‘Tis The Season, Fa-la-la-la-la

It’s that time of year again when choirs raise their voices in song and Christmas specials abound.  Live music takes on a special flavour this time of year.  Here’s a guide to some of what’s happening around our area.

Meaford’s longstanding Women’s Choir, The Goldenaires, presents their annual Christmas concert at the Meaford United Church on Sunday afternoon.  The choir is under the direction of Catherine Robertson and features special guests the Beaver Valley Concert Band, directed by Don Robertson.  The show starts at 2:30 pm and admission is by donation.

Tonight at The Historic Gayety Theatre, classical guitarist and five time Juno Award winner Liona Boyd presents “A Winter Fantasy”, featuring music from her 2014 Christmas album accompanied by guitarist and vocalist Andrew Dolson.   This is her third Christmas themed work.  The first one, entitiled “A Guitar For Christmas”, was the first classical album to go platinum in Canada, establishing her as Canada’s “First Lady of the Classical Guitar”.

In Owen Sound tonight you can enjoy the 2nd Annual True Country Christmas at the Roxy Theatre.  This is the latest show from Bognor Jam Productions.  Built around the core of the True Country Show Band and the True Heart Trio, it features an array of talent including rising stars Amber Paige Mitchell and Madison Shaw, along with Meaford’s own Amanda Dorey.

Doors open at 7 pm and tickets are $30

Coming up on Fri., Dec. 8th at the Collingwood Legion, Strange Potatoes will be providing music for a special Christmas party sponsored by Thurst-T’s Cycle.  A $50 ticket gets you a turkey and roast beef dinner with trimmings and a fun night with a great band.  They need to know how many turkeys to buy so call to give them a heads up at 705-443-8751.

The first in a series of Harp and Holly concerts happens this Saturday in Sauble Beach.  These shows have become a Christmas tradition for Sandra Swanell, Terry Young and Sharlene Wallace.  These three world-class musicians combine their talents to create a Christmas experience that takes us back to the days when a special Christmas spirit pervaded the season.  They touch down several places before the final show, just a few days before Christmas, in Owen Sound.

At The Harmony Centre in Owen Sound this Saturday the Georgian Bay Concert Choir puts the focus on Canadian Christmas music as part of their year long celebration of our country’s 150th anniversary.

The Georgian Bay Symphony continues their Christmas tradition with two shows on Dec. 9th at OSCVI in Owen Sound.  The Family Christmas Concert is a pay-what-you-can event with music and sing-along carols starting at 4 pm, and later that evening at 7:30 is a ticketed event with more carols and a performance by  Rob Tite of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, along with seasonal classics.

Also on Dec. 9th some of the greatest Canadian jazz players come to the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg for a special Christmas Jazz concert.  For any jazz fans, this lineup needs no introduction.


Virgil Scott is hosting a Merry Christmas Get-Together at The Huron Club on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 10th, with the help of Grant Slater on piano,starting at 2 pm.


The Skydiggers are bringing their Christmas show back to Meaford Hall on Dec. 14th

It wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker and Meaford Hall is presenting an hour long version of it mounted by Collingwood’s Fleetwood Dance Centre on Dec. 17th.


Now, here’s a bonus from last Christmas

Last year Spanish exchanged student Pablo Pardavila charmed our entire town with his intelligence, his passion, and his talent.  Here’s a video clip of him playing “All I Want For Christmas Is You” this time of year at the weekly Leeky jam.

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