created by Rick Kish

Where we're going in 2021... scroll down for more tour locations...

 

 

Kineto Theatre in Forest - Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 2:00 & 7:30

 

Meaford Performing Arts Centre - Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 - 2:00

 

Bellamere Winery - Friday, December 10th, 2021 - 8:00

 

The Industrial Room @ The Factory @ 100 Kellogg Lane - Saturday, December 18th

Important notice re COVID-19:

Please note any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19.

We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed while in attendance at the event.

LINK theatre & concerts is not responsible for the health and safety of these events.

We encourage you to follow each venue's safety protocols, as well as local laws and restrictions.

Thank you and enjoy the show!!!

 

Our 2019 Tour around Ontario

Check out our YouTube Video to see where we went in 2019


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About The Show

This show brings together Crooners Rick Kish & Connor Boa, with the Nevin Campbell Trio, as we celebrate those Dean, Frank & Bing style Christmas Specials. Filled with festive fun & surprises, the show features popular standards of the era as well as a whole lotta Christmas Music. A LINK theatre Concert. Created by Rick Kish.

Come Celebrate the Holidays in CROONER Style...


This show has been called by many “...the PERFECT kickoff for the holiday season”.

“Your show kept me smiling from start to finish. The voices, the trio, the warmth, the spontaneity, the joy!  I was so happy all afternoon”! - J. Hetherington

K. Patton, as she left the show, “...such a feel good two hours, I can’t stop singing. I’m ready for the holidays”!

“My best friend and I attended your Christmas Crooner’s Concert and truly LOVED IT. …we’d love to introduce this show as part of our family’s Christmas traditions! Thank you for your excellent show”!  - L. MacRobbie

 

About The CROONERS

Rick Kish (R) **

Rick is the creator this show. He also produces and stages this production.. Each year Rick looks forward to this production and its various incarnations. He’s shared the stage with so many wonderful and talented people from the London and surrounding area over the years. It’s always and adventure and one that he’s so happy to see how people embrace this show again and again.  FULL BIO Click HERE

Connor Boa (L)

Connor is very excited to be back Crooning in his favourite Christmas Special! Connor is a long time crooner and has a deep love for the music. He is also an actor and musical theatre performer. He recently appeared at Jazz for the People at Wolf Performance Hall with Rachelle Courtney and Nevin Campbell. Connor began performing at 6 years old at many Renaissance and Pirate Festivals. He has been in six of the Grand Theatres Highschool Projects.

Credits: For LINK theatre; a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2015, 2017 & 2018, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens 2017 & 2018 as Mitch and JUDY: Stonewalled!', a public reading as Steve.


He encourages you to sit back, relax and enjoy this wonderful band and fun afternoon/evening.


** The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy.”

 

About The BAND

PIANIST / Band Leader /Musical Director - Nevin Campbell

Nevin Campbell is a jazz pianist from London, Ontario. He is a graduate from the prestigious jazz performance program at Humber College and has studied with some of Canada’s top jazz pianists including Dave Resitvo, Brian Dickinson and Mark Eisenmann. Nevin spent several years touring the world while performing on Holland America and Celebrity cruise ships.  Now settled in London, you can see Nevin perform regularly at Restaurant Ninety One and as a frequent guest of the Jazz for the People series at Wolf Performance Hall.  He plays with many of Southwestern Ontario’s finest musicians and ensembles including the Basically Basie Big Band, London Jazz Orchestra, Alfredo Caxaj Latin Ensemble, Peter Hysen Septet, Denise Pelley, Sonja Gustafson, Rachelle Courtney, Larry Smith, Darryl Stacey, Sandy MacKay, Jeff Christmas, Paul Stephenson, and Barry Usher. Nevin is a regular with The Rick Kish Combo and can be seen monthly at Michael's Jazz Room and occasionally at Olive R Twists. 

He's thrilled to be back working with this amazing company of performers!

 

About The ARTISTIC TEAM

Setting Designed by Eric Bunnell

"If it weren't for Christmas, what would we do December 25th"? worries set designer Eric Bunnell, who is grateful for the day. He has been involved in a number of a LINK theatre productions ... Most recently, by wallpapering a dive space bar with a lot of tin foil for Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens. Eric has a very long collaborative design relationship with Rick, Including, Wang Dang Doodle at the Grand Theatre in London, and far too many to mention at Port Stanley Festival Theatre, Bluewater Summer Playhouse and a missing link theatre company. Happy Holidays!

 

LINK theatre& concerts  would like to say "thank you" to the following people without whom

a really Retro CROONER Christmas & An Intimate Crooner Christmas would not have been possible...

 

Thank You!!

 

 

a really Retro CROONER Christmases Past


Samples


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Opening Theme with VO

a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2017

The Croonettes - Kaitlin Benoit, Caitlin McKeon, Kieryn Mounsey
with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums

Composed by Eli Pasic


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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2017

The Crooners - Rick Kish & Connor Boa

with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums.

Written by Edward Pola & George Wyle


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Jingle Bells - Edited

a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2018

Those Fabulous Croonettes - Caitlin McKeon, Kieryn Mounsey, Kaitlin Benoit
The Crooners - Rick Kish & Connor Boa
with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums.
Written by James Pierpont - Arranged by Dave Foster, Patty Andrews, Victor Schoen and Mac Huff

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I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2018
The Crooner - Rick Kish
with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums
Written by Irving Berlin from the musical film On the Avenue in 1937

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The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2017
The Crooner - Rick Kish

with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums.

Written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé


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I Won't Dance

a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2018

The Crooners - Connor Boa with Rick Kish & Caitlin McKeon

with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums.

Written by Jerome Kern. Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields, originally performed in Three Sisters in 1933


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Witchcraft

a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2017

The Crooner - Connor Boa
with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums.

Composed in 1957 by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh


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Jingle Bells

a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2017

The Croonettes - Maya Lacey, Nicola Klien, Jesslyn Hodgson

The Crooners - Rick Kish & Connor Boa

with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums.

Written by James Pierpont - Arranged by Dave Foster, Patty Andrews, Victor Schoen and Mac Huff



PAST PERFORMANCES - Where we've been...


2017 Poster a really Retro CROONER Christmas