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CBC brings Dickens to Pointe-Claire

On Saturday, Dec. 17, join CBC personalities Debra Arbec, Frank Cavallaro and Mike Finnerty at ​St. Columba by-the-Lake Church in Pointe-Claire for a live storytelling of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

Debra Arbec, Mike Finnerty and Frank Cavallaro all participating in live storytelling event

CBC Daybreak's Mike Finnerty has been involved with the event since 21013. (Ian MacDonald)

On Saturday, Dec. 17, join CBC personalities Debra Arbec, Frank Cavallaro and Mike Finnerty at ​St. Columba by-the-Lake Church in Pointe-Claire for a live storytelling of the Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol.

They will be joined by Graeme McDonald, Elizabeth Neale and Leni Parker as well as musical guests Dawn Tyler-Watson, Susanna Eyton-Jones and Kate Bevan-Baker, among others.

For Michael McAuley, the church's music director, the event helps put people into the Christmas spirit and lift them out of the materialism and stress that often accompany this time of year.

"There is no rehearsal for the readers and musicians since all 22 performers are volunteering their time. The live spontaneity of the performance is very unique and exciting," he said.

Vocal ensemble Quavaria (with pianist Antoni Carlone) will be back again this year. ( Ian MacDonald)

A Christmas Carol is the powerful story of how the spirit of Christmas is really the spirit of love.

The performance is a joint fundraiser for St. Columba and the Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre in Little Burgundy. 

A tale of goodwill to create goodwill

CBC Montreal news anchor Debra Arbec is thrilled to be reading part of this quintessential Christmas story.

"It's fitting that this tale about generosity, goodwill and charity will be raising funds for two wonderful organizations that do so much good work to support their communities," she said.
CBC News anchor Debra Arbec joins colleagues Mike Finnerty and Frank Cavallaro for a live reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" on Saturday, Dec. 17. (CBC)

Since 1927, the Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre has provided empowering educational programming for residents of Little Burgundy from birth through adulthood. Programs range from early literacy programs for children up to five years old to life skills training for adults. 

St. Columba supports social action and social justice projects such as Refugee Action Montréal, fair trade at the Dix Mille Villages store in Pointe-Claire Village and VOBOC (Venturing Out Beyond Our Cancer), among others. 

Blues singer Dawn Tyler Watson will perform in one of the event's many musical interludes. ( Ian MacDonald)

The event takes place on Saturday Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at ​St. Columba by-the-Lake Church, 11 Rodney Avenue in Pointe-Claire.

For ticket information, click here. You can also e-mail stcolumbaconcerts@gmail.com or contact Michael McAuley directly at 514-364-3027.

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