New Year’s Eve Countdown to 2017

CBC and Radio-Canada will present news and entertainment coverage of the New Year’s Eve countdown events across the country as Canadians ring in Canada’s big anniversary year.


2017 programming kicks off on December 31 with Canada’s New Year’s Eve – Countdown to 2017, a nation-wide musical celebration hosted by Rick Mercer from Parliament Hill on CBC Television, and online at CBC.CA/2017. The star-studded line-up of musical guests across the country includes: JUNO Award-winning and Grammy®-nominated multi-Platinum recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen and chart-topping country star Brett Kissel; singer-songwriter Scott Helman; KXO; JUNO Award winners Walk Off The Earth; The Strumbellas; The Bros. Landreth featuring Begonia; Radio Radio; JUNO Award winner DJ Shub; Yellowknife Throat Singers and JUNO Award-winning band The Sheepdogs. The special will also capture the excitement across the nation as Canadians ring in the country’s historic anniversary year.

From 7 to 9 p.m. ET, CBC News Network will deliver live coverage of the official ceremonies from Parliament Hill and celebrations across the country with Canada 2017 – NYE Live with Heather Hiscox.


This historic anniversary will officially kick off on December 31 with an evening of celebrations aired on ICI RDI starting at 7:30 p.m. Louis Blouin will present En direct du 150e de la Confédération du Canada, a special broadcast on the festivities from coast to coast to coast, including the official ceremonies on Parliament Hill in Ottawa attended by Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, followed by a spectacular fireworks show at 8:17 p.m.

At 10:30 p.m., the New Year’s Eve countdown (Le compte à rebours du 31 décembre) will get underway across the country. On ICI RDI, Bruno Savard will host a live broadcast from the Grande Allée in Quebec City that will allow viewers to join in the excitement of the cross-Canada celebrations and hear the countdown musical performances from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. At 11 p.m., ICI Radio-Canada Première will also provide radio coverage of the festivities, with host Philippe Marcoux.

A compilation of highlights from the music countdown will air Sunday, January 1 at 6:30 p.m. on ICI RDI and at 10:30 p.m. on ICI Radio-Canada Télé.

Sunday, January 1 at 6:30 p.m. on ICI RDI and at 10:30 p.m. on ICI Radio-Canada Télé.

CBC/Radio-Canada is pleased to present this first look at its special line-up of Canada 150 programs. The public broadcaster will be at the heart of Canada’s 150th anniversary year, sharing Canadian stories to understand the past, celebrate the present and embrace the future, including the perspectives of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, whose history extends far beyond these past 150 years. This multiplatform programming offer will take all Canadians on a journey to somewhere they have never been before, while helping them discover a vision of Canada’s future together.

This CBC/Radio-Canada 2017 Programming Guide outlines our extensive Canada 150 programming offer: documentaries, radio programs, kids’ programs, entertainment and arts specials, innovative digital and virtual reality initiatives, and ongoing news and current affairs coverage of the people, places and events in every region of the country that will shape this milestone year.

Stay tuned for more programming announcements, and broadcast dates and times.