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Together for the Holidays with Sarah McLachlan, Johnny Reid, Holly Cole and Jordan Smith, In Concert with 98.1 CHFI

– Hosted by Jann Arden on Dec. 19 at Massey Hall, each artist will perform a set of 5 songs followed by an on-stage interview –
– Public ticket sales begin Friday, Nov. 18 on; CHFI listeners can win tickets beginning Nov. 17 through the CHFI Loyalty Club –


TORONTO, ON (Nov. 16, 2016) Do you hear what I hear? Toronto’s Holiday Music Station, 98.1 CHFI shares the sounds of the season with Together for the Holidays, an intimate concert event featuring world-renowned artists Sarah McLachlan, Johnny Reid, Holly Cole and Jordan Smith. Hosted by one of Canada’s most celebrated artists Jann Arden, Together for the Holidays takes place Monday, Dec. 19 at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall.

“98.1 CHFI has always been the home to holiday music in the Toronto, and this year we’re kicking it up a notch, bringing the music to life with some of our favourite artists,” said Julie Adam, Senior Vice President, Rogers Radio. “This intimate concert experience is our thank you to our loyal listeners, a holiday gift from our CHFI family to yours.”

Produced by Shed Creative Agency (on behalf of Universal Music Canada) and in partnership with 98.1 CHFI, Together for the Holidays brings the audience into the lives of the artists through a mix of conversation and performance, like an intimate holiday evening with an especially musical family.

“It’s a joy to share the stirring talents of these incredible artists, assembled for such a unique experience at our city’s historic hall – particularly at this special celebratory time of year,” said Jeffrey Remedios, President and CEO, Universal Music Canada.

Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden will dazzle Massey Hall with her signature wit and wisdom as host. A proud recipient of a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, Arden is an eight-time JUNO Award-winner with an astounding 19 top ten singles.

JUNO and GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Sarah McLachlan will perform songs off her new holiday album Wonderland. The album features classics such as “Silver Bells” reimagined into a shimmering, orchestrated picturesque tale as well as “Angels We Have Heard on High,” a percussive hymn of adoration and Randy Newman’s forlorn “Snow” from the 1960s. Emmylou Harris contributes vocals on “Go Tell It on the Mountain”, also featuring Martha Wainwright, and “Away in a Manger,” a new holiday song reinvented as a country shuffle.  McLachlan is a multi-platinum selling artist and is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment, with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide.

Scotland-born, Canadian-raised artist Johnny Reid is rocking the mic this holiday season. Widely known for his energetic stage performances and talent for finding the grandeur in the highs and lows of everyday life, Reid is a chart-topping, multi-platform selling artist in Canada, selling more than 1 million albums since arriving on music scene ten years ago.

Internationally acclaimed recording and touring artist Holly Cole, whose last recording is titled Night, will release a new much anticipated studio recording in 2017. With a name like Holly, Christmas has always been a special time for Ms. Cole and one she celebrated on her full length "Baby It’s Cold Outside" release. Presently Cole has a new Christmas single out, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, recorded during the sessions for the new recording in New York City earlier this year.

Chart-topping singer, widely known as the season nine winner and best-selling artist in the history of The Voice, Jordan Smith recently released his first holiday album, ‘Tis the Season on Nov. 11. Produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer David Foster, ‘Tis the Season features 12 Christmas classics including a modern take on Smith's personal favourite, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”. Other songs include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Silent Night”, and “O Holy Night” featuring the GRAMMY and Emmy Award-winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Smith’s debut album, Something Beautiful, was also created with Foster, as well as the talents of Academy Award®-nominee and songwriter Stephan Moccio, and GRAMMY Award-winning artist and writer Kirk Franklin.

Lou Pomanti is the Musical Director/Band Leader for Together for the Holidays.

98.1 CHFI and CHYM 96.7 Loyalty Club members as well as Massey Hall Friends First members will be given exclusive first-access to tickets beginning Wednesday, Nov. 16. Members will receive their pre-sale code through an e-newsletter from the CHFI Loyalty Club, CHYM 96.7 Platinum VIP Club or Massey Hall. General ticket sales begin Friday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. ET available at 98.1 CHFI listeners have many chances to win tickets on-air all day long on Friday and can enter to win through the CHFI Loyalty Club.

Together for the Holidays is a proud supporter of Raising the Roof. Raising the Roof is a non-profit organization that provides national leadership on long-term solutions to homelessness through partnership and collaboration with diverse stakeholders, investment in local communities, and public education. 

Social Media Links
Follow 98.1 CHFI @981CHFI
Follow Sarah McLachlan @SarahMcLachlan
Follow Johnny Reid @JohnnyReid
Follow Holly Cole @MissHollyCole
Follow Jordan Smith @JordanSmithLive

Follow Jann Arden @jannarden

About Rogers Media
Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), is a diversified leading Canadian media company that engages in television and radio broadcasting, publishing, digital, and sports entertainment. Rogers Broadcasting has 51 AM and FM radio stations across Canada; television properties include seven City stations, four OMNI multicultural television stations, Sportsnet (consisting of four regional channels and the nationally-distributed Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet World, and Sportsnet 360), and The Shopping Channel, a televised and internet shopping service.  Rogers Publishing produces many well-known consumer and online magazines, such as Maclean's, Chatelaine, L'actualité, Canadian Business, and is the leading publisher of a number of industry, medical and financial publications. Rogers Media's suite of digital assets includes 90+ owned and 300+ premium partnership sites. Rogers Media Inc. owns Rogers Centre stadium, a year-round sports and entertainment facility, and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.

About Universal Music Canada:
Universal Music Canada (UMC) is Canada’s leading music company, engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising, and audiovisual content. Home to the most comprehensive catalogue of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMC is committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship in broadening opportunities for our artists on both the domestic and world stages as well as creating new experiences for fans. UMC is a unit of Universal Music Group, the world leader in music-based entertainment in more than 60 countries.

Media Contacts:
Elisa Barbaro, Rogers Radio, 647.388.9403,
Marcus Tamm, Universal Music Canada, 416.718.4119,

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