Brett Kissel

PORT HAWKESBURY: Country music’s self-proclaimed “Canadian Kid” is heading east this winter, and Brett Kissel is already looking forward to connecting with Strait area fans.

A triple-winner at the recent Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards earlier this month in London, Ontario, Kissel will bring his “Ice, Snow and 30 Below Tour” to the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on January 29, and the Alberta native is already looking forward to reaching communities that usually do not land on chart-topping country singers’ tour schedules.

“I spoke to my team and I said, ‘We are missing out on a gigantic opportunity to be playing some of the most unique communities in Canada and to bring country music to the fans instead of coming to your typical Halifax show or one Maritime show and hoping everybody’s going to travel,’” Kissel recalled.

“We said, ‘We’re going to go to places where we’ve never been before,’ which is why we’re going to Port Hawkesbury, New Glasgow, and Summerside, Prince Edward Island. We’re going to places where we know there are big country music fans and great places to play.”

At the age of 26, Kissel has already enjoyed chart success with such hits as “Canadian Kid,” “Airwaves,” “3-2-1” and “Started With A Song,” and captured the JUNO Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2014. However, he is also grateful for the opportunity to support worthy causes with his music, and points to the recently-released song “I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair” as an example.

Recorded as a duet with Carolyn Dawn Johnson for his 2015 album Pick Me Up, “I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair” is a tribute to Kissel’s mother, who has struggled with cancer for several years. All proceeds from the song, including digital downloads, will go towards the Canadian Cancer Society, and entrepreneur Brett Wilson, a panelist from the CBC series Dragon’s Den, will match every dollar raised in this effort.

“The song is meant to inspire hope for all women and families going through cancer, because it talks about something that is much more important than the beauty of your hair and what you look like – it’s your heart, and it’s your courage,” Kissel told The Reporter.

“So I’m very, very honoured to tell that story and have Carolyn help me do it.”

Brett Kissel will appear in the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre’s Bear Head Conference Room on Sunday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m., in a performance presented by the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, The Reporter, 101.5 The Hawk FM, and Maritime Inns. Tickets can be purchased at the Civic Centre box office by calling (902) 625-2591 or on-line at: www.phcivic.com.