The Huron Carole - Path to a Miracle
A CULTURAL CELEBRATION GALA FUNDRAISER!!!
We are thrilled to announce that Tom Jackson’s The Huron Carole – Path to a Miracle, is now part of our season of productions for a one-night-only special presentation as part of our CULTURAL CELEBRATION GALA on December 1, 2019. There will never be another Holiday like this one, so make sure you join us for this very special evening!
The Huron Carole is a seasonal music tradition spanning 3 decades touring from coast to coast to coast. Expect an evening of contemporary and signature Christmas music along with stories creatively crafted by Tom Jackson. Award winning musicians Tom McKillip, Darryl Havers, John MacArthur Ellis, Kirby Barber and Diane Lines join Tom onstage. This performance will be one of 17 across Canada raising funds for a variety of local charities.
“Truth is the past. It cannot be changed. Reconciliation is the Future. The future is what we make it. We are about to change the course of history. The Huron Carole provides the opportunity to take home a magical gift while nourishing seeds of hope. I am of the opinion that art is the single most powerful vehicle for change in the history of the human race.”
Tom Jackson, O.C., LL.D.
December 1, 2019 – 5 PM Reception
6:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Show
Flanagan Theatre at The GRAND
As the founder of The Huron Carole Benefit Concert Series, it’s impossible to regard Tom’s music separately from the other aspects of his remarkable career which include (but are not limited to) countless marquee TV roles on hit shows like North of 60, Shining Time Station, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Law & Order. Upcoming roles in Season 3 of Cardinal and Season 2 of Red Earth Uncovered follow.
Earlier this year marked the release of The Essential Tom Jackson, a dazzling two-disc, 21-track retrospective spotlighting his inimitable talent as a folk-pop singer/songwriter of the highest order and an artist intrinsically linked to the world around him, both the real and the ethereal.
There’s also movies, lots of movies, including a forthcoming dark comedy thriller (title TBA) opposite Liam Neeson. The Irish actor joins a long and very boldface list of onetime Tom Jackson colleagues — also including but not limited to — Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Kris Kristofferson, and Sissy Spacek (in 2012’s Deadfall), Bruce Greenwood (2005’s Mee-Shee: The Water Giant), and Bryan Brown (1999’s Grizzly Falls). Notably, many small- and big-screen parts have leveraged Tom’s Indigenous heritage for their dynamic characters; still others have employed his mellifluous tones for voiceovers.
Tom is understandably proud of all that. Yet it is his extensive charitable work — in particular, helming the long-running Huron Carole Christmas concert tours for Canadian food banks plus multiple other initiatives benefiting disaster relief — that is arguably his crowning achievement. With an estimated $200 million in combined cash/in-kind value for food banks and disaster relief raised to date, it’s no wonder Tom, currently an Ambassador for the Red Cross, has been inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, and received the 2007 Juno Humanitarian Award, and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2014.
Multiple additional honours, including the 2007 Gemini Humanitarian Award, have been bestowed on him over the years. But those above-mentioned three, perhaps more than any others, have cemented his status as one of Canada’s most influential, distinguished, and revered sons.
Vancouver based pianist and vocalist Diane Lines has worked with a variety of artists including Juno winners Shari Ulrich, Alfie Zappacosta, Gary Fjellgaard, Kenny Wayne and Jim Byrnes. She was the pianist for Michael Buble for two years. As musical director she has worked at The Charlottetown Festival, The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton and the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver. In 2018 Diane received an Ovation Award nomination as Musical Director of the Year and was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.
John MacArthur Ellis
In addition to being an award winning multi-instrumentalist (acoustic/electric guitars, pedal steel, banjo, mandolin and keys) and songwriter, John MacArthur Ellis, is also one of Canada’s top record producers known for capturing the hottest sounds in the Americana, Alt Country, Folk, Singer/Songwriter and Roots Rock genres.
From playing $25 gigs at the age of twelve, to touring auditorium shows and major festivals around the world with artists such as Ferron, Aaron Pritchett, Ridley Bent, Bruce Cockburn, Doc Walker, Chad Brownlee, Barney Bentall, Chris Ronald, Leeroy Stagger and Colin James, John has made a name for himself both on the stage and in the studio as a session player.
While making his mark as a player, John also took to the studio to record all kinds of music for all kinds of artists leading him to becoming a highly sought out world class record producer. Over the past decade, John’s productions have appeared in the top ten on Canadian charts and his playing can be heard on award-winning television and films including the hit series Da Vinci’s Inquest, The Handler, and Intelligence.
Kirby Barber, originally from Salmon Arm, BC now resides in Vancouver, BC and Nashville TN. Kirby has received the bass player of the year award at the BCCMA for multiple years and was a CCMA bass player of the year nominee in 2018/2019. She is also a two time Juno awards Nominee with the bluegrass group The High Bar Gang. She has toured extensively throughout North America, Asia and Europe with several artists from Canada and the USA. Kirby has also recorded Electric bass, Upright bass, and sang background vocals on several Canadian artist’s records. Recently she recorded background vocals on Barney Bentall and Shari Ulrich’s latest albums. She is currently found touring with artists such as Aaron Pritchett, Heidi Newfield, Barney Bentall, Shari Ulrich.
Darryl Havers is a 40 year veteran of the Canadian music scene. He is a first call session keyboardist in Vancouver since relocating from Winnipeg in 1990. He has toured with such Canadian luminaries as Doug and the Slugs, Powder Blues Band, Colin James, The Bros Landreth, Long John Baldry, folk music icon Ferron and has been a member of Brickhouse for almost 20 years. Darryl specializes on the Hammond organ but is equally well versed on piano, accordion and most anything with black and white keys.
Award-winning producer, musician, music director and event producer –Tom McKillip continues to collect accolades for his involvement in the Canadian music industry. Some of his most successful production credits appear on albums by multi-award winners Lisa Brokop, One More Girl, and Aaron Pritchett, whose first two albums yielded an unprecedented dozen top ten hits.
Tom’s name is well-known in Canadian music circles: his resume includes many years of touring both Canada and the US with artists such as Lisa Brokop, One More Girl and Susan Aglukark. For the past fifteen years he has also acted as music director for artist/humanitarian Tom Jackson O.C., assisting on his many charitable entertainment initiatives – a highlight being the annual cross-Canada Huron Carole aiding the Food Banks. In 2014 Tom performed with Tom Jackson in Ottawa when the latter was honored with the prestigious Governor General’s Award for ‘Lifetime Artistic Achievement’ at the National Arts Centre.