For years, the only national broadcast of a New Year’s Eve show has been out of, surprise, surprise Toronto. But 2012 is going to be a little different.  Actually, it’s going to be on 2011, but it’s New Year’s Eve 2012…so you get the point.

Citytv has just announced that for the first time ever 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.

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.  That means that Calgarians will get the chance to have a big ol’ party in Olympic Plaza with some pretty big artists!

They haven’t announced a lot of performers yet, but so far I know that Backstreet Boy singer Howie D and pop sensation Anjulie will be on the Toronto broadcast,  while the party continues at Calgary’s Olympic Plaza with supergroup Down With Webster.  (I’ve heard rumours of the other acts, but I can’t say anything yet.)

It’s already going to be a busy time for Calgary, what with something called the World Junior Championships going on, so I’m guessing between this big New Year’s Eve party and the hockey tournament, it’s going to feel a little bit like the Calgary Stampede…only a LOT colder.

I’m sorta excited because this will be my first New Year’s Eve in Calgary, so it’s good to know that I’ll definitely have something fun to do.  Now, let’s just hope it isn’t -40.

Mike Morrison