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Vancouver New Year's Eve Celebration Aims To Be Largest In Canada

Free outdoors concerts, fireworks, and festivities galore.

Mark your calendars, folks - or actually, don't, because this one shouldn't fly off your radar. As we anxiously await the triumphant end to 2016, it's time to get some New Year's Eve plans in the works. Though New Year's Eve is notorious for being the biggest let down of the year (no matter which city you're celebrating in), and the safest bet might usually be to stay indoors, this year the City of Vancouver and Concord Pacific has something special in store that will be well-worth joining the crowds of partiers for.

This year, the waterfront festivities at Coal Harbour will be greater than ever before. Ringing in 2017  - the year of Canada's 150th birthday - Concord's NYE Vancouver will host an impressive fireworks display, and live performances by The Sheepdogs, Yukon Blonde, Delhi 2 Dublin, Crystal Shawanda, Humans, Wintersleep, Spencer Burton, Meghan Patrick and Dan Davidson.

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While last year's inaugural event brought out 80,000 people - making it the largest New Years celebration in Canada - this year the event will be expanded to include the space around the Jack Poole Plaza and a second music stage - meaning there will be more prime viewing space to see live music, enjoy food from local food trucks, and watch the firework displays.

There will be two firework displays leading up to midnight - one at 9pm, for families with young children who need to be tucked in long before the countdown, and then another at the start of 2017.

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Or, if you're feeling extra fancy, check out the TRUE NORTH event in the adjacent Vancouver Convention centre. Their stunning ballrooms will feature performances from local-favourites The New Pornographers, as well as performances from the artists at the outdoors event. There will also be DJ sets from Andy Clockwork, Kevin Shui and Hebegebe.

TRUE NORTH attendees will have a truly special vantage point to enjoy the midnight fireworks, so why not get dressed up and enjoy the ceiling-to-floor glass windows of the Convention centre overlooking some of the most beautiful Vancouver scenery?

If you're unsure what to do this NYE, be sure to head down to Canada Place Way, and ring in 2017 with the help of a 26-foot countdown tower, music, fireworks, and a crowd that will likely top 100,000 people.

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