A Very Beary Christmas – featuring the Stadacona Band
Tickets can be purchased(cash or cheque) at Salvation Army in Liverpool (361Main St.)
Tickets for this show WILL NOT be sold at the Astor Box Office.
The Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy presents the Beary Merry Concert in support of The Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program. Joining The Stadacona Band is CTV’s Liz Rigney as they entertain the audience with a variety of holiday tunes.
For over twenty years, The Stadacona Band has presented this concert to helps families make ends meet over the holidays. In tradition, concert-goers bring along a teddy bear for donation to children in need, if they are able. What began as a simple tradition has amassed into a holiday showcase that helps relieve families from the decision of delaying payment on a bill or buying a Christmas gift for their child.
The Beary Merry has become a holiday favourite for both the young and old. Join The Salvation Army at the Astor Theatre December 14 at 7pm for an evening of great music.
All toys donated will be distributed to children right here in Liverpool.
The Beary Merry Christmas concert series, an annual holiday tradition in the Maritimes. The event also encouraged patrons to donate a new toy for The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas assistance. This program provides Christmas hampers with food for a Christmas dinner and gifts to go under the tree for children, providing a Christmas experience that would be absent without this support. Every year, The Salvation Army helps thousands of children in the Maritimes through this program.
In past years, at the Halifax concerts alone, more than 1,200 stuffed animals and toys were donated. Major Brenda Bungay, director of Community and Family Services Halifax, says that the Beary Merry’s history and reputation resonate with the community.
“People’s need for assistance from The Salvation Army at Christmas is great and the Beary Merry concerts are a big help to our work because even the smallest donation of a bear, stuffed animal or other toy can bring joy to a child,” she says. “Seeing kids receiving these toys makes Christmas for me.”
The Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, based in Halifax, is a full-time professional military band with a proud tradition of musical excellence spanning more than 75 years. This distinguished military institution provides complete musical service for ceremonial requirements of the Canadian Forces and represents Canada’s East Coast Navy. This world-renowned band consists of some of Canada’s finest musicians. As a result, it is in constant international demand. The band also assists non-profit civilian organizations across the Atlantic Provinces. The 30-member group uses a variety of configurations from parade and concert band, to Big Band and Jazz/Dixie combos, as well as brass and woodwind ensembles. This enables the band to cover a wide range of engagements. The Stadacona Band appears courtesy of the Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic.