30th Annual Home for the Holidays Virtual Benefit Concert

Thursday, December 10th, 2020 | 7:30pm to 8:30pm

A one-time-only pre-recorded event

The pandemic has brought new meaning to the term “home for the holidays.” So this year, to ensure everyone’s health and safety, our annual Home for the Holidays Benefit Concert moves online.

This year, we’ll be celebrating 30 years of a benefit that helps make LOFT’s work possible – promoting recovery and independence for people coping with complex mental health difficulties, dementia, substance use issues, physical health challenges, and homelessness.

Our Home for the Holidays Concert is our signature fundraising event and an important opportunity to showcase the incredible impact of our community and the urgent need for your ongoing support. This year you will have the opportunity to make a special holiday donation alongside your ticket purchase, which will go to work straight away helping LOFT offer compassion and unwavering support to the most vulnerable people.   

Your $50 ticket will provide you with access to enjoy this year’s concert from the comfort and safety of your home.  This is a pre-recorded event with performances from talented Canadian artists this will be a beautiful celebration that is not to be missed.

Questions? Please review our Virtual Concert FAQ sheet or call us at 416-979-1994 ext #2033 to place your order over the phone.

Featured Performers

Hosts

Tabby Johnson

Returning Co-Host of the Home For The Holidays Charity Concert.

Micah Barnes

Beloved Artistic Director of the Home For The Holidays Charity Concert.

The Gospel Quartet (former Nylons)

Billy Newton-Davis

 Multiple Juno award winning Pop/R&B powerhouse and former member of The Nylons.

Jeremiah Sparks

Beloved Gospel Music Choir Director & Star of Canadian Musical Theatre.

Micah Barnes

Chart Topping Jazz Artist and Former Member Of The Nylons.

Mark Cassius

Star of Broadway & Festival Stages and former Member of The Nylons.

Performers

Jackie Richardson

One Of Canada’s Most Beloved Musical Performers & a multiple award winning, Stage & Screen Actress.

Hogtown Brass 

A returning Home For The Holidays favourite! The dynamic Canadian ensemble is comprised of accomplished musicians from a variety of diverse artistic backgrounds.

Vanessa Sears

Canada’s brightest new Musical Theatre Star! A Dora Award, Toronto Theatre Critics Award, BroadwayWorld Award and Critic’s Pick Award winning performer.

Thom Allison

Beloved Musical Theatre & Award Winning Television Star! Thom Allison plays PREE on the hit series, KILLJOYS.

Curtis Sullivan

One of Canada’s most sought after leading men in the Classical and Opera world!

Ma-Anne Dionisio

Award-wining lead of Miss Saigon around the world.

Concert Directors

Micah Barnes

Artistic Director

Chart Topping Jazz Artist and Former Member Of The Nylons

Diane Leah

Musical Director

One of Canada’s Top Musical Directors.

Supporting Food Security in Our Community

“When I first came to the program I can say I never shopped for groceries… With the help of the staff and the mandatory life skills workshop with a food nutritionist, I learned how to grocery shop and meal prep effectively… The life skills that I acquired truly prepared me to live by myself comfortably.” –  Justin

Access to food has become a very real challenge for our clients…

LOFT has redeployed staff and adapted quickly to meet the changing needs for thousands of people throughout our communities.  In York Region, we have increased our work with the Outreach Van in our Crosslinks program and in a number of Toronto Community Housing buildings we’ve started providing cooked meals from our other LOFT locations to ensure no one is left hungry.  The team has also organized multiple ongoing food bank drop-offs for clients who are elderly and at high risk, don’t have transportation or are overwhelmed with anxiety and cannot stand in line to be able to access formal food banks.  

This commitment to turning on a dime in unprecedented times extended to all LOFT programs and all of our clients; like Justin at our Beverley Lodge program.

LOFT offers compassion and unwavering support to the most vulnerable people … but we can’t do it without you. This holiday season, please give a gift that ensures folks like Justin can continue to access essential services at LOFT.

FAQ

The $50 digital ticket goes directly towards helping our clients. With your ticket, you and your loved ones will enjoy a private one-time-only event with premiere Canadian talent, while helping LOFT showcase the incredible impact of our work in the community to new audiences. It is very important to us that everyone is able to celebrate the season together while keeping everyone safe giving new meaning to (staying) “home for the holidays”.

Yes! We are thrilled to be able to mail everyone who purchases a concert ticket a special 30th anniversary edition of our Home for the Holidays Concert Program. Inside you will enjoy performer bios, inspiring stories from LOFT’s clients, a historical tribute to concerts past, and much more!

Your concert program will act as your ticket to the event. It will be mailed to you on or before Dec. 1st (and emailed as a PDF after that date).  Your program will include your password and private link needed to view this year’s special event.

Per CRA regulations, you will not receive a tax receipt for the value of your ticket. However, if you make a special holiday gift in addition to your ticket purchase, your donation will be receipted for 100% of the donation amount. If you are not able to join us for the concert this year, I hope you will still consider making a tax-deductible holiday gift here:  www.loftcs.org/Holiday

Your gift will help LOFT’s programs and services in providing compassionate and unwavering support to the most vulnerable members of our community with basic needs like food, housing, mental health supports and more. With the ongoing pandemic, we are even more determined to serve our clients with dignity and compassion and ensure all receive compassionate and unwavering support to live a dignified life.

You will receive a private URL and a password to access the concert online via your home computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone device.

On December 10th, simply visit the unique URL sent to you with the concert program and enter your ticket holder password to view the event through LOFT’s YouTube Live account.

All you need is a good internet connection, a cup of hot cocoa, and your warmest Holiday sweater to join us for a wonderful night of entertainment and holiday cheer!

Our development team will be available by phone to support you if you need help logging in.

This is a one-time-only recorded event. Due to copyright and clearance issues, this event will only be available live on December 10th at 7:30 pm. You will be able to log in and enjoy the event anytime from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

To ensure you don’t miss the event, you can click here to add a reminder to your calendar now.

This concert is being recorded ahead of time and following current public health guidelines. It is closed to spectators and only available online on Thursday, December 10th from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Performers are maintaining a minimum of 2-metre physical distance from each other, while singers and players of brass or wind instruments are separated from any other performers by an impermeable barrier.