Saturday, 4 October 2008

Frenchie forever

Frenchie McFarlane has been a friend of the Toronto Sun since he began feeding hilarious one-liners to Page 6 columnist Gary Dunford in the 1970s.

The comedian is still a friend of the Sun and as a friend he will be on stage between bands Sunday night at Sherri Woodstock, a tribute to Sherri Wood.

Soon after Sherri died of brain cancer in March at age 28, mention was made that the life of the young Sun entertainment writer should be celebrated.

Sherri Woodstock was conceived and it is to the credit of colleagues, friends and family that Sunday's multi-band gig at The Opera House became a reality.

The address is 735 Queen Street East. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with the first of six bands kicking off the music fest at 5:15 p.m.

John Kryk, the tireless talent behind all of those quality entertainment pages appearing seven days a week in the Toronto Sun, is in the Classic Albums Live band.

As former Sun TV writer Bill Brioux notes in his blog, the Sun's executive entertainment editor will be playing mandolin during the band's Led Zeppelin set.

If you didn't get the time to order tickets online, don't fret. Tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 4:30 p.m. at $25 per head. More info on Brioux's TV Feeds My Family blog.

Six bands, Frenchie and a whole lotta memories of a young effervescent Sun intern who wowed everyone with her enthusiasm. A night to remember.

The Sun says "money raised from the benefit concert will go toward educational needs - helping students pay for university through scholarships."

Sherri would be pleased.

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