After touring through Alberta over the past two weeks, Don Amero is bringing his Christmas variety show to his home province.
The Winnipeg singer/songwriter will perform his first “Amero Little Christmas” show in Manitoba at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium (WMCA) on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The tour moves on to Neepawa on Monday, Souris on Dec. 13 and Pinewa the following day before closing out the 2018 Christmas route in Winnipeg with two shows on Dec. 15.
Amero, a three-time Juno Award nominee with six albums to his credit, will perform alongside his band in a show that gives audiences a modern look at the classic musical Christmas presentation. It has been described as a cross between a Michael Bublé Christmas and Tom Jackson’s “Huron Carole;” the latter of which is scheduled for Dec. 9 in the WMCA.
“Amero Little Christmas” is the culmination of nine years of planning. Christmas and the seasonal music surrounding it has been a long-time interest for Amero. He is especially keen on the communal vibe of the holiday and wants audience members to refocus their thoughts on what the season should be about; relaxation, gratitude for the blessings in their lives and sharing love with others.
Amero, who has been performing for more than a decade, grew up in Winnipeg’s North End, where poverty, gang-related activity, violence and drugs surrounded him. As a youth, he tried out for his school’s musical with intentions of spending more time with a girl he liked. Instead, he found a talent for performing.
At home, his family was falling apart. During this difficult time, Amero taught himself how to play guitar on his father’s old instrument. Playing music became therapeutic for him, which has led him to make his music medicine for others with themes of encouragement, positivity and beauty.
Today, Amero is being commended for his work with Juno nominations and three 2018 Manitoba Country Music Association Awards. His sixth album, Evolution, was released in August.
“The title of this new album, Evolution, came about one day in 2017 when my manager… and I were discussing this new country music path I’ve been on,” Amero says on his website. “She asked, ‘What led you to doing country music now?’ and my response was, ‘I’ve always toed the line of country music and it’s just been the natural evolution of me that has led me here. Once I said that, we both looked at each other and said, ‘Oh, I like that.”
Produced in Saskatoon, Sask. by Bart McKay – who has worked with the likes of Brett Kissel, Gord Bamford and The Johner Brothers – the album took 18 months to put together and hosts nine tracks, all catered to Amero’s goal of enlightening his listeners in positive ways.
Tickets to “Amero Little Christmas” and Tom Jackson’s “Huron Carole” are available at www.wmca.ca.
In Souris, Amero will perform at the Avalon Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. Tickets are available at Plaza Petals, from Sharon Dunn at (204) 483-2001 or at the door.