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My good friend, Ian Lake, (no relation) is performing the lead roll in the stage production of Once at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto. The reviews have been nothing but outstanding and the show is opening each night to a packed house.

My kids grew up with Ian and his sister, which makes me feel like a proud Auntie. It also makes me feel really old!

For those who never saw the film, Once takes place in Ireland and is a lovely story about two people from different parts of the world who happen upon each other and connect through music. Each has their own secrets – personal challenges they are grappling with and holding close to their hearts. With her startling singing voice and his musical ability wrought with soul, they come together – even for a brief moment – and help one another become whole again.

Once is an endearing love story that will touch you to the core. At least it did me, but then, I’m a sucker for a good romance, and also a music lover.

But don’t we all seek out resolution to angst or love through the films we watch and the books we read? Don’t we yearn for whatever it might be that can help make us whole – even for a brief moment.

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