What I great time we had last Wednesday night at the iconic Cadillac Lounge in Toronto. I was invited by Irene Carroll and Brian and Trisha Donkers to be part of the first ever round at the Cadillac. What a great bunch of young songwriters there were there. Brian Donkers, Carli and Julie Kennedy, Billy J White and Steve Rivers all came armed with a bunch of great songs. From Cashbox Magazine Canada
"Don Graham, long time singer/songwriter, kicked off the night with a cut from his first album ‘Got What it Takes’ and through the night gave a taste of his versatile writing style from ‘Como Te Amo’ to his country spoof of ‘One of Us Was Gone’ taking us all back to the sentimental side of life with ‘Mama’s Smile’. ‘I Dug A Hole’ captures a scenario we have all experienced at one time or another.
Steve Rivers was engaging, telling tales through his songs like ‘Smokin’ (dedicated to his grandmother who was in the audience) and ‘Truck Beer Girl’,  and ‘One Road Town’. With tunes like ‘Running Out of Love’ and ‘Bigger Than That’ It is no wonder this artist He was recently nominated for the 'Rising Star" award by the CMAO. (Country Music Association of Ontario.)  An engaging singer and a talented performer, Rivers has a way of connecting with his audience through his songs and smile.Billy J White rocked the house with ‘Saturday Night’ his new single, and ‘Keep Those Kisses Coming’ ‘The Zombie Song’, along with a great rockin’ tune ‘Country Drag Strip’ and a personal motto,  ‘You’re Gonna Get It Right’. Billy J was backed by the equally talented Aaron Solomon on guitar and banjo.
Julie and Carli Kennedy are identical twins so you get double the talent and then some.  Energetic performers, there is no way you can sit still when they hit the stage. ‘Play It By Heart’and ‘Change of Plans’ are great tunes, while ‘Keep On Dancing’ was inspired by seeing an older couple, still in love, and knowing they are still ‘dancing and romancing’ in their heads and hearts,while ‘Yes I Do’ is a hilarious take-off on non-wedding vows for a philandering boyfriend, and ‘While The Fiddle Plays’ is a dedication to the new baby living n their building who gets to hear ‘lullabies’ while the Kennedys rehearse. Don’t miss this dynamic duo if you get a chance to see them live.Brian Donkers rounded out each ‘end’ of the circle with lyric driven tunes such as ‘Darling I am  Ready’ and ‘Sweet Sweet Wind’. Combining his strong vocals and consistent playing,  Donkers  is one to be watching in the future with songs like ‘Gone’ and  ‘Someday You’’ll See’. ‘This Heart of Mine’ is especially well written and showed off the merits of this singer/songwriter. As one of the organizers of this inaugural event said ‘Wednesday Night Music Club is such a great opportunity to bring together great songwriters to showcase their talent for a crowd that really appreciates a well written song. The fact that we can ombine what we love to do with such a great cause in the Unison Benevolent Fund is even better.”
 The place was packed and the different types of songs and voices made for an entertaining evening for all. Hope I get invited to the next one.