It’s been a long while since the Liz/Brisson duo worked together on a show and this was indeed the best one for us to catch up at. I walked into the festival, across the street from the high school I went to, wondering what to expect. I haven’t gone to a show in the suburbs like this probably ever, let alone a suburb I grew up in, so it was definitely an interesting experience.
There were tables and tables of food galore that was being served to attendees, which included everything – you name it: sushi, tacos, dogs, ribs, souvlaki, and more, not to mention there was a bar on every corner. This was a party!
The Strangers in the Night Gourmet Gala was there to raise funds for the Miriam Foundation, Lymphoma Canada and The West Island Woman’s Shelter so there were lots of auctions and of course, killer 80s and 90s bands to entertain us for the night!
After I stuffed my face, Culture Club took the stage. Thinking they were headlining, I was wondering why they went on early. They opened with a Bowie cover, “Let’s Dance” which was fucking amazing! Seeing beautiful Boy George do his thing and be his usual fashionable self was something I never thought I would get to experience. (Especially not in the suburbs. Next to my old high school.) But it was a fun performance. They played all their classics of course, including “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.” With all the booze and food going around, it was indeed a dance party.
My highlight of the night was Crystal Waters. Wow. This woman is my spirit animal. She had two male dancers worshipping her as they danced around her, while she just did her thing with her awesome deep voice. She played a total of five songs which included “Gyspy Woman” and “100% Pure Love” and I wanted more. It wasn’t enough at all. She was full of energy and absolutely beautiful.
The last act I caught was disco artist Freddie James. I am not super familiar with him but he is known for famous tracks like “I’m Just Your Fool.” His energy and band were fantastic. The grounds emptied a little as soon as Culture Club was over, so it’s a shame there weren’t as many people around to enjoy this act because Freddie sure had the moves! As I was walking out, he did a killer Prince cover of “When Doves Cry.”
I am stoked for the next Strangers in the Night gig! Thanks for everything!
Written by Liz Imperiale
Photography by Eric Brisson Photography
*edited by Kate Erickson