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Sunfest 2012 to Highlight Music and Dance

Sunfest 2012 to Highlight Music and Dance

Sunfest 2012, Canada’s premier celebration of the global arts, held without admission fee in beautiful Victoria Park in nearby London, Ontario, is set to take place July 5-8. This unique, high-profile event features over 30 top professional world music dance and jazz ensembles based in Canada and abroad.

Sunfest is a nonprofit community arts group dedicated to promoting cross-cultural awareness and understanding of the arts across a range of disciplines such as music, dance and the visual arts. With its laid back, family friendly vibe, Sunfest remains one of the most culturally diverse events of its kind – each year attracting more than 225,000 patrons from Winnipeg to Western New York! 

Nik Wallenda's Cable Across Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - The cable for Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk is now across Niagara Falls.

Rigging crews tell 2 On Your Side that the cable must still be secured and then they will adjust the tension to Wallenda's liking.

The crews say they will continue work this morning until the Maid of the Mist begins running. They will then resume their work Wednesday evening and hope to finish the rigging and adjustments by Thursday.

Rigging of Nik Wallenda's cable over Niagara Falls began on Tuesday, and crews worked through the night to complete the job.

The project started with a lighter cable being flown across the Niagara gorge by a helicopter.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Is Home to Nik Wallenda for Historic High-Wire Walk

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel Is Home to Nik Wallenda for Historic High-Wire Walk

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – June 13, 2012 – Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is home this week to Nik Wallenda, who will make worldwide history on Friday evening when he crosses directly over the breathtaking Niagara Falls on a two-inch high-wire.

Wallenda and his family previously stayed at the AAA Four Diamond Award–winning casino and hotel in May, as he trained for 11 straight days in the casino’s parking lot in front of thousands.  The May 12 to 22 practice sessions were covered by dozens of news outlets from around the world.

Senator Maziarz Co-sponsors New Legislation Protecting Consumers From Telemarketers

Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation that will further protect consumers from intrusive and unwanted telemarketer calls.  Senator George D. Maziarz is a prime co-sponsor on this legislation and is proud to announce its passage.

"One of the largest issues that I continually hear about from the community is the enormous amount of unwanted telephone calls that they receive from telemarketers,"  said Senator George D. Maziarz.  "This legislation will add more protections to New Yorkers while holding telemarketer's accountable.  No longer will the companies who are not registered in New York be able to surpass the law."

Cable Rigging for Wallenda Walk Underway

NIAGARA FALLS, NY -- Next to Nik Wallenda's actual high wire walk itself, rigging of the cable upon which he will cross the world famous Horseshoe Falls may be the biggest marvel associated with the stunt.

WEB EXTRA: Photo Gallery: Cable Rigging Begins For Nik Wallenda Walk

That task, nearly one year in the planning, began in earnest Monday when crews began setting up their needed equipment.

Terrapin Point closed at 4pm Tuesday so crews can start pulling a wire by helicopter over the Falls.  The cable Wallenda will walk across will be attached to this wire and pulled across the Falls.

Wallenda Walk: Testing Out the Harness

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - We all know Nik Wallenda will have to wear a harness when he makes his historic walk across Niagara Falls on Friday.

Crews were in Niagara Falls Tuesday testing out the apparatus that will keep Wallenda balanced.

It's called a "truck" and Wallenda's tether will attach to the top of it. It is designed to ride over a set of weighted pendulums which are suspended every 150 feet along the cable in order to keep it from twisting.

That way, it prevents Wallenda from getting hung up on the pendulums.

Click here to visit our special "Walk In 2 History" web site where you can review all of our past stories on Nik Wallenda's daring stunt.

Young Nik Wallenda Pictured Walking Over Falls One Day

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - Nik Wallenda says he can't visit a new place without envisioning a wire strung high above his head.

Even as a 6-year-old visiting Niagara Falls, he pictured walking a tightrope over the raging, whitewater maw. Now 33, the seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas is ready to live out that childhood fantasy when he attempts to become the first person ever to walk a tightrope over the brink of the falls.

A born-again Christian, Wallenda says he stays calm on the wire by talking to God, quoting Scripture and praying. The father of three also knows he'll hear another voice in his head - his 11-year-old son's request that he skip any antics Friday night and get from one side to the other as quickly as possible.