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NEW YEAR’S EVE ROUNDUP: Events for the dancehall star, the fashionista, the PG crowd, and everyone else looking to ring in 2014

By Anastasia Philopoulos

If you’re looking for an epic dance party
Want to leave 2013 on the dance floor? If so, Mugshots New Years Eve Party might be the ticket for you. DJ Hobo & Sweetcheeks (Kitchen Party) will team up with Eric Roberts (TIMEKODE) and DJ LambRabbit to bring you the ultimate dance party experience. Tuesday, Dec. 31. 9 p.m. $5 advance tickets/$10 at the door. Mugshots Jail Hostel Bar, 75 Nicholas St.

If you’re looking for an excuse to dress up
It’s all that jazz but without the prohibition. Dig out your best Gatsby attire (think suspenders and sparkle) and step into the hot world of the Roaring Twenties with a dazzling evening of DJs, dancing and live entertainment. The Gatsby New Year’s Ball will be held at the former Ottawa Union Station, established in 1912. The evening is sure to pay spectacular homage to a time of loose morals and rising hemlines. Tuesday, Dec. 31. 8 p.m. $75/$95 VIP ticket. Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau St.

If you’re looking for something laid back
Start 2014 off right by laughing your way into it at the third annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Night. Canadian comedians Andy Chapman, DeAnne Smith, and Amanda Brooke Perrin will have you in stitches all-night! Tuesday, Dec. 2013. 9 p.m. Adults $42.25/Students $12. Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd.

Silken Laumen
SilkKen Laumann launches their debut album on Dec. 31 at Babylon.

If you’re looking for an epic dance party (part deux)
Three-piece electro dance/punk band Silkken Laumann will launch their debut album, Not Forever Enough, with a festive and fabulous New Year x Album Party x Dance Party. The band will perform their new album, followed by a sweaty dance floor dedication to some of the best hip hop, R&B, and indie rock anthems of all time. Champagne, and midnight snacks will be provided by food blog The Gouda Life and Harrow (Kelly Brisson and Katie Worobeck). Tuesday, Dec. 31. 10 p.m. $15 advance tickets/$20 at the door. Babylon Nightclub, 317 Bank St. 

If you’re looking for a rowdy NYE party
Want to ring in a new year with true merriment, revelry and celebration? Drink, clap, and sing your evening away to Irish ballads and foot stomping Quebecois rhythms, with the Irish Bastards at their NYE dinner and show. Grab a pint and a dancing partner because this Montreal-based Celtic folk band, comprising of banjo, guitar, mandolin, and violin, will have you singing, dancing and partying the night away. Tuesday, Dec. 31. 7:30 p.m. $75 with dinner/$20 show only. Les Brasseurs du Temps, 170 Montcalm St.

Sparks Street hosts a family-friendly countdown New Year's Eve party.
Sparks Street hosts a family-friendly countdown New Year’s Eve party.

If you’re looking for something to do with the family (Free!)
Take in the classic sights and sounds of the maple leaf drop, fireworks at midnight, DJs, door prizes, and plenty of noisemakers at the New Year’s Eve Capital Countdown. Juno award winner K-OS will perform along with Ottawa bands Loon Choir and Cardboard Crowns. Family friendly, with lots of hot spots for bubbly and beers (to warm up of course!). Tuesday, Dec. 31. 6 p.m. Free Admission. Sparks St., 100 Sparks St.

If you’re looking for a glamorous evening
Grab your watch-fob, mink, and a cherished group of your ‘in’ friends for FlyBar’s 2014 NYE Gala. Intimate and upscale, this evening includes champagne and midnight performances by Ottawa’s best in burlesque, Koston Kreme, Rhapsody Blue and Audrey Hipturn. Tuesday, Dec. 31. See website for various prices and package deals. FlyBar, 158½ Rideau St.