The local band, Tell It To Sweeney, has been selected as the winner of the Road to New Year’s Eve contest, and will perform on stage in Victoria Park on December 31.
“The quality of all of the performances was incredible this year,” says James Stewart Reaney, a member of the New Year’s Eve in the Park organizing committee, and coordinator of the contest’s judges. “Tell It To Sweeney brought excitement and energy to the stage through excellent vocals, strong saxophones, and an undeniable stage presence. They had the whole venue dancing.”
The Road to New Year’s Eve contest was organized by the New Year’s Eve in the Park organizing committee in partnership with 102.3 Jack FM. More than 20 local bands entered the contest. The Kate Channer Band, Patrick James Clark, Casper Marcus, Nameless Friends, and Tell It To Sweeney were the five semi-finalists chosen to perform December 6 at Call the Office. A panel of judges reviewed the semi-finalists’ performances and selected Tell It To Sweeney.
“The local music scene is strong,” says Marcus Plowright, chairperson of the New Year’s Eve in the Park organizing committee. “We were thrilled that any one of the five semi-finalists this year would have been spectacular at New Year’s Eve in the Park.”
Tell It To Sweeney describes their music as electro-swing with influences of jazz, blues, soul, and rock. The band consists of Anne Moniz (vocals), Kyle Gagne (guitar), Marc Shickluna (bass), Ryan McNevin (keyboards), Thom Edwards (drums), Brian Baillargeon (sax), and Matthew Greeson (sax).
“We are a hip shaking fun and fresh take on dance music that you love, performed through a live band with fierce grooves and lots of energy.” says Kyle Gagne of Tell It To Sweeney. “We are thrilled to perform at New Year’s Eve in the Park, and we hope you come dance with us!”
Tell It To Sweeney will be joining an entertainment lineup that includes the Forest City London Music Awards All-Stars, The Thinking Caps, Ill at Will, and the Sweet Adelines.
“The Forest City London Music Awards All-Stars are award winning musicians who will be playing Canadian hit songs from the 1980s to present day,” says Mario Circelli, a member of the New Year’s Eve in the Park organizing committee. “The Thinking Caps produce amazing shows for kids of all ages, and Ill at Will is a local dance troupe that aims to educate youth on the positive aspects of hip hop culture through breakdancing.”
The Forest City London Music Awards All-Stars this year include:
Keys – John Brocksom
Vox /Keys - Kate Channer
Guitar – Charles Edward
Guitar – Paul Aitken
Guitar/Vox – Anne Moniz
Bass/Vox – Melissa Ogden
Drums/Percussion – Mark Swan
Featured vocalists include:
Tanya Lovell, Nikki James, Alan Charlebois, Sarina Haggarty, Alan (Jacob) Hoekstra, Dana (MacCabe) Stromberg, Darla Dalgard-Stratton, Jude Coyle, and Scott Bollert.
About New Year’s Eve in the Park
New Year’s Eve in the Park is an annual free, fun, family event taking place Tuesday, December 31st from 7 p.m. to midnight in Victoria Park downtown. New Year’s Eve in the Park is a community driven event bringing thousands of Londoners together supported by the City of London. Victoria Park comes alive with outdoor skating, live music, and the opportunity for children to meet their favorite superheroes all while you enjoy a hot chocolate and take in the thousands of lights strung on Victoria Park’s trees. Two fantastic fireworks displays light up the sky. The first show is at 9 p.m. (perfect for kids and families) and then a second show at the stroke of midnight.