January Last Friday


Hello, my name is Melanie and I am currently a student from George Brown College, doing my field placement here at Regent Park Focus Media Arts. The last Friday event that was held on January 27th 2012 was my very first last Friday event that I went to. The event was good I enjoyed every minute of it. The food was great, they had Chinese food with noodles and vegetables, stir fry chicken and chicken cutlets. The performances biography is listed below:
Sonny Pathirana- I have been in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. A multi-talented entertainer, sings, plays piano, guitar, drums and Indian flute. I have performed in a number of countries including, Singapore, Dubai, Maldive Isalnds, Sri Lanka and Canada showcasing both my one man show and my band, "Think Red". My other interests include music, poetry and writing. I am also a budding street magic performer and an illusionist. Owner of Black-Art Entertainment, Sonny's one stop shopping center for all your entertainment needs in event management includes: organizing events, weddings, parties and fundraisers plus DJ'ing and MC'ing. Sonny is the sole authorized agent and distributor for Divine Audio pro-speakers and sound equipment.
The Focus House Band- said there New Years Resolution is to make an album.
The Modern Twist- features Xavier who is the coordinator for Regent Park Focus Catch da Flava Magazine. Xavier’s wife is also in the band and the band members are very diverse. The band is based out of Mississauga, Ontario. Listen to their songs by joining their facebook page, The Modern Twist.
Ryan Mcallister is a 19-year-old Canadian Singer/Songwriter. Born in Kitchener, now living in Toronto, Ontario. Despite only two years of experience playing guitar, singing, and song writing, Ryan has begun to solidify himself as an incredibly hard working and talented performer. Ryan McAllister's unique voice is incredibly compelling, especially because he's a 19-year-old who's only been writing songs and making music for only 2 years. Ranging from a whispery croon to a richer, fuller tone as it grows in volume, to a flawless falsetto, McAllister's singing is as captivating as it gets, often drawing comparison's to Coldplay's Chris Martin or Radiohead's Thom Yorke (in that band's early days). Accompanying himself on guitar, and having chosen music as his career path early on, this hard-working, talented youngster has been performing on a weekly basis at venues ranging in size from small coffee shops to 300-seat theatres. Drawing on influences such as John Mayer, Coldplay, The Fray, Maroon 5, Jeff Buckley, David Ryan Harris, Justin Nozuka, Peter Katz, and Robyn Dell'Unto, Ryan has been hard at work compiling material for his first solo record set to be released in 2012.

All the performances were great; I liked every single one of them. They all did such a great job. I can’t wait till the next last Friday event.

Thank you,
Melanie Roy

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