Frewin provides a magical holiday special

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From the Toronto Sun:

Magicians are creepy. At least, that’s the general conclusion many of us came to during our childhoods.

We were kind of kidding when we said that. But Greg Frewin answered the question seriously.

“I think magic has gone through a lot of changes over the past 15 or 20 years,” said the Canadian and world-renowned magician, whose special Greg Frewin Magic Man: Home for the Holidays debuts Wednesday, Dec. 9 on CBC.

“I think through the media, magicians like David Blaine and David Copperfield have weaved it into a cooler art form than it used to be.”

ET Canada Rings In 2010 With ‘New Year’s Eve In Niagara Falls’

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From a CNW press release:

Global Television and Entertainment Tonight Canada welcome 2010 with ‘New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls’, a fun-filled evening in celebration of the coming year.

The nationwide fete is an ET Canada first and will kick off with a 90-minute live broadcast from the Falls on Thursday, December 31 beginning at 11pm ET/PT on Global. ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli, Kim D’Eon, Rosey Edeh and Roz Weston will lead the countdown and ‘rock in’ the New Year with special performances by legendary rockers STYX and the multiple Juno Award-winning and Grammy-nominated, Glass Tiger.

“We’re delighted to partner with the Niagara Parks Commission and the City of Niagara Falls to deliver this exciting New Year’s Eve celebration to audiences nationwide,” said Barbara Williams, EVP of Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “ET Canada will bring its signature style to the year’s biggest night for an unforgettable evening of entertainment.”

TABLE ROCK CHANGES HAVE IMPROVED SAFETY

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The gateway to Niagara Falls from the Falls Incline and parking lot has been at the same location for more than a quarter of a century.

So what’s different now? Pedestrians are now delivered to the second floor of Table Rock, instead of the first floor.

Why? For public safety and accessibility.

Prior to the renovations, in order to gain access to Table Rock it was necessary to descend a flight of stairs or navigate a ramp that did not meet accessibility standards.

This delivered you to the edge of a road which during the summer months carries as much traffic as any regional arterial road in Niagara and more than most.

Motorists and pedestrians found the traffic signals in the area confusing. The mingling of tens of thousands of pedestrians and vehicles simply wasn’t safe by today’s standards.

Maid of the Mist could migrate if it loses NPC lease, official says

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

For the 65,000 Koreans George Denning’s company brought to Niagara Falls last year, “Maid of the Mist” was what they knew. He predicted it would be “automatic” if they had to choose between the Maid of the Mist operating on the American side of the Niagara River and a new company running boat tours on the Canadian side, he said.

“The whole thing is the Maid of the Mist. They’re not going to know some other company,” said Denning, a New York City tour operator for Dongbu Travel and Tours, the second-largest travel agency in South Korea.

Maid of the Mist is a name Canada’s tourism industry banks on. The thought of it becoming an American-only experience has city councillors wondering if the provincial government is jeopardizing the industry by inviting other companies to vie for the right to run boat tours from the Canadian shore of the Niagara River.

Twitter updates for 2009-12-02

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  • http://twitpic.com/rv2qn – There has been some concrete work done in that hole behind the Niagara SkyWheel. #
  • http://twitpic.com/rv1cf – The latest issue of Hotel Business Magazine has a full-page ad from the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) has a #
  • Don't forget about the contest… Send me your reasons why you love Niagara Falls and win a free tour from Toronto to Niagara Falls! #

Head over heels

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From the Globe and Mail:

What a wordsmith! What a work of depth and breadth! What a world newcomer Cathy Marie Buchanan brings to propulsively glittering and gorgeous life in The Day the Falls Stood Still.

Few first novels exhibit the mastery, maturity and majesty of Buchanan’s riveting fictional debut, a heart-wrenching, soul-racking, spell-binding tale interwoven with guts, anguish and glory guaranteed to remain in readers’ minds long after they’ve crossed its devastating finish line.

Commencing in 1915, in this gripping storyteller’s hometown of Niagara Falls, against the backdrop of the full-force arrival of hydroelectricity and the First World War, this almost entirely first-person narrative relates the saga of 17-year-old Bess Heath, the youngest daughter of a once well-heeled family down on its luck.

A few “Rink at the Brink” pictures

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On Saturday I walked down to the “Rink at the Brink” to take a few pictures. It was around 1 pm, and there were about 15 people skating. I had read the article in the Review about the fences, and they’re right! It is very difficult to actually get in.

This first picture shows the fences, and that they run along the road separating the rink from the public. It also shows all of the empty land that people have to walk across in order to get to the rink.
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This picture shows the side of the rink, with the “windows”. Apparently they open/roll them up sometimes.
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Here you can see inside the rink.
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Here is the entire rink enclosure, as seen from across the street.
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Here is a panorama of the area from the Falls to the rink.
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“Clifton Hill in the late 80s” video

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Here is a cool video I saw the other day. It’s short, but shows what Clifton Hill looked like 20 years ago.

[dailymotion]http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x81jus_clifton-hill-in-the-late-80s_travel[/dailymotion]

Note: Sometimes the Dailymotion site says that the video has to be reloaded. This is a problem with their site or the video that they host, not on my end. If you do see that message, just try again later… it’s worth seeing.

It’s Your Choice at the Hilton Niagara Falls

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Last Thursday I received the latest newsletter from the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview.

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To subscribe to the newsletter, fill out the form on the left-hand side of any page on the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview web site.

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