The City of Toronto has released the program for New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square today, with Walk Off The Earth confirmed to headline the event on December 31. New Year’s Eve is the kickoff to the City of Toronto’s “TO Canada with Love” year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada’s 150th birthday.
The evening of entertainment and fireworks will feature local and national talent while recognizing cultural and artistic diversity. Live musical performances include 2016 JUNO Awards Group of the Year, Walk Off The Earth; award-winning Mexican/Canadian artist, Boogat, Canadian/Jamaican reggae artists, Exco Levi and High Priest; and soul/pop singer and songwriter Nefe. Other site animations include a skating party sponsored by Tim Hortons with DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red. Full program details for New Year’s Eve are available at http://www.toronto.ca/canada150.
“Canada 150 is going to be an opportunity for all of us to share our pride for our city and our country. All year long we are going to celebrate with ‘TO Canada with Love’ events across the city beginning on New Year’s Eve,” said Mayor John Tory. “The generous funding from the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada will help create free and accessible cultural events and will help us make our existing City-produced events even better for residents and visitors to enjoy.”
“The year 2017 is a historic one in Canada: the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Toronto, along with 18 other urban centres across the country, will mark the countdown to the New Year with a bang. Projects like the New Year’s Eve celebration will help showcase what it is that makes our communities so unique, diverse and dynamic,” said the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Member of Parliament (Etobicoke North). “I encourage Torontonians and all Canadians to participate in the exciting activities that will be taking place all across the country throughout this remarkable year.”
“As part of the province’s Ontario150 program, this $1.5 million investment in ‘TO Canada with Love’ will honour the past, present and future of our culturally diverse and exciting capital city,” said Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport. “From cultural festivals and fireworks to citizenship ceremonies and historical activations, everyone across the region will have a chance to create their own 150 experience, beginning with festive New Year’s Eve celebrations.”
TO Canada with Love programs and events are funded in part by the Government of Ontario. New Year’s Eve and other projects are funded in part by the Government of Canada.