Barrie’s Downtown Countdown Line-Up Announced

Barrie will ring in 2020 with The Trews and Splash ‘n Boots

Barrie will bid farewell to 2019 and welcome 2020 with The Trews, singer-songwriter Craig Cardiff, emerging local band The Hillbirds, and family favourites Splash ‘n Boots.

“In partnership with Rock 95, 107.5 KOOL FM and Barrie 360, the City is excited to welcome The Trews as this year’s Downtown Countdown headliner,” said Arin Donnelly, Community Events Coordinator. “This will be an amazing night of entertainment and fun for all ages. And best of all, it’s all free.”

The Trews, have earned legions of fans with hits such as Not Ready to Go, Tired of Waiting, Hold Me In Your Arms, Highway of Heroes, and Hope and Ruin.
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Craig Cardiff has played with and opened for artists such as Blue Rodeo, Gord Downie, Sarah Harmer, Skydiggers, and Hawksley Workman.
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The Hillbirds, an indie/folk/pop band from Barrie, were chosen from over 30 local bands which expressed interest in the gig.
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Opening the evening will be Juno Award-winning Splash ‘n Boots. They’ve released 12 albums, including their most recent, “You, Me and the Sea,” co-written and produced by Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea.
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As always, there will be two fireworks displays – an early set for the kids and another to kick off the new year.

This year’s free New Year’s Eve celebration outside City Hall in downtown Barrie also includes skating at the City Hall rink, horse-drawn wagon rides, fun family activities, roaming street performers, food vendors, and two fireworks displays. The festivities get underway at 6 p.m. on December 31st.

Barrie Transit service will be free on New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. If driving, there is plenty of free parking within walking distance of the event. For more information about the event, visit

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