Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The St. Clair Jazz All-Stars

"Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul" said Plato. I'd like to add that music, and art in all its forms are essential for the nourishment of the soul. They give us a sense of well-being, and connect us with the deeper part of ourselves. So, here's an opportunity to feel terrific: A fun evening with many talented musicians while raising money for Artwalk, a festival to celebrate art, music, and writing.

Artwalk, the St.Clair Arts Festival and Studio Tour presents The St. Clair Jazz All-Stars, a fundraiser featuring some of the hottest jazz St.Clair has ever heard.

KEVIN TURCOTTE trumpet
KENNY KIRKWOOD saxophone
MEIRION KELLY trombone
ROBI BOTOSS piano
ARTIE ROTH bass
DANIEL BARNES drums
BEN D'CUNHA vocalist

Thursday, September 25th, 2008, 7 - 9:15 pm
St. Matthews United Church.
729 St. Clair Ave West

Tickets: $30.00 general admission

On sale at www.ticketweb.ca or Ellington Café,
805 St. Clair Ave. West

The 2008 St.Clair Arts Festival and Studio Tour takes place the weekend of September 26 & 27. For more info click here

Monday, August 18, 2008

Olympic Medal for Mauritius

Just heard that Mauritius, the island where I grew up, is guaranteed to win a bronze medal in bantamweight boxing. Its first medal ever. The hero is Bruno Julie. He doesn't seem fazed by the fact that he's just made history. He sounds feisty and ready for a fight for gold.

I haven't been watching the Olympics on a regular basis, just a few highlights here and there about how Canadian competitors are doing. Many of us in Canada tend to cheer for Canadian athletes as well as those from our countries of origin, but I have to admit that I don't keep in touch with sports achievements in Mauritius, and had no idea it was sending competitors, let alone how good they were. O ye of little faith! So, it was such a wonderful surprise and an incredible thrill to hear today that tiny Mauritius, an island of about 1 million inhabitants, will win a bronze if not a silver or gold medal. Way to go Mauritius! Go for Gold!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Nénuphars

"Les grands nénuphars, entre les roseaux,
Tristement luisaient sur les calmes eaux.
Moi, j'errais tout seul, promenant ma plaie
Au long de l'étang, parmi la saulaie ..."

Extrait du poème Promenade Sentimentale par Paul Verlaine

Water lilies among the reeds
Sadly glimmer on calm water.
Alone I wander, and walk my woes
Along the pond, among the willows.