Danielle Wade goes head-to-head with 76 trombones


LaSalle’s Danielle Wade has scored a major role at next season’s Stratford Festival.

She’ll play Marion Paroo, “Marion the Librarian,” in The Music Man.

Wade, you’ll recall, won a national CBC-TV contest in 2012 to play Dorothy in the Toronto and national
touring company of The Wizard of Oz.

It’s a full season production, running from April 17 to November 3, 2018.

Marion is the main love interest in the show for the music man himself, Harold Hill. Portraying the title
character, and, like Wade, making his Stratford debut, is American song-and-dance performer, Daren A.

Tickets go on sale in the new year at stratfordfestival.ca.


Malone on the case

Abandoned is the title of John Schlarbaum’s second instalment in his mystery series featuring
investigative reporter, Jennifer Malone. It opens with an actual encounter Schlarbaum experienced in
his work as a patient transporter.

He was taking an elderly patient to hospital when she turned to him and pleaded, “Don’t let them kill

Happy to report she survived. And Schlarbaum had the first line of his new novel, the follow-up to the
first Malone book, A Memorable Murder, in 2011.

He hopes to have the 280-page thriller out by mid-November. But that may depend on the success of a
Kickstarter campaign through October 19 to help defray printing costs. (http://kck.st/2ylH5pK.)

“I’m not asking people just to donate,” said Schlarbaum. “The campaign is actually a way to pre-order
the book.”

For a pledge of $15, you get an e-book; for $20, a copy of the paperback. He has already reached more
than half his goal of $3,000.

While much of the action of the book takes place in a newsroom where his heroine meticulously tracks
down clues, Schlarbaum relied heavily on his own expertise as a private investigator. He still does
occasional work as a P.I., in fact.

For more about the author and his other series, featuring private eye Mike Cassidy, go to


Bach in business

Six of Windsor Symphony’s foremost musicians are collaborating on a program of music by the Bach
family, Oct. 21 and 22. The concerts are part of two WSO series — Classics in the County at Leamington’s
United Mennonite Church on Oct. 21; and Intimate Classics at The Heritage Auditorium, formerly
Assumption Chapel, at the University of Windsor on Oct. 22.

Robert Franz will conduct a chamber group consisting of Konstantin Popovic on violin, Jean-Francois
Rompre on flute, Jeffrey Walker on harpsichord, Roman Kosarev on viola, and Nick Penny on viola.

Two of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Nos. 5 and 6, will be accompanied by three works by his sons,
C.P.E. Bach. W.F. Bach and J.C. Bach. Check out windsorsymphony.com for times and ticket prices.


Bookmark this one

BookFest Windsor 2017 returns Oct. 20-22 at the Capitol Theatre and various satellite locations nearby.
Peter Goddard, onetime pop critic at The Toronto Star, brings his latest book about Glenn Gould, The
Great Gould, to the Phog Lounge, next-door to the Capitol, on Friday, Oct. 20, at 8:30 p.m.

He will be accompanied in a panel discussion by Warren Kinsella, whose latest is Recipe for Hate, a
provocatively titled study of punk music.

On Sunday, Oct 22, at 11 a.m., the always-popular and always-sold out Books and Brunch event features
former CBC-TV journalist and novelist Linden MacIntyre and novelist and short story writer Elise Levine
in a conversation about fiction writing.

There are plenty of other attractions in between. Go to bookfestwindsor.com for all the details.


Ford City through a poet’s eyes

Marty Gervais has written often and lovingly about his hometown. His latest, Five Days Walking Five

Towns, takes an eye-level look at the five former municipalities that make up amalgamated Windsor.

Over the years, Gervais has developed a special affection for the gritty, workaday ambience of Ford City
and its main drag, Drouillard Road.

Here’s a passage from the book to whet your appetite:

“Directly across from (Brown’s Breaktime Lounge) is a tiny shop that has a For Sale sign tucked in the

“This was the Corner Lunch Bar for years. The borsch soup there was legendary. Sadly, the place closed
like much else. The street is a veritable graveyard of past businesses. In the 1940s and 1950s, you could
live in the neighbourhood, and never have to leave.”

Five Days Walking Five Towns, published by Biblioasis, sells for $24.95 at local bookstores.