UPCOMING GIGS

  • Aug. 5, 2017 Private Party, Carnarvon, ON
  • Aug. 4, 2017 Music by the Gull, Minden, ON
  • Aug. 2, 2017 The Nice Bistro, Whitby ON
  • May 17, 2017 The Nice Bistro, Whitby, ON
  • April 29, 2017 Minden Cultural Centre, Minden, ON
  • March 24,2017 The Old Mill Toronto, Home Smith Bar
  • Feb.26,2017 San Pancho Music Fest. Mexico
  • Nov.5, 2016 Radio Hall, CanoeFM, Haliburton, ON
  • Nov. 2, 2016 le Nice Bistro, Whitby, ON
  • Sept. 4, 2016 The Red Umbrella Inn, Minden, ON
  • July 26, 2016, Head Lake Park, Haliburton, ON
  • Jan. 29, 2016, The Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill, Toronto
  • Oct.23, 2015 Gate 403
  • Sept. 9 The Nice Bistro, Whitby, ON
  • August 22, Gate 403, Toronto
  • August 14, Music by the Gull, Minden, ON
  • July 29 Hugh's Room, Toronto
  • June 13, Gate 403,Toronto

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A TALL TALE-TELLER, BYPASSED

Many years ago, when I was young, I met a man.  Very gorgeous he was - a tall, blond Swede transported to Canada, and fitting in nicely, with a spot on a paneled television show, his own business of antiques he collected and sold in a downtown shop, plus his career of racing and collecting cars.  A bright and interesting light on the male scene - and he was interested in me, what a surprise.  I was smitten, and a willing victim to his charm.  He lived in an old Victorian house in Cabbagetown, in the east end of Toronto, (later bought by Lorne Michaels just before he went off to New York city and started Saturday Night Live).  It was around the corner from where I and my 3-year-old son shared a house with two of my co-workers.

Besides being beautiful and intelligent, he was unfortunately a big, fat liar. He wooed me, told me he loved me; gave me a key to his house.  I used it one night - all unplanned (the fateful surprise visit). When he wasn't home, I waited; amused myself reading perhaps; then as the hours passed, I finally got into his bed and waited more.  By two AM, when he still wasn't home, I opened the drawer of a night table out of boredom - and found a letter he was writing to his former lover.  Full of love and longing, he was, wanting to be with her, to get back together.  A touching tale.

I left then, my trust destroyed, my pride keeping me away from him for a while, but that was followed by the usual after-period of on-again, off-again attempts to fix things.  It never worked.  he kept lying, trying to convince himself, perhaps, and it was a doomed relationship, and a painful growing for me, over a long time, until I finally smartened up and decided to write to his old girlfriend, who by that time had heard about me.  She responded to my letter eagerly, a very lively woman with many artistic talents, and we traded missives and stories often, by-passing the silly man, and enjoying a new friendship.  She was a fun spirit; I could see why he liked her, and also why she was done with him.  (I had also received a phone call once from his ex-wife, who had re-married, warning me against him).

Eventually, my new friend invited me and my son to visit her in the country, and we did so, and repeated the experience on other occasions.  On one of our trips to her house, shared with her new man, her sister, and her mother, she drew this portrait (below) of me.  I found it last year and framed it, only noticing as I did so, that the date of the framing was forty-two years to the day from when she had done the work.  This young me gazes out from my wall now, and silently challenges me daily: "Well, what are you making of yourself?  What have you learned/accomplished/offered/created lately?"  The young, naive me that I was looks much more knowing and confident that I felt then, and I must assume that Sybil, the artist, ex-lover of my ex-lover, saw and captured a different, future me. Wherever she is now, I thank her for this reminder of those days, pain and fun, and all, and for her example to me of an independent, fully-alive woman.



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

RAINING AND REIGNING

It is raining big time, and the whole county is grateful - having had a total fire ban because of the dry conditions.  Here are some photos of my new abode:



looking out towards the lake across the road (when the blind is up)

le sofa & the old milking stool

looking across bar into kitchen area

painting of Muskoka by my great-uncle (of the Gill family)
the music/writing/reading room; MacDonald lassie presiding
come sit by the fire, dear - real wood & fake electric both 

the bluebird of happiness in the bathroom window





And here's the reigning seniors' cribbage champion of Alberta, here in Ontario to whup them Eastern asses, and take the crown for the country. She visited with daughter Cheryl the other day.

Donna, the queen of cribbage

My good friend Cheryl

and lastly - myself at my lovely old home (I used to call it Derry Dell in honour of my Irish studies.  It was shortened to Derry but now I call it Derriery, since it is behind me, in the picture, and in real life.
Photo taken by Phoebe on my last day there - coincidentally the same day as I bought the land back in 1988:




here's the last annual autumn dance outside my Derriery home, but stay tuned for this year's fling at the new location:









Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A SUMMER TO REMEMBER & SINGING IN THE PARK

Why, you arsk?
Just been crazy busy, and full of changes, and saying good-bye to things and places, and oh yes, a lot of heavy lifting.

so last post had the organ going to its new home; next was the old cast iron stove on its way.  some pics - rob and bob after loading, 'miss canada' ready to roll, and there she goes, rolling down the lane.
PICTURES OF OUR GIG AT HALIBURTON'S HEAD LAKE PARK ARE BELOW THESE:








and here are some of the haliburton head lake park gig.  the band, and the women's chorus before the performance,  a couple of shots of us in action; the audience on the lawn in the sunset; then meself in the bar after it was all over:

laurel, wil, zoe, darla, jacquie

ian, john, paul, gregg











finally, here's a shot of my new home with brother paul visiting.  teeny bedroom, teenier bathroom, but the TV is tres big.