Standing Ovations for Local Young Performers Alongside Renowned Musicians at DAREarts Holiday Cheer

View all photos courtesy of Pete Paterson here.

On Friday, December 8th at Chateau Windrush in Hockley, DAREarts Founder Marilyn Field and Vice-Chair J.C. Pennie hosted an evening of spectacular music and camaraderie to welcome the holiday season.

Guests holiday-shopped by purchasing art cards by local kids, jewelry by Air & Earth Design and stunning new stoneware from Farmhouse Pottery by local potter and ‘Canoe North’ leader, Allan Pace.  An original painting by local young artist, Ricky Schaede, sold in live auction.

Tenor Mark DuBois accompanied local teen singers, Darcey Baker and Duncan Lang as they wowed guests. Both were leads last summer in Theatre Orangeville‘s ‘Les Mis‘.

Juno-nominated Glenn Marais sang ‘Spirit of the North’ that he and Indigenous youths in the remote community of Webequie had composed as part of the DAREarts program.  Pianist, 21 year old Jesse Karwat stunned everyone with his formidable talent in Glenn’s original songs.  The caroling by all raised the roof!

Local leaders – MPP and Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition Sylvia Jones, Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson, Deputy Mayor Warren Maycock  and Theatre Orangeville’s David Nairn – inspired all with their insights into DARE’s Discipline, Action, Responsibility and Excellence.

With Scotiabank generously matching donations, the evening yielded over $10,000 which will help DAREarts empower many more under-served children across Canada. Visit

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