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Happenings on the Scene - It's time for . . . Amero Little Christmas!

Country singer/songwriter Don Amero sings at a news conference where Dauphin Countryfest announced he was in the lineup for next year’s sold-out festival. Headliners include Carrie Underwood , Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan.

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Country singer/songwriter Don Amero sings at a news conference where Dauphin Countryfest announced he was in the lineup for next year’s sold-out festival. Headliners include Carrie Underwood , Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan.

Christmas is about celebrating, sharing, and giving back. That’s why Don Amero started the tradition of putting on a concert called Amero Little Christmas.

This year he’ll be joined by Red Moon Road, and for the first time will be taking the show on the road throughout most of southern Manitoba.

Amero Little Christmas is a special evening of music, videos, stories and songs. It’s the perfect way to catch the Christmas spirit and get into the mode of the yuletide season a tad early.

Partial proceeds from the tour will help raise money for Canadian Feed The Children, an organization that helps children right here in our own country.

Last year, Amero released a Christmas EP called Christmastime. It contains remakes of traditional Christmas classics like "Silent Night", "Let It Snow", and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", along with original tunes written for the holiday season.

Don will perform songs from Christmastime, and more, at Amero Little Christmas in a whirlwind tour of Westman.

~ Friday, Dec. 7: Brandon (Redeemer Lutheran Church)

~ Sunday, Dec. 9: Virden (The Aud)

~ Wednesday, Dec. 12: Dauphin (Watson Arts Centre)

~ Thursday, Dec. 13: Neepawa (Viscount Cultural Centre)

You can call Winnipeg’s Don Amero one of the hardest working independent musicians in showbiz today.

Since leaving his job as a hardwood flooring installer five years ago to pursue music fulltime, the singer/songwriter has toured coast-to-coast, headlined concerts, presented at festivals, performed with the symphony, and played national television.

Amero’s musical style has been likened to John-Mayer-meets-Keith-Urban.

His three albums (Change Your Life, Deepening, The Long Way Home) have generated six national and international awards — Male Entertainer of the Year (2012 Aboriginal People Choice Music Awards), Best Country Song (2012 Indian Summer Music Awards), Aboriginal Recording of the Year (2011 Western Canadian Music Awards), Best Folk Recording (2011 Native American Music Awards), Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year (2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards), Male Artist of the Year (2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards) — and 20 more nominations.

Heart On My Sleeve is his fourth album. A self-produced labour of love, he proudly calls it his most personal album to date. If you listen from beginning to end, it tells a story.

Heart On My Sleeve was released in October 2012 at an "intimate and international" house concert streamed live on APTN.ca. You can still view the concert here at: www.aptn.ca/webstagepass.

Amero captivates audiences of all ages with his powerful melodious vocals, percussion-style guitar playing, and engaging storytelling. He is often called upon as a keynote speaker, and to deliver workshops for youth.

His story inspires, and his message is one of encouragement, positivity and beauty. He continues to impress wherever he goes.

FUTURE HAPPENINGS:

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Friday, Nov. 30 — Catie St Germaine plus $2,000 in guaranteed cash and prizes. Big mustache in town event from 5-8 p.m. in partnership with the Assiniboine Community College Student Association.

Friday, Dec. 7 — Annual Untied Way Christmas Tree Auction. Following the auction, Tangle Box hits the stage.

The 40:

Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 — That 70s Band

Crystal Hotel:

Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 — Helen and the Heartbreakers

Double Decker:

Friday, Nov. 30 — "Hudsy" closes out the month of Movember at the Decker as he takes the stage with an all new band. Show starts at 9 p.m., with $5 cover charge.

Georgio’s:

Friday, Dec. 7 — Karaoke

Lady Of The Lake:

Friday, Nov. 30 — Tom Cats (withTom Dowden) Bring your speedy dancin’ shoes.

Valley Inn in Minnedosa:

Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 — Check out this double dose of metal for Dosa: A Period of Darkness presents the "Anarchy for Days" tour, featuring Days of Anarchy, with special guests Common Sense Hero. Show starts at 10 p.m. both nights.

WMCA:

Thursday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 2 — A Christmas Carol (Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 shows at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2 is a 2:30 matinee)

Sunday, Dec. 2 — Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, with special guests Turnpike Troubadours (show starts at 8 p.m.)

KEYSTONE CENTRE:

Tuesday, Dec. 4 — The Huron Carole — defeating hunger. feeding the soul. An evening featuring Tom Jackson, Sarah Slean, Matt Dusk, and Susan Aglukark. Visit www.tickets.keystonecentre.com or call 204-726-3500 for tickets. Local beneficiary — Samaritan House Ministries.

Frank McGwire is a radio personality and booster of the music scene in Brandon and Westman.

» Frank@kx96.astral.com.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 29, 2012

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Christmas is about celebrating, sharing, and giving back. That’s why Don Amero started the tradition of putting on a concert called Amero Little Christmas.

This year he’ll be joined by Red Moon Road, and for the first time will be taking the show on the road throughout most of southern Manitoba.

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This year he’ll be joined by Red Moon Road, and for the first time will be taking the show on the road throughout most of southern Manitoba.

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