Wed, Dec 12, 2012.
Some people love Christmas more than others. Halifax singer Meaghan Smith is one of them. "What's not to like?", she asks from the tour bus somewhere in Ontario. "There's awesome food, you get to party with your friends,see your family, I love snow days, when everybody is just hanging around at home. Even some of my favorite movies are Christmas movies, like Elf. You want me to go on?"
We get the point. Smith doesn't just enjoy Christmas, she likes to spread the cheer, too. Smith has put out just two full albums, her Juno-winning debut The Cricket's Orchestra, and then last year, a Christmas album, It Snowed. Usually artists wait at least a few releases into their careers to do a Christmas disc, but Smith was having none of that. She really wanted to do it, because the season is so special to her.
Not only did it do well, it led Smith to bring the show back this year. For the past few weeks, Smith has been out on the road, playing It Snowed again for folks. And she says a funny thing has happened. "It's amazing this year, our shows, compared to last year, we actually have more people coming out. I think what happened last year is people who went loved it and told other people, and now they want to see it. Maybe I'm created a tiny tradition for some people, which is great for me! I love being part of somebody's xmas."
New Brunswick is getting the final performance of the tour, and it's happening next Tuesday, December 18th, at the Charlotte St. Arts Centre in Fredericton. What you'll get at the concert is the songs from the album, of course, plus others from her repetoire that fit the theme. And there's new stuff for this year. "I've learned some brand-new covers, they're not necessarily Christmas songs, but they feel like they match the spirit of the songs. There's also some new songs of mine that fit in nicely." Smith has started working on her next album, due in the fall of 2013, so we'll be getting a taste of those new numbers as well. She's bringing a full band, to handle the bigger arrangements. To make things even nicer, the Arts Centre hall is being decorated especially for the evening, thanks to a local interior designer friend of hers who is going to make the big room festive.
So everything is all set: The songs are ready, the singer is in the right mood, even the stockings will be hung. And another thing has really excited Smith. She's been touring Ontario, where there's just a dusting of white this month. But, she's heard about New Brunswick's recent snowfall. "It makes such a difference if there's snow," Smith enthuses. "Snow is such an integral part of my life. Please make sure you guys still have snow for the show." We'll do our best, Meaghan.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).