On Saturday February 29, Niagara Falls’ Seneca Queen Theatre will play host to the fourth annual Concert and Silent Auction benefiting the Huntington Society of Canada. The evening will be emceed by Aaron Berger and will feature performances from local musicians Chloe Jene and the Woodshed Orchestra and last year’s Jim Beam Indie Award winner, the pop/rock artist Christee Palace.
“I’m really happy to to be representing this cause and hopefully help them raise some money. I know it will be great,” said the Windsor, Ontario born Palace (Palazollo), who is coming in hot off the heals of her 2019 debut EP Harden My Heart, which featured four songs and two singles, Love Me in the Dark and the title track, Harden My Heart.
“The two singles just did amazing. Since I had some amazing success with those songs and the music videos did really well, I decided to release the whole thing and see how it went. People really enjoyed it and I’m really happy about how it all turned out,” explained Palace.
Prior to the release, Palace was living in Windsor and starting to see success as a musician and then moved to Toronto just over a year ago. She attributed the move to Toronto to helping kick start her career, just due to the amount of opportunity there is in the city for artists.
“I know a lot of people say that, but you don’t really believe until you do move here. You come here and you’re in a city full of people doing things that you’re doing too. You meet some pretty incredible people that really can help propel your career forward,” said Palace.
“For a couple of years, I was driving back and for from Windsor and that was great for me, but I started realizing that I had to move to Toronto to move everything forward.”
Coming off the strength of her debut last year, Palace earned some time on the radio, a featured gig at Canadian Music Week and found herself on the big stage, grabbing opening slots opening for Walk Off the Earth in both Kitchener and Windsor. This year she has plans for another EP, with new photos, branding and videos to coincide with the recording, something she eagerly awaits.
“Making art is a very fulfilling career, even though it can be difficult at times,” she said. “It’s one of those things that once you’re connected to it, you can’t really move away from it.”
The fourth annual Concert and Silent Auction takes place at the Seneca Queen Theatre on February 29. Last year’s event raised over $13,000 for the Huntington’s Society, with over $32,00 raised in total.