Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Playground Entertainment presents

Fleetwood Mac Mania

A tribute to Fleetwood Mac

Thursday Nov. 14, 2019

Under the Big Top

At the risk of revealing my age, I have been a fan of Fleetwood Mac since 1967 and owned their recorded music through vinyl to 8 track to cassette and back. I remember seeing them in a venue called the Autostade which I believe is now a Costco store in the Peel Basin.

Singing and playing instruments to the level that Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham complimented the drum style of Mick Fleetwood, is not an easy task. But when you watch this group perform you tend to forget that this is a tribute band.

Although Jenn delivers the Stevie Nicks solos admirably, much must be said about the keyboard performance, the vocal range, and the general mood setting of Connie Scriver who got the dance floor hopping with little effort. Jeremy on guitar and Eddie on drums round out this group which needs to change absolutely nothing. Keep on doing what you have been. It works.

In keeping with the policy of promoting local talent, we were treated once again to a great opening set by Less Than Four.

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The Rail


The Rail Coal Fire Bistro

Since I started playing Poker at Playground, I often tried different dishes off the menu and was always satisfied. Whether it was bacon and eggs, cheese omelet, French toast, or pancakes it was always prepared beautifully and served on a moveable table that allowed me to continue playing while I ate.

Lunchtime and supper time the menu changed and the table d’hote always offered a good selection of dishes.

When Playground started offering entertainment in the Tent which had been erected to provide additional space for Poker Tournaments, I started taking Shirley with me and thought about having supper with her at the Rail before the show. Unfortunately for us, the line waiting for tables would prevent us from being on time for the show, so we did the next best thing; we sat at the bar and were served quickly and efficiently.

Tonight we allowed time to have supper at the Rail at 5:30 and see the show at 6:45 P.M.

It is no wonder that there are line ups. The food is always fresh, whether it is a pizza, a salad, a Club Sandwich, a burger or a steak (and yes, I have tried them all). The servers are always pleasant and reliable, and the ambiance is most inviting for casual dining.

Our server at supper was Shayne and he was “on the spot” from the moment we were ready to order and never far away when needed for anything. Anything included more water, more coffee, etc. He even had a sense of humour that could tolerate my own.

After the show, we decided a dessert and coffee was in order so where better than the Rail? Here we were served by Morgane who also made us feel right at home and glad we had stopped by.

Whoever trains the staff of the Rail is doing everything right. 

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Blues Brothers

Playground Entertainment Presents

Blues Brothers Tribute Show

November 8, 2019

Under the Big Top

There once was a band that played a Blues Brothers tribute show, but what happens when you outshine the ‘tribute’ mantle? Allow me to introduce you to The Soul Men. With all due respect to the fine tribute bands, I have reviewed over the past few weeks, and those yet to come over the next few weeks, this was the show of shows.

From the moment these two danced their way onto the stage dressed in the compulsory black suits, black fedoras, white socks and dark glasses they had us locked in. Lead singer, Greg Hill is “Joliet” Jake E Blues and Brent Moetara on vocals and harmonica is brother Elwood J. Blues.

They exert so much energy as they leap around the stage, and especially Brent who is constantly leaping off the stage and running laps around the room while never ceasing to make the harmonica speak. I would like to give the full credit due to all the members of the amazing band, but unfortunately at the time I am writing this review I was unable to get the list of personnel. When I do receive it I will do an update on this show. The band consisted of keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums. The drummer and musical director was extraordinary and was featured doing a beautiful version of Ray Charles’ Georgia on My Mind. The Bass player, a Rock, and Roll Hall of Famer, I remember from another era when he played with Lou Reed on the Transformer LP. One of my favorite cuts was Take a Walk on the Wildside. Unfortunately, that album was the victim of a flood that took out a good part of a record collection that included a David Bowie collector’s album, but I digress,

Much more entertainment to follow in the tent. Stay informed at www.lastcallwithsol.com

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Playground Entertainment

Playground Entertainment

It was too good to stop, so the Tent will continue to give us Vegas Style Entertainment starting Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 P.M. The good news is free admission for members, and the better news is that membership is free. All that is required is photo ID 18 years old or over.

Here is the schedule of shows starting this week.

Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 P.M.

Tribute to Tom Petty with Practically Petty

Friday, November 8 at 8:00 P.M.

Tribute  to the Blues Brothers with Soul Brothers

Saturday, November 9, at 7:00 P.M.

Return engagement Brit 60’s Experience with the  Hi-Fins

Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 P.M.

Fleetwood Mac Tribute with Fleetwood Mack Mania

Friday, November 15 at 8:00 P.M.

Tribute to the Beatles with Help

Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 P.M.

Tribute to Abba with ABBAmania

Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 P.M.

Tribute to Tina Turner with Simply the Best

Starring Karen Durrant

Friday, November 22 at 8:00 P.M.

