From Niagara Falls Review:
With Queen Victoria Park filling up and fireworks about to go off, Alan Doyle took a moment to soak it all in New Year’s Eve.
The former Great Big Sea singer was making his fourth appearance at the annual concert, and it’s among his favourite gigs.
“I always think of Niagara Falls as like a Canadian Times Square,” he said. “I’m so grateful they asked me back, it means a lot to me to do it.”
It was a sentiment shared by Dennis DeYoung and Tom Cochrane, also making repeat visits to a concert that may have lost its TV coverage this year but still had thousands of bundled up fans show up for the event’s 25th year.
It’s disappointing this won’t be on TV. I’ve never gone down to the park to see anything live, but we always watch it.
From Niagara This Week:
Canadian content will be king at Niagara Falls for New Year’s Eve.
The Niagara Parks Commission and the City of Niagara Falls, along with its other New Year’s Eve partners unveiled the lineup for this year’s Dec. 31 event, set to take place in Queen Victoria Park.
Down With Webster will kick off the event, followed by Great Big Sea frontman Alan Doyle. The show continues with Dennis DeYoung, founding member of famed rock group Styx while Canadian rock icon Tom Cochrane and Red Rider close out the night.
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From the Niagara Falls Review (includes video):
A great big sea of New Year’s Eve revellers flooded Niagara Falls where a lineup of popular entertainers and unusually warm weather led to a bigger-than-normal crowd for the annual concert in Queen Victoria Park.
Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea and rapper Kardinal Offishall ushered in 2011 from a stage overlooking the Horseshoe Falls and tens of thousands of fans.
“The new year will bring good things for all of us. Most of us… Many of us,” Barenaked Ladies singer Ed Robertson joked with the audience.
They’ve finally got some “big” (or bigger than previous years) names coming to the Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve concert.
From a CNW Newswire press release:
Global Television and Entertainment Tonight Canada celebrate 2011 with ‘New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls,’ a nationally televised New Year’s Eve bash for the entire nation.
On Friday, December 31 – 10pm ET/PT on Global, ET Canada’s two-hour live countdown to the New Year gets underway across from the world-famous Falls in the heart of Queen Victoria Park.
One of Canada’s most celebrated live performers, Great Big Sea will kick off the second annual celebration followed by performances by international music sensation Kardinal Offishall and the GRAMMY® nominated and JUNO award-winning, Barenaked Ladies.
“Coming off of last year’s incredible show and enormous crowds, there was no question we would be returning to Niagara Falls for this amazing party,” said Barbara Williams, SVP of Content, Shaw Media. “Whether you’re in eastern, central or western Canada, audiences can tune in for off the chart performances, exclusive interviews by our ET Canada hosts and of course, a spectacular view of the Falls.”