City of Niagara Falls Canada 150 Celebrations – June 30 to July 2, 2017

Niagara Falls, ON, May 5, 2017 – Bring your national pride this year, as we celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday from Friday, June 30 to Sunday July 2.  Enjoy free Canadian-inspired activities and entertainment all weekend long in our beautiful City!  Residents and visitors can join a range of festive activities across the City, including:

Friday, June 30 at City Hall- Live Entertainment & Vendors

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    • Niagara Students Rock Concert and Wendy Leard School of Dance;
      • Hosted by Niagara Institute of Music and Art (NIOMA) with support from NRPS, Cruising on the Q, & Wendy Leard School of Dance
      • Listen to great tunes from the winners of the 2017 Niagara Students Rock Concert and enjoy some hip hop dance and surprise guest musicians.

Saturday, July 1 – Oakes Park, Victoria Avenue & all along Queen Street:

8:00 am

    • 1K & 5K Run or Walk for St. John Ambulance at Oakes Park
      • Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
      • Prizes, Fruit & Medals for Age Category Winners.  Entry forms available at St. John Ambulance, 5734 Glenholme Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON www.eventsonline.ca

9:00 am – 10:00 am

    • Citizenship Ceremony in the Niagara Falls Public Library, 4848 Victoria Ave.

10:00 am – 11:00 am

    • Niagara Falls Concert Band Performance out front of the Niagara Falls Public Library

11:00 am Start Time:

    • Canada Day Parade begins
      • Parade will be along Victoria to Valley Way & Queen, ending at Queen & St. Clair

12:30 pm

    • Opening Ceremonies at Niagara Falls City Hall on Queen St
      • Join us for the Canadian National Anthem, with a huge choir led by Choir Nation, Oh Canada Eh!, “Be Our Guest” Beauty & the Beast Musical Revue, Camp Rock, The Rita Carrey Band, No Sugar Tonight and more!  Plus enter the free raffle for some great prizes and enjoy some delicious free Birthday Cake from Portage Bakery (while supplies last!) starting at noon!

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    • Scotiabank Children’s Zone & Scotiabank Children’s Stage
      • Located at the Rosberg Family Park (Queen & Ontario)
      • Free Inflatables, Rock Climbing, NEW Sand Castle Sculptures, Mini-Putt, Face Painting, Reptile Kingdom, and Electronic Animal Rides!
      • Get ready to boogie to our line-up for young and the young-at-heart. Enjoy face painting, displays, an interactive Peter Pan Show, Belle, Princess Elsa, and for those young scientists, Mad Science Fun Stations!

Canada Day Art Show along Queen

  • Celebrating Canadian artists. Don’t miss this amazing art area.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    • Car Show  Sponsored by Brock Ford Sales and hosted  by Cruising on the Q
      • Fabulous cars will be lined up along Queen between Victoria and Crysler Avenue. No entry fee this year with 2 awards to be presented!

Live Entertainment: Residents can enjoy live entertainment immediately following the opening ceremonies on the Main Stage at City Hall until 8:30 pm.

Go Green! A green initiative includes a complimentary bike valet in the Scotiabank Children’s Zone at Rosberg Family Park hosted by the Park in the City Committee from 12 noon to 4 pm. Residents are reminded to bring their own refillable water containers to the event. The Niagara Region Water Truck will be located at Queen & Erie.

Other Highlights: Other highlights include EXTREME Music, Dance & Sports performances, showcasing a BMX stunt team, Mountain Bike Stunt Team, Skateboarding demos, Hoola Hoop fun zone & more. Big Brothers and Big sisters will also be hosting their Pepper Palace WingFest at Taps on Queen.  Visit www.niagarafallsmentors.org for information.

Sunday, July 2 at City Hall

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Live entertainment provided by LiveStock Niagara

Temporary Traffic Disruptions: Residents are reminded that celebrations around the City will cause temporary traffic disruptions, during the weekend:

  • Friday, June 30 at 12 noon to Sunday at 7:00 pm
    • Queen Street closed from Ontario to Erie only
  • Saturday, July 1:
  • Victoria Ave.(from Jepson to Queen) closed 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm
  • All of Queen Street closed 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 pm
  • Queen from Ontario to Erie will remain closed until 10:00 pm for free entertainment at City Hall

A special thank you to all of the volunteers, community groups and sponsors who make the celebrations possible! The City of Niagara Falls is proud to celebrate our country’s 150th birthday!  For more information about road closures and for a detailed event listing for Canada Day in Niagara Falls, please visit www.niagarafalls.ca/canadaday

For more information, contact:

Lori Albanese, City of Niagara Falls
Phone: 905-356-7521 ext. 3330
Email: lalbanese@niagarafalls.ca

Matthew Good to Perform FREE Show as part of Canada 150 Signature Event in August

Niagara Falls, ON, May 15, 2017 – Niagara Falls knows how to throw a party, and our Canada 150 Signature event will be a highlight of 150 Fun Fest in the Falls. On Saturday August 26th, a day- long celebration of everything Canadian will take place at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

During the day, there will be plenty of free family friendly fun, including a children’s area, Mini Comic Con, an art showcase, and food trucks featuring quintessential Canadian foods.

