Arts on 817 celebrate the holidays with Songs for Peace & Joy concert

Photo courtesy of Shannon Gaye

A powerhouse singer and Juno-nominated pianist are bringing an extraordinary concert of beautiful Christmas music to Strathmore.

On Saturday, December 17, Arts on 817 is presenting Songs for Peace & Joy, a concert of holiday favourites featuring vocalist Shannon Gaye and pianist Kristian Alexandrov who are fresh off a tour with Tom Jackson where they performed The Huron Carole.

Arts on 817 is a concert series housed in Strathmore United Church. Artistic Director Carolyn Steeves says performing artists absolutely love the acoustics and intimate atmosphere of the venue.

“Shannon Gaye and Kristian Alexandrov are extremely excited to perform here.  Their last Christmas concert was in 2019, so they’re dying to share their music with everyone again – and they’re bringing a band with them. It’s going to be an amazing show!”

Alexandrov says the trio joining them is incredibly talented, “It’s a pretty dynamic band. We have Tyler Hornby on drums and Steve Shepherd on bass, who are probably two of the greatest Western Canadian musicians, and we have Kait Shane on vocals – so it’ll be a high caliber of artists, great music, and the venue is fantastic.”

Shannon Gaye is an accomplished recording artist, having released six original CDs, including Songs for Joy & Peace, which is the basis for the December 17th concert in Strathmore.

“I’m an acoustic soul, classic R&B, I love Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, that kind of thing.,” shares Gaye. “So the evening will feature several styles of uplifting holiday themed music. Rhythm and blues, gospel, and a bit of jazz influence. Just some really beautiful songs for Christmas.”

Alexandrov and Gaye recently moved to Calgary from Vancouver, where he had often played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

“Kristian’s really a brilliant piano player. He does everything from jazz to country!” reveals Gaye. “Funnily enough, he’s been nominated three times for the British Columbia Country Music Association Best Pianist.”

Steeves says everyone who loves Christmas, will truly enjoy this concert.

“I’m really looking forward to it! For anyone who loves the season and all the wonder of Christmas, this will be a night that will give them great joy.”

Tickets for Songs of Joy & Peace are available at The Vault, on the Strathmore United Church website, or at the door the night of the concert – Saturday December 17th.

To learn more about upcoming concerts in the series, visit the Arts on 817 Facebook page.

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