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Joel Plaskett Emergency to Headline Fredericton’s Canada 150 Kickoff New Year’s Eve Celebration

Joel Plaskett Emergency to Headline Fredericton’s Canada 150 Kickoff New Year’s Eve Celebration

Nova Scotia’s folk rockers Joel Plaskett Emergency will headline Fredericton’s Canada’s 150 kickoff on New Year’s Eve in Officers’ Square. The Canada 150 NYE event, made possible with funding from the Department of the Canadian Heritage, will take place in the Historic Garrison District and nearby venues downtown.

“It’s going to be a spectacular Canada 150 Kickoff event designed for the whole family. We’re inviting all New Brunswickers to join us in the Capital City this New Year’s Eve. We’ll have fireworks, live art creation and more than a dozen musical performances including headliner Joel Plaskett Emergency helping us ring in the New Year” said Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien. “We want to thank the Government of Canada for funding this national celebration.”

“We think Joel Plaskett Emergency is the perfect headliner for a great, rockin’ Canada 150 kickoff in the Square on New Year’s Eve.  Joel is quintessentially Canadian, one of this country’s most dynamic performers, and reflects a Maritime sensibility we’ve come to love in Fredericton,” said David Seabrook, Fredericton’s Manager of Economic Development, Tourism and Events.

The prolific veteran singer and guitarist delivers stadium-ready rock anthems mixed with folk tradition, producing favorite songs his fans know by heart, and creating a sing-along atmosphere few artists anywhere can hope to create.

“For nearly three decades, Plaskett has been a beacon of hope for musicians on the East Coast, a shining example of how to make it on your own,” Exclaim Magazine said recently.

“We hope people from across the Province will join us for what promises to be one great show, part of a bigger multi-venue Canadian celebration that will include First Nations performers, Francophone artists, members of our ethno-cultural community, our arts community and programming designed specifically for children,” said Seabrook. “It’s going to be a great party.”

Plaskett will be the final performer on stage in Officers’ Square before midnight. A full line up of artists with be announced in the coming days. There will be a family-friendly warming station in Officers’ Square where hot cider will be served and people will be able to get small Canadian flags for the event.

A small beer garden showcasing local microbrews and ciders is also planned.

As part of the Canada 150 Kickoff celebration, there will be two fireworks displays: an early evening event for children and families at 8pm and a second fireworks display at midnight, following the conclusion of Joel Plaskett’s performance.

“We looked at a number of models for fireworks and opted to split our investment into two shorter celebration moments so both families with young children and late night party goers can enjoy the festivities,”  Said Seabrook. “Other cities have had success with the approach and this way we can include everyone in the community.”

In addition to full evening of acts in Officers’ Square, Fredericton’s Canada 150 kickoff event will feature local bands at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Wilmot United Church and children’s’ programming at the Fredericton Public Library.


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