Citytv's annual New Year's Eve Bash expands to include first-ever live broadcast from Calgary

- 27th annual fan-favourite telecast grows to four hours; back-to-back two-hour national telecasts from Toronto and Calgary -

- Features live performances by Backstreet Boy Howie D, Anjulie, and award-winning Canadians Down With Webster -

TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - The biggest New Year's Eve celebration in Canada just got even bigger, as Citytv today announced it is adding a second broadcast location - Calgary - to its annual New Year's Eve Bash.  The live telecast also increases to four hours, from two, with big-name celebrities and musicians to ring in 2012 in style.

Joining Citytv Toronto for the 27th annual New Year's Eve Bash, Citytv Calgary will host a free event and live broadcast from downtown Calgary at Olympic Plaza with host Jill Belland and Citytv favourites Tara Slone, Ted Henley and Andrew Schultz.  In Toronto, the free event and live broadcast will once again take place outdoors at Nathan Phillips Square with hosts Gord Martineau and Tracy Moore, alongside Breakfast Television's Dina Pugliese and Kevin Frankish.

The December 31 broadcast begins at 10pm ET/CT and 8pm MT/PT on Citytv with a two-hour national broadcast from the Toronto event, followed by a two-hour national broadcast from the event in Calgary.  The New Year's Eve Bash will also be seen at 10pm ET on OMNI.1 and 10:15pm MT/PT on OMNI Alberta and OMNI BC. A live stream of Citytv's New Year's Eve Bash is also available online at www.Citytv.com and on the Citytv iPad.

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"Citytv is synonymous with this New Year's tradition and is thrilled to ring in 2012 with yet another family-friendly event and broadcast," said Jamie Haggarty, Executive Vice President, Television Operations, Rogers Media Television.  "Last year more than five million Canadians watched the Citytv New Year's Bash - the most watched in Canada.  And with the addition of the Calgary event, we are extending our reach to include more Canadians from across the country."

"Calgary is looking forward to celebrating New Year's Eve with all of Canada through Citytv as the host for the western Canadian portion of this national broadcast," said Naheed Nenshi, Mayor, City of Calgary. "I'm thrilled to invite the country to join in this unique winter experience in Calgary's beautiful Olympic Plaza."

Some of the hottest names in music will be performing at Citytv's New Year's Eve Bash.  Live from Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, big-name acts include Backstreet Boy singer Howie D and pop sensation Anjulie while the party continues at Calgary's Olympic Plaza with award-winning Canadians Down With Webster. Plus, hear special holiday greetings from some of your favourite prime time stars.  Additional performances and celebrity guests to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Citytv™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats such as: Breakfast Television and CityLine; as well as local Canadian and US acquired prime time entertainment programming. Citytv is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on Citytv stations and programming, visit www.Citytv.com.


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