This was a fundraising event for the Canadian Women’s Foundation (http://www.cdnwomen.org/), organized by singer/songwriter Arlene Paculan (who, like Kat, performed in Cabbagetown Theatre’s No Sweetheart Required this past February). The line-up also included Madette and Meghan Morrison. Plus some very tasty catering by Eudora’s Fine Foods – yummy potato chops and chicken skewers.
Kat opened the evening’s entertainment with a selection of her own MP3-backed tunes, including three from her upcoming Fringe show A Depper Kind of Love (Jockstrap being my fave) – and she totally rocked! Here’s a clip of her song I’m My Own Asshole (WARNING: coarse language – obviously):
Madette performed covers of her fave artists with acoustic guitar, including Sade’s Smooth Operator. Arlene came up third, accompanying herself on keys with a guitarist and drummer – an excellent set of mostly original tunes. Meghan Morrison came up to finish the evening, with a full band that included a violinist/back-up singer; very cool original tunes, reminiscent of Alannis Morrisette and early Sarah McLachlan.
Cabbagetown Theatre pals Blake Thorne, Kim Sprenger and Lynn Zeelenberg were in the audience, joined by Linzee Barclay, who also appeared in No Sweetheart Required, as well as New Ideas week three play Two Weeks in Normandy – which was my fave of the fest – and I finally introduced myself, after my drive-by “Nice work!” at the week three opening night reception. Apparently, some folks stayed away from Wonder Women ‘cuz they thought the place would be too estrogen-packed. Yes, I’m talking about you, Liam Doherty. Seriously, though, it was a good mix of folks, with a good number of dudes, in the audience.
A great event all around – always good to see artists I’ve never seen before, as well as support those I know. Photo courtesy of Kat (I’m guessing hubby Rod took this); left to right: Meghan Morrison, Arlene Paculan, Kat Leonard, Madette and Kelly Lefaive (Meghan’s violinist/back-up vocalist).
Watch out for Kat’s show A Depper Kind of Love, coming this July to a Fringe venue near you! www.depperlove.com