Drummer’s bud drops in, picks up sticks at bash

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Talk about a musical bonus! At the James Richardson & Sons Christmas party, folks were busy dancing their hooves off to the Danny Kramer Event Band, when who should crash the party but members of The Canadian Tenors band from Toronto. While the tenors rested their tired voices in suites upstairs at The Fairmont, their music director, Darryn Dasousa, bass player Stuart Watkins and drummer Mark Inneo slipped down to the bash to check out their pal, Winnipeg drummer Steve Broadhurst. The award-winning Doc Walker drummer plays gigs with Kramer's popular dance band when he's available. He just finished two years in Toronto with the Jersey Boys show, where Inneo had been Broadhurst's "drum sub" when he flew off for Doc Walker gigs. At Kramer's invitation, Inneo jumped in and played three numbers, including Rihanna's Please Don't Stop The Music. "It was a flawless performance, as if he'd been playing with us all year," said Kramer. After Inneo came off stage, the visiting musicians told Kramer Toronto bands would never share the limelight like that. Only in Winnipeg!

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Talk about a musical bonus! At the James Richardson & Sons Christmas party, folks were busy dancing their hooves off to the Danny Kramer Event Band, when who should crash the party but members of The Canadian Tenors band from Toronto. While the tenors rested their tired voices in suites upstairs at The Fairmont, their music director, Darryn Dasousa, bass player Stuart Watkins and drummer Mark Inneo slipped down to the bash to check out their pal, Winnipeg drummer Steve Broadhurst. The award-winning Doc Walker drummer plays gigs with Kramer’s popular dance band when he’s available. He just finished two years in Toronto with the Jersey Boys show, where Inneo had been Broadhurst’s “drum sub” when he flew off for Doc Walker gigs. At Kramer’s invitation, Inneo jumped in and played three numbers, including Rihanna’s Please Don’t Stop The Music. “It was a flawless performance, as if he’d been playing with us all year,” said Kramer. After Inneo came off stage, the visiting musicians told Kramer Toronto bands would never share the limelight like that. Only in Winnipeg!

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ROCK STORY: “We were doing the High Voltage Festival (in England a few months ago) and former Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott had the dressing room next to ours,” says Fred Turner of Bachman & Turner. “I met Joe and said to him: ‘You’re responsible for 120 pounds.’ ” The Englishman, who grew up on pounds for payment, looked totally gobsmacked. “You got the wrong idea!” said Turner, laughing. “I took off 120 pounds listening to Hysteria on my treadmill.” That’s Def Leppard’s biggest album (1987), produced by Mutt Lange. Elliott now plays with Down ‘n’ Outz (He was also sharing his dressing room with personal friend Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.)

Turner’s musical partner, Randy Bachman, took off about 150 pounds around 2003, so the band has lost a total of 270 pounds. “We get out on the road and the rigours of the road put on a few pounds, but then we get home and work it off,” says Turner. Bachman & Turner are off to the Junos in mid-March to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. “Randy and I are both 67, with birthdays two-and-half-weeks apart in the fall.” So do they take it easier now? “I don’t think so. That’s why we had to lose the weight!” says Turner.

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IT’S A WRAP: Yours truly caught two Winnipeg actors nipping into Onalee Ames Film Studio on Corydon for late- night auditions — after a busy fall season acting in town. Andrew Degryse, 24, worked as a stunt man/actor on the rock ’em sock ’em hockey movie Goon, which just wrapped in Winnipeg. “I was breaking up fights on ice, and got bruises and cuts and somebody’s tooth nicked me,” he says, happily showing his hand. “In that scene, Jay Baruchel and Seann William Scott were up in the stands shouting down to the ice, making fun of the tough guy. Jay throws a beer at him and he climbs over the boards to get at him. DeGryse also had to do 20 takes of a stunt grab with Liev Schreiber that left him with a fist-size bruise on his chest. And the hockey-stick butt-to-the-head stunt? That was done from a distance, with the cameras. “Smoke and mirrors!” says Degryse.

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Maureen Scurfield

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Maureen Scurfield writes the Miss Lonelyhearts advice column.

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