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The polar vortex that has gripped the U.S. and Canada this week has led to some spectacular icy images. The latest come from Niagara Falls, which partially froze on Tuesday, when the high temperature was a record low of minus 2 degrees.

Aaron Harris, a photographer for Reuters, took several shots of the 167-foot falls on Wednesday. The ice formed on the U.S. side of the falls, which straddle the border between the United States and Canada.

While unusual, it’s not the first time Niagara Falls has frozen. Photographs from the early- and mid-1900s archived at the Niagara Falls Public Library appear to show frozen falls, though some experts have questioned their authenticity.

Of course, the eye-catching freeze did not completely stop the water from flowing.

According to EnvironmentalGraffiti.com, only once, in 1848, “has freezing weather caused the thousands of cubic feet of water per second flowing over the Niagara Falls to run dry, an event thought to have been caused by ice jamming and damming upriver.”

According to forecasters, Tuesday’s partial freeze should thaw later this week, when the temperature at Niagara Falls is expected to rise to 46 degrees.

While Harris’ photos of the frozen falls are authentic, don’t be fooled by some of the old images circulating on Twitter and Facebook.

Originally posted 2014-01-09 19:02:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

New Sports Expo brings Bower, Cujo to Falls in March

John Law

By John Law, Niagara Falls Review

Sports fans in Niagara will get a chance to rub shoulders with some sports greats at the new Niagara Falls Sports Expo. Show manager Chris Dabrowski says the show will be held on March 29, 2014, at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.
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Sports fans in Niagara will get a chance to rub shoulders with some sports greats at the new Niagara Falls Sports Expo. Show manager Chris Dabrowski says the show will be held on March 29, 2014, at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Mike DiBattista/Niagara Falls Review/QMI Agency

Johnny Bower heads to the first annual Niagara Falls Sports Expo March 29. PHOTO:  Dave Thomas
Curtis Joseph heads to the first annual Niagara Falls Sports Expo March 29. PHOTO: 
CRAIG GLOVER/The London Free Press/QMI Agency

The man who helped bring a star-studded Comic Con to Niagara Falls has set his sights on the sports world now.

The first annual Niagara Falls Sports Expo heads to the Scotiabank Convention Centre March 29. And much like its Comic Con counterpart, it will start out small, says manager and co-founder Chris Dabrowski. Though autograph seekers won’t be disappointed.

“We’re lucky in the sense that there’s a lot more sports celebrities that are local to us – with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills – in comparison to Hollywood,” he says.

The first confirmed guests include two goalie greats from Leafs lore – Hall of Famer Johnny Bower, and fan favourite Curtis Joseph.

Bower won four Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs, including the team’s last one in 1967 when he was 42.

Joseph was a dominant goaltender with the Leafs in the late ‘90s, and was twice a runner-up for the Vezina Trophy.

The two other confirmed guests are former Buffalo Bills linebacker Cornelius Bennett, and WWE star Brutus Beefcake.

But Dabrowski hints several more names will be announced soon, including one bonafide baseball legend and a Buffalo Sabres great from the ‘70 and ‘80s.

His wish list, should the show expand, is Mike Weir and Wayne Gretzky. But much like the Niagara Falls Comic Con, which had a modest start at the former Dave & Buster’s on Clifton Hill, the Sports Expo must establish itself first.

Dabrowski already knows the market is there.

“Comic Con proved that,” he says. “I’ve promoted events for years, and the community seemed to be receptive and excited. it depends on what type of event you’re looking to host. Some events work, some events don’t.”

For its upcoming fourth year, Comic Con has landed William Shatner, Ric Flair and Dean Cain. It’s now a three-day event.

The Expo will feature sports cards, fan interactions, and plenty of memorabilia. Dabrowski is hoping to arrange for some exhibits from the Hockey Hall of Fame.

In addition to his two Niagara Falls shows, Dabrowski runs the Hammer Town Comic Con in Hamilton.

For him, much of it goes back to the thrill of waiting in line for a star’s autograph.

“I remember waiting in line at the Pen Centre for Peter Zezel’s autograph when I was a kid. There were hundreds of people,” he recalls. “And then slo-pitch tournaments at Oakes Park, I remember hanging out along the fence waiting to meet Wendel Clark.

“I thought about that and figured there’s been nothing like this in the area for 10 or 15 years.”


