Quinte, On. real estate agent: Thank You Belleville and Peterborough

Thank You Belleville and Peterborough

I have been very fortunate to have been able to volunteer my time at a couple of different venues in the last week. It's Christmas season, and I was thankful to have the opportunity to ease my mind away from business and the more commercial aspects that this time of the year usually foists upon us.

Paul Brandt is in the middle of his Canadian tour at the moment, and last week made stops in both Peterborough and Belleville. I would have to say that Paul is probably the most popular Canadian country musician at the moment, and if you had a chance to see his show you would understand why. The Empire Theatre in Belleville and the Showplace Theatre in Peterborough were packed for the shows.

The reason I was there though was to support the opening act, High Valley and their efforts on behalf of World Vision Canada.

High Valley are asking their fans to partner with them and World Vision and to think about sponsoring a child. This is an especially important message this time of the year when we tend to spend money more frivolously than at other times. I was very impressed by the band and their message.

High Valley are three young fellows from Alberta, and judging by the amount of swooning that was going on all around me (have a peek at the picture on your left to figure out why), they have a very bright future in the business. It is really neat to see that three young men who have the world at their feet can remain so well grounded and focused on the really important things in life.

I was impressed, and apparently so were their fans. 32 children were sponsored at these events, so these young men are making a real impact with their message. It isn't easy to get people to make a financial commitment to sponsoring a child, yet the band's genuine appeal really got the audience motivated. I am very thankful that Canada seems to be able to produce stars who seem to be like regular people and continue to be interested in the world around them.

Paul Brandt is a really nice guy as well. at the end of the shows he stayed on for quite a long time to sign autographs and talk with the all the fans who waited to have their pictures taken with him. I could hear him talking to all his fans, and he really engages them. He has the patience of Job. This kind of genuine concern can't be faked, so two really big thumbs up to Paul Brandt. He thrilled quite a few people those nights.

Paul Brandt and High Valley are touring across Canada right now, so if you are a country music fan and they are coming to your town, I would suggest picking up some tickets (if they aren't already sold out). These two acts make for a most entertaining evening. I'm not a big country music fan, but if I listen to more High Valley music, I just might be converted, it's that good.

I'm also extremely pleased at the generosity shown by the good folks in Belleville and Peterborough. 32 sponsorships is quite a good result, so a very big thank you to the country music fans in both communities. You are making a big difference in the world.

Comment balloon 10 commentsMalcolm Johnston • December 03 2011 01:56PM


Malcolm, though I have not really known you long, and only through AR for the time being, this seems so "YOU". 

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

A great post indeed.

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 8 years ago


That's very interesting and welcome news this time of year.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Malcolm - I'm not much of a country music fan, either, but this concert does sounds well done.  I had to Youtube Paul Brandt, but he does have a great voice - and come hit some very low notes.  High Valley sounds like a true class act.

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 8 years ago

Thanks Chris, I guess I don't know who else to be at the moment. :-)

Joshua, thanks for the compliment.

Brian, it is very welcome this time of year. i have 2 more similar events before Christmas, so I hope more kids get sponsored.

Sally, high Valley are a class act indeed, and Paul Brandt really can sing.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

I got a taste for country music when I was in Dallas in 2010, but don't know any Canadian acts.  I would also support any band that is attempting to bring new hope and life to children in need.  It is at this time that our hearts go out to all of those in need.  Thanks for the post

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles UnlimitedĀ®) over 8 years ago

Well, young man, it looks as if you are going to go over that 300k mark very soon!!! Congratulations!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago

Sounds like the perfect Christmas event Malcolm. Giving to others and no commercialism in sight!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Dear Dad! its nice to year your keeping whats really important in mind this time of year, I also have also been raising money with my school choir and although I have to admit more money probably came out of my pocket it still makes me feel more accomplished at the end of the day!

Posted by malcolm5 over 8 years ago

Larry, there are some really good Canadian country acts, and you're right, artists who support the needy deserve our support.

Barbara-Jo, thanks for noticing, yeah, I'm just a tad shy at the moment.

Al and Peggy, I do enjoy when the commercialism is scaled down a bit.

Well hello Malcolm, I'm glad to hear that my son is a choirboy, and one who raises money no less. And yes, the sense of accomplishment that you get from raising awareness and advocating for people in need can't be matched in the business world.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago