Oakville Chamber Orchestra begins 3rd decade Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               To paraphrase a real estate credo, ‘selection, selection, selection’ can be a paramount vitality for a concert’s success. Artistic director Charles Demuynck chose two famous Serenades for the opening of the OCO’s 31st season. To perform Dvořák’s opus 44 for wind, the maestro augmented ‘Winds’ with bass; cello and French horn. We’re aware that the saxophone is considered a “wind” instrument; but 2 strings & a brass??? Luckily he’s at the podium so he’s in charge!

Demuynck; his musicians, and an enthralled audience

Demuynck; his musicians, and an enthralled audience

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‘SKIN FLICK’, even better than “Porn on the web” Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
               Come on – admit it…we all check out the occasional blue-movie capsule via the internet and so what if we do. Prolific Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s “SKIN FLICK” comedically looks at the cottage-business aspect of creating such a work-of-art, and WEST’s Yo Mustafa brings us a hilarious 2½ hours of pure (and moral) entertainment. There were some moments when this writer was actually concerned about a bladder mishap due to the hilarity being presented on stage.

(r) Pointet; Dametto & Balaz. (f) McCarthy & Canjura IN the movies

(r) Pointet; Dametto & Balaz. (f) McCarthy & Canjura IN the movies

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Jazz, & instruments for kids… worthwhile evening Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG
               A team of concerned local citizens; a responsible corporate clan; and a culturally-oriented family are the backbone of ‘Hamilton Music Collective’. Under the stewardship of Astrid Hepner, the HMC goal is “An instrument For Every Child”. This writer grew up in Montreal where the governing Protestant School Board insisted that learning to play at least one device was mandatory. I tried the trombone… arms too short; then tuba…to big & heavy; then accordion – but I’m left-handed! Ended up with alto horn; > clarinet > trumpet > violin; depending on which class had the most girls!

Ratcliffe; Hepner; Occhipinti & Marcelli performing

Ratcliffe; Hepner; Occhipinti & Marcelli performing

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The Hamilton Comic Con; “Shat Happens” Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
               The Hamilton Comic Com was held in downtown Oakville (or so it seemed trying to drive around our own Downtown). First, the native Canadians chose to hold a BBQ at the Main & James intersection; the cops were there detouring traffic. I was sympathetic to their cause, alas; my empathy ‘went up in smoke’.
As for the event; I loved it and had a ball.

"Catwoman" Julie Newmar & fan

“Catwoman” Julie Newmar & fan

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An EARNEST endeavour that was vitally important Reply

Review by Michael PiscitellireviewerMichael P2

Oscar Wilde is one of my favourite playwrights and The Importance of Being Earnest is my all-time favourite play ever. So, naturally, when I saw that Hart House’s season would be opening with it, I was jumping up and down in my seat on the bus and getting several strange looks from the normal people around me.
Keeping with the late Victorian era of style, costume designer Ming Wong kept everything within the normal sense of fashion. However, that was the only part of the show that was kept in any sense of the word “normal”. *

the earnest cast-members of Hart House!

the earnest cast-members of Hart House!

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H.P.O.’s 2nd auditioning concert; + a charming quote 1

Review by Danny Gaisin

Willis & Gaisin, post-concert

Willis & Gaisin, post-concert


               Selecting a new artistic director for a symphony orchestra is akin to finding a mate rather than just a ‘one-night stand’. Surprisingly, the Great Hall was not filled to see & hear Alastair Willis conduct with pianist Andre Laplante as guest soloist. Hopefully, members of the designation committee were in attendance. One regular subscriber told me how much this person really enjoyed the ‘Deevorac’ piece! Yikes. Bet this same individual was the one who started the tacky between-movements applauding.*Alastair Willis & HPO                              Alastair Willis conducting the HPO’s rendering of Dvorak’s 7th

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