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Amanda Rheaume’s Christmas Cheer

album coverHow cool is it to release a Christmas CD and then tour it to the North Pole?

As you’ll discover in the video interview below, Ottawa singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume got to find this out recently when she was invited to play for the troops stationed at the Canadian Forces base in Alert — within spitting distance of Santa’s workshop — hot (cold?) on the heels of releasing her seasonal collection Acoustic Christmas.

The CD features 10 standards treated to Rheaume’s resonant, committed vocals and musical partner Jeff Logan’s guitar wizardry, with all proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. And at the staggering low price of $5 a pop ($6 includes shipping from the Boys and Girls Club web site), there is no excuse for not grabbing these by the sleighful as stocking stuffers for everyone on your list.

This is hardly Rheaume’s first bout of community service and the benefit bug. Last March, she traveled to Afghanistan to play for the troops there and she has also been across Canada with fellow Ottawa performer Ana Miura and a cast of colleagues under the Babes for Breasts banner.

In the new year, she refocuses on touring her 2009 release proper, Kiss Me Back.

Amanda Rheaume’s Acoustic Christmas is available online at www.bgcottawa.org and at the following Ottawa locations:

  • All Bridgehead locations
  • All Royal Oak locations
  • All CD Warehouse locations
  • CIBC Branches (various locations)
  • Guardian Pharmacy on Beechwood
  • Quickie Stores (Barrhaven locations only)
  • Morning Owl (538 Rochester St.)
  • Minute Car Wash (270 Catherine Street)
  • Neon Clothing (60 George St.)
  • Alfa’s Diner (274 Parkdale Avenue)
  • Salon B (591 Bank Street)
  • Scotiabank (Pinecrest location)

This post originally appeared in Ottawa Tonite – used by permission.

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