Tom Jackson’s Huron Carole brings hope and happiness to Victoria

Annual concert aims to defeat hunger while feeding the soul

Tom Jackson’s Huron Carole in support of The Mustard Seed comes to Victoria on Nov. 26.

Tom Jackson is coming to Victoria for an uplifting evening of story and song.

The star of North of 60, Star Trek and Law and Order is performing his beloved Huron Carole at Glad Tidings Church on Nov. 26 with special guests Diane Lines, Kirby Barber, John MacArthur Ellis, Darryl Havers and Tom McKillip.

As he’s done for the past 31 years, Jackson’s Huron Carole event is parternering with local food banks from coast to coast to coast to spread Christmas cheer and lend a hand. In Victoria he’s once again supporting longtime partner The Mustard Seed Street Church.

“It’s a festive musical event that kicks off the Christmas season in Victoria and provides enough food and funds to support our food bank through the winter,” says Janiene Boice, Director of Mustard Seed Street Church.

Defeating hunger, feeding the soul

Jackson is a long-time champion for the marginalized. Having experienced life on the streets himself, he discovered music was a way to help others.

“Each year my awareness of how creativity meets humanity enlarges and it’s a joy to play for like-minded people invested in their communities,” says Jackson.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with plenty to take in before the show starts at 7 p.m. Mingle with friends, nibble on Christmas goodies, soak up the spirit of the season and enjoy a first-class concert. Bring an unwrapped gift for the toy drive or canned goods for the foodbank, or try your luck at the silent auction. All proceeds from the event will go towards The Mustard Seed’s many worthy projects.

Long history of helping

“Christmas fundraising funds the year!” says Boice.

The Mustard Seed Street Church is actively involved in feeding the community. Funds raised in the Huron Carole event will go towards all of their initiatives, including, but not limited to:

  • Food Bank —open year-round serving thousands of drop-in clients each month.
  • Mobile Hospitality — serving our street community meals on the go.
  • Hampers — serving 5000 individuals through monthly hampers, and an additional 2300 individuals at Christmas with a special hamper including a turkey dinner, waffle breakfast, toys for children and a small token for parents.
  • Formal Christmas Dinner — Serving over 850 members of the street community a high-class dining experience at the Bay Street Armoury.

Tickets for the Huron Carole are $30.00 and can be purchased online, at Glad Tidings Church (1800 Quadra street), at The Mustard Seed Street Church (625 Queens), or by emailing events@mustardseed.ca or cindy@mustardseed.ca.

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Kirby Barber is among the guests artists who will be performing at the Huron Carole concert Nov. 26 in support of The Mustard Seed.

Huron Carole performers also include John Ellis.

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