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Posted 13 December 2011 - 05:13 AM

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Vision Australia Carols by Candlelight Guide
Woman's Day
December Issue


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Anthony Callea

Aria Award Winner Anthony Callea has forged a successful career as one of tyhis county's most powerful voices.

His debut single The Prayer became the Fastest and Highest selling single of all time by an Australian Artist. As well as his own national tours, he has toured with Celine Dion and Whitney Houston and was chosen to perfom for Luciano Pavarotti and Queen Elizabeth II. Anthony's new single Oh OH Oh Oh is currently burning up dance floors across the counrty.

This is Anthóny's eighth year at Vision Australai's Carols By Candlelight and he would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas.


Tim Campbell

A versatile performer most recognised as Dan Baker from Home 7 Away, Tim Campbell has been host of The Celebrity Singing Bee, The Million Dollar Wheel Of Fortune and National Bingo Night as well as carving up the dancefloor on Dancing With The Stars.

His stage credits include Johnny O'Keefe in Shouit! and Fiyero in Wicked. More recently he has been filling corporate event dancefloors with the Tim Campbell Band.

Tim would like to dedicate his performance to the late Ron Smith


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 05:15 AM

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Carols By Candlelight - the line up
TV Week
December Issue


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Posted 19 December 2011 - 09:06 AM

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Christmas Eve Tradition Continues
Sunday Herald Sun
David Pougher
18-12-2011


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Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson will host TV's Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve. Sunday Mail (SA)


RAY Martin hosted Carols by Candlelight for 18 years and wasn't keen to give up a job that he loved.

Now his successors in the role say they know how he feels.

Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic, with Vision Australia ambassador and Carols performer Stan Walker, say the event is one of the highlights of their year, even if it does disrupt their Christmas Day.

Carols began in 1938 and has been held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl since 1959, making it arguably Australia's greatest and best-loved Christmas tradition.

"We are mindful that we are purely custodians of the hosting role because so many wonderful people have had it previously,'' Wilkinson says. "Ray Martin had it for 18 years and he didn't want to let it go and, I have to say, I feel the same. It's a great honour to be given a beautiful job on Christmas Eve each year.''


Australian Idol winner Walker has been working during the year to raise awareness of the work of Vision Australia, the night's charity beneficiary, and now is ready show off his prodigious talent.

"It's amazing. I watched it last year and the year before and it's awesome, I just love the quality of it and it's great to be part of it and to work with (producer) John Foreman,'' Walker says. "I'm not nervous and I won't be nervous on the night - I'm just excited. I want to get out there and do it.''

The excitement of the performers - who include Ricki-Lee Coulter, Marina Prior, Anthony Callea, Troy Cassar-Daly, Tim Campbell, Silvie Paladino and the Legends of Rock - is something Wilkinson and Stefanovic have noticed and put down to the warmth of the welcome from the audience.

"One of the joys for Karl and me in doing this is that when you are standing on the stage looking at at the audience, it is the most incredibly warm and enveloping sight, all these beautiful bright-eyed kids who are still managing to stay awake way past their bedtime, but they just don't want to close their eyes because magic is happening before them,'' Wilkinson says.

"They've got their candles and the physical aspect of the Myer Music Bowl means that it feels like the audience is hugging you.

"You look around and as a society we seem to be narky with each other and more isolated and a lot more people are suffering through loneliness these days, but Carols By Candlelight is such a unifying force for good and I think that's why it's so warmly embraced.''

That warmth was evident for Stefanovic as soon as he walked on stage for the pair's first year of hosting in 2008.

They were aware that Martin was a hugely admired figure and weren't sure what sort of a reception they would receive from the Melbourne audience.

"Just walking out on to that stage and the audience giving us such a warm welcome was fantastic,'' he says.

"Ray had done it for so long, he had become a tradition himself and we were a little worried about the reaction to that tradition changing - but everyone in Melbourne was so welcoming, which was lovely. And we allowed it to wash over us and that was really special.''

