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Penn Kemp, David Hickey, Karen Schindler, Kathryn Mockler, Cornelia Hoogland & Garth Hudson

- April 27th, 2012

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Penn Kemp rawks the mic at the “PL & friends” event at the Central LPL on Thursday . . . taken with JBNBLog BlackBerry early in the night which ran almost two hours.

JBNBlog wishes to thank all those — starting with the star of the evening Penn Kemp and the London Arts Council — for the evening billed as PL & friends on Thursday at the Central LPL.

Penn v. graciously turned much of the evening dedicated to her accomplishments as London’s inaugural poet laureate (PL) over to a celebration of the life & work of my late mother, ace poet (& many other things) Colleen Thibaudeau Reaney.

Penn read new poems about mom which were v. moving . . . two other poets/Pennfriends Cornelia Hoogland & Karen Schindler read from mom’s Ten Letters in addition to their own prime stuff . . . David Hickey read poems about falling off his bicycle & sweet home Charlottetown & Kathryn Mockler read poems about acid in the park & a party at a friend’s whose husband is an actual white snake. All amazing . . . five aces right there. Your words & souls inspire.

This event was made possible in partnership by the City of London, London Arts Council, London Public Library and The League of Canadian Poets.

JBNBlog free associated pretty freely in my spot leading into Penn’s tribute to mom. Whitesnake is a memorably terrible band (Kathryn, who met former babysitter of hers Sheila Curnoe who was there in the crowd of 60 or so, said the white snake was not about the band . . .  if so, v. much in the snakehusband called Paul’s favour IMO) . . . & Cornelia has an ace book published by Black Moss, Marty Gervais of Windsor’s imprint  . . . & so that just naturally led me to ask if anyone knew who was the third cousin of Marty’s wife, Donna.

Who is Brooks Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles . . . which gave me the excuse to hold up my Orioles cap once worn by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Garth Hudson c. 2002 . . . & finally make explicit an idea JBNBlog has hinted & hinted at . . . London should honour Garth Hudson on his birthday, Aug. 2, when he will turn 75. Repeat for emphasis: London should honour Garth Hudson on his birthday, Aug. 2, when he will turn 75.

These hints have been around long enough it was probably 65 when first suggested . . . anyway, there was applause even from the Blue Jay fans in the house who were justifiably annoyed at my Orioles vs. Jays gloating.

Typical of Penn, she followed up later that night. (Remember, the night was really about Penn & her setting “the Lombardo high” for us all in the poetryLondonverse, which is to say everywhere).

Here is Penn’s tweet & as you can see she already has prime ideas & leads:

“@JamesatLFPress Yes to celebrating Garth Hudson! Thru Alec Clark/ Medway Collegiate? My cd producer John Magyar produced Garth’s cd! Let’s!”

So. That is a start. Where do we go from here? Who is in?

Garth Hudson grew up in old London Township & Broughdale. You can still find his family’s old house on Epworth. He was in the Hawks & the Band.

He is our strongest connection to rock & roll history . . . let’s make this happen.

 

 

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8 comments

  1. Penn Kemp says:

    Let’s DO IT for Garth!

    Thanks again for your very moving Raising the Guy Lom Bardo, James! A great evening!

    Penn

  2. Keith Donovan says:

    I’m too young to remember The Hawks playing at the Brass Rail, although I do remember my parents taking me there for dinner. Funny no one mentioned The Band Reunion concert held at Alumni Hall. ( Sans Robbie ) It was around 1984 / 1985 and was a great show. Then they played at Festival Theatre right before Richards death. The Stratford
    show was one of the best shows I’ve ever heard and the setting was incredible.

    Cheers !

  3. Patricia Black says:

    Yes – wonderful evening! Great blog, James. Yes for Garth!

  4. Leith Peterson says:

    Glad I was able to attend. Interesting mix of poetry. Penn’s tribute to Colleen really brought back a lot of happy memories.

    Yes, London should honour Garth Hudson on his 75th birthday, August 2. To paraphrase you, James, let’s not wait for 10 other places to do it–Garth only grew up here.

  5. John Magyar says:

    For the record, I have never produced any of Garth’s recordings. He’s WAY out of my league. I have engineered recordings that he produced, and I have had the pleasure of working with both Garth and Maud on a number of occasions.

  6. Mrs. Hudson says:

    she likes the idea. Mr. Hudson said, “Send a car!”

  7. james.reaney says:

    The friends of Garth & Maud Hudson, a loose-knit but idealistic crew based in London, are tremendously encouraged by the notion.

    We are looking into a car — better than a card, of course — to send & will be working on the project full-time.

    Let’s see what happens.

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