In From The Cold returns for its 13th year on December 14 and 15 at The Market Hall

Peterborough's coolest Christmas concert has raised over $70,000 for Peterborough's Youth Emergency Shelter

Carried Away performs at In From The Cold in 2004 (photo: Jeannine Taylor)
Carried Away performs at In From The Cold in 2004 (photo: Jeannine Taylor)

In From The Cold, Peterborough’s coolest Christmas concert, is back for its 13th year on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 at 8 p.m. at Market Hall. Tickets are $15 and are available at Moondance (425 George St. N.) or from the Market Hall website at

In From The Cold was launched in 2000 by a group of Peterborough musicians who came together to establish an annual Christmas concert that would be unlike any other. In a few short years, it has become the hot ticket of the Peterborough Christmas season, selling out The Market Hall for two nights every year. In the process, it has raised over $70,000 so far for Peterborough’s Youth Emergency Shelter.

As always, this year’s show will be anchored by the acts that give In From the Cold its unique sound: folk/vocal group Carried Away, Enrique “Roy” Claveer (a.k.a. Curtis Driedger), The Convivio Chorus, fingerstyle guitarist Michael Ketemer, and Celtic harpist Tanah Haney.

This year’s special guest will be Beau Dixon, one of Peterborough’s best known and most talented performers.

“We are thrilled to have Beau with us as our special guest this year,” says organizer John Hoffman. “We’ve known and admired Beau for years, and we’re really excited about the new dimension he brings to In From The Cold.”

Dixon will be performing some contemporary seasonal songs with his trademark skill and flair.

Here’s a sneak peek at what else you’ll see and hear at this year’s In From The Cold concert:

  • Carried Away’s sweet, magical rendition of “O Holy Night”.
  • A new version of “The Little Road to Bethlehem”, set to the melody of an old Irish ballad.
  • “The Breton Carol”, a haunting Christmas air from Brittany.
  • Fresh takes on well-loved carols like “In the Bleak Midwinter”, “I Wonder as I Wander”, “Go Tell it on the Mountain”, “The Boar’s Head Carol” and “Gabriel’s Message”.
  • “Wintergrace”, a little-known but lovely Appalachian carol.
  • More Christmas originals from Curtis Driedger and new band of intrepid local youngsters.
  • The sounds of instruments rarely heard at Christmas concerts: harp, hammered dulcimer, banjo, bodhran, concertina, fiddle and bouzouki.
Carried Away performing at the 2009 In From The Cold concert (photo: Jeannine Taylor)
Carried Away performing at the 2009 In From The Cold concert (photo: Jeannine Taylor)

Past Comments About In From The Cold

“The Yuletide cheer was enhanced by a cadre of talented Peterborough musicians presenting a charming and laudable program for the capacity house … A great cause, a great crowd and another outstanding night for Peterborough, the Youth Emergency Shelter and our plentiful local talent.” – Jonothan Fiddler, The Peterborough Examiner

“In From the Cold is the start of the real Christmas season.” – Concert patron

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