‘Christmas is a verb’: Tom Jackson

By CityNews Ottawa

Tom Jackson, the singer, actor and philanthropist best known for the Christmas concert series Huron Carole or his role as Peter Kenidi on North of 60, wants to help Ottawa get into the festive spirit with his holiday show, Stories, Songs and Santa Causes.

“Christmas is a verb. We've known this for all our lives. We get a chance to give gifts to children, to moms and dads, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers. And it makes us feel good,” said Jackson on The Sam Laprade Show. “Don't just celebrate it. Be Christmas.”

And that's the energy Jackson bring to the stage.

Jackson, joined by Tom McKillip and John MacArthur Ellis, is putting on an evening of music, storytelling and philanthropy. The show, much like his nearly two-decade long Huron Carole, is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for local food banks and family services.

“We have a responsibility these days to make people happy and healthy,” said Jackson. “What we can do as entertainers in particular, is make people smile. I think that art is the most powerful tool for transformation.”

Stories, Songs and Santa Causes takes place on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa. Tickets and more information can be found at Harmony Concerts.

Listen to the full interview with Tom Jackson on The Sam Laprade Show below.


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