5 Reasons to Attend the Welland Rose Festival

CPblog3The town of Welland has much to offer the vacationer to the Niagara region. Separated by two bodies of water — the Welland River and the manmade Welland Canal — the town has long been a thoroughfare of shipping and trade, especially because the Welland Canal forms a link between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. It’s a smaller city — just 50,000 year-round residents — but it’s filled with quaint shops, lovely parks, and fascinating history.

Known as The Rose City, one of Welland’s most delightful claims to fame is its annual Rose Festival, where the town and its inhabitants celebrate themselves and their heritage. Located in Memorial Park, this year’s festival runs from June 11th through June 26th, and it offers something for just about everyone. Here are five reasons to wander over to Welland during the Rose Festival if you’re planning on coming to Niagara this June.

The Roses

While it’s true that the festival offers so many fun activities it would be worth attending even if there weren’t massive amounts of roses in intoxicating bloom, the first reason to attend the Welland Rose Festival is the roses that will be at the height of their color and aroma throughout Memorial Park. Offering up a perfect opportunity to stop and smell them, if you love flowers of any kind, the roses of Welland are certainly worth a visit.

Street Dance

The kickoff to the festival happens on June 11th, where from 6pm until 11pm that night, three bands play so attendees can dance the night away. A family-friendly event held each year in Market Square, the street dance is free to all, and provides a fun opportunity to enjoy what’s almost always a perfect Saturday night outdoors.

The Coronation Ball

Held Friday, June 17th, the Coronation Ball has evolved from a traditional beauty pageant into a young women’s youth advocacy program for Welland women between the ages of 15 and 21. The duties of the young women who win include civic responsibilities, community service, fundraising for the program, and event planning. Attending the event is a great chance to get a glimpse into the lives and thoughts of some of the area’s finest young women.

CPblog4The Baby Show

One of the most popular events of the festival is the annual Baby Show. Eligible babies, toddlers, and children, as well as their hopeful parents, all head to Memorial Park on June 18th for a chance to win the coveted titles of Rose Bud King and Rose Bud Queen. The top boys and girls in each age category also win prizes, and all winners are featured in the annual Rose Bud Calendar.

Grande Parade

The grand finale for the entire festival is the Grande Parade that will take place this year on June 26th at 1pm. Watch as marching bands, community groups, local businesses, politicians, historical re-enactors, and others parade by in floats, formation, classic cars, and more. Festive, fun, and memorable, the parade is the perfect culmination of a community celebrating itself, its past, its culture, and its future. At the parade’s end, everyone heads to the Welland Arena for a special Art Fair and Drum Competition that last from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Form the parade to the flowers, the Welland Rose Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that every visitor to the Niagara region should take advantage of.

Niagara Falls Ribfest: Where the Appetite Reigns Supreme

CPblog1There are dozens if not hundreds of reasons to take a vacation to Niagara Falls in June. From the opportunity to bask in the spray of the waterfalls when the weather is warm to the chance to wander among picturesque vineyards with a glass of wine at sunset, June is one of the region’s most comfortable and beautiful months.

Whether you’re planning a trip with your spouse, your family, or a group of friends, the region is truly at its best as summer gets underway. There is plenty of free, live entertainment throughout the city. There are all kinds of festivals and outdoor events to attend, and while the list of what you could do is almost unending, one of June’s main attractions is barbecued ribs.

For one weekend a year, purveyors of some of the finest smoked ribs in all of Canada converge on Niagara Falls for our annual Ribfest. This year marks the 12th Father’s Day Weekend in a row for the celebration, and here is just some of what you and your appetite can look forward to should you venture to attend.

The Ribs at Ribfest 2016

It probably goes without saying, but the Rotary Club’s Ribfest is neither for vegetarians nor the faint of heart. For three glorious days — June 17th, 18th, and 19th — for a total of almost 30 hours, the art of smoked rib meat is on full display at Niagara Square. Six different vendors will vie for prizes and bragging rights throughout the weekend, and if you attend for enough meals, you can sample them all. This year’s “Ribbers” include:

  • Bone Daddy (winner of last year’s best ribs and best sauce)
  • Texas Rangers BBQ
  • Billy Bones
  • Silver Bullet
  • Horn Dawgs (last year’s People’s Choice winner)
  • Crabby’s BBQ

The Fun at Ribfest 2016

CPblog2Of course, there is more to do at Ribfest than just lie down with a pile of ribs, so when you’re in need of an eating break, you’ll find plenty to do. Over 20 other vendors will be present and selling their food, drinks, and wares, and there will also be live musical entertainment throughout the entire weekend, including:

  • The Madhatter’s
  • Crowns Down
  • Travelling Beer Bellies
  • Wilbur James Blues Band
  • And more!

