Coca Cola Concert Series: The Deal

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Band Profile: The Deal

Every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and holiday this summer, enjoy free, live entertainment in front of the incredible Horseshoe Falls. With over 80 shows this season, there’s something for everyone.

We sat down with Jay Zareski from The Deal to learn a little bit more about the band.

Man playing on keyboardPreviously known as Portrait, The Deal is made up of some of the original band’s previous members as well as other friends. Combined, the band has played the Coca Cola Concert Series for seven years running.

“Playing next to the Horseshoe Falls has been an overall pleasant experience, and the band always looks forward to performing in the series. It’s a great opportunity,” said Jay.

With a mix of classic, pop and oldies, audiences can rock out with one of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders at their backs.

The Deal has two shows in this summer’s Coca Cola Concert Series—their next gig is Sunday, August 10. Check them out this summer at the Queen Victoria Park Stage, next to the Illumination Tower. All concerts start at 8 p.m. and are followed by the popular Falls Fireworks at 10 p.m.

American Victory at Battle of Chippawa


THE BATTLE Ends! Be sure to read Part 1 posted June 18 and Part 2 posted June 24th.

How could the Americans win after all those losses?

battle-of-chippawa-redcoats-shootingWell, they had learned a thing or two, after all those failures and it would be the British side underestimating the abilities of their enemy in the final year of the war. The American forces had good young commanders, well trained troops, skilled artillery gunners, aggressive cavalry, large numbers of Native allies and a few tricks up their sleeves. They then used all of their different forces simultaneously to defeat the Redcoats. These were the same tactics the British had used against them for over two years.

The Reenactment Begins

Yes, it’s true, the Americans won a few battles during the War of 1812. On July 5th, local veterans, citizens and volunteers from local museums and historic sites will gather at the Battlefield of Chippawa. This event, started by veterans of more recent wars, has been an annual event for decades. The gathering always takes place on the field, on the day and at the time the battle was coming to a close on July 5th 1814. The commemoration honours the Canadian, British, Native forces, and our American cousins, who fought and died on that summer’s day 200 years ago.

For detailed times please visit the Weekend Event Itinerary.

This will be a much larger reenactment to commemorate its 200 Year Anniversary so don’t miss this historic battle at Niagara Parks!


Map to Reenactment Location

Map of Chippawa Reenactment site

Six Nations Involvement in the Battle of Chippawa

Battle of Chippawa - Native Warrior

THE BATTLE CONTINUES! Be sure to read Part 1  posted June 18.

Six Nations in Battle of Chippawa

Preparations for the Battle of Chippawa 200th anniversary continue.

You are invited to experience the Battle of Chippawa reenactment to take place July 5th and July 6th, 2014 on the actual historic site, located at the corner of The Niagara Parkway and Edgeworth Road in Niagara Falls, Ontario (see map below).  Shuttle service will be available.

Six Nations Responds

It may come as a surprise to Canadians that large numbers of Native warriors served alongside the Americans at the Battle of Chippawa.

There were a number of reasons the New York Iroquois chose to serve with U.S. forces. Six Nations villages were destroyed the previous winter by British troops and their Native Allies. This action contravened an agreement between the nations that only allowed warriors to operate on their own side of the river in defense of communities.  The Grand River Iroquois would argue that their New York relatives had broken the promise when some young warriors assisted U.S. troops in Niagara in 1813. The destruction of these villages demanded a response.

New York militia general Peter Porter had worked to provide resources and supplies for Native warriors to encourage assistance and this work paid off in 1814.   Battle of Chippawa - British SoldiersNative leaders were also aware that if they did not assist their American neighbours, they might be forced to move further west. For the 1814 Campaign, Porter’s Third Brigade would include 500 Senecas and Tuscaroras.   Their presence encouraged the quick British surrender at Fort Erie, and at Chippawa they countered the psychological impact Native warriors provided the British forces in earlier battles.

Sadly, on July 5th, in the woods on the western edge of the battlefield, warrior was fighting warrior. After the American victory at Chippawa, almost all the New York Iroquois returned home. They had fought hard and avenged the destruction of their homes but they politely told American commanders they were not interested in continuing a fight with their own brothers.

Three things contributed to the American victory at Chippawa.

  1. The disciplined infantry of Winfield Scott’s First Brigade held the Redcoats.
  2. Scott used his cannons more effectively than his British counterpart Riall.
  3. Native allies protected the American flank preventing the British line from deploying properly.

On July 5th and 6th come experience the history of the Battle of Chippawa as over 700 re-enactors relive this historic battle at Niagara Parks.

For detailed times please visit the Weekend Event Itinerary.

THE BATTLE CONTINUES! Be sure to read Part 3 posted June 30th.

Map to Reenactment Location

Map of Chippawa Reenactment site