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CTV-LIONS Children's Christmas Telethon




















It all started in 1949 on the streets of Sudbury...
"Members of the Sudbury Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartets" pitched in to help the Salvation Army fill their "Cheer Pots". They entertained in front of four collection stands singing Christmas carols outdoors in downtown Sudbury. The objective was to raise $500.  In 1951 there were 300 children being helped by the Barbershoppers Christmas Toy Drive. The original idea grew to stage and radio shows and by 1951, the Barbershoppers Christmas Toy Drive had become a Christmas institution.



Telethon Virtual Audition Information


CTV Lions Children’s Christmas Telethon auditions will be taking on a new form during these unprecedented times. We are actively seeking talented artists to perform on a special edition of this annual community initiative. Interested individuals are asked to submit a link to their performance video audition for our panel of judges to review. Simply email the link to Please do not send video files to this email. The deadline for submissions is October 25 at midnight.


          Audition Form (60 kb file)



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Hopefully will we have the same in 2021.