Opening for Rick Mercer and Great Big Sea
I just completed a fun weekend of performing … Saturday afternoon and evening found me playing Aaron’s Song and a new Celtic Medley with a troupe of Celtic Dancers for the pre-show of the annual Canadian Tire Banquet at the Toronto Convention Center with the 5th String Blvd. band. I also opened for Rick Mercer and Great Big Sea on the main stage as a part of the opening band multi media show organized by Ken Vandevrie of ADS Media to kick off the banquet. It was an honour to meet Rick Mercer after his “opening Canadian Tire roast routine” (my whole family are fans – a true Canadian icon) … nice guy … wasn’t able to stay to see Great Big Sea but did hear their sound check … needed to get home to my family because we had an early start the next morning to get to my next event …
A candid shot with Rick Mercer taken by Ken Vandevrie on his Blackberry …
The next morning (Sunday) Le-Anne, the boys and I were off to London at 6:30 a.m. to do a Compassion concert/speaking event at RidgeView Community Church. It was a great morning of worship. Music & Worship pastor, Barry Usher, led a Jazz combo (keys, upright bass, congas, flute, and vocals) of students and faculty from University of Western Ontario. They had an excellent, unique sound as they led the worship. Aprox. 15 children were sponsored from the congregation of 80 which was a great response. To learn more about child sponsorship through Compassion click here.
Greetings from Fredericton!… Just checking in, and thought I’d pass on the website for Great Big Sea – an awesome East Coast band, from Newfoundland. Check them out at http://www.greatbigsea.com
Hope this finds you and your family keeping well. It’s raining here, today, but the temperatures have been in the mid-teens, for the last week or so. The snow, here, is gone! (Yeah! 😀 )
Thanks for the link to Great Big Sea. They are an East Coast treasure … I have great memories of my recent tour to Newfoundland – a beautiful part of Canada – I think the beauty of nature inspires great art! I also really enjoyed my stop in Fredericton on the way … TD