On New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31 st , 2020, at 10:30 pm EST,
From Ontario With Love: A Celebration of Hope will showcase a powerful, heartfelt 90-
minute special event on TVO and the TVO YouTube Channel, as well as facebook
livestream at thestar.com. Featuring incredible performances, storytelling, and fireworks,
with our cast and crew from Ontario.
Witness some of Ontario’s greatest emerging stars and legendary talent including: Avril
Lavigne, The Halluci Nation, (Formerly known as A Tribe called Red), AllyDice,
Barenaked Ladies, Broadway’s Chilina Kennedy, CZN, Divine Brown, Jully Black,
Measha Brueggergosman, LOONY, Award winning DJ duo Loud Luxury, NOTIFI,
America’s Got Talent Finalist Roberta Battaglia, Roy Woods, Ryhan Douglas, Sean
Jones, Steele, The Tenors, Wali Shah and award-winning Windsor Symphony
The celebration will also feature powerful Front-line Workers stories from six Ontario
locations including Windsor, Ottawa, Niagara, Thunder Bay, Huntsville, and Kingston. The
evening will be hosted by Kim’s Convenience star Andrew Phung and Canadian television
and radio personality Arisa Cox with award- winning DJ duo Loud Luxury, live from
Windsor’s Capitol Theatre, which will be celebrating its 100th birthday on New Year’s Eve.
“On behalf of over 140,000 Members of the Labourers‘ International Union of North
America, who build and strengthen our province, we remain united for a prosperous,
healthy and happy new year as we build back stronger, together. On December 31 st , in
honour of our health-care heroes and all front-line workers, be inspired, empowered, and
Feel the Power of the arts as it connects us across our cities, our communities, and the
province of Ontario. Stay strong, stay safe.” says Joseph Mancinelli, International Vice-
President and Regional Manager of Central and Eastern Canada of LiUNA.
The show’s spectacular opening number from the Princes’ Gates in Toronto, will have an
extraordinary and diverse group of performers, from legendary stars to new artists, who
take us on an incredible journey, making their way to a sensational stage which will feature
a show-stopping launch to the show, choreographed by Clarence Ford, with Akeel Henry
as Musical Director.
The broadcast production is directed by award-winning director Barry Avrich, produced by
JL Entertainment and award-winning producer Jeffrey Latimer and Barry Avrich, with
creative director Farley Flex.
Jeffrey Latimer says, “It has been an honour, in this difficult time, to work with so many
diverse artists, filmmakers, and production crews from across this province to celebrate
hope for our future.”
“We are proud to help make this Ontario-made culture and tourism production possible with investments through our agency, Destination Ontario, and our Reconnect program. I
commend all those who contributed to make it a resounding success while showcasing
much of what Ontario has to offer – even during these unprecedented times,” said Lisa
MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “I wish all Ontarians
a very happy new year and to those watching beyond our borders, when it’s safe to come
back to Ontario, I invite you to visit this remarkable province. Our picturesque landscapes,
iconic institutions and historic landmarks truly are yours to discover.”