The American singer Josephine Backer adopted France as her home land and sung "J'ai deux amours, mon pays et Paris". Judy Collins sings the melancholic song "My Father", in which her father promised his family that they would live in France, "We'd go boating on the Seine and I would learn to dance. I sail the memories of home like boats across the Seine. And I watch the Paris sun set in my father's eyes again". A German song claims that Paris is "die schönste Stadt der Welt" (the most beautiful city in the world). Gerschwin's impetuous rhythm gave us "An American in Paris". Paris was waking up slowly with Jacques Dutronc's "Il est cinq heures Paris s'éveille". Charles Aznavour's heart was as empty as Paris in August ("Paris au mois d'août"). Sydney Bechet sung, "If you ever go to Paris" and Fred Astair affirmed that Paris was the eternal city of love and romance in his song "Paris loves lovers".
Saturday, January 28, from 7 to 9:45 p.m. at Cates Hill Chapel, will not bring you Frank Sinatra but a more local colour with our spirited and talented artists Kristin Wakentin, Matt Maxwell, Pierre Beaudry, Shael Wrinch, Rob Bailey, Teun Schut, Lauren Spear, Emily Allan, Ruta Yawney, Marc Gawthrop and Pauline Le Bel.
Come and sit by the Seine and watch the evening in Paris go by. Enjoy many "amuses-bouche" to tickle your pallet. A selection of wine will be presented.
The event is a fundraiser for Grade 9 IPS students to go to Québec in May. For tickets ($35) call IPS 604-947-9311. Tickets are also available at Phoenix.