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Full Line Announced for Fredericton’s Canada 150 Kickoff New Year’s Eve Celebration

Canada 150 Kick Off in Fredericton

Fredericton released the full schedule of the New Year’s Eve celebration happening December 31.  The City of Fredericton will ring in the sesquicentennial year with a free, family-friendly evening in the City’s downtown with a spectacular community cultural open air event centered in Officers’ Square. The evening will also be complimented by free programming in three nearby indoor venues; the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Wilmot Church and the Fredericton Public Library. Two fireworks displays (8pm & midnight) over the Saint John River will round out the celebrations.

Headlining the event is nationally-adored Canadian rock musician, Joel Plaskett and his band, The Emergency and there will be a showcase of capital region bands including Anglophone, Francophone, Ethno-cultural, and First Nations representing the diversity of musical talent of the area.

Fredericton is one of 19 major Canadian cities to have been granted funding to host such a celebration to recognize Canada’s 150th anniversary and the MP for Fredericton will be on hand to help celebrate “On December 31, I encourage everyone in the capital region to join us downtown to ring in the New Year in a Canada-wide celebration of our 150th anniversary of Confederation.”  - Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton.

 “The City is pleased to be a partner with the Department of Canadian Heritage to present a free, family friendly event to celebrate our great country’s anniversary year marking 150 years of Confederation” - Mayor Mike O’Brien.

New Year’s Eve will be fun for the whole family with four venues, tons of music, and two firework displays – an early show for the kids at 8 pm and midnight to mark the new year. In addition to music, Officers’ Square will also feature a craft beer garden, buskers, painters, a campfire, food trucks and more.  To warm up between performances in Officers’ Square, the community is encouraged to wander from venue to venue for free public programming and free hot cider.

Here’s a look at the complete line up:

Officers’ Square (4:30 pm - midnight)

Fireworks will light up the sky above the Saint John River at 8 pm and midnight

  • FHS and Leo Hayes High “Battle of the Bands” winners
  • Fredericton favorite party band, The Downtown Blues Band  
  • Maggie Savoie multi instrumentalist Acadian from Kedgwick
  • Muskrat Singers and Shawl Dance presented by St. Marys First Nation
  • Quinn Bonnell (beautiful East Coast acoustic/electric vibe)
  • Earth Bound Trio (blending elements of folk, funk, reggae and rock)
  • Headliner and Canadian fave , Joel Plaskett & Emergency  

Fredericton Public Library (6-8 pm)
The early part of the evening is all about the children, with music, crafts & theatre. The  Chinese Cultural Association will  present the Lion Dance. Award winning kids entertainers Scotty & The Stars will provide music and the Calithumpians will present a Canada 150 theme Show. In addition, a local artist will create a painted sculptural artwork using a very large piece of driftwood from alongside the Saint John River.   The Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band, celebrating 90th anniversary in 2017, will be on hand to teach kids about the bagpipes, with hand on instruction on the drums and chanters.

Wilmot Church (7 - 10pm)

  • Hum & Hollow -acoustic Folk, Roots, and Reggae
  • Andy Brown – folk singer/ songwriter      

Beaverbrook Art Gallery (6 - 10pm)

  • Don Bosse Jazz Quartet
  • Garrison Trio

Visitors can also enjoy free guided tours at 6, 7, and 8 pm  and browse an exhibit on the new Expansion, opening in 2017, while enjoying hot cider or a glass of wine.

For public safety and the fireworks shows, St Anne’s Point drive will close to traffic at 7pm. Queen Street will remain open.

For a detailed schedule visit the event page :

Several volunteers are needed to help deliver the event and people can sign up to volunteer.

For more information, contact Stacey Russell, Assistant Manager, Fredericton Tourism, 506-460-2410;