Jr Digs is a busy guy these days. Between radio appearances on 101.5 and Y108, a spot on CHCH TV Tuesday morning and rehearsing for his upcoming 2nd Annual Acoustic Christmas at the Casbah this Thursday, odds are right now he’s probably taking a nap.
Not for long because JR knows how important CityKidz has become for the city of Hamilton, Ontario. No longer content with just being the town loudmouth (megaphone usually nearby…), JR Digs is turning it up a notch collaborating with the likes of Tom Wilson, Max Kerman (of the Arkells), Mike Trebilcock (formerly of the Killjoys), Bob Lanois (Grant Avenue Studios) and this year’s multi- Hamilton Music Award winners Harlan Pepper, to celebrate this time of year.
If you forgot to send a toy to charity, if you walked past a Sally Ann Kettle empty-handed, if you’ve stuck your head in a hole charitably-wise this holiday season, well here’s your chance to make it up. Tickets are limited and only 20 dollars, %100 of which JR Digs is making sure ends up helping over 3000 children, which is what CityKidz does best.
In addition to traditional media, JR has been mashing away spreading the word via social media (and probably a couple of hours wasted on Facebook games…). Good causes should always go viral, especially ones that will rock, such as will be JR Digs 2nd Annual Acoustic Christmas at the Casbah. JR has great people working with him to ensure it’s success, including the wonderful Deborah Warner, publicist. You can find the complete details below in the media release.
UPDATE Tuesday 5pm – Unfortunately, Bob Lanois is out of the country and will not be back in time for Thursday’s show. Do not discount JR though, as there are still mystery guests yet to be announced, and some that will only be announced during the show. Don’t find out after what a great show it will be, get your tickets today!
Legendary Bob Lanois and Max Kerman of The Arkells added to the growing list of Hamiltonians performing Xmas benefit concert for City Kidz.
(Hamilton – December 23, 2010) Max Kerman, lead singer of The Arkells and Bob Lanois are confirmed to be on stage next Thursday night at the JR Digs 2nd Annual Acoustic Christmas Concert at The Casbah. Kerman and Lanois will be joined by former Killjoy’s front-man Mike Trebilcock and headliner Tom Wilson. 100% of proceeds are going to City Kidz to give over 3000 needy children Christmas presents this year.
Max Kerman’s band, The Arkells, have experienced incredible success over the past two years with their debut album Jackson Square. Just finishing a cross country tour, The Arkells have experienced a major amount of air play nation wide. A big part of their skyrocket to fame is due to Max Kerman’s unique voice and the band’s original sound. Fans will now have the rare opportunity to hear Kerman perform acoustically on December 23rd.
Bob Lanois is one of Hamilton’s most well known and celebrated musicians. Having worked with acts like U2 and Bruce Cockburn, Lanois’s reach goes far beyond this city’s borders. But this incredible harmonica player always comes home and will be here to help the children of Hamilton this holiday season.
Headliner Tom Wilson of Blackie & The Rodeo Kings/Junkhouse and most recently the band Lee Harvey Osmond, will be treating the audience this year to a very rare acoustic performance. For the second year in a row, Mike Trebilcock will be opening the show. Former front man of the Killjoys and several critically acclaimed solo projects, Trebilcock will be stripped down to a guitar and microphone on stage.
Gemini Nominated Television host JR Digs can currently be seen nationally on Global television Saturday nights on “In The Can with JR Digs.” His first late night sitcom series will begin airing in the New Year on Global. JR will also begin a series of live stand up comedy shows following his debut on stage recently opening for Tom Green. South of the border JR had a short stint working as a correspondent for the 10pm Jay Leno Show on NBC and shot segments with Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and a few other well known comedic actors. Next Thursday night JR will kick things off with a couple classic Christmas tunes but from that point onward his only job will be as the host and MC to whats shaping up to be a memorable night of music in the city of Hamilton.
When: Thursday, December 23, Doors open at 7:30 p.m, show starts at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Casbah in Hamilton
Ticket Information: Tickets are $20.00. They are being sold at various locations including The Casbah, Dr. Disc, Maddison Avenue Salon, Picks and Sticks Music, Brain(James North) and The Ticat Store(1 Jarvis Street)
Additional musicians: Still more TBA
For media inquiries please contact Deborah Warner at email@example.com