North York char­ity con­cert com­ing

John Fil­ion Ward 23 Coun­cil­lor

Bayview Post - - News -

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

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