Giving the gift of Canadian music

Got a music lover on your list? Looking to pare down on holiday excess and give the gift of experience? With the holidays fast approaching, some Canadian presenters are having pre-Christmas ticket sales:

Tomorrow — Friday, Dec 16th — the Juno Awards are holding a One Day Sale on advance tickets. The Junos will be handed out on April 1, 2012 at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, with performances by Blue Rodeo, Feist and City & Colour. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM, Friday at Capital Tickets, for as little as $62.50.

Whitehorse will be playing at the Frostbite Festival in Whitehorse, YK

Looking to take your loved one further afield? How about a true celebration of winter in about as frigid and frozen an environment as one can find in Canada? The Frostbite Festival takes place in February, in Whitehorse, Yukon — that’s 60 degrees latitude, for the uninitiated. This three-day music festival’s 2012 line-up includes Ferron, H’Sao and, appropriately enough Whitehorse (formerly known as Luke Doucet and Melissa McLelland). Early bird tickets are on sale until January 1, 2012, for just $70 for an adult’s weekend pass.

Canadian Music Fest (formerly known as Canadian Music Week) is also promoting advanced ticket sales with a buy one, get one half price deal on their already-discounted $45 wristband. The wristband is good for the full week of performances in downtown Toronto, by almost 900 bands. So far the line-up includes Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, John K. Samson and the Provincial Band, Ol Savannah, and Peter Katz — to name only a few. When you calculate amortization, you can’t beat the price of a CMW wristband.

Meaghan Blanchard

And while it’s not a sale, this next event is an undeniably great deal. Charlottetown, PEI, has been a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2011, and the closing event will be a musical tribute to Gene Maclellan featuring his daughter Catherine MacLellan, Ron Hynes, Lennie Gallant, Meaghan Blanchard and many more performing the works of one of this country’s greatest songwriters. Tickets are just $29.95.

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