Stefanovic puts the enduring appeal of the event down to that fact that is a constant in a rapidly changing world, with a direct link back to a less frenetic time.

"It's consistent. You know that when you sit down on Christmas Eve that it will be beautifully done and there's something you can't describe, there's a feeling in the air and we certainly feel it when we're presenting,'' he says.

"It's a magical thing. It's a time when there's no ill-will, which is fairly hard to find these days.

"It's been a really tough year for a lot of people - the start of the year has been hard and there have been a lot of natural disasters, so I think this year will have special significance for all those people who have done it tough and they can look back at what they've got, what we've all got. And hopefully next year will be better for everyone.''

Wilkinson adds: "Carols is the sort of thing that gets into your DNA and as soon as you know it's around the corner, it puts a smile on your face.

"It's one of those traditions, one of those feel-good traditions that makes people think that all is right with the world. We become kids again. You go along to the carols and there are so many great performers every single year and this year is absolutely no exception and to now be part of the broadcast is a treat.

"Karl and I look forward to this every single year.''

>> VISION AUSTRALIA'S CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT, Saturday, 8pm, Nine
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 09:08 AM

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A Box full of Christmas Cheer, Must see TV
OK Magazine
December Issue


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Posted 03 January 2012 - 07:07 AM

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Carols by Candlelight a Time for Tradition
TV Tonight
David Knox
22-12-2011


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John Foreman has been doing Carols by Candlelight now he’s starting to forget how many years it’s been.

“I’m pretty sure I started in 2003 but you do lose track after a few years,” he admits.

“I came in under the production stewardship of Peter Wynne who was the Executive Producer. He brought me to Channel Nine to do Logies and Carols by Candlelight. It was a big jump for me because I had been doing Good Morning Australia which was lots of fun and I was doing primetime shows with Idol as well. It all kind of started at the same time.

“All of them were an extension of GMA but all of a sudden there was a budget and lots of other musicians.”

While he began as Musical Director, Foreman has been Musical Producer for a number of years under Executive Producer Adrian Dellevergin.

“He brought me on as a Producer, the main task of which is assembling the talent for the night. I think it’s important in this industry to diversify and learn new skills and I thought it would be good to do some television production.”

Foreman, who is best known to TV audiences for his work on Australian Idol and Good Morning Australia, takes his role on Carols very seriously. But with a history that harks back to 1938, the event carries a great caché.

“With Carols there is quite a sense of responsibility because for many people Carols is almost a religious experience –even for people who aren’t necessarily religious. We all like to have signposts in our years, birthdays, New Year’s Eve, Christmas Day and for many people the Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve is one of those that lets you know where you are in the year,” he says.

“It’s watched by families, single people, people who for whatever reason are on their own, people who are gathering for little parties, so we have a responsibility to make sure everyone feels welcome.

“It’s in non-ratings period and there isn’t the same hullabaloo that there is about the Logies, and yet Carols rates incredibly well. It’s one of the higher-rating shows over the whole summer period. People just expect it to be there and to be presented in a certain sort of way.

“So having the responsibility of putting the guest list together is significant because it’s important that we deliver the Carols that is traditional but moves forward gently year by year.”

Performers this year include Marina Prior, Denis Walter, Silvie Paladino, Lucy Durack, Troy Cassar-Daley, David Hobson, Christie Whelan, Emma Pask, Amy Lehpamer, the Love Never Dies cast, the Australian Girls Choir, the National Boys Choir, and Hi-5.

“I love the traditional performers such as Sylvie, Marina, Denis Walter but it’s great to have Stan Walker here for the first time. Another highlight will be James Morrision and his son performing some great jazz, and the Legends of Rock are back: Frankie J. Holden, Wilbur Wilde, Russell Morris, Wendy Stapleton and Ross Wilson.”

Getting the mix between older and younger performers as well as spiritual and non-secular songs, and solos versus singalongs, is a balancing act.

“We try to balance traditional Christmas Carols with Christmas Songs. By traditional I mean a song about the Christmas Story itself. Whether you are Christian or even a Religious person, if you are celebrating Christmas then those songs are a very important part of the mix: such as Away in a Manger, O Holy Night, God Rest ye Merry Gentleman,” e explains.

