Monday, October 29, 1990
Saw some great blues performers at the “Women’s Blues Revue” sponsored by the Toronto Blues Society. Arranged to meet Marilyn Churley and her husband Doug MacDonald. I hadn’t seen Marilyn since the days in St. Henri when her daughter Astra was just born. Now Astra was a teenager – and a very high-profile teenager as the subject of a documentary film called “Talk 16”. Marilyn was a newly elected NDP member of the legislature, soon to be Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. The concert didn’t exactly get of to a raging start (and it should have considering it was such a late start – something about coordinating it so that Salome Bey could be filmed by CITY-TV). I never did see those TV cameras, though. It was Salome that really got it going. I should say the highlight of the evening was a young singer called Amanda Marshall who was terrific (I just heard she is no being managed by the Jeff Healey organization). Ellen McIllwaine, who never fails to knock out a crowd despite the worse case of techno-karma that I have ever run into in the Canadian music scene. I have never seen her do a gig where something didn’t blow up, break or go out of tune. Still, her pioneering efforts with sound processing devices should assure her a place in some future hall of fame. And this time everything went fine.
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