I am just leaving Toronto, after a magical 2 days. In reflecting on what happened here, I felt that I had some pieces of unfinished business.
First, Borealis Records and their staff. What wonderful people we have here. Linda and Lydia were absolutely wonderful and have an amazing grasp of the business. The simple fact is that this would not have come off anywhere near as well without them. Borealis embraced this and, quite simply, made it happen.
CIUT jumped in with both feet and were a joy to work with. They simply walked in, set up, overcame technical problems and made it work.
Grit Laskin. What a wonderful person. His enthusiasm was palpable, and he was on fire. The world knows Grit as a consumate performer, and among the finest Guitar Luthiers in the world. In addition to that you can add the Title "As Good A Friend as anyone could have". He embraced this event in the name of his friends Rick and Heather. His heart shone through and it was a joy to see.
Bill Garrett. I was privileged to finally meet this wonderful performer. I have been bouncing around the edges of this folk singing business for years, and to finally meet some of the folks that I have admired always comes with a bit of surprise. I never cease to be amazed by what I find. So it is with Bill. Like Grit, he was all over this event. And the same love of Rick and Heather was so evident. And he was the "sane voice" that lent organization to the whole thing. He had a plan, and he made it fly. I like this man a great deal, and I hope we remain in touch from time to time.
Finally... and again ..... I want to thank the Sound Engineer ...... Paul Mills.
All the best,