Joe Kedzierski - 1948 - 2016

Dear Kedzierski Family,

The Facer District Merchants and Residents Association members, officers and directors wish to express to you and all of Joe’s friends our deepest sympathy on your and our loss of Joe.

The 2017 Facer European Festival is dedicated in memory of Joe.

Joe was a kind and caring son, brother, husband, uncle, father and grandfather, and he was also a very good friend to Polonia and others of the community who knocked on his door looking for his assistance.

Joe started out at a very early age to show Polonia and the community his compassion and leadership.  Joe started by becoming the President of the Youth Club of the Canadian Polish Society.  In recent years Joe served as a Director of the Canadian Polish Society and a founding member of the First Facer European Festival.  The years in between were spent supporting the community by sharing Joe’s vast knowledge of business and entrepreneurship.

We all witnessed Joe’s love of polka music and a good party in August of 2016.  In his youth, Joe showed us this by engaging bands from the United States and Canada to perform in St. Catharines.

In 2016 Joe was extremely instrumental in the creation of the Facer District Merchants and Residents Association and the First Facer European Festival.  There was no bigger satisfaction for Joe than to see everyone gather in front of St. Joseph Bakery and fill the street as his favorite music filled the air of Facer Street.

Thank You, Joe, for your friendship, and leadership and as you enter through the pearly gates, we know you will be greeted by all your friends who have waited for you!

Rest in Peace Joe and may the Lord’s perpetual light shine upon you!


Roberto Vergalito                                                  Henry Ostaszewicz

Roberto Vergalito                                                                 Henry Ostaszewicz

President                                                                               Festival Chair

Civic Holiday - Monday

August 7, 2017 – Noon – 9:00 PM

On Facer Street, St. Catharines, Ontario

Rain or Shine – Admission is Free

Bring a lawn chair and umbrella for your comfort!


This year’s festival is dedicated in memory of

Joe Kedzierski - 1948 – 2016


Food Vendors

Various European foods and classic festival foods

Four Stages of Entertainment

Polka Stage, Italian/Rock Stage, European Stage, Multicultural Stage


Walter Ostanek – (Grammy Winner)

Dave Wanless – (Front man of Sven Gali)

Various Artists, Musicians, Dancers


Historical Walking Tour

Walk the neighborhood and learn its history

Special Attractions

European Sports Cars, Kids Zone, Face Painting

All attractions’ subject to change without notice

General Rules & Information

Festival opens at 11:30 am

  • Festival will take place rain or shine.
  • Line-up and set times are subject to change
  • All ages are welcome.
  • Ins and outs will be allowed all day


What is allowed at the festival?

  • NO Aerosol Products/Aerosol Cans
  • NO Air Horns
  • NO Bicycles, Skates, Scooters or Skateboards
  • NO Coolers
  • NO Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia
  • NO Fireworks, Explosives or Road Flares
  • NO Glass or Metal Water Containers
  • NO Glow Sticks or LED Gloves
  • NO Guns, Ammunition or Tasers
  • NO Hula Hoops
  • NO Hoverboards or Segway’s
  • NO Instruments
  • NO Kites or Sky Lanterns
  • NO Knives, Weapons or Sharp Objects
  • NO Laser Pointers
  • NO Massagers
  • NO Outside Food or Beverage
  • NO Other Animals
  • NO Pepper Spray or Mace
  • NO Remote-Control Aircraft, Cars or Toys
  • NO Selfie Sticks, Tripods or Narcissists
  • NO Sharpies, Markers or Paint Pens
  • NO Stuffed Animals
  • NO Samples, Giveaways or Promotional Items
  • NO Tents or Sleeping Bags
  • NO Toy Guns, Water Guns or Sling Shots
  • YES, Baby Blankets
  • YES, Baby Strollers
  • YES Backpacks (Medium)
  • YES, Bota Bags (Empty)
  • YES Cameras
  • YES, Chopstick and Lip Balm
  • YES, Cigarettes and Lighters
  • YES, Dancing Shoes
  • YES, Ear Plugs
  • YES Enjoyment
  • YES, Eye Drops
  • YES, Fanny Packs and Hip Bags
  • YES, Go Pros
  • YES Gum
  • YES, Hand Sanitizer and Baby Wipes
  • YES Hats
  • YES, Lawn Chairs
  • YES Makeup
  • YES, Mobile Phones
  • YES Parasols
  • YES, Pets on a leash
  • YES, Purses and Handbags
  • YES Smiles
  • YES, Small Blankets & Towels
  • YES Sunblock (Non-Aerosol)
  • YES Sunglasses
  • YES Umbrellas
  • YES, Video Cameras
  • YES, Walkie Talkies 

