Duane Steele is one of a half-dozen musicians performing a country Christmas concert at the Port Theatre Monday (Dec. 19)

Country singers croon for hospice

A country Christmas concert helps Nanaimo Community Hospice Society raise money for its programs

A country Christmas concert helps Nanaimo Community Hospice Society raise money for its programs.

Duane Steele, Jake Mathews, Samantha King, Pear and Gary Fjellgaard perform Monday (Dec. 19) at the Port Theatre.

Steele is among Canada’s top country recording artists and songwriters, know for his voice and natural stage presence.

Mathews’ first single If I Had It My Way became a Top 10 hit, staying for 36 weeks on the charts.

The ‘sweet yet gritty’ music of the country/blues duo, Pear, has entertained festival goers around the world, including Big Valley Jamboree, the PNE and Merritt Mountain Music Fest.

Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer  Fjellgaard has been making a living on the road with a guitar and a song for more than 40 years. He delights his audiences throughout North America and Europe with his masterful acoustic guitar, gentle vocals, riveting yodeling and tales of his life in the woods.

King’s music is often described as dusky, soulful, rockin’ country. With her bluesy set of pipes, King’s music reaches both sides of the spectrum and her youth and powerhouse vocals warm any crowd.

The concert also concludes Celebrate a Life, a national initiative for hospices across the country to give people who experienced the loss of a loved one the opportunity to celebrate their life.

The holidays can often be a difficult time for people who experienced a death.

Celebrate a Life trees are on display at Woodgrove Mall. Two trees are dedicated to people, while a third is dedicated to pets.

Hospice volunteers help people remember their loved one by writing the name on a memory card and placing it on the tree.

The trees will then be put on the stage at the concert on Monday to continue the celebration of life.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $27; $22/students; $12/children 12 and under.

Please call 250-754-8550 or visit www.porttheatre.com for information.

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