We are excited to announce that Juno award winning Matthew Good with special guests The Blue Stones will headline an evening of great Canadian entertainment for a 19+ licensed event.  There is limited capacity – so circle your calendar and plan to arrive early! Doors will open at 7pm.

Mayor Jim Diodati encourages the community to come celebrate Canada’s 150th year. “It’s all about having fun and celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday as a community.  I invite you and your family and friends to come out and enjoy an incredible event, lots of music, food, free fun and games, and to wish Canada a happy birthday in true Niagara Falls style!”

More information about the Canada 150 Signature event will be released leading up to the event date. Visit www.150inthefalls.com for updates and to view our full Canada 150 events calendar.

Media Contact:
Chris Dabrowski,
Chair, Canada 150 Committee
Email: chris@150inthefalls.com

Win Tickets to ‘LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN’ at Let’s Talk Niagara Falls

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest will be in Niagara Falls for two episodes of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” airing Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

For the two special editions of “Live,” the show will originate from the beautiful Oakes Garden Theatre, which features panoramic views of the American and Horseshoe Falls. The June broadcasts mark “Live’s” return to the venue, which was the location for visits in 1996 and 2006.

Mayor Jim Diodati welcomes “Live” as part of our Canada 150 Celebrations in Niagara Falls. “Our partners in tourism all came together to make this happen. It has been a true team effort.” Local sponsors include Destination Canada, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership, Fallsview BIA, Niagara RTO, Fallsview Casino, Niagara Parks Commission, Hornblower Cruises, Victoria Centre BIA, HOCO Ltd., Canadian Niagara Hotels, and Lundy’ Lane BIA.

Commencing today, Wednesday May 10, 2017, local residents can win pairs of tickets to attend one of the “Live” broadcasts by registering and entering their names on the City of Niagara Falls new engagement site “Let’s Talk Niagara Falls”. Visit letstalk.niagarafalls.ca/live for your chance to win one of 500 pairs of tickets! The contest closes on Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

About “Live with Kelly and Ryan”

“Live with Kelly and Ryan” is distributed in national syndication by Disney | ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution. The show is produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive produced by Michael Gelman, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. Visit “Live” on Facebook and Instagram (@LiveKellyandRyan), Twitter (@LiveKellyRyan) and Snapchat (LiveKellyRyan).

For more information, contact:

Serge Felicetti
Director of Business Development
City of Niagara Falls
sfelicetti@niagarafalls.ca

Official Launch of Canada 150 Celebrations in Niagara Falls

This year will be a milestone for Canada and Niagara Falls as we mark 150 years since confederation. The City of Niagara Falls and the Canada 150 Committee joined together today to officially launch celebrations in honour of the year-long sesquicentennial festivities in the City.

The event, held in Rosberg Park, began with an official flag raising with Canadian legend, Leafs goaltender Johnny Bower and Mayor Jim Diodati hoisting the Canada 150 flag. The Niagara Falls Canada 150 logo was revealed, in addition to the official launch of the website, www.150inthefalls.com.

Mayor Diodati announced that profiles of citizens living and working in Niagara Falls and their love of Canada will be highlighted on the official website throughout the year through a series called “Our People of 150”. “We want to celebrate this milestone not only by bringing people together at community events throughout the year, but by shining a light on the interesting and moving stories of the people of Niagara Falls and what makes them uniquely Canadian,” he said. The first person highlighted is student, and Mayors Youth Advisory member, Egan Henderson.

Niagara Falls residents, along with all Canadians, will have an opportunity to mark the 150th anniversary of our Country through a variety of events and celebrations planned in Niagara Falls throughout the year. Mayor Diodati elaborated on a list of the first 30 of 150 activities and events taking place in Niagara Falls to celebrate the sesquicentennial. The City of Niagara Falls, in partnership with the Downtown BIA, will be hosting a very special 3 day Canada 150 Celebration in Niagara Falls from June 30 through to July 2 in 2017.

To celebrate the first of the 150 events, Anthony Annunziata, organizer of the Ice Wine Festival in Niagara Falls, greeted the Mayor with an ice wine cheer. The Ice Wine Festival in Niagara Falls starts at 7pm tonight at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, and will run till Sunday January 29th. Visit www.150inthefalls.com to view a listing of the first 30 events.

To round out our first day of celebrations, at 5:00pm the Toronto and Canadian Niagara Power Plants will be illuminated in patriotic red and white, sponsored by NPC & WFOL, and the Oakes Hotel will be the focus of a dramatic Canada 150 Illumination. Then, at 9pm, a spectacular fireworks show will be ignited over the Falls in celebration of Canada 150, featuring double the fireworks followed by a stunning brocade of gold for a magnificent finale not to be missed. The Canada 150 Committee, comprised of event professionals, City of Niagara Falls, Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL), Niagara Peninsula Energy (NPEI) and Niagara Falls Tourism staff, BIA representatives and volunteers under the leadership of Chair Chris Dabrowski are planning the Niagara Falls Canada 150 celebrations.