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Stewart impresses in Tillsonburg

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No matter where he travels, Kolton Stewart’s heart has always been in Norfolk County.

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The 19-year-old singer and actor who grew up in Lynedoch, near Delhi, speaks glowingly about living most of 2018 in Los Angeles working on his acting chops, but he’s just as amped to headline an upcoming Home for the Holidays Christmas concert at the La Salette Historic Church on Saturday, Dec. 15.

“I can’t wait to perform in front of my hometown again,” said Stewart.

“I haven’t performed in Norfolk in a long time and people have been seeing what I’ve been doing and are excited to hear me again. I don’t feel they have high expectations but I have high expectations of myself to give people a really good show. I’d be stupid to say I’m not nervous but my excitement definition outweighs my nervousness.”

Stewart will be joined by a band and some special guests for the show – his first full headline concert. Doors open for the Dec. 15 event at 6:30 p.m. It will feature a number of holiday tunes, cover songs and some of Stewart’s own offerings.

Tickets are available at Dave’s Variety in Delhi and Snapd Haldimand Norfolk, said Sandra Rayner, a member of La Salette Area Rural Roots, and they are going fast.

“We’re a non-profit organization,” said Rayner, who was joined by Rural Roots’ Cindy Smith for a two-school visit in Tillsonburg with Stewart on Friday.

“We run the La Salette Historic Church and Community Hall,” Rayner noted. “We took over the church when it was no longer a Catholic church in 2012.”

Since then La Salette Area Rural Roots has hosted a number of shows at the former church, including the Good Brothers with local openers Small Town Girls in June 2017.

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Last Friday, Stewart visited St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Monsignor JH O’Neil in Tillsonburg, singing, playing a guitar, and answering questions from students.

“We thought this would be good to give him some exposure in Tillsonburg,” said Rayner, a retired Monsignor O’Neil teacher. “He’s from Norfolk County and a lot of people in Delhi know him and what he’s been doing, they’ve been following his career.”

It took just three words to instantly establish Stewart’s ‘cred’ with the students… Some Assembly Required. Stewart starred on the 2014-2016 teen comedy which aired on YTV, and many of the questions revolved around the show.

His favourite episode on Some Assembly Required, which he explained were episodes when he had to dress up as something crazy.

His least favourite episode?

Most embarrassing moment?

His favourite co-stars, and whether he dated any actors from the show (“we were friends, really good friends” Stewart laughed), as well some broader questions like how he got started in TV, film and theatre? His favourite music?

“It’s the demographic,” Stewart smiled. “Definitely, kids who grew up watching YTV tend to know my show, which is really fun. It’s just awesome to do that, especially in Canada.”

“You rocked the Fortnite questions,” Rayner laughed.

Stewart also played a mix of pop and Christmas songs, and the students wanted seemed to want more, particularly from the former genre.

His first EP Effortless debuted in June of 2017 and on Nov. 22 the St. Frances school grad released a song he not only wrote and sang but produced – a trait he’s recently added to his repertoire. Move On features several live instruments and in Stewart’s words, plenty of “funky guitar”.

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“It’s been really fun to go into a studio and work with really amazing people but I found if I can make (music) myself, first of all, it gives me way more creative control because sometimes what you want can get lost in what other people want,” Stewart explained. “Also, financially it makes a lot of sense … and for time – if I’m awake at midnight and want to do a song, I can.”

With a number of credits to his name – including the YTV show Some Assembly Required – Stewart made the decision to move to Los Angeles full time in January.

He’s been involved in a handful of different projects, including one episode of Prince of Peoria and another series he’ll be able to talk more about in the new year.

“As everybody knows, Hollywood is where you need to be, it’s the hub of acting and for the entertainment industry,” said Stewart. “It’s been really cool to be living on my own. It has been a little scary though to be completely independent. I’m super close with my mom (Lori) so that’s interesting to be by myself for the first time, but it’s what I had to do.”

In July 2017, Stewart played a starring role in the soon-to-be-released movie entitled A Wake. The film focuses on a family’s journey to discover why one of their twin boys suddenly committed suicide.

Most recently, Stewart has returned home to film a season of an established sci-fi show in Toronto, which also features a more adult role.

“Everything I get to do is really fun, especially being an actor,” said Steward, answering questions at O’Neil. “Right now I’m shooting a show in Toronto where I’m… I’m like a ‘baller,’ a super chill guy, so that’s really fun to play. It’s really fun to play a bunch of different roles. I’m really thankful for doing Some Assembly Required because definitely it’s been an awesome platform for me. The favourite role I’ve ever had, I’d say was Simba, just because I grew up watching The Lion King, and being able to play that kind of iconic character (in a Broadway musical) was really awesome.

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“Most of my career has been more youth and family, which is awesome, but as I’m getting older, that’s something I really wanted to do,” he said. “I got this opportunity to come home and work on a really, really cool show I can’t wait to tell everyone about … and I get to be doing an adult show. My role is quite mature and the material is really mature and that’s kind of the next step for me – branching out into more of the adult scene.”

As he prepares to relocate back to LA in February, Stewart still envisions himself following the Justin Timberlake model of both acting and singing for as long as possible.

“This year has been a really big year for me in self-development and figuring out what I want to do,” he said.

“(Musically) I now have found my style, which I’m really excited about.”

Tickets for the La Salette concert are available in person at Dave’s Variety in Delhi or online at They are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Anyone wishing to follow Stewart’s career can do so on his website, Twitter account (@kolton_stewart), Instagram (koltonstewart) or Facebook (

– With files from Jacbob Robinson and Chris Abbott.

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