Vancouver will be stepping up it’s New Year’s Eve game to ring in 2017, the year of Canada’s 150th birthday.
The Sheepdogs, Yukon Blonde, Wintersleep, and The New Pornographers are some of the entertainers lined up for the midnight countdown on Dec. 31.
New Year’s Eve Vancouver takes place on Burrard Landing and Coal Harbour, and last year boasted a crowd of over 80,000 people at its peak as locals took to the streets to celebrate.
“Last year we were the largest New Year’s celebration in the country and we’re certainly optimistic that we might achieve that again this year,” said Paul Runnals, the event’s executive producer.
The existing free event that began last year includes live music, food and two fireworks displays – one at 9 p.m. for families with younger children, and one when the clock strikes 12 a.m.
But this year, the event will expand, running down to Jack Poole Plaza and adding a second musical stage in that area.
There will also be an increased number of reserved viewing zones where people can relax and enjoy the fireworks in a comfortable, seated environment.
Not only that, but a ticketed celebration dubbed ‘True North’ will kick off in the convention center’s west ballrooms, which will see a variety of live music and access to both indoor and outdoor space.
“We’re very excited about the depth of fantastic live bands, we’ve got some great DJ’s, we’ve got obviously the most spectacular view of the fireworks,” Runnals said.
Vancouver’s biggest New Year’s party will also feature a 26-foot countdown tower, which means watching the ball drop in New York is no longer the only option.
Concord Pacific is the event’s title sponsor, along with a myriad of other partners, which also received $226,000 in federal government funding.