The City of Toronto has released the program for New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square, 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 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
“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.
Some of the upcoming TO Canada with Love events include:
• December 31, New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square
• January to May (public participation) and September to October (exhibition), My City My Six
• January 27 to February 9, Winterlicious presented by YP Dine
• March 25 to July 15, Becoming Canadian in Toronto: Snapshots Through Time at the Market Gallery
• April 8 and 9, 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge at Fort York
• May to December 31, Momento
• May 15, Toronto Newcomer Day at City Hall
• May 27 and 28, Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf
• June 3 to August 27, The Road to Confederation at Gibson House
• June 21, National Aboriginal Day at Fort York
• June 24 to 25, Indigenous Arts Festival¬¬ at Fort York
• June 30 to July 3, Four-day Canada Day Celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square
• July 1, Canada Day Celebrations at Mel Lastman Square, Albert Campbell Square Park and Humber Bay Park West
• July 22 to November 18, Maple Leaf Forever: Toronto’s Take on a National Symbol at the Market Gallery
• Canada 150 Citizenship and Reaffirmation Ceremony at Fort York (date to be confirmed)
• September 30, Nuit Blanche Toronto – The Canada 150 Edition
Community activities across the city will complement these larger events, allowing all Torontonians a variety of ways to participate during this anniversary.
Details on these City-produced programs and other Canada 150 events happening in Toronto, including a special Canada 150 event calendar, are available at toronto.ca/canada150. Toronto events honouring Canada’s 150th birthday can be submitted to the calendar at toronto.ca/eventcalendar.