Mayor’s levee kicks off celebrations

Skating at the Circle of Friends, the mayor’s levee to meet the new council, two fireworks displays – an early one for the youngsters – and a concert to ring in the New Year are planned to say so long to 2010 and hello to 2011

New Year’s Eve celebrations kick off with a meet-and-greet the mayor and new council, a couple, of fireworks displays, and the city’s annual downtown celebration, this year featuring Bedouin Soundclash.
The Mayor’s New Year’s Eve levee is an opportunity to have some face time with the new council. This long-standing Canadian tradition affords residents the opportunity to talk about issues facing the city, and council’s plans to address them.
The levee is planned for 2-4 p.m., New Year’s Eve, in the City Hall rotunda. Don’t forget to bring the skates for an afternoon of free skating at the Circle of Friends rink, In the courtyard of City Hall.
Later, the New Year rings in this year in downtown Barrie with the annual free concert that has become a mainstay of civic holiday celebrations.
This year Bedouin Soundclash headlines the concert to launch the city into 2011. As in previous years, the venue will be City Hall, or rather the area immediately around it. The stage will be set up on Collier Street, facing east, in from of City Hall. The area will be closed to traffic.
The band is a Juno Award-winning trio, widely heralded as one of “Canada’s finest, blending pop, rock, punk and reggae,” according to the city press release.
“Bedouin Soundclash has toured internationally alongside acts such as No Doubt and recently performed in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Bedouin’s hit songs include ‘When the Night Feels My Song,’ ‘Walls Fall Down,’ and ‘Mountain Top.’ They have just released their fourth album, ‘Light the Horizon.’
Also on the bill is the act Judy & David, considered the ‘freshest, most inventive children’s music duo working today’ by Billboard Magazine. The duo kicks off the show at 7 p.m., and will be joined by local youth from the Cingolani Academy of Music and Performing Arts.
Also performing are two local acts – Atlantis Blueprint and Final Thought.
The evening includes skating at the Circle at the Centre, horse-drawn wagon rides, and face painting. Two fireworks displays will light up the night – one at 7:45 p.m. for the kids, and the second at midnight to ring in the New Year.

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