May 15, 2014 5:01 pm

Hansel & Gretel


May 15, 2014. Yesterday we stopped by Southminster United Church to see a bit of the production of Hansel & Gretel which is a wonderful collaberation between the U of L Conservatory, The Symphony and the U of L Opera Workshop. It’s a chance for young school kids to get a taste of symphony music and opera. By all reports, the kids really embraced the opportunity. Unfortunately because I’m rather immature I still giggle when I hear the name Englebert Humperdinck. He is the composer who wrote the music for Hansel & Gretel not the guy who sang After The Lovin. And when I think of Hansel & Gretel I keep thinking of the Bugs Bunny cartoon. Nevertheless congratulations to Blaine Hendsbee, Glenn Klassen and Peggy Mezei who keep these events happening.

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I met Victora Duffield last night. She opened for the Backstreet Boys. At first glance I thought I was talking to a young Brittney Spears. Victoria just graduated from high school and is a very self-motivated and confident young gal. Plus she’s involved with the Free The Children Foundation. I think you’re going to hear a lot about her in years to come. And in a Craig Kielburger kind of way, not a Justin Beiber has gone bad kind of way. I showed her some of my dance moves and she immediately asked me to join her tour. I told her thanks but I was too busy. (And if you believe that I’ve got some great stock options I’d like to sell you.)

We’re running the interview I did last week on renowned children’s author Kathy Stinson. She was at General Stewart School last week encouraging kids to read and we did the interview in the classroom with the kids. It was fun. They get pretty enthusiastic when a camera is in front of them.

Nice to see Canada beat Denmark 6-1 at the World Hockey Championships today. Is it wrong that I had so say “whew” after I saw the score? I didn’t want another France happening. I love the fact that these guys commit to the World Championship. They don’t get much press especially when you’ve got a game 7 between Boston & Montreal but they’re great representatives of Canada and I’d love to see them bring back some gold.

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