“Caroline Wiles”; you can go back, through music Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDJG

Way back when we had just entered a new millennium and while being a gainfully employed member of the fifth estate; the editor insisted that I do a promo (read puff) piece about a local folk group. I loved classical music & enjoyed jazz but the only folk knowledge I had was hating Lightfoot for being repetitious and even worse –BORING. Went to the Oakville Centre’s basement; listened; enjoyed and thereafter attended as many of the concerts as I we could. We were hooked into the White Oaks Folk Club. *

l-r McCurlie; Wiles; Chisholm & Doidge, on stage

l-r McCurlie; Wiles; Chisholm & Doidge, on stage

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“Uncommon Women & others”; adult fare at Erindale Reply

Review by Terry GaisinreviewerETG

One of the more positive perks of doing what we do is the factual assurance that we’’ll attend an impeccably professional presentation by WEST; a Sheridan offering that’s of Broadway caliber; pure entertainment by the Meadowvale Communities’ trio; and a Top Tenner by Erindale.  Wendy Wassersteins’s 1977 “UNCOMMON WOMERN & OTHERS” is just another example of the veracity stated above. It’s polished; immaculately directed; well-cast and presented; shocking; and hilarious but with very human moments of pathos. Photo courtesy of Jim Smagata

A very "7 Sisters" snobby Tea Party

                                                 A very “7 Sisters” snobby Tea Party

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BRAHMS & FRIENDS; a 5@1st Saturday afternoon Reply

Review by Judith Caldwell

A capacity audience thoroughly enjoyed a 5 at the First concert themed around friendship. Three friends – Rachel Mercer, cello; clarinetist Guy Yehuda, and Peter Longworth, piano offered two pieces written by Brahms for his late-in -ife muse and friend Richard Muhlfeld, plus a contemporary Clarinet Trio titled ‘Among Friends’ by Canadian composer Ka Nin Chan. The concert opened with Yehuda and Longworth playing Brahms Sonata in E flat, Op. 120 No 2. Brahms had already retired when he heard Muhlfeld playing and became interested in writing music for this marvelous instrument, and this particular piece is his final chamber composition.

Mercer; Longwoth & Yehuda; post-concert

Mercer; Longwoth & Yehuda; post-concert

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“SPAMALOT”, fun & games during the Black Plague Reply

Review by Danny GaisinreviewerDGcolor
            Admission; – this unhip old-timer has never seen any of the Monty Python movies and had to Google® Eric Idle before starting this column! I did see John Cleese in ‘Wanda’ and viewed a TV bit about his ‘Silly Walks’ thing…end of my previous knowledge. Theatre Unlimited’s SPAMALOT, THE MUSICAL thus came without preconception or bias. It’s ridiculous; absurd; disjointed; mis-informational; anachronistic and politically incorrect. In other words – an awesome giggle from start to finish and we loved it! 

The medieval residents of Spamalot

                                                                                                                  The medieval residents of Spamalot

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“OPERA”; an evening at the… (HPO!) Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin

Opera, as a genre, seems to have no grey area of fans; it’s a love or hate response. I’m in the former category and have been for as long as I can remember (radio broadcasts from the Met during WWII!).  When Daniel Lipton was artistic director of the Hamilton Opera, his POPERA became a favorite gala evening offering a selection of the most beloved and well-liked arias from the repertoire. Last night, he, and the concept, returned to the Great Hall. It was a super evening.

Austin;Lennox;Lipton;Coolen & Armstrong taking the 1st of many bows

         Austin; Lennox; Lipton ;Coolen & Armstrong taking the 1st of many post-concert bows

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“ART”; different genres but the same aesthetic basics Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
           First, one needs an idea or concept; then a vision of how to express that hypothesis. This is followed by choice of tones, media, emphasis and articulation. The result, if technically precise is designated art. This scribe has always thought that the design and creativity of the automotive industry met the criteria, especially during the fifties to seventies. My ‘Mona Lisa’s were and are the 1957 Belair convertible; the ‘56 Lincoln Capri; the ‘57 Thunderbird and the ‘el ultimo’ 1960 Caddie Eldorado!

Roli; Tiffany; Danny & "Horny Mike"

Roli; Tiffany; Danny & “Horny Mike”

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