Tuesday I went golfing with my dad, Ken Sutton and Papa Lica. Barbie played caddie and was an excellent golf car driver. It was a best ball tournament that raised money for Unison Benevolent Fund (www.unisonfund.ca) Papa Lica had the best drives of the day, my dad and Ken set us up a few times and I had the job of putt master general.
After the game we had dinner and there were a few speeches, awards and prizes. Unison Fund helps musicians who need help. Check out their site to learn more and donate what you can! http://www.unisonfund.ca
There has been a lot of great live music this past week but nothing more exciting than David Clayton Thomas at Nathan Phillips Square. Lou Pomanti’s new killer band, a Tribute to Tower of Power is called Oakland Stokes and they proved to be the perfect opening act.
Tons of funk followed by a legend who belted out hit after hit. Barbra Lica, Gaye Boston and King Arthur joined me. I also got in a beautiful evening sail last week. Too busy to go out as much as I’d like, but the three hour tour Friday was perfect. I hadn’t seen Shereen for close to a year and it was great to hear about her adventures in person, since I’d seen so many amazing photos from her world travels on line.
And finally, Sunday … was the kind of day that stays in your head for ages. The day-long adventure with Jessica and Hayden began with brunch at 25 Liberty. It’s pricey but it’s worth every dime! After a bit of a feast we drove to Woodbine Racetrack and showed Hayden the horses in the Paddock. We stayed for two races and both the tips he gave me paid off. The kid was so mature. At ten years old he said “that was fun but we just won twice so we should quit now while we’re ahead”. Too bad I can’t get a Hayden APP to use when I go to Vegas!
The three of us beelined to Caledon to visit another Jessica…Jessica Ferg. She decided to cut off all her hair (donating it for charity) and I thought it would be a fun day in the country. It was really cool to meet her parents and see her sisters again – one cool family. They live near McMichael Gallery so I’m sure I’ll make it up again sometime soon.
After some time in Caledon we beelined to my see my pal Ronny Shinder and little did we know, we were in for a real treat – over a dozen folk musicians congregated and jammed. I only broke out the kazoo for a couple solos and sang one blues verse
“Raise a glass to Ronny there’s no need to raise a fist, cuz we get to jam in Ronny’s – we all made Shinder’s List”!
Finally Jessica and Hayden joined me for dinner and show at The Paintbox Bistro. The sound is never great in this place, but there was no holding back this band. Mark Kieswetter on piano, Mark Rogers on bass, John Johnson on sax and a young friend of hers who jumped up for a few songs on guitar. Also Lou Pomanti made an appearance. The audience was a bit of a who’s who. Dan Lyons, June Garber, Richard Mills and dozens of others enjoyed her wit between the songs that made up a truly diverse set. Brunch, Woodbine, Caledon, Folk Jam, Jazz Concert…a perfect Sunday!
Check out http://www.torontojazz.com for all the listings this week. There are a gazillion shows worth checking out. Try to see at least three, will ya? 🙂