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For Immediate Release:
March 22, 2017

Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313
Laura Magee (ECHDC) | laura.magee@esd.ny.gov | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Announces Applications Open for
Programming and Events at Canalside

Canalside looking for new, innovative programs to round out returning favorites in 2017

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and Be Our Guest today announced that applications are now open for programs and events at Canalside. Be Our Guest, the new management company for Canalside, is looking for new, innovative programs and events to round out returning favorites that will comprise a packed calendar of options for kids and families, fitness enthusiasts, music lovers, history buffs, festival goers and more on Buffalo’s waterfront during summer 2017. An estimated 1.5 million visitors spent time at Canalside during summer 2016, up from approximately 1 million in 2015.

“As we plan an exciting summer 2017 at Canalside, we’re open to hearing any idea you have and encourage creative use of Canalside,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “We especially support new ideas from our city’s community and cultural partners. We look forward to making this summer unforgettable.”

Canalside has a strong preference for recurring programs and events, whether they are daily, weekly, semi-monthly or monthly. There are several locations for hosting programs and events at Canalside, including the Central Wharf, Dart Lawn, Dunbar Lawn, Historic Ruins, Pierce Lawn, Aud Block (which features re-created canals) and East Canal area. Canalside offers a host of benefits including media attention, year-round publicity and constant foot traffic. Programs and events are promoted through Canalside’s website and social media.

Canalside is especially looking for programs and events that:

  • Target families and children.
  •  Incorporate health, fitness and wellness.
  •  Tell the “Story of Buffalo” (its history, especially related to the Erie Canal and waterfront).
  •  Feature Western New York culture (including music, dance, visual art, theater, ethnic cultural heritage and tours).
  •  Public restrooms. With the popularity of Canalside as a regional tourist destination, the demand for public restrooms has been growing.

If your program or event seems like a fit, fill out an application and return via email to info@CanalsideBuffalo.com. Be Our Guest will review the application and contact you as soon as possible. Although applications can be submitted throughout the year, those received by April 5, 2017 will be given preferential treatment for consideration this summer.

Ready to apply? Please download and fill out the correct application for:

Fees are determined on a case-by-case basis and are calculated based on a number of factors. All applicants will need general liability insurance of $1 million per occurrence and $2 million on the aggregate. Additional insurance may be necessary.

For more information and FAQ, visit https://www.canalsidebuffalo.com/get-involved/eventapplication/.

About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation
The ECHDC is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York State Governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The two nonvoting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor.

As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that is attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. Its vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty. For more information on ECHDC, visit www.eriecanalharbor.com.