Tenille announces student leader, Cooper Kennedy as the Grand Prize WINNER of the Alberta Play It Forward School Tour. The 11 year old from Wye Elementary School was awarded a cheque for $10,000 which half goes to his school and half to a charity of his choice.
Cooper, has already decided where he plans to Play It Forward with his prize winnings. $5,000 of his winnings will go back to his school to help with gym equipment, $2,500 to Make A Wish Foundation and $2,500 to The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
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January 11, 2013
Deric Ruttan, Jason McCoy, Victoria Banks,
The Jeffersons, Sean Hogan, Wyatt and Tenille.
“I am so excited to have this event back in our community supporting the GPYESS,” says Event Organizer and Founder, Tenille, “And I can’t wait for everyone to hear the entertainment coming!”
“My favorite part of this event is the way that people come together with their Big Hearts to help youth at risk of homelessness. Three years ago I was inspired to start this formal concert fundraiser in honour of the Sunrise House/Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter after hearing about the positive difference they make in our community and how many youth right here at home turn to it.”
Big Hearts For Big Kids is a spectacular evening of country music and entertainment on Saturday February 23rd, 2013 at the TEC Centre. This 600 ticket event will feature the musical talents of Canadian Country Music Award Winning Artists in two intimate, personal Songwriter’s Circles followed by headliner Deric Ruttan. The evening will involve appetizers, raffle items, a silent auction, and live auction in an intimate setting with amazing artists!
Headline Sponsors this year include Caron Measurement and Controls and Canadian Tire.
Over the past 3 years, the event has raised over $194,000 thanks to Grande Prairie’s incredible support. The Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter has been able to help more families in need of assistance as a result of the growing awareness.
Tickets go on sale Monday, January 14th at the Crystal Centre Box office.
Please call (780) 538-0387 or purchase online www.crystalcentre.com.
This event SELLS OUT each year and limited tickets are available so hurry!
For more information, contact Tenille at (780) 518-5252, OR Tanya Wald, Executive Director of the Sunrise House at (780) 539-3287.
You can also visit http://www.tenille.ca/bigheartsforbigkids2013
TENILLE PRESENTS….. THE PLAY IT FORWARD SCHOOL TOUR!
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Most recently honoured with the 2012 CCMA Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, Tenille presents The Play It Forward School Tour beginning October 15th, 2012. This exciting launch of the Play It Forward tour will take place in Tenille’s home province of Alberta between October 15th and November 9th, 2012.
The Play It Forward School tour is a 50 minute in-school presentation that uses music and storytelling to spark interest, ignite change, and fuel passion while recognizing positive leadership efforts of our nation’s youth! Particular emphasis given to selfless, community-minded behavior that helps others; essentially, PLAYING IT FORWARD!
During the presentation, Tenille and staff members of the school will call on 1 – 3 pre-determined leaders out of the student body who will be recognized for their actions. Each leader will receive honorariums to Play It Forward…. Additionally each leader will also be entered to win the final mass draw at the end of the tour! The final draw at the end, will include a $10,000 prize pack consisting of a $5,000 donation to a charity of choice that the chosen leader is passionate about, and a $5,000 monetary prize to the school of the winning leader to be put towards a program that Plays It Forward.
Tour dates will be announced on Friday September 28th, 2012.
Awarded the 2012 Alberta Country Music Association Award for Female Artist of the Year, Grande Prairie’s Tenille first experienced national media attention at age nine, when she was hoisted on to an Edmonton stage to perform with Shania Twain. It was then she declared, “I really want to be a singer – that’s my dream.” And and so her dream unfolds…
Tenille was signed to Royalty Records at seventeen years old and was selected to sing when the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay went through her hometown. Later that year, she took the stage at the CCMA New Artist Showcase and her song “Time Machine” placed in the Top 50 for the International Songwriter’s Competition in the youth category. Tenille’s exceptional songwriting skills have aligned her with Nashville SESAC Legacy Award Winner Stan Webb, and multi JUNO nominated and CCMA Award winners Tim Taylor, Byron Hill and Troy Kokol.
