Tom Jackson and Samantha King

The Huron Carole

The Huron Carole is a seasonal music tradition spanning more than 3 decades touring from coast to coast to coast.  As the entertainment community eases back to live performances where permissible, this renowned concert series will once again Zoom to your favourite screen.

Enjoy Christmas classics, road stories, fables, original music and Dad jokes that can only be delivered by Tom Jackson.  Tom McKillip leads the band again as we welcome HC alumni musicians Phil Hall, John Thiel and Keith Floen. Keeping everyone in time is drummer Joe McIntyre and be ready for blues vocalist Samantha King to take things up a notch.

Virtual viewing dates will be posted on The Huron Carole website in November. Purchase a ticket to support any number of social agencies serving a variety of urgent and long-term needs.

Tom Jackson, founder of The Huron Carole Benefit Concert Series, is a musician, beloved TV personality (North of 60, Star Trek, Law and Order), and long-time champion for the marginalized. Having experienced life on the streets himself, he discovered music was a way to help others.

“This year’s theme is Angels Without Wings as we pay tribute to all the angels around us.  Sometimes they’re invisible – just like you and me when we need help. So, if you’re down and out and need help, find someone who needs it more than you. You’ll feel much better.”

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The Huron Carole History

After an auspicious start in Toronto in 1987 with a performance at the Silver Dollar, hundreds of musicians have graced The Huron Carole stage since that time.

Touring artists: Valdy, Gary Fjellgaard, Melanie Doane, Charlie Major, Shannon Gaye, Patricia Conroy, Duane Steele, Prescott Brown, Beverley Mahood, Michael Burgess, Farmer’s Daughter, Lisa Brokop, Thomas Wade, VIP, Tara Lyn Hart, Amanda Stott, Susan Aglukark, Diane Chase, Good Brothers, Ennis Sisters, McMaster & James, The Nylons, Michelle Wright, Brad Johner, Aaron Pritchett, Madison Violet, Lunch at Allen’s, Andrea Menard, Pear, One More Girl, George Canyon, Don Amero, Kristian Alexandrov

Guest artists: Chantal Kreviazuk, Barney Bentall, Jackie Richardson, Joel Feeney, Moxy Fruvous, George Fox, Barra McNeil’s, Prairie Oyster, Connie Kaldor, Joan Kennedy, Steve Bell, Jason McCoy, Jamie Warren, Jim Byrnes, The Earthtones, Rick Tippe, Jack Semple, Natalie MacMaster, Rankin Sisters, Molly Johnson, Mood Jga Jga, Rick Neufeld, Jann Arden, James Keelaghan, Bramwell Tovey, Graham Shaw, Lorraine Segato, Amy Sky, Bruce Guthro, Colin James

Hosts:  Graham Greene, Peter Gzowski, Vicki Gabereau, Cynthia Dale, August Schellenberg, Al Simmons, North of 60 Stars, Regional CBC Radio & TV personalities, Dini Petty

Variations of The Huron Carole – and the run of “Singing for Supper” – have toured across Canada playing major venues, church basements and community halls.  Maybe you saw the show at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall in 1996?  Or you lined up at Calgary’s Convention Centre counting down to when the gates would roll up?  Or maybe you kept your feet warm and spirits high waiting outside of St. Ignatius Church in Winnipeg?  Or were you asked to come back the next night in St. John’s when the tour’s flight couldn’t land?

Are you a SWAG collector?  Starting with this sweatshirt created for the 1988 show in Winnipeg, we’ve produced 10 albums, lapel pins, vests, toques, mitts, T-shirts, scarves, bags, books, headbands and masks.

1988 Huron Carole sweatshirt

1988 Huron Carole sweatshirt

Between 1994 and 2004 The Huron Carole was broadcast on television starting with its debut on CBC’s Country Beat and continuing as a major Christmas special airing on CBC, CMT and APTN.

2003 HC all cast rehearses

The 2003 Huron Carole all cast rehearses.

Christmas & Winter Relief Association

  • Non-profit association founded in 1988 by Tom Jackson with a mandate to support organizations doing hands-on work with the homeless and hungry in Canada.
  • Has generated over $230M in combined cash/in-kind value for food banks and disaster relief
  • Projects include:   The Huron Carole Benefit Concert Series (1988-2004 and 2012-current); Red River Relief (1997); The Holiday Train (1999-2004); The Vigil (2001); Beef Relief (2003); Say Hay TV Special (2003); Singing for Supper (2004-2010); Hullelujah (2005-2009 and 2018-2020); Swinging for Supper (2006-2010); Rise Again (2009); Home Sweet Hope (2009-current); ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (2011); Slave Lake Benefit Concert (2011); Making Spirits Bright (2012); Halo High Water (2013)

Archived Huron Carole Press Releases

Please visit our News page for articles and press releases.
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