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Alessia Cara brings holiday cheer to children in Toronto hospital

Del Cowie

Singer Alessia Cara performed for children at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children yesterday to bring some seasonal cheer to the patients.

The Brampton, Ont., native, who made a huge impression on the music world with her widely acclaimed 2015 debut single "Here" and her album Know-It-All, sang her hit single "Scars to Your Beautiful" as well as Christmas carols to a small group of patients.

Cara's goodwill gesture had its roots in personal experience. The singer had an operation at the hospital, when she was a toddler, to remove saliva glands, which she says left a scar. Additionally, her younger brother had an operation at the hospital when he was a child.

For the event, Cara partnered with Duracell, which donated $180,000 to the hospital in her name.

"It was awesome," Cara said of the experience of performing for the children, speaking with CBC Toronto's Dwight Drummond. "I was afraid they were going to be shy, especially with kids you have to pry it out of them sometimes. But they were really, really awesome. They were singing the Christmas carols and they were singing my song, too, which was cool."


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