Tag: 2010

    2010 World Magic Awards (featuring Greg Frewin)

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    I know everyone says it, but time sure does fly! Back in 2010 when I heard that Greg Frewin was going to receive the Magician of the Year award ad the World Magic Awards, I contacted my father-in-law to record it for me. He had a fancy DVR that would record from TV and burn to DVD. Now almost 7 years later it is amazing how that technology seems to ancient. The quality of the video was poor, but at least I had a copy.

    If you are interested in Niagara Falls, then you’ve probably seen that Greg Frewin is often promoted as the Apparently he won a variety of awards within a short period of time, almost like winning the grand slam of golf or tennis. Since he had all the big awards, he was referred to as the International Grand Champion of Magic.

    I had not heard of the World Magic Awards before then, but apparently it had been on TV for a few years. However, I think 2010 may have been the last year.

    I checked on YouTube, and it doesn’t look like anyone has posted it, so here, for your viewing pleasure, is the 2010 World Magic Awards. Despite the poor quality, that magic is pretty exceptional. There are many different acts, and then Greg Frewin finishes the show.

    Nightmares Fear Factory: The World’s Most Frightening Experience for Over 30 Years in Niagara Falls Canada

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    From a PRWeb press release seen on Yahoo! News:

    Nightmares Fear Factory, the longest-running haunted house in North America, features all new frightening effects for Halloween 2010, but to find out what the changes are visitors will have to observe it for themselves – or will they?!

    Nightmares Fear Factory, located in the Clifton Hill Tourist District in Niagara Falls (5631 Victoria Avenue), is a 15 minute walk-through attraction distinguished by its authentic ‘theatre of the mind’ experience; it preys on each visitor’s own fears and phobias. Some make it through, but some chicken out (106,828 to date: really!).

    Sleep Cheap bookings open Monday

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    The Niagara Falls Review still doesn’t have their articles up yet (I’m sure they will shortly), but the St Catharines Standard has one:

    The dates are now official: Circle Nov. 15 to 18 on the calendar to Sleep Cheap.

    But act quickly to reserve a room because the hotels participating in this year’s Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event fill up quickly.

    Hotel rooms will become available for booking starting at 7 a.m. Monday.

    “We have a real nice collective mix of properties scattered throughout the city,” said Jim Diodati, the Niagara Falls councillor and mayoral candidate who came up with the idea six years ago and has watched it grow into a huge success.

    Over the past five years, Sleep Cheap has raised more than $700,000 for Niagara charities, without any expenses coming out of the event. “We have 28 properties. That includes all the major hotels and all three of the water parks, which is key, especially for the families,” said Diodati.

    One new thing this year is that half of the proceeds will go to a charity determined by the individual hotel, and the other half goes to the Sleep Cheap committee to divide among charities that apply for funding. I like that idea.

    Sleep Cheap 2010 participating hotels


    The original information can be found here. As of the time of the original posting, there are 28 hotels participating, along with a special rate for the Bird Kingdom and skating at the new Gale Centre.

    The participating hotels for Sleep Cheap 2010 are:

    1. Americana Conference Resort & Spa
      8444 Lundy’s Lane
      Niagara Falls, ON L2H 1H4
      To book rooms go to our website at
    2. Comfort Inn Clifton Hill
      4960 Clifton Hill
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S8
    3. Days Inn Near the Falls
      5943 Victoria Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L8
    4. Days Inn North of the Falls
      4029 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E5
    5. Days Inn and Suites By the Falls Hotel
      5068 Centre Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N9
    6. Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton
      6039 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara falls, ON L2G 3V6
    7. Embassy Suites Hotel Niagara Falls Fallsview
      6700 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
    8. Falls Plaza
      6045 Stanley Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y3
    9. Fallsview Casino Resort
      6380 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7X5
    10. Four Points by Sheraton
      6455 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V9
    11. Great Wolf Lodge
      3950 Victoria Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M8
    12. Hampton Inn North of the Falls
      4357 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E8
    13. Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview
      6361 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V9
      Thursday Night Availability Only
    14. Holiday Inn by the Falls
      5339 Murray Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2J3
    15. Howard Johnson Hotel
      5905 Victoria Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L8
    16. Tower Hotel
      6732 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
    17. Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa
      6740 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
    18. Michael’s Inn by the Falls
      5599 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3H3
    19. Niagara Falls Baymont Inn & Suites
      5234 Ferry Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1R5
    20. Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott
      5950 Victoria Ave.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L7
    21. Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls
      6546 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W2
    22. Old Stone Inn
      5425 Robinson Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7L6
    23. Quality Hotel Fireside
      4067 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E5
    24. Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview
      6733 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7
    25. Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre
      6755 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7
    26. Sheraton on the Falls (Fallsview Waterpark)
      5875 Falls Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
      To book rooms go to our website at
    27. Skyline Inn (Fallsview Waterpark)
      4800 Bender Hill
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
      To book rooms go to our website at
    28. Sterling Inn and Spa
      5195 Magdalen Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3S6

    Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap 2010 is here!!!


    I had heard that this morning was the official announcement day. The Niagara Falls Review hasn’t posted the information yet, but the City of Niagara Falls web site has all the details…

    You can book rooms as of October 18, 2010 at 7 am

    The available dates are Monday, November 15, 2010 to Thursday, November 18, 2010

    You will pay $35 for a standard room, $45 for a Fallsview room, $65 for a whirlpool, and $85 for a waterpark room.

    The initial press release is available here. I’ll post the list of available hotels momentarily…

    No news on Sleep Cheap 2010 yet


    I’ve had numerous people email me asking when Sleep Cheap 2010 is going to be. I haven’t received any information, but I would assume the information would be released soon. Looking back on last year, at the beginning of October they were accepting applications from local charities, and then things were announced on Oct 23. In 2008 it was on Oct 17. Obviously we’ll find out very soon when the dates will be for 2010…


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    From the Niagara Falls Review (includes pictures and videos):

    When you put a rock band named after a mythical river next to one of the world’s legendary rivers, it’s a recipe for a soggy experience.

    But thousands ot New Year’s Eve revellers rang in 2010 with the powerful rock band Styx, named after the mythological river in the underworld.

    Hard Rock Cafe to ring in New Year with guitar drop

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    From AuburnPub.com:

    New York City drops a crystal ball in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. In Niagara Falls, N.Y., 2010 will be ushered in with the dropping of a big guitar.

    A 10-foot fiberglass guitar will be dropped at midnight at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Niagara Falls. The model of a Gibson electric guitar was raised atop an 80-foot-high scaffold on the restaurant earlier this week.

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