Three to See: Virtual ESO, Richard Kelly Kemick reading, and From a Light Within

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Deck the Halls — Digital Concert: Guest conductor Lucas Waldin conducts the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in this virtual version of their annual holiday extravaganza. The Davis Organ will have a special spotlight performance, and the program includes classics like Ave Maria, Deck the Halls, Cher’s favourite, O Holy Night and many more, with a couple dozen orcs in the pit. “The holidays are a time of togetherness. This year, many of us face a very different Christmas, but we are delighted to be lighting the Christmas spirit with music that can bring cheer and warmth into our hearts and unite us in the beauty and inspiration of great music,” notes ESO chief conductor Alexander Prior. Make an account to view the video, please don’t use guest checkout or it won’t work. No charge to current members, incidentally, so it’s a fine time to become a member and help support one of Edmonton’s deepest-rooted cultural institutions. And play it on a loop!

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Details: Streamable through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31 at, $47

A Very Jolly & Somewhat Belated Richard Kelly Kemick Christmas: Leave your masks — and yourselves — at home, as award-winning B.C. poet and journalist Richard Kelly Kemick reads you his hilarious holiday memoirs. Along with his “little elf helper” — renowned writer and local Globe and Mail reporter Jana G. Pruden — he’ll share candid stories behind stories like I am Herod and Playing God before taking your questions. Full proceeds go towards books and school supplies for children in need. Sounds terrific.

Richard Kelly Kemick is doing a virtual reading 5 p.m. Monday though Pandemic University. Photo by supplied /jpg

Details: 7 p.m. Monday at, by donation

From a Light Within (2020): Local director Beth Wishart MacKenzie brings us a heartwarming short film about brotherly love at the darkest time of year. Each year, despite his personal challenges, Bill decorates his house with Christmas lights, memories of days gone by guiding his work around the yard. This year Bill decorates with a special purpose: his brother is coming. To watch the film, click the blue Vimeo link below — descriptive and closed captioned versions available at

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