Your Guide to Dwayne Gretzky New Year’s Eve 2021

Tonight Will Be a Night to Remember, Literally and Virtually

At long last we can all say goodbye to 2020. We’re eager to tip our hat to what’s been a weird one, and we acknowledge that it has been (and continues to be) a struggle for many.

For the moment at least, Dwayne Gretzky is feeling grateful. Not only are we thankful to be able to play music together again after such a long time, but we’ve been excited to get creative and think about our band and the experience we help create in a whole new context.

That’s why we’re elated about tonight. It’s going to be a Dwayne Gretzky show like none other. The idea of pushing ourselves has always motivated us. Whether it’s to learn new songs, or in this case, a whole new medium. A live Dwayne broadcast!

Aside from it being virtual with viewers from across the country and beyond, it’ll also be the longest show we’ve ever played – and we’ve done some doozies. It’ll be roughly 55 songs from start to finish, from midnight in Newfoundland all the way until midnight in BC.

So all that to say, we hope you don’t miss it.

Below is a guide to some extra info and details so you can get the most out of it.



Tune in starting at 10:15pm EST Tonight above!

Some Tips for the Best At-Home Dwayne Gretzky Show

Follow these steps and it will be just like the real thing.
Since this year is a little different, we put together a short list of suggestions  to get the most out of your at-home Dwayne Gretzky audio-visual experience. We’re excited to let you into our space, and perform for you in yours.

If you have the means, we recommend the following for optimal experience:

  • Put us on the Big Screen: It’s on YouTube so it’s accessible on a big any smart TV fairly easily. Or use an HDMI cable, Chromecast, Apple TV, or the like.
  • Put us on the Speakers: Connect the audio to your best home audio system or other quality speakers for optimal listening experience. We’ve made sure it’s worth the effort.
  • Turn it up: If your neighbours complain, just send them the link to the show :)

Vote for the Last Song of Each Set

Voting will be live and run throughout the night.
Have your say! Hear what you want to hear. We’ll be running a poll linkable here where our viewers can vote on the last song of each set throughout the night – 5 in total!
So cast your vote live as we count down to midnight in every Canadian time zone.

Tip Dwayne Gretzky and Support Canadian Musicians

50% of all proceeds support Unison Benevolent Fund

We’re passing around the tip jar virtually in support of Canadian musicians. If you enjoy the show and you have the means to do so, we encourage you to visit the donation link.

50% of all proceeds will be going to support the Unison Benevolent Fund; a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

COVID Health & Safety Statement

We’re in a challenging time locally, and beyond. Our preparation for an event such as this one is reflective and respectful of this.

For those interested, we wanted to share our COVID Health and Safety protocol as it pertains to tonight’s shoot and the preparations leading up. We have held ourselves to a high standard to ensure we are moving forward in a manner that is both respectful of the government’s requirements and recommendations, as safe as possible for all those involved, and respectful of our communities at large.

If you wish to read our COVID Health and Safety Protocol, it is available to download at this link.


You Can’t Spell Dwayne Without NYE – New Years Eve 2021 Live Stream presented by Smirnoff

Announcing: Dwayne Gretzky New Years Eve live stream presented by Smirnoff. This year, our annual New Years Eve party will be in your living room.  The free live stream will be accessible to anyone with a device and a wifi connection all the way – across Canada – and beyond!  Set a Youtube reminder via the link in our bio so you don’t miss it.  Because you can’t spell Dwayne without NYE.

Tune in from wherever you are across Canada, and let Dwayne count down your fresh new year no matter what time zone you’re in.  Starting with New Years Eve in Newfoundland, and going all the way until we count in 2021 on the west coast.

You can’t spell Dwayne without NYE.

Set a YouTube reminder HERE so you don’t miss it!


Dwayne does Tom Petty in isolation

As we all know, social distancing is the most important thing we can do to help beat the virus. Everyone in the band has been doing their part by staying home and avoiding social gatherings. Although this has been challenging, it has also given us the opportunity to connect which each other in a different way.

