Culture & Events — 29 November 2017
Luke McMaster to cap off Festival of Trees with two shows

Luke McMaster Photo submitted

By Dryden Observer Staff

A week of holiday-themed fundraising events in support of Grace Haven Life Enrichment Program will culminate with a few shows from Canadian R&B legend Luke McMaster.
On Saturday, Dec. 5, the ‘Let’s Raise a Glass’ concert will be combined with a dinner event beginning at 6 p.m. accompanied by background pianist Sharon Riives.
On Sunday, McMaster will stage his show at 8 p.m.

Formerly one half of gold selling Canadian duo McMaster & James, Luke McMaster cut his teeth with some of the biggest acts of the day, including sharing the stage with Randy Bachman, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and more. An in-demand songwriter with multiple credits and collaborations with such global superstars as Rihanna, Luke has returned to his performing roots as a solo artist. 

Heavily influenced by such icons as Al Green, Hall & Oates and Marvin Gaye, Luke’s first solo album All Roads was released by EMI/UMG in January 2013, as a “Romantic but powerful collection of new originals and covers of all time classic love songs, in a contemporary tribute to Blue Eyed Soul and early Motown”. It included Luke’s smash hit Good Morning Beautiful (feat. Jim Brickman), that successfully vaulted to #3 on the Billboard AC Radio Charts across the USA. 

Luke is currently working on a project titled Icons of Soul for release in Spring 2018.  Icons of Soul uniquely marries contemporary songwriting with legendary songwriters.  The album will feature both new co-writes with iconic Motown songwriters including Grammy award winner, Felix Cavaliere (Groovin’, Good Lovin) and Lamont Dozier (80 Top 10 Hits including 13 in a row for The Supremes: Stop! In the Name of Love, Baby, I Need Your Lovin’) and more as well as fresh covers of some of these classic writer’s greatest hits.

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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