There’s also a kids’ area that will include fun and giant inflatables to play in, and for the gambling set: 50/50 draws, where the more you spend, the more you stand to win, and the more money is raised for charity.

Rotary and Charity

Speaking of charity, think spending a weekend eating ribs couldn’t get any better? Think again. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, all the money raised at Ribfest is poured back into Niagara Falls and the surrounding communities. Past recipients include Pathstone Mental Health, GNGH Foundation, Rotary House, Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara, Literacy Niagara, and the School Breakfast Program.

Admission to Ribfest is always free, and there’s even free parking available as well. No matter what brings you to Niagara this June, indulge your appetite at one of the area’s best-loved and best-tasting events by spending some time at Ribfest.

Springfield and Starship: 2 Acts You Won’t Want to Miss This June

CPblog1Ask anyone who’s ever taken a Niagara vacation what their favorite part of the trip was, and if you take the time to ask 100 different people, you’ll get 100 different answers. From great hiking and biking trails, bird watching, and farmers’ markets to amazing casinos, theatre, restaurants, shopping and gambling, the region is alive with grand and unique offerings that cater to people of vastly different tastes and interests. It’s almost as if there were as many Niagara Falls as there are tourists who make the visit.

Still, the two items that tend to stay near the top of even the most divergent lists are almost always our waterfalls and wine country, and while these routinely — and deservedly — catch everyone’s eye, the world-class musicians that tour through the area to play at the Fallsview Casino Resort’s Avalon Ballroom could also be a must-experience attraction. If you’re looking to take a vacation to Niagara Falls this June, and you’re wondering what your favorite part of the trip is going to be, you may not need to look any further than these two shows.

Rick Springfield

A Grammy Award-winner, bestselling author, and actor, Rick Springfield is known to most people as the voice behind such hits as “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Human Touch,” “Love Somebody,” and “Affair of the Heart.” Originally from Australia, Springfield moved to the United States in 1972, and he found super-stardom in 1982 with his first number one hit, “Jessie’s Girl.”

While a string of other hits followed, Springfield has also starred in a number of television shows starting in 1981 and continuing until today, including “High Tide,” “Ricki and the Flash,” “General Hospital,” and “True Detective.” In 2010, he published his autobiography, titled: “Late, Late at Night: A Memoir.” He’ll be displaying his amazing range as a singer, player, and performer when he takes the stage at the Fallsview Casino Resort for two nights, June 9th and June 10th. Tickets start at just $30.

CPblog2Starship

Right on the heels of Rick Springfield comes another musical legend. The multiple-platinum-selling band Starship takes to the Fallsview Casino Resort stage on Sunday night, June 11th, for a single Niagara Falls show. The band was a continuation of personnel from the bands Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, and as Starship, scored two number one hits off their first record, “Knee Deep in the Hoopla,” when it came out in 1985.

Over the years, they’ve been the force behind some of pop and rock music’s favorite songs, including “Sara,” “We Built This City,” “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” “Wild Again,” “Before I Go,” and “Tomorrow Doesn’t Matter Tonight.” While the band has gone through numerous incarnations and lineups over the decades, their sound and songs remain just as palpable and unforgettable as ever. Led by the vocal stylings and raw energy of Mickey Thomas, seeing Starship in the flesh is an opportunity not to be passed up by anyone who loved listening to the radio in the 1980s and 1990s. Tickets start at just $25.

No matter what tops your itinerary when you come to Niagara this June, you’re sure to have a good time — especially if you grab tickets to either of these great acts.

Spotlight on Grimsby

CPblog8For most vacationers to Niagara Falls, enjoying a handful of amazing attractions is enough to ensure a fabulous time is had. Getting up close and personal with all that water on the Maid of the Mist or Journey Behind the Falls, touring a world-class winery and sampling its offerings, enjoying an unforgettable meal at one of our excellent farm-to-table restaurants — how could any of that be improved upon?

It’s true that the region’s most famous points of interest and entertainment are not to be missed, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t scores of other opportunities that could be embarked upon, too. The Niagara Peninsula is a region that’s veritably bursting with picturesque vineyards, farms, villages, and towns — all of which could be vacation destinations in their own right.