One year later working with Nashville-based Canadian producer Fred Mollin, Tenille released her debut album, REAL, in 2011. The album reached #13 on the Soundscan Country chart in its first week and earned Tenille the title of youngest ever nominee for Female Artist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards.
On July 9, 2012 Tenille’s latest single, “Starts With You” was serviced to Canadian country radio.
A strong advocate for ‘giving back,’ Tenille has contributed to fundraising efforts for Slave Lake, Haiti and is the creator behind the annual music event Big Hearts for Big Kids benefiting Sunrise House, the only youth emergency shelter north of Edmonton. In the three-year event tenure, $194,000 was raised which helped to keep the shelter doors open. Her efforts have been recognized by Chris Warkentin, Canada’s Member of Parliament for Peace River and she was also recognized by the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau Association and awarded a Leaders of Tomorrow Award.
On September 8th, 2012 at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Saskatoon, SK, Tenille was honoured with the 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, previously won in 2011 by Johnny Reid and Gord Bamford in 2010.
Tenille’s Play It Forward tour begins October 2012 in her home province of Alberta and will continue to move throughout the country in the spring 2013. Additional school tour dates and locations will be announced shortly.
Go to www.tenille.ca/playitforward for the latest news, event information and join the conversation by tweeting hashtag #PlayItForwardSchoolTour.
A special thank you goes out to our sponsors, Low Impact, Caron Measurement and Controls, Canadian Tire (Grande Prairie Store), Save On Foods and T-Ram Canada.
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Tenille Honoured With The Canadian Country Music Association – 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award
Female country artist Tenille rewarded for efforts alongside voice of country music Larry Delaney
Royalty Records Inc. is thrilled to announce that Tenille is among the The Canadian Country Music Association recipients for the 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award and the Hank Smith Award of Excellence.
Recognizing a young woman who has one of the biggest hearts in country music, the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award will be presented to 2011 CCMA Award nominee, Tenille.
As the founder of the annual music event ‘Big Hearts for Big Kids’, Tenille has single-handedly created, organized and executed one of the largest fundraising events in the city of Grande Prairie, raising $194,000 since its inception in 2010. Proceeds raised by this annual event benefit Sunrise House, the only youth emergency shelter north of Edmonton which would have been forced to close its doors if it weren’t for Tenille’s incredible fundraising efforts.
“I would like to congratulate Tenille on receiving the 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award,” said Gary Slaight, President & CEO Slaight Communications. “This Award celebrates artists who take it upon themselves to improve the lives of others and what Tenille has been able to accomplish at such a young age is inspiring and hopefully an inspiration for others.”
“It has been a life changing experience being a part of this event and watching Grande Prairie come together through the power of music to make a difference for kids my own age in our community,” said Tenille. “I am incredibly grateful to all of the sponsors, volunteers, audiences, and artists who have participated. The entire family of Canadian Country Music is one made of many “Big Hearts”- it is truly inspiring to be involved in the industry. Thank you so much to the Canadian Country Music Association and Slaight Music for the opportunity to receive this award. I am beyond honoured.”
Tenille’s award will be celebrated at the 2012 CCMA Gala Awards presentation, which takes place at an industry only event on September 8th in Saskatoon. For more information about the CCMA Awards of Achievement, PotashCorp Country Music Week or the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards, please visit www.ccma.org.
A gifted singer and songwriter with a huge charitable heart, 18-year-old Tenille has become an unstoppable force in Canadian country music. In 2011, she was awarded Alberta’s Female Artist of the Year and also nominated at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards as the youngest ever Female Artist of the Year. Tenille’s proudest achievement to date; however, has been founding, organizing, and hosting Big Hearts for Big Kids, a fundraiser that has raised more than $194,000 in the past three years for Grande Prairie’s Youth Emergency Shelter Society- the Sunrise House. Tenille has also contributed to fundraising efforts for Slave Lake, Haiti, Canadian Cancer Relays, The Wounded Warriors Foundation, and she will be spending part of her summer with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, sharing her joy of music with the kids at the Kananaskis camp. With a new radio single on the way, and an exciting schedule of upcoming events, Tenille has found time to finish her graduating year of high school and is currently working with Nashville producer Fred Mollin on her sophomore album, to be released in early 2013.