Christmas with Sinatra comes to Abbotsford on Dec. 17 and Mission on Dec. 18, featuring Dane Warren as Frank Sinatra. (Submitted photo)

Christmas with Sinatra comes to Abbotsford on Dec. 17 and Mission on Dec. 18, featuring Dane Warren as Frank Sinatra. (Submitted photo)

Holiday tribute celebrates ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’

Christmas with Sinatra in Abbotsford on Dec. 17 and Mission on Dec. 18

Christmas with Sinatra comes to Abbotsford and Mission next week.

The production stars Canadian entertainer Dane Warren and the 19-piece Bruce James Orchestra.

Show time is 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in Abbotsford (32315 South Fraser Way) and Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Clarke Theatre in Mission (33700 Prentis Ave.).

Christmas with Sinatra is presented under the creative direction of London-based Anthony James – originally from Victoria, B.C. – of Renee James Productions.

The concert features musical arrangements by the Bruce James Orchestra, staging and lighting by James, and rich vocals by Warren, an international performing artist who was born in Vancouver.

This new holiday concert brings to the stage a vibrant mix of beloved ballads, traditional jazz standards, and classic holiday favourites.

The production has recently been added to a larger series of shows that first premiered in 2008.

The Legends Concert Series features music from some of the most iconic jazz artists of the 20th century including, but not limited to, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, and Louis Armstrong.

The series was hailed in the press as “The Jazz Highlight of the Season” and garnered James an M Award nomination for Best Producer/Presenter.

The series went on to play in multiple cities to rave reviews.

Renee James Productions was formed in early 2017 as a rebrand of Ocean Entertainment Worldwide, which was founded in 1995.

The rebranding was implemented after James went from a sole proprietorship to a partnership format to expand the enterprise across borders. It now operates in both Canada and the United Kingdom.

Renee James Productions is recognized primarily for creating, producing, and presenting Broadway musicals, film, television, stage plays, dance, fashion, literary, spoken word, and concert production.

Christmas with Sinatra marks the company’s fourth Canadian West Coast presentation.

Tickets start at $15 in Abbotsford and $13 in Mission. They are available at eventbrite.ca.

Just Posted

Mackenzie Byers of Abbotsford is the valedictorian for the School of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.
Abbotsford woman is valedictorian of TRU school of nursing

Mackenzie Byers is graduating from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops

Harrison Hot Springs country singer Todd Richard poses for a photo with Mission firefighters. (Photo/Sarah Plawutski)
VIDEO: Harrison country artist Todd Richard plans for a busy, rockin’ summer

Richard and his band look to live shows as restrictions start to lift

Special weather statement issued for Fraser Valley as first summer heat arrives June 20, 2021, and set to persist all week. (Photo by James Day on Unsplash)
Second day of hot temperatures rippling across Fraser Valley

Communities from Abbotsford to Hope will see daytime high maximum temps of 32 degrees

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

The theme for this year’s Fraser Valley Regional Library Summer Reading Club is “Crack the Case” and Katie Burns, community librarian at the Chilliwack Library, is encouraging people of all ages to sign up. She is seen here at the Chilliwack Library on Friday, June 18, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Crack the case, read, win prizes with FVRL Summer Reading Club

‘Immerse yourself in other worlds and have a bit of fun while you do it,’ says Chilliwack librarian

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Indigenous rights and climate activists gathered outside Liberty Mutual’s office in Vancouver to pressure the insurance giant to stop covering Trans Mountain. (Photo by Andrew Larigakis)
Activists work to ensure Trans Mountain won’t get insurance

Global campaign urging insurance providers to stay away from Canadian pipeline project

In the first election with public money replacing corporate or union donations, B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Greens leader Sonia Furstenau and B.C. NDP leader John Horgan take part in election debate at the University of B.C., Oct. 13, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. MLAs ponder 2022 ‘sunset’ of subsidy for political parties

NDP, B.C. Fed call for increase, B.C. Liberals have no comment

Emergency crews shut down White Rock’s Five Corners district on Feb. 19, 2020 following an assault. (File photo)
Trial underway in February 2020 death of White Rock senior

Ross Banner charged with manslaughter following Five Corners altercation

Investigators use a bucket to help recover human remains at a home burned in the Camp fire, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Magalia, Calif. Many of the missing in the deadly Northern California wildfire are elderly residents in Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 north of the destroyed town of Paradise. (AP Photo/John Locher)
‘Forever War’ with fire has California battling forests instead

Five of the state’s largest-ever blazes seared California last year, as authorities tackle prevention

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto and IOC President Thomas Bach, on a screen, speak during a five=party online meeting at Harumi Island Triton Square Tower Y in Tokyo Monday, June 21, 2021. The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the games open in just over a month, Tokyo organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)
Tokyo Olympics to allow Japanese fans only, with strict limits

Organizers set a limit of 50% capacity — up to a maximum of 10,000 fans

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

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