Willowdale Rocks

Willowdale Rocks

Hey Toronto, you may not know this but Willowdale is out there rocking without you.  Lee Lifeson Park just hosted the first of a series of concerts in the park every Thursday starting at 7pm.  It happens at 223 Gladys Allison Place, North York M2N4T5

This series has a host named David Barrett who is one of the finest guitar players in Toronto. He opened the show with “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. And then did a couple of more before he handed the stage over to the main act.

Up first in this series was a band called Left Turn with Jules on Vocals, Mike on Guitar, Tex on Bass and Tim on Drums. They opened with Signed sealed and delivered by Stevie Wonder.  They also did Valerie by Amy Winehouse. In fact this band simply played songs that we all knew and loved. They chose to do this because this was a new crowd and they wanted to please the packed crowd.

Normally, Mike Sedgewick and his crew play a jam session at the Black Swan every Friday night and they can get into some pretty obscure blues tunes. Tonight was all about waking up Willowdale . They chose well, because this park brought out a lot of families and dogs and music lovers from the neighbourhood. There were even artisans selling their wares. It was a good night for the community.

What made Left Turn entertaining was that everyone in the band had a turn to sing a song and at one point we even got audience participation with the 4 Non Blondes song- “What’s Up.

Here are some images of Left Turn:

I have put together a list of the other acts that will be playing this summer, so come on out. There is street parking and the North York Centre subway line is only a few minutes from this park name after the two members of Rush who grew up not too far away from there.

 JUNE 13 LINEUP: WAYLING JAMES

JUNE 20 LINEUP: THE SEAN STANLEY TRIO

JUNE 27 LINEUP: THE RYAN GAZZOLA BAND

JULY 4 LINEUP: THE EMMETT HODGINS COAST GROUP

JULY 11 LINEUP: ANGELA PINCENTE OCTET

JULY 18 LINEUP: KARL SILVEIRA QUINTET

JULY 25 LINEUP: ORI DAGAN QUINTET

You can find out more about these artists at Willowdale Concert Series 2024 — WCRA (willowdalecentral.org)

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