Roy Thompson Hall - Toronto, January 18, 1997

A Review by Ian Gillies

At the Roy Thomson Hall Show, a great time was had by all, especially myself, Larry and Bob, the audience was great; very responsive to Larry.

Larry asked when I write you to please thank everyone at the Roy Thompson Hall, and every other show, for the great response he has been recieving. For the people who where not at the show, let me try at express how it was. Larry started the show with a bang. He performed amazingly with his unending high energy show which was all brought together by the beautiful setting of the famous Roy Thomson Hall. To complement this, the stage set, which I enjoy taking the credit for, consisted of lit candelabras, white floor drape and a white, shadowed backdrop that seemed to move and change colour with every move that Gowan made.

The choice of songs he performed was perfect for the evening. It consisted of all his major hits from past and present, and a choice of other great songs that seem to be requested at every show. When Larry ended his show, he was meet such a great response that his encore consisted of another three great songs, "Criminal Mind", "You'll Be With Me" and amazing version of the Beatles song "In My Life".

After Gowan came Burton Cummings who also put on a great performance. For one song, with two pianos side by side, Burton was accompanied by the one and only Mister Gowan. This song was greeted by a full house standing ovation. That set was followed by one of Canada's premiere stand up comedians Andre-Philipe Gagnon. The audience was treated to many amazing impersinations of well known people including everyone's favorite Gowan.

I hope some of this can give you and others a feel for how the show went.

Review by Bob Roper

The concert was a benefit in support of the Special Olympics and most of the attendees were dressed in "black tie". Gowan arrived about 5:00 pm and then during soundcheck rehearsed a song...a duet...with Burton Cummings.

The concert itself began at 8:00...the set was "Strange Animal", "Cosmetics", "Imagine", the Beethoven/Ragtime songs, "Time For Love", "Dancing On My Own Ground", "Moonlight Desires", and of course, "Criminal Mind". A very short 35 minutes. Burton followed, and near the end of his set, invited Gowan out on stage. They played "Daydream Believer"...the old Monkees song. The audience went crazy and awarded the only standing ovation of the night.

After intermission, Andre-Phillipe Gagnon took the stage, and at one point sang "Criminal Mind" as a lead-in to a skit about O.J. Simpson. Very funny stuff! All in all, a great night for a great cause.

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