Concert salutes the troops
Remembrance Day is coming early to the Living Arts Centre.
Celebrate and Remember with the Stars Who Went to War, a concert that honours members of the military serving in Afghanistan in addition to some of the most famous men and women to ever wear the uniform, will be performed this Friday.
The concert features tributes to celebrities such as Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart and Elvis Presley, each of whom gave up a promising career to serve their country.
The show features the 38-member Windjammers ensemble, led by retired Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Currie, the group’s artistic director and conductor. They’ll be joined by Toronto’s Northern Lights Barbershop Chorus.
A tribute to Canadian, American and British soldiers serving in Afghanistan is planned.
“People have given up their lives so we can live safely, and that’s something we have to remember,” said Currie. “We must keep remembering their sacrifice.”
Lieutenant-colonels Scott Attridge and Bobby Herriot will serve as guest conductors. The evening is hosted by Canadian actor Ted Follows.
In addition to the stars, other notable people will be featured, including Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. MacDonald.
There’s also a segment on the film, Midway, as well as music from television shows Hogan’s Heroes and Dad’s Army, a British sitcom.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Military Families Fund, which provides emergency funds to families and spouses of Canadian soldiers serving abroad. Funds are available for rehabilitation, education and financial assistance.
“When families are in trouble because of the death of a (loved one), the fund can be used to help them out,” said Currie. “It’s money that’s available to them without all the rigmarole and red tape.”
Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $30. Call 905-306-6000.