Rhythm and blues fans were treated at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts on Jan. 22nd to the fantastic sounds of the most successful Motown group ever – Boyz II Men. The group has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide and they entertained a full house with songs from their new album Motown: A Journey through Hitsville USA, as well as hit songs from past albums.
It was a remarkable evening in one of the best theatres in the area. I can’t think of another venue that is booking such world-class performances and yet provides an intimate setting, bringing you close to the artist, regardless of where you are sitting. The theatre is a true treasure right here in our midst, and I’m proud to be one of OCPA’s Big Ticket sponsors, which included Boyz II Men.
The group began in the late 1980s as a quartet, but when one of the members dropped out before their first recording to pursue a solo career, the other members maintained the group as a trio and went on to be the most successful R&B male vocal group of all time. They recorded five number 1 R&B successes and had three singles set and exceed Billboard Hot 100 records.
Also in the crowd enjoying this outstanding show was Canada’s own Matt Dusk, the Toronto-born crooner and jazz musician who is achieving international acclaim and whose major debut album Two Shots has reached gold in Canada.
The arts are an important element in the cultural fabric of a community. Live performances, dance and music feed the minds and souls of its citizens and that is critical for a well-balanced and culturally rich community. The OCPA is one of the most active and influential organizations in our area.
I’m proud to be associated with this wonderful organization by bringing a number of top shows and performances each year through the Dan Cooper Concert Series. Upcoming performances in this series include Nearly Neil on Feb. 26th, Rita Chiarelli on March 6th, Serena Ryder on March 25th, and 54-40 on March 31st.
The desire by the Dan Cooper Team to provide support for the arts is a testament to our commitment to give back to the community in which we work and live. We are not simply in the business of selling properties and helping buyers find homes. We are an integral part of this terrific community and involved in a number of good causes in Oakville and Burlington. Our support for the Oakville Centre is just one example of our commitment to help build a better community.