North of the Border Sept. 2017

The Fate of the Furious movie will play at Marina Park on Friday, Sept. 1 as part of the free Movie Nights on the Waterfront series. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will screen on Sept. 22 as part of the ThunderCon movie night; ThunderCon will be held at Valhalla Inn Sept. 23-24. Movies start after sunset and concessions will be available. Remember to bring warm clothing, a blanket and a lawn chair. thunderbay.ca/movienights

The Magnus Theatre will begin its upcoming season with We Will Rock You, a musical by Queen and Ben Elton. This is the first time that this legendary hit from London’s West End has ever opened at a Canadian regional theatre. Taking place in the distant future, the story features covers of Queen’s greatest hits. Magnus Theatre performances will be held from Sept. 7-23. Tickets can be purchased online. magnustheatre.com

The annual Kidney Walk to raise funds for Northern Superior Chapter will take place on Sunday, Sept. 10 at Marina Park. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Tia Chi Park and the walk will start at 10 a.m. There will also be refreshments, entertainment, prizes and more. Register online at kidneywalk.ca or call 807-624-2680.

The Bay Street Film Festival, held Sept. 14-17, is moving on with a new name and a new location. The festival began 13 years ago as an effort to provide an opportunity for Northwestern Ontario films shown alongside films from around the world. Over the years, the film festival enjoyed considerable success, but evolving technologies and new opportunities have pushed it in new directions. The new name for the organization is the Vox Popular Media Arts Festival. People can count on the same general format for the annual festival, along with more ongoing programming, different forms of digital media, and a broader program of events and activities. The new location is in Trinity United Church Hall at 310 Park Avenue, across from the Armoury. baystreetfilmfestival.ca

American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter Steve Earle will perform at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. Earle has won three Grammy Awards and released over 15 albums. He’s collaborated on recordings with talented artists such as Sheryl Crow, The Indigo Girls and Lucinda Williams, and his songs have been recorded by such legends as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Waylon Jennings. His recent album, So You Wanna Be an Outlaw is a homage to outlaw music. Tickets can be purchased online. Other shows at the auditorium include Lewis Black and Kathleen Madigan, Sept. 11; Simple Plan, Sept. 12; Chris Hadfield, Sept. 14; and Joe Bonamassa, Sept. 27. tbca.com

Enjoy two weeks of special prix fixe meals with the Northern Delights Harvest, held Sept. 26-Oct. 7. Participating restaurants in the Waterfront District will offer meals for $25 to $35. This is a great opportunity to try something new and celebrate the local culinary scene. facebook.com/northerndelightstbay

Tourism Thunder Bay is teaming up with Lakehead University, Culture Days and Northern Delights Harvest to offer the Fall in Love in Thunder Bay road trip contest. The prize package includes two nights hotel stay at the Marriott’s Towneplace Suites on Sept. 29-30, dinner for two at your choice of one of the Northern Delights Harvest participating restaurants, a behind the scenes tour for two at the Magnus Theatre, and two tickets to a Thunderwolves hockey game. To enter, visit northernwilds.com/sweepstakes

Culture Days takes place throughout Thunder Bay, Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and features free, interactive activities for the whole family. New this year is Open Streets day on Sunday, Oct. 1, held from noon to 3 p.m. Court Street from John Street and all the way to Boulevard Lake will be closed to vehicles to provide space for physical activities, such as walking or biking. Other Culture Days highlights include a free movie night, featuring the locally-made feature film Sleeping Giant (hosted by Youth Move), and The Tale of a Town Canada multimedia performance. thunderbay.ca/culturedays