I found out last week that my old friend and mentor, Crad Kildoney finally passed away. He told he was going to kick the bucket soon, and made me promise to zip it. I told him I want to do another tribute to him (I held one decades ago and he was overwhelmed by the attention) and he said “when I’m dead, go ahead.” The executor of his will was told to contact me immediately upon his death. I have the green light, per se.
CRAD’s WAKE….unlike Finnegan, Crad was always easy to figure out. He was a loveable curmudgeon; so much so that he’d love to hate to be called that. His dry wit didn’t always translate – and the degree of auto-biographical information in his “fiction” is legendary – but even those who didn’t “get” Kilodney had respect for him. He sold books on the street. Period. Sure he had a few books published outside his “Charnel House” imprint, and you could find his books in places like “This Ain’t The Rosedale Library” and “Pages” but for the most part, Crad made a living selling his books on the street. Once, he got fined for selling without a license, making him the only author in Canada to be charge with selling their own work. He pulled a prank to discredit the CBC Short Story Contest – a prank so brilliant it was covered by CBC itself! Aside from his novels and collections of short stories, Crad was also convinced by friends to put out “Bad Poetry” books. Recently he wrote “Shakespeare For White Trash”…leaving a legacy of “Coles-Notes-Gone-Wild” on the internet. The Tribute “Crad’s Wake” is happening May 14th at The Painted Lady on Ossington (at Dundas) in Toronto.
After my birthday week wrapped up, I had yet one more party to host at my loft. It was for high end JAZZ.FM91 donors and a bunch of my favourite musicians and singers.
The show was recorded and broadcast a week later! The night was magical – every performer was at the top of their game and sushi and pizza kept everyone content in the tummy department. Churchill Cellars provided some Wente Wines and I provided single malts.
Bill McBirnie and Bernie Senensky performed a brilliant tune and then Mary McKay and Tony Q jumped in.
Barbra Lica and Mamma Lica (yeah, her mom, Jenny is also a singer) performed as did Alex Pangman, Pam Hyatt, Sam Broverman, Carolyn Credico, Peter Hill, Lou Pomanti and Alan (the puppet).
I caught Cadence at Hugh’s Room last week. It was the last gig in the ever-popular Cabaret Series. I’ve always been a fan and it’s cool to see the show just keep getting better. Four guys, four mics, that’s it. WTF? 🙂
Last week I also had a blast with the biggest production of my year, Jazz Lives at Koerner Hall. This JAZZ.FM91 gala is a variety show. Don Dixon took some killer shots for you to enjoy. Enjoy!
Jazz Lives was a dream come true.
Lisa Fischer, Gregory Porter, Harold Lopez-Nussa Duo, Gary Burton and the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Band also played.