The NMC should enhance the musical landscape in Calgary by becoming a focal point for activity, and create a bridge to the music industry across the country. It will be a hub for community events and activities in Calgary's East Village, a key part of that area's redevelopment. It will spur cultural tourism and likely be a catalyst for employment in commercial music and related sectors.
At one point, Elton said "I was going to play a new song but it's a waste of time because you don't want to hear a new song." He was right. But he can also hardly be bummed about that when he gets to end the show with an arena full of loving fans joining him en masse to sing the la-la-la-las of his 42-year-old classic "Crocodile Rock."
Jully Black, fondly known as Canada's "Queen of R&B," is a magnetic artist whose abundant energy is seemingly superhuman. In my interview with Black, I asked her what her key to success is. Her answer is not only reflective of a deeply spiritual woman who is striving to live her life's purpose, it is a lesson for us all:
After we had photos taken together, I looked at Elton John and David Furnish and said "can you guys do me a favour?" I took my Sharpie pen off the side table and said "can you sign my back?" They both did and, while Elton was signing, he said "well that's a first." The proto-type of the book I am producing on the 25 year history of Fashion Cares was on display for pre-order sales at the dinner with Elton John. All of the proceeds will go to the AIDS Committee of Toronto and the Elton John Aids Foundation.