The Sultans of String roll their Christmas Caravan into Simcoe County for a special concert at Utopia Hall.
The award-winning world music group has partnered with UNHCR, the United Nations Agency for Refugees in Canada, to raise funds and awareness for the organization that provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world. It is the world’s leading organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution.
“I learned about all the incredible work they were doing last year and 97 per cent of donations raised goes directly to help people in need,” said bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool. “I thought one of the best things we can do as performers is to try and spread some messaging that is important to us and our hearts, especially because this is a Christmas tour, I thought it was a good time to raise some money and raise awareness.
“I am hoping people will go online and donate. The band will taking donations during the tour and donating in 10 per cent of CD sales. We will have literature about the organization and I’ll speak briefly about it through the concert.”
Five original members of the band and special guest singer Rebecca Campbell will be presenting a one-of-a-kind show of music from the Christmas Caravan CD. Highlights include Greensleeves with a Turkish twist, a ska-inspired Feliz Navidad, Spanish flavoured Carol of the Bells, Huron Carol with translated Indigenous lyrics and even Jingle Bells gains some new lyrics.
In addition to 10 years of performing, producing albums and winning numerous awards, the Sultan’s music has also been featured in films, most recently at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Their award-winning song Snake Charmer was included in the new film Hotel Mumbai.
Photo: The Sultans of String perform at 8 p.m. on Nov. 24 at the Utopia Hall, 8396 6th Line. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Prices include dinner at 7 p.m.