Peterborough Brings Diverse Music to Community, Residents ‘In From the Cold’

Christmas concert benefits YES Shelter for Youth and Families

Peterborough residents can enjoy a unique Christmas show and offer tidings of comfort and joy to those in need at the same time.

The In From the Cold concert, marking its 20th year, takes place on Dec. 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre.

Ticket proceeds benefit YES Shelter for Youth and Families in Peterborough. The show has raised about $130,000 since its inception in 2000.

“We never really imagined that the concert would still be around this long but we still love doing it and people still come.”

The popular event offers music-lovers a unique experience with its “enchanting mix” of Celtic-style carols and seasonal songs performed by some of Peterborough’s top folk and roots musicians, In From the Cold producer John Hoffman tells Electric City Magazine.

“The music we do is quite different from other Christmas shows,” John says.

“There is all kinds of wonderful Christmas and seasonal music out there that is largely forgotten. We don’t do very many of the carols people always hear at Christmas time.”

For instance, this year, the closest resemblance to a standard is O Little Town of Bethlehem. “But we’ve set the lyrics to a different melody, a beautiful old Irish folk song that most people won’t be familiar with,” he explains.

“We’re doing a couple of absolutely gorgeous Christmas songs that are very well-known in Sweden, but virtually unheard of in Canada.” The concert also includes a Spanish carol, one from Wales and The Christ Child’s Lullaby, which comes from the Hebrides in Scotland.

“I could tell you about more of the other interesting songs we’re doing. But what binds them together is that it’s all beautiful music that fits with the theme of Christmas.”

The show includes Carried Away, The Convivio Chorus, Curtis Driedger, Michael Ketemer and Tanah Haney.

While it’s a fundraiser, In From the Cold is a concert first and foremost, John says.

“We’re happy to help YES and we are all pleased to support homeless youth and families, especially at Christmas time. But we put the music first and that’s the reason the concert has survived because we love doing the music so much,” the producer says.

“We never really imagined that the concert would still be around this long but we still love doing it and people still come.”

For many, In From the Cold signals the start of the Christmas season.

General admission is $20 for adults and $15 for students and children.

Click here for more information about the event and/or to purchase tickets. They are also available at the door.

Learn more about YES here.


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