Canada Day fireworks captured from the top of the Hotel Grand Pacific by Ryan Kelm photography

We are just a few days away from ringing in 2017 and Victoria’s Inner Harbour will be the backdrop on New Year’s Eve.

This free family-friendly event includes a spectacular three-dimensional digital light show, musical performances, food, and spectacular fireworks to launch Canada’s 150th.

Fronting Government Street, the stage will be stepped back from the corner of Belleville and Government Streets, between the Royal BC Museum and the Legislature Building.

The festivities will kick-off with a First Nations Welcome Ceremony and performances by the Lekwungen Dancers and the Esquimalt Singers at 5:05 p.m. and will end just after 9 p.m with fireworks timed wth those in our nation’s capital of Ottawa.

Headlining the evening will be Vancouver-based Dear Rouge, the husband, and wife Juno-winning duo of Drew and Danielle McTaggart.

Here is the full Spirit of 150 First Night schedule:

5:00 PM – Welcome Blessing by Elder Elmer George and Suzie Thomas

5:04 PM – Greetings from Chief Ron Sam of the Songhees Nation and Chief Edward Thomas of the Esquimalt Nation

5:10 PM – Lekwungen Dancers

5:25 PM – Esquimalt Singers and Dancers

5:38 PM – Prime Minister’s Address

5:43 PM – O Canada (École Campus View Elementary School)

5:45 PM – Harbour Ferry Ballet

6:00 PM – Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds

6:10 PM – Trial Bike Performance at Ship Point

6:40 PM – Harbour Ferry Ballet

6:55 PM – Alex Cuba

7:10 PM – Trial Bike Performance at Ship Point

7:45 PM – Mayor Lisa Helps Reads Address from Canadian Heritage

7:48 PM – Canadian Heritage Video in English and French

7:57 PM – Queen’s Address

8:00 PM – Dear Rouge

8:15 PM – Trial Bikes Performance at Ship Point

9:00 PM – Fireworks

9:13 PM – Outro Video in English and French

The free event will take place on Saturday, December 31, 2016, from 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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