PEI 2014 New Year’s Eve opening celebration a spectacular event

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CHARLOTTETOWN – The official kickoff to the much anticipated PEI 2014 celebrations was a magical night to remember. Upwards of 4,000 people braved cold temperatures to take part in the PEI 2014 New Year’s Eve Outdoor Celebration along historic Great George Street and in front of Province House National Historic Site in the provincial capital.

Crowds cheered as Canadian music superstar Johnny Reid brought the house down with a spirited, high energy performance at the P.E.I. Convention Centre for the 2014 New Year's Eve celebrations.

“We are thrilled with the success of the PEI 2014 New Year’s Eve Opening Celebration,” says Premier Robert Ghiz. “The response from Islanders and visitors alike was tremendous. We look forward to an inspiring and memorable celebration year right across Prince Edward Island.”

With the area completely lit in festive lighting, an enthusiastic and celebratory mood filled the air. Islanders and visitors of all ages enjoyed a free, family-friendly event which included performances by Rawlins Cross and Meaghan Blanchard, astounding busker routines by world class buskers, a spectacular ice garden created by members of Canada’s Ice Sculpting Team, old-fashioned wagon rides, and the largest fireworks display in Atlantic Canada.

"The City of Charlottetown was thrilled to have co-presented the outdoor portion of the New Year's Eve family celebration with PEI 2014 Inc.," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "The exciting atmosphere all along Great George Street and surrounding areas will live on through the many memories shared by those who attended the festivities, which was also marked by a wonderful start to 2014 year-long celebrations."

Just a few blocks away over 2,700 concert goers rang in the New Year with Canadian music superstar Johnny Reid at the brand new P.E.I. Convention Centre. Reid brought the house down with a spirited, high energy performance that proved to be the perfect lead up to the new year’s countdown at midnight.

P.E.I.’s own Lennie Gallant set the tone earlier in the evening with performances of rousing fan favourites such as "Peter’s Dream".

Following Reid’s performance, Island dance band More Soul kept concertgoers on the dance floor and in a celebratory mood well into the night.

"As Islanders, we have a lot to be proud of and being the birthplace of Confederation is certainly one of them,” said the Gail Shea, minister of Fisheries and Oceans and MP for Egmont. “I am very proud that in addition to a memorable year of celebrations, our government’s support for the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference will build the path towards our national celebration in 2017."

The PEI 2014 celebrations will include more than 150 festivals, events and activities taking place throughout Prince Edward Island all year long. For more information, visit www.pei2014.ca.

“Atlantic Lottery - Red Shores are thrilled to be the official presenting partner for the year-long PEI 2014 celebrations,” says Michael MacKinnon, managing director of Red Shores. “We are confident that the New Year’s Eve kickoff is indicative of the fabulous 12 months of celebrations ahead. We look forward to the many exciting events including Canada Day, the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone and Founders Week, just to name a few.”

In 2014, Canadians will mark the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial) of the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which paved the way to Confederation. PEI 2014 Inc. is facilitating the planning, promotion and implementation of the Sesquicentennial celebrations. 

Organizations: P.E.I. Convention Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Canada Great George Street

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  • Helen Shewchuk nee Hall
    February 23, 2014 - 15:29

    Really enjoyed Johnny Reid's pre Christmas Tim Horton's Commercial - amazing voice!

  • Cynthia
    January 06, 2014 - 15:41

    My husband and I attended the Johnny Reid part of the New Year s at the convention center. We absolutely lived Johnny Reid ! I must say the set up was much to be desired. There were no tables or chairs in the main stage area. The security was very much lacking as there were many discustingly drunk "women" banging into us, would have spilt their drinks on my gown, if it wasn't for my husband being my body guard. These more than intoxicated "women " falling on the floor over and over in an attempt to dance. Their short dresses around their waist while they struggled to get back up. Security???? At the doors , I saw security. How is it these "mature" women were allowed to carry on all night disturbing everyone else s night. My husband and I moved several times to avoid any situations. Past midnight, we called a taxi , of course expecting it to be busy but people were hopping in any taxi s we called , not even bothering to check if it was theirs. Next there was the threat that the door security stated that the lobby closes at two. On a bitterly cold night , just what we needed to hear. Congrats! Convention center and Delta two less people that will never be attending anything there again . Poor set up , poor security , poor transportation options!

    • Jay B
      February 27, 2014 - 09:45

      Cynthia sure seems like a complainer , imo . Is there anything she doesn't complain about ? What a party pooper... If I ever go there I am hoping she ( and her bouncer husband ) will NOT be there complaining. This festival sounds like a lot of fun ... Hoping to attend this summer ;-)

  • tina paine
    January 03, 2014 - 18:40

    wish I could have been there.

  • Hazel Richard McGrath
    January 03, 2014 - 09:32

    we attended this event , coming from Nova Scotia, it was a bit nippy but other than that we had a fantastic time. we stayed at the Delta , ate at a local fish restaurant , took in the ice sculptures and wagon rides and of course Lennie Gallant and Johnny Reid. would love a copy of this article, is it possible to have a paper mailed to us ? thank you and look forward to another trip to the island, maybe when the weather is warmer lol