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This article was published 13/3/2012 (3512 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Look for the eight-foot leprechaun dressed in kelly green at Winnipeg's first St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday. He was lovingly constructed by H2O2 hair salon's Margaret Gannon, a parade organizer. "He's made of chicken wire and papier m¢ché and spray-painted, with a big gold lamé buckle on his hat. I've mounted him on the back of my mini-SUV, sitting up on a wagon!" Hard to miss, lad and lassies!
"He may start off 'on the wagon,' but who knows, he may fall off the wagon!" Gannon confided to her aunt, Catriona (Gannon) Younger, who came from Ireland to Winnipeg as a child. Younger is well-known as a big cheese (or grand potato) in District 64 Toastmasters. They've nicknamed her the "Celtic Queen" and she has an exquisite robe and tiara for the parade.
"I remember coming to Canada on the Empress of England in 1957," Aunt Catriona says. The family, with her mother, Grainne, and her father, Paddy, took up residence in a duplex on Wellington Crescent and Grosvenor Avenue.
Like her aunt, Gannon is full of fun at "38 and holding... and single I might add!"
Want to join the crew? Meet at the legislative grounds Saturday.
"We'll leave at about 1 p.m. We're expecting oh, um... 30 to 300. Worst-case scenario? I was going to walk with my wagon and at least we were on the parade map."
They parade will arrive at Shannon's Irish pub, 155 Carlton St., after 2 p.m. "where they're having some dancers and bands." The parade route? Broadway from the legislature to Smith Street, north to St. Mary Avenue, west to Carlton Street, south to York Avenue to disembark in a parking lot. "And then we run to the pub and hoist a few!"
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JOEY'S BACK ONSTAGE! It's no secret Joey Gregorash has had a hard time in the last four years since his 23-year-old daughter Kayleigh died suddenly. "She had a catastrophic brain-stem bleed," says Gregorash. Her dad honoured one already-scheduled concert after that.
"I only did that show because she wouldn't have wanted me to cancel. I felt her presence on stage on my shoulder that night, without a word of a lie." Then he just stopped singing, after a lifetime of music and hits that went gold like Together. He just didn't have the heart to sing.
All that changes this week! He's back Thursday night with a full band at McPhillips Station Casino in answer to hundreds of requests from people who come to the Casinos of Winnipeg shows, where he introduces the musical acts that come through. This time he's back in the spotlight! Gregorash is starring in a full musical show with some of Winnipeg's finest musicians -- Rick Boughton (keyboards), John Ervin (bass), Steve Broadhurst (drums) and lead guitarist John Einarson, the well-known music historian. "John used to tour with me!" says Gregorash. Jenny Butler and Janine Gobeil are on vocals, with some "surprise" special guests.
Is this concert a one-shot thing?
"No, I'm ready to do shows now. I want to do a lot more entertaining again." On the playlist are songs from Mongrel, his old group, such as My Woman, Sunny Day, Jodie and then there's Together (the Wedding Song), which came later.
"I am excited to be singing again., and I know Kayleigh's spirit will be there guiding me. She never missed any of my shows."
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DIGGING DEEP: Monique Buckmaster of Vintage Veruca pranced up to the podium twice with sparkly "diamond" vintage roses bobbing around her neck to claim major auction prizes at the Hemophilia Society Gala Friday night at the Delta.
How do you win multiple times? Here's the trick -- dig deep. Most people, let's face it, walk up to the ticket-sellers and say, "I'll buy a $25 sheet of tickets." Buckmaster and her husband, Jim Oliver of specialty auto parts store Total Performance buy $500 worth of every kind of auction ticket each year as their donation. There's the spirit of charity!
Spotted at this glitzy event with salsa dancers, three chefs and paired liquor with each course: health professionals Bruce and Catherine Cameron, artist/photog Michael Koch-Schulte and nurse Diane Koch-Schulte, Milena Pirnat, the originator of the Hemophilia Mother Facebook group, Janice Christensen of J.M. Johnson Insurance and billing clerk Judi Butler. An excited Christine Keilbach, executive director of the Canadian Hemophilia Society Manitoba Chapter, buzzed all around the room.
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Maureen Scurfield writes the Miss Lonelyhearts advice column.