It’s a fair thing to suggest that I’m partial to musicals. I love movies and I love music, so why not pair the two together for an awesome combo? Of course at times this can have disastrous results but fortunately that was not the case when Dan and I took in the Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Oh Canada Eh? had been on our radar before we launched EmbraceNiagara.com. It was a show that we had wanted to see for some time but just didn’t get a chance. A couple of weeks ago we had an available night and decided to make reservations… finally!
The Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show opened in 1994 and with over 3,900 shows under its belt it has earned the title of Canada’s Longest-Running Dinner Musical. The rustic log cabin is a nice touch. I felt transported out of Niagara Falls and into a more backwoods Canadian setting. The entire show is set up to engage the audience in some Canadian heritage, all the while poking fun at it.
Calling the same day landed us in the Maple section (which is their furthest tier) so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I needn’t have worried as our seating was still excellent. There really are not any bad seats in the house as no guest is more than 58 feet from centre stage. To be honest, being further away meant less chance of having to interact with the performers, an idea that terrifies me.
Speaking of performers, the Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show has some real talent on their roster. Not only were the performers funny (comedic timing as well as physically), they can sing well. Costume changes were fast and well executed, audience interaction was well-balanced and voice volume was perfect for the building. This says a lot when you factor in that the stage performers are also the wait staff. Yes, that’s right, the person bringing you a refill on your drink is also likely singing the next song.
You would think that such a small stage would get boring and tedious to watch, but with the dynamic performances and lighting/prop changes, it stayed interesting and entertaining throughout the entire 2 hour performance.
The dining experience was great. The tables were all spaced out well which was terrific since we were being served family-style. In case you don’t know, family-style dining means the food will be shared amongst your entire table (ours had 8 people). No worries about greedy feeders though – they’ll bring several refills of food!
The menu consisted of French Canadian pea soup, warm baked bread, fresh garden salad, Alberta Grade Eh? roast beef, Fresh Atlantic haddock, Manitoba roast chicken, PEI vegetable medley, potatoes and maple chocolate cake for dessert. The courses were spaced evenly throughout the show so you never felt overwhelmed or rushed to eat. The lighting was also adjusted so you weren’t dining in the dark. No one wants a fork in the eye.
Although some might think the show is geared for tourists, I can confirm it is perfectly enjoyable to residents and tourists alike. In fact all but one person from our table was local.
The Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show is family-friendly and all-ages appropriate. The atmosphere is comfortable, the dining is great and the entertainment offers many laughs. All in all, it’s a terrific night out!
Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show opened on May 17th, 1994. The show is an award-winning patriotic celebration of Canadian music.
The dining area seats 250 people and seating is assigned when you purchase your tickets.
Kids under 13 are free (restrictions apply).
Menu: French Canadian pea soup, warm baked bread, fresh garden salad, Alberta Grade Eh? roast beef, Fresh Atlantic haddock, Manitoba roast chicken, PEI vegetable medley, potatoes and maple chocolate cake for dessert.
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