18th Toowoomba LC event!

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18th Toowoomba LC event!

Postby Andrew (Darby) » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:24 pm

Hey there friends,

I'm proud to have to inform you that the tradition (involving celebrating Leonard's work around the time of his birthday), which I was instrumental in starting back in 1993 in Toowoomba, is continuing in my absence. :D I left Toowoomba early last year, in somewhat difficult circumstances, but was pleased to hear that a few of my Cohenite and/or culturally attuned friends there held a smaller version of the LC event there again (in my absence) last September.

They have now planned their 18th consecutive Toowoomba Leonard Cohen celebratory event, to be held on Saturday, 18th September this year! 8) Moreover, the organising committee (Dancing Bear Café Society) phoned me during one of their meetings, insisting that I should come up there from Melbourne for this occasion and (of course) I didn’t need too much persuasion to oblige them! ;-)

I don’t have any details of their weekend program, but will try to ascertain this & will post it here if I do. However, I am hoping to treat them with Tony Palmer’s ‘Bird On A Wire’ remake as a little bonus! I will also be sharing with them the nice time I had in Krakow at our recent Leonard Cohen Event there. :D

Cheers,
Andrew :)
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Re: 18th Toowoomba LC event!

Postby Andrew (Darby) » Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:31 am

This is just a brief report on my attendance of this long running annual event. I believe Gerard Saide (our Toowoomba organiser) will be completing a more comprehensive report in due course, along with some photos.

On a personal note, it was so nice for me to attend this 18th consecutive annual LC event, after kicking it off in 1993 and organising it myself for 16 years in a row. I had no intention of attending initially; then my Toowoomba friends put pressure on me to attend and I was duly convinced it would be a worthwhile trip up from Melbourne. ;-) I applaud Gerard (& other friends) for "taking over the reigns" as the have. 8)

The night was held at the Boogie Shack in Toowoomba, which is a 50’s style rock & roll music & dance venue. I estimate we had about 35-40 people in attendance on the night, including a few of the regular patrons of this cool retro venue. The atmosphere in this venue is great and it was a really suitable space for our celebration (even if it was a rock & roll one). 8)

The program consisted of the following: partial screening of ‘Songs From The Road’; live performances by two lots of musicians; an LC poetry reading (from the floor) segment; and to conclude the night, the screening of Tony Palmer’s revamped ‘Bird on a Wire’ movie.

I think everyone had a good time, especially the three winners of the following lucky door & raffle prizes: Book of Longing; Live in London DVD; and the Richard Goodall LC Artworks catalogue. :D My only minor disappointment with the night was that many people left before the final DVD screening (though some would argue that the Tony Palmer movie is only for the “diehard fans” anyway).

Cheers,
Andrew :)
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I only sing the tunes
The sadness of the seasons
The madness of the moons'
~ Mervyn Peake ~
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Re: 18th Toowoomba LC event!

Postby blonde madonna » Sun Oct 10, 2010 12:54 pm

Hi Andrew
Glad to hear you had a good time! I have fond memories of my Toowoomba event a few years ago.
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Re: 18th Toowoomba LC event!

Postby Andrew (Darby) » Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:05 pm

Hey BM,

I'll always have a "soft spot" for this event that started off its life in such a low key way and seems quite remarkable for a place like Toowoomba! ;-)

Cheers,
Andrew :)
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The sadness of the seasons
The madness of the moons'
~ Mervyn Peake ~
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Re: 18th Toowoomba LC event!

Postby Yorkshire Lad » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:45 pm

Andrew
Watching the pictures coming out of Toowoomba and the damage the flooding has caused I just had to send a heartfelt but helpless message of support to all the residents of the town that pays tribute to Leonard every year . Some of the images are truely heart wrenching and painful to watch . Both Jean and myself wish the good people of Toowoomba a swift return to normality with as little damage to life and limb as possible .
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Re: 18th Toowoomba LC event!

Postby jim devlin » Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:15 am

Andrew, so sorry and saddened to see these terrible floods in Toowoomba; we had some flooding in some parts of Sheffield in June 2007, but no way, no way at all near as bad as what you're going through. As Yorkshire Lad has written before me, our thoughts and prayers are with you & yours at this time. Take care, friend ...
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Re: 18th Toowoomba LC event!

Postby Andrew (Darby) » Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:27 am

Thank you so much, Phil & Jim - your messages of concern and support are so touching!

I never ever thought this would happen in Toowoomba :shock:, as would have most others. I'm sure the little ('Dancing Bear') cafe where we started our events in 1993 (and held about half of them) would have been severely inundated with water, but I have yet to ascertain this from friends there.

Thanks again,
Andrew :)
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I only sing the tunes
The sadness of the seasons
The madness of the moons'
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Re: 18th Toowoomba LC event!

Postby blonde madonna » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:55 am

Andrew
It seems ironic to me that you came to Victoria to help those getting over the bush fires and now Toowoomba and (nearby Grantham especially) may need your expertise now.

Wish there was more I could do.

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1985 -- State Theatre, Melbourne
2008 -- Hamilton, Toronto, Cardiff
2009 -- Rochford Winery, Yarra Valley
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Re: 18th Toowoomba LC event!

Postby Andrew (Darby) » Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:56 pm

BM, it is a little ironic, but I guess it's the nature of this unforgiving country that we (who are able to & experienced in this area) will move all around the place in response to disasters of whatever sort.

In different circumstances I may well have considered returning to do flood recovery work in Queensland, but it's not that simple for me anymore. ;-)

Cheers,
Andrew :)
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I only sing the tunes
The sadness of the seasons
The madness of the moons'
~ Mervyn Peake ~

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