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Old April 28th, 2006, 01:34 AM   #21
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great news for Niagara Falls, i hope it becomes the year round escape for Torontonians like Macau has become for Hong Kongers
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Old April 28th, 2006, 04:06 AM   #22
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Since Live hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa made the announcement back in March that they will be broadcasting live from The Niagara Parks Commission's Oakes Garden Theatre for two shows on Monday, May 22, the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort website - www.fallsviewcasinoresort.com - has been inundated with requests for tickets.

"We know that these are the hottest tickets in town and that there are far more people who want them than there are tickets available," said Steve Wolstenholme, General Manager, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. "We've seen some of the biggest stars in the entertainment industry play our Avalon Ballroom, but we've never seen the kind of rabid devotion from fans that we're seeing for Regis and Kelly. Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and its partners are hoping to reward that devotion and satisfy some of the incredible demand with this draw.

----and yes the skywheel will be lit up.
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Old April 28th, 2006, 08:02 AM   #23
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Did anyone here that Regis is coming to Niagara? (I hope it's not true.)
Not only is the Regis and Kelly Show happening at the Oakes Garden theatre, Regis will be singing/performing at the Fallsview Casino Resort's Avalon Ballroom the night before, unfortunately you won't be able to see him since he's sold out

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Old April 28th, 2006, 08:06 AM   #24
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Kelly Ripa's a babe.
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Old April 28th, 2006, 09:29 AM   #25
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Sold out? Oh, God, there goes my reason for living. Seriously, though--it sold out?
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Old April 28th, 2006, 09:52 AM   #26
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the wheel is not as big as i thought it would be. will be neat to see what it looks like when the cars are on it.
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Old April 28th, 2006, 03:15 PM   #27
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the wheel is not as big as i thought it would be. will be neat to see what it looks like when the cars are on it.

No it's not even close to the size of the one in London, Eng. Any bigger might look rediculous, I'm surprised how big it is, and how good it looks, I couldn't imagine how big the London Eye would look.
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Old May 4th, 2006, 03:57 AM   #28
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they're voting on whether to revitalize downtown on may 8. here's an article about it. quite frankly, i don't see how anyone can be opposed to revitalization. the city gets possibly millions of tourists a year, and so adding another section of the city for tourists to visit seems like a good idea (at least on paper). and i don't think the government should have to pay for much; if revitalization proves to be profitable, private investors would do what they need to do to take advantage of the opportunity.

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NIAGARA FALLS A week before a key council vote on revitalizing downtown, the downtown’s board of management is pushing hard to convince politicians to back the “blossoming relationship” with the Historic Niagara investment group.

“The time is right. The numerous factors seem to be falling into place,” said Cal Beresh, the chairman of the Downtown Business Improvement Area board.

The board last week started a newspaper and radio ad campaign urging residents to contact aldermen and tell them to support downtown revitalization on a May 8 vote.

A rally is also being planned for Monday at city hall, Beresh said.

Resident feedback has been coming in e-mails instead of phone calls, said Ald. Wayne Campbell. They have been 80 per cent in favour of working with the investment group.

“There are some serious concerns about where the money is coming from,” Campbell said. “The question is not should we do it?’ It’s how we do it.


But Ald. Carolynn Ioannoni said the downtown board is “wasting its money” because only one person e-mailed her about downtown since the ads began, though a revitalization proposal remains a topic of conversation.

“No matter where I go people are saying the same thing: Not with my money,’” Ioannoni said.

On Monday, council is scheduled to vote on the Strategic Implementation Plan, the $120,000 study done last year. The cost of that study was split between the city and the downtown board. While it was presented to the city in December, its principles for encouraging more activity have not been formally approved, city clerk Dean Iorfida said.

Many of its recommendations overlap with the retail revitalization project the Historic Niagara group has proposed.

It was the Strategic Implementation Plan and the earlier 2004 Community Improvement Plan that attracted the attention of New York City businessman Aaron Lichtman and his investment partners in Historic Niagara.

For Monday’s meeting, half a dozen speakers are on the agenda, including Lichtman, whose group says it will spend $100-million refurbishing downtown properties it owns and will attract a variety of retail stores.

They want to redevelop 500,000 square feet of retail property.

Historic Niagara said a parking garage, parks, and more attractive gateways to Queen Street are essential if its retail project is to work.

Those improvements would have to be made at public expense and have been estimated to cost $35 million.

At a meeting last week, council formally indicated a willingness to work with Historic Niagara or any developer to revitalize downtown. But the city didn’t commit any money to the public-area improvements Historic Niagara had been seeking.

As head of the downtown board, Beresh said the city should make that financial commitment now because a vibrant retail area will create jobs and make downtown a source of pride for residents. Increased property values downtown would help the city recover money spent on parking, parks and road improvements, Beresh said.

“What we have here is a group who have really shown their willingness and commitment to the city of Niagara Falls by acquiring numerous properties toward their project,” Beresh said.

