Warm Hearts, Warm Hands, Warm Welcome at the NCC Winter Party

Typically, the New Canadians Centre hosts our annual winter celebration in person, but for the second year in a row, we gathered over Zoom to welcome winter. 

We had wonderful local performers originating from Ireland, England, South Korea, and Colombia who shared their musical culture with guests. In the spirit of a warm welcome to Canada, the Peterborough Singers shared two-holiday songs from their recent show. And at the start of the event, Janet McCue, an Indigenous Hand Drummer and Singer from Curve Lake First Nation, performed two songs reminding us all to breathe, enjoy, and be safe this winter. 

During the course of the evening, guests were encouraged to answer trivia questions about Peterborough and the NCC for a chance to win gift cards to some downtown businesses. There was a fun, creative and colourful hat competition where we saw lots of interesting headwear from cowboy hats and hockey helmets to reindeer antlers and fairy lights. We also launched an appeal for people to donate lightly-used gloves and mittens which we donated to One City Peterborough to support vulnerable people in our community. The whole night was full of smiles, laughter and lots of great music.

Thank you to the 60+ clients, volunteers, staff and community members who joined us online as we welcomed winter! And a massive thank you to all the performers for sharing their amazing talents with us all!

Catch up on the performances below:

Janet McCue of Curve Lake First Nation reminds us to breathe & be safe this winter season through song and hand drumming
Dominique Oh from South Korea sings two holiday songs in Operatic Style
Celtic and World Tunes mixed with Storytelling by Saskia & Steafan of Clan Hannigan will be sure to get you up and moving!
Steven Penagos serenades guests on the piano at the start and end of the event