Canadian rock music icon Kim Mitchell will headline a New Year’s Eve concert in downtown Barrie.

The legendary performer is just part of the festivities taking place December 31 in what is being called “Downtown Countdown,” that promises to be Central Ontario’s largest New Year’s Eve event.

All events are scheduled for downtown Barrie and begin at 6 p.m. That includes skating at Circle at the Centre rink, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, a tube slide and various food vendors.

As well as Mitchell, the main stage performers will include Rue Bella, Practically Hip and children’s entertainer Chris McKhool. There will also be two rounds of fireworks. The first takes place at 7:45 p.m. following McKhool’s show. The second display will end the festive event when the clock strikes midnight.

Rue Bella is a local alternative rock band that is gaining recognition throughout Ontario and was chosen to perform from among 40 other submissions. Practically Hip is a popular tribute band that performs songs from the Tragically Hip catalogue. The Juno Award winning Kim Mitchell has been a mainstay on Canadian concert stages since the 1970s when his band Max Webster toured extensively across North America. Since then, Mitchell has performed as a solo artist in between a long stint as a radio personality in Toronto. He will take the stage at 10:30 p.m.

Barrie Transit will be free of charge beginning at 5 p.m. on December 31 to help you get around until 3 a.m. the next day. Free parking will also be available at various downtown locations.

(Photo: Canadian music legend Kim Mitchell will rock in the New Year in downtown Barrie)

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