Friday, November 25, 2022, Peterborough
Indigenous Canadian entertainment icon and Trent University Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Tom Jackson will kickstart the holiday season on December 8 as his new touring show, Stories, Songs and Santa Causes takes the stage at Trent University’s Wenjack Theatre.
“This promises to be a magical evening of festive music and whimsical tales,” says Lee Hays, director of Alumni Engagement & Services. "This new production will feature Dr. Jackson’s signature grace, style, and quirky festivity that many have enjoyed for decades through the long-running Huron Carole. This year, the audience at the Wenjack Theatre will get to enjoy some of his in-person charm as he continues to give back to the Trent and Peterborough communities.”
As a companion of the Order of Canada, Juno and Gemini Humanitarian Award winner, eleven-time honorary degree recipient, and a proud bearer of the 2014 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, Dr. Jackson is noted for his ability to mobilize others into action – often leading with a hug. He is an honorary alumnus of Trent University, and served two terms as chancellor, from 2009 through 2013, bringing a unique Indigenous experience and perspective to the role.
Stories, Songs and Santa Causes also features BC Country Music Association Hall-of-Fame producer, Tom McKillip, and award-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist, John MacArthur Ellis.
Proceeds of the show at Trent University will go toward the Trent Fund supporting the First Peoples House of Learning, and Trent’s diverse community of Indigenous learners (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit). Funds raised will support students in financial need, as well as hands-on, experiential learning opportunities, including land-based initiatives.
The event is hosted by the Trent University Alumni Association and is open to the public. Tickets are $35, or free to Trent students, and are available at trentu.ca/tomjackson.
About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.
For more information contact:
Cara Walsh, Communications & Media Relations Officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6240 or firstname.lastname@example.org