Blog posts by Toni Williams

by Corey Larocque   

"Onguiraaha - Thunder of Waters, " a new outdoor sound and light show opened to rave reviews over the weekend.   "This is going to blow people's minds," said Melissa Kate, a jazz musician from Buffalo, N.Y., who often performs in Niagara. "I learned stu... Read more...

by Corey Larocque   

When love came to town, it took out the trash.   The One Love Order @ The Border music festival brought hundreds of reggae, soul and jazz fans to Niagara Falls for a three-day event, but it also led to the creation of The Grove, a new venue on Niagara P... Read more...

by Corey Larocque   

Reggae musician Fire Lion performs Saturday night in Niagara Falls at the first One Love @ The Border music festival. It's the first event held at The Grove, a new Niagara Parks Commission venue, nestled between the Oak Hall moraine and the Floral Showhou... Read more...

by George Bailey   

February is Black History Month Niagara played a big part in helping slaves that escaped from the Southern United States enjoy freedom. In 1834, slavery came to an end when it was abolished throughout the British Empire, this included Niagara. During th... Read more...

by George Bailey   

It was Sunday, February 4.1912, a bright and clear day, yet windy and bitterly cold that 3 people tragically lost their lives while frolicking on Niagara’s ice bridge below the falls. At that time it was the thing for... Read more...

by George Bailey   

With the weather being still so cold at Niagara I thought I’d blog a bit more about previous winters in Niagara. Up until 1912 ,small temporary shacks were found during very cold winters, like the one we’re having now, on Ice Bridges that had formed belo... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Niagara’s Blizzard of 77 Remembered I’m old enough to remember this devastating winter storm that hit Niagara on January 27th, 1977. I was at home when within a few hours my car was almost completely covered and fluffy snow filled up to my roof line. I... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Niagara Falls Ice Bridge…Just What Exactly is an Ice Bridge? Ice Bridges have been found at Niagara Falls during severely cold winters (like the one we are having now) ever since water over the falls has been flowing. An ice bridge is when the surface wa... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Like now It’s Been VERY Cold in the Past at Niagara Falls With temperatures ranging in the -30 Celsius I thought you might like to know we’ve had cold temperatures like this in the past. Here are a few photos taken from my library. In one image people... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Ice Jams are not New Below the Falls On January 23, 1938 a tremendous amount of ice filled the gorge immediately below the falls. This build up of ice eventually toppled at 4:20 pm on January 27th the Upper Steel Arch Bridge (also known as the... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Snow Plowing1927 Style With all the cold weather and snow we’ve had lately at Niagara Falls I though you might get a kick at how they removed snow near the falls in 1927. Here’s a photo of an early snow plough clearing the roadway at Table Rock. It’s qu... Read more...

by George Bailey   

There’s Still Time to have a Free Skate at the Rink at the Brink I was at near the falls last night and was reminded about the great TD Rink at the Brink at Table Rock. The rink is part of the annual OPG Winter Festival of Lights. Locals can brink their... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

Niagara Falls Home Owner CASTING CALL! for new HGTV Canada series called I Wrecked My House!    Are you or someone you know more like MacGyver than Mike Holmes?   Is this you?  http://bit.ly/IWreckedMyHouse    New HGTV Canada series, I Wrecked My H... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

The Canadian Civic long weekend in August is full of fantastic FREE events all over Niagara!  It’s up to you to pick and choose!   FESTIVALS   Friday August 1st - Monday August 4th Port Colborne Canal Days - a nautical event with grandiose Tall Ships... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

JULY 4TH,5TH,6TH - MUSIC FESTIVAL Join us on July 4, 5 ,6 for Canada’s highly anticipated Hip Hop, Reggae, and R&B Music Festival happening in beautiful Niagara Falls. One Love Order at the Border will be featuring the largest number of international... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

Top  FREE things to do in Niagara on Canada Day. CANADA DAY AT FORT GEORGE 8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM If you’re a history buff then the Day at Fort George is for you.  Start your day with pancakes served up fresh for those early morning risers!  It’s a spectac... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

May 14th was the official ribbon cutting ceremony for Hornblower Niagara Cruises.  You could feel the excitement in the air as the much anticipated moment had finally arrived.  Our Niagara Falls Mayor, Jim Diodati welcomed Terry McRae, Owner of Hornblower... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

Whirlpool Jet Boats Open for Business NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – May 6 – Now that the polar vortex is ancient history, Ontarians and western New Yorkers can come out of hibernation to see another swirling natural phenomenon – the Niagara River whirlpoo... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

HIP-HIP-HOORAY! FOR THEIR RETURN Cheer Evolution: Canadian Cheer & Dance Nationals returns to the Scotiabank Convention Centre, in Niagara Falls, April 11-13, 2014 Thursday, April 3, 2014 (Niagara Falls, ON) --- It has become part of the tell-tale s... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

BE THE ONE who names thier boats!  Be part of the game changing event in #NiagaraFalls for 2014!  Here are the details of Hornblower's Niagara Cruises 'Name Our Boat' contest!    ... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

The big day is tomorrow for the Opening Ceremonies for the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.  Here's a sneak peek of what's being installed.  Here's my 'Coles Notes' version: Opening Ceremonies Sat November 9th When:  2 pm Performance... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

Niagara Symphony Orchestra Performs! at the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights ‘Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ as the Niagara Symphony Orchestra performs live.  The opening festivities fireworks will be synchronized to the live orchestr... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

Putting on my BuskerFest Game Face! Tonight I visited with Nathalie Simard, makeup artist and owner of Kromatic face and body painting out of Quebec City.  As you can see from my pictures below, Nathalie is an extraordinarily talented artist who totally... Read more...