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More funding means brighter Niagara Falls event

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From Niagara This Week:

Organizers of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights say extra funding from the city will allow for the festival to expand its programming for the 2017-18 event.

On May 9, city politicians approved a request for $300,000 in additional funding so organizers could expand programming to mark a number of milestones — the festival’s 35th anniversary, along with the sesquicentennial of both Ontario and Canada.

“Not only will this funding allow us to draw more visitors to Niagara Falls but at the same time we can expand our programming which provides locals with a world-class festival right here in Niagara,” said Tina Myers, executive director of the festival.

WFOL sees significant increase in vehicle traffic, donations

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Winter Festival of Lights will be heading into its 35th season riding high.

That’s because the 34th edition, which concludes Tuesday, has seen increases across the board.

Tina Myers, the event’s executive director, said officials have seen a 12 per cent increase in vehicle traffic and a 17 per cent spike in donations at Dufferin Islands.

“As of Jan. 22, we were at 67,596 cars,” she said.

“We easily get 1,000 during the week and then 1,000 on a Saturday, so we could hit 70,000, it is possible. There’s a lot more that come to the festival as a whole as well.”

The festival is also popular for tour buses, as 440 have been through the park — compared to 310 last season.

“It has been fantastic. We can’t believe how high the numbers are,” said Myers.

WFOL grows in illuminations, visitors in 2015-16

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

This past season provided a “perfect recipe” for the Winter Festival of Lights to “really shine,” says program director Tina Myers.

“Fabulous” weather, a favourable U.S. currency exchange and the investment of $2 million into lighting, infrastructure and new technology ensured the festival “kicked butt” in 2015-16, she said.

The festival saw a 43 per cent increase in the number of vehicles that drove through Dufferin Islands this past season between Nov. 21 and Jan. 31.

That means 61,551 vehicles passed through Dufferin Islands, which saw a large lighting expansion and is the festival’s primary point of interaction with visitors, compared to 43,189 in 2014-15.

“We broke a record,” said Myers, adding the previous record at Dufferin Islands was 59,000 vehicles in 2006.

“We are extremely happy about that.”

Changes coming to Winter Festival of Lights

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From Niagara This Week:

It is a time of change for the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.

After years of adding events, organizers are pulling back a little with the festival acting more as an umbrella organization for the city’s annual winter celebration.

“We have a new strategic plan and a new board,” said WFOL co-chair Brian Crow said.

In what will be a year of transition, new illuminations are on the way, and Crow is excited for what the future holds for the festival.

Festival is a laughing matter

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Bigger festival = bigger laughs.

After two years as a single night event, the Niagara Falls Comedy Fest has supersized itself for its return in February. With a roster of nearly 20 comics, the event has gone back to its roots to become a three-day affair. And it will be stacked with some of Canada’s most established comedians.

Avoiding the “pretense” of big comedy festivals in Toronto and Montreal was key, says organizer Mark Matthews. The veteran Niagara Falls comic wants it to be three nights of accessible comedy, with many of the same performers you’d see in bigger festivals.

“Montreal is unobtainable for the average person to go and sit and watch a show,” he says.

Council guarantees loan for Winter Festival of Lights

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The lights will stay on this winter after city council agreed to guarantee a $400,000 line of credit for the Winter Festival of Lights its manager said was needed to pay its outstanding bills.

The finance department staff opposed the move, saying the city shouldn’t act as a bank for community groups.

Festival manager Dino Fazio said without city support, he would have to “drastically alter the festival or certainly look at its demise.”

Niagara Falls Canada Welcomes Summer with Music, Festivals & More

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From a PR Web press release seen on Yahoo! News:

Summer in Niagara Falls Canada brings beautiful weather for enjoying the Falls and an array of special events to keep everyone entertained–especially music lovers. Weekend visitors will enjoy the Niagara Falls Fireworks & Concert Series with free concerts and Falls fireworks at Queen Victoria Park every Friday and Sunday through October 9, 2009.

Springlicious showcases downtown improvements

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Springlicious struck again.

Thousands of people filled Queen Street over the weekend for the second annual Springlicious music, food, beer and wine festival, creating a showcase for new business that recently arrived.

“Myself, I didn’t know these places exist,” said Janice Ane, a Niagara Falls woman, who was seeing some of the newer downtown businesses for the first time because the festival brought her downtown.

Ane took in the musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday night. Crowds were bigger on Friday than Saturday, she said, but both nights people were out enjoying the festival.

Can the downtown do it again with Springlicious?

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Last year’s April Wine has evaporated, but the buzz lingered all year. It’s time now to see if the 2009 vintage of Springlicious has the same intoxicating effect last year’s event did.

A year ago, people fell in love with the downtown again -even if, in some cases, it was just a one-night stand. The first-ever Springlicious music and food festival last year gave people a reason to come downtown…

The question this year is, can lightning strike twice?

Will Springlicous, version 2.0, build on the goodwill last year’s event garnered?

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