MEMORABLE WEEKENDS

 

Some weekends end and you look back and say, “Wow. That was a great weekend.” This weekend was one of those.

It started with Prince at the ACC. Going to high school in the 80’s, I will admit to being a big Prince fan and the rumor is that he thinks of Toronto as a second home. Toronto Prince concerts are famous for being long because he loves the fans. Via.

“I love Toronto,” Prince said late Tuesday in an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press after a wild two-hour concert in this north Florida city. It was the 21st stop of a tour he’s loathe to call a comeback — because, he insists, he’s never truly been gone.
“It’s cosmopolitan,” he said. “There’s all sorts of different kinds of people everywhere you go in Toronto, there’s all sorts of great music, great restaurants, great night spots that don’t respond to a lot of American playlists and have playlists which I really dig. It’s a real melting pot in every sense of the word.”

He did not disappoint. In a world where so many concerts feature artists who go up, do their sets and leave (i.e. The Police cash grab world tour which was a serious disappointment), it is amazing to watch an artist who so clearly loves what he does and knows that he is there to entertain. The opening was a jazz/funk mix that warmed the crowd and set the bar, followed by set after set of amazing guitar, sax, vocal and dance performances (Prince can definitely dance).

We could not stay for all 5 encores (Yes. 5) as I was taking 5 teenage boys to Barrie Paintball the next day to celebrate a birthday (Part 2 of an amazing weekend thanks to 14 degree weather and 17 courses), but wished that we could have.

And if you ever wonder if Prince can play the guitar, just watch the below video. Truly amazing. I remain a fan and will gladly go see him again.

Prince at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

TRULY AMAZING CHRISTMAS: Stuart McLean

 

On Saturday we had the good fortune to see Stuart McLean at Convocation Hall. We had never seen his Christmas Tour and really looked forward to it. I have never been to what is essentially a book reading with a few talented musical guests, but 10 minutes into the show I was laughing so hard that it was difficult not to tear up. As a side note, I would say that he is also one of the most ‘gracious’ performers I have ever watched. He embraces the crowd and thanks them time and time again for helping make the performance special.

I remember 3 years ago, our first Christmas in the UK … reading Dave Cooks a Turkey while decorating the tree. A laugh out loud Christmas classic regardless of country.

I would highly recommend his podcast and just ordered the audio version of the Vinyl Cafe Christmas Collection. I need one great Christmas addition to the audio collection each year ….

Download - Stuart McLean - Vinyl Cafe - A Christmas Collection

I love Christmas. The panto is next week ….