Finger Eleven will headline this year’s “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” celebration in downtown London.
Organizers made the announcement Tuesday morning in Victoria Park. This year’s celebration is expected to attract between 9,000 and 12,000 people.
The City’s Music Industry Development Officer, Cory Crossman, tells AM980 a contest is also being held this year to select two musical artists or bands from London to open for the Juno-award winning Canadian rock band.
“It’s a big move forward. We’re putting two local artists on this year and the idea is to help showcase emerging artists from London. The music office is really about supporting the growth and development of the music sector and this is the perfect opportunity to showcase some Londoners,” Crossman says.
“You can reach out and submit an application and that’s done at http://www.londonmusicoffice.com/rockinnye . We’re looking for people to submit applications and show us their tunes and from there there’s a committee that’ll be narrowing it down to ten artists and from there the community will say who they want to see play.”
Chair of the event coordinating committee, Bruce McGuffin, says the event starts at 8 o’clock but he expects people to get there earlier to take advantage of free public skating.
“Then at 8 o’clock we have Glee London. They’re on until 9. Then we hand out free balloon hats for the kids and they have their own fireworks at 9 o’clock, we have a countdown for that.
McGuffin adds that when the countdown to midnight ends, a new countdown will begin.
“This is the kickoff here in London for Canada’s 150. It will start officially after midnight but we’re going to mention it before that. We’re working on getting some celebrities to come, we haven’t confirmed that as yet but we’re going to try to do that.”
With files from Natalie Lovie.