  • WHAT: Niagara Falls Sports Expo
  • WHERE: Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls
  • WHEN: March 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • TICKETS: $20 www.nfsportsexpo.com

Originally posted 2014-01-14 14:03:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Nik Wallenda Bringing Thrill Show to Darien Lake

February 12, 2014, By Ed Reilly

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) Nik Wallenda is now an international superstar after walking a high-wire across Niagara Falls and over the Grand Canyon.

This summer, the aerialist and high-wire artist will produce and star in a new 60 minute thrill show that will be presented at Darien Lake from June 23rd to September 1st.

Wallenda told reporters that he is excited to be part of the effort with partners Darien Lake and sponsor Tim Horton’s Café & Bake Shop.

The following is a news release issued by Darien Lake concerning Wallenda’s summer program:

DARIEN CENTER, N.Y., February 12, 2014 – With decades of experience captivating audiences around the world, aerialist and high-wire artist Nik Wallenda will spend the summer of 2014 high-above Darien Lake. Known as the “King of the Wire,” his high-flying stunts have landed him in the Guinness Book of World Record seven times and his 2012 walk across Niagara Falls made him a household name throughout Western New York.

Darien Lake and presenting sponsor Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shop announced today that the internationally renowned daredevil will star in and produce a 60-minute thrill spectacular exclusively for Darien Lake guests. Showing twice daily in the 1,800 seat Galaxy Theatre from June 23 through September 1st (dark Mondays), the show will mesmerize audiences with exhilarating performances from the world’s best aerialists and stunt performers and climax in the breath-taking Wallenda Family Pyramid on the wire finale. The amazing stunt features Nik, his wife Erendira, and other members of the Wallenda family walking, untethered, 60 feet above the audience.

Wallenda’s involvement doesn’t stop at the Galaxy Theater. Nik Wallenda Productions Inc. will be crafting additional entertainment for Darien Lake including a short-film chronicling the history of the Wallendas, an interactive tight-rope training academy with hands-on instruction, “pop up” street performances from the cast and crew, and a not-to-be-missed premier high-wire stunt on Saturday, May 26.

All performances will be included with park admission and for Darien Lake Vacations guests, with preferred seating and VIP packages sold on a limited basis. 2014 season pass holders will receive exclusive show offers and event invites throughout the show run.

“The level of entertainment Nik will bring to our guests this season is unprecedented,” said Vince Nicoletti, Director of Marketing at Darien Lake. “Nik Wallenda holds 7 world records and he’s coming with the world’s best aerialists and stunt performers in tow. This truly will be an incomparable entertainment experience”.

“My family and I are thrilled to be back in the area and spending our summer at Darien Lake,” said Nik Wallenda. “With more than 1 million people coming to the park every season, it’s the perfect location for our act and we can’t wait to get started.”

For more information about Nik Wallenda and The Wallenda Family at Darien Lake this season, or to learn how season pass holders can get special pre-season access to the park, visit www.darienlake.com.

Originally posted 2014-02-14 22:51:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Some ‘Frozen Niagara Falls’ Photos Really Are Too Good To Be True


Frozen Niagara Falls

As temperatures around the U.S. dipped into the “it’s ridiculously cold” zone,stunning wintery photographs began popping up around the Internet. A few evenshowed a completely frozen-over Niagara Falls. But while these pics make the icy falls look absolutely beautiful, some of the most dramatic images being circulated are not current. In fact, despite the extreme cold, the falls never froze completely solid this week.

BuzzFeed notes that a few of these photos first showed up online years ago, like this gorgeous image (below), which was originally uploaded to photo-sharing site Flikr back in 2007:

Similarly, this scenic shot was first posted in 2012, per BuzzFeed:

According to Yahoo! News this is not the first time people have raised questions about the veracity of Niagara Falls photos. Experts still question the authenticity of some famous winter photos taken in the the early- and mid-1900s and archived at Niagara Falls Public Library.

But while the 167-foot Niagra Falls may not have frozen completely solid during this recent cold snap, the landmark did partially freeze, resulting in some genuinely spectacular pics.

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This photo of Niagara Falls partially frozen over was taken on January 9, 2014.

Reuters photographer Aaron Harris also took a series of particularly lovely shots of the icy landmark on Wednesday. You can view his pics over at Business Insider.

