Since the return of Story and Song Night last May, we’ve had a lot of great nights of gathering ’round the fire (so to speak) to listen to stirring tales and enchanting music. John Russon retold the story of the The Quest for the Holy Grail, Greg Recco from St. John’s College in Annapolis MD told us the story of the last stand of “the 300” Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae, Susan Bredlau from Emory University in Atlanta told the story of the Bacchae, Belinda Piercy told the classic modern tale of Batman, David French took us back to Coriolanus, and the early days of the Roman Republic, and Pouria Lotfi told the traditional Iranian tale of the tragedy of Sohrab and Rostam from the Shahnameh. We witnessed a great deal of innovative and inspiring music: the debut performance of “Dirty 11th,” which is Michael Keith, Chris Banks and Nick Fraser, Ian Sinclair played piano along with Ben McConchie on trumpet and Michael Eckert on dobro, “Freedman,” (Justin Haynes, Ryan Driver and Jean Martin) performed with Mary Margaret O’Hara, Araz Salek improvised on the tar, Dan Fortin and Michael Davidson gave us a fantastic duo jazz performance, and The Chris Banks Trio (Tania Gill, Brodie West and Chris Banks) released their debut CD “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise.” It’s been a great season.
2013 will be our fourth year. Please join us! We’ll meet once a month at Cafe Pamenar, 307 Augusta Avenue in Toronto.