Your Christ­mas con­cert lineup

Wealth of Christ­mas con­certs en­sures there’s scarcely a silent night in sight

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - FRONT PAGE - By Erin Le­bar erin.le­bar@freep­ Twit­ter: @Nirera­bel

MU­SI­CAL events are al­most as syn­ony­mous with the hol­i­day sea­son as overeat­ing, ugly sweaters and cold weather — and this year is no dif­fer­ent.

Start­ing this week­end, there is at least one fes­tive per­for­mance in the city each week lead­ing up to Christ­mas. From lo­cal singer-song­writ­ers get­ting you in the hol­i­day spirit to the Win­nipeg Symphony Orchestra warm­ing the cock­les of your heart, there is some­thing for ev­ery sea­sonal mu­sic lover.

In the un­likely event there are still a few empty spots on your so­cial cal­en­dar this month, here are a few op­tions sim­ply ooz­ing with hol­i­day joy:


❚ Amero Lit­tle Christ­mas, 8 p.m.,

West End Cul­tural Cen­tre: Singer­song­writer Don Amero is back this year for his third an­nual Christ­mas con­cert. Amero says his show is about em­brac­ing the most im­por­tant parts of the hol­i­day sea­son, “to re­lax, look at the bless­ings in your life and show love to oth­ers.” Amero will also bring out some spe­cial guests and prom­ises lots of laughs. Tick­ets are $15 in ad­vance, $20 at the door, and are avail­able at WECC, Mu­sic Trader, Tick­et­fly and the Win­nipeg Folk Fes­ti­val Mu­sic Store.

❚ Han­del’s Glo­ri­ous Mes­siah, 8 p.m., Cen­ten­nial Con­cert Hall: Case Scaglione, as­so­ciate con­duc­tor for the New York Phil­har­monic, is the guest con­duc­tor of the Win­nipeg Symphony Orchestra for this an­nual or­ches­tral hol­i­day tra­di­tion. So­prano Monica Huis­man, mezzo-so­prano Vic­to­ria Mar­shall, tenor Con­rad Siebert and bass Justin Welsh are joined by the Men­non­ite Fes­ti­val Cho­rus for what is called the most-cel­e­brated or­a­to­rio of all time.

❚ 150 Years of Christ­mas, 7:30 p.m.,

West­min­ster United Church: Cov­er­ing 150 years of Christ­mas might sound a bit daunt­ing, but not for the Boar’s Head Car­ollers. They will be per­form­ing a col­lec­tion of songs writ­ten be­fore 1866, and are hop­ing to get a good old-fash­ioned sing-along go­ing. The night will fea­ture an all-lo­cal choir and soloists; per­form­ers in­clude Nathan Rogers, JD Ed­wards and Red Moon Road. Ad­mis­sion for adults is $20, and re­duced prices are avail­able for se­niors, stu­dents ($15), youth un­der 18 ($10) and chil­dren un­der 12 ($5).


❚ Prairie Christ­mas Cel­e­bra­tion, 2

p.m., Cen­ten­nial Con­cert Hall: The Win­nipeg Symphony Orchestra has gath­ered a col­lec­tion of Man­i­toba tal­ent for its an­nual hol­i­day show. Sea­sonal mu­sic, vis­ual artistry, danc­ing, com­edy, sto­ry­telling and a sing-along are all part of the evening’s fes­tiv­i­ties, which will be hosted by 103.1 Vir­gin Ra­dio per­son­al­ity Ace Burpee. Other spe­cial guests in­clude Mayor Brian Bow­man, a cap­pella group Those Guys and Maria Aragon. Tick­ets range from $24.76 to $53.33 and can be pur­chased at Tick­et­mas­ter, or at the WSO box of­fice at the Cen­ten­nial Con­cert Hall at 555 Main St.


