And all for a good cause too: the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
Yep, this was number three for this event, organized by singer/songwriter Arlene Paculan to showcase female talent and raise money for the Foundation. This time, WW was held on the main floor of The Central (which I got to know a bit when my pal Margot Devlin’s husband Shaun, also a singer/songwriter, performed there on a couple of occasions). The Central has amazing sweet potato fries. Sunday night’s program was a big fun, eclectic mix of music: Mina Hardy (on guitar, performing original rock tunes), Kat and the Mp3 (performing tunes from her show A Depper Kind of Love, as well as some covers: Hanky Panky, You Needed Me and Crying), Arlene Paculan (on keys, with pal Mickey on drum box, doing original R&B) and Nicole Coward (guitar, folk).
Friends, family and Foundation folks were in attendance, including Kat’s mum and two aunts, and Arlene’s mum. And there were lots of laughs amid the great music. In fact, the presence of her mum added to the comedy of Kat’s set, with Kat apologizing for the coarse language in her lyrics and even inviting mum to spank her at the end of Hanky Panky. And, since comedy is a huge part of Kat’s music (especially the Depper Love stuff), the best thing about watching Kat perform songs like Jockstrap – besides the fact that it’s a friggin’ amazing song – is watching folks in the audience who are hearing it for the first time, which makes the song even more hilarious. Even Crying got a humourous turn coming out of Kat’s mouth (see photo – courtesy of our pal Lizzie Violet).
Check out the program and reservation details at: http://loveandobsessionfest.com/
And here’s Arlene Paculan, singing I’m Worth It (a personal fave of mine):