Tom Jackson's "Huron Carole" concert tour made its way to Estevan on December 6, bringing with it a celebration of Christmas through music, while creating awareness for the local food bank, which is operated by the Estevan Salvation Army.
Hundreds of people attended the concert at the Estevan Church of God. Jackson was joined by Matt Dusk, Sarah Slean, Susan Aglukark and a full band.
They played more than two dozen songs during the two-and-a-half-hour concert, including mainstream traditional and contemporary Christmas carols, unfamiliar Christmas songs, and some non-Christmas music. The songs ranged from slow ballads to upbeat carols that had the audience clapping their hands.
The first half of the concert was largely dedicated to the talents of Aglukark, Dusk and Slean, as each of them performed several songs individually with the "Huron Carole" band. Dusk and Slean closed out the first half with a duet.
The second half opened with a speech from Salvation Army Lieutenant Brian Bobolo, who discussed the impact that the food bank has on the community.
"In this community, we have over 250 regular users of the Salvation Army food bank, the Estevan food bank," said Bobolo. "We at the Salvation Army are nothing without our supporters."
Every dollar donated to the Salvation Army prior to Christmas through the Salvation Army's kettle campaign, the letter campaign and other donations will stay in the community, Bobolo said.
Jackson performed during the second half. Not only did he showcase his vocal talents through a number of songs, but he entertained the audience with jokes and stories. Prior to singing "I'll be Home for Christmas," he noted that he was from Saskatchewan, to the delight of the audience.
The concert closed with Jackson, Aglukark, Dusk and Slean gathering together on stage for a few songs, including "The Little Drummer Boy," "Christmas in Killarney" and "Silent Night."
During the rendition of "Silent Night," the performers left the stage to greet the audience.
Jackson and the others have been touring across the country through the "Huron Carole," entertaining audiences with Christmas music and creating awareness of the pressures facing food banks. The "Huron Carole" is returning this year after an eight-year hiatus.