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2016-10-13 - Charlottetown to Kick Off Canada 150 Celebrations with New Year’s Eve Event

The City of Charlottetown will kick off the Canada 150 Celebrations with a special all-ages New Year’s Eve event, made possible by funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada 150 Fund.

The free, family friendly event, Capital New Year – First Night 150, will take place on Great George Street with Province House as the backdrop, where the Fathers of Confederation first arrived and conceived the idea of Canada as a nation. The celebration will include stage performances, two pyrotechnic displays and indoor and outdoor entertainment.

The evening will start with family focused activities from 5:30 p.m. until approximately 7:45 p.m., but the party will continue until midnight with more adult oriented entertainment and a unique pyrotechnic show to help ring in the New Year. 

"It’s an honour for the City of Charlottetown – the Birthplace of Confederation – to be hosting an event to kick off the 2017 celebrations, marking our great country’s 150th year," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Thanks to Canadian Heritage, we will bring our community together on the final night of 2016 for a wonderful evening of diverse programming. We will start the event with a Peoples’ Night Parade and our on-stage performances will be supplemented by busker-style performers who are sure to keep the crowd entertained. I encourage everyone to mark it in their calendar as this will be an event the whole family will want to attend."

The City of Charlottetown is one of 19 cities in Canada that will be provided funding through the Canada 150 Fund for amplified New Year’s Eve celebrations. The City will receive $100,000 from Canadian Heritage for the event.

"I invite all residents of the Charlottetown area to participate in the celebrations to kick off the 150th anniversary of Confederation. With the important role that Charlottetown has played in the history of confederation, it makes it an ideal place to turn our minds to the future as we welcome 2017," said The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

"The upcoming New Year’s Eve event is a fantastic way to ring in 2017 and launch the year-long celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Considering the impact Charlottetown had on forming this great country, it is only fitting that we would mark this momentous occasion in a big way," said Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown.

Detailed programming for Capital New Year – First Night 150 will be announced in November. Follow the City of Charlottetown on Facebook for the latest event details: www.facebook.com/CityofCharlottetown. Once the schedule is announced, a webpage will be launched at www.charlottetown.ca


Media contact:

Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown

Friday, Feb 23, 2018
City Hall
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