Celebrating A Roy Orbison Birthday

Roy Orbison (1936-1988) would have turned 77 on April 23. Hard to believe. This historic photo shows John Lennon feeding Roy some birthday cake.  Also in the photo is Roy’s first wife Claudette (patterned dress) and their son Wesley standing below. Roy told me how much he loved his first tour of England, so the…

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April Wine At The “Red”

Two years ago New Year’s Eve April Wine first appeared at the Red Robinson Show Theatre. The guys have not lost any of their style. A most pleasant group  and so down-to-earth. Well, what can you expect from true talent from the Maritimes? I have always enjoyed their music and in particular Just Between You…

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Bublé Hosts, Buzz Signs Off

Michael Bublé hosting the Junos? He must be getting a kick out of doing it. Who would have thought years ago that this young saloon singer and performer in the Arts Club Theatre production of Red Rock Diner would someday be admired from coast to coast and around the globe. He never gave up reaching…

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We Lose Three More: Reveen, Annette, The Iron Lady

My friend Peter Reveen (above, with me at the opening of the Red Robinson Show Theatre) has died at age 77. Peter died at his home in Las Vegas of complications from diabetes and dementia. He immigrated to Canada from Australia in 1961. Reveen, the illusionist and hypnotist who toured extensively in Canada, developed a…

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CIVL Radio Interview On Tuesday

One of the highlights of my life happened last year when the University Of The Fraser Valley awarded me an honorary degree. I’ll be visiting UFV radio station CIVL‘s Aaron Levy for a live chat Tuesday, April 9 at 7 pm and you’re invited!  We’re at the Clarke Theatre in the Heritage Park Centre: 3370…

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RIP Phil Ramone, Gordon Stoker, Roger Ebert

In the past week we have lost some prominent friends: Phil Ramone, who-co-produced Ringo Starr’s Time Takes Time and two Julian Lennon albums, among many others died April 6. The 14-time Grammy award winner was a prolific and legendary producer, engineer and composer who made significant contributions to the recording industry. The line-up of artists…

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