A Swingin’ Affair at Palais Royale!

Barbra Lica and the Sparklettes killed it!

Barbra Lica and the Sparklettes killed it!

Unison Benevolent Fund is a charity that is close to my heart. IMG_8797I was asked to volunteer and sit on the board of directors over a year ago and said yes quickly because I can think of a handful of musicians that could’ve used a charity like this in their hour of need; and while we already have help lines set up, when we hit the million dollar mark we can start offering financial assistance.

CHECK IT OUT UNISONFUND.CA

Amy McConnell, pitch perfect as always!

Amy McConnell, pitch perfect as always!

On Thursday I emceed a benefit for Unison that featured Anthony Terpstra’s Starlight Orchestra, complete with lead crooner Colin Hunter and some wild songs from Barbra Lica and The Sparklettes. IMG_8799Sam Broverman, Amy McConnell and Pam Hyatt all sang a few big band songs while hundreds danced the night away.

Charlie only had three.

Charlie only had three.

Andrea puts the scarlet in Scarlett Jane and Don Francks is simply the coolest dude on the planet.

Andrea puts the scarlet in Scarlett Jane and Don Francks is simply the coolest dude on the planet.

 

The ala carte hors d’oeuvres were a big hit with the lindy hoppers…wee snacks between moves. IMG_8841The opening set by Don Francks and Tony Quarrington was mesmerizing and Roger Clown and I jumped up for a bit of Old Skool Awesome.

Also this week, I saw a really cool play starring my friend Kiran. IMG_8753I think it was more real than even they had aimed for because it was the most humid day ever and the claustrophobic futurist performance was downright sticky. YOU TOPIA runs until September 22. Bring layered clothing.

Sammy C is a big fan of DCT!

Sammy C is a big fan of DCT!

I also had fun hosting the Brantford Jazz Festival on Sunday and was the host and interviewer of an evening with David Clayton Thomas at JAZZ.FM91.

Nathalie really enjoyed David Clayton Thomas and his band at Jazz FM.

Nathalie really enjoyed David Clayton Thomas and his band at Jazz FM.

DCT and his band were in fine form, he told some stories, answered questions from the audience and showcased his favourite vocal group, Cadence with a few songs including an outrageous version of his hit “Spinning Wheel”.

Partying till 4am, then off to work at 6am...followed by a jazz safari that night. Wow!

Partying till 4am, then off to work at 6am…followed by a jazz safari that night. Wow!

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