Here is a closer look at one of those small towns, a quiet place called Grimsby that sits between the shores of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment.

What to Do

Grimsby has a lot to offer a visitor looking to get active. Situated right on the Bruce Trail, the hiking around the town is superb, granting breathtaking views throughout some of the nicest patches of Carolinian Forest in the area. The region has an incredibly diverse ecosystem, and while you’re out and about, you’ll see a wealth of plants, animals, and birds. The Niagara Escarpment is home to 36 different species of amphibians and reptiles, 53 different species of mammal, and over 350 species of birds. Keep an eye out for unusual plants like the Walking Fern, too.

CPblog9Also, because Grimsby is right on Lake Ontario, water fun is easily had and very popular. Whether you enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, lazing in the sun, or wading, you can do it all in Grimsby, and the view from the beach is almost always sublime.

Should you or anyone in your party enjoy hitting the links, there are also a handful of golf courses nearby, and if you’re just into casually strolling about, Grimsby’s downtown has plenty of shops and galleries. Be sure to pop in to the Grimsby Public Art Gallery that sits within their public library on Carnegie Lane. Free and open to the public, it often showcases work from local and regional artists.

Where to Eat

Grimsby also boasts plenty of excellent places to eat — no small feat for a town of just 26,000. You can enjoy a low-key meal and a great cup of coffee at Station One Coffeehouse, or you can sit in splendor at The Restaurant on Peninsula Ridge. This restaurant’s French-inspired cuisine is exceptional, and the fine dining experience it provides is top-notch as well. If you want something a little less fancy but just as tasty, reserve a table at Syndicate Restaurant, a farm-to-table restaurant that also brews its own beer. You can also find great Thai and Greek food not too far off the beaten path, and the pizza at Amici’s is second to none.

So, spend a day in Grimsby the next time you come to Niagara Falls. Quaint and beautiful, the town and immediate surrounding area can give you a glimpse of Niagara that will make you fall in love with the region all over again.

The Musical Month of May In Niagara

CPblog5Niagara Falls is always a great place to enjoy a vacation, whether you love the great outdoors or a great casino. It’s a place where fun and memorable times can be had by almost any type of person. And, thanks to our reputation as a world-class tourist destination, a lot of great entertainment makes the trek to our neck of the woods—especially from the world of music.

Here is a look at just some of the great musical acts that will be taking the stage in Niagara Falls sometime during the month of May.

I Tenori

For lovers of classical singing and the opera, a night at Fallsview Casino Resort’s beautiful theatre is in order when the three tenors known as I Tenori come to town. Luca Vissani, Dionigi D’Ostuni, and Gianluca Paganelli are three exceptional vocalists and performers, and they’ll share the stage to perform classics that range from popular music—”Singing in the Rain,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “My Way”—to opera—”O Sole Mio” and “Una Furtiva Lagrima.” There are eight different opportunities to see this amazing act between May 4th and May 8th, and tickets start at just $35.

3 Doors Down

For two nights, May 12th and May 13th, one of the biggest rock bands in the world will take the stage at the Avalon Ballroom for an intimate performance that will showcase songs that range across their storied career.

A six-time platinum-selling band, 3 Doors Down first broke onto the world’s music scene in the early 2000s with their massive hit, “Kryptonite.” Fans can be sure they’ll also hear favorites like “When I’m Gone,” “Let Me Go,” “Citizen Soldier,” and “Here Without You.” Don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to see this great act in a smaller theatre. Tickets start at just $50.

Jarvis Church

CPblog6The frontman for The Philosopher Kings, Jarvis Church is a legendary Canadian singer and performer, who has enjoyed wide-ranging success with his band, as a solo artist, and as a record producer. One of the two co-producers of Nelly Furtado’s huge, first album in 2001, he has kept busy since then with other production gigs, including tracks for Esthero, K’naan, and Stacie Orrico. A fabulous performer and soul singer, he will be on stage at the Scotiabank Convention Centre one night only on May 14th. Tickets are $40.

BJ Thomas

An American pop singer who enjoyed a string of hits in the 1960s and ‘70s, BJ Thomas is slated to play the Fallsview Casino Resort’s Avalon Ballroom on May 21st. His biggest hit to date has been “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” but he also recorded and made popular songs like, “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love,” and “Eyes of a New York Woman.” A five-time Grammy award winner, Thomas is still a compelling and electric performer and the chance to see him live shouldn’t be passed up. Tickets start at $25.

