CBC brings Dickens to Pointe-Claire
Debra Arbec, Mike Finnerty and Frank Cavallaro all participating in live storytelling event
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.
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.
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.
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.