Neil Young, Avril Lavigne Play Olympics Closer
A wide-ranging group of Canadian performers headlined the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, including a surprise appearance by Neil Young, as well as songs from the likes of Michael Buble and Avril Lavigne.
The performers had been kept as a closely guarded secret until the show, which followed the conclusion of the games, but some names, including Canadian rockers Nickelback, and hip-hop act k-os, had leaked out prior to the show at BC Place in Vancouver last night (Feb. 28).
Nickelback performed its song "Burn It To the Ground" at the show. Young, whose work was celebrated during the games as part of the Cultural Olympiad by acts like Lou Reed and Mark Kozelek, sang "Long May You Run," as the Olympic flame was extinguished.
Among those spotlighted were Nikki Yanofsky, whose "I Believe" was the theme for television network CTV. Buble, who hails from Vancouver, dressed as a Mountie to open his performance.
Other Canadian acts who played at the show included Alanis Morissette, who sang "Wunderkind," while Lavigne sang her hit "Girlfriend." Artists rounding out the show included Montreal's Simple Plan, Winnipeg's Inward Eye, Quebec singer Marie Mai, and Vancouver band Hedley.