So, bring your love of music with you when you visit Niagara in May. Whether you can’t get enough of soul music, rock and roll, or operatic crooning, Niagara Falls has something you won’t want to miss.

4 Reasons to Take Time Out to Enjoy the Niagara Folk Arts Festival

CPblog3The Niagara region, like the majority of places throughout North America, boasts an impressive diversity of people and cultures — all of which have helped shape the place into something extraordinary. This heritage is something Canadians take very seriously, and in the Niagara area, it’s celebrated in a big, big way at the Niagara Folk Arts Festival each and every May.

The country’s oldest, continually-running heritage festival, the Niagara Folk Arts Festival lasts from May 6th through May 30th, and it offers ample opportunity for locals and visitors alike to explore the traditions and cultures of the people who call the region home.

If you happen to be coming to Niagara for a vacation during the month of May, set aside some time to take in the festival. From the food and the dance to the music and the art, the Niagara Folk Arts Festival is always a joy to attend.

1. Folk Arts in the Street

Enjoy two amazing days of cultural and heritage performances as dancers, singers, actors, storytellers, and musicians take the stage inside the Robertson Theatre, located in the F1rstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines.

Surrounded by cultural craft and art booths, hands-on activities for children and adults, delicious food trucks and booths offering a wide variety of traditional foods, the day offers a small and thoroughly entertaining glimpse into Canada’s far-reaching heritage. Free to the public, the performances will take place on May 28th and 29th from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.

CPblog42. Cultural Culinary Crawl

Set to take place on Tuesday, May 10th from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. in downtown St. Catharines, the Cultural Culinary Crawl is a feast unlike any other. Ticketholders start the evening on a guided walking tour of the St. Catharines’ downtown before making their way to four different culinary stops. Tickets are just $35, and the evening promises to be educational, entertaining, and delicious.

3. Underground Railroad Tour

The final stop for many enslaved people fleeing the United States before the Civil War, the Niagara region has long reveled in its role helping slaves escape the brutality of their condition and resettle as free people. On Saturday, May 30th at 2 p.m., this tour will take attendees on Underground Railroad-related sites throughout the area.

See the gardens just outside the church Harriet Tubman attended and helped to build. Step into the space where the NAACP was first envisioned. See where Josiah Henson — the man who inspired Uncle Tom’s Cabin — first experienced freedom. A guided tour unlike any other, it is a celebration of black heritage in Canada and of Niagara’s role in the Underground Railroad.

4. Jump-Up

Enjoy a night of Caribbean-themed food and music in Market Square in St. Catharines from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday, May 27th. Live Caribbean and Jamaican music will be played throughout the evening, and the Caribbean BBQ Pit’s food truck will be offering authentic cuisine from the islands. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the start of summer.

Join with us in celebrating our heritage by taking some time out to enjoy the Niagara Folk Arts Festival. No matter what time you visit in May, something is bound to be happening, and the chances are good that it will look, sound, smell, and taste good.

Wings For Life: A Run You Don’t Want to Miss

CPblog1If you’re a runner, then you probably already know the thrill of participating in races for charity. Not only is it a chance for you to improve upon your best time and enjoy the thrill of friendly competition, but it’s also a chance for you to help out a good cause and make the world a slightly better place.

Well, the Niagara region is full of opportunities to lace up your sneakers, and if you’re looking for a run to coincide with your May vacation, Wings for Life has the perfect one for you. Set to take place on May 8th, it’s a race that will be happening all over the world, and you can take part in it here in Niagara Falls.

About Wings for Life

Wings for Life is a non-profit research foundation that’s working to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. The money they raise — including the money they’ll raise from this particular run — is used to fund clinical trials and scientific research all over the globe in a concerted effort to make spinal cord injuries and the paralysis that so often accompanies it a thing of the past.

The Run

CPblog2This year’s Wings for Life World Run will take place simultaneously throughout the world, and the organizer for the Niagara Falls race is Red Bull Canada. All over the planet, regardless of age, gender, or location, runners will set off at 7 a.m. EST. The race has no set distance, time, or finish line. It simply ends when each runner is overtaken by what’s known as the event’s “Catcher Car.”

The Catcher Car is a unique part of the Wings for Life World Run, and it works like this: At 7:30 a.m. EST — half an hour after the runners have already set out — every Catcher Car heads out on the race route all over the world, and they all maintain the exact same pace. As time passes, each car speeds up at the same rate and at the same time so that they’re all covering the same amount of distance and always going the same speed.

