Benefit Show for MusiCounts Was Spectacular!

By: Linda Heldman

Have you ever planned to attend an event, knowing it would be good, and it exceeded all your expectations? That’s what happened at A GTA Music City, Funk, Rock & Pop Spectacular on Thursday night, January 28th, at The Phoenix Concert Theatre. The show was a benefit for MusiCounts and sponsored by TD.

MusiCounts is an organization affiliated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Artists and Sciences (CARAS),  that helps promote music programs, scholarships and awards and to keep music alive for youth in their communities.

There was great food to be purchased from Grand Electric, a silent auction with many great donations plus, the RUDSAK MUSICOUNTS BRACELET for sale. I had to get one!

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Like any good reporter, I did my research prior to seeing the show. A few names like Lee Aaron and Joey Landreth popped out at me. I have to admit, many of the other names I hadn’t heard before. Though, when I did a search for God Made Me Funky, I did recognize the face of Leah Daniels, that I know through the Canadian Country music scene. Who knew this beautiful and talented country songstress could Rock, Pop & Funk with the best of them? Impressive!

The Night was hosted by Talia Schlanger from CBC Radio 2, and Steve Anthony from CP24 Breakfast. First up was the wonderful rhythmic sounds of the Toronto Hitmen Drumline getting the crowd warmed up.

Then, God Made Me Funky got the room jumping with covers of the best in Funk, Rock & Pop. Seriously, you’d have to be dead not to want to move to their beat! It was infectious! During their set, JUNO Award winner, Simone Denny joined them on stage for a few numbers. What a soulful voice! I’m sure she hit the rafters and beyond! Lee Aaron also came out and sang her biggest hit, “Whatcha Do To My Body”. She can still rock like it was 1989!

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Next up, The Elwins! They were a crowd favourite! Great sound and energy and guitarist/keyboardist Feurd, has the best handlebar moustache I have seen in years. I need to get to know this band’s music better! I suggest you do too!

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The final band of the evening was Bucket List, who rounded out the evening with more great cover tunes and special guests to join them. Both Lee Aaron and Simone Denny returned to the stage for a few more numbers. JUNO Award winner, Joey Landreth, graced the stage with vocals and stellar guitar playing for several songs. Talia Schlanger sang a song or two. Even MusiCounts own Vanessa Thomas belted out the Pat Benatar classic, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”. The highlight of this set was when Toronto Mayor, John Tory, came up on stage to sing and stomp, complete with board, to the classic Stompin’ Tom Connors tune, “The Hockey Song”. That definitely got the crowd cheering!

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In all, the night was a success for all involved. I can’t wait till they do this all again.

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