News Release
December 29, 2017

Toronto’s New Year’s Eve celebration at Nathan Phillips Square has been shortened due to current extreme cold weather conditions. The New Year’s Eve event will begin shortly before midnight with a live DJ set, followed by a countdown to the fireworks display at midnight, as planned. The City will continue to monitor weather conditions over the next 48 hours and make further adjustments, if necessary.

Complete event details are available at

Media availability:
Mike Williams, General Manager of the Economic Development and Culture Division will be available for questions from the media at the Member’s Lounge at City Council at 3:30 p.m. today.

Media logistics during event:
Crews are advised to arrive by 8 p.m. on December 31 to set up in the reserved media area in front of the main stage. An audio feed will be available.

Keeping warm during event:
Residents and volunteers attending the event are advised to dress appropriately for the weather, cover all extremities, keep active when outdoors, if possible and monitor themselves and others for signs of cold stress. More information on the health impacts of extreme cold weather is available at

The City is taking all measures to protect the health and safety of the public, artists, volunteers and event staff.

The City of Toronto is committed to presenting an accessible event. An accessible viewing area and a sign-language interpreter will be provided onsite.

In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network transit service, the Toronto Transit Commission is extending its all-night subway service on all subway lines (Lines 1, 2, 3 and 4) to approximately 4 a.m. on January 1. TTC service will be free from 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 31 to 7 a.m. on Monday, January 1. Osgoode Subway Station is recommended for arriving to and departing from Nathan Phillips Square. More information is available at

GO Transit will provide extended late-night service and offer free rides after 7 p.m. on December 31. The UP Express will also be free during that time. GO schedules are available at

The following roads will be closed (or open only to local traffic) as of 6 p.m. on December 31:
• Queen Street West between University Avenue and Yonge Street
• Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Richmond Street West
• Hagerman Street between Elizabeth Street and Bay Street
• Elizabeth Street between Dundas Street West and Hagerman Street
• Albert Street between Bay Street and James Street
• James Street between Albert Street and Queen Street West
• York Street between Queen Street West and Richmond Street West

A more complete list of events and road work is available at  

Social media updates during New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square will be available on Facebook at, Twitter at @SpecialEventsTO and Instagram at @SpecialEventsTO.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada’s 150th birthday with “TO Canada with Love,” a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

Salim Rachid
Strategic Communications