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Kick-Off to Canada's 150th Celebrations

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Moncton's Kick-Off to Canada's 150th Celebrations

December 31st, 2016
Moncton's Riverfront Park


Come celebrate Canadian pride in downtown Moncton on New Year's Eve, with headliner Jimmy Rankin! The kick-off celebrations will offer more than just live music and fireworks. The ‘Festival of Festivals’ will begin at noon at Riverfront Park, with special family-friendly activities organized by event partners Festival Inspire and the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival. During the afternoon, interactive stations and games will be set-up in order to celebrate local First Nations, as well as our community’s increasingly diverse population. 

Full Program

12 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Youth Olympïqs, presented by the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival (Riverfront Park)

12 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Vendors offering a variety of foods (Riverfront Parking Lot)

1:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. – Performing Arts Workshops for Kids (Capitol Theatre)

3 p.m. - Screening of Oliver! (Capitol Theatre)

4 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Discover local First Nations' history through art and storytelling, presented by Festival Inspire (Riverfront Parking Lot)

4 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Craft Beer Garden (Riverfront Parking Lot)

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Kick-Off to Canada's 150th Concert (Riverfront Parking Lot)

9 p.m. – Kick-Off to Canada's 150th Fireworks (Riverfront Park)

Resurgo Place (20 Mountain Rd.)

In partnership with the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance, from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., Resurgo Place will be offering a fun and interactive experience highlighting the natural history of the incredible Petitcodiac River. Admission is $1.50.

Concert Line-up

Jimmy Rankin

Jimmy Rankin

Jimmy Rankin is one of Canada’s finest and most popular singer songwriters.  Hailing from Mabou, Cape Breton, he rose to fame as a lead singer, guitarist and songwriting lynchpin for multi-platinum Canadian Celtic-pop heroes, The Rankin Family, who sold over 2 million records and earned five Junos including the coveted “Entertainer of the Year” award.  In 1990, Jimmy embarked on a solo career, winning numerous awards and accolades over the course of six CD releases.   Jimmy’s has built his reputation on the power and dynamism of his live shows which while moving effortlessly between Roots, Country and Celtic stylings and drawing on an impressive catalogue of hits, appeal to fans of all ages.



Joseph Edgar 


Joseph Edgar, presented by Festival Acadie Rock

Two years after the release of Gazebo and the runaway success of the song Espionne russe [Russian spy], singer-songwriter-composer Joseph Edgar is back with the album Ricochets. Produced by André Papanicolaou as part of a first (and fruitful!) collaboration, Ricochets surprises, with its blend of refined textures, a fleshier sound and smoothly handled pop trends.


Izzy and the Prohibition

Izzy and the Prohibition

Formed in early 2014 from a collective of seasoned artists of the Moncton music scene, Izzy and the Prohibition got together to pursue their love for soul, blues and motown music.



Nicole O. Melanson
Communications, City of Moncton

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