“Christmas Songs are those which are not really about the Christmas Story: such as Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer –which are about the celebration of Christmas in our modern world.

“Occasionally we will have someone sing a song that is not either, but in order to do that it has to link in with a sense of celebration or the spirit of Christmas. Many times artists ask if they can sing their latest single or something from a musical and unfortunately the answer is almost always ‘No.’

“If someone is singing a song from a musical that is a song of Hope or Inspiration that might possibly be something that is appropriate for Carols.”

Former Australian Idol singers Ricki-Lee Coulter, Anthony Callea also join Carols Ambassador Stan Walker on the bill.

“There’s always a push from the Executives to include younger performers and I’m always very happy to do that on the proviso they have the ability to belt out a Carol in a manner that is appropriate for the gravitas and seriousness of the night. With performers like Guy Sebastian, Anthony, Ricki-Lee, Paulini, or Stan Walker who is appearing for the first time, they are fantastic vocalists. That’s when I get excited about having them on the show.

“I would never want to book someone just because they were young and flavour of the month and who is popular if they can’t sing.


“There are some performers who have a Carols voice and others who don’t. In order to deliver at Carols by Candlelight you need to be able to fit into the tradition of Carols. Each new person who comes to Carols helps in the evolution of the show and helps to bring the show forward.”

Another returning act is Tim Campbell, who in 2008 sang a duet with partner Anthony Callea, indicative of the show’s evolution in reflecting social change.

“Carols is about families and we embrace families of all kinds including religious families, non-religious families, families with parents or partners of the same gender, because that’s a real reflection of the audience who are watching the show on Christmas show. It’s a show that must satisfy the religious people who are watching because they’re entitled to celebrate Christmas in a way that’s appropriate to them,” says Foreman.

“But at the same time, it’s on a commercial network and Australia is a multicultural, diverse society. It’s a fine balance. It is a Christmas show, it’s not a Hannakuh show or a show that celebrates other festivals that may be on at this time of year. It’s watched by many people of different backgrounds and many different levels of religious observance and many different family types.

“In spite of what our politicians might or might not fail to acknowledge there are many types of families in Australia and we at Carols by Candlelight are very happy for them all to be watching at Christmas Eve.

“But Carols isn’t there to make any sort of political statement. It’s about creating memorable moments and I know Adrian Dellevergin loves having performers who can perform with other family members.

“This year Denis Walter will be performing with his niece Julie, James Morrison has his son coming on playing double bass, so that’s one of the great things –seeing artists do things that you may not otherwise get to see them do.”

Planning for the big night begins mid-year between Foreman and Dellevergin, with production cranking up in October, rehearsals in November before the music run with orchestra and choir (tonight Dec 22nd).

More recently, the Dress Rehearsal with cameras (Dec 23rd) has become a crowd-puller itself.

“It’s turned into a major event itself because several thousand people turn up every year and make a donation to Vision Australia. It’s a great insight into how television works because we will rehearse numbers, we start and stop, we run things a second time, artists even turn up in their casual clothes or tracksuits.

“Carols is already sold out but the Friday night rehearsal is a fantastic insight into the behind the scenes making of a television show.”

Carols by Candlelight airs 8pm Saturday on Nine.
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 07:09 AM

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Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek Go Crackers
Herald Sun
Confidential reporters
22-12-20111


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DAVE Hughes and Kate Langbroek will put the turkey on hold this year for their first Christmas show on Nova 100.

The breakfast pair will share the mike with South Melbourne priest Father Bob Maguire, as well as Donna Hay and Anthony Callea.

Hughes said his favourite festive memory was buying a $400 XB Falcon and driving 40 hours from Perth to Warrnambool to make it home for Christmas with a mate, "big drinker Graham".

