Tom Jackson is coming to Brandon to spread some holiday cheer through song and story.
On Dec. 10, the actor, singer and philanthropist will bring his newly created show Christmas 150 to the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium.
The show combines personal stories with songs that connect "Christmas and country," Jackson said in a phone interview on Saturday.
The tour began in Camrose, Alta., on Nov. 25 and will last until Dec. 21, when the show caps off in Edmonton.
The proceeds will all go to help a local organization in each community, including food banks, family services agencies and disaster relief. In Brandon, the local beneficiary of Christmas 150 will be The Counselling Centre.
"It’s not just about why (we) do it," Jackson said. "It has a lot to do, as well, with us having the opportunity to do what we love as performers and allowing that to be the snowball that creates the snowman."
Jackson is the founder of The Huron Carole Benefit Concert Series and is known for having starred in the Canadian show "North of 60."
For his Christmas 150 tour, Jackson will be joined by fellow artists Kristian Alexandrov, Shannon Gaye, Beverley Mahood and Tom McKillip.
"I think that our most important collective message is that we would like to give the opportunity for the Brandon audience to share their messages of hope and joy with the world," Jackson said.
Those messages aren’t just symbolic, Jackson means it literally as well.
When people come to see the show, they will be given a pamphlet to write what they believe hope looks like, he said. Those messages will then be shared to the audiences at future shows.
When Jackson comes to Brandon, he will bring with him the well wishes from the people of Winnipeg, who came to the show three days earlier.
When he heads to Calgary two days later, Jackson will share with Calgarians the messages he received from the people of Brandon.
As a whole, the show is driven by a desire to help your community, Jackson said, but on a deeper level, it’s also about love.
"I think Christmas will always be here, one way or another, and I think that’s the message we bring," Jackson said.
"But most importantly, that (people) take away a spirit that they can pass on to others. A feeling of joy, a feeling of family and a feeling of helping others, saving lives."