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Canalside, Ohio St. corridor ready for summer fun

Canalside and the Ohio Street corridor along the Buffalo River will be hopping this summer and into the fall with a variety of events and activities -- and a lot of them.

More than 425 are planned for a second year of activities at Canalside, while 130 are scheduled for the first time along the Buffalo River and Ohio Street corridor.

The full calendar for Canalside is available at; for the Ohio Street corridor, it will be available soon at Financial and organizational support was provided by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., with some of the programming handled by the Arts Services Initiative and others.

"As the weather heats up, so is activity at Canalside, making it the place to be this summer," said Sam Hoyt, interim president of the waterfront agency, in a statement.

"We expect more visitors than ever to come and discover the unique experience of our waterfront."

He also heralded the activities happening for the first time on the Buffalo River and Ohio Street Corridor.

"The Buffalo River and the Ohio Street corridor have been central to the story of Buffalo," Hoyt said.

Canalside highlights this month through July 4 include:

* Hands-on workshops and performances in visual and performing arts by Young Audiences of Western New York, beginning today.

* "Buffalo and Beyond Black History," a one-woman performance exploring African-American history, beginning today.

* Artisan Market, an eight-week market on Saturdays that starts June 2.

* Big band concert by the Colored Musicians Club on June 22.

* "Erie Canal Sal," a one-woman show about life on the Erie Canal, by Gretchen Murray Sepik, June 22.

* "The Journey," the premiere dance performance at "the ruins" by Margaret Kaiser, June 25.

* Annual Independence Day celebration, July 4.

Other events include the Young Playwrights Festival, July 16; Buffalo Creek Native Festival, Aug. 4 and 5; the Buffalo Irish Festival on Aug. 25 and 26; Holistic Health Exposition, Sept. 9; and Fleet Week, held with the U.S. Navy, Sept. 12.

Events along the Buffalo River and Ohio Street corridor include:

* Buffalo Creek Cultural Canoe Paddle, presented by Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe and featuring Native American dancers and storytellers, May 26.

* Buffalo River Fest, presented by Valley Community Association, June 15-17, with a kids' area, waterfront heritage tent, softball tournament, river regatta, live entertainment and more.

* Great Lakes Experience Festival, July 28, celebrating ecological success stories and featuring more than 45 environmental groups.

* City of Night at Silo City, Aug. 18, focusing on art, preservation and history, with community groups offering presentations and displays, tours, music and entertainment and projected images on grain elevators.

* "American Grain Reimagined," presented by Mark Goldman and Torn Space Theatre at Silo City, Aug. 25, bringing together the University at Buffalo's Department of Music, Buffalo State College's Communication Department, Torn Space Theatre and Nimbus Dance Ensemble to celebrate the Marine A grain elevator.

I* ndustrial Heritage Festival, presented by Western New York Railway Historical Society, Sept. 21-23, on the city's rich industrial, transportation and maritime history.

* Hispanic Youth Music Project, Sept. 14, Sept. 28 and Oct. 12, focusing on popular songs, rhythm and dance from select Hispanic and Latino countries.

Other events include Buffalo River historic boat tours by Excalibur Leisure Skills Center; "hands-on" movie nights from Squeaky Wheel; Buffalo River kayak tours by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and sketching and photography classes by Locust Street Art Center.