Members of the downtown board have been “supportive” of Historic Niagara because it’s the best chance in a while to see new life breathed into the area.

“The developer is the real deal as opposed to someone who just has ideas that they espouse without backing it up,” Beresh said.

The current board is in the final year of a three-year term. By increasing their budget to $180,000 this year from $60,000 three years ago, downtown board members are showing they’re also committed to improving the area.
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Old May 5th, 2006, 12:39 AM   #31
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oaronuviss, we can't see those pics for some reason.

matt - the only people really opposed to this project are those who think their taxes are going to shoot through the roof and those with businesses who will be forced to give up their land. I'm 100% for this project - downtown is gross right now and really needs this. The people who don't want to give up their businesses are only contributing to the deterioration of downtown. I hope council finds a way to come up with the $35 million.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 04:29 AM   #33
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I hate niagra falls; it's the world's largest, low quality, tourist-trap.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 05:00 AM   #34
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The city has a population of 70,000 - 80,000, and if I remember correctly, it contributes $4 billion to the national treasury, annualy.
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I hate niagra falls; it's the world's largest, low quality, tourist-trap.

You should visit Blackpool!
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Old May 8th, 2006, 03:43 PM   #36
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I hate niagra falls; it's the world's largest, low quality, tourist-trap.
where is niagra falls? is that near niagara falls?
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I hate niagra falls; it's the world's largest, low quality, tourist-trap.
in niagara falls you need to look for the deals and the quality products. It's very easy to get ripped-off, but there are smarter ways to enjoy niagara falls.
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Old May 14th, 2006, 11:46 PM   #38
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an article from earlier in the week.

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Council seeks assurances from Historic Niagara on revitalization plans


NIAGARA FALLS The next move in a creating a new retail district downtown is up to the Historic Niagara group, says city council, whose members are looking for assurances the investors can make good on their promises.

At the end of a five-hour discussion Monday about how to proceed with Historic Niagara’s proposal to create a retail district on Queen Street, council said it wants principal owner Aaron Lichtman to provide more information about his partners investors and their ability to deliver on their plan.

“The ball is in Mr. Lichtman’s court and I’m sure he’ll produce,” Ald. Selina Volpatti said Tuesday.

Lichtman heads a group that says it can invest $100 million and attract a variety of retail stores downtown if the city spends $35 million on new parks, a parking garage and improved gateways to Queen Street.

During the first part of Monday’s meeting, council agreed to adopt policies in its Strategic Implementation Plan, a study that had been called a “road map” to revitalizing the Queen Street area. It describes what changes need to take place to attract residential and commercial development.


They also agreed the money the city makes on the sale of public land at the northwest corner of McLeod and Montrose Road estimated at $7 million will be set aside to be used later in the downtown.

But late Monday night, council members moved into a private session to discuss the possibility of selling city-owned land downtown to Lichtman. In public, they announced they would initiate the process to sell lands if Historic Niagara met certain conditions, including:

~ providing a letter of credit the city could draw on if the investors don’t complete their project the amount would be determined later;

~ providing names of the other Historic Niagara investors;

~ listing the investors other developments;

~ assuring the city of the group’s financial ability;

~ a written commitment from Historic Niagara to its first project the conversion of the old Rosbergs department store into an anchor retail store.

Mayor Ted Salci said the conditions were put in place to signal to Historic Niagara the city wants to work with them, but won’t get on board unless there are safeguards to protect taxpayers’ interests.

“We’ve shown a proponent what our intentions are as a city I want to do this so it’s not on the backs of the taxpayers,” Salci said.

Lichtman said Tuesday he had “mixed signals” about what council had discussed behind closed doors Monday.

“I am not aware, nor have I been told, what is specifically being asked of us,” he said.

Lichtman said the group would have concerns with a letter of credit or anything that might add to their costs.

“Obviously, a private developer cannot add cost or tie up funds without some business reason,” he said.

For several weeks, Lichtman has urged the city to make a financial commitment to the public-area improvements recommended in the Strategic Implementation Plan.

He also wants the city to sell Historic Niagara a half-dozen city-owned properties downtown and put that revenue toward public area improvements.

If the city did that and used the revenue from the sale of the Montrose Road property for downtown, it would show the city’s financial commitment to doing what its own studies have recommended, Lichtman said.

“We would have the confidence that we would need to proceed with the project,” Lichtman said.

A letter of credit from Historic Niagara would let the city draw on that money if the group failed to live up to its commitments. Asking for letters of credit is a common practice when the city works with other developers, CAO John MacDonald said.

While the city is “keen” to move ahead with Historic Niagara, council’s action is part of a due diligence process to protect the city, he said.

Ald. Carolynn Ioannoni said Monday’s direction doesn’t tie the city to Historic Niagara or any other developer. If Historic Niagara doesn’t meet the conditions set out Monday, it may cause council to reconsider whether to proceed with them.

