Big Wreck kicks off New Year’s Eve bash

New Year’s Eve gets its bell rung in Barrie once again, as the 16th annual Downtown Countdown kicks off with local and national talent.
The show’s main act will be Big Wreck, whose songs, including ‘That Song’ will be familiar to concert goers. Following a string of hits in the 90s, the band took ten years off to pursue other projects, including solo work from signer Ian Thornley. He reunited with fellow ‘wrecker’ Brian Doherty to release the band’s third album, ‘Albatross,’ in 2012. It reached number one on the Canadian rock charts and was nominated for rock album of the year at the Junos.
In addition to the big-name act, the Countdown features entertainment for the younger set with the return of Splash ‘n Boots, one of the country’s top acts for children and a Barrie favourite. Voted Canadian Children’s Group of the Year, they have performed more than 1,200 shows around the world, have been featured on Treehouse TV, and have 6 award winning albums.
The line-up will also include emerging talent selected from more than 30 submissions after the City of Barrie invited local acts to contest for the opportunity to perform in front of a hometown crowd. Swaying Tuesdays, a five-piece independent rock band from Barrie, plays music inspired by The Band, The Beach Boys, and The Beatles.
The Countdown includes skating, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, and fireworks – all beginning at 7 p.m.

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