Sunrise House

Tenille Announces 2013 Big Hearts for Big Kids Fundraiser Event Lineup!!!

January 11, 2013

Big Hearts Poster 2013
The lineup of artists for Big Hearts for Big Kids Concert Fundraiser benefiting the Sunrise House has just been released!

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 Honoured With The Canadian Country Music Association – 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award


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.





GENERATES $104,000


“Our goal was to raise $100,000 in 3 years.
We surpassed that in one night
and raised $194,000 since the event began in February 2010.”

Toronto, Canada. It’s official! The 3rd Annual Big Hearts for Big Kids concert event benefiting the Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter, also known as Sunrise House, will receive $104,000 from Saturday evening’s fundraiser, created and hosted by Tenille — 2012’s first ACMA Female Artist of the Year, and CCMA Female Artist of the Year Nominee. In the 3 year tenure of the event, $194,000 has been raised.

“This was the first year our tickets — over 450 seats — sold out before February 1st,” said Tenille. “The people of Grande Prairie paid $75 per seat and experienced phenomenal talent — Wendell Ferguson, Pear, Jake Mathews, Willie Mack. It was an honour having CCMA Hall of Fame Inductee Michelle Wright participate. The way she interacted with everyone was amazing. Jason Blaine and his band put on a great show which was an incredible way to end the night!”

Grande Prairie residents opened their wallets and contributed over $14,000 to silent auction items and over $22,000 for live auction items including a music package consisting of an autographed Epiphone Guitar, guitar lessons, Bud Country Fever Tickets, and a 10 hour studio recording session at the Grande Prairie Regional College; a private catered dinner for 8 with Chef Gavin Young at the winner’s home complete with wine basket; a trip for two anywhere West Jet flies; a barbecue and steak package. The lucky winner of the diamond ring raffle, valued at $3,000 donated the ring back to the live auction with the crowd enthusiastically responding and generating $11,000. Artist Lewis Lavoie’s live mural resulted in an additional $7,600. Lavoie was also taken by surprise when he was announced the winner of the mystery trip raffle. He and his wife will fly to Las Vegas and enjoy a stay at the MGM Grande Hotel and be entertained at the Shania Twain Show!

“Saturday evening’s event has confidently strengthened the shelter’s budget for 2012, bringing encouraged hope to successfully support these kids in need. It is humbling to learn this is what can take place when a community comes together,” said Tenille.

“A huge thanks is extended to the Big Hearts for Big Kids committee for their hours of dedication, and the sponsors who were bugged relentlessly,” said Tenille, “thank you for believing in this event. To our volunteers, thank you for your kindness. And to all the artists who participated, thank you for sharing your time and talent to make such a huge difference. To every single person who spent their hard earned money to buy a ticket, thank you.

“Thank you for supporting the youth in need of a safe place to turn to right here at home.”















Toronto, Canada. January 11, 2012.  In February 2010, and on the heels of the doors closing on the only youth emergency shelter north of Edmonton, Grande Prairie’s Tenille presented a cheque for over $30,000 representing efforts of 1 evening of musical performances, auction item purchases and unwavering support from the community’s volunteers, attendees and her musician friends.  Grande Prairie’s Youth Emergency Shelter Society also known as Sunrise House continued to operate.  In February 2011, the event, larger in scale with auction donations from as far away as Los Angeles, resulted in $60,000 being turned over in one evening.

In its third year, the 2012 BIG HEARTS FOR BIG KIDS concert fundraiser occurring Saturday February 11th at the Jackpot Grill and Banquet Facility is bigger than ever.  With songwriting circle performances by Tenille, Wendell Ferguson, Pear, Jake Mathews, Willie Mack, and Michelle Wright, the evening will round out with the high energy feature performance of Jason Blaine and his band. Donated items include an autographed Epiphone DR 100 acoustic guitar from Epiphone Guitars; a trip for two wherever Westjet flies; artist Lewis Lavoie is returning to paint a live mural during the evening which will be auctioned off.  A mystery raffle will also take place and on-line donations will contribute to the evening’s success.

 The shelter’s 2012 budget is $435,000.00” said Tanya Wald, Executive Director. “Currently 64% of the budget’s funding is confirmed leaving us $155,000 to raise.  Tenille’s Big Hearts for Big Kids Annual Concert Event is a major part of those fundraising dollars. Based on its previous success, Big Hearts for Big Kids contributes close to 40% of that total.  Tenille’s vision and fundraising efforts make a difference in the lives of youth and allow us more time to focus on the shelter and our clients. We are very proud to have her aligned with

A private concert will also be held at BIG COUNTRY 93.1 radio station with Michelle Wright, the newest member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, prior to the show.  One lucky Peace Region winner will be chosen from a songwriters contest to attend Michelle’s on air performance and perform their winning song with her in attendance.

BIG HEARTS FOR BIG KIDS will be emceed by Corus Entertainment’s Tracie Gray and Big Country 93.1 FM’s Lyle West. Doors open at 6:30 with the show beginning at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are on sale for $75.00 each and available at the Crystal Centre Box Office (780-538-0387).