Canadian Country Christmas concert coming to town
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.
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.