They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so why both typing here when I've got a novel for you to flip through! Check out this slideshow of some of the pics from Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls, Canada; ringing in 2011 with Great Big Sea, Barenaked Ladies, and a few others:
Cheers to having some of the greatest bands on Earth playing right here in our own backyards!
For Erie receives some unlikely guests from Toronto; any fans of the show Corner Gas will recognize the face of "Dan Phillips", played by Canadian actor Fred Ewanuick, in his new role on CBC's Dan for mayor. Hailing from Port Moody, B.C., Fred commented on the Niagara weather saying “It’s not so bad,” the temperature was -1 with wind-chill making it feel like -7, “No, that’s a lie. We don’t get this weather on the west coast.”
The cast and crew spent the weekend at the old fort filming different scenes from different angles and noting: “We looked at Fort York (Toronto) and Fort George (Niagara-on-the-Lake) and here,” The producer Sue Murdoch said. “We were looking for something that was small so we wouldn’t have to do a lot of running back and forth. Fort Erie was a little further to come but it’s perfect.”
This is the first time that we are aware of that Fort Erie Ontario receives CBC, or any national broadcaster. It's very nice to see that Niagara's scenery, cultural artifacts and our picturesque historical landmarks are drawing attention from far and wide. As industry in the region plummets we are very grateful for tourism and we thank the CBC for noticing us. The fort will be renamed "Fort Wessex" for the sake of the show's plot, but we'll all know that it's Old Fort Erie on our sets.
Looking for a last-minute thing to do tonight? Why not check out the candle-light stroll in beautiful Downtown Niagara Falls, on Queen Street. There will be a Chistmas Choir, festive stories, and other entertainment lined up for a lovely evening on the town.
Plenty of pubs and restaurants to meet any social needs, or just check out the Comic Book Store open until 9pm tonight ( Pulp Comics 4413 Queen St.) because I know it's the geeks who are really reading this blog... :)
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Cheers to a season of entertainment and joy!
So if you haven't seen it by now, your family probably doesn't love you. (I'm just saying everyone has that one relative on facebook that always spreads the cheezy vids around and... augh n/m) Welland has been put on the map recently with, of all things, the Seaway Mall on national broadcast. Yup, you read that right. "Seaway" "Mall" "National" "Television" ("Purple Monkey Dishwasher")
It's not every day we get to see Welland on TV, even on local news stations this town hardly makes a wave. It's not to say that it's a boring place, it's just that most of us go elsewhere to make news... So you could imagine how surprised many of us were to see Jeff Hutcheson, from Canada AM, interviewing people in the food-court Wednesday. What brings Mr. Morningshow to the halls of a mall known for...ummm...well they have this one store that sells...wait they moved that one...isn't there a Sam's record...no, no that's gone... Ohh! They have an Arby's! I love Arby's. What were we talking about?
Pieter van Hiel/Staff Photo: Niagara This Week
Oh right! Jeff Hutcheson interviewing Stephanie Tritchew, a soloist in Niagara's chorus group, Chorus Niagara (bet that took a few meeting to nail down!) The singer was in shock and awe, broadcast to the nation talking about the recent "flash mob" style caroling that stunned the unsuspecting patrons of this shopping centers eatery some time ago.
The event was staged by Jennifer Blakeley of Alphabet Photography who said. "“I’m a big fan of flash mobs. This year for Christmas, we wanted something special for our customers. Our photography ships all over the world,” completely unprovoked (but who doesn't love a good self-plug). The stunt took 8 weeks of planing and setting up and took to the internet in a viral way. It wasn't Jennifer added “After it was produced, we mailed it out. I have about 20,000 people on our newsletter list and about 17,000 Facebook fans. We mailed it out to them the night it went online, and that’s how it really started. Right there, that’s 30,000 or 40,000 people,”
What better way to reflect on life's moments of awesome than to be on the edge of your seat in shock and awe? Sometimes it's in our lack of understanding that we have moments of contemplation and realization that help us truly understand the awesome structure of our own world... but then again, for whatever it's worth, some of us just love a magic show!
I'm very proud to present yet another amazing talent from the inexplicably random region called Niagara! Shaun Ferguson is a local performing artist that dazzles fans both on stage and right at your table. No smoke and mirrors behind this guy, it's legit.