Bluebird North featuring Paul Quarrington
Bluebird North, a songwriters’ showcase series presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada, and based on Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café, features a different line-up of talented Canadian songwriters each time.
On December 12, 2009, Bluebird North included Emm Gryner, Dan Hill, Andy Kim and Paul Quarrington, who, along with host/producer Blair Packham, took turns sharing songs and stories in an informal, acoustic atmosphere at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
It is no secret that award-winning author and highly respected songwriter Paul Quarrington (Porkbelly Futures) is in the final stage of lung cancer, and while the evening was not openly intended to be a tribute to him, it inevitably turned out that way – how could it not? Paul has written about his journey in the National Post, and we strongly recommend his candid first person accounts.
After the show, an impromptu panel of Paul, Andy Kim, Dan Hill, Blair Packham and yours truly, Andy Frank discussed songwriting, life, death, and courage.
(Sorry for the shoddy framing during the panel chat, my low-budget cameraman Otto Pylot hadn’t anticipated a five-person panel, and time was of the essence – AF)