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Dec. 10th: Sultans of String bring their Christmas Caravan to Sudbury

Sponsored by Mikey’s X-Treme Sales & Service, Arctic Spas Sudbury, & Collège Boréal


Two of Sudbury’s finest music presenters have teamed up to deliver a one-of-a-kind concert experience for the holiday season. Jazz Sudbury  & Northern Lights Festival Boréal have partnered to bring you The Sultans of String: Christmas Caravan! Sunday, December 10th at Collège Boréal’s concert hall. Celebrate the season with an adventurous musical trip around the world! 3x JUNO Award nominees Sultans of String deliver an exuberant performance featuring band originals, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favourites to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night. From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, this surprising and delightful holiday fiesta heats up when Sultans of String bring their signature sound to well known gems such as Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, The Huron Carol (with newly-translated Indigenous lyrics), a djembe-driven Little Drummer Boy, a Feliz Navidad ska party, a Turkish twist on Greensleeves, as well as a Gypsy-jazz inspired Django Christmas, and a Rumba Flamenca-fuelled Jingle Bells. Shimmering guest vocalist Rebecca Campbell (Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, Jane Siberry) joins the band for this special performance.

The band’s new, companion CD features Rebecca and other wonderful special guests including jazz siren Nikki Yanofsky, The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney, Richard Bona (Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock), the Prague Symphony, a Turkish string collective, JUNO winners Alex Cuba, Benoit Bourque of La Bottine Souriante, Grammy winners Sweet Honey in the Rock, and more.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door (HST included)Tickets are available now, online via Eventbrite. They will be available at outlets around town on November 20th: Jazz Sudbury office (96 Larch), the Northern Lights Festival Boréal Office (19 Grey), Jett Landry Music (1119 Lasalle) & A&J Home Hardware (Bouchard). Seating is general admission, first come, first serve. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. There will be albums available for purchase. All ages.

Since forming 10 years ago, Sultans of String have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, and received multiple awards and accolades, including 3 JUNO Award nominations, 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition (15,000 entries), and 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards out of 8 nominations. Bandleader and violinist Chris McKhool was recently awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in creating community through music. 

When McKhool (who has performed with Jesse Cook and Pavlo), first heard founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s (Jesse Cook) rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar. From this rich foundation, the dynamic duo grew, featuring such amazing musical friends bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk), jaw-dropping Cuban percussionist Rosendo Chendy Leon (Parachute Club, Alex Cuba), and guitarist Eddie Paton (Robert Michaels).

Sultans of String have been crisscrossing North America for the last several years. Equally at home in a concert series, folk or jazz club, or festival setting, they have been featured at many taste-making forums such as JUNOFest, legendary jazz club Birdland in NYC, the renowned Celtic Connections Festival in the UK, and California’s hip music scene, including the San Jose Jazz Festival. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall), and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. Sultans of String have performed live on BBC TV, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, and on SiriusXM in Washington DC. 

Sultans of String – Christmas Caravan tour: December 10th at Collège Boréal’s concert hall, presented by Jazz Sudbury & Northern Lights Festival Boréal.