Originally posted 2014-01-14 14:06:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Winter Specials For Niagara Falls Hotels

Create a Magical Winter Wonderland Experience From Hotels in Niagara Falls, Ontario


Courtyard Niagara Falls Sits Amidst Area’s Finest Winter Festival Attractions


NIAGARA FALLS, ON–(Marketwired – Dec 13, 2013) – Discover the magic of Niagara Falls in the wintertime for an extraordinary escape filled with sparkling lights, explosive fireworks and fun things to do near the natural wonder.

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The holiday season in Ontario shines brightly with the majestic displays of the Winter Festival of Lights at Niagara Falls through Jan. 31, 2014. Creating a spectacular Niagara Falls light show with millions of sparkling tree lights and 120 animated displays; the 5-kilometre Niagara Parkway turns into a breathtaking winter wonderland and sets the stage for exciting winter festivities with the rushing of Niagara Falls as a backdrop.

Making it easy to create an unforgettable Canadian outdoor winter experience the TD Rink at the Brink is “just a snowball’s throw” from the brink of Horseshoe Falls and is ideal for family winter fun or a romantic escape.

Neatly nestled in the “centre of it all” and beckoning travelers with an array of budget-friendly packages and exceptional accommodations, the Courtyard Niagara Falls hotel is convenient to popular outdoor and indoor entertainment venues and allows guests to easily experience the excitement of the area whether ice skating, being captivated by the majestic waterfalls or simply relaxing with an eye to the sky for the spectacular glow of winter fireworks. During the Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls is illuminated in the colours of the rainbow creating an additional attraction to the festivities. Other nearby attractions include Blue Christmas at the Butterfly conservatory through January 5th, Floral Showcase Annual Christmas Display through January 15th and area shopping adventures such as Santa’s Shop Downtown. A New Year’s Eve concert hosted by ET Canada is also planned in Queen’s Park.

The Courtyard hotel’s location in Niagara Falls puts Canada visitors within walking distance of the area’s finest attractions, restaurants, shopping and nightlife so guests can focus on creating a fun-filled trip without the worry of travel. And, while offering attentive service and gracious amenities, the hotel is also in tune with keeping travel affordable and features a variety of discounts and even “Last-Minute Weekend” deals for those looking for a fun weekend escape.

About the Courtyard Niagara Falls
The Courtyard Niagara Falls boasts newly renovated and spacious accommodations just a short walk from Niagara Falls, Casino Niagara, Fallsview Casino, Clifton Hill and other popular attractions. Offering everything needed for an exceptional hotel experience, the lodging features impressive on-site dining options, a 24-hour business centre, 24/7 market for snacks, beverages and travel needs, the Courtyard’s popular GoBoard technology in the lobby, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, a 24-hour fitness centre and refreshing indoor and outdoor pools. Guest rooms feature both Canadian and US television networks, satellite service, video-on-demand service with theatre movie options, luxury bedding ensembles, a mini-refrigerator and coffee/tea service. Whirlpool and fireplace suites are also available for added the added comfort and convenience of guests.

Originally posted 2014-01-09 13:41:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Reno’s magic men make Falls debut

John Law

By John Law, Niagara Falls Review

Kevin Jeffrey of the magic duo Kevin & Caruso. They start a seven-day stint at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Jan. 30. PHOTO: Special to Niagara Falls Review

Kevin Jeffrey of the magic duo Kevin & Caruso. They start a seven-day stint at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Jan. 30. PHOTO: Special to Niagara Falls Review

They’ve been performing in Atlantic City for months. They’ll need four days just to set up their show in Niagara Falls. They’ll be two pretty tired magicians when they arrive.

So what will illusionists Kevin & Caruso do on their one day off? See a magic show, of course. The duo – who go by first names only, thank you – plan to see Niagara Falls magician Greg Frewin’s show Saturday before starting a seven-day run at the Niagara Fallsview Casino with their show Magique.

On the line from Atlantic City where the entire show has been packed into a transport truck, Kevin says he won’t be seeing Frewin’s show as a competitor but, for once, as an audience member.

“It’s enjoyable just to watch,” says Kevin, who adds magicians at the headlining level like themselves and Frewin don’t view themselves as competitors but peers in a select club. “It’s just nice to watch the differences in how we do things.”

A mix of magic, comedy and old school spectacle, Kevin & Caruso’s show proudly has no down time. With about 100 costume changes and “razzle, dazzle” filling every second, it’s like a blend of the traditional magic show and modern attention-span-deficit whirlwind.

In their eyes, they’re up against all live shows, not just other magic shows.

