Civic Christmas Carol to be broadcast on YourTV Niagara
While an in-person event was still not possible this year, the long-standing holiday tradition of the Civic Christmas Carol Concert continues.
The 31st Annual Civic Christmas Carol Concert will return this week through a broadcast on YourTV Niagara, prerecorded for the second year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While residents were once again unable to fill St. Thomas’ Church for the live event, you will still be able to enjoy the songs and sounds of the season with four broadcasts on YourTV Niagara, including:
- Tuesday, Dec. 14, at noon
- Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 18, at noon
- Sunday, Dec. 19, at 1:30 p.m.
The concert, recorded at St. Thomas’ Church, will be feature the return of participation from area schools this year, including choirs from Laura Secord Secondary School and Holy Cross Secondary School. Juno-award winning artist Sammy Jackson, and St. Catharines resident, will be a special guest performer, sponsored by FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, and the Niagara Symphony Brass Ensemble rounds out the performances.
Retired Laura Secondary School music director Dave Sisler once again is producing the event, with Mike Balsom, host of The Source on YourTV Niagara, serving as emcee. The special guest speaker this year, sharing a personal message of Christmas, will be Marlin Youkhana. Marlin was born and raised in Syria, and arrived in Canada in 2015 with her family as refugees.
“While we’re disappointed that we can’t yet return to an in-person celebration that would pack the church year after year, it is important we continue to hold onto traditions like the Civic Christmas Carol Concert,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik. “This is an important celebration the City has been doing for more than 30 years, and I know there is a large group of our community who enjoys the incredible performances and speaker each year.”
While the virtual event means you can’t donate to Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold in person, the community can still support the organization’s holiday campaign by donating online at www.communitycarestca.ca or text “GIVE” to 20222 for the opportunity to donate $10 or $25