12/09/2013 12:17 EST | Updated 02/08/2014 05:59 EST

CBC Sing-In raises more than $20,000 for Project PAL

Montrealers raised their voices in song on Sunday to celebrate CBC’s 34th annual Sing-In and help raise money for Project PAL.

Close to 1,500 people rang in the season at this year’s concert, packing the main venue at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul and a second location at Bourgie Hall in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Thanks to your support, CBC raised more than $9,000 at the concert.

That makes a total of more than $21,000 as of midday Monday, when you add the concert proceeds to the money raised during the CBC day of programming and online.

Donations are still being accepted until Jan. 5.

Money collected in the charity drive will go towards Project PAL, a local organization that empowers people with mental health challenges. 

This year's donations will help Project PAL's choir purchase much-needed uniforms, equipment and instruments. 

Many of those who attended Sunday's service say they've been coming to the Sing-In for years, and for them, it marks the official start to the holiday season. 

"There's an energy factor that you can't get anywhere else," said Lachine resident Bob Burke. 

"You leave here you feel great. And it's the beginning of the holidays."

Montrealer Wilhelmina Fredericks says for her, the Sing-In celebrates the true meaning of Christmas. 

"It's a tradition now to come to the Sing-In ... Christmas is not about gifts, it's about the music and the joy."