New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls
Visitors to Niagara Falls for this New Year’s Eve concert at the falls will be part of something much bigger than a simple show – as in, a nationwide celebration of the dawn of 2018 that will be seen from coast to coast.
The festive night in Queen Victoria Park, with the Horseshoe Falls forming a beautiful backdrop, will feature an all-Canadian lineup that includes headliner Marianas Trench, platinum-selling Simple Plan, country singer Jess Moskaluke and fellow country performers The James Barker Band.
The whole thing will be broadcast live across Canada by the CBC, as part of a show that will feature celebrations at several locations coast-to-coast. The night will be hosted by beloved Canadian comic Rick Mercer, and the Falls portion will be “centre stage” in the broadcast, says Mayor Jim Diodati.
Mercer was recently in Niagara Falls for the opening of the Winter Festival of Lights (another spectacular, free event in Niagara Falls that runs through to January 31) – he filmed a segment for The Rick Mercer Report while he was here – and he’ll be back in town and on stage in the Falls for the New Year’s Eve show.
It can get cold at night by the falls, but Mercer told the Niagara Falls Review that “I’ve got every kind of parka you can imagine to handle anything Niagara Falls throws at me, I promise.”
The advantage of focusing on the Falls concert, Mayor Diodati told the Review, is “you’re going to be at one of the most breathtaking locations on the planet.”
The event – a short walk from the brink of the falls – regularly attracts more than 20,000 fans. This year’s concert starts at 8 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. and midnight, and also includes the traditional “dropping of the ball” on the Skylon Tower, which overlooks the show site.
The Horseshoe Falls will be illuminated during the night as well, adding to the beauty of the scenery.
Niagara Falls’ televised New Year’s Eve shows have become must-watch television over the years. Plenty of big names have played the event, highlighted by the appearance a few years ago of country superstar Keith Urban, who brought his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, on stage with him for the new year countdown.
Sponsorship issues kept the show off the air for the past two years, though the concerts went ahead as usual. This year’s CBC broadcast marks a return to the national stage for the show, rivalled only by events at Parliament Hill and in Toronto for sheer size on that night of nights.
There is no admission charge to attend the concert.
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