The Daily Gleaner Review – Spirit of the season

December 16, 2011

December 14th, 2011

For David Myles, Christmas is usually a time to get together with family and friends and share a few laughs, play some tunes and enjoy some good food.

“We celebrate a pretty old-fashioned Christmas at our house. A lot of other families, some aunts and uncles and our closest friends as kids come over,” he said.

“My mom makes brown bread, we have a ham, and my dad makes a giant seafood chowder. It’s less of a sit-down meal and more of a social thing.”

The Fredericton-born singer-songwriter wants to share that good feeling with others.

So he’s been playing shows in shopping centres across the Maritimes this week in support of local food banks, helping to ensure people will have an opportunity to put a warm meal in their bellies over the holiday season.

Myles and other musicians will perform in the food court at the Regent Mall on Wednesday between noon-1:30 p.m., accepting cash and non-perishable food donations to help keep the shelves stocked at the Fredericton Food Bank.

This is the second Singing For Supper tour Myles has performed.

He’s raised more than $3,000 in donations and many kilograms of food items for provincial food banks last Christmas.

Myles said the goal was to find a simple way to do something nice for people in communities across his home province.

“When you’re donating something, a lot of times you don’t know where it’s going necessarily. In this case, I wanted to keep the effort really local. It’s not going to another food bank, it’s going to the food bank in your own community,” he said.

“I wanted to keep it small, easy to understand and direct.

“And I didn’t want it to be political either… You’re not thinking of it in terms of all the other things that can come up with certain charities.

“People understand what a food drive is and they know why it’s important and since it’s Christmas time, it’s nice to remind people that helping others is what it’s all about.”

So far, he’s pleased with the donations he received in Moncton and Saint John. But he’s hoping for a big contribution from his hometown fans.

“(In Moncton) we raised over $526 and 200 pounds of food,” he said.

It’ll be a short trip home for the ever-busy Myles, who’s promoting his most recent recording – the collection Into The Sun.

After spending some time with family, he’ll be missing Christmas in Fredericton for a lengthy flight Down Under.

“I’m going to Australia with the guys – with (guitarist Alan Jeffries and bassist Kyle Cunjak),” the musician said.

“We fly down on Christmas Eve. It’s going to be great, obviously, but, naturally, it’ll be hard to miss Christmas at home.”

Myles will be playing shows across Australia until Jan. 8.