I dropped by The Dakota on Monday for a concert/tribute/wake to the late, great James Gray. James played in a ton of bands including Blue Rodeo for a bunch of years…most recently grooving with Chris Bottomley’s Brainfudge. I didn’t know him well but he had a great sense of humour and smiled a lot and based on the turnout, he was one well-loved musician! I enjoyed hanging out front a while, reminiscing with old friends and remembering James.
Then a quick pit stop to see Jef Vegas, who hosts an open mic night every Monday at The Painted Lady.
Tuesday I went back to see “Anything Goes” for a second time. I bought extra tickets for friends and everybody loved it as much as I did. Don Francks had done the show before and had seen it countless times. He said this was the best production by far. It was well-cast, fast-paced (for the most part) and brilliantly directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. Rachel York and Fred Applegate alone were worth the price of admission.
I got some much needed sailing in after a quick two and a half day fund drive at JAZZ.FM91.
Talking for four hours at a stretch can be draining, but this campaign flew by and in no time I was out on the lake with a bevy of friends over a few days.
After a few wee samples and a very large cheese tray, we made our way up a long hill to Thirty Bench and finally to see my old friend Daniel Lenko and buy some of his best wine.
We kept our samples to a minimum and cycled to St. Catherine’s where we finally grabbed a bite and made it to our destination just as the sun set. Peter Shea and Juliet Dunn just moved into a beautiful new home and we celebrated with a whack o’ wine from our adventures.
While strolling through a beautiful nature trail the following afternoon, we got caught in a crazy storm and returned to their home soaked. Once the rain let up we bee-lined to the Go Station, put our bikes in a rack and made our way home.
Coming up this week:
I’ll hit The Ex again. It’s $5 after 5 Tues-Thurs…and it only seems fair to pay a low cover since I’m going to drop money on everything once I walk in the door.