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Cultural Capital Celebrates New Year’s Eve

Arial shot of churchil square with crowds

Events Edmonton partner with Edmonton Cultural Capital Program for a very special: New Year’s Eve Downtown.

FEATURING: Nightworks on the Square, a spectacular firework show with music and magical light effects. There will also be live bands on, and around, Churchill Square. Plus, the usual family activities, and fun for everyone. December 31, 2007

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City Hall 7pm-11:30pm

Host: John Ullyatt and Joe Bird

Activities: Mask making and crafts for children and families, Ice Skating, a magical setting at City Hall Plaza (weather permitting)

Music 7:00-7:45 EclecTrip – Eclectic Mix of Folk, Jazz, World Music and Light Classical
8:00-8:40 Strathcona String Quartet - Chamber Music: Eclectic, Classics and Jazz
8:50-9:30 Ann Vriend – Pop Vocal/Piano
9:45-10:30 Marco Claveria -Latin/Cuban
10:45-11:30 McDonald Broadband - Rock and Roll sans Drums

Entertainment 7:00-9:00 Roving Entertainers from Firefly Theatre

Stanley A. Milner Public Library 9pm-11:30pm

Host: Frank Bessai

Activities Crafts for children and families: Create a 3D snowflake, and a noisemaker.
Music 9-9:35 Maria Dunn - Country Folk
9:50-10:30 Sheri Somerville - Jazz Fusion
10:45-11:30 Vissia Sisters - Folk Rock

Entertainment: Clowns

Edmonton City Centre: CBC Centre Stage, 9pm-11:30pm

Host: CBC Host

Attraction: Mural Mosaic
Coast Mountain Sports display window will feature a
20’ x 20’ mural consisting of 20, 4’x 4’ paintings from different cultures which together form Michelangelo’s Adam from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Mural Mosaic is representative of the cultural diversity and harmony found in Edmonton.
Created by Lewis Lavoie


9:00-9:35 Andrea House - Poetic Folk
9:50-10:30 The Uncas - Hillbilly, “Whiskey Cow Punk”
10:45-11:30 James Murdoch - Roots Pop

Sir Winston Churchill Square Main Stage, 7pm-11:30pm

Host: Jeff Page, Global Edmonton & EZ Rock


Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Bon Fire
Vendors and Concessions

Music (outdoor heated stage)

9-9:35 The Wheat Pool - Country Rock
9:50-10:30 Captain Tractor - Folk-Rock-Celtic-Punk
10:45-11:30 The McDades - Celtic Rock

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GRAND FINALE: Nightworks Lights up the Square

At midnight light and sound build into 13 minutes of spectacular fireworks, rising high above City Hall. We invite all of Edmonton to join together on Churchill Square to celebrate Edmonton’s designation as 2007 Cultural Capital of Canada.

AND drop off new and gently used clothing for the Mustard Seed. Containers will be on Churchill Square.

New Year’s Eve Downtown is a free event, and is alcohol free.

Performers Bios

Andera HouseAndrea House
9:00pm-9.35pm Edmonton City Centre CBC Centre Stage

Andrea spent her early twenties acting in musicals and theatre
productions. She has been nominated for three Elisabeth Sterling Haynes
Awards and won Best Actress in 1990 for her role in "Babes in Arms" at
the Citadel Theatre. Her first full-length album "Heart's Hotel" was
released to a sold out crowd at the Winspear Rehearsal Hall in January
2004. Since then, Andrea has toured to Winnipeg, Toronto and Ottawa,
where she performed at Alberta Scene in 2005. She has played the South
and North Country Fairs, the Edmonton International Street Performers
Festival and the Edmonton Folk Festival.

UncasThe Uncas
9:50pm – 10:30pm Edmonton City Center CBC Center Stage

The Uncas rawk out any time of day, playin' only their own unique brand
of Whiskey Twang Cow Punk (hillbilly style rock). They've been all across
this continent, and seen many a hilarity. Almost every famous honky-
tonk in Canada has hosted these hotshots - from the Railway Club in
Vancouver to the Horseshoe Tavern and El Mocambo in Toronto, and
everywhere in between (High and Lonesome - Winnipeg, Sidetrack Cafe -
Edmonton, Ship & Anchor - Calgary, the list goes on and on and on...)
Lots of festivals have been debauched by these dynamos too!

