Local singer puts out holiday tunes for kids

Tricia Van der Grient
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When local singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume was approached to make a Christmas album to raise money for the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club last year, she didn't hesitate.

Singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume.

Now, after last year's successful fundraiser, she's recorded another holiday CD and it is for sale for the first time in Orléans.

Copies are being sold at Dessureault Independent Grocer on Orléans Blvd., and the $5 cost will go to help upgrade the Boys and Girls Club’s music room. Rheaume says it's an important cause to support.

"Kids are our future, and it's so crucial to provide them with opportunities. I think it's so cool the money will be used for their music room."

Born and raised in Ottawa, Rheaume has been a fixture on the local music scene since 2003. Her 10-track album Acoustic Christmas features revamped classics like “First Noel” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.”

"It's very organic and stripped down," Rheaume says. "We wanted to give the standard Christmas songs a fresh sound."

"I'm definitely a Christmas-y kind of person, and making this album helped me get into the spirit even more. It's a win-win situation."


Acoustic Christmas is available at Dessureault Independent Grocer on Orléans Blvd.


Organizations: Dessureault Independent Grocer on Orléans, Boys and Girls Club

Geographic location: Orléans, Ottawa

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