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2010 An Old-Fashioned Canton Christmas

The Canton Palace Theatre and Stark County Hunger Task Force are again collaborating with WHOF-FM (My 101.7) to present two live stage shows showcasing An Old Fashioned Canton Christmas Saturday, November 13 at the Canton Palace Theatre, located at 605 Market Avenue North in Canton. The shows begin at 2 pm. and at 8 p.m. Doors open one hour prior to each show. General Admission: $20.00 Premier Seating: $25.00 Group Rate (10+): $18.00 Motor Coach (40+): $16.00, with all proceeds going to benefit the Stark County Hunger Task Force and the Canton Palace Theatre. Discount Tickets are available to seniors, groups of ten or more, performers and their immediate families, and motor coach tour operators.  Contact: Georgia Paxos Phone: (330) 454-8172 or via email: georgia@cantonpalacetheatre.org for ticket information.

Originally conceived by My 101.7 FM morning personality, Gary Rivers, the event has grown from a vaudeville-style stage show to full fledged, old fashioned, live radio broadcast filled with comedy sketches, musical numbers, and surprises. Loosely based on the movie classic It’s a Wonderful Life, the two-hour broadcast will air live on WHOF (My 101.7-FM), with rebroadcasts on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This kick-off to the Christmas season has become Canton’s newest favorite tradition, live on the historic Canton Palace Theatre stage—showcasing many of the upcoming area holiday shows!


This year’s featured performers include:

  • The Famous Canton Palace Theatre Kilgen Pipe Organ: Bob Beck plays your Holiday favorites
  • MajesticVoice: This singing chorale honed their skills as a part of the Larry Wilgus Christmas Shows!
  • Voices of Canton: The area’s premier chorale organization in full Madrigal costumes!
  • March of the Toy Soldiers! A magical moment from the Palace stage’s past…returns!
  • Chorus For a Cause: Recently having performed at Carnegie Hall, these area singers bring their skills back home!
  • Special Vocalists: The best contemporary and classic vocal talent that NE Ohio offers! For example, check out RELM, a talented group of sisters who get their moniker from the first letter of each of their names….Raegan(12), Evan(9), Logan(11), and Mason(8). Hear them on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rQFf-aXKOc
  • The return of Barry DeBois (fresh from The Big Apple)
  • Miss Ohio 2005, Marlia Fontaine-Weisse  
  • Comedian Michael Conley: He’s back! and he joins us for a special salute to Christmas on early television!
  • Additional performances: from area elementary, high school and university show choirs! Santa Claus, holiday dancers, and a Grand Finale that will send you home amazed and begging for more!   And, hosted each year by My 101.7 FM’s Gary Rivers!

For detailed information, go to http://cantonchristmas.com.


  • Stark Hunger Task Force raises about $130,000 a year through donations to purchase food for 24 Stark County independent non profit pantries. The need is growing and outpacing donations. We hope our program becomes an annual fundraising event at a time when the need seems the greatest----the holiday season

  • The Palace Theatre is an historic landmark in downtown Canton. Rescued from destruction in the late 70’s, the theatre continues to showcase both local and national talent. This non-profit organization needs additional monies to continue its renovation!

The Palace Theatre Association is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to preserve the architectural integrity of the historic Palace Theatre, and partner with others to present cultural, entertainment, and educational experiences for the community.