Although we REALTORS® are known to work 24/7 during the spring market, every once in a while, I just have to get out and have some fun. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know I was, and am, a big fan of Collingwood’s Canadian Idol contestant, Drew Wright. Since the show, Drew has continually given back to the community with performances, fundraisers and by lending his name and face to countless worthwhile projects in the area.
This past week-end, Drew organized an Idols Revisited show as a fundraiser for The Door, a youth drop-in centre that is close to having to close the door. Very literally, close The Door. He invited six of his friends from the Canadian Idol show to Collingwood and each one readily agreed and, performed at NO CHARGE! Isn’t that wonderful of them?
About 500 people attended the show last Saturday evening to listen to almost 3 hours of fantastic singing. The pipes on these fellows have matured in just the 18 months since the show ended and I guess that has something to do with the performance experience they’ve had since. Omar Lunan did one song A Cappella that raised goose bumps on my arms. The Pigott brothers, Sebastian and Oliver, brought their twitching and bewitching talents to the stage with soulful energy that riveted the audience’s attention. Adam Castelli rocked the house with his rockabilly tunes while Paul Clifford sang quietly and almost reverently. Then came Earl. Yup, that snowboarding, gangly big oaf from Alberta named Earl Stevenson. He was clearly a crowd favourite and certainly to this gal – I call myself Earl’s Girl. My husband reminds me that perhaps I should say I’m his Mama since he’s exactly half my age. Spoil sport.
Then came Drew who brought the house down with his stunning guitar playing and remarkable vocal ability. That lad can sing! Thank-you Drew for bringing this great show to us and for helping another local organization through some tough times. A special shout out to John Gabrielle who makes things like this work with his superb organizational skills. He also happens to be about the most charming fellow this side of Athens.
P.S. To my friends who bet I’d never get to meet Earl? Ha! A bunch of us went over to Cranberry after the show and listened to two more hours of the fellows. We met, we talked and, I win!
Marg Scheben-Edey is a Broker with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited, Brokerage in beautiful Collingwood, ON. With three decades of experience, Marg is a leader in the local real estate marketplace and is ready to help guide both Buyers and Sellers in achieving their real estate goals. Email Marg