Not so silent nights
WE’VE reached the point in the holiday season where hearing Wonderful Christmastime in every store every day since Halloween might be making us feel a tad Grinchy. Thankfully, Winnipeg is playing host to a variety of magical, must-see holiday concerts over the next few weeks that will make your heart grow three sizes this season. From the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Messiah to local singer/ songwriter JP Hoe’s JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show, here are 14 holiday concerts that don’t take place in boiling elementary school gymnasiums. A PRAIRIE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $33.85-$99.25 at Ticketmaster Get into the spirit of the season with the WSO’s annual family-friendly variety show featuring a diverse lineup of some of Manitoba’s finest artists, including Fred Penner, Momentum Aerial and the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Expect singing, magic, comedy, storytelling, aerial artistry, dancing and more. CAMERATA NOVA’S NOEL OF THE NORTH Tonight at 8 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. Crescent Fort Rouge United Church Admission is free Winnipeg’s premiere vocal group will team up with New York harpist Grace Cloutier and Winnipeg flutist Haley Rempel to deliver an eclectic concert that will include everything from early Russian motets to early Métis carols to three interpretations of The Little Drummer Boy. STEVE BELL Sunday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m. Centennial Concert Hall Tickets from $71 at WSO box office Reconnect with the true meaning of Christmas as the Juno-winning singer/ songwriter performs songs from his acclaimed 2012 Advent album, Keening For The Dawn: Christmastide, backed by the WSO and anchored by his indelible tenor. JOHNNY REID Monday, Dec. 2 and Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Centennial Concert Hall Tickets $56.25-$104.50 at Ticketmaster The charismatic country-pop crooner brings his third holiday offering, A Christmas Gift for You, to Winnipeg for a two-night stand. Unlike its predecessors — which were tailor-made for rockin’ around the Christmas tree — Reid’s latest focuses on reverent standards MESSIAH Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m. Centennial Concert Hall Tickets $33.85-$111.80 at Ticketmaster A WSO tradition. Few pieces embody the season’s contrast between light and dark like Handel’s Messiah, one of best-known and most performed works in Western choral music. Be electrified by the iconic Hallelujah Chorus as performed by the University of Manitoba singers. WINTER HARP Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Pantages Playhouse Theatre Tickets $40 at 1-866-656-6838 For 20 years, Winter Harp has transported audience members back in time. Three ethereal harps conspire with flutes, rare medieval instruments, percussion, poetry and song for an evening of rare and Medieval carols performed in the flickering glow of candlelight. MEAGHAN SMITH Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m. West End Cultural Centre Tickets $20 at the door, $15 in advance at Ticketmaster
Juno-winning singer/songwriter (and secret Disney princess) Meaghan Smith first mounted a holiday show at the West End Cultural Centre in 2011 to promote her sweet, shimmering album, It Snowed. Concertgoers loved being part of Meaghan’s marshmallow world so much, her holiday show has become an annual tradition. THE SNOWMAN Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Centennial Concert Hall Tickets $28.60 at Ticketmaster Back by popular demand, Raymond Briggs’ classic short film The Snowman earned a standing ovation when the WSO last screened it with a dramatic live score courtesy of the symphony in 2011. HURON CAROLE Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Centennial Concert Hall Tickets $50 at Ticketmaster Join Tom Jackson, George Canyon and friends for an evening of great music for a great cause. Since 1987, the national Huron Carole Concert Series has raised funds and awareness for Canada’s hungry. Proceeds go to Winnipeg Harvest. JP HOE HOE HOE HOLIDAY SHOW Friday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m. Burton Cummings Theatre Tickets $24.50 at Ticketmaster NATALIE MACMASTER Friday, Dec. 13, Saturday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Centennial Concert Hall Tickets $33.85-$111.80 at Ticketmaster The Grammy-winning Cape Breton fiddler brings an electrifying new show to the WSO. Her most recent album, Cape Breton Girl, is a toe-tapping celebration of her roots. AMERO LITTLE CHRISTMAS Saturday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m. West End Cultural Centre Tickets $15 at the WECC, Ticketmaster, Music Trader, the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store and McNally Robinson. Singer-songwriter Don Amero closes out a banner year — which saw him win a Western Canadian Music Award and earn Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award nominations — with his annual holiday show. RAY ST. GERMAIN AND FAMILY Saturday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. McPhillips Station Casino Tickets $36.50-$44.50 Holidays are all about family, so it’s fitting three generations of Winnipeg’s legendary musical family will take the stage at this special pair of shows.