Photo & Video Disclaimer

The Facer European Festival (FEF) and the Facer District Merchants and Residents Association (FDMRA) reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by FEF & FDMRA, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. FEF & FDMRA, may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by FEF & FDMRA, including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.

To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian

A person attending a FEF & FDMRA, event who does not wish to have their image recorded for distribution should make their wishes known to the photographer, and/or the event organizers, and/or contact FEF & FDMRA, at 22 Facer Street, St. Catharines, Ontario L2M 5H3, in writing of his/her intentions and include a photograph. FEF & FDMRA, will use the photo for identification purposes and will hold it in confidence.

By participating in a FEF & FDMRA, event or by failing to notify FEF & FDMRA, in writing, your desire to not have your photograph used by FEF & FDMRA, you are agreeing to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify FEF & FDMRA, from any and all claims involving the use of your picture or likeness.

Any person or organization not affiliated with FEF & FDMRA, may not use, copy, alter or modify FEF & FDMRA photographs, graphics, videography or other, similar reproductions or recordings without the advance written permission of an authorized designee from FEF & FDMRA.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

 Henry Ostaszewicz

Festival Chair


Each year the members of the Facer European Festival need performers of all genres to entertain our guests in attendance.  The Facer European Festival and the individual stage proprietors provide entertainment for all ages young and old.  There will be multiple stages operating during this year’s festival:

The Main Stage [located at the Canadian Polish Society on Facer Street between Currie Street and Concord Avenue].

The European Stage [located at Your Deli on Facer Street just east of Currie Street]

The Polka Stage [located at St. Joseph Bakery on Facer Street between Concord Avenue and Ormonde Avenue].

The Italian / Rock Stage [located at Roberto’s Pizza Passion on the corner of Facer Street and Currie Street].

Whether your talent is Polish, Italian, Ukrainian, French-centric or otherwise, the Facer European Festival is your chance to showcase your ability.

If you are a performer or have a band that would like to play at the Facer European Festival, please submit your materials to or mail the performer / band materials to:

Facer European Festival

22 Facer Street,

St. Catharines On L2M 5H3


Entertainment Committee

We start booking in January for the following year’s festival and try to complete our booking process by the end of April.  If you have not heard from us by then, you can assume that we are not able to include you in our line-up this year.

The Facer European Festival or the stage proprietor does not cover travel costs to and from St. Catharines, ON.  These fees are part of the contract fee negotiations.  Some entertainers, if they are touring, or if they get travel assistance may improve their probabilities of being booked but this is not a guarantee.

Please understand that the Facer European Festival and the stage proprietors receive numerous applications each year to perform at the festival.  The stage proprietors book many entertainers each year.  Rarely booking acts or bands that we are not familiar with or have not seen perform.  

We appreciate the opportunity to work with so many talented performers; unfortunately, we are not able to engage every act.


coming soon




The following owners have granted permission for use of their parking lots by festival guests.

Boys and Girls Club of Niagara St. Catharines Centre

2 Facer Street, St. Catharines, ON  L2M 5G9

Fusion Studio of Performing Arts  VIP Parking ONLY

17 Facer Street, St. Catharines, ON  L2M 5H1

Kids Place / Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish 

1 Currie Street, St. Catharines, ON  L2M 5M7

St. George Parish Accessibility  Parking ONLY

8 Augusta Street, St. Catharines, ON  L2M 5R2

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

5 Oblate Street, St. Catharines, ON  L2M 5C5

Parish of the Immaculate Conception

99 Garnet Street, St. Catharines, ON  L2M 5G3

St. Alfred’s Parish

272 Vine Street, St. Catharines, ON  L2M 4T3

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish

14 Rolls Avenue, St. Catharines, ON  L2N 1W1   

Christian Benefit Thrift Shop

254 Grantham Avenue, St. Catharines, ON  L2M 4Z7