Citytv New Year’s Bash 2009

Join Citytv as we ‘Sing’ in the New Year with the 24th annual festivities and live broadcast from Nathan Phillips Square, Citytv New Year’s Bash, 2009. One of the biggest New Year’s celebrations in Canada, this year’s special outdoor, free-concert is hosted by Gord Martineau, Tracy Moore, Kevin Frankish and Dina Pugliese. This is one party you won’t want to miss!

Broadcast Schedule is as Follows:
Citytv Toronto Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm ET – 12:15am ET
CitytvHD Toronto Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm ET – 12:15am ET
Citytv Winnipeg Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm CT – 12:15am CT
Citytv Calgary Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm MT – 12:15am MT
Citytv Edmonton Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm MT – 12:15am MT
Citytv Vancouver Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm PT – 12:15am PT
OMNI 2 Wednesday, December 31 at 10:30pm ET – 12:15am ET

The pre-broadcast show kicks off at 9pm with Citytv personalities Farah Nasser and Roger Petersen in the Square. We’re sending 2008 out with a bang as we prepare for our live telecast at 10:30pm! Join us for an alcohol-free evening of entertainment — bring out the hot chocolate, long johns and flannel blankets to keep you warm. Things will definitely heat up as you dance the night away and ring in the New Year! With previous year’s attendance reaching over 40,000 revelers, you’ll want to get there early to secure your spot!

This year’s performers include:

Suzie McNeil:
A page torn from the dictionary can’t begin to define the spirit of rock and roll exuded by Toronto native Suzie McNeil and her sophomore solo effort, the fittingly titled Rock-n-Roller. Loaded with 11 tracks that run the gamut from the insatiably catchy first single “Let’s Go” to the chugging, break-up ball-buster “Free”, Rock-n-roller is the product of Suzie’s fierce attitude, independent spirit and furious determination to have the voice of a strong woman heard. Suzie first captivated audiences as the only Canadian contestant on the music-reality show Rockstar: INXS and has continued to delight fans with two hit albums including her debut release Broken & Beautiful. Suzie went on to star as OZ in the Toronto premiere production of We Will Rock You. Suzie has been honoured with a Juno Nomination for Best New Artist/Group of the Year. Her powerful ballad and Top 10 single “Believe” has been featured in numerous television shows including Oprah, The Biggest Loser, Beauty and the Geek and The Hills. An Orchestral Olympic inspired version of “Believe” features the 61 piece National Arts Centre Orchestra and is in the running to become the anthem for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Kreesha Turner:
Born to a Canadian father and Jamaican mother, Kreesha Turner was raised in Edmonton, Alberta. From a young age Kreesha expressed her love of music through dance and performed modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop and African. But it wasn’t until 2000 when15 year-old Kreesha took a voyage to Jamaica that she would discover that she was blessed with another way of expressing herself – through song. Upon her return to Canada, Kreesha was hooked on performing and immersed herself in Edmonton’s underground hip-hop community. In 2005, she won a talent search contest sponsored by a local radio station and was given the chance to record four tracks with Vancouver-based writers/producers Hipjoint. One of those songs, “Bounce With Me,” became a radio hit and attracted the attention of urban music manager Chris Smith (Nelly Furtado, Tamia). The song has been featured in episodes of Gossip Girl and Entourage as well as in promos for Lipstick Jungle.
On her debut album Passion, Kreesha collaborated with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Harold Lilly (Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson), producer Devo Springsteen, another Grammy winner (John Legend, Aretha Franklin) and Toronto-based songwriter and producer Jon Levine (Philosopher Kings, Nelly Furtado).

Toronto native, Dru has passionately pursued his music career since 1993. The Juno and MMVA award winner’s first three singles, “The One”, “Stay with Me (Always)” and “Seasons” share a strong rotation across the country with videos appearing on all major media outlets. With the release of his latest single “Never Too Late” Dru continues to prove that he is settling into his own on the Canadian music charts. Dru has been identified by Billboard Magazine as one of the most important emerging Canadian artists. Before going solo, Dru was the front man for Canadian R&B group, In Essence. The group went on to release the award winning album, The Master Plan. Dru is a force in the industry both as a performer and songwriter. Maintaining his drive, humility and class, Dru is poised to introduce a new brand and style to the R&B music world.

Tristan Avakian:
Renowned guitarist Tristan Avakian has recorded with some musical heavyweights including Lauryn Hill, Biohazard and Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20). He can be heard on The Lost Christmas Eve (Trans Siberian Orchestra – certified Gold) and Mariah Carey’s Daydream (certified Platinum). Tristan’s theatre credits include the original Broadway production of the Billy Joel hit musical Movin’ Out and the original production of Off-Broadway smash Hedwig and the Angry Inch while his touring credits include Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Cirque du Soleil.

Western Canada’s own musical sensation Shiloh continues to gain critical acclaim and popularity with her first single/video “Operator (A Girl Like Me).” At just 15 year’s old, the songstress has been compared to vocal power house Amy Lee. Her debut album of which she has co-written over half of the songs, is slated for release in March 2009 with Universal music. Shiloh has most recently performed with Hedley, Theory of A Deadman and Lady Gaga. Her songs have appeared in movies Dr. Dolittle 4, What Happens in Vegas as well as the hit television drama Gossip Girl.

Danny Fernandes:
Danny Fernandes knows he can dance. From a young age, Danny pursued a career in dance, winning a slue of accolades including two consecutive Rising Star awards at the annual CNE Dance Battle and becoming the youngest member of the Toronto Raptor’s famed Dance Pack. Danny went on to land professional dancing gigs including touring with the likes of Aaron Carter, Blackstreet, Deborah Cox and of course his brother Shawn Desmond. Adding singing to his portfolio, Danny has proven himself as an all round contender in the entertainment industry. Built on spectral synths and skintight beats, Danny’s sexy songs like “Curious” and “Private Dancer” are purposed-built for getting down and picking up, busting moves and breaking hearts.

The Cast of JERSEY BOYS:
See the cast from the Toronto production of the acclaimed Broadway musical JERSEY BOYS including stars Derek Krantz, Jeremy Kushnier, Michael Lomenda and Jeff Madden. The Tony Award winning blockbuster JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. It tells the tale of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 millions records worldwide. A true rags to riches story, JERSEY BOYS has been heralded by critics and audiences alike with successful extended runs in Chicago, Las Vegas, London, and now Toronto, plus a National Tour. The Toronto production of JERSEY BOYS is produced by Dancap Productions Inc., Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group in association with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.

Don’t miss Citytv New Year’s Bash 2009 Wednesday, December 31st live on Citytv and OMNI 2 (Toronto). Available in HD on CitytvHD (Toronto), Rogers Cable 519.

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