Toronto’s legendary concert hall The Opera House, was brimming with well over 500 music lovers out in support to rock for the cause raising awareness & money for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, on September 30th
In it’s 3rd successful year, KISS CF Goodbye was created & hosted by father & daughter team, Paul & Tori Taskas with hopes of raising awareness & money to go to the organization in assisting those living with CF & to some day eradicated this disease. Since it’s September 26th, 2015 conception, this fundraiser has raised just shy of $24,000 & is an emotional event with this illness hitting close to home for Paul & his daughter. Tori was born 19 years ago with CF & struggles daily as do one in every 3,600 children born in Canada. More than 4,100 Canadian children, adolescents & adults with cystic fibrosis need treatment & must attend specialized CF clinics.
This years all ages festivities didn’t disappoint. They had a make up booth, silent auction prizes & 3 of Toronto’s largest tribute acts on the circuit, featuring none other than Staring at The Sun – U2 Tribute.
These rockers are 2 time KISS CF Goodbye staples performing in 2016 & 2017 featuring lead vocalist/harmonica Derek Lathrop, guitar player Hendrick Wingenroth (Shag), bassist Steve Pelletier & drummer Paul Lamarche. They surely know how to simulate your senses with their look & sound alike U2 performance. From the first chord struck, they fascinated the audience with their stage charisma & the dead on delivery of hits like Virtigo, Desire, Where The Streets Have No Name. Derek emphasized, “ Life can be rough sometimes, you need something to lift up your spirits a little,” then the band tore into an intimate Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, With or Without You leading into a brief blend of 50’s hit, My Girl. Followed up with a fantabulous version of I Will Be With You then my all time fave hit Sunday Bloody Sunday. Derek again, instructs the fans, “Don’t propagate hate, propagate love!” Indulging In The Name of Love, performing #1 songs from U2’s in-depth 5 decade long career, totally an unforgettable and sensational showcase. Don’t forget to visit them and stay in tune at https://www.reverbnation.com/staring_at_the_sun and come see their next truest U2 tribute at The Edge Lounge on November 16th.
Back by Popular demand non other than Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Winning singer/song-writer performer & composer, 1 of the top sought after vocalists in the world, Mr. Phil Naro & the Canadian Premier Led Zepplin Tribute, Ozone Baby. Another KISS CF Goodbye return veteran performer, they took you to another dimension, back to the late 60’s, what a trip. These sensational seasoned musical veterans, Phil Naro as front man/vocalist, bassist/keyboards Enzo Lapadula, guitarist Steve Major & drummer Glen Nash took you to the highest level of Led Zeppelin, truly magical. They hone their crafts while mastering the bonanza of Led Zepplin’s indulgent masterpieces, totally surpassing my expectations, as this was my 1st Ozone Baby experience. The audience doubled upon the first chord & Phil’s alluring vocals led the adventure with Ramble On, placing you in the rock & roll frame of mind, setting the tone of the night. Their version of Black Dog was stupendous & the audience sang loud & proud taking over the vocals with the loudest & most seductive ah ah-ah, ah-ah, ahh‘s I have yet to hear. The riveting deluxe Led Zepplin hits Ozone Baby expressed were thoroughly triumphant. I found their versions of All of My Love, Misty Mountain Hop, (the Bluesy hit) Since I Been Lovin’ You, Your Time Is Gonna Come, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love & Rock and Roll were virtually expansive, leaving me breathless. These legendary songs have stood the test of musical time with 49 years & still going strong on the air ways, attracting younger & younger generations & the same can be said about Ozbone Baby, their shows are massive & magically nostalgic, a sell out funerific groovy time. Stay in tune at http://www.philnaro.com/ozone_baby
30 year Radio, Television, media & entertainment reporter Rudy Blair kept the momentum going in between acts as your lovable & entertaining MC. Follow his busy schedule at www.rudyblairmedia.com
Paul’s daughter Tori, who was born with Cystic Fibrosis in 1998, now 19 & doing well, unlike other kids her age; her day begins & ends with hours of therapy & medicine in order to keep her lungs & body healthy. Tori is also very passionate about music & is a graduate of Musical Theater at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts, once again making a special appearance all the way from Queens University, singing Imagine by John Lennon & harmonizing with her friends as RARO performed next. Canadian KISS Tribute, Rock and Roll Over (RARO) headlined the night in authentic KISS fashion & makeup truly rockin’ the house with a mid 70’s KISS concert feel. Bassist/Demon RC Ricci, lead vocals and guitarist/STAR CHILD Paul Taskas, guitarist/SPACEMAN Konstantine Zakzanis & drummer/CATMAN Gus Borovilos nailed the look & sound alike display right down to the 1977 mirrored replica PS-10 Paul Stanley favored Ibanez iceman turned Washburn electric guitar. They strutted with Duece, Detroit Rock City, King of the Night Time World, RC Ricci (Demon) perfected Calling Doctor Love & he got a solo and time to spue blood with a spooky green light, full band letting er rip with Shout it Out Loud and it really got hot in here with their smokin’ version of Firehouse. Hop on board this fast moving entity at http://rockandrollover.ca They have a rockin’ Halloween Bash coming up at The Birchmount Bar and Grill on Oct. 28th with costume prize and a $10 cover.
Special bonus to this fabulous evening was seeing Guns N Roses former guitarist Gilby Clarke make a special appearance on 2 songs, Cold Gin and Do You Love Me? Visit www.gilbyclarke.com Catch him half way around the world on Nov. 30th thru the first week in December on tour in Australia.
During the silent auction winner distribution portion I recognized 2 familiar faces as they collected their prizes- well known photographer Jeff Chisamore and his lady Pamela Lewis won a Hotel get away to Stone Inn Niagara Falls, Movie Ticket/Popcorn package and a beautiful necklace.
Paul and his crew would like to acknowledge the sponsors, volunteers & to thank everyone for helping in various ways and for attending, making this a huge success. “ Thank you!! I am so overwhelmed by the support for our 3rd annual concert. Close to 500 people in the house and over $10,000 raised (with the help of a donation from my beautiful niece in her son Logan’s honor) for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Thanks to everyone involved. You know who you are. And to all the amazing photographers that took pictures. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents. See you all next year! “~Paul Taskas
The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which is a national charitable no-profit corporation established in 1960, and is one of the world’s top three charitable organization committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF). They are internationally known as the leading innovators in clinical care, and they invest in life-saving CF research and care than any other non-governmental agency in Canada.
Cystic Fibrosis Canada has invested since it’s conception, more than $150 million in leading research, innovation and care. As a result, Canadians with cystic fibrosis have one of the highest median survival rate in the world.
They rely solely on volunteer, donor, and partner support in their mission to improve the lives of Canadians living with cystic fibrosis, and ultimately to find a cure for this devastating disease. (This information on CF was taken from the Cystic Fibrosis Canada Site www.cysticfibrosis.ca & learn how you can make a difference in the lives of many.