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    2012 a ‘blockbuster’ year: Diodati

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    From Niagara This Week:

    If Mayor Jim Diodati was to give a grade to the year 2012 in Niagara Falls, it would be a ‘B’.

    And that would be a good thing.

    That ‘B’ stands for “blockbuster” and he said there was no shortage of blockbuster events over the course of the year.

    “There’s no doubt that in terms of blockbuster events, it was a blockbuster year,” the Mayor said in an interview with Niagara this Week to take a look back at 2012 and a look ahead to the coming year.

    Star-packed New Year’s Eve lineup in Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s not about competition. It’s about complementing each other.

    With news this week Nelly Furtado and Hedley will headline the Niagara Parks Commission’s free New Year’s Eve concert at Queen Victoria Park, organizers at the city’s convention centre say it will go hand-in-hand with the Deadmau5 show at the Stanley Ave. facility.

    “Different styles of music, different crowds,” said Jeff Dixon, assistant general manager of the Scotiabank Convention Centre. “We all have our musical preferences and tastes. What this does is cement Niagara Falls as the true New Year’s Eve destination in Canada.”

    More than 1,000 rooms still available for Sleep Cheap

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s not too late to Sleep Cheap.

    Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati said there are still more than 1,000 hotel rooms available from Monday until Thursday for Niagara residents looking to take a miniature vacation in their own backyard at a discounted price.

    “If you’re looking to score some brownie points with the better half, there’s no better way,” said Diodati, mentioning rooms range from $35 to $85 if you want access to a waterpark.

    Convention Centre gets ready to groove

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    DJ Steve Aoki is fine with reality shows on MTV instead of music. He welcomes more American Idol knockoffs.

    As far as he’s concerned, they’re great for his industry because they’re forcing people to seek out good music more than ever. When they find something that wasn’t manufactured by a TV show or record company hype, they flock to it.

    “Now, kids are forced to discover music on their own terms,” says Aoki, who’ll be part of an all-night dance party at the Scotiabank Convention Centre New Year’s Eve. “It created an open lane for all this music to be discovered. I’m happy for all the reality shows on TV.

    “People aren’t lazy – they’re going on YouTube, SoundCloud and Facebook and finding music themselves. That’s the power of dance music – it’s mainly a viral music. You have to discover the music yourself.”

    Getting ready to party on New Year’s Eve

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    When something works, the Niagara Parks Police like to stick with it.

    Even though Ontario’s liquor laws were loosened up a bit this past summer, those wishing to have a few drinks at the New Year’s Eve party in Queen Victoria Park will have to remain inside a designated area where alcohol is served.

    “The last two years we’ve had a licensed area and that discourages people from bringing in their own alcohol into the park and we don’t have to worry about people tripping over empty bottles or bottles being thrown,” said Niagara Parks Police Chief Doug Kane. “We are able to secure the area so that it’s remains a safe family event.”

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