Last night I attended Aynsley Saxe‘s CD Release of “Take me as I am” at the Hugh’s room in Toronto. She had an incredible crowd of friends, family and fans. There was an enormous amount of love in the room. The sound was excellent and the food and service were fabulous.
Bryan Pickell, a charming singer-songwriter, opened the night with an array of quirky acoustic guitar songs ranging from crickets and ducks to a solo piano meditation song. My personal favorite is his YouTube song. He had the crowd singing along and even dancing in the aisles (Kat Leonard!).
Aynsley Saxe, a classic beauty with a wide range of talents, graced the stage and took us for a fun ride. Her lovely voice was mesmorzing on her title track “Take Me As I Am”. I still have the chorus in my head. Her last song “Stop, Drop and Roll” was my personal favourite (the fireman song) and was clearly fun for her to perform. Her Peter Gabriel and Glen Hansard covers were filled with passion!
Saxe’s band was first class: John Jamieson (keys and also Saxe’s producer) Tom Evans (drums), Adam Langley (guitar), Dennis Papadatos (bass), Meagan Ballantyne (cello), Alex Chung (violin), Carson Freeman (tenor sax), and Jill Harris and Lydia Persaud (back-up vocals). I think everyone should be able to have the chance to play with such pros as often as possible!
What a fun night and lucky for me, I won a t-shirt. I tried it out this morning as I walked past my local firehall!