Nine years ago, I couldn't have imagined that Big Hearts for Big Kids would raise over 1.5 million dollars for our local GPYESS - Sunrise House. But after watching the generosity of the Grande Prairie community over the past nine years, witnessing the spirit in the room for this event, a crazy number like that seemed truly possible. Thank you to every soul who has been a part of this from the beginning; every volunteer, committee member, sponsor, auction bidder, artist, and anyone who has attended and participated. You are the reason this event continues to change lives of the youth in our community, and keep the doors open to a shelter where they can find the love, support, and encouragement they need.

Sponsorship opportunities are now open for our February 23rd, 2019 Event. We look forward to celebrating our 10th anniversary with you!


At 15 years old, Tenille started the first ever Big Hearts For Big Kids in 2010, after hearing about the number of kids her age, in her hometown, who were turning to the local youth shelter, The Sunrise House.

The day of the first event, the shelter director came to Tenille in tears, explaining that the shelter had to be shut down due to lack of funding. But the event continued, and that evening, raised over $30,000 and a momentum of community spirit that has made it possible for Big Hearts For Big Kids to substantially grow.

A year and a half after the first event in 2010, the Sunrise House was fully renovated, re-staffed, and re-opened, available for the youth in need in northern Alberta.

Since re-opening, The Sunrise House has served over 6000 bed nights.

In 7 years of Big Hearts For Big Kids, thanks to every volunteer, committee member, sponsor, artist, and community member who believed in and attended the event, we have raised over $1,000,000 for the Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society.

History of years:
2010 - Over $30,000
2011 - Over $60,000
2012 - Over $104,000
2013 - Over $160,000
2014 - Over $195,000
2015 - Over $225,000
2016 - Over $225,000
2017 - Over $265,000
2018 - Over $240,000


Tenille is a recipient of the Queen’s Gold & Diamond Jubilee Medals, a two time Association of Country Music in Alberta’s Fan’s Choice, and was the youngest ever recipient for the 2012 CCMA Slaight Music Humanitarian Award. Her concert fundraiser, Big Hearts For Big Kids, has raised over $1,000,000 in seven years for her hometown youth shelter, and her school tour, Play it Forward, reached over 35,000 kids across Canada in 2012 & 2013. Over the past year, Tenille has been focused on songwriting, travelling back and forth from Nashville, and is looking forward to launching new music soon!


We’re so grateful to our incredible sponsors for all they do to make a difference in our community with their support of this event. We can't wait for our 10th anniversary event on February 23rd, 2019.

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Photos by: Suzanne Sagmeister Photography