On New Year’s Eve, Thursday December 31st, 2020, at 10:30 pm ET, From Ontario With Love: A Celebration of Hope will showcase a powerful, heartfelt 90 minute special event on TVO and the TVO YouTube Channel, as well as Facebook livestream at thestar.com. Featuring incredible performances, storytelling, and fireworks, with our cast and crew from Ontario. Witness some of Ontario’s greatest emerging stars and legendary talent including: Avril Lavigne, The Halluci Nation (Formerly known as A Tribe called Red), AllyDice, Barenaked Ladies, Broadways Chilina Kennedy, CZN, Divine Brown, Jully Black, Measha Brueggergosman, LOONY, Award winning DJ duo Loud Luxury, NOTIFI, Roy Woods, Ryhan Douglas, Sean Jones, Steele, The Tenors, Wali Shah and America’s Got Talent Finalist Roberta Battaglia with the Award winning Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
The celebration will also feature powerful Front Line Workers across Ontario. The evening will be hosted by Kim’s Convenience star Andrew Phung and Canadian television and radio personality Arisa Cox with award winning DJ duo Loud Luxury, live from Windsor’s Capitol Theatre, which will be celebrating its 100th birthday on New Years Eve.
“On behalf of over 140 000 Members of the Labourers‘ International Union of North America who build and strengthen our province, we remain united for a prosperous, healthy and happy new year as we build back stronger, together. On December 31st in honour of our healthcare heroes and all front line workers, be inspired, empowered and feel the power of the arts as it connects us across our cities, our communities and the province of Ontario. Stay strong, stay safe.” says Joseph Mancinelli, International Vice President and Regional Manager of Central and Eastern Canada of LiUNA.
The show’s spectacular opening number from the Princes’ Gates in Toronto, will have an extraordinary and diverse group of performers from legendary stars to new artists, who take us on an incredible journey making their way to a sensational stage which will feature a showstopping launch to the show, choreographed by Clarence Ford with Akeel Henry as Musical Director.
The broadcast production is directed by award-winning director Barry Avrich, produced by JL Entertainment and award winning producers Jeffrey Latimer and Barry Avrich with creative director Farley Flex.
Jeffrey Latimer says “It has been an honour in this difficult time to work with so many diverse artists, filmmakers, and production crews from across this province to celebrate hope for our future”.
“We are proud to help make this Ontario made culture and tourism production possible with investments through our agency, Destination Ontario, and our Reconnect program. I commend all those who contributed to make it a resounding success while showcasing much of what Ontario has to offer – even during these unprecedented times,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “I wish all Ontarians a very happy new year and to those watching beyond our borders, when it’s safe to come back to Ontario, I invite you to visit this remarkable province. Our picturesque landscapes, iconic institutions and historic landmarks truly are yours to discover.”