From the Toronto Star:
A Niagara Falls aquarium is expanding so it can breed and protect the threatened Humboldt penguin. Read More…
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The rumbling started last spring. This year, the Thunder Gallery wants to storm Niagara Falls.
Located on Robinson Street next to Club Seven, the contemporary gallery has a hefty ‘to do’ list for the upcoming months. In addition to a Niagara Falls ‘art walk’ and Family Day video projection, owner and curator Marinko Jareb hopes to establish a weekly Night Market during the summer featuring art, food trucks and live music.
It’s part of Jareb’s plan to create a local gallery with tourism appeal.
“I would like to embed myself in the cultural fabric of this area,” says Jareb. “This is an international destination, there are a ton of opportunities here.”
You may have noticed an old house on Robinson St that appears to have a lot of spray paint graffiti on it. This is actually artwork. “Robinson House” is a public aerosol art installation located on Robinson Street at the corner of Fallsview Boulevard. It is a collaboration between the DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton Niagara Falls and local artists, in support of the arts in Niagara. DoubleTree is also home to the free public art gallery- Ochre Gallery, located on the lobby level. The small gallery is anchored by a nine foot totem pole carved in cedar. DoubleTree Niagara Falls is a full service 224 room hotel which caters to the travelling public looking for a four star experience at an affordable rate.”
Yes, I know that I am over 3 months late on this one, but better late than never…
Back in March, the Niagara Falls IMAX Theatre hosted a free evening where they were previewing a new film called Extreme. To help with the promotion, they brought in Jon Montgomery. Jon won a gold-medal in skeleton at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
It was quite an evening. There was a reception before the movie where we could meet Jon and get our picture taken with him. I took my son with me and he was thrilled to meet him. He even got to help Jon hold the gold medal. Jon also signed a small flag for us as well as the tickets. Someone I know brought their collection of Olympic coins and had him sign the collector card. What a great idea! I have three sets and I wanted to kick myself for not thinking of it myself.
There was also a girl there from Welland who had carried a torch, so we got to see and hold that as well.
During the reception there was food and drinks available.
Eventually we all ended up in the theatre. Mayor Ted Salci was there and gave Jon a gift, and then Jon said a few words. We then watched the movie. My son fell asleep during the movie. Not that it wasn’t exciting, but by that point we had been there for almost three hours.
Anyway, it was a nice night. How often do you get to meet a gold-medal winning athlete? I’ve never met one before, and I don’t know when I will again, so it was a nice opportunity. Thank you IMAX Theatre!
I took a few pictures while there. You can see the thumbnails below, or view the full images in the 20100311 Jon Montgomery at IMAX Theatre gallery.
Note: There are now 3,019 images in 243 galleries in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery.