There are a lot of familiar faces hanging out downtown.
Olympic rower Buffy Williams keeps watch over the courthouse.
Howard Engel, author of the Benny Cooperman series, is on standby at city hall.
And Rush drummer Neil Peart is guarding police headquarters.
The trio are among 20 famous St. Catharines residents of the past and present who will grace banners on more than 100 downtown lampposts.
“The list was very, very extensive,” said Tisha Polocko, general manager of the St. Catharines Downtown Association. “There were many more contributors who were born in St. Catharines or moved here. We did have to whittle it down.”
The project, sponsored by the association, was developed and designed by local artists from the CRAM Gallery collective.
The above recognition for the ‘Moving Pictures’ sticksman follows efforts by a Hamilton radio station to have a portion of the Red Hill Expressay renamed “Neil Peart Way“. Not to begrude Peart any honors that come his way, but surely there’s a stretch of road in Vancouver that could be dubbed “Joey Shithead Boulevard”.