"Days later, after we arrived in Warrnambool, the car blew up, but I made it home for Christmas," Hughes said with a laugh.
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 07:16 AM

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Love It
Herald Sun
24-12-2011


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Switched On TV
Herald Sun
Cameron Adams
24-12-2011


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Posted 03 January 2012 - 07:18 AM

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Carnivale Street Parade to Bring Rio to Canberra
Joy Burch, MLA | Media Releases
28-12-2011


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Carnival craze is set to sweep Canberra with ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy Burch today revealing details of the first ever Carnivale street parade at the 2012 National Multicultural Festival.

"Flamboyant costumes, pulsating rhythms and amazing dancing have long been hallmarks of the National Multicultural Festival and this year's event is going to take that to the next level with the inaugural street parade," Ms Burch said.

The parade is being organised by leading Latin dancing school Kokoloco which is looking for over 60 participants of all ages to join them. Volunteers need no experience and will be taught everything they need to know by Kokoloco teachers.

"The street parade takes place on day two of the festival, Saturday 11 February, which really will see the City transform itself into carnival mode. It will go through the middle footprint from Akuna Street, and finish up at the main stage in Garema Place.

"Immediately following the parade, Carnival in the City kicks off led by music from the acclaimed Salsa Kingz. For more than five hours festivalgoers will be treated to some of the best Latin American dancing in Australia."

The blockbuster opening night concert is headlined by pop star Anthony Callea and also featuring leading Aboriginal band Coloured Stone, international youth choir Hong Kong Melody Makers and Australia's own ‘Italian Son of Song', Alfredo Malabello.

"Festival preparations are really underway and the quality of performances promises to surpass even last year's record-breaking event."

The 2012 Festival begins on Friday 10 February and runs until Sunday 12 February. For more information on the street parade, email info@kokoloco.com.au.

The countdown is on: the 2012 National Multicultural Festival is less than two months away. For the latest updates log onto http://www.multicult...estival.com.au/, follow the Festival on Twitter @NatMultiFest or become a friend at our Facebook page: National Multicultural Festival.
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 07:23 AM

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Ada Answers an SOS
TV Week
December Issue 2011


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Posted 03 January 2012 - 07:30 AM

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2011 Gala Dinner - Winter Wonderland

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On December 3rd 2011 at 6PM, Save Our Sons held our second Gala Dinner at Luna Park’s Big Top.

This year’s gala was an amazing evening with Alan Jones at the helm and fantastic entertainment performances by Anthony Callea, Wendy Matthews, Stan Walker, Liam Burrows and Ben Price.

Over $250,000 was raised. A large portion of raised money came through silent auction items, live auction items and three fantastic raffle prizes. The highlight of the night was the bidding for a trip for two to Vegas for a week and spending a day with Mike Tyson organised by Jeff Fenech. It came down to two bidders wearing all their emotion on their faces pushing their bids past $40,000 and inching towards the $50,000 mark. At $50,000 Jeff Fenech proposed that he would offer both bidders the opportunity to take this prize at $40,000 each. They agreed and Save Our Sons were gifted the better part of $80,000. Thank you to the bidders and thank you Jeff Fenech and Mike Tyson.

Special thanks to Norm Nicholas, Tahir and Rob Shehadie for your help with the live auction.

Our events partner, Scope Productions, created a Winter Wonderland environment that left guests breath-taken as they walked into the Big Top. Again Scope Productions have donated their time and brilliance to help make the 2011 Gala Dinner a place of fantasy. Thank you Abby and Shaq. Your efforts always leave a lasting memory of our nights in the minds of our guests. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our next event.

To our ambassadors and all our celebrity supporters who continually give their time to attend our events and help make them truly special. We thank you. There are too many to mention, but you will see them in the photos below.

To all our special guests. You have made this night the success it was. Without the purchase of seats we would not have been able to hold this event. Without your involvement with auctions and raffle tickets we would not have raised a cent. Many of you are familiar faces who always turn up to all our events and it is your ongoing support that will help us find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. From our hearts thank you.

Finally, but not least, Save Our Sons would like to extend their sincerest thanks and gratitude to Alan Jones for your time and support. It means a great deal to have your attention and support of our cause.
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