Tribute to Dianna Ross, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer with the legendary Ladies of Soul

Saturday, November 23 at 7:00 P.M.

Tribute to the Rolling Stones with The Blushing Brides

As always in our effort to promote local talent, all shows open with the talented duo, Less Than Four.

What’s next? Who knows? Keep watching www.lastcallwithsol.com. Soon to be a podcast.

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GT Radial

GT Radial

On April 29, 2019, we purchased 4 195/65R15 GT Radial Touring AS Tires @ $95.00 each plus $12.00 new tire surcharge and $7.80 for valve stems from a reputable dealer in Montreal. We were told that there was a $40 rebate on the purchase of 4 tires providing we submitted the official rebate form and original proof of purchase.

We mailed all documents within the allowed time frame (posted by 6/30/19) and allowed 8-10 weeks and have received no acknowledgment from the company Giti Tires 18-35303 611 Wonderland North London, Ont.

Our dealer tells us we are not the first to complain.

I intend to take this to the Better Business Bureau and Quebec Consumer Affairs if there is no reply in the next ten days.

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Playground Entertainment

Playground Entertainment

Friday October 18, 2019

Shania Twain – Garth Brooks

Another great night in the tent. An overflow crowd I estimate at 500-600 music lovers. Tribute performers Carla Sacco as Shania Twain and Les Smith as Garth Brooks entertained the crowd individually and, as a duet for one of the numbers. Admirably backing both artists was a five-piece band called Fresh Horses, consisting of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard. It wasn’t long before a line dance broke out in front of the stage. There was no shortage of classics by both artists to compose a playlist of songs that the audience knew the lyrics to. In keeping with the policy of promoting local talent, the opening set was by Steve Creep and was extremely enjoyable.

Tonight don’t miss the last show in the current season at 7:00 P.M.

Tribute to Elton John with Special Guests The Hi-Fins.

As always, admission is free with a membership, and membership is free for anyone 18 or over.

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Alice and the World We Live In

Alice and the World We Live In
Written by Alexandria Haber
Directed by Eda Holmes
Centaur Theatre

Go tell it on the mountain. This story is told with a mountain becoming a metaphor which deals with the fear of standing on the edge of life. In these tumultuous times when no place is really safe to be, we all risk losing someone we love and the fear can become enveloping. The playwright and the Director take us on a journey that covers the emotions of the two characters as they meet on the brink where one must make way for the other to pass.

Daniel Brochu as Ever is a Montréal actor who has worked in Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia, and New York City. Jane Wheeler as Alice has appeared in numerous Centaur Theatre productions as well as at the Segal Centre and the Hudson Village Theatre.

The two actors gel throughout the play which runs 75 minutes with no intermission. Not an easy task

Continuing until November 3, 2019

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Cat Symphony

Great entertainment and for a great cause.

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Burger de Ville Revisited

I have written about this restaurant many times and nothing has changed since I talked about it on my radio show, except it just keeps getting better. It has grown from one location on Westminster in Montreal West to three locations (https://www.burgerdeville.com/). And regardless of whether or not the owners are there, it runs itself like a well-oiled machine.

I am writing today because I am always impressed by the various soups that are prepared daily, but the last time I visited, one of the owners Reda had stopped off in the morning to make the soup for the day which happened to be clam chowder. I have eaten clam chowder in Boston and I have eaten clam chowder in Halifax but this was the best I have ever tasted.

The other reason that I am writing again today is to repeat what I had previously said about the baby back ribs. The ribs are perfectly seasoned and literally fall off the bone and can be eaten like a steak with a knife and fork.

The quantity and the quality of the ribs are second to none in the city and with Fries and Cole Slaw for $15.00, probably half the price.

Treat yourself today.

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Locale Cafe

Cuisine Locale Café

5781 Upper Lachine Rd.

Montreal, QC

We heard about it from a friend. Shirley and I were coming back from Playground Poker in Khanawake, where we attended a special event presented by Playground Entertainment. There was the usual line-up to get into the restaurant and we were too hungry to wait. So why not try the Locale Café? I am glad we did.

It is family owned and operated and everything we ate was exceptional. As people who follow my blog are aware, Shirley and I eat at a lot of restaurants and are not always impressed. I only write about the good ones. Aside from the great food, the service was impeccable. Dominique moves quickly around from table to table making sure that everything is going well.

Shirley started with a house salad, and never stopped telling me how good it is, except to refill her fork. I meanwhile was enjoying a tortellini soup and munching on the tasty bread.

For the main course, Shirley chose Eggplant Parmigianino, (never stopped telling me how good it is) and I had the Pappardelle Carbonara, which I would recommend to any pasta lover.

I believe the server, whose name I should have asked, must have sensed that I am a dessert lover, (I think every meal should start and end with dessert) because she brought a salty caramel sundae with 2 spoons on the house.

We will return soon.

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