CANADIAN MUSICAL THEATRE ICON DONATES GRAND PIANO TO PERFORMING ARTS LODGE

The super talented Canadian musical theatre star LOUISE PITRE [ www.louisepitre.com ] joined the equally talented residents of Toronto’s answer to filmdom’s “Quartet” residence – the Performing Arts Lodge Toronto [ www.PALToronto.org ] last night, donating her beautiful 7ft shiny black Schiedmayer grand piano to the PAL Crest Theatre Green Room.

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Thanks to PAL Board member DAN LYON and Canada’s main “piano man” ROBERT LOWREY (below, L & R respectively), Ms. Pitre’s generous donation will now benefit all the PAL residents who use the Green Room for shows, recitals, social events and fundraisers. The piano, now named “Louise”, stands proudly on stage and will no doubt accompany many of the residents who contributed to Canada’s golden age of television, radio, film, theatre and music.

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Board member KEN GASS welcomed VIPs, guests and performers (below). 20131030_184536

 

 

 

 

We were thrilled to welcome Councilor PAM McCONNELL in whose constituency PAL resides, as well as KATIE UHLMANN, host of the hit WebTV series “Katie Chats”. [ www.katiechats.com ] Katie spoke with many of the guest performers after the show, including 90yr old comic actor and MC KENNY WICKES (below L in his new blue angora sweater).

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Councilor McConnell joined Robert Lowrey for the post-performance celebrations (below)

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Special thanks to PAL residents who took the stage to entertain and salute both Louises (the artist and the piano!) include Robert Godin, Patty Gail & Barb Sadegur, June Mitchell, Eileen Boyd (below) and Bob Ashley played an exquisite version of a Minkus Pas de Deux.

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Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped create this joyous occasion.

20131030_203607 20131030_203618 20131030_204755An old friend and acting colleague of mine, Brian Kaulback  (below) joined in the fun and it was so cool to catch up on showbiz gossip with him and his fellow PAL residents.20131030_200503Here are some more great photos from the evening…and I recommend you follow PAL Toronto on Facebook and watch out for news of their annual celebrity fundraiser “SCRABBLE WITH THE STARS” taking place next spring.

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