Our DKL Newcomers

Our DKL Newcomers

Never go on stage with animals or kids. 

Unless it’s 130 kids. And it’s Christmas.

As some of you know, we have some kids from the Centre for Newcomers join the Young Canadians for our DKL Christmas Special at the Jack Singer Concert hall. The Young Canadians are not just great performers, they work hard at being great community builders. Every year we partner with the Centre for Newcomers to be part of our show. 

These are immigrant and refugee kids from around the world whose families have moved here for a new start and a better opportunity. So we have 16 new Calgarian kids learning the songs, the dances and telling their own stories for the show.

So during a break in rehearsals, we were sitting around talking when I asked what they like about the holidays.

“Presents!” they all screamed. 

What else?

“Visitors!” they screamed again. 

Anything else?

Someone said “No school!” and they all screamed. 

One of the newcomer kids was sitting beside me and I asked him if he had any family visiting for the holidays.

“No,” he said, “all of my family is in the war… we are the only ones who got out.”

“I’m sorry,” I said, “that’s too bad.”

“That’s ok,” he said, “I’m glad I’m here.”

And off he ran with his new friends.

So I’m excited to do this show with Jill Barber, I’m excited to do this show with Mandy Stobo, Jim Button and The Flat Whites… they will be tremendous.

But all of us are really excited to give all the Young Canadians and all of the newcomer kids an experience of the holidays and an experience of A Calgary Christmas that is fun, festive and a new start in a new country,.

Come see us – it’s going to be a lot of fun.