Fire­house brings Ge­orge Canyon back to Cen­ten­nial

Sherbrooke Record - - TALK - Jessie Pel­letier Aulis

Ge­orge Canyon’s Tour “Made in Canada” will in­clude a stop at Cen­ten­nial Theatre on Dec. 4, 2018 and again we owe it to Fire­house Pro­duc­tions Inc. Canyon is tak­ing his most re­cent al­bum on the road with his brand new sin­gle “Bring It On”.

It is not Canyon’s first visit to Len­noxville. Fans still re­mem­ber his starstud­ded per­for­mance on March 17, 2016. The singer has al­ways been driven by true hon­esty, a deep coun­try song­writ­ing abil­ity, a beau­ti­ful bari­tone, and a solid dose of cow­boy charisma. Well, bring it on!

Fire­house Pro­duc­tions Inc. in col­lab­o­ra­tion with CFLX 95.5 FM’S Club Coun­try ra­dio show hosts Jessie Aulis and An­nie Plante are ask­ing those who will at­tend the Ge­orge Canyon con­cert to bring some non-per­ish­able items or a do­na­tion to help less for­tu­nate mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.

These con­tri­bu­tions will be handed over to Corner­stone Food­bank. Con­se­quently, the evening of Dec. 4 will be com­bin­ing great Cana­dian coun­try mu­sic and the will to share with oth­ers who are less for­tu­nate.

If you are not at­tend­ing the con­cert, you can still stop by, the night of the show and bring your do­na­tion to Cen­ten­nial.

Corner­stone Food­bank has been in ex­is­tence for 13 years. It is a min­istry of Hope Com­mu­nity Church and is run en­tirely by vol­un­teers. Ap­prox­i­mately 30 35 in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies use the food­bank on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“This num­ber has re­mained fairly con­stant over the last three years. Most of the food is pur­chased us­ing do­na­tions made to the church ex­pressly for that pur­pose. This al­lows us to buy meat, bread, fresh and frozen veg­eta­bles and fruit as well as non-per­ish­able food,” said Va­lerie Fortin who is in charge of the food­bank.

“We are look­ing for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing with Club Coun­try and Fire­house Pro­duc­tions Inc. at the up­com­ing Ge­orge Canyon con­cert at Cen­ten­nial Theatre on Dec. 4. The do­na­tions of non­per­ish­able items will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by those who use the food­bank, es­pe­cially at a time of year when there are ex­tra ex­penses,” stressed Fortin.

Even if non-per­ish­able food is the first thing we think about, there are other items that are also a must for those in needs. “We would like to dis­trib­ute more per­sonal hy­giene items such as soap, tooth­paste and tooth­brushes, and de­odor­ant. Dish and laun­dry de­ter­gent and other clean­ing prod­ucts would be very use­ful,” ex­plained Fortin.

François Gil­bert, the head of the Fire­house Pro­duc­tions Inc. team is very happy with the ar­rival of Ge­orge Canyon and the col­lab­o­ra­tion with Club Coun­try. “We are proud to be able to bring great Coun­try Mu­sic to the fans and at the same time be able to give back to our com­mu­nity,” he said on the phone.

“This is our sec­ond year of team­ing-up with Jessie and An­nie of Club Coun­try and it works per­fectly as it gives us an ex­tra chance to help out the com­mu­nity,” said Gil­bert.

“This is the 12th show for us and we still have many projects com­ing up. We are ex­tremely thank­ful for the great sup­port we have re­ceived from the start,” added Gil­bert.

Mix­ing Coun­try Mu­sic and char­ity has al­ways worked well in the past and it hap­pens again this year.

Ge­orge Canyon, the tall, dark and hand­some fam­ily man from Nova Sco­tia, Canada is a star worth see­ing ‘live’. He is gen­uine and faith­ful to who he is, as an artist and a man.

Any­body who has ever heard this Cana­dian de­liver a coun­try song or wit­nessed one of his en­er­getic per­for­mances al­ready knows that Ge­orge Canyon loves what he does and he is great at it.

His in­ter­ac­tion with his fel­low mu­si­cians and the au­di­ence is al­ways so ca­sual and friendly. You just have to love it. Whether he is telling a true story or ex­chang­ing jokes with the mu­si­cians, you soon re­alise that this cow­boy is a true en­ter­tainer.

Ge­orge Canyon’s lat­est al­bum was re­leased on May 25, and is ti­tled “South­side of Heaven”. For his 12th stu­dio al­bum, Canyon had the plea­sure to once again work with pro­ducer Jeff John­son. Their col­lab­o­ra­tion makes for an ex­cel­lent al­bum.

The two men have worked on 12 brand new tracks in­clud­ing the sin­gle, “Bet­ter Off In Love” and fea­tur­ing won­der­ful ren­di­tions of Stompin’ Tom Con­nors’ “The Hockey Song” and Cana­dian singer-song­writer Bruce Guthro’s mas­ter­piece “Fall­ing”, with Guthro step­ping in to pro­vide guest vo­cals.

De­spite such an en­dur­ing ca­reer, Canyon shows no signs of slow­ing down. His nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple Juno, CCMA and ECMA Awards and his in­duc­tion to the Nova Sco­tia Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame gave him wings to soar fur­ther and higher. Canyon has re­leased 12 al­bums with mul­ti­ple Top 10 Cana­dian Coun­try ra­dio sin­gles, and to date, the artist has achieved nearly 7 mil­lion to­tal streams.

Canyon is also a proud sup­porter of the Cana­dian Armed Forces. His many trips over­seas to per­form for our troops led him to be ap­pointed an Hon­orary Colonel for the Cana­dian Air Force and be awarded the Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Medal for all of his char­i­ta­ble work.

Tick­ets are now avail­able at Bishop’s Univer­sity’s Cen­ten­nial Theatre box of­fice (819 822-9692) and via ova­tion.ca for $43.

Fire­house Pro­duc­tions Inc. (FPI) is a non-profit cor­po­ra­tion pro­duc­ing live per­for­mances while pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port to var­i­ous char­i­ties of the Greater Sher­brooke Area. It fo­cusses on at­tract­ing mainly Cana­dian coun­try mu­sic artists from out­side Que­bec and lo­cal ta­lent to per­form in the East­ern Town­ships, so they can reach and meet the re­gion’s many coun­try mu­sic en­thu­si­asts.

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