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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Sunday one culture, Monday another


I finally changed my Quebec Plate for some Ontario plates...
Je me souviens all the good times in Quebec.
Now I am discovering Ontario has all kinds of culture!

I have had a significant week...
It started with Sunday. My friend Wendy had invited me to see her class perform their final exam. The class was an improve class and the final exam is held in front of an audience at Second City or in this case just down the street. It was a full house and I invited my friend E to come along. Wendy, E, and a group of friends had just gone to The Hour together in January. So this invite sort of came about from that. The performances were very brave, plucky sometimes funny, sometimes not... that's improv for you. I got invited out to dinner with the improv class... Of course I went. Some of these people are going to be famous one day... It was a blast just chatting with them over nachos.
Thank you Wendy for that unique look into the comedy culture of Toronto.

Monday. My friend Lorraine and I went to see Not Just Another Benefit. It's a show put on by the folk music scene
to support Marie-Lynn Hammond after she had a serious riding accident.
Musicians don't get good medical coverage if you know what I'm sayin', hence the need for this support effort from her friends in the music business.
We knew Jian Ghomeshi and and fellow Moxy Fruvous member Mike Ford were performing. Also performing were Stuart McLean, Don Ross (amazing what he can do with a guitar), Rick Salutin (teacher at Ryerson), Sylvia Tyson, and Marie-Lynn Hammond herself performed along with many others... It was a very cool Canadian wide and local folk music culture scene.... It was one amazing night. Thank you Jian for being so nice and spending your time hanging out with us.
Jian had to leave and go catch up on some sleep but Lorraine and I stayed and enjoyed a great finish. The entire cast of performers got back on stage and sang a song called Not Another benefit.
Cheers!

6 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Poor Marie-Lynn! I've always liked her, since her Stringband days. They were the first band I ever heard use the lyrics "show us the length of your cock" so naturally as a kid that appealed to me greatly.

Barbara said...

I can't say I know that song...
She is recovering her mobility and her eye sight by and by...

bbossin said...

Glad you liked the show. I sure did. I think there is a clip of "Show Us the Length at www.stringband.net.
bob bossin.

Barbara said...

Thank you for letting me know Bob Bossin! That's a great song.
This concert is going to stay with me.

TMcG said...

I am so jealous of your social life!!!

Barbara said...

tmcg it's all about choice...