Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nelly Furtado Charged for the Chill at New Year's Eve Gig in Niagara Falls

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nelly Furtado Charged for the Chill at New Year's Eve Gig in Niagara Falls

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Nelly Furtado fired up to freeze on NYE

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TORONTO - Victoria-raised pop star Nelly Furtado says she loves playing gigs on New Year's Eve -- even if it means having to freeze in icy climes, which will be the case Monday night when she takes the outdoor stage at Niagara Falls, Ont.

"It's fun and you get to be onstage and you get to serenade all the couples that are kissing at midnight. It's a great vantage point," she said in a recent interview, noting she was shopping for a coat that was warm enough for the gig.

Plus, New Year's Eve revellers who brave the cold weather and in a group setting are usually "there to party, they're there to have a good time, so you know what the MO (modus operandi) is, right?" she added with a laugh.

"It's an easier gig that way in terms of meeting expectations, I guess. But no gig is easy, because you've got to bring the party."

Furtado plans to bring the party by singing a mix of new and old tunes from her five albums at "Entertainment Tonight Canada"'s fourth annual "New Year's Eve at Niagara Falls." The two-hour show, hosted by Cheryl Hickey and Matte Babel, starts at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Global.

Other acts on the bill include electro-pop trio Dragonette and Vancouver rockers Hedley, Furtado's fellow Free the Children charity ambassadors.

Hedley lead singer Jacob Hoggard is known for pulling pranks and Furtado is bracing for a surprise of some sort.

"I'm sure his prank will be showing up with, like, no shirt on. Like, Niagara Falls in the freezing, sub-zero temperatures and somehow being able to sing, without a scarf on," she said.

"That's what rock stars do."

Furtado plans to deliver a high-energy set with songs including "Parking Lot" and "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)" from the recently released "The Spirit Indestructible," her first English-language album in about six years.

"It's always challenging when you're playing for an audience in front of you and you're also playing for an audience at home, watching it on television," said Furtado.

"You have to kind of be engaged in many different ways, and they break it up for commercial breaks, so we're going to be out there for a while and the audience will be freezing along with us. …

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