Cana­dian Coun­try Christ­mas con­cert com­ing to town

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - NEWS - By CAMILLA WHITE KIRK­PATRICK For The Stan­dard

Get your cow­boy boots on for a Cana­dian Coun­try Christ­mas.

The hol­i­day-themed show is com­ing to El­liot Lake on Dec. 13 and will fea­ture Steve Wilkin­son, Sean Ho­gan, Thomas Wade and Mike Trudell.

In a tele­phone in­ter­view, Cana­dian mu­si­cian Sean Ho­gan said this is the 15th year for the hol­i­day tour, which he started in 2004 af­ter writ­ing a song called ‘It’s Christ­mas Time.’

Ho­gan said he thought it would be fun to have fel­low mu­si­cians sing on the track.

“It was 20 years af­ter ‘Do They Know It’s Christ­mas’ came out and that was a song I loved as a teenager. They did a lot for famine re­lief in Africa.”

The mu­si­cian wanted to help out in Canada in a sim­i­lar way in smaller towns.

“I thought wouldn’t it be nice if peo­ple sang on here and could go out and do shows and give back to com­mu­ni­ties.”

A quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars has been raised since Ho­gan be­gan the an­nual tour, which has cov­ered eight prov­inces and one ter­ri­tory.

Ho­gan said dozens of artists have joined him on tour over the years, some well known and oth­ers just start­ing out.

This year’s show in­cludes singer and song­writer Thomas Wade, whose song ‘Come to Me’ was recorded by Ce­line Dion.

Also join­ing the tour is Steve Wilkin­son of the Juno award win­ning group ‘The Wilkin­sons’, a band he started with his chil­dren in the 1990s and whose song ‘26 Cents’ went to num­ber one in the U.S.

Lo­cal tal­ent Mike Trudell will also be join­ing the show as he did when the tour last came through in 2016.

This year’s tour con­sists of 15 shows over five prov­inces and will fea­ture a mix of coun­try roots and Christ­mas mu­sic.

“Peo­ple are in for a treat,” said Ho­gan.

The show will take place at the Lester B. Pear­son Civic Cen­tre Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the box of­fice for $32 for adults and $27 for se­niors.

Please bring a non-per­ish­able food item to the event and at least $2 from each ticket will be do­nated to the food bank.

FILE PHOTO

Jamie War­ren, Mike Trudel, Ce­line Tel­lier, Tom Wade and Sean Ho­gan per­formed at the Cana­dian Coun­try Christ­mas show in the Lester B. Pear­son Civic Cen­tre theatre in Novem­ber of 2016.

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