Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour 2017

Fan Club Pre-Sale Begins September 6th

Public Tickets Available September 15th

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) announced it’s highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2017. Over the past 20-plus years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter tours a beloved, multi-generational holiday tradition. 2017’s tour, a completely updated presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” is set to begin on November 16th and will visit more than 60 cities, for 100-plus performances, before concluding on December 30th.

The Winter Tour 2017 pre-sale opens to fan club members on September 6th and runs through September 10th, with the general public on sale set to begin on September 15th. For more details on tour dates and on sales, visit

TSO’s tour will be a celebration of the art and accomplishments of the lauded group’s late creator/composes/lyricists, Paul O’Neill, and his inimitable creation, which he dubbed “Rock Theater.” Prior to his untimely passing, O’Neill worked tirelessly with his close-knit team preparing an exciting new take on “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” for the 2017 tour. Beginning November 16th, fans will experience this exciting stage spectacle, including new awe-inspiring effects, and staging, certain to make the story even more engaging for fans.

Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” the rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” 2017’s tour will also boast a rousing second set containing more of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers.

The Winter Tour 2017 will be presented by the Hallmark Channel and will begin in Erie, Pennsylvania at the Erie Insurance Arena November 16 with two shows: 4pm and 8pm.

As in all previous years, a portion of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, more than $13 million has been distributed from TSO to worthy charities all across North America.

In July, TSO sadly lost another member, longtime bassist Dave Z (David Zablidowsky), in a tragic accident. For fans who would like to make additional donations in Paul or Dave’s names, TSO suggests you do something unusually kind or generous for someone less fortunate or for someone who could just use a helping hand.



Erie Insurance Arena Enhances Safety Measures for Patrons

Permanent walk-through metal detectors have been installed at the 8,000 seat Erie Insurance Arena to improve safety for all patrons. The Security enhancement, along with other updates behind the scenes such as additional cameras and monitoring systems, are consistent with a nationwide trend at public assembly facilities. The eight metal detectors will be fully operational starting July 29, 2017 for WWE and will be standard operating procedure for anyone entering the building during an event.

For the protection of all Erie Events patrons: bottles, cans, flasks, backpacks, weapons of any kind, dangerous or unlawful materials are prohibited in the Erie Insurance Arena. In order to increase the efficiency of these machines and to create a positive experience for everyone, patrons are asked to keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Arrive early.
  • Limit the amount of personal items brought into the venue to expedite the screening process.
  • Leave all weapons at home. Weapons may include, but are not limited to, firearms, pocket knives, pepper spray and wallet chains.
  • No detachable lens cameras will be permitted.
  • Once in the screening area, make sure you have your ticket in hand. Place purses, cell phones, keys and any other objects on the screening table and walk through the metal detector when instructed. Erie Events security employees will assist all patrons with the new process and accommodate those with special needs.

For additional information on security measures and prohibited items at the Erie Insurance Arena, please visit

Champions of Magic – October 20 – Warner Theatre

The 5 world-class illusionists that make up the Champions of Magic come to the USA for the first time following four years touring the UK with sold out shows, rave reviews and a run in London’s West End.

With more than 20 million online views between them, this cast of Britain’s top magicians includes international award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Their skills have been seen around the world on TV with appearances on the CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”, CCN’s “A Quest for Magic” and NBC’s “Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon.”

Witness the impossible, including disappearances, levitation, teleportation and a heart stopping finale, all presented with lighting and special effects to rival the biggest theatrical spectacles.

Described by the British Press as “a spectacular family show” (Heart FM) and “slick, clever, funny and amazing” (Hereford Times) Champions of Magic has been seen by thousands across the UK and in the Fall 2017 US audiences will get their first chance to see why British fans return to see the country’s biggest touring illusion show time and time again.

The Sussex Newspaper said “Quite simply, mind blowing. I urge you to quickly get whatever tickets are still available because Champions of Magic is a show that has to be seen to be disbelieved…five stars!”

The Western Mail declared “Move over David Blaine, there’s a host of new magicians in town. With a live video feed, fiery pyrotechnics and stunning lighting, the show is an immersive experience in the art of magic.”

The Herford Times called the team “The UK’s top illusionists…fast becoming household names with their high energy and spectacular tricks…theirs is a pulse racing performance like no other.”

Premier Productions and Newsboys Announce Big Church Night Out Tour

November 12 – Erie Insurance Arena

Public on sale- Friday, July 14 at 10am

Premier Productions and GRAMMY nominated Newsboys announce the all new Big Church Night Out Tour. With nearly fifty shows across the U.S., each night will foster a time of worship, ministry and unity. Joining the tour will also be Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Derek Minor, Blanca, Adam Agee from Audio Adrenaline, illusionists Brock Gill, worship leader Jamison Strain and Jeremy Willet.

