Iconic Cape Breton coal miners choir celebrates the holiday season
GUELPH, ON November 14, 2019 – A favourite of audiences from coast to coast to coast and the only group of its kind, the iconic Men of the Deeps Cape Breton coal miners choir rings in the holiday season at River Run Centre on Saturday, November 30, at 8 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the Guelph Infiniti Music Series.
The members of the Men of the Deeps present a festive performance featuring selections from their first-ever solo holiday recording, Christmas in the Mine. Through favourite holiday songs, stories and humour, the Men of the Deeps live performance offers the chance to celebrate the season in true East Coast style, with real Cape Breton coal miners.
“The Men of the Deeps have been sharing their stories through song for 50 years, creating a special bond of shared experience,” CTV says of the Men of the Deeps.
Joining the Men of the Deeps is famed fiddle player Colin Grant, known for his original and energetic take on traditional Cape Breton music.
A choir of working and retired coal miners from Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, The Men of the Deeps’ repertoire features songs and stories about the coal mining life. Formed in 1966 as part of Cape Breton’s contribution to Canada’s centennial celebration, the Men of the Deeps proved an overwhelming success.
During the past 50 years, the choir toured across Canada and internationally, released numerous recordings and shared the stage with luminaries including Rita MacNeil, Anne Murray and Roger Whittaker. The group also made national and international television appearances and is the subject of a feature film and book chronicling its history.
Tickets to see The Men of the Deeps: Christmas in the Mine cost $59 for adults, $57 for seniors and $20 for those under 30. Tickets can be purchased at River Run Centre box office, 35 Woolwich St. in Guelph, by calling 519-763-3000, or online at riverrun.ca/the-men-of-the-deeps-christmas-in-the-mine.
The Men of the Deeps: Christmas in the Mine is presented by River Run Centre as part of the Guelph Infiniti Music Series and sponsored by Tricar. River Run Centre is funded in part by the Government of Canada and gratefully acknowledges 2019-2020 season sponsor Richardson GMP.
Nicole Neufeld | Program Manager, Development and Marketing
City of Guelph
519-837-5662 ext. 2589