“We’re competing with the whole entertainment scene in general,” says Kevin. “People don’t look at shows like this the way they used to.”

Magic and illusion shows used to be an event. Now, with instant access, they’ve lost some of their mystique. The solution, says Kevin, is do a show “that doesn’t stop at all.” With so much eye candy and movement, the audience is tired just keeping up.

“I grew up looking at magic as a production,” he says.

The two friends were performing street magic in Reno more than 20 years ago when they were asked by a hotel owner if they had a show he could book. They didn’t, but said yes anyways. The ensuing show they scrambled to put together ended up playing for three years.

They were soon booked on a cruise line and a seven-year residency in Miami’s South Beach before last year’s stint at Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino. They’ll make their Niagara Falls debut count, bringing the pyrotechnics they couldn’t get a permit for in Atlantic City.

Kevin guesses they’ve traveled 2.5 million miles in 18 years.


  • WHO: Kevin & Caruso
  • WHERE: Niagara Fallsview Casino
  • WHEN: Jan. 30 to Feb. 5
  • TICKETS: Start at $20. www.ticketmaster.ca

Originally posted 2014-01-29 13:07:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

A frozen Niagara Falls light show looks like a magical wonderland

A frozen Niagara Falls light show looks like a magical wonderlandSEXPAND

Niagara Falls is always powerfully beautiful. A frozen Niagara Falls is even more impressive, like pressing pause on nature to hear the silence. A frozen Niagara Falls filled with colors from a light show? Just look. Photographer Michael Muraz showed us these amazing images of Niagara Falls and the frozen colors make it look like a wonderland.

Niagara Falls puts on a light show when dusk falls so you can see the falling water light up in the colors of the rainbow. It’s a lively way to brighten up the night but it looks way cooler when the Falls are frozen.

Michael Muraz explains:

We shot for 1 hour or so before sunset and then we went inside to warm up, waiting for the lights. The show started during blue hour, which was perfect to get balance between the colors and the sky. When it got darker, we started seeing the light rays in the sky, providing a stunning composition on the American falls.

You can see more pictures here.

A frozen Niagara Falls light show looks like a magical wonderlandSEXPAND

A frozen Niagara Falls light show looks like a magical wonderlandSEXPAND

A frozen Niagara Falls light show looks like a magical wonderlandSEXPAND


Originally posted 2014-01-29 12:59:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Spectacular Photos Of A Partially-Frozen Niagara Falls

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The ‘polar vortex’ hitting the U.S. with insanely-low temperatures has also offered the opportunity for someincredible photos — and now we’ve got some from Niagara Falls.

At the falls, where the temperature has been hovering in the low teens, Reuters photographer Aaron Harris took these shots of a partially frozen area of the U.S. side on Wednesday.

While there is some misinformation floating around, it’s worth noting that the falls are not completely frozen over. You can see them flowing as usual on the live webcam.

Still, the photos are worth taking a look at. Enjoy:

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Originally posted 2014-01-09 13:38:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Meet the building experts Feb. 26-28 in Niagara Falls

Tony Ricciuto

By Tony Ricciuto, Niagara Falls Review

Home builders and renovation experts will be in Niagara Falls on Feb. 26 to 28.


Home builders and renovation experts will be in Niagara Falls on Feb. 26 to 28. (TONY RICCIUTO / NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW)

NIAGARA FALLS – Anyone who is in the home building industry and is looking for ways to do things better, faster and cheaper should check in with some of the experts who will taking part in the Builder & Renovator Forum 2014 that is taking place next month in Niagara Falls.

The event is being presented by the Ontario Home Builders Association. It’s being held Feb. 26-28, at the Hilton Hotel and Suites in Niagara Falls.

“It’s a technical conference and it focuses more on the hands-on practical training needed for the industry,” said Kathryn Segal, communications officer for the association.

“We look into things like the Building Code and what changes have taken place and how it affects the industry. We also do specific things for renovators, new custom ideas that are coming out for ways to build and renovate.”

The OHBA is the voice of the residential building industry in Ontario. More than 4,000 member companies are involved in all facets of the new home construction and residential renovation industries.

Segal said the forum is a great place for those in the industry to touch base with the experts. It’s a way to find out more about utilizing the best materials available on the market in order to build affordable housing for the community.

Before taking on any project, Segal recommends doing a little homework to find out more about the builder or renovator you plan to hire for that special job.

