2017 Grand Opening of the Chippawa Lions Park Tennis Courts

Niagara Falls, ON, September 6 – The City of Niagara Falls is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Chippawa Lions Park Tennis Courts on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Join us with a ceremonial group tennis serve at 5:45 pm to open the new tennis facility at Chippawa Lions Park, located at 3970 Welland Street in Chippawa.

Chippawa Lions Park is a 13 acre Community Park in the south end of Niagara Falls that has provided a wide variety of recreational opportunities and special events for many years. Due to high usage volumes and age, the park was in need of improvements. Staff worked with the Chippawa Lions Club (the custodians of the park) to develop an updated master plan for the park.

Phase One (1) completion was recently celebrated on August 3rd with a ribbon cutting ceremony, and now it is time to celebrate the opening of the new tennis courts.

The Grand Opening will include:

· Professional tennis instructors showcasing youth and adult group lessons. · Pro/Am tennis doubles match including Mayor Diodati and Councillor Pietrangelo. · A team tennis tournament with all in attendance invited to take part. · Wilson racquet demonstrations. · Racquets and balls will be available on-site. · Food and drinks available. · Prize give-a-ways.

The next phases of the master plan will include resurfacing the exercise pathway, renovations to the senior ball diamond, a new picnic shelter, parking improvements and tree planting.

For more information, contact:
Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator City of Niagara Falls
Phone: 905-356-7521 ext. 3341 Email: jguarasci@niagarafalls.ca

Celebrate the Canada Day Weekend with Niagara Parks

·         Indie rock band Hollerado to headline free Canada Day weekend concerts in Niagara Parks
·         Launch of new Niagara Parks experience: Night Lights: Journey Behind the Falls After Dark
·         Free admission to Old Fort Erie and Laura Secord Homestead on July 1
·         Fireworks over Niagara Falls at 10:00 PM on July 1 and July 2
·         New partnership between Niagara Parks and GO Transit makes travelling round-trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls even easier
Niagara Falls, ON – Niagara Parks is set to mark Canada’s 150th birthday with a full lineup of events over the July 1stweekend. Celebrate this momentous occasion at one of the country’s most iconic destinations with two days of entertainment featuring a free performance by Hollerado on Saturday, July 1; the launch of a brand-new Niagara Parks experience: Night Lights: Journey Behind the Falls After Dark; complimentary admission to Old Fort Erie and Laura Secord Homestead on Saturday, July 1; and bonus extended Falls Fireworks displays on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2.
Live in Niagara Parks
This year’s Coca Cola Concert Series kicks off on Canada Day weekend with free performances from local talent, as well as Canadian indie rock band Hollerado. Visitors can enjoy performances on the Illumination Stage in Queen Victoria Park on July 1 and July 2 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Hollerado will headline Saturday night’s Canada Day celebration, taking the stage at 8:00 p.m. Both evenings will culminate with a fireworks show over Niagara Falls at 10:00 p.m. All fireworks displays are subject to weather conditions.
Niagara Parks will also be serving up a specially prepared Canada 150 barbeque menu on the front lawn of Queen Victoria Place on July 1 and 2 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The menu will highlight seasonal dishes and local providers from the Niagara Region. A variety of Niagara VQA wines, local ciders and craft beers will also be available in a licensed area near the Illumination Stage.
Night Lights: Journey Behind the Falls After Dark
Beginning on July 1 and continuing Monday to Friday, through to September 1, Night Lights: Journey Behind the Falls After Dark will allow visitors to explore the network of tunnels behind the Falls to view the illuminated cataract up close and enjoy the Falls Fireworks from an entirely new perspective – the base of the Horseshoe Falls. Guests will now be able to experience this beloved 128-year-old attraction and designated Canadian Signature Experience, after hours during the nightly Falls Illumination and Fireworks displays.
Admission can be booked as part of the Adventure Pass or purchased individually for $17.30, plus tax for an adult (13+ years) and $11.25, plus tax for children ages 6 to 12 years old. Children 5 years of age and under are free. Tickets are subject to availability.
Free Admission to Old Fort Erie and Laura Secord Homestead on Canada Day
On Canada Day, Niagara Parks Heritage will be offering free admission to Old Fort Erie and Laura Secord Homestead. Guests can learn more about the cultural heritage stories that have shaped Niagara Parks and discover how each site relates to the broader Canadian narrative that is being celebrated throughout 2017. Guided tours of Old Fort Erie and Laura Secord Homestead will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 1. Old Fort Erie will re-open later that evening to offer community activities from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in front of the Old Fort Erie Welcome Centre.
Travel Round-Trip and Save with GO Transit

