Light Of Day Hamilton was a total success!
I am beyond proud to say that we raised over $23,000 towards the fight against Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses at Hamilton Place on Saturday night. My co-coordinator and friend Andrea Rehill deserves a mountain of gratitude for doing a ton of ACTUAL work to ensure this thing went smoothly. Thank you Andrea! You rule. Thank you to the musicians: New Jersey’s Anthony D’Amato came up to show us how singer-songwritin’ is done, the Dinner Belles brought their kitchen party to the stage with joy and humour, my bandmates Jeff Heisholt, Gavin Maguire, and Jeremy Little rocked excellently as usual, and Sam Roberts Band performed incredibly as they only ever do. Sam’s team: Jack Ross, Dave Spencer, and Denton Fraser truly made this happen and did it with generous spirit and heart. Their performance was FULLY DONATED, and 50% of their merchandise sales went to Light Of Day.
Sam is a magical and inspiring guy who does not know the meaning of phoning-it-in. During my set I told a story where he and I were “studying” at his downtown apartment (I still lived at home in the burbs) for an exam back at McGill where, due to his nintendo, we didn’t get any work done. Bleary-eyed and looking for solace in solidarity, I crashed on the futon saying, “we’re both getting zero, right?” I hit the beer-stained hay and drifted off to sleep knowing that at least Sam and I would fail together. I woke up a little later to see him studying his ass off in the armchair. When Sam took the stage on Saturday, he clarified saying that he never agreed to the pact and added, “who would agree to a zero?”
I see now that zero is something Sam doesn’t accept from himself or anyone else.
My takeaway from Saturday night: never agree to a zero.
Thank you, Sam. You are the best.
Please spread the word, we are just around the corner.