We celebrated one of our best years ever last Christmas and would like to sincerely thank everyone who has been such a big part in the incredible success of this Hamilton Holiday Fundraiser. You have allowed us to grow this event into a pillar of the holiday season for many Hamiltonians and we appreciate your generous support to help raise both money and awareness for so many amazing local charities over the years! It is so moving to witness our community come together with such kindness and generosity this time each year.
The first Acoustic Christmas Concert was held at The Casbah Lounge born on the idea that JR simply wanted to play guitar and sing some songs with friends in the effort to raise money for folks in need in Hamilton. JR, who is best known for being a Gemini Award and Screen Award nominee as a television personality, has many pals much more musically inclined than he is which helped this concert become what it is today. Over the years, musicians such as Max Kerman from the Arkells, Tom Wilson, Terra Lightfoot, The Trews, Monster Truck, Walk Off The Earth, The Dirty Nil, Randy Bachman, July Talk, Gord Sinclair, Tim Hicks and many more have come together to make this annual Hamilton Holiday Fundraiser such a special and successful night.
Money raised over the years have allowed us to contribute to such worthwhile causes as the YWCA, various local food share programs, Wellwood Cancer Centre, Ronald McDonald House, Carpenter Hospice, Indwell, and others. Artists and suppliers donate their services to the event which helps keep expenses low. The JR DiGS Acoustic Christmas Concert is a volunteer-run event with 100% of net proceeds going to local charities.
This year we will be raising money for Carpenter Hospice, The Unison Benevolent Fund, and the New Vision United Church (aka The Music Hall) as well as other community charities.
"It is so inspiring to see how this concert has grown over the years and to know that it has become a tradition shared by so many families and friends as a beginning to their holiday season"