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New Year’s concert still alive, but no TV for 3rd year

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

For a third straight year, the New Year’s Eve concert in Niagara Falls won’t be televised.

Nor, as originally hoped, will it be live streamed.

But with this year’s line-up likely announced within a couple of weeks, Mayor Jim Diodati hints changes are coming to the annual show.

“Next year’s when we anticipate there being a little more excitement and innovation and re-investment around New Year’s Eve,” he said. “I would hope it would involve TV or a TV/streaming combination.”

‘It was a never-ending sea of people’

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From Niagara This Week (includes photo and video):

The city needs to do better after an estimated 80,000 people choked off travel in the city on Canada Day, Mayor Jim Diodati says.

“We never had a transportation plan like we do for New Year’s Eve or did for the Wallenda walk,” he said after the large crowds made movement throughout the city impossible. “We had a lot of opportunity to be prepared for this.”

Facebook was lit up with stories from residents and visitors complaining of trips normally measured in minutes instead being measured in hours. Other complaints included those from residents living near the tourist areas being unable to leave their homes or welcome guests.

Niagara Falls receives funds for annual New Year’s Eve show

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From Niagara This Week:

The city has secured funding from the province to help with the costs associated with the annual New Year’s Eve concert in Queen Victoria Park.

Earlier this year, staff submitted a funding request to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Celebrate Ontario program and was approved. The city will receive $35,000 to help cover costs associated with the event, including securing talent.

“The cost to produce the Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve show increases annually and these additional funds will assist in covering these increased expenses,” council heard from staff in a report that came before them at a special council meeting on June 22.

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