romance and a whole lot of laughs. Playing from August 2 – 18, it’ll be your last chance to catch the Foster Festival until next year.

Find Out What's On at The Foster Festival this Summer 2017 »

Halfway There, Past Seasons, Norm Foster Comedy Festival

(Cast, Halfway There, 2016)

The New Downtown St. Catharines in the heart of Niagara

While you are with us, you’ll have a chance to experience the rebirth of downtown St Catharines. With a number of fantastic restaurants, pubs and bistros and a terrific farmers’ market an easy stroll away, you’ll love what you find in Ontario’s Garden City…and try to fit in a stop at Beechwood Doughnuts – you won’t believe these are vegan!

Our theatre in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St Catharines is situated right on the wine route so why not jump in your car or hop on your bike and visit some of the many stellar Twenty Valley vineyards for wine tastings or an exquisite culinary experience. We know you’ll LOVE our shows and fall in love with the many attractions of Niagara.

The Foster Festival is Humour with Heart in the Heart of Niagara. We’ll keep you laughing all summer long!


On A First Name Basis, Past Seasons, Norm Foster Comedy Festival

(Patricia Vanstone & Norm Foster in On A First Name Basis, 2016)


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Thank You To Our Generous Foster Festival Sponsors

  • Meridian Credit Union | The Foster Festival Sponsor, St. Catharines

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  • Government of Ontario, Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Government Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • City of St Catharines, Government Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
  • Smithcom, Season Sponsor, Norm Foster Comedy Festival
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  • FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre