Bobby Curtola Classic Christmas Concerts

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Submitted by Don Graham

The Christmas season is upon us and like every year the traditions we all hold so dear are making their appearance in our lives once again. Decorations that may have been in the family for years, recipes for shortbread, fruitcake, pies and turkey stuffing handed down through generations are brought out and prepared. Christmas music will once again permeate the airwaves and helping to fulfill that end is Canada’s rock and roll legend, the Canuck version of the Energizer bunny himself, Bobby Curtola.

For over fifty years Mr. Curtola has been a vibrant part of Canadiana, having his first single “Hand In Hand” released in 1959 and his first gold record recording “Fortune Teller” in 1962. Bobby has toured the country and the United States and abroad during all those decades and continues to perform live for his friends and fans to this day. “I have been doing this for a long time but I gotta tell you, sometimes it feels like yesterday that I started. When I’m on the stage I feel like I’m 25 years old again. Every song takes me back to that time and those people and places. And I’m so blessed to have a whole crew of my fans from all those years ago still around and supporting me. They have been with me for so long they’re more like friends than “fans”. Speaking from his Oceanside home in Liverpool, Nova Scotia Bobby goes on to say, “Christmas has always been a very special time for me. When I was a boy Fort William/Port Arthur, now Thunder Bay, it was the time of year for family, friends and food, lots and lots of food. If you’re Italian you’ll know what I mean. And even though I was on the road all those years I always made time for my family and friends, But as I said earlier, my fans are my friends so even now I love sharing Christmas with them.”

And so to make that happen, Bobby has released a re-make of his Christmas album for 2015 and set up a small and intimate tour to connect with his fans in way only he knows how to do. “I’ve got a great band with me this time out. They have played few gigs with me last year and they are really an incredible group of players and singers. They tour on their own as Rudy and the Angels and have great vocals to back me up that features two beautiful and talented young ladies. A lot of my early records featured the Anita Kerr singers and having these two lovely ladies as part of the stage band really lends some authenticity to the arrangements.” It should be noted here that despite having recorded some of these songs when he was a much younger man, Bobby still sings them all in the original recorded keys.

This year’s tour will include concerts in Parry Sound, Midland and Peterborough and Bobby is chomping at the bit to get on the stage and spread the Christmas joy. “We learned last year at this time that Bobby Curtola is still someone the folks want to see and hear and I was amazed at the response from people at the radio and television stations we visited. So we thought this year we’d throw our line back in the water to see if there was still an interest. The shows sold out pretty quickly and when we put the Christmas CD up for preorder we couldn’t believe the reaction. It’s very humbling to think that after all these years people still want take a little of Bobby Curtola home with them.”

And for a humble man he has a long list of awards and accomplishments.

He was one of the first Canadian artists to receive the RPM Gold Leaf Award in 1966 for Top Male Vocalist (now known as the Juno Award),was  inducted into The RPM Magazine Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame by Walt Grealisand Toronto made April 26, 1996 Bobby Curtola Day. He was awarded the keys to the cities of Toronto, Hamilton, Calgary, Edmonton and Brandon.and was honored with the naming of the street “Bobby Curtola Drive” in Thunder Bay, Ontario, September 27, 2003. And his accoplishments are lengthy. He received the First Canadian Registered Gold Album
and was a pioneer, instrumental in the early stages of the Canadian Content ruling (the beginning of the CRTC). He was one of the first artists to be a partner in his own publishing, recording and concert promotion companies and was inducted into the Coca Cola Hall of Fame in Las Vegas in 1997. In May of 1998 He received The Gold Medal of Merit” and The Order of Canada.

Bobby is well known for his innovation, wealth of talent and his immense humanitarianism, Bobby Curtola is truly “Canada’s Greatest Rock n’ Roll Legend.”

But legend aside, Bobby Curtola wants to say from his heart, “Merry Christmas to all of you, be kind to each other, respect and love each other because at the end of the day we’re all we have. Merry Christmas !!”

Christmas shows dates are:
December 10, 2015 8 pm
Stockey Centre/Bobby Orr Hall of Fame
2 Bay Street, Parry Sound, Ontario  P2A 1S3
Box Office: 1-877-746-4466

December 13, 2015 8 pm
Midland Cultural Centre
333 King Street
Midland, Ontario L4R 3M7
Box Office: 705-527-4420

December 19, 2015 2 pm
Showplace Performance Centre
290 George Street North
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 6Y8
Box Office: 705-742-7469