Canadian Idol Finalists Coming to the Falls

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Louis Bretton, the Marketing Manager at the Niagara Falls Marriott left a comment on a previous post that I have moved to here:

Canadian Idols that we heard and loved during last season’s most-watched TV show are anything but idle.

Three of the top ten finalists are in the area for the next two weeks to record their debut CD of original songs. Ashley Leitao of British Columbia, Amber Fleury of Alberta and Casey LeBlanc of New Brunswick were hand-selected by Mark Lalama – local guy done good – to record their first compilation of specially written songs just for them.

Lalama, pianist/arranger for Canadian Idol had this to say about these young, budding stars: “I handpicked these girls after working with them. They have a natural vocal blend and complimentary styles.” He will be producing 11 tracks for them at his Fenwick recording studio – The Old Sumbler House.

These handcrafted songs are written by songwriters such as Paul Lalama (Jonesy, Up Your Kilt), Jaylene Johnson, David Tyson (who has written for Amanda Marshall, Joe Cocker, Alanah Myles) as well as Lalama himself – who has worked with Marc Jordan, Amy Sky, Susan Aglukark, Farmer’s Daughter, Frank Mills, George Fox amongst many others.

So – what is this new trio called you ask? Everyone involved is tight-lipped and keeping that information under wraps. The girls are arriving Tuesday, March 21st and will be here for an intense 10-day recording session – day in and day out – so they won’t get much oppportunity to see the area.

The Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa has arranged to whisk them away from the studio on Friday afternoon (March 24th) and show them Niagara Falls. “None of the girls have seen the Falls so as the best 4-diamond 5-star luxury property in the area, we felt it was our duty to show them around” said G. David Searle, General Manager of the Marriott. “As members of the hospitality industry, it is only fitting that we extend a warm welcome to our Canadian stars.” The girls will arrive at the hotel at 6740 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls at 2pm Friday for a brief “meet & greet” before they go off to see the city and its sights.

They will visit the main attractions, fly above the Falls with Niagara Helicopter, enjoy a wine tasting at one of the local wineries and visit the prettiest town in Canada – Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Should you wish to attend our Meet & Greet, please contact Louise Breton, Marketing Manager, Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel & Spa at 905-358-4009 or email

City of Niagara Falls March 2006 Business News Update

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The latest issue of the Business News Update (direct link to the PDF) from the City of Niagara Falls is 4 pages long and has information on 2 attractions/shows that I’ve posted about before:

To learn more about the Aladdin Jr show, visit the Silver Mist Productions web site or the Greg Frewin Theatre web site.

To learn more about Cirque Niagara, visit their web site.

Golf at a discount

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A new $5 resident’s card will give area golfers a discount at two of the Niagara Parks Commission golf courses.

Residents will get 20 per cent off selected green fees and regularly priced merchandise at Whirlpool and Legends on the Niagara golf courses.

“When we undertook our community consultations last year, residents told us they wanted the chance to play our facilities and they wanted to do so at more affordable prices,” said Jim Williams, parks commission chairman.

“Whirlpool has such a nice tradition and is a very mature and beautiful course and Legends is a world-class facility. This is definitely an opportunity to broaden our local golfing base.”

Call for Regis & Kelly Tickets Crashes Niagara Websites


From Niagara This Week:

Niagara residents are going bonkers over the chance to attend two Live With Regis & Kelly shows scheduled for Oakes Garden Theatre in the Falls on Victoria Day.

But organizers are pleading with residents to stop calling with ticket requests, saying they’ve been overwhelmed by the response.

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), which operates the Oakes Garden Theatre, is host of the show along with partners including the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, the Ministry of Tourism, the Canadian Tourism Commission, Canadian Niagara Hotels and other tourism operators.

Inn by the Falls Notice of Public Meeting


The Inn by the Falls is a nice hotel on Victoria Avenue near Bender Street. They have a Notice of Public Meeting on the front of their lobby:

The City of Niagara Falls

Public Meeting

Date – Monday, APril 3, 2006 7:00 P.M.

Council Chambers, City Hall
4310 Queen Street, Niagara Falls

File – AM-02/2006

City Council will consider an application to change the zoning by-law for these lands to permit
A 7 storey, 108 room hotel, that does not have a dining room on the lands

Additional information and a copy of the written notice available by contacting the Planning & Development Department
City Hall, 8:30 – 4:30, Telephone 356-7521

Tourist Information Radio CJRN 710 AM


Unfortunately I don’t have a website to refer you to, or anything that I can copy and paste into the posting, but I did want to post about this local radio station. CJRN 710 AM is called Tourist Information Radio. Quite frankly, I don’t think there is a whole lot that tourists would be interested in. As far as I can tell, there are no shows that talk about the tourist industry, nothing that talks about new developments, and as I already mentioned, no website.

But they do have one feature that I quite enjoy… the “Niagara Falls Moment”. They are narrated by the official historian of the City of Niagara Falls, Sherman Zavitz. The “Moments” play every 10-20 minutes, and last for a couple of minutes. Mr. Zavitz has a great voice, and tells a story well. I’ve heard stories about the first television broadcast, prohibition, Marilyn Monroe, and more.

Wikipedia has a short article about the history of the radio station.

If you live in the area, or are visiting, take a few minutes when you are out in the car and tune in.

Whirlpool Aero Car photos

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The other day when I was out driving I noticed the Whirlpool Aero Car (formerly the Spanish Aero Car) and took a couple of pictures:

This picture was taken from the US side of the river

This picture was taken from the Canadian side of the river

You can see these same pictures slightly larger in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery and you can read about the Whirlpool Aero Car on the Niagara Parks website.

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