MEDIA RELEASE: Update on New Year’s Eve Show in Queen Victoria Park
• Walk Off the Earth performance cancelled following tragic passing of band member
• New Year’s Eve show will proceed, beginning at 8:00 p.m. in Queen Victoria Park
Niagara Falls, ON – On behalf of Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve stakeholders, Niagara Parks wishes to extend their deepest sympathies to Walk Off the Earth’s Mike Taylor’s family and the band members during this trying time.
In light of this sad news, adjustments have been made and the scheduled show at Queen Victoria Park will proceed with performances by Avenue Inn, the Sheepdogs and Burton Cummings, as well as an added performance by Toronto-based classic rock band, the Carpet Frogs, who are currently touring with Cummings.
The concert will kick off at 8:00 p.m. as planned, including two fireworks displays; the first fireworks show, sponsored by Tim Hortons, is set to take place at 9 p.m., while the second show will also include a special display from atop the Skylon Tower as the clock strikes midnight.
The annual celebration will also feature a variety of food and beverage options, as well as an outdoor licensed area. As always, the presence of security and policing will be on-site to ensure everyone’s safety throughout the night.
Niagara Parks wishes to remind concert attendees to plan their route ahead of time, based on the road closures in place throughout the city. Additional tips are provided below as visitors prepare for this evening’s event:
Designate a Meeting Spot – Niagara Parks recommends that friends and family attending the show take a moment at the beginning of the evening to assign a designated time and location as a meeting place, should individuals become separated following the show’s conclusion. Please ensure everyone in your party is aware of this location, particularly children attending the event. Should any children get separated from their party, they will be escorted to a First Aid van, which will be located on Murray Street.
Dress for the Weather – Visitors are advised to dress warmly and in layers to prepare for all types of weather conditions and take extra precautions to protect extremities such as hands, feet and ears.
Warm up Station – Niagara Parks will once again offer a warm up area on two heated WEGO buses stationed in front of Queen Victoria Place (across the street from the event site). The buses will be available from 8:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Community partners involved in the New Year’s Eve festivities in Queen Victoria Park include: The Niagara Parks Commission, The City of Niagara Falls, the Tourism Partnership of Niagara, Tim Hortons, Fallsview Tourist Area, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, Victoria Centre Tourist Area, Clifton Hill Tourist Area, Canadian Niagara Hotels, Skylon Tower, Lundy's Lane Tourist Area and many other stakeholders within the City.
For more information, please visit niagaraparks.com/nye or contact:
The City of Niagara Falls
David Adames, Chief Executive Officer (A)
The Niagara Parks Commission