Juno-award-winning Vancouver rock group Hedley and Grammy-award winner Nelly Furtado will headline the free 2012 New Year’s Eve Concert in Queen Victoria Park.
Electro-pop trio Dragonette will also take to the stage for the nationally televised broadcast, Niagara Parks officials announced Monday evening.
“Niagara Parks will once again be the place to be on New Year’s Eve,” said NPC chairwoman Janice Thomson.
“Our thanks go to our community stakeholders and partners for their continued support of this great event. It really is exciting to see the whole community join in celebrating this special night in such a landmark location.”
ET Canada will goes live from Niagara Falls at 7:30 p.m. on Global, featuring “exclusive interviews” with the performers.
The two-hour coast-to-coast live television broadcast countdown to midnight begins at 10 p.m.
This year’s show is hosted by ET’s Cheryl Hickey, Matte Babel and Rosey Edeh.
“People are already talking about this year’s party,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati.
“We’re thrilled that the rest of the country can join us, as Canada’s biggest party is about to get bigger.”
Last year’s show drew a peak television audience of 1.9 million (with a total reach of 4.8 million) tuning in at 12:01 a.m.
About 60,000 people attended the concert in person at Queen Victoria Park.
For those who attend this year, fireworks displays are planned for 8:45 p.m. and midnight.
Parks officials say this year’s displays will be bigger than ever, featuring 2,000 pounds of fireworks launched from the Skylon Tower, down in the Niagara Gorge, and for the first time, directly above the falls themselves.
The outdoor celebration also features a variety of food and beverage vendors, as well as an outdoor licensed area, staff say.