News Release
December 29, 2021

On Friday, December 31, the City of Toronto will safely ring in 2022 with a livestream featuring pre-recorded performances from iconic Toronto music venues and other locations leading up to fireworks across the waterfront.This year’s program allows Torontonians to enjoy the festivities safely at home, helping to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

At midnight, high-altitude fireworks displays will launch simultaneously across Toronto’s waterfront as part of the livestream broadcast. Fireworks will be viewable from anywhere with views of Lake Ontario. Please note that there are no fireworks happening at Nathan Phillips Square or the CN Tower.

This year’s livestream show and fireworks celebrates the progress the city has made confronting the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 21 months and honours our frontline workers, including all members of Team Toronto working non-stop to help residents get vaccinated.

To further make the livestream as safe a production as possible it will be emceed by television personality Devo Brown now from a closed studio set. The livestream will be offered on the City of Toronto’s CultureTO YouTube channel at New Year’s Eve Livestream Concert & Fireworks beginning at 10:30 p.m.

Performance lineup:
• Walk Off The Earth pre-recorded without audience at the El Mocambo. Visit The Official Community of Walk Off The Earth
• Andy Kim pre-recorded without audience at the El Mocambo. Visit Andykimmusic
• Dwayne Gretzky streamed live from their studio. Visit Dwayne Gretzky
• Tamar Ilana pre-recorded without audience at the Aga Khan Museum. Visit Tamar Ilana
• Indigenous drum group Young Creek pre-recorded without audience at Small World Centre
• Soukustek recorded December 2, 2021 at Lula Lounge. Visit SOUKUSTEK on Facebook
• Lemon Bucket Orkestra leaders Marczyk Family & Friends pre-recorded without audience at Small World Music Centre. Visit Balaklava Blues
• Medusa Quartet pre-recorded without audience at Small World Music Centre. Visit Sisterhood of Medusa
Full program details for New Year’s Eve are available at New Year’s Eve Toronto.

The City’s New Year’s Eve programming is designed with guidance from Toronto Public Health (TPH). The City and TPH recommend that the public stay at home to safely watch the concert and fireworks via the livestream. Anyone viewing the fireworks out in public should keep two metres distance from people they don’t live with and wear a mask.

If you are sick or have cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and seek testing. COVID-19 safety measures were also in place at the venues where performances with audiences took place, including proof of vaccination and ID and mandatory masks at all times, except when eating or drinking.

The New Year’s Eve celebration and the extension of the Cavalcade of Lights program are presented in partnership with ShowLoveTO and funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the Government of Ontario. Visit Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Cavalcade of Lights installations at Nathan Phillips Square will be turned off at 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Personal fireworks in City parks and on beaches is prohibited. Residents are reminded to not set off fireworks on their own property without a permit. Fireworks have the potential to cause serious injury and damage. Inappropriate use of fireworks, including setting off fireworks from apartment balconies, can poses a risk of fire, injury or damage to people and property. Learn more about fireworks rules and how to keep your pets safe at Fireworks – City of Toronto.


“We have worked with Toronto Public Health to plan a safe New Year’s Eve celebration for our city. This year’s livestream show and fireworks will celebrate the progress we have made as a city confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and honour our frontline workers, including those working non-stop to help residents get vaccinated. I encourage residents and visitors to log on and join us as we safely ring in the New Year, looking forward to a brighter 2022.”
– Mayor John Tory

“Toronto’s New Year’s Eve celebration provides residents a safe way to still mark the last day of 2021. This year’s program will showcase the vibrancy of our city, the quality of our entertainment venues, and the top-notch creativity and talent of our local performers.”
– Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre), Chair, Economic and Community Development Committee

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