Another great night at the Jam!
I would like to mention the importance of community, that feeling of belonging to some kind of evolving open cohabitation in the ‘hood, up the street, around the corner or in the lanes. People come to the Jam from all over town, that’s Verdun these days – a community rediscovering itself through change while reviving its traditions in new forms, new faces, new friends, and art.
And the music is really good.
The Girardin Family are excellent musicians and entertainers. They know how to get the crowd alive, mix up their repertoire very well, and get people participating. The energy is perfect!
I would like you to meet Stephen Luker. This is him playing bass.
Stephen is a third generation Verdun musician. His grandparents used to give impromptu country and western concerts on their balcony in the summertime back in the day when the “Avenues” were the most happening place in our universe. I also remember how weird and wonderful that was to us 10 year old newly ordained Beatles fans.
Stephen’s uncle George Luker and his wife, Roseanne, lived besides my parents on Gordon for a long time. And there was many backyard BBQ concerts over the years.
So I was really knocked out to meet this guy which rekindled a lot of old timey Verdun feelings. And I got the thought that it’s not just music and fun here at the Jam but also our cultural heritage that is being reborn in an ongoing celebration of who we are, where we’ve been, and what we can do together in the future. Verdun on the rise. The music pulls it together.
And then this guy with a mandolin shows up. Bob Cussen is a virtuoso mandolin player and he totally knocked out the crowd with his playing Friday night.
Wally Dae joins in for a traditional ballad.
Suzanne Ungar and Bob Cussen play in a band called Swift Years. You can contact them about bookings, etc, on their website, Swift Years.
It’s a booze free environment so it’s pretty cool to bring the kids along because we have plenty of stuff to keep them busy.
Some came by bike which added some nice ambiance to the street outside the Cafe Kali.
Rocky Mt Lo demonstrating Ribbon Weave Art downstairs. You can check out Rocky’s website at Ribbon Weave Art.
It was getting crowded upstairs so some started another Jam!!
Taking it to the street!
More music inside.
Local fire dancing artist, Nadia Gagnon, getting in the groove. Nadia, with her partner, Patrick Mireault, also runs Maltehops, the alternative beer store on Wellington. Check them out!
And closing it out with Wally Dae.
And to end the evening some very kind words from Mary Ann Davis, commissioner of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, which includes three anglophone schools in Verdun. Mary Ann was announcing that some members of Empreintes d’artistes, Valerie Lamirande, Rocky Mt Lo, and Monelle Blouin had donated some of their art in order to help feed some needy Verdun families during Christmas. And there will be some fundraising projects in the new year with those Verdun schools. Val and Rocky also gave $150.00 for this very worthy cause so it truly was a great night all around.
Every Friday from 6-9 at Cafe Kali, 5200 Verdun avenue.
All are welcome.
Produced by Empreintes d’artistes.
And I am going to leave you with this montage of the night to the sound of Bob Cussen’s mandolin.