Sultans of String play Collingwood Christmas Market Concert Series
Three-time JUNO nominees and three-time CFMA winning Sultans of String are taking their Billboard charting and New York Times acclaimed Christmas Caravan show to the Collingwood Christmas Market Concert Series on Friday, Dec. 3, for a special UNHCR awareness bash featuring special guest Rebecca Campbell. And since one show with the Sultans is never enough, these globetrotting string wizards return the next day, Saturday, Dec. 4, to perform music from their double CD offering, Refuge/Sanctuary, with Rebecca and special surprise special guests all joining in on the fun.
From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, Christmas Caravan’s holiday fiesta heats up when the band brings their signature sound to well known gems such as Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, a Turkish twist on Greensleeves, Silent Night, a Gypsy-jazz inspired Django Christmas, not to mention a Rumba-Flamenca fuelled Jingle Bells. For Sultans of String’s Refuge/Sanctuary multimedia show, the band features ambitious, diverse, inclusive, and passionate musical collaborations with a VIP roster of global ambassadors for peace, many of whom are recent immigrants and refugees to Canada, as well as essential Indigenous voices. They’ll bring their unique brand of musical synergy that speak to the stories, songs, persistence and the humanity of the world’s displaced peoples. Both events raise awareness about the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and hopefully funds (through the organization’s tip jar).
“Helping refugees is a cause we care about deeply because more than 67 million refugees worldwide are in desperate need of our support. They have every right to live a safe and dignified life as much as we do,” said Chris McKhool, bandleader and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient. “By supporting these shows and partnership with the UNHCR, you are providing life-saving assistance to refugees all over the world.”
Both shows are at the Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe St., Studio 7, in Collingwood. Doors open at 8 p.m., showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and are available at www.eventbrite.ca (search Collingwood Christmas Market Concert Series).
To donate to the UNHCR campaign, go to https://amplify.e-activist.com/14441/p2p/90279/sultansofstring.