Brockville – The Volunteer Committee for the New Year’s Eve Concerts in the Downtown Churches, Bredin Digital, The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce and
YourTV are pleased to announce a new format for the 29th annual concert series. Using the expertise of Bredin Digital, the committee is presenting an innovative solution to help resolve the challenges of providing live concerts in a uniquely engaging way by pre-recording the artists and compiling a show to air on YourTV at 7 p.m. on December 31, 2020.
“The COVID-19 Crisis has placed an unprecedented strain on events, and with this new challenge comes the need, now more than ever, to create opportunities to support our local artists, to support our local heritage, to support our charities, and to support our community,” says Douglas Smith, Chair of the NYE Concert Committee.
Performances will be available for viewing on December 31 at 7 pm on YourTV, or online on YouTube from that time onwards at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA-AlrriyN_LZ2Fm2P8Lj3Q
The performers this year are:
- Brenda Kelly & Ralph Robinson band (Traditional country)
- Natalie Edwards (Popular vocal)
- Youth concert appearances by Oscar Arkeveld (Vocal), Andreas Arzoumainian (Piano) & Christopher
Arzoumanian (Piano) and Olivia Allen (Piano)
- UOther2: Pam Foster & Donald Wachenschwanz (Rock, pop & folk)
- Pat Johnson (Original blues & folk)
- Dublin Road (Traditional Irish)
- Michael Fenn (Classical Vocal)
- Iron Ring Trio (Folk/Rock)
- Quintessence (Clarinet Quintet)
- Matthew O’Halloran (Jazz Piano)
- First Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir
- CR5 (Bluegrass)
The six churches involved each year are St. John’s United Church, St. Lawrence Anglican Church, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Wall Street United Church, First Baptist Church, and First Presbyterian Church.
Bredin Digital worked with the musical acts to have them recorded in advance in order to make the video for use with TV and YouTube. “Bredin Digital was very pleased to have this opportunity to create the virtual content that will ensure the NYE concert series lives on for years to come,” says Rebecca Bredin. “It was a labour of love to create a film of this amazing event.”
The NYE committee is thrilled that YourTV will feature the three hours of entertainment on New Year’s Eve. “YourTV is proud to be part of this partnership that ensures the NYE concert series continues for the 29th year,” says Matthew Boland, YourTV Producer. “We recognize that airing this excellent entertainment by artists in our local community on our station helps the community during the Covid era by helping maintain the social distancing norms due to the pandemic. And a bonus for the community is an engaging show to watch safely from home on New Year’s Eve.”
The key sponsor for the NYE concert series this year is the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce via a grant received from FedDevOn. The Chamber sponsorship includes a $100 donation to each of the churches for them to be able to donate to charity as they have done each year. The committee also acknowledges the ongoing sponsorship of Ignite Printing, back again this year providing posters for the event.
For further information please contact: Douglas Smith at 613-342-7924, or Rebecca Bredin at 647-224-7480
About the New Year’s Eve Concerts in the Historic Downtown Churches:
For the past 28 years a volunteer committee has organized concert programs hosted in the sanctuaries of six downtown churches. The concerts are provided without cost, thanks to the volunteer services of amazing musicians from the area. The Concerts have been supported by a small group of businesses and individuals who donate the funds used to promote the annual concerts through posters and brochures. Freewill offerings have been taken up at the concerts and over the years the volunteer committee have raised over $150,000 for local charities chosen by the host churches. Committee members are: Douglas Smith, Donna Matheson, Denise Bowes, Bruce Hynes, Eleanor Whitlock, Hugh Gardiner, Rebecca Bredin and Katherine Hobbs.
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