NEW YEAR ON SPARKS
Ring in the New Year with an outdoor concert on Sparks Street, part of a community event intended to transform the downtown pedestrian mall into a Times Square-worthy party. The fun starts at 8 p.m. and includes performances by two fast-rising Ottawa bands, roots-rockers Autumns Cannon and outspoken folk trio Three Little Birds, as well as a headlining set by Hamilton’s Junowinning rock outfit, Arkells, above. A surprise, which is not likely to be fireworks, is planned for midnight. Hot chocolate and food will be available. Admission is free.