“RenoMark is our professional designation for renovators and it’s the best way we can keep tabs on whether or not they are a renovator who is part of the underground economy or not,” said Segal.

RenoMark members do not support the underground economy of renovators who avoid paying taxes and operate “fly-by-night” and “cash only” businesses.

A highlight of the forum will take place on the Thursday night, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the EnerQuality’s Awards of Excellence Gala and dinner.

“Awards of excellence will be given. They will be celebrating green building and energy efficiency in building,” said Segal.

On Friday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in support of “Celebrating 50 Years with 50 Good Deeds,” there will be a charity “Fun on the Ice” event held at the TD Rink At The Brink.

A number of activities are planned and it’s an opportunity to rub shoulders with some former NHL hockey greats such as Marcel Dionne from the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers, Steve Ludzik from the Chicago Blackhawks and Rick Vaive from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“This is a way for our industry to give back to the community,” said Segal. “It’s a fun and interactive way to raise money for charity and it will really benefit a lot of people in the Niagara region.”

Proceeds from the event will be going to the Steve Ludzik’s Centre for Parkinson’s Rehab at the Hotel Dieu Shaver.

Skates, lockers and helmet rentals are available at the rink at an additional cost. Registration fee for the charity event is $20 plus HST.

More information can be found at http://www.builderrenovatorforum.com


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Originally posted 2014-01-29 13:02:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Hotel Deals in Niagara Falls Court Couples With Romantic Meals and Fine Wine

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Courtyard Niagara Falls With Chocolates, Wine Tasting & More

NIAGARA FALLS, ON — (Marketwired) — 01/30/14 — Romance is in the air at Courtyard Niagara Falls, where couples can get the royal treatment this Valentine’s Day with a special Niagara Falls package.
The Ultimate Romance Indulgence Package at this four star hotel in Niagara Falls starts at only $ 119 CDN, so it’s easy to make a big impression without having to spend a lot. Included in this special offer:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Breakfast buffet for two
  • Dinner voucher at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar ($40) or T.G.I. Friday’s ($35)
  • Welcome cocktails for two at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
  • Bottle of white wine with two glasses
  • Box of Lindor Chocolates
  • Wine-tasting voucher for Wine Country Vintners in the historic downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Beer-tasting voucher for Niagara Oast House Brewers

By taking advantage of the package offer at this hotel in Niagara Falls, Canada, guests can also enjoy other romantic specials in the area. Enjoy the area’s finest wines and chocolate-infused dishes during Days of Wine and Chocolate, happening at 26 Niagara wineries. For $44.25 per person, sample treats such as last year’s favorite, candied bacon and chocolate sponge toffee at Peller Estates. On February 14th and 15th, Michael Bolton takes the stage at Fallsview Casino, winning over the audience with his smooth vocals. After the show, hitch a horse-carriage ride, the perfect excuse to cuddle and tour the town under the stars.

Back at the hotel, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar features live entertainment every Friday night, which is the perfect accompaniment to the Winter Grill Menu. Using the package dining voucher, guests can enjoy dishes such as the Three Way Filet (filet medallions served with chimichurri, creamy peppercorn and béarnaise sauces); the Winter Manhattan (Manhattan-cut New York with braised short rib and a medley of field mushrooms) and the Chicken Supreme (mushroom-stuffed chicken breast that’s pan-seared, oven-roasted and finished with a balsamic cream sauce).

The Ultimate Romance Indulgence Package offers more than $122 CDN in savings and can be booked until February 14th for stays through April 20, 2014.

About the Courtyard Niagara Falls

Located just a 5-minute walk from the majestic falls, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls offers a modern, stylish and comfortable stay for vacation, business or romance. Accommodations feature complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV, a desk, coffee/tea service and a minifridge. A two-room suite offers additional space, while a fireplace or whirlpool suite can make a stay extra special. Options for entertainment abound with two pools, a fitness centre and sauna; nearby shopping, and neighboring casinos. When it comes to enjoying a good meal, guests can choose from two hotel restaurants in Niagara Falls including the family-friendly T.G.I Friday’s and the sophisticated Keg Steakhouse & Bar serving wine, fine steaks and seafood. Getting together with friends or colleagues is even easier in the flexible lobby featuring lounge seating, free Wi-Fi, a 24/7 Market with snacks and the latest news and local information on the interactive GoBoard. Business travellers can also host meetings in more than 1,200 square feet of event space.

Originally posted 2014-02-14 22:41:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter