Sean Hogan’s Country Christmas features a host of musicians including Sue Medley.

Canadian Country Christmas goes Irish

The 12th anniversary of the Canadian Country Christmas tour comes to Campbell River this Saturday at the Willow Point Hall on the Island Highway.

This show is in full support of the Tara School of Irish Dance, and is in partnership with the Campbell River Mirror and features an award winning line-up of singer/songwriters, and the Tara School of Irish Dance itself. In 2013 the show came through town and performed raising funds for the Campbell River Hospice Society and raised several hundred dollars at the time. As founder Sean Hogan recalls, it was the first time the Tara School of Irish Dance was featured.

City resident and an award winning national recording artist, Hogan started the tour in 2004, and this year alone the show has raised food bank donations, helped a Leukemia patient, and raised a thousand for the YWCA Women’s Shelter in Calgary, as well as a few thousand for the Canadian Cancer Society’s lodging for the patients seeking treatment in Fort Saint John. With a fabulous blend of Roots/Country and Christmas music, the tour has enjoyed performances from over three dozen artists in the past 11 years – with shows in eight provinces, but this year Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and the Yukon, this year, have enjoyed Duane Steele, Sean Hogan, Thomas Wade, and others here locally the island’s own Sue Medley will join in the fun and perform.

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With the release of Hogan’s fourth album Catalina Sunrise, a decade ago, and the song It’s Christmas Time nearly 12 years ago, it has become a staple on radio during the Christmas season, as well as helped out local charities from the Canadian Country Christmas tour making its way across the nation.

It has raised more than $155,000 for various organizations, groups, food banks, hospital foundations and the Canadian Cancer Society over the years.

In 2012, Hogan’s sense of assisting public service groups & communities that need public support was again reinvigorated after surviving a Stage 4 head and neck cancer that was diagnosed in 2011.

Come join these talented performances for a fun and joyful Saturday night concert of dance and music and help benefit the Tara School of Irish Dance.

Hogan just released his first Best Of collection, (double album) called “Noteworthy” this month.

Sean Hogan’s Canadian Country Christmas Tour returns to Campbell River at the WiIllow Point Hall 7:30 Saturday night (Dec. 19). Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for kids 17 to 6 and ages 5 and under are free.