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We understand that before you let loose on a tour led by one of our Docents Gone Wild, you might have a few questions. So, we decided to get up-close with some of the wildlings you can expect to see performing (no literally, performing) tours every Saturday until September.
First on the docent docket is good-time gal and multiple divorcee, Evelyn Reese.
Gladstone Hotel (GH): What does being a docent mean to you?
Evelyn Reese (ER): I listened to the answering machine message after a couple of drinks and at first I thought “docent” had something to do with being docile (which let me tell you, I am the opposite of). But then I remembered a docent was an older, proper rich lady who shows arsty fartsies around museums full of old paintings. I’m not that either, though the rich part I could handle. Imagine my relief when I saw “Gone Wild” was tacked onto “Docents”. “Okay, this is my kind of gig,” I thought.
GH: What’s the wildest tour you’ve ever been on/been led on?
ER: There was once a female impersonator or whatever you call it named Jane (who was really a poofter actor around town.) He – or she – took strangers on a tour of the Eaton Centre, back when there was still an Eaton’s. The funniest part was when he went into a shoe store and asked the salesgirl for heels in a size 16. Some of the tourists looked disgusted, if you can believe it. Real poor sports. Of course, not everyone is as worldly as yours truly. If you don’t like seeing men dressed up in ladies clothes on the street, move far away from Toronto, where men dressed up in ladies clothes have to stay in their basements, poor S.O.B.s.
GH: What makes you blush?
ER: Absolutely nothing makes me blush.
GH: What would make you turn the car around and drive back home?
ER: If I was in the car with a boyfriend on the way to his parent’s place for the weekend and he told me his mother was going to make us sleep in separate bedrooms. “That’s it; I’m not going if I’m going to be treated like a teenager with no life experience,” is what I’d say to him.
GH: Paint by Numbers or Abstract Impression-surrealist Modernism?
ER: Paint by numbers or a copy of one of those French seaside paintings made with dots.Book now to see Evelyn’s Docents Gone Wild performance THIS SATURDAY June 02 at 1pm.
Monday night the Melody Bar patrons were treated to a night of ambient folk-noir informed by the Icy Tundra, Southern Prairies, and the Mixedwood Plains. Soaring voices, plucked strings, smooth winds. The Billie Hollies headlined the night with special guests Demetra Penner and Jenny Berkel.
Opening the evening was Jenny Berkel. Born in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, surrounded by disappearing forests and spreading cities, Jenny Berkel has always had a deep awareness of changing landscapes and the tenuous thread by which we live and love. Jenny’s music has an unforgettable quality, finding root in the very landscape in which we love and wonder.
Demetra Penner with her silken voice reveals a wild soul of the world. Her songs speak to broad landscapes, icy tundra, and the solitude of the wild. They are manifested in bone-chilling melodies, haunting arrangements and the warm blanket of lush reverb.
The Billie Hollies blend their combined experience from the worlds of opera, choral, jazz, rock, and folk music to create a unique and eclectic sound. They were featured on CBC2′s Deep Roots where Tom Power described their “immaculate” sound as “classic femininity” and “eerie beauty”.
Sometimes you get to eat a sandwich that makes you wish it could be lunch all day long. And, if you were to eat the BBQ Chicken Sandwich special, today would be one of those days.
No dry old chicken lunchmeat here. This is serious flavour with thick slices of BBQ chicken snuggled up with tomato, avocado, pickled artichoke, goat Gouda, mustard and mayo on multi-grain bread.
It’s just the way chicken was meant to be sandwiched.