North York charity concert coming
John Filion Ward 23 Councillor
Each year, my friend Terry Eagan of Patio Records in Massachusetts boards a plane from Boston, rents a performance hall, hires some of his favourite musicians and writes a cheque to cover all the costs. Ticket sales from his concerts go toward building healing gardens for cancer patients in local hospitals, a project he started in memory of his late wife, Mary.
On Oct. 14, Terry brings this year’s Healing Garden Music Fest to North York’s Lyric Theatre, a newly renovated 500-seat gem in the Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge St.). Headliners are Tom Paxton (with the Don Juans) and country band the Good Brothers. Paxton, known for such songs as “The Last Thing on my Mind,” has been covered by performers such as Peter, Paul and Mary, the Kingston Trio, Judy Collins and Joan Baez. The Juno Award–winning Good Brothers are from Richmond Hill, which is fitting because funds raised this year will go toward a project at the Mackenzie Health Centre there.
The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 ($50 at the door) and can be purchased at the theatre box office, www.tocentre.com.
With every cent from ticket sales going toward the MacKenzie Health Foundation, it would be easier for Terry to just write a cheque. But then you wouldn’t have the chance to hear some great music in a beautiful theatre while supporting a very worthy cause.
This model of using a charitable donation to put on a great event in the community does “good” in many ways. It’s also an opportunity to encourage others to bring such concerts to our neighbourhood.
The newly renovated Lyric Theatre located near Yonge and Sheppard