❚ JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Hol­i­day Show, 8

p.m., Bur­ton Cum­mings The­atre: Lo­cal sta­ple JP Hoe is back for an­other round of his near-leg­endary an­nual Hoe Hoe Hoe Hol­i­day Show. As with past years, the pop singer-song­writer prom­ises a mix of orig­i­nal songs, mild the­atrics, hu­mour and even a few cheesy hol­i­day gim­micks, but this year, he has also put to­gether a “mas­sive band” (at least 12 mu­si­cians) to ac­com­pany him on the Bur­ton Cum­mings stage. Tick­ets are $24.50 and are avail­able at the Win­nipeg Folk Fes­ti­val Mu­sic Store or through Tick­et­mas­ter.

Dec. 14

❚ Tom Jackson’s Huron Ca­role, 5:45

p.m., Fort Garry Ho­tel: Fresh off the release of his new­est al­bum, Bal

lads Not Bul­lets, ac­tor-singer Tom Jackson is head­ing out on his an­nual Huron Ca­role tour, a gala event held across Canada through­out the month of De­cem­ber. The show is a “mys­ti­cal jour­ney guided by a home­less man,” and in­cludes Christ­mas sto­ries, songs and tom­fool­ery, says Jackson, who will raise funds for Win­nipeg Har­vest. “Christ­mas is not just about the spirit of giv­ing hope to the weak and lend­ing a help­ing hand, but also about ac­knowl­edg­ing the strength of spirit in the hand that gives hope... When you have noth­ing, hope is ev­ery­thing.” Tick­ets are $100 and in­clude a gourmet din­ner with a wine pair­ing, the per­for­mance and a meet-and-greet with Jackson.

Dec. 18

❚ At Last I’m Ready for Christ­mas: A Hol­i­day Trib­ute to Stan Rogers, 8 p.m.,

West End Cul­tural Cen­tre: A “gen­er­ous help­ing of mu­si­cal dishes” from Win­nipeg’s folk mu­sic com­mu­nity will be per­formed in trib­ute to leg­endary Cana­dian singer-song­writer Stan Rogers — yet an­other an­nual event re­turn­ing to the WECC this year. Lo­cal artists in­volved in­clude, but are not lim­ited to: Scott Nolan, the Crooked Bros., the Light Wester­naires, An­drew Neville and Ser­ena Pos­tel. Tick­ets are $25 in ad­vance, $30 at the door, and are avail­able at WECC, Tick­et­, Mu­sic Trader and the Win­nipeg Folk Fes­ti­val Mu­sic Store. At­ten­dees are also asked to bring a non-per­ish­able food item for Win­nipeg Har­vest.

Dec. 19

❚ Fred Pen­ner, 3 p.m., Bur­ton Cum­mings

The­atre: It’s been a big year for muchloved Win­nipeg chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer Fred Pen­ner — not only did he cel­e­brate the 30th an­niver­sary of the start of his tele­vi­sion show, Fred Pen­ner’s Place, he also won a Juno Award and a Western Cana­dian Mu­sic Award for chil­dren’s record­ing of the year and hosted the Po­laris Mu­sic Prize Gala in Toronto. What bet­ter way to end 2015 than with an al­lages show in Win­nipeg? Pen­ner will be backed by the Cat’s Meow band, and will be joined on­stage by guests in­clud­ing his daugh­ter, L.A.-based in­die-pop mu­si­cian W. Dar­ling, and fel­low chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer Al Simmons. Tick­ets range from $17.50 to $27.50 and can be pur­chased at Tick­et­mas­ter.

❚ Imag­i­nary Cities, 9 p.m., Pyra­mid Cabaret: This Win­nipeg duo takes the stage for a hol­i­day show fea­tur­ing fel­low lo­cals Oz­con­scious and Slow Leaves as spe­cial guests. Tick­ets are $21 at Tick­et­mas­ter.


‘When you have noth­ing, hope is ev­ery­thing,’ Tom Jackson says of the Christ­mas mes­sage that drives his an­nual Huron Ca­role tour through Win­nipeg Dec. 14 at the Fort Garry Ho­tel.


Don Amero (above

right) and guests re­turn for their third an­nual Christ­mas show, to­day at the

West End Cul­tural Cen­tre. JP Hoe (right) is also back for more sea­sonal mer­ri­ment, lead

ing the Hoe Hoe Hoe Hol­i­day Show Fri­day at the Bur­ton Cum­mings The­atre.


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