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Good tidings she’ll bring

Fresh from New York City, Allison Crowe is delighted to launch her west coast Tidings tour in Campbell River. Expect plenty of holiday cheer, laced with overtones of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, jazz and Broadway, when Crowe, Canada’s popular bicoastal singer-songwriter, together with the Campbell River Children’s Choir featuring Jennifer Abbott, bring Tidings to St. Peter’s Anglican Church (228 South Dogwood on Thursday, Dec. 11  Doors open at 7 p.m.; music starts at 7:30.

This special holiday concert event will help aid an essential pair of community non-profit groups: the Campbell River Hospice Society and Campbell River Food Bank. The mission of the Hospice Society “to provide compassionate support and companionship to individuals facing death, their families and friends and to those grieving a loss due to death” is summed up well by the motto:  “Support when you need it most.”

Also filling a great need is the Food Bank, which, for more than two decades now, has provided sustenance for people year-round. Though the holiday season can being joy, it means extra stresses for many in the community, especially in today’s difficult economic times, making the work of Food Bank’s volunteers so beneficial right now.

Local concert organizer Ron Nicolaye has, once again, brought music and people together for important causes. Tidings stirs together traditional Christmas carols and holiday favourites with an organic blend of rock, jazz, folk, gospel and soul.

“The Yuletide find of the year,” says The Record.

“Be prepared to be amazed,” chimes ChristmasReviews.com, “Allison Crowe is a stunningly talented performer.”

Longtime NPR broadcaster Ross Hocker calls Allison Crowe’s show, “The most honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my entire life.”

There’ll be plenty more goosebumps as the voices of the Campbell River Children’s Choir ring out and join in the festive fun.

The community-based Campbell River Children’s Choir helps youth experience the joy of music, learn about other cultures and work with internationally acclaimed musicians at home and abroad.

Over the years, the choir has performed in venues across Canada,  the United States, Cuba  and England. Some of the choir’s singers have gone on to pursue careers as performers or, even, to have choirs of their own.



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