I got home from church Sunday and there was a message waiting from my friend Jessica inviting me to Polka Vespers at St Philip's Anglican Church. I thought it was too good an offer to pass up so headed back out to the subway to meet her.
My mother and step-father attended St Philip's when they lived in Toronto and I fondly remember doing a reading at their wedding there. It is a pretty little church with a lychgate in the true British Anglican style located where the end of Royal York Road meets Dixon Rd.
The Polka Vespers was presided over by The Rev. Allan Budzin and Walter Ostanek and his band who had the usually reserved Anglicans dancing in the aisles.
"Walter Ostanek is a living legend in the world of polka music. He is known to many as Canada's Polka King -- a title he has well-earned. During more than four long decades as a professional performer, he has made somewhere over 50 recordings, and earned a number of Grammy Awards and nominations. He has also been inducted into the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and the International Polka Hall of Fame, both as a Lifetime Achievement Honoree." Source: www.answers.com
Mark your calenders for:
Fado Blues Vespers - Sunday, February 25, 4:00 pm, featuring Caterina Cardeal and Mike Siracusa
Jazz Vespers - Sunday, March 18, 4:00 pm, featuring The Bob DeAngelis Trio