This version of Tom Petty’s You Don’t Know How It Feels was shot entirely in self isolation using our smart phones. What a joy to play music together again! Big thanks to our good friend Dan Tahmizian for editing the video and our very own Ian Docherty for mixing the song. Enjoy! And stay safe!


Tour Dates Postponed

In the interest of public safety, we have made the tough decision to postpone the following upcoming shows:

March 21 – Buffalo – Town Ballroom
March 27 – London – Rum Runner’s
April 3 – Barrie – Mavrick’s
April 4 – Waterloo – Maxwell’s

We’re working with each of the venues to reschedule and we’ll report back with dates and more details once we have them.


Big Shiny Dwayne: Jagged Little Pill Edition

You Oughta Know! Big Shiny Dwayne returns this May with a VERY special edition – this time, we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of Alanis Morissette’s best-selling record Jagged Little Pill, plus a whole second set of all the other giant 90s tunes.

25 years ago, Alanis Morissette released her third studio album, a stylistic departure from previous dance-pop work that quickly became a staple in the alt-rock/post-grunge world. Jagged Little Pill was HUGE, topping the charts and making Alanis Morissette the youngest artist in history to win Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.

On Saturday, May 23 we celebrate Jagged Little Pill cover-to-cover, followed by a set of classic Big Shiny Dwayne 90s tunes.

The fan club presale starts March 11 – sign up HERE.


Poster by Matthew Sweeney

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Camp Dwayne 2020

Calling all campers: Camp Dwayne is back Labour Day 2020 at Camp Timberlane – early bird tickets on sale now!

A 3-day cabin camping weekend in beautiful Haliburton, ON with all your pals, Camp Dwayne is the special end-of-summer hang you’ve been after, packed full of campfire singalongs, nature’s magic, classic camp activities, and musical performances from Dwayne Gretzky & special guests (to be announced).

This event is family-friendly and open to the public, so pack the van and bring your kids, your mom, and that brother-in-law you’ve always gotten along with. Early bird tickets are on sale now until May 1.

For more info, head to campdwayne.com

Poster by Matthew Sweeney


A Night at the Opera House Available Now

A Night at the Opera House is live on the internet for your streaming & downloading pleasure. LISTEN HERE.

We pulled some of our favourite recordings from last year’s secret show – Purple Rain, You Can Call Me Al, God Only Knows & more – and put them together into a live album! We’ll be sharing select videos from the show as well, but in the meantime liven up your Friday night plans with the live Dwayne experience, out now.

Dwayne Gretzky A Night at the Opera House

Album art by Tom Ionescu.


Announcing a Live Album! Dwayne Gretzky: A Night at the Opera House

Last year we brought our biggest fans together for a secret show at the Opera House in Toronto, and we recorded and filmed the whole thing. We loved the live versions so much we decided to put them together and release them as an album. Now you can put the live Dwayne experience into your ears wherever you are.

A Night at the Opera House hits the internet this Friday. Pre-save HERE.


Dwayne. Horseshoe. February.

We’re back at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern this February for four nights, showing off two brand new themes.

Feb 13 & 14: Shania Dwayne: Dwayne Gretzky Gone Country
Whiskey-soaked heartbreak and barn-burning singalongs with country hits from Hank Williams & Dolly Parton to Garth Brooks & Shania Twain.

Feb 27 & 28: Dwayne Gretzky Presents Studio 54
Celebrate good times, come on, as we take a trip back to those debaucherous nights at history’s most famed discotheque.

Advance tickets available online for Thursday shows only. Friday tickets at the door only (no advance tickets), first come first served.

Advanced tickets:
Thursday, February 13 – Shania Dwayne: BUY TICKETS
Thursday, February 27 – Studio 54: BUY TICKETS

Shania Dwayne


Dwayne Gretzky Studio 54