“When families, friend and neighbors take time out of their busy lives to come together and join in one in worship, that is the church,” says Newsboys Michael Tait. “That is the makings of one BIG night, and we could not be more thrilled to be a part of it.

Powered by Pandora and CCM Magazine, the tour will offer a change for rejuvenation in exchange for the chaos and business of everyday life. In anticipation for the tour, Big Church Night Out will be taking over Pandora’s Christian Contemporary Station from July 5th to July 13th offering a pre-sale to listeners as well as in-depth interviews from Newsboys front man, Michael Tait.

Kevin Sparkman, editor of CCM Magazine shares about the upcoming tour, “Go Big. Real Big. A night-out that everyone needs!”

Hitting the East Coast, South and Midwest, the tour will begin in Montgomery, Alabama and make its final stop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“The concept behind this Tour has been in the works for more than three years,” expresses Roy Morgan, owner of Premier Productions Inc. “Timing is everything, and the launch of Big Church Night Out this Fall will create a new Touring Brand in the marketplace for many years to come. Plus, it will be the first time that Pandora has provided its digital assets to support a Christian Tour, along with the marketing efforts of our strategic radio partners and local churches.”

About Premier Productions:

Pollstar Magazine ranks Premier Productions as the largest producer of live Christian events both nationally and internationally. Over 18 million people have attended a Premier event in over 4,000 concerts worldwide. Premier promotes Tours for Hillsong UNITED, Hillsong Worship, Young & Free, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture, Lecrae, Lauren Daigle, Gaither Homecoming, Sadie Robertson, The Newsboys, comedian John Crist, Rend Collective, as well as their annual Winter Jam Tour Spectacular and OUTCRY Tours. Premier Fesitvals promotes 10 of the largest Christian Festivals in the U.S. and over 80,000 Passengers have sailed with them through their Cruise Company.

Bayfront Place Walkway to be Enjoyed by All

From the desk of Casey Wells, Erie Events Executive Director:

Now that the litigation for the Bayfront Place walkway has concluded, I’d like to make a few comments about the pathway. The Bayfront Place design incorporated the same elements that were built around the Convention Center in 2007 and included a walkway, fishing areas and rocks embedded for safety. This design was fully supported by the community years ago, but strangely became unacceptable in 2015. Not only was it disappointed that the interpretation of the rules changed in this eight year period, but it was also very costly. After spending $25,000 in legal fees defending this frivolous lawsuit, the court confirmed the City of Erie’s ruling that the design is lawful and appropriate.

Erie Events designed the walkway to meet the needs of all residents of Erie County, not just fishermen. The walkway design incorporated multiple paths and distinct areas to allow for a variety of uses. We created a meandering 12 foot wide blacktop pathway for joggers, bicyclists and walkers, plus a concrete walkway with benches and areas for fishing. These two paths are divided by an aesthetically pleasing landscape design that separates the more actives users of the pathway from those who want to enjoy a more serene experience. Large stones were embedded in various areas at the water’s edge as a safety barrier to eliminate the need of a sight restricting fence. This design feature allows an unobstructed view of Erie’s magnificent Bayfront so all visitors can watch the sun set unimpeded over Presque Isle Bay.

In the last 10 years, Erie Events has provided more than 3,600 feet of prime waterfront access that was previously unavailable to the public. Fishing, along with many other activities, is permitted along the entire pathway and we ask that everyone exercise caution near the water’s edge. Safety features such as life rings and ladders are provided along the entire walkway to help anyone who may need assistance.

Erie Events is pleased this lawsuit is behind us so we can again fully focus on creating an enjoyable Bayfront environment not just to residents of our own community, but also to meeting and convention visitors, travelers and vacationers.

I encourage you to use the walkways and enjoy our beautiful waterfront.

Otters Name Chris Hartsburg Head Coach, Extend Adams and Wolfe

Erie, Pennsylvania – Erie Otters General Manager Dave Brown announced today that the Otters have hired Chris Hartsburg as the team’s eighth head coach in its Erie history, while promoting B.J. Adams to Associate Coach and extending him and Assistant Coach Wes Wolfe through 2020.

“We’re happy to have Chris back with the Otters family,” said General Manager Dave Brown. “His head coaching experience and familiarity with our style were two things we kept coming back to. It’s important that we have continuity in the way that we develop players and perform on the ice, and Chris and our coaching staff will continue to grow our foundation of success this organization prides itself on.”

