November 27, 2012 – Toronto, ON
For one magical night this week, Eleanor McCain returns to her East Coast roots – literally – with a special concert in Newfoundland. Performing together with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra this Friday, November 30th, Eleanor will play a selection of songs from her Holiday release, sure to get everyone in a festive mood.
“I love the holidays and everything Christmas represents,” said Eleanor. “For me, it’s a time to share with family and friends and also a time to give thanks.” In light of Eleanor’s deep love of the holidays and family, she has made a commitment to donate a portion of the proceeds from CD sales during the concert to the Dr. Leonard A. Miller Centre.
The Miller Centre was a military hospital built in 1851. In 1978 it was renamed the Dr. Leonard A. Miller Centre to honour Dr. Miller's contributions to Newfoundland's medical history.
Dr. Miller was an influential doctor and political figure who made many important decisions affecting medical history. His legacy lives on through The Miller Centre, which provides continuing care and rehabilitation services, palliative and comfort services, and orthotics and prosthetics services.
This gift is in addition to the pledge Eleanor made at the beginning of the holiday season: for every download from www.eleanormccain.ca, she is donating 10% of the proceeds to Hospice Toronto. Eleanor developed a connection to Hospice Toronto following the death of her father last year. Then, she witnessed firsthand the critical role compassionate, in-home hospice palliative care played in supporting her father’s wish to remain at home, and to live with comfort and dignity, surrounded by family and friends.
“My father wanted to spend his last days in the comforts of his home when he was experiencing the end of his battle with pancreatic cancer,” said Eleanor McCain. “I saw first-hand the profound work hospice caregivers provide for patients at the end of their lives.
It is now her wish that this album, as well as future albums, have a philanthropic thread running through them that supports hospice palliative care long term, as well as other like causes. “While my commitment to Hospice Toronto in particular runs deep, I felt it was important to give to local hospices as I perform across Canada this holiday season. Regardless of provincial territories, these special care givers are doing an amazing and significant job – one I feel deserves our on-going recognition and support.”
You can catch Eleanor in a variety of cities leading up to the holiday season.
Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra
Friday, November 30, 2012
Cochrane Street United Church
With Proceeds to the Dr. Leonard A. Miller Centre
A Sentimental Christmas
December 7-10, 2012
With the Victoria Symphony, Royal Theatre
With Proceeds to Victoria Hospice
HOLIDAY CHIC – SPARKLE
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Carlu, Toronto
Special event in support of Ronald McDonald House
SYMPHONY NEW BRUNSWICK
Monday, December 17, 2012
Moncton, New Brunswick and
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Fredericton, New Brunswick and
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Saint John, New Brunswick
Home for the Holidays (Family Christmas Concert)
With proceeds to Bobby's Hospice House in Saint John
About Eleanor McCain
Born and raised in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Eleanor McCain found her voice as a young girl, singing at church, schools and community events. After graduating from the music program at New Brunswick's Mount Allison University, she moved to Toronto, to pursue her classical training. Eleanor launched her debut classical crossover album Intimate to critical and popular acclaim in June 2001. Shortly after this release, Eleanor found herself focused on the joys of motherhood. Her dream to return to the studio to record was ultimately fulfilled when she flew to Nashville and once again teamed up with renowned producer Terry Sawchuk to record Bundle of Joy, a lullaby CD that celebrates the joys of motherhood. Eleanor received a 2009 East Coast Music Award nomination for Bundle of Joy for Children’s Recording of the Year. In July 2010, Eleanor completed her third CD, Green Hills of Home. For this, Eleanor received an ECMA 2011 nomination for Roots / Traditional Solo Recording of the Year. Eleanor’s 2011 CD release, Holiday, is a 2-disc CD that offers holiday songs that fall into two collections creating two distinct sentiments – a “Naughty” side of up-tempo and jazzy secular selections and a “Nice” side of intimate and traditional hymns and carols. Eleanor resides in Toronto and in addition to her busy recording career, continues to focus on raising her daughter, Laura.
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