Each year, Terry Eagan of Patio Records in Massachusetts boards a plane from Boston, rents a performance hall in Toronto, hires some of his favourite musicians, and writes a cheque to cover all the costs. Ticket sales from his concerts go towards building healing gardens for cancer patients in local hospitals, a project he started in memory of his late wife, Mary.
On Saturday, October 14, Terry brings this year’s Healing Garden Music Fest to North York’s Lyric theatre, a newly renovated 500-seat gem in the Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge St). Headliners are Tom Paxton (with the Don Juans) and country band The Good Brothers.
Paxton, known for such songs as “The Last Thing on my Mind”, has been covered by a who’s who of ’60s folk singers, performers like Peter, Paul and Mary, the Kingston Trio, Judy Collins and Joan Baez. The multiple Juno-award winning Good Brothers are from Richmond Hill, which is fitting because funds raised this year will go towards a project at the Mackenzie Health Centre there.
The show starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $45 ($50 at the door) and can be purchased at the theatre box office, 416-250-3708, or www.tocentre.com.
With every cent from ticket sales going toward the MacKenzie Health Foundation, it would be easier for Terry to just write a cheque. But then you wouldn’t have the chance to hear some great music in a beautiful theatre while supporting a very worthy cause. It’s also an opportunity to encourage others to bring such concerts to our neighbourhood. Although the TCA hosts many great shows each year, there will be more of them if we can demonstrate that shows there can attract a large local audience.