In From the Cold will be live-streamed this year
This article comes to us from In From the Cold concert Organizer, John Hoffman.
In From the Cold, a mainstay on Peterborough’s Christmas music scene for over 20 years, is returning this year thanks to a partnership between local musicians and the St. James Players. This year’s show will be a live-streamed from St. James United Church, on December 11 at 8 p.m.
“Back in September, In From the Cold 2021 was in jeopardy,” says Hoffman. “We didn’t know if and when concert halls would open. We also knew that Market Hall tech staff were not available on our usual dates.” After looking at various scenarios, Hoffman’s brother-in-law, a St. James Players board member, suggested he look into livestreaming In From the Cold from the refurbished facility at St. James United Church.
In 2020, after five years of planning and fundraising, the Church and the St. James Players began working together to renovate the St. James sanctuary to make it suitable for live theatre and music performance as well as church services. The Players raised money for a new sound system and theatre lighting, and they also installed video cameras that enabled streaming of both church services and live shows.
During the 2021 lockdown, the new space provided a welcome venue for some local musicians who were able to stream live shows when their usual venues were closed. “It was a perfect fit for our needs,” says Hoffman. “Even if Market hall had been available, we would have had to turn lots of people away due to space restrictions. Livestreaming means that all our usual fans can watch the show online. And what’s really cool is that faraway friends who have never been able to attend In From the Cold can enjoy the live concert as well. So we’re really thankful for this community partnership. It pretty much saved our concert this season.”
Tune in on Dec 11th at 8pm here: stjamesplayers.ca/live
In From the Cold 2021 will feature folk/roots quintet Carried Away (Susan Newman, Rob Fortin, John Hoffman, Tanah Haney and Michael Ketemer) and Curtis Driedger, who this year, will be performing with the McDonnel Street Gospel Quartet. In From the Cold’s resident choir, the Convivio Chorus, will not be performing this year. “At decision time there was too much uncertainty about the safety and logistics of choir rehearsals, and we just couldn’t see ourselves up there singing with masks on,” says Hoffman.
Streaming In From the Cold 2021 is free of charge at www.stjamesplayers.ca/live. Similar to last year, when In From the Cold was a retrospective broadcast on Trent Radio, the concert will raise funds for the YES Shelter for Youth and Families through a Canada Helps fundraiser. People are encouraged to donate at: www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/in-from-the-cold-peterborough-2021
“Last year we raised a record amount that way,” says Hoffman. “It pushed our all-time total up over $150,000. 00. I’m sure people will support the shelter’s vital work again this year and we’re just thrilled to be performing live again.”
In From the Cold is sponsored by 13 different companies, businesses and organizations.
- Jo Pillon, Sales Representative, Royal Lepage Frank Real Estate
- LLF Lawyers
- Bell Media
- Camp Ponacka
- McDougall Insurance and Financial
- Moving Media
- Teachers for Kids
- Wild Rock Outfitters
- Sam’s Place
- Ashburnham Ale House
- Ashburnham Funeral Home and Reception Centre
- Long and McQuade