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DEC. 23 – Edmonton Sun – WHAT AN ENDING

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John Cameron looked up from his piano keyboard at 3:23 p.m. Sunday and gently pushed the boom microphone away from him.

He then walked off the Jubilee Auditorium stage to great applause with his head slightly down, and didn’t make eye contact with anyone.

Cameron walk passed stage manager Dustin Robinson, backstage and down a staircase.

Clearly, he wanted to be alone. To reflect. To take every ounce in. To individually feel gratitude. And then to pull his emotions together before resurfacing for one more wave at the crowd, one more bow, and a farewell final wave.

Because the end of an entertainment era hit its final destination.

After five decades the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree was unplugged. Its 50th anniversary — this year — seemed the perfect time to end this festive production: a 2 1/2 hour production with more than 300 performers who play music, sing, dance and makes the audience feel a strong gust of the Christmas spirit.

And what a poignant performance for Sunday’s matinee

John Cameron looked up from his piano keyboard at 3:23 p.m. Sunday and gently pushed the boom microphone away from him.

He then walked off the Jubilee Auditorium stage to great applause with his head slightly down, and didn’t make eye contact with anyone.

Cameron walk passed stage manager Dustin Robinson, backstage and down a staircase.

Clearly, he wanted to be alone. To reflect. To take every ounce in. To individually feel gratitude. And then to pull his emotions together before resurfacing for one more wave at the crowd, one more bow, and a farewell final wave.

Because the end of an entertainment era hit its final destination.

After five decades the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree was unplugged. Its 50th anniversary — this year — seemed the perfect time to end this festive production: a 2 1/2 hour production with more than 300 performers who play music, sing, dance and makes the audience feel a strong gust of the Christmas spirit.

And what a poignant performance for Sunday’s matinee

John Cameron looked up from his piano keyboard at 3:23 p.m. Sunday and gently pushed the boom microphone away from him.

He then walked off the Jubilee Auditorium stage to great applause with his head slightly down, and didn’t make eye contact with anyone.

Cameron walk passed stage manager Dustin Robinson, backstage and down a staircase.

Clearly, he wanted to be alone. To reflect. To take every ounce in. To individually feel gratitude. And then to pull his emotions together before resurfacing for one more wave at the crowd, one more bow, and a farewell final wave.

Because the end of an entertainment era hit its final destination.

After five decades the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree was unplugged. Its 50th anniversary — this year — seemed the perfect time to end this festive production: a 2 1/2 hour production with more than 300 performers who play music, sing, dance and makes the audience feel a strong gust of the Christmas spirit.

And what a poignant performance for Sunday’s matinee

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