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Judy Marsales
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A Not-So-Silent Night

After a lengthy absence due to the pandemic, JR Digs’ popular fundraising Christmas concert is back and better than ever.

It’s not hyperbole to suggest that one of the holiday season’s most anticipated local shows is JR Digs’ Acoustic Christmas. Throw in a lengthy, multi-year absence due to the pandemic and the anticipation is palpable. This year’s shindig happens on Dec. 23 and makes a welcome return to The Music Hall (24 Main St. W. in downtown Hamilton). In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade or so, Acoustic Christmas is a big ol’ party thrown by the aforementioned JR Digs, who invites a whole bunch of his famous friends – musicians and otherwise – and all the proceeds from ticket sales are donated to a number of amazing local charities.

Confirmed performers and guests for this year’s musical extravaganza already include Golden Feather, Stephen Brunt, Tim Hicks, Doug Gilmour, Tyler Kyte (Dwayne Gretzky), Luke Bentham (The Dirty Nil), Dave Hodge and The Trews, with even more artists set to be added in the coming weeks. If past performers such as Max Kerman (Arkells), Randy Bachman, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Tom Wilson, Allan Doyle, Terra Lightfoot and Gord Sinclair are anything to go by, the lineup will get even more impressive.

In the meantime, get your tickets as soon as possible as this event always sells out. Go to @jrdigstagram on Instagram for concert updates or visit jrdigs.com for details on how you can support a local charity and score a VIP table for this year’s fundraiser. (And if you aren’t lucky enough to nab tickets to the main event, the afterparty has become a thing of local legend and this year’s après concert soiree takes place at Westinghouse HQ, so at the very least, you can still contribute to a great cause and rub shoulders with a who’s who of Canadian music and sports.

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Judy Marsales