TOM JACKSON ANNOUNCES
ANNUAL HURON CAROLE TOUR
2016 TOUR KICKS OFF ON NOVEMBER 25th
364 – TIMELESS WISDOM FOR MODERN TIMES
“The Huron Carole brings those who have a need to give, together with those in need. It gives hunger a voice, and causes positive action. Christmas is not a noun, it’s a verb.”
– Tom Jackson
Toronto, ON – October 28, 2016 – Today, actor, singer, and lifetime philanthropist, Tom Jackson, announces the details of his annual Huron Carole Tour, presented by Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life. Building on the 2015 campaign of developing sustainable events that bring the corporate community together with volunteers, fans and clients of various agencies and food banks, the 2016 tour is promising to deliver even more of the same. The tour will cross the country – from St. John’s to Victoria – beginning November 25, 2016 (all dates and local beneficiaries listed below).
Tom’s passion for philanthropy goes beyond the holiday season, as he works on meaningful initiatives year-round. This summer, Tom traveled to the badlands of Alberta to work on a special project with photographer and social media expert, Dax Justin. Titled Spirit of the Badlands, the works explore Tom’s “journey to find meaningful stories and capture images that make you feel the true power of the Badlands.”
Earlier this year, he traveled to La Loche, Fond du Lac, Wollaston and Stoney Rapids, Saskatchewan, as well as Ottawa, in his cherished role as an ambassador for the Canadian Red Cross. Tom produced The Humanity of HeArt, a video tribute to the Red Cross for their work during the Nepal earthquakes. In his hometown recently, he helped fundraise for Calgary Seniors Resource Society, the Distress Centre, CanLearn Society and Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. He is also annually engaged in Every Platefull, a campaign by the Canadian Association of Food Banks, a charitable organization representing the food bank community across Canada. Tom is often seen on the Walrus Talks circuit, and speaking at We Day events.
The Huron Carole brings “those we help” together with “those who give” for a night of breaking bread, breaking barriers, and celebrating our roles in the world of social responsibility. Each community puts its own stamp on the evening – whether that includes a dinner ahead of the show, a reception preceding, or a meet ‘n greet following the concert. Joining Tom onstage is CCMA humanitarian and multi-talented entertainer, Beverley Mahood, Canadian Smooth Jazz Award winner, Kristian Alexandrov, and acoustic soul artist, Shannon Gaye.
The Huron Carole is a Christmas story. A story filled with reflection, humour, passion, and the journey of a homeless man, through darkness to light. Traditional, contemporary and signature music releases the spirit of Christmas into one’s heart. Miracles do not go out of style.
2016 HURON CAROLE TOUR DATES (with local beneficiary)
November 25 – St. John’s, NL – Arts and Culture Centre (Community Food Sharing)
November 26 – Indian River, PEI – St. Mary’s Church (The Salvation Army Food Bank)
November 29 – Edmonton, AB – Ramada Hotel (Edmonton’s Food Bank)
November 30 – Red Deer, AB – Westerner Park (Red Deer Food Bank)
December 2 – Lloydminster, AB – Vic Juba Community Theatre (The Salvation Army Food Bank & The Olive Tree)
December 3 – Saskatoon, SK – Marquis Hall, University of Saskatchewan Campus (Saskatoon Food Bank)
December 4 – Moose Jaw, SK – Grant Hall Hotel (Moose Jaw Food Bank)
December 5 – Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre (Regina & District Food Bank)
December 6 – Brandon, MB – Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium (The Counseling Centre)
December 7 – Winnipeg, MB – St. John Brebeuf Church (Winnipeg Harvest)
December 13 – Calgary, AB – Knox United Church (The Mustard Seed)
December 15 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Golf & Country Club (Alcove Recovery)
December 16 – Victoria, BC – Centennial United Church (The Mustard Seed)
ABOUT TOM JACKSON AND THE HURON CAROLE
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 his way out – and an opportunity to help others.
Following his 2015 album (one of 16 released to date), Ballads Not Bullets, Tom released his self-published book, 364 – Timeless Wisdom For Modern Times, a digital and hard cover book promoting wellness for one’s self and for the world through daily creative thoughts. Proceeds from the CD and book benefit the Canadian Red Cross.
Honouring 28 years of fundraising history, Tom’s varied philanthropic national projects have generated over $200 million in combined cash/in-kind donations for food banks and disaster relief.
The Huron Carole is a project of the Christmas & Winter Relief Association whose mandate is to support organizations doing hands-on work with the homeless and hungry in Canada.
Tom’s mantra of being in service to others is secured with his choice to engage if it’s good business, good for the world, and good for the soul. He can light up a room with his storytelling, endearing humour and self-penned tunes. He can inspire, uplift and entertain 10 or 10,000 and the gifts he shares, he carries from his ancestry, his life and his loves.