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Group chosen to build new Niagara Falls theatre

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Mississauga company Bird Construction is part of the consortium which will build a 5,000-seat entertainment centre in Niagara Falls.

The company is among principals known as Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners, which beat out four other conglomerates for the right to design, build and maintain the facility.

The winning bidder was announced by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. late Tuesday.

The theatre is expected to replace the 1,500-seat Avalon Ballroom at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, which has been limited by its size virtually from the day it opened in 2004.

By comparison, the new theatre will be equal in size to the 5,000-seat Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, and will double the 2,500-seat Events Center at Seneca Niagara Casino.

Tour operator blasts Falls tourism fee

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A Toronto tour operator has blasted the city’s Destination Marketing Fee (DMF) in an e-mail forwarded to council members, saying it “damages the image of Niagara as a welcoming tourist destination.”

Jacob Stevens, owner of Tripsetter Inc., is angry that the fee – up to 10% at some hotels – is “unaccountable,” and makes the cost of visiting Niagara more prohibitive.

“By imposing an optional fee, (it) only stains the image of Niagara Falls and heightens the ‘tourist trap’ perception,” he wrote in a recent e-mail. “As a result, this can negatively influence one’s decision to visit or not.”

It reflects many of the same concerns shared on open forums like Trip Advisor, but when Stevens brought it up with a Niagara Falls Tourism member, he was told Trip Advisor is “fake news.”

New concert series coming to convention centre

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

From the ashes of Niagara Concerts comes a new live music series starting in September.

Organized by the Scotiabank Convention Centre, where Niagara Concerts spent its final three seasons, the Live by the Falls series kicks off with the Cowboy Junkies on Sept. 16, followed by Niagara Falls’ own The Trews Oct. 21, David Usher Nov. 24 and Gowan Dec. 7.

A howling new record set in Niagara

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls had extended a public invitation last week to people interested in setting a new world record for the most people howling like a wolf for a one minute.

On Canada Day, 849 participants gathered in the back parking lot of the resort and gave it their best howl, easily smashing the previous record of 294 people.

“This event was two years in the making,” said Craig Maguire, Great Wolf Lodge entertainment co-ordinator. “After all the planning, I can’t tell you how cathartic it was to finally hear the volume of all those wolf howls.”

80K people celebrate Canada in tourism district

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

About 80,000 people packed the heart of the tourism area of Niagara Falls on Canada Day, the largest gathering of people in the city since an estimated 100,000 watched Nik Wallenda’s historic wirewalk over the Horseshoe Falls in 2012.

“It was tremendous,” said Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson.

“That was the number that our Niagara Parks Police recorded in the immediate area of the falls, and around Murray Hill, Clifton Hill, on the (Niagara) Parkway.”

Thomson said she believes the crowd reflects the “fact that we’ve been enjoying an uptick in tourism.”

“We’ve seen more visitors in general, and now for this to be a very special holiday, coupled with the American 4th of July holiday, we just saw an amazing amount of visitors.”

NPC unveils Canada 150 night-time Falls experience

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Beginning Canada Day, and continuing throughout the summer months, Night Lights: Journey Behind the Falls After Dark will allow visitors to enjoy Niagara Parks’ 128-year-old experience after hours, during the nightly illumination of Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls celebrates Canada 150

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From the Niagara Falls Review (includes photos):

Marching bands, giant inflatables, colourful floats, jugglers, dancers and community groups helped Niagara Falls celebrate a special Canada Day with its annual downtown parade Saturday.

Residents and visitors, most decked out in red and white, lined the streets and waved Canadian flags as the country celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Tanya Wright, a Canadian citizen who is now a permanent resident in the United States living in Grand Island, N.Y., felt it was important to bring her five-year-old daughter, Hadley, to the OPG Niagara Falls Canada Day Parade.

“She’s inundated with American culture, so I felt it was very important to me that she understands her Canadian roots as well,” said Wright.

Wright’s American husband, Jerod Dahlgren, was impressed by the parade and the people.

“The national pride is a lot less partisan here,” he said.

Hovercraft service a year away

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Hovercraft rides across Lake Ontario are a step closer to becoming a reality.

St. Catharines city councillors gave the plan their approval in principle Monday night.

Beamsville resident Bruno Caciagli, who has spent the past two years developing the plan as an alternative to spending hours in traffic gridlock, hopes the first trip will set sail next June.

The plan, proposed by Caciagli’s company Lake Ontario Express — a consortium of several businesses — would start with a fleet of two hovercraft, each making seven round trips per day carrying commuters between Port Dalhousie and Toronto at a cost of about $25 per trip.

Niagara Falls ready for Canada Day

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s not going to be your typical Canada Day in Niagara Falls.

In fact, it’s going to be a three-day celebration.

“People are expecting a bigger and better celebration,” said Lori Albanese, community development co-ordinator for the City of Niagara Falls.

“It’s going to be a lot more fun. We’re getting a lot of people calling from out of town, asking what’s going on? Where can we get a hotel room? They’re looking forward to coming to Niagara Falls and enjoying our celebration.”

Niagara Parks plans pollinator garden route

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Despite their small size, pollinating species such as bumblebees and hummingbirds have a major impact on the environment.

“Approximately 90 per cent of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce, representing the crucial role pollinating species pay in maintaining our environment,” said Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission.

Niagara Parks on Friday unveiled a new pollinator garden at Legends on the Niagara golf complex.

The small garden will form part of Niagara Parks’ newly created pollinator garden route along the Niagara Parkway.

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