Fri, Dec 20, 2013.
A couple of days ago, I wrote about buying local music at Christmas time. You can also support your community this time of year by heading out to a Christmas show. Many of them are done for charity, and there's a good one happening in Saint John Saturday night. The Magnolia Cafe on Prince William Street is hosting an evening show, with all proceeds going to the Harbour Lights Campaign. That charity raises money each year for Food Banks across much of southern N.B., from St. Stephen to Sussex. The campaign is wrapping up soon, so now is a good time to get a donation in, and hear some great sounds in return.
It's being done as a pay-what-you-can event, by making a donation instead of paying a cover charge. The bill includes The Playdates, those hit-making Saint Johner's, now getting MuchMusic airplay for the festive cut Christmas For Me. It's the #1 Canadian-made Christmas song this year at radio. They are going to do an acoustic show this time, three of them on bass, guitar and keyboards. Also, there's local singer Kelly Jay. She's part of the group known as KV Worship, which put out a Christmas album this year called Holy Light. Kelly Jay is lead singer on much of that, and steps out on her own at this shows to present several of the spiritual numbers from the disc.
Also coming out to play a few is Mike Biggar. He's been concentrated on his brand-new album, Feels Like Now, the past couple of months. But this show lets him hang out a little, and do some acoustic numbers from his ECMA-winning Christmas disc, The Season. So you have some pop, some country-rock and some carol-singing too at the show, a great way to spend a festive evening. You might want to book tickets ahead, with all this talent lined up. The Magnolia Cafe can be reached for reservations at 642-1885.
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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).