Marc Bence/for metro edmonton


Annie Dugan with the Firefly Theatre takes a twirl upside down in city hall yesterday as part of the unveiling of activities planned for New Year’s Eve. Between fireworks, dancers, musicians and a trapeze act, the city has a massive blowout planned to end the year as the Cultural Capital of Canada.


Organizers at city hall and more than 100 volunteers plan to earn Edmonton’s reputation as the 2007 Cultural Capital of Canada with a New Year’s Eve blowout.

City council and a host of government and corporate sponsors plan to spend more than $200,000 on a party that will be spread across four stages set up in the downtown core.

This year, an outdoor stage on Churchill Square will add to music venues at city hall, the Stanley Milner Library and outside the CBC offices in Edmonton City Centre, said event spokesman Giuseppe Albi.

“There’s going to be jazz, pop, Latin, rock n’ roll, Celtic, poetic folk, jazz fusion, folk rock, Western,” Albi said yesterday during a media launch.

“The variety of entertainment that we have really shows the cultural diversity of the city.”

A 13-minute fireworks display, a trapeze act and a kid’s craft workshop will add to the ambiance, as will a forecast of -10C and a donation bin for needy Edmontonians operated by the Mustard Seed.

The party is a free event, no admission required and no alcohol allowed. City transit is also being offered gratis New Year’s Eve from 6 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.