Each time the Catcher Car catches a runner, that runner’s race is over. All over the globe, runners are caught until, finally, just one runner remains. That runner is declared the winner of the day’s races. In addition, an overall male winner is declared, and an overall female winner is declared. The overall Canadian winner will also be named.

In Niagara Falls, the race begins at Kingsbridge Park and heads north along the Niagara Parkway until the intersection of the Parkway and Murray Street. There, runners will turn south so they can enjoy passing the waterfalls two times. For roughly eight more miles, the runners will stick to the Parkway before heading west into Fort Erie, and from there, they will race on country roads that will take them through Welland and Thorold all the way to Lundy’s Lane. In other words, you’ll see some beautiful sites along the way.

Regardless of why you run, the fact that you can is a blessing. Join in helping those with spinal cord injuries by participating in the Wings for Life World Run on May 8th. You’ll have an entire planet of runners to compete against, and the luscious backdrop of Niagara to run against.

Spotlight on Niagara Falls’ Firehall Arts Center

CPblog7Community theatre is one of the most important and under-heralded cultural resources in most communities. Besides being an outlet for creativity, it also acts as a gathering place for ideas, different outlooks, and it’s almost always a beacon and source of community pride.

Because Niagara Falls is one of the most-visited destinations in North America, locals and visitors never want for entertainment — much of it world-class. Even if we weren’t able to attract the best and brightest stars from around the globe however, there would still be plenty of excellent creative activity going on here, especially in theatre, dance, and other forms of live art thanks to the Firehall Arts Center. So come to Niagara Falls and experience it for  yourself.

The History

It all started back in the fall of 1961, when the Niagara Falls Music Theatre Society was formed. Chartered as a non-profit community theatre in 1963, the group’s first productions were held at Niagara Falls Collegiate Vocational Institute’s auditorium. In 1967, however, the group was able to secure the Walnut Street Firehall. Initially used as just a rehearsal space and performance space for one-act plays, in 1975 the space became the Niagara Falls Music Theatre Society’s official home, and they renamed it the Firehall Theatre.

The space needed renovation, so even though the group continued to rehearse and put on productions throughout the year, they also worked to convert their home into a true theatrical space. They undertook an addition that included a box office, a lounge area, and a coatroom, financing the work through funds secured at the federal, provincial, and city levels. The society’s members donated much of their own time, resources, labor, and energy to the projects, as well. The renovations and addition were finally completed in 1982.

CPblog9How It Works

Firehall Theatre runs on the passion and work of dedicated volunteers. Many different people from the community are involved throughout the season. Direction, lighting, acting, choreography, music, set design, set building, costumes — without the hard and knowledgeable efforts of people committed to quality community theatre and the arts, not a single performance would ever get off the ground.

Of course, securing the rights to shows, gathering materials, paying the bills, and keeping up the center all cost money, which is why Firehall is dependent on donations and ticket sales to keep itself operational. Many people in the community buy season tickets, which enable them to attend every show during a season, but if you’re just in town for a night or a week, you can also purchase individual tickets to shows. The price for adults is $18, and seniors, children, and students are just $16.

What You Might See

Over the years, almost every type of productions has been performed. From Shakespeare and Chekov to modern dance, the sky has always been the limit. If you’re planning on coming to town over the month of April, two plays will be showing: “Dead Metaphor,” which will take place between April 2nd and April 23rd, and “Just Words,” which will show between April 27th and April 30th.

Regardless of the time of year, however, there’s always something worth giving your time and self over to at the Firehall Arts Center — just one more reason Niagara Falls makes for such a great vacation destination.

When It’s Raining in Niagara…

Before heading out for vacation, most of us work hard to ensure we have all our ducks in a row. We pack with care, making sure all our carry-ons are TSA compliant. We double-check reservations, and alert the post office to hold our mail. We do everything within our power to guarantee that while we are away from home experiencing another place, we have the time of our lives.

Except not everything is within our power. Luggage gets lost. Monsoon-like rains sometimes fall all day and all night. Flights are delayed, and small, insignificant colds blossom into full-grown illnesses right as you check into your hotel. These and other travel headaches can put a damper on even the best-laid plans, but at least when you come to Niagara, a bit of rain won’t be able to keep you from having a great time. Here are just a handful of ways you can play in Niagara when the skies are stormy and gray.

CPblog5The Butterfly Conservatory

Just because you’re being kept indoors by the rain is no reason to forego experiencing the natural world in all its splendor. At the Butterfly Conservatory, you can wander among colorful butterflies from all over the world.

