Today at work we were chatting about the first concerts we attended. I’m pretty sure mine was Blondie at the Ontario Place Forum. I looked it up and the band did indeed play there on July 2, 1979 — which fits the time frame of my memory.
My mother was there too, of course, but I’m not sure she was a fan. She did, however, enjoy Ontario Place (and Centre Island) a great deal and I spent a lot of time there as a kid.
I probably got into Blondie because of the CITYTV television show called The NewMusic which was hosted by J.D. Roberts and Jeanne Beker.
J.D is now “John” Roberts and there’s no mention of the NewMusic, the Power Hour or Toronto Rocks for that matter on his official website.
Jeanne Beker, of course, is a well-known Toronto-based media personality. She was the epitome of cool when I was young (on the NewMusic of course!) and perhaps one of the reasons I studied broadcast journalism.
My funny little frog voice is the reason I never went beyond studying but that, too, is far in the past.