John Law, Niagara Falls Review

John Law

John Law has been The Review's arts and entertainment writer since 1990.

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The City of Niagara Falls and Regional Municipality of Niagara are requesting a judicial review of the OLG's modernization plans for the city's two casinos, fearing 1,400 job losses. PHOTO: Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network

City, region request judicial review of OLG’s plans

Five months after it said it was exploring “all available legal avenues” against a “flawed” Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) modernization plan, the city and region have filed a joint application for a judicial review.

Country star Gary Allan heads to Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Saturday. PHOTO: Eric Adkins/Special to Postmedia News

Gary Allan: Honky tonk the hard way

Gary Allan was offered his first record contract at 15, after two years of playing honey tonk bars with his dad. He somehow had the willpower to turn it down, heeding the advice of his parents to finish school.

It was a drizzly opener to the Winter Festival of Lights Saturday, as the event kicked off its 35th season. PHOTO: John Law / Niagara Falls Review

Wind, rain and two million lights

As far as opening night ceremonies go, it was probably the Winter Festival of Lights' shortest – and wettest – ever. But a steady downpour all night wasn't enough to prevent the annual spectacle from starting its 35th season Saturday.

The Winter Festival of Lights kicks off its 35th season in Niagara Falls Saturday night. PHOTO: Submitted

Niagara Falls lights up Saturday

It’ll be flames, fireworks and a florescent show like few others in Canada as the Winter Festival of Lights kicks off its 35th season Saturday night.

Canadian folk icon Murray McLauchlan plays the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines Saturday. PHOTO: Submitted

Murray McLauchlan keeps songs from street alive

Like the other great Canadian folk singers of his generation, a big part of Murray McLachlan’s heart belongs to the United States. It was there he gave up some stage time at the Mariposa Folk Festival so Joni Mitchell could perform.

Marineland accuses the OSPCA of bowing to pressure from activists, according to the Statement of Claim for its $21 million lawsuit against the animal welfare organization. PHOTO: John Law / Niagara Falls Review

OSPCA threatened Marineland’s ‘extinction’: Lawsuit

Marineland’s $21 million lawsuit against the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is the result of “injuries and damages, including special damages” suffered as a result of the animal welfare organization’s animal cruelty charges laid against the park.

Fans of The Who flocked to the Niagara Fallsview Casino Monday night as frontman Roger Daltrey played the first of two solo shows. PHOTO: Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network

Daltrey reigns o’er Niagara Falls

As any longtime Who fan will tell you, the best concerts were always the ones that felt like they could fall apart at any second. A blown amp. A destroyed drum kit. At their peak, The Who brought a volcanic energy to the stage that made every show unruly and unpredictable.