James MurdochJames Murdoch
10:45pm – 11:30pm Edmonton City Centre, CBC Centre Stage

Born in icy Whitehorse, Yukon, singer/songwriter/producer James Murdoch was raised
under the basking glow of the stage lights. James recorded his first solo record
“polyphonic” in 2001 and in 2002 it received nominations at the West Coast Music
Awards and Prairie Music Week for “Outstanding Pop Recording.” In 2004 James signed
a publishing deal with Peer Music International and a performance at CMW resulted in
James being signed to Montreal based Indica Records. In the summer of 2007 James
teamed up with “poetic proselytizer” Hawksley Workman to produce James’ fourth CD
“In Transit.” With Workman featured on drums and other instruments as well as celebrity
guests Gary Craig (Bruce Cockburn, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings), Richard Underhill
(Shuffle Demons) and Stew Crookes (Matt and Jill Barber), the musicianship on the
record is top notch.

Wheat PoolThe Wheat Pool
9pm-9:35pm Churchill Square Main Stage

The Wheat Pool, draw influence from fellow Edmontonians Old Reliable,
Winnipeg's The Weakerthans, Steve Earle, Neil Young, Blue Rodeo, early
Wilco and Whiskeytown. The songs themselves stem from two brothers,
who pen dark, driving country-rock songs that deal with timeless themes
of death and good old-fashioned longing. These are songs that are best
appreciated in your car, on a dirt road, late at night, chasing trains in the
dark. The Wheat Pool has spent the last 2 years building their
performance resume around Alberta. "Township" is their first full length
release. (Fall 2007 on Shameless Records Canada)

TractorCaptain Tractor
9:50pm-10:30pm Churchill Square Main Stage

Captain Tractor's live show never fails to bring the house down. With
three versatile writers and ever member a fine musician, each show is a
roller coaster ride of fun and mayhem, and you never know what's going
to happen from night to night. Playing over 2000 shows since their
formation has made this band of misfits a tight, sought after Canadian
sensation. Their songs have been featured in numerous TV spots
including "Due South", "Higher Ground" (Fox TV), and Hockey Night in
Canada (CBC). They have toured extensively throughout New Zealand and
Europe, and have been proud ambassadors of Edmonton during their 15
year history.

McDadesThe McDades
10:45pm-11:30pm Churchill Square Main Stage

Celtic rooted, they're both adventures and mischievous as they play with
tempos and experiment with unconventional but generally very
successful, arrangements. Johnny's flush/The Boiling Hen is a fast reel set
in which fiddle and whistle are joined by pedal steel guitar and Indian
Ghatam (clay drum), and the familiar Rocky Road To Dublin gets a
complex, jazzy beat and an almost abstract fiddle break in the middle.
The cleverest arrangement has to be on the breakneck, Quebecois call-
and-response song V'la L'Bon Vent which is backed by Santoor (Persian
hammered dulcimer) and tabla. Its hot stuff, and very entertaining.

Maria DunnMaria Dunn
9pm-9:35pm Stanley A. Milner Public Library

A storyteller through song, Maria Dunn combines North American folk
and country music with the influences of her Celtic heritage. Born in
Scotland and raised in Ontario and Alberta, she writes songs inspired by
historical and contemporary characters, capturing their struggles and
triumphs in her lyrics. In 2002, Maria received a Juno nomination in the
Roots/Traditional Solo category for her second recording, For a Song. Her
latest project, We Were Good People (2004), explores the stories of
working people in Western Canada--tales of resilience and hope through
experiences of immigration, internment, exploitation and The

Sheri SommervilleSheri Somerville
9:50pm-10:30pm Stanley A. Milner Public Library

Sheri Somerville resides in Edmonton but continues to reap national and
international acclaim for her work as an actress and singer. Local theatre-
goers have seen her work in Teatro la Quindicina's Skirts on Fire and Eros
and the Itchy Ant, both written for her by Stewart Lemoine, with whom
she also collaborated on the cabaret revue shows Songs of Me and
Around the World with Me. Citadel audiences have seen Ms Somerville in
Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Hello, Dolly!, and The King and I.
Sheri's nightclub appearances have taken her from Toronto to New York
and Paris to Hong Kong. Sheri Somerville's jazz CD In My Arms continues
to sell briskly at home and abroad.

