Christee Palace Headlines The 4th Annual Huntington's Concert and Auction
Raising funds for, and awareness of, the ongoing efforts to find a cure for Huntington’s Disease is the goal behind an upcoming charity concert being staged at Niagara Falls’ Seneca Queen Theatre.
The fourth annual Concert and Silent Auction benefitting the Huntington Society of Canada is set for February 29th, featuring rising Canadian pop/rock solo artist Christee Palace with special guests, The Woodshed Orchestra and Chloe Jené. Last year’s event raised over $13,000, increasing the three-year total to over $32,000. All proceeds have gone directly to the fight against Huntington’s Disease, a hereditary, neurodegenerative illness marked by physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms that affects one in every 7,000 Canadians.
This year’s concert headliner is coming off a great year of self-promotion for her new music, the first she’s released since relocating her career to Toronto. In July, the artist formerly known as Christee Palazzolo released her new EP, which featured the singles “Harden My Heart” and “Love Me In the Dark.” Those edgy, beat-heavy pop tunes helped earn the Windsor native some much-needed radio airplay, along with a spotlight performance at Canadian Music Week and a slot opening up several dates for Canadian indie-pop favourites Walk Off The Earth.
“I was on my way to Wallaceburg I think,” said Palace, recalling the moment she first heard her new single on the radio. “It was really cool. It’s kind of surreal to work really hard at something you’re doing and then finally hear your song and your hard work paying off. It’s a great feeling.”
Both songs quickly resonated with online audiences, with each surpassing 100k streams on Spotify and the video for “Harden My Heart” being viewed over 110k times and counting. That’s great news for Christee, a rising Canadian talent who’s been channeling her influences into her original music since a very young age.
“I great up in a musical family and have always been musical since I was little,” said Palace, who began singing and playing piano around age three. “My biggest influence growing up was Avril Lavigne. She’s someone who helped shape who I am today musically, she’s one of my favourites. I have so many, but she is definitely one of the biggest. My dad was a classic rock guy, and I grew up listening to that. ”
While her music is woven with a rich tapestry of influences that help shape the sonically diverse pop sound her fans have come to love and expect from her, Christee says her ultimate objective is writing music that’s honest and true to who she wants to be as an artist.
“A lot of times when you’re writing, you don’t really write in the mindset of ‘who am I going to target today,’” she said. “I write and perform music that means something to me, and hopefully it might mean something to someone else. The main thing is staying true to what you do and who you are whatever comes out. Hopefully people like it.”
As for being part of the 4th Annual Concert and Auction, Christee is happy to be singing in support of the fundraiser. “The fact that I am able to be involved in such a great cause, I’m humbled to be a part of it. I’m excited to see how much money we raise.”
The 4th annual event will be hosted by Aaron Berger. Doors at 7pm, auction open until 10pm. Tickets are $30 on sale now at Seneca Queen Theatre, all proceeds to the Huntington Society of Canada. For more event details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/994515504222403/. To make a direct donation, visit: https://hsc.akaraisin.com/ui/HSCBenefitConcert
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