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An Indie-Folk Christmas with The Once

Kick off the festive season with a show from everyone’s favourite Newfoundland folk trio, The Once. This is a Christmas Concert by The Once will be filling Shenkman Arts Centre will festive cheer on December 9 at 8 p.m.

This is the first year this two-time Juno nominated band will be in Ottawa. “We really can’t wait to sing and play on your stage in front of our amazing Ottawa fans,” says singer Geraldine Hollett.

Now a popular Canada-wide indie-folk group, the band’s beginning was anything but planned. “The show stemmed from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador wanting a Christmas radio spot filled with local talent in 2008. We were barely a band. We called the show The Once Upon a Christmas. We told stories and sang some of our absolute favourites,” says Hollett.

She continues: “The following year we decided to try and sell the show locally and it was a success. We sold it out that year. The following year, due to popular demand, we sold out two nights. It is now a four show sell out in St. John’s. A few years ago, due to it’s overwhelming success, we decided to take the show on the road to various places across Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada.”

Their unique sound combines folk roots with modern sounds of percussion, electric guitars, and sweeping keyboards, something that fans across the country love both in the holiday season and throughout the year.

Now Ottawans can enjoy this unique folk experience in the comfort of Harold Shenkman Hall. “This year we get to take the show in the glorious Shenkman Arts Centre. Our show requires just the right mood and Shenkman Arts Centre, with all it’s beauty, can provide that intimate feel.”

Joining The Once will be fellow Newfoundland native Brad Fillatre, who will be warming up the crowd and chasing away the December chill before the main act.

Book yourself a well-deserved night out as the holiday season kicks in!


**Taken from media release

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