Hartsburg returns to Erie after serving as the head coach of the USHL’s Lincoln Stars since the 2014-15 season. The 37-year-old guided the Stars to an 83-83-14 record during his three-year tenure in Lincoln, including a 28-point turnaround and a playoff berth during his second season in 2015-16. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native served as head coach of Team West at the 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and also helped guide the United States Junior Select Team to a gold medal as an assistant coach at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

“We’re pleased to add someone with the strong character and passion for coaching as Chris possesses,” Erie Otters C.O.O. and E.V.P. Roy Mlakar said. “We look forward to our three coaches continuing our winning tradition.”

Prior to joining Lincoln, Hartsburg served as an assistant coach for the Erie Otters under Kris Knoblauch in 2013-14. During his only season in Erie, the Otters improved their win total by 33 for the franchise’s best single season in team history with a record of 52-14-2-0 with 106 points, and a Western Conference Final appearance. At the helm of the defense, the Otters limited teams to an OHL and franchise best 170 goals that year, while the penalty kill finished at 84.1% under Hartsburg, good for second best in the OHL.

He also spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League from 2009-2013, and a season as an assistant coach with the Colorado Eagles of the Central Hockey League for the 2008-2009 campaign. Hartsburg’s playing career spanned six years in the professional ranks with the Albany River Rats and Colorado Eagles following his four seasons at Colorado College, where he was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 7th round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Brown also announced the promotion of B.J. Adams to the role of Associate Coach, while also extending him and Assistant Coach Wes Wolfe through the 2019-2020 season.

“We value the contributions B.J. has made these past two years and want to ensure our organization is in the best situation to succeed,” Dave Brown said. “B.J. and Wes will continue to be a vital part of our staff, and help maintain the tradition they’ve become a part of for years to come.”

As the defensive assistant, Adams has helped the Otters to two straight Hamilton Spectator Trophies as regular season champions, as well as the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL League Champions this past season. The Otters have finished second in the OHL in team defense in each of the last two seasons under Adams, while his penalty kill finished in the top five during that same two-year stretch. The Scarborough, Ontario native joined the Otters in 2015 following a five-year stint with Canisius College in a similar Assistant Coach role.

Wolfe joined the Otters for the 2016-17 season as an Assistant Coach following his season with the St. Catharines Falcons of the GOJHL where he served as Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. The Niagara Falls, Ontario native has helped improve the Otters outlook into statistical information with his background in analytical data systems that has further advanced the team’s player development model.

2017-18 Erie Otters season tickets and flex packages are currently on sale and can be purchased at the Erie Otters front office, located at 201 East 8th Street. For more information, visit our season tickets page, or contact Darcie Chabola at 814-455-7779 or via email

Erie Events’ Bayfront Hotels Lead Customer Satisfaction in North America

The Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel marked its first year of operation Friday, June 23, culminating a successful year as part of the Bayfront Complex that consists of the Bayfront Convention Center, Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel and the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel. The hotel received accolades from within the company and amongst other local hotels that validate the positive first 365 days at 2 Sassafras Pier.

  • Reached #1 on TripAdvisor within first 10 months post-opening
  • Ranked #1 full-service Hotel and Restaurant (Shoreline Bar and Grille)
  • Ranked #1 for full-service Guest Satisfaction scores
  • Top 2% of brand year-to-date Staff Service Overall
  • Top 2% of brand year-to-date Intent to Recommend
  • Top 6% of brand year-to-date Overall Guest Satisfaction

The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, which opened in 2008, continues to be a leader in the industry as well, receiving their own brand recognition.

  • Top 1% of the entire Sheraton Brand for Hotel Style and Design
  • Top 1% of the entire Sheraton Brand for Food and Beverage
  • Top 2% of the entire Sheraton Brand for Guest Satisfaction Scores: Overall Satisfied
  • #2 in Erie on TripAdvisor site (behind the Courtyard Bayfront)
  • #2 in White Lodging best guest satisfaction scores (behind the Courtyard Bayfront – Courtyard and Sheraton are #1 and #2 in the entire organization)

Entering the summer season with such high company and customer recognition, the two properties look forward to showcasing themselves along with Erie’s best asset, Presque Isle Bay. Additional features at each waterfront location will provide and even more appealing setting for residents and/or visitors. The Sheraton’s Bayfront Grille launched a new summer menu and the 120 seat patio is now open for the season. The restaurant will feature live weekend entertainment on the outdoor patio. The Courtyard’s Shoreline Bar and Grill has expanded its outdoor seating and added a bayside bar with live entertainment.

Both hotels pride themselves in hiring local talent – striving for “brain gain” instead of “brain drain” in the community. Currently, the Sheraton has 125 associates and 16 managers – 99% are hired locally, including six managers who graduated from local Erie universities. The Courtyard has 100 associates and 12 managers, also with 99% of them hired locally. Five of the 12 managers at the Courtyard graduated from a local college or university.