Who's Your Daddy

Rest In Peace X-Ray (Michael) MacRae

How I Knew X-Ray

X-Ray was a neighbour, friend, and a fellow lover of music. He was a club owner and music booker who played a large role in legendary Toronto music venue The Horseshoe Tavern. He passed away on January 26, at the age 72.

I had not known X-Ray for many years like some others have but I am very grateful for the short time I did know him. At one visit, I shared with him some of my own stories of playing on the road and later teaching music. He was as interested in listening to my stories as I was to his. He commended me on keeping music alive with my career as a musician in spite of my vision issues. He was impressed by the fact that I never gave up. That meant a lot to me.

Celebration of Life

X-Ray’s Celebration of Life was held at the Legion in Sydenham this past Saturday, May 25th. Peter Lloyd and his band Who’s Your Daddy put on an excellent performance. As a surprise to some of us, Dan Ackroyd joined the band on stage in the second set and blew some great harp and laid down some serious vocals. He also shared some memories of his friendship with X-Ray.

On the stage were X-Ray’s drums, a kitchen table, and a fridge. X-Ray typically entertained around his kitchen table while he shared his music adventures.

What a great afternoon in remembrance of X-Ray!

Tributes to X-Ray

If you are interested in reading about the tributes from others that had known X-Ray have posted, this article on Billboard Canada is a good place to start.

The Shore Things Music By The River

The Shore Things – Music By The River

Music By The River

The Shore Things are the North Shore Music house band.

This performance took place at Conservation Park on August 27, 2023 as part of the Music By The River hosted by the Town of Napanee, ON.

Band Members are: Deb Dart, lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Charlie Dart on drums, Dave Curran on electric and acoustic guitar, Tom Gulley on Bass guitar and backup vocals, Peter Snell on Sax, flute, and harmonica, and Dave Perry on keyboards, lead vocals and backup vocals.

Thank You!

Many thanks to all the people who came out and listened to The Shore Things last Sunday. Your support is greatly appreciated.

King Sound

King Sound – Napanee

We would also like to extend our appreciation to Charlie King of King Sound for making The Shore Things sound good!

Amanda Perry

Thanks to Amanda Perry for forwarding the videos she took on her phone allowing us to present them for your listening pleasure.

Moon Dance

The Letter

The Shore Things

The Shore Things

The Shore Things consist of a unique group of seasoned musicians that make up the North Shore Music House Band. They have played at private parties and are looking forward to playing at Santorini Mediterranean Grill on Canada Day, July 1, 2023. We will post details closer to the date. The Kim Pollard Band will also be playing.

The Shore Things
Dave Perry On Keyboards
Dave Curran On Guitar, Peter Snell On Flute, Tom Guly on Bass, Deb Dart On Acoustic Guitar And Lead Vocals
Debbie Dart Lead Vocalist and Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Dart On Drums
Tom Guly On Bass
Peter Snell On Flute, Tom Guly, Bass, Charlie Dart Drums
Deb Dart Belting It Out!
Peter Snell On Saxophone
Tom Guly On Bass
The Shore Things Rehearsal. Tom Guly On Bass, Charlie Dart On Drums, Deb Dart Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar, Dave Perry On Keyboards & Harmonies, Dave Curran On Guitar
The Shore Things
Dave Perry On Keyboards
Dave Curran On Guitar, Peter Snell On Flute, Tom Guly on Bass, Deb Dart On Acoustic Guitar And Lead Vocals
Debbie Dart Lead Vocalist and Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Dart On Drums
Tom On Bass
Peter Snell On Flute, Tom Guly, Bass, Charlie Dart Drums
Deb Dart Belting It Out!
Peter Snell On Saxophone
Tom Guly On Bass
The Shore Things Rehearsal
Shadow

Dave Perry is the band coach and plays keyboards, does both backup and lead vocals, occasionally drums, and does the song arrangements. Dave has been a professional musician since 1971 and now teaches and coaches voice, keyboards, and drums.

Dave Curran plays lead guitar for The Shore Things and has been teaching guitar for many years.

Deb Dart fronts the band, plays acoustic guitar and provides backup vocals when one of the other band members is singing. She played at small venues with her husband Charlie Dart playing congas with the Deb & Charlie duo. She also sang for many years around the camp fire with the cottage band who played at various functions.

Charlie Dart (Charlie in the Deb & Charlie duo) is the drummer. He also plays the congas.

Peter Snell adds the horn section to The Shore Things playing saxophone, flute, and harmonica.

Tom Gulley is the bass player. He also plays guitar and mandolin and provides back up vocals.