NIGHT OF MUSIC AND MEMORIES hosted by 2 time JUNO winner Fred Penner
review by Deb Draper
The fantastic evening of entertainment in honour of Music Therapy, produced songs and musical memories, which was led by 2 time JUNO Award winner and Gemini Award Nominee, childhood educator, critically acclaimed family entertainer, singer/songwriter, composer, actor, writer, author, TV host and keynote speaker Fred Penner. A very moving and emotional night of Memories, Fred always said, “Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child,” That is exactly what Fred did for me then and now. Growing up in a troubled home environment, the show Fred Penner’s Place was a grace and saviour in my life and was so thrilled to meet Fred and have a photo taken with my IDOL. The choice of fantastic talent on stage, moved the full house audience of Fred Heads, those very children Fred first entertained, now adults, were singing loud and proud especially to the hit and signature song The Cat Came Back. The lineup was filled with A listers, Justin Rutledge, Spencer Burton, Tomi Swick, Matthew Barber, Peter Katz, Emma-Lee, The Bellwoods, Sam Cash and Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger and The Wire Megazine’s 2015 BIG TIME Awarded, 2 time Juno Nominee, Royal Wood from Peterborough. Royal has been very successful throughout his career that has produced two EPs, five albums and one companion album. His second album A Good Enough Day received an international release and his current album Ghost Light is going strong! I was so thrilled with the performance of BROTHER, one of my favorite songs that was co-written and performed with Peter Katz, setting this night over the top for me. It was a moving evening, with performances bringing some to tears but, everyone in that hall sported a smile throughout the 2 set show, running just short of 3 hours. Undeniably one of the best shows I have attended, first class treatment from the Church and Drink Inc. staff. The music provided had the ability to make one feel good about themselves, remembering good times with the depth and power those songs resonating in your heart. Without a doubt, the 19-90 year old crowd was wishing the night would rock on and on. Congratulations and job well done, another Musical Historical moment in time sponsored by Slaight Family Foundation, Frontier Sound & Lighting, Beck Taxi, Mill St Brewing, Muskoka Brewery, Steam Whistle Brewing and Brickworks Ciderhouse.