Instant Rivalry presenting massive gift to local music lovers Dec. 22

LIVE show Prince Edward County rock duo Instant Rivalry will be performing a double show at Macaulay Heritage Park on Saturday . (Robbie Garden Photography)

Local performing group Instant Rivalry is pulling out all the stops for a massive holiday celebration featuring a number of internationally renowned acts with ties to Prince Edward County.

A Back Forty Christmas Special hosted by Instant Rivalry will be a virtual Christmas program featuring performances from award winning musicians such as Russell De Carle of Prairie Oyster, Miss Emily, Justin Rutledge, The Wilkinsons and even Santa Claus premiers online December 22nd.

The tradition of online performances for folks in Prince Edward County and throughout cyber space dates back to March. Since the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic, Back Forty Productions in partnership with Tri-Canadian Energy have been providing free musical programming through their one hundred per cent solar powered recording studio in Prince Edward County. This Programming that has reached a quarter million people globally so far.

Megan and Caleb Hutton. (Sean Ferguson)

Back Forty Productions is owned and operated by the brother and sister team of Caleb and Megan Hutton best known as the award winning sibling duo Instant Rivalry and the siblings are ecstatic to invite everyone virtually into their home and studio this holiday season.

“Back Forty Productions is built on the creative foundation of family and a love of music. With this Christmas special we have the opportunity to not only share that with the artists but the public as well. Our Christmas gift will come directly from our studio to your home in the hope that it brings you joy this holiday season.” Caleb says.

As a father of three, Caleb cherishes holiday family traditions and promises the program will be friendly for all ages.

When The Hutton’s first set out to make this show a reality they knew two things- 1) That they wanted to provide it to the community for free and 2) It had to be bigger than anything they had created so far. And they are confident they have achieved just that.

“Viewers are going to see genuinely, intimate performances from both local and big acts. So much love and positivity has gone into this production, from choosing the artists to building the set.” Megan adds. “There will be humour, fun, lots of twinkle lights and some truly moving performances as well.”

This Christmas Special, set to premier online December 22nd at 7 p.m., will be free to the public to enjoy.

In the days leading up to the premier, the audience is encouraged to submit their name on Back Forty’s Facebook page for a chance to win incredible prizes during their “ 12 Days of Giveaways” promotion. This promotion will feature amazing gift card bundles, a guitar, LED TV’s, a private concert and more. Giveaways commence December 11 , 7 p.m. at www.facebook.com/backfortypro and will run until December 22nd.

The full musical line up includes: The Wilkinsons, Russell DeCarle, Miss Emily, The Wakami Wailers, Justin Rutledge, Lenni Stewart, The Brian Legere Trio, Dan Dayton, Andy Forgie, Gabriel Guadagnin, and of course Instant Rivalry.  Tune into the premier of A Back Forty Christmas Special, December 22nd, 7pm at www.backfortypro.com . 

The program will also be available after it’s premier online and through radio  on 99.3 County FM and Mix 97.

-Staff