“We should be finding out can he do this deal before we do anything else,” said Ald. Carolynn Ioannoni. “If he doesn’t comply to all of these, we’re going to be taking a sober second look at the motions that passed (Monday) night.”
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another article worth posting.

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Cirque Niagara rides into town
Avaia combines equestrian glamour with high-flying performance


NIAGARA FALLS Whether he’s Jean Valjean in Les Miserables or Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha or even the guy singing the anthem before Maple Leafs games Michael Burgess knows how to get hearts soaring.

His life these days is a circus. A big, $10-million Russian circus.

The Canadian stage legend laughs when recalling how he (and his wallet) got involved with Cirque Niagara, the high-flying gala opening at Rapidsview Park May 20.

“It’s just one of the most normal things you’re talking to friends, the subject comes up, the talks become a little deeper and lo and behold you’re involved,” he said.

“You know, Niagara is ripe for (this) kind of thing. I think it’s going to be a great addition to the landscape of Niagara Falls.”

And make no mistake, the landscape has changed. What was once a barren park has been bustling these past few months as workers put up a huge $1.3-million tent with seating for 1,500 people. There’s also a separate tent serving as a lobby and a custom-made stable for 19 show horses.

It all looks impressive, but like a trapeze artist working without a net, it’s also a big gamble. With the surging Canadian dollar and confusion over American passports already throwing a scare into the summer tourism season, can there be big business under the big top? Burgess certainly knows crowd-pleasers.
And he’s convinced Cirque Niagara fits the bill.

“Nobody’s 100 per cent sure. All I know is the right ingredients are there. If anybody could ever be 100 per cent sure, we’d all be rich.

“But that’s the excitement of it all. You take that chance. When it’s a live situation, a million things can go wrong, but their level of athleticism is so high, it’s brilliant to watch.”

Dubbed Avaia, the show is hyped as a “mystical journey into the abyss of time where ancient mysteries of the past engage with the innovations of the future.” Created by the Kantemirov family of Russia, it combines equestrian glamour with high-flying performance.

With its new age music, moody lighting and storytelling finesse, it also brings to mind another Cirque. In fact, co-creator Oleg Kantemirov performed in several Cirque de Soleil productions and brings the same flair for the dramatic to Cirque Niagara.

Burgess, for one, isn’t concerned about comparisons.

“When the circus is played at that very top level, it’s tremendously exciting,” he said. “I think any comparison to Cirque du Soleil is a compliment.”

For their part, Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil isn’t worried about the similarities. Though the company aggressively protects its copyright, it does not claim ownership to the tag cirque - the French word for circus.

“It happens that people do call themselves cirque something,” said company publicist Chantal Cote. “It’s obvious we have influenced other entertainment companies.”

Cirque Niagara president and CEO Peter Mercanti believes the two shows stand apart - for one thing, Cirque du Soleil does not use animals.

“We have a lot to be grateful for to the Cirque du Soleil people,” he says. “But by the same token, this product - these people that are here - is where Cirque drew a lot of talent from when they first started.”

Mercanti says the “horse component” is the biggest difference. Nineteen horses from Russia and Europe arrived on April 25 after a 14-hour flight on a Russian military plane. Many of the breeds have never been seen in Canada before, including a three-year-old Akhalteke named Mametkul - a stunning albino stallion with pinkish-blue eyes.

The Kantemirov family knows its horses, creating live circus shows in Russia since 1871.

That kind of authenticity is why people will drive hours to see this show, says Mercanti.

“This particular family wants to show North America what it can do and what it’s all about.”

He insists it’s also a long-term commitment not only will the show stay in the Falls, it’s actively pursuing a permanent home. The tent is just for starters.

“Our arrangement with Niagara Parks is certainly not for one season,” he says. “To spend all this money for one year? No.

“We love the location, but we want to be down to where the falls fall.”

In addition to being an investor, Burgess has hopped aboard as the company’s spokesman (most of the Kantemirov family struggles with English). If anything, he hopes his attachment to quality theatre reassures fans this isn’t a tacky circus with monkeys on bicycles.

It’s the kind of performance art Jean Valjean would approve of.

“Because cirque has come into our idiom now, I think people automatically think of a much higher level (of quality),” he said. “I’m not really worried about that. These aren’t carny days.

“Cirque du Soleil certainly was a unique discovery, but there’s room for a whole lot more. I have every confidence that Cirque Niagara will also find its place.”

Cirque Niagara’s Avaia runs May 20 to Oct. 8 at Rapidsview Park. Shows are at 5 and 8 p.m. daily.Tickets are $35 to $75. Phone 1-877-247-7831.
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I'm going to see Cirque Niagara on Tuesday May 23 (for free of course). Cirque Niagara gave away tickets to hospitality workers in Niagara hoping we'd spread the word to our customers.
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