Over 2,000 butterflies representing 45 species flit and float throughout exotic plants and flowers, and if you dress colorfully, you’ll attract plenty of them to you. You can even watch the stages of a butterfly’s development in the Emergence Room where caterpillars spin cocoons and emerge as stunning, winged creatures.

The Casino

The Fallsview Casino instantly renders any type of “bad” weather moot. Sit down at one of over 3,000 slot machines and video poker machines that let you bid anywhere from a penny to $100. There are also plenty of table games to try your luck at, including Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, Poker, Black Jack, and more. If you’re a serious Poker player — or you’d like to be — you can step into the Fallsview’s Poker Room, which is the largest of its kind in all of Ontario.

From Texas Hold’em to Omaha, Poker is king in the Poker Room. Should you want to take a break from the cards, you can relax and watch one of the nine televisions conveniently located throughout the space.

CPblog6Musical Dinner Theatre

There’s musical dinner theatre and then there’s musical dinner theatre, and in Niagara Falls, when the rain is forcing you to stay indoors, you’ll be glad we have the latter. Through April 9th, enjoy the fun of “Into The Groove,” a celebration of music and culture from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.

Starting April 22nd, you can revel in one of Niagara’s longest running classics, the “Oh, Canada, Eh?” dinner musical theatre show that’s entertained almost a million people over the years. Filled with jokes and songs, “Oh, Canada, Eh?” features Canadian music, culture, and self-deprecating stereotypes. Both shows include a delicious five-course, family-style meal.

So, come to the place where even a lot of rain won’t ruin your good time. From butterflies and gambling to excellent musical theatre, Niagara Falls is a place you can have fun no matter what the weather is doing.

 

3 Tribute Shows to Catch in April

CPblog3When it comes to hearing your favorite songs played by your favorite band, many of us content ourselves with putting on a record, a CD, or Pandora station. Maybe, we’ll even watch a YouTube video or concert special.

After all, catching your favorite acts live isn’t always an option. Sometimes, the tickets are too expensive. Sometimes, their tour doesn’t come close enough to where you live. Sometimes, your favorite band doesn’t even go out on tour anymore.

Well, Niagara Falls isn’t just a place where the best bands and musicians in the world routinely come to play. It’s also a place where the best tribute bands in the world come to play. If you’re planning on being in the Niagara Falls region for vacation in April, and you’re a lover of classic rock, Motown, or Irish rock and roll, you’re in luck. Three excellent tribute acts are slated to take the stage, and while they may not have penned the songs or made those songs famous, their presentation and performances are second to none.

1. Solid Gold Motown

Motown Records got its start in Detroit in the late 1950s, and for decades, that label could be counted on to put out some of the world’s most popular and enduring music. Home to chart-topping acts like Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and many more, Motown defined the sound of Black America, and the songs made famous by Motown are still some of today’s most treasured tunes.

From April 7th through the 16th at the Fallsview Casino Resort Avalon Ballroom Theatre, the tribute group Solid Gold Motown will revisit the songs and era of Motown’s hey day with an amazing live band and unbelievable singing. Tickets start at just $25.

2. Floyd Factor

Considered by many to be Canada’s best Pink Floyd tribute band, Floyd Factor has been impressing audiences far and wide for 10 years. Specializing in the Pink Floyd songs that mark the height of the band’s illustrious career — namely, those songs that were released between 1967 and 1980 — the show is just as revolutionary as the one Pink Floyd put on with a multimedia experience that includes live music, killer songs, video, lights, and lasers.

If you’ve always wanted to catch Pink Floyd live, Floyd Factor is the next best thing. They’ll be performing live at the Seneca Queen Theatre at 8 p.m. on April 23rd. Tickets start at $24.75.

CPblog43. The International U2 Tribute — Desire

The following weekend at the Seneca Queen Theatre will feature Desire, a U2 tribute band that has a lot more in common with the real U2 than just a set list. Friends since high school just like the band whose songs they’ve mastered, The International U2 Tribute — Desire leaves audiences feeling as though they’ve just experienced Bono, Adam, The Edge, and Larry live in concert.

Hear songs from every album across three decades of amazing pop and rock and roll music. If you love U2, you owe it to yourself to get to the Seneca Queen Theatre on April 30th at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19.75.

Get your fill of great music with a trip to Niagara Falls. As these three tribute acts show: There’s always something good going on in Niagara.

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