Getting to Niagara Falls from Toronto just got a whole lot easier thanks in part to a new partnership between Niagara Parks and GO Transit, which launched on Friday, June 23. One round-trip ticket on the GO Niagara Seasonal Train includes GO Train service to and from Niagara, with stops at Union, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville, Burlington and St. Catharines stations, as well as a two-day access pass to WEGO, the hop-on, hop-off tourism bus system that travels throughout Niagara Parks, the City of Niagara Falls and to the Town of Niagara-on-the Lake. GO Trains running on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays during the summer months will feature three bike cars with room for 18 bikes on each. Guests also have the option to add on a Niagara Falls Adventure Pass and save 40% on attraction admissions. Learn more at www.niagaraparks.com/go

Canada Day Road Closures
On Saturday, July 1, the Niagara Parkway will be closed from approximately 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. between Clifton Hill and Fraser Hill, which includes a closure of Murray Street at Warren Ave. Visitors are encouraged to park at Rapidsview Parking Lot and take advantage of the WEGO bus service, which will be operating on its regular route schedule. Please note that the Niagara Parkway could close earlier by police order to ensure the safety of guests. 
About Niagara Parks
Niagara Parks is a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport that was established in 1885 to protect the natural and cultural heritage of the Niagara River Corridor. Operating costs for the organization are funded through visitation to the natural attractions, locally sourced restaurants, golf courses, shops and other facilities along the 56-kilometre Niagara Parkway that comprises Niagara Parks.
For more information, please visit www.niagaraparks.com/150, or contact:
Tony Baldinelli, Senior Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
(905) 356-2241 ext. 2206

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

Canada 150 art sculpture coming to Table Rock

Table Rock in Niagara Falls will be one of 19 national sites for a Canada 150 public art installation this year.

Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson says work begins Monday to install a large, 3D illuminated sculpture spelling out ‘Canada150′ at Table Rock Centre.

The project was created by the Tourism Industry Art Association of Canada (TIAC). Other cities hosting the art sculptures include Toronto, Ottawa, St. John’s and Vancouver. All will be launched before Canada Day.

“Niagara Parks is proud to be one of the three Ontario sites selected by TIAC,” said Thomson, who added the sign will resonate with the Parks’ own Canada 150 theme of ‘Begin Here.’

The sculptures will use an aluminum frame and translucent polycarbonate, with a steel and plywood base. The finished piece will be about 6 feet high and 36 feet long, clad in 1,300 feet of LED lights. It will weigh about 10,000 pounds.

The signs were inspired by the Toronto sculpture at Nathan Phillips Square, created for the 2015 Pan Am Games.

According to the TIAC, the goal is to encourage Canadians and tourists to share photos of the sculptures using the hashtag #3DCanada150.

“Horticultural staff will be landscaping around the base to present a beautiful photo opp that celebrates the country’s 150th celebrations and showcases the natural setting of the Horseshoe Falls,” says Thomson.

All signs will be on display until at least the end of 2017.


Be a part of history in Niagara’s Canada Day 150 celebration!

We’re going BIG and want you to join us by recording yourself singing our Canadian National Anthem. You can see yourself projected onto the Oakes Hotel along with fellow Canadians as we put on a special evening presentation in honour of Canada’s 150th.

Here’s what to do:
– choose to sing either version, English, French or both
– before you sing! listen to the versions at the below links so we can all sing at the same pace



– make sure you use vertical orientation (that’s the “tall” way)
– email your video or send a link to info@jdlou.com
– get your entry in before our deadline: June 15th
Let’s come together Niagara and make this Canada Day unforgettable!

*Submitting a video grants permission for the Canada 150 Council to use your likeness in any Canada 150 related media.

Submit videos to:

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

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.