The Upcoming Sherri Woodstock Concert

It’s a reality.  After several months of planning, Sherri Woodstock is all set to go.
On October 5th, several Canadian acts will take to the stage at Toronto’s Opera House in tribute to Sherri Wood, the Toronto Sun club reporter and concert critic who died of brain cancer at the age of 28.  (I previously wrote about her death here and about the show here.)  The idea for a public, artistic eulogy for Wood, who enthusiastically championed local talent during her short but respected stint at The Sun, arose the day of her funeral when her colleague and close friend, Bill Brioux (then-TV Critic of the longtime tabloid, now freelancing with The Canadian Press), openly suggested it to Wood’s family, friends and co-workers.  Later that day, he wrote about the possibility on his blog here.    
On April 8th, Brioux started a Sherri Woodstock Facebook Group which currently has 255 members.  It has provided a place for people to suggest ideas, offer support and post tributes.  Throughout the spring and summer, occasional updates on the planning of the concert were posted on the group’s homepage.  On August 5th, Sherri’s mom, Debbie, announced to members the immediate availability of tickets for the one-day event.  They’re still available for purchase through Ticket Pro.  (Click here for more information.)  Soon thereafter, Brioux and The Toronto Sun Family Blog plugged the gig as have others.
The 19+ show will feature all locally-based Canadian acts.  First up will be The Overtones.  The Brampton, Ontario trio will play a half-hour set beginning at 5:15 p.m., 45 minutes after the doors to The Opera House will be open to ticketholders.
Next to take the stage will be Franky Moonlight.  Expect a half-hour set to begin at 6.
Third on the bill is Toronto’s Dani Strong who advanced as far as the regional finals during her ultimately unsuccessful audition in 2006 for Nashville Star, the country music version of American Idol.  The independent pianist, who performs a mix of Christian and acoustic pop, leads her all-male backing group (drummer Grant Taylor, bassist Dave Sumerfeldt, and guitarists Mike Bowell & Adam Coe) in a 45-minute set that begins at quarter to 7.
Classic Albums Live is next.  Best known for taking famous rock albums and covering them from start to finish (“note for note, cut for cut”) during their gigs, they’re planning on honouring Led Zeppelin.  According to their official website, this Toronto-based outfit, with a rotating roster of about 45 musicians, have previously covered Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IIUntitled, Houses Of The Holy and Physical Grafitti this yearHowever, Bill Brioux has noted in his latest report of the concert that the band will be doing “a best of set of Led Zeppelin standards”.  Which classic Page/Plant epics are they planning to showcase?  Find out October 5th when their hour-long homage commences at 7:50 p.m.
Fifth on the bill is Five Blank Pages.  Established five years ago in Brampton, Ontario, this four-piece will play for 45 minutes once 9:15 rolls around.  They’ll most likely play cuts from their critically acclaimed album from last year, Last Blush.
Finally, there’s The Little Millionaires, a punk band from Toronto.  One of its members, Aaron Sawyer, a close friend of Sherri’s, helped organize the concert.  They commence their 45-minute set at 10:15.
Brioux further notes that a video tribute to Sherri will be shown at some point during the concert.  He’s also launched a Sherri Woodstock Blog which you can check out here.  As we get closer to the actual date, more information about the bands and the gig itself will be posted on that site.
Once again, tickets are still available for Sherri Woodstock here but, according to Brioux, many have already been sold so don’t wait a second longer to buy them.  Here’s hoping the concert is a great success.
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Friday, September 19, 2008
8:44 p.m.
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