a presentation of saint benedict’s table
On Friday December 16 we’re presenting a concert event, in support of the work of Agape Table. With tongue firmly in cheek, the evening is titled “Amero Little Christmas,” features performances by Don Amero and our own Jaylene Johnson. It takes place at 8:00PM at the Ellice Theatre, 587 Ellice Avenue, with the doors opening at 7:30.
Tickets at the door are $15, but can also be purchased in advance either at the church or directly through Don’s site for only $12.
And while Jaylene Johnson is certainly no stranger to the saint ben’s community, just who is Don Amero? He’s a multi-award winning musician, whose work is informed both by his own life experience and by his deep faith. Here’s an excerpt from the biographical sketch posted on his website:
From the notoriously tough North End of Winnipeg, Don faced his share of adversity growing up. With poverty, gangs, drugs and violence all around, fortunately, his life was tempered by love, support, and faith in a Greater Power. Shaped and molded by his own experiences, Don’s music now carries both the depth of hardship and luminosity of hope. For all who take the time to listen, his message is one of encouragement, positivity and beauty, despite the harshness of the world. Don’s desire to take a serious shot at music was ignited with the unexpected success of his debut album – fittingly called Change Your Life. Released in the fall of 2006, it garnered the #1 spot on the National Aboriginal Countdown and received a total of seven nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMAs). In February of 2009, Don released his second album Deepening, which saw two more singles climb to #1 on the National Aboriginal Countdown. Deepening also earned him Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Male Artist of the Year at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, and two more nominations at the APCMAs. His professionalism and perseverance caught the attention of a local radio host, who bestowed Don with the James Brown Hardest Working Musician Award. While this one was meant to be a joke, in reality, it rings pretty true!
And if you can’t come to the concert, consider purchasing tickets to share with some of the volunteers and patrons of Agape Table. If you’re looking to do that, just contact us and we’ll put it in motion.