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    Canada 150 festival sees community ‘come together’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    More than 4,000 people turned out to the Canada 150 Fun Fest inside and outside Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls Saturday.

    “We’re very happy with the turnout,” said organizer Chris Dabrowski.

    The Stanley Avenue venue hosted a full day of free indoor and outdoor events, which started at noon.

    The family portion of the event featured food trucks, a kids zone, large inflatables and an art showcase.

    The mini Canadiana Comic Con featured the Back to the Future DeLorean, the Batmobile, and The Munsters coach.

    Richard Comely, the creator of Captain Canuck, also attended, handing out free comics and signing autographs.

    Canada’s birthday party continues in Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Canada Day might have come and gone, but the party for Canada’s 150th isn’t over yet.

    Members of the Canada 150 committee in Niagara Falls have been busy planning and organizing the city’s official Canada 150 Signature event entitled 150 Fun Fest in the Falls, set to take place this Saturday at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Festivities include a daytime and evening component featuring Canadian musician Matthew Good — both are free to attend.

    “We wanted to provide members of our community the chance to celebrate what it is to be Canadian, with an event tailored for people of all ages,” said Chris Dabrowski, chair of the Niagara Falls Canada 150 committee. “Best of all, it’s free to attend.”

    Comic Con gives Star Wars fans something to ‘Chewie’ on

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    From Niagara This Week:

    As an actor, Peter Mayhew has been a part of one of the most successful film franchises of all time.

    But you may not recognize him if you met him on the street.

    Mayhew, of course, is best known to Star Wars fans as Chewbacca, Han Solo’s wookie sidekick. Fans will get a chance to see the man behind all that hair and makeup when he makes a rare Canadian appearance in Niagara Falls later this year, when Niagara Falls Comic Con takes over the Scotiabank Convention Centre from June 2 to 4.

    “There’s no question that Star Wars is hands down the most popular film series of all time, so we couldn’t be more excited to land one of the more well known characters from the movie franchise,” said Chris Dabrowski, Comic Con’s show manager. “This will be a real treat for Star Wars fans of the original and new movies.”

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    Plans under way for year long birthday bash in Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Normally, Chris Dabrowski is consumed with comic books, science fiction and superheroes as manager of the annual Niagara Falls Comic Con.

    But Dabrowski was wearing a different hat when he appeared before council to unveil plans being put forward by the city’s Canada 150 Celebration Committee, of which he is chair.

    “It’s a big one. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to celebrate, for us to celebrate the past, the present and the future of Canada here in Niagara Falls,” Dabrowski said. “We want to make sure next year that we don’t just celebrate on July 1 but we celebrate throughout the whole year.”

    Other communities have already announced plans on how they plan to celebrate the country’s sesquicentennial he said.

    “Now it’s our turn.”

    ‘It was definitely busier than last year’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Some celebrities hadn’t even flown out Monday morning after another successful Comic Con, yet co-founder Chris Dabrowski was already planning for 2017.

    In fact, Dabrowski said dates for next year’s pop-culture extravaganza have already been set for the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls: June 2, 3 and 4.

    A few guests have been booked, while several vendors indicated they want to come back, he said.

    It’s a positive vibe Dabrowski is used to getting now after organizing five events.

    “Our attendance this year surpassed last year’s attendance, and we hope that continues for years to come,” he said.

    It’s on like Comic Con

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Fonz will be in the house.

    So will Mini-Me, the Hulk and Johnny Drama. They’re all part of the city’s biggest pop culture bash, taking over the Scotiabank Convention Centre June 3 to 5. And for Chris Dabrowski, co-organizer and co-founder of the Niagara Falls Comic Con, it never feels like work.

    Even when it’s a massive amount of work.

    “For the event to be successful, you have to be a fan at heart,” he says. “It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s fun work.

    “You get caught up in the moment. I have as much fun seeing a fan meeting their favourite celebrity for the first time at a table…just to see the smile on their face. It’s rewarding.”

    Comic Con expanding again

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Success has come as quick as 1-2-3 for the Niagara Falls Comic Con.

    From humble beginnings at Dave & Busters on Clifton Hill on 2011, the event first moved to the Scotiabank Convention Centre where some 5,000 comic book, sci-fi and fantasy fans took in the one-day event in 2012.

    Comic Con co-owner Chris Dabrowski speculated that the event, which expanded to two days in 2013, will grow again for 2014 once the 2013 event wrapped up last month.

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