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Thousands ring in the New Year with Citytv at Nathan Phillips Square

Despite a chilly night, thousands of revellers packed Nathan Phillips Square Monday night into Tuesday morning, ringing in a brand new year.

The party featured live music from some top Canadian artists, including Kardinal Offishall, Shawn Desman, Jully Black and The Canadian Tenors.

One woman who spoke to 680News said she was saying goodbye to a very good year.

“I had a great 2012, I graduated college which was great, and now I’m working at a great job and I’m really looking forward to a good 2013,” she said.

Toronto-native Kardinal Offishall, who has performed at the bash several times, got the crowd pumped up with his high-energy performance.

Ontario pop star Shawn Desman joined him with a strong performance, along with Toronto-native Jully Black.

Also performing were the Canadian Tenors and Bridgit Mendler.

The free outdoor concert was hosted by Citytv personalities Gord Martineau, Kevin Frankish, Dina Pugliese and Tracy Moore, and was simultaneously broadcast on Citytv.

The annual bash at Nathan Phillips Square is one of the longest running, largest and most popular New Year’s Eve parties in Canada.

This year marked the 28th year for the bash.