Heaven’s to Betsy, the leaves are still on the trees, ghouls and pumpkins remain off the radar--and yet news releases are starting to pump the fact we should be thinking about Christmas!
First off the mark is The Tenors, Canada’s globally famous singing quartet-minus-one.
“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?” The Tenors are coming to town, is the headline from the ensemble’s management office. The multi-platinum selling, Juno Award-winning vocalists announced their annual North American holiday tour “Wonder of Christmas” this week.
Opening date of a 13-city North American tour is in Seattle, WA on November 29, with the assurance offered that the lads will be performing “a selection of songs from their two Christmas albums, along with other festive favourites." The tour culminates on December 22 in Brantford, ON with a special celebration for the 100th anniversary of the Temple Theatre’s opening night. All in, the tour includes seven Canadian show dates, starting at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on December 3.
Tickets for select shows go on sale starting Friday, August 23 at 10 A.M local time at tenorsmusic.com. VIP packages are available at the-tenors.wun.io and include premium seats, a personal photo with The Tenors, a signed 8 x 10 photograph and exclusive merchandise.
“Sharing the joy of the holidays through music with our families and extended families – our fans – is one of our favourite ways to celebrate the Christmas season,” The Tenors assure us.
Beating them to the punch is Chicago, the R&R Hall of Famers. Chicago plans to celebrate the holidays this year with a new Christmas album that spotlights the group’s trademark sound on eight original songs, two yuletide favourites and one “timeless classic” that embraces the spirit of hope. Chicago Christmas has its release date on October 4 and will be available on CD, through digital and streaming services, and a black vinyl edition of the album will be released to general retail, with limited edition red and white vinyl versions exclusively available at Rhino.com. All vinyl versions will be available on November 22nd.
According to Buddy Iahn at Music Universe, Chicago Christmas is the 37th album of the band’s career and its fourth holiday collection. “Whereas its previous releases focused more on traditional Christmas songs, the new record spotlights holiday music the band wrote especially for the album, including All Over The World, (Because) It’s Christmastime, and I’m Your Santa Claus. The album also features R&B and ballad versions of Merry Christmas, I Love You, a song that founding member and the album’s producer Lee Loughnane wrote with John Durrill of The Ventures, the bestselling instrumental band of all time.”
If you are sentimentally in tune with the season of giving in the final throes of summer, link here to get a sample of Christmas songs from a potpourri of artists that includes Keith Richards, The Mavericks, Rodney Crowell, Engelbert, Dave Koz, and Gene Autry.