Unison Benevolent Fund is a charity that is close to my heart. I 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.
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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. Sam Broverman, Amy McConnell and Pam Hyatt all sang a few big band songs while hundreds danced the night away.
The ala carte hors d’oeuvres were a big hit with the lindy hoppers…wee snacks between moves. The 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. I 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.
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.
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”.