Brampton New Years party bolstered by free transit rides and extended service

Juno nominated artist Shawn Hook will be the headliner for the 2018 Brampton New Year’s Eve celebration.

The live concert, curated with support from Brampton’s own SounDrive Records is scheduled for Garden Square from 8 p.m. to midnight. The concert will feature the Julian Taylor Band, as well as Brampton-based artists, Raz, Melle Rose and DJ Tam. Firework displays will take place at both 9 p.m. and midnight.

DJ Tam will kick the party off in Garden Square at 8 p.m., followed by Melle Rose at 8:30 p.m. The first of two fireworks shows is set for 9 p.m. Musical entertainment continues at 9:10 pm with Raz and the Julian Taylor Band at 9:50 p.m. Canadian pop icon Shawn Hook will take the stage at 11:05 p.m. leading up to the countdown to midnight and the second firework display.

Ahead of the concert, everyone is encouraged to visit Gage Park to view the thousands of sparkling winter lights and skate on the trail. Family-friendly entertainment at city hall runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with a live dance party in the conservatory as well as a roaming magician and warming area in the atrium. A fireworks show in Garden Square has been scheduled at 9 p.m. for those wanting to ring in the New Year a little earlier in the evening.

Brampton Transit will offer free rides across its network starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 until the end of service.

Brampton Transit will also run extended service on the following routes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 23, 29, 30, 31, 35, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 57, 60, 501 and 502.

Routes 6, 8, 29, 31, 35, 51, 52, 53, 54, 57 and 60 will operate until 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.

For route and schedule information, call 905.874.2999 or visit bramptontransit.com.

For real-time next bus information, visit nextride.brampton.ca on your smartphone or other mobile device.

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