Mission's Kenny Hess will be performing at the annual Christmas at the Clarke benefit concert.

Mission's Kenny Hess will be performing at the annual Christmas at the Clarke benefit concert.

Hess returns to Christmas at the Clarke

Annual Christmas fundraiser benefits MCS Christmas Bureau and emergency housing shelter

Come down to the Clarke Theatre on Dec. 19 for the 13th annual Christmas at the Clarke benefit concert, starting at 7 p.m.

The stage will be set for an evening of old and new tunes and holiday favourites by some of the best singers and musicians in the valley.

The event raises funds and awareness for the Mission Community Services Christmas Bureau and the emergency housing shelter operated by the Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley.

Hometown crooner, Kenny Hess, will return to the show this year, after missing the last few concerts due to scheduling conflicts. Hess’ deep, rich voice, easy, comfortable style, and his rapport with the audience makes him a favourite.

Horizon, featuring Crystal Hicks, will also be returning to the Clarke stage after knocking the audience off their feet last year. Hicks has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James and the band is in high demand. Horizons is made up of five musicians from the Fraser Valley, and they play a variety of music, including swing, blues, R&B, Latin, country and classic rock.

Rob Hess will also be back along with the singers from Halo, and rounding out the show this year will be the Hatzic Secondary School jazz band and the Heritage Park Secondary School choir with their youthful, energetic talents.

You can also do a bit of Christmas shopping at the silent auction, which will be featuring items from local businesses and community groups.

“We’ve deliberately kept ticket prices low so that more people can afford to come to enjoy the best entertainment in the valley and so that they can bring a big bag of groceries for the Food Bank as well,” said concert founder and producer John Agnew. “That’s a big part of what we are doing.”

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $10 for children. They are available in Mission at London Drugs, Rex Cox Men’s Wear, Murdoch’s Book Shoppe, Shoppers Drug Mart, Prospera Credit Union and Fraser Valley Building Supplies. Tickets are also available in Abbotsford at House of James. For group tickets or for more information call the theatre at 604-820-3961 or John at 604-217-1863.

Just Posted

Students from W. J. Mouat Secondary hold the banner they earned for taking top spot at the recent national Let’s Talk Career competition. (Submitted photo)
Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford wins national Let’s Talk Careers competition

School among 245 across nation that competed to be named ‘Canada’s Most Informed’

A tenant walks in front of her home on Boundary Road on Friday, June 18, 2021 after it was destroyed by fire the night before in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack family homeless after fire rips through house on Abbotsford border

Turtle rescued, no one seriously hurt following Boundary Road fire in Chilliwack

Wild rabbits are all over Chilliwack, but people often think they’re someone’s lost pet and try to ‘save’ them. But the owner of Chilliwack’s Reptile Room says good intentions can have bad consequences for wild animals. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Owner of Chilliwack’s Reptile Room asks people to leave wild animals in the wild

Amber Quiring says people who think they’re helping are actually doing more harm than good

column
COLUMN: Permanently scarred or temporarily paranoid

Covid has changed my view on socializing

Chilliwack Fire Department on scene at a house fire on Boundary Road and No. 4 Road on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (David Seltenrich/ Facebook)
Fire crews respond to house fire on border of Chilliwack and Abbotsford

Flames, dark smoke reported coming from front of house when crews arrived

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

BC Ferries’ newest Island Class vessel is experiencing an issue with one of its thrusters off the Algerian coast. Photo courtesy patbaywebcam.com.
BC Ferries newest vessel having mechanical issues in Mediterranean

Island 4 will be repaired in Spain before crossing Atlantic

Thousands of protesters make their way through the downtown core during a Black Lives Matter protest in Ottawa, Friday June 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
MPs’ study of systemic racism in policing concludes RCMP needs new model

Chair of the House public safety committee says it’s time for a reckoning on ‘quasi-military’ structure

A case filled with packages of boneless chicken breasts is shown in a grocery store Sunday, May 10, 2020, in southeast Denver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Zalubowski
One million chickens euthanized during labour dispute at Quebec slaughterhouse

Premier says waste amounts to 13 per cent of the province’s chicken production thrown in the garbage

Premier of Manitoba Brian Pallister speaks at a news conference at the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski
Provincial leaders want more federal money for health care, plan to meet in fall

Premiers ask Ottawa to increase its share of overall health spending to 35 per cent from 22 per cent

A section of the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies is seen west of Cochrane, Alta., Thursday, June 17, 2021. A joint federal-provincial review has denied an application for an open-pit coal mine in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, saying its impacts on the environment and Indigenous rights aren’t worth the economic benefits it would bring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Panel says Grassy Mountain coal mine in Alberta Rockies not in public interest

Public hearings on the project in southern Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass region were held last fall

An old growth cedar stands in a cut-block within the Caycuse Valley. More than 100 prominent Canadians, have signed an open letter calling for the immediate protection of all remaining old-growth forests in B.C. (Submitted)
Brian Mulroney and Greta Thunberg among 100 celebrities pushing to save B.C. old growth

List includes Indigenous leaders, scientists, authors, Oscar winners

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read