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Davy the Punk

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Bob Bossin — he of the Canadian folk-music ensemble Stringband from the 1970s and ’80s — resurfaces with a one-man musical story about his late father, whom he discovered was known as Davy the Punk in the illegal gambling underworld of 1930s and ’40s Toronto.

The grey-haired 68-year-old folksinger is still genial company. With his acoustic guitar, he tells a true story, “for the most part,” he says, through original songs, vintage photographs and the research that went into his recently published book about his outlaw dad.

In the style of Damon Runyon celebrating New York gangsters, Bossin spins humorous and sentimental tales about the colourful characters of the Jewish underworld in Toronto the Good. Unfortunately, he spends too much time on a court battle over his dad’s right to have 56 telephones in his home. It unbalances Davy the Punk and leads to a weak ending.

— Kevin Prokosh (Show reviewed during fringe festivals in Montreal and Ottawa last month.)

From the Fringe program:

Director: Simon Webb

Cast: Bob Bossin

Davy the Punk, Bob Bossin's one-man musical, tells of cops and gamblers, grifters and grafters, fathers and sons. Indie music pioneer's hunt for his outlaw father is by turns fascinating, comic and poignant.

"So intriguing, hilarious and outrageous, it's worthy of a Mordecai Richler novel," says Andreas Schroeder.

"A memoir of a childhood that is the stuff of dreams and movies," says Si Kahn.

"Bossin is funny, informative and inspiring at the same time," said Pete Seeger.

Audience Classification: General

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: None

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