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    Casino entertainment centre talks ‘ramp up’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    More star power and a bigger theatre in Niagara Falls could boost tourism, create jobs and give Niagarans a better chance of getting tickets to the entertainers who perform at the Fallsview Casino, says Mayor Jim Diodati.

    Encouraging the construction of a 7,000-seat entertainment centre will be one of city hall’s priorities over the next four years, Diodati said.

    “It’s something whose time has come,” the mayor said in an interview this week, after a report on the city’s strategic priorities identified it as one of the “new tourism products” that should be developed in Niagara Falls.

    Sea of New Year’s Eve revellers floods Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review (includes video):

    A great big sea of New Year’s Eve revellers flooded Niagara Falls where a lineup of popular entertainers and unusually warm weather led to a bigger-than-normal crowd for the annual concert in Queen Victoria Park.

    Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea and rapper Kardinal Offishall ushered in 2011 from a stage overlooking the Horseshoe Falls and tens of thousands of fans.

    “The new year will bring good things for all of us. Most of us… Many of us,” Barenaked Ladies singer Ed Robertson joked with the audience.

    The King dethroned

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The King was here, but his followers missed the memo.

    The first annual Niagara Falls Elvis Festival was marred by slim crowds and some angry vendors over the weekend.

    Most wondered why the event wasn’t promoted more, and felt sorry for the top notch entertainers gathered at Oakes Garden Theatre.

    “One of the Elvis’ said (on Friday), ‘I’m not sticking around, there’s no one to sing to,’ ” said vendor Sheila Szalai, who paid nearly $600 with her husband Karl to operate a jewelry booth for the three-day event. By Saturday afternoon, they had made just two sales.

    “We won’t be back.”

    The sour mood hung over the venue Saturday as Elvis tribute artists played to barely 150 people by late afternoon. It was a far cry from the thousands organizers expected for the inaugural event.

    “This is stupid, this place should be packed,” said Niagara Falls resident Della Meunier. “I love Elvis, and I am very disappointed for this. Fans just didn’t know it was going on.

    “Why was it kept so secretive?”

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