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2016 in review: Niagara Falls

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This is the Niagara Falls Review’s summary of the year 2016. This isn’t all tourism-related, but obviously has some things highlighted.

From the Niagara Falls Review:

January

• The numbers are in for attendance at the city’s annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza at Queen Victoria Park. Organizers said 35,000 people attended the free concert featuring Tom Cochrane, Alan Doyle and Down With Webster. It was the first concert in many years not to have been televised.

New Year’s concertgoers stompa their feet

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From Niagara Falls Review:

For High Valley singer Brad Rempel, it was a far cry from his last visit to Niagara Falls.

Before hitting the stage at Queen Victoria Park on New Year’s Eve, he recalled being so broke he stayed in a dingy hotel room that didn’t have a phone or TV, “ and had knife stab marks in the door to the bathroom.”

This time? While walking around the Falls with his family he came across a poster of himself: “That was cool.”

Midway through the band’s set, he soaked it all in. “This is easily the best view from the stage we’ve ever had.”

Winter Festival of Lights “Make It Your Winter Tradition” booklet

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I recently posted a few pictures along Queen Victoria Park from the Winter Festival of Lights. Last week we also drove through Dufferin Islands, but I didn’t take any pictures. I did however get a copy of the “Make It Your Winter Tradition” booklet. I’ve scanned it, and you can view it here if you are interested.

A few pictures of lights in Queen Victoria Park

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I’ll be posting some more about the Winter Festival of Lights, but here’s a start. On the night that my wife and I went to Sparks Steakhouse, we went for a walk afterwards. Here are a few pictures of some of the lights. Make sure you also check out the animated gif I created of the Zimmerman Fountain that I posted to twitter.

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Sam Roberts, Serena Ryder for New Year’s show

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Canadian rockers Serena Ryder and The Sam Roberts Band will headline this year’s free New Year’s Eve concert at Queen Victoria Park.

And if it seems like deja vu, that’s because both performers played the show just three years ago.

That concert, headlined by U.S. pop star Demi Lovato, was the second last time the show would be aired on Canadian TV. Following the 2014 event, headlined by Keith Urban, Global backed out of the broadcast, citing cost concerns.

Last year’s downsized concert featured Tom Cochrane, Dennis DeYoung and Alan Doyle, all of whom have played the show before.

But bringing back Ryder and Roberts isn’t a case of ‘familiarity breeds contempt,’ said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati. Both acts are proven crowd favourites.

New events expand festival route

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From Niagara Falls Review:

There’ll be a prehistoric addition to this year’s Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.

Among the new additions to the 34th edition of the festival will be a 10-foot-tall 3D woolly mammoth as part of the Canadian wildlife displays at Dufferin Islands…

The expanded eight-kilometre illumination route runs along the Niagara Parkway as well as the surrounding districts of Fallsview Boulevard, Victoria Centre, Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane.
“For over three decades now, countless local residents and businesses have come together to support and promote what we feel is the best winter festival celebration anywhere,” Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said Thursday at a press conference at the Floral Showhouse.

The provincial agency this year invested $300,000 on lighting, programming and infrastructure improvements within Queen Victoria Park.

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