Vissia SistersVissia Sisters
10:45pm-11:30pm Stanley A. Milner Public Library

Alexandra, Aleisha and Andrea, the “Vissia Sisters”, are roots artists, combining
a unique blend of country, bluegrass, and folk music with rock influences. From
their first performances standing on the living room coffee table to their recent
appearances, the Vissia Sisters bring a youthful exuberance to their
The Vissia Sisters began performing together in the fall of 2000. Since then
they have graced stages in Japan, the 2005 CCMA Gospel Showcase, Tennessee,
Merritt Mountain Music Festival, Big Valley Jamboree and many theaters across

Electic TripEclecTrip
7pm-7:45pm City Hall

A dynamic five-piece band comprised of a core violinist, guitarist, and
bassist that perform an array of folk, jazz, world music and classical
influenced pieces. Originating from different musical backgrounds, each
individual brings their own perspective to this refreshing, natural
collaboration of music. Altogether, EclecTrip engages the crowd in a
captivating, energetic show you do not want to miss!

Strathcona String QuartetStrathcona String Quartet
8pm-8:40pm City Hall

The Strathcona String Quartet has performed world premieres of
numerous contemporary works. They have premiered works for the ECCS
Edmonton New Music Festival (Edmonton composers George Andrix,
Roger Deegan, Piotr Grella-Mozejko, David Roxburgh, Dave Wall), a Thom
Golub recording, Jeff McCune and Mile Zero Dance Company (with Brian
Webb), Dave Wall’s premiere recital, the Lloydminster Jazz Series (Andrix,
Shades of Blue), among many others. In years past, the quartet has
performed Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoire at major Alberta

Ann VriendAnn Vriend
8:50pm-9:30pm City Hall

Upon hearing Ann Vriend's heartbreaking and exquisite voice people of
all demographics stop in their tracks. After which point the content and
production of Ann's writing breathlessly captivates until the very end, of
both her stunning live shows and her cinematic, sophisticated pop
albums. Her uncompromisingly fresh style has garnered comparisons to
eccentrics such as Fiona Apple or Kate Bush, soaring pop epics such as
David Gray or Katie Melua, fresh young piano divas such Gavin DeGraw
and Sarah Slean, and alternately joyous and heartbreaking as icons such
as Emmylou Harris and Paul Simon. She passionately performs her music
around the world, from New York to Berlin, Melbourne to Paris, and in her
home and native land of Canada.

Marco ClaveroMarco Claveria
9:45pm-10:30pm City Hall

Marco has been an integral part of various musical projects that have
toured all across this country, he has performed in various events in
Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London Ontario,
Toronto, Halifax, Fredericton and has had the privilege of playing the
prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival as well as the world renowned
Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Marco has been a part of such well known
Edmonton acts as Maracujah and Bomba

BroadbandMcDonald Broadband
10:45pm-11:30pm City Hall

Old School Edmonton punks will remember Mike McDonald from back in
1979, where his first band started making inroads into Edmonton’s
underground. That outfit evolved into the Malibu Kens, which set
McDonald on his path towards Jr. Gone Wild. In 1991, the group was
awarded Edmonton’s Salute To Excellence Award for Performing and
Creative Arts, and they were multiple ARIA award winners (including
Group Recording Artist of the Year 1990).
On April 8, 1999, more than a dozen local and nationally known
luminaries gathered at the former Sidetrack Café and put on a show
called The Songs of Mike McDonald which also aired live on CBC Radio.
Mike has been hosting Edmonton’s longest running underground open
stage at The Rosebowl on Sunday nights for coming up on 17 years or so.
It was there that McDonalds current act came together through the most
organic of means. At any rate, it is called The McDonald Broadband, and
Mike is joined these days by Duane Elias on bass, Mickey Vallee on
accordion and Everett LaRoi on electric Guitar.