London·Sounds of the Season

Look & listen: CBC London Sounds of the Season

Afternoon Drive’s Chris dela Torre hosted the dynamic show that also aired on 93.5FM between 4 and 6 p.m

Couldn't be there? You can still watch the show on our Facebook page

The Sounds of the Season crew! (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

That's a wrap! CBC London's Sounds of the Season holiday show entertained a full house Wednesday at the Wolf Performance Hall in downtown.

Afternoon Drive's Chris dela Torre hosted the holiday show that also aired on 93.5FM between 4 and 6 p.m. It helped raise about $7,100 and about 235 kilograms of food for the London Food Bank.

CBC's Afternoon Drive and Sounds of the Season Show host Chris dela Torre, left, shares a laugh with Kerry McKee, CBC London's afternoon news reader. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

It kicked off with a traditional land acknowledgement by Grand Chief Joel Abram of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians. He also shared some seasonal traditions, including one about a special doughnut event.

The Beal Singers of HB Beal Secondary School. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

The Beal Singers, led by director David Weaver, of HB Beal Secondary School then moved the crowd with some holiday classics, including Deck the Halls and Silent Night.

Other musical performances included jazz singer Denise Pelley and Yuri Pool of the McCartney Years.

Denise Pelley moved the crowd with several musical performances. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

Pelley has racked up awards including the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee medal, and has been inducted into London's Music Hall of Fame for her jazz vocals.  

 Pool's band just sold out at the Aeolian Hall this month.

(Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

London's Dance Extreme's Triple Threat performance team was also part of the entertainment roster.

It was a full house at the Wold Performance Hall. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

Londoners were quizzed by CBC Windsor reporter Jonathan Pinto, who led trivia games.

Did you know Canadians drink 5.2 million litres of eggnog in December, New Brunswick has the highest amount of LED Christmas lights, and about 61 million tonnes of coal is produced in Canada?

Ramzya Issa, right, escaped ISIS captivity. She spoke about her experiences. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

Ramzya Issa, a Yazidi woman who escaped ISIS captivity, spoke about her experiences as a newcomer to Canada and preparing for this holiday season.

The Grand Theatre's artistic director, Dennis Garnhum, gave us the background on Scrooge's lead female character, and the London Food Bank's Glen Pearson and Wayne Dun of Business Cares reminded Londoners about the importance of giving back this holiday season.

London spot poet Heenal Rajani put together a piece inspired by the show. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

Throughout the show, London spot poet Heenal Rajani quietly put together a piece and recited it at the end of the event.

And finally, chef James Smith and his team of pastry chefs from Fanshawe College's School of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts created a replica of the new school's campus.

Chef James Smith and his team of pastry chefs from Fanshawe College’s School of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts created a replica of the new school’s campus. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)
Tania Dahiroc, producer of CBC's Afternoon Drive and Sounds of the Season show. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

Couldn't make it? Have a look at our Facebook live or wrap up video!

How you can donate through December

  • Click here to make an online donation.
  • Call 416-203-0050 to phone in a donation
  • Bring non-perishable items to these locations and place inside the Business Cares hampers until Dec. 20.

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