Halliday ready for happy days again

Aaron Halliday was set to give a tribute to country legend Alan Jackson Friday at the Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove.

Aaron Halliday performs on a Facebook livestream while wife Sharyn looks on. The singer was set to come to Horizon Stage, but had to cancel due to restrictions put in place in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Evan J. Pretzer

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NOTE: This show has been cancelled and the Horizon Stage is working to reschedule for a later date.

Aaron Halliday is a man without a stage but is not giving up on entertaining.

The British Columbia-based singer was set to give a tribute to country legend Alan Jackson Friday at the Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove. The event has since been postponed given the global COVID-19 pandemic and, while he cannot perform publicly, the 52-year-old has turned to live-streaming on Facebook and still feels that he is able to connect with longtime fans and people who seek out his music for the first time.

“We are there 100 per cent,” Halliday said. “We want folks to understand that we are real people.”

Halliday grew up in Nova Scotia. His parents were the main driver of his passion for live music and he has followed the path set by their example for more than 20 years. In his time in the field, he has won awards from the B.C. Country Music Association and toured all across the country. His influences include Alan Jackson — whom he also does a tribute show for — and his content is presented in a sound-focused format.

“It is more of a segue from song to song,” he said. “There is not a lot of storytelling. I am more there to entertain as a vocalist and my tribute is very similar to Alan when he is out performing live for people.”

Halliday concedes it has not been easy to keep making money with the digital efforts he is doing, but added that he believes the future is bright. He expects to make good on his plans to come to Spruce Grove, and, above all, does not want people to abandon the passion they have had for live entertainment evenings.

“I think people will want to come back out and enjoy gathering again,” Halliday said. “I am nervous in the interim, we look forward to coming to Spruce Grove as soon as the world decides to let us do so. When I do I want to have the audience members come away thinking ‘you know what, that Aaron is a really nice guy’.”

More information about Halliday can be found on his website and his songs can be bought there, too.