As the Chicago tour carries on Wally and the band are enjoying some respite from work and we wanted to catch up and find out what Wally was doing during his time off in Canada. Wally tells us that he was able to check out the beautiful city of Toronto before he and the band headed West. He said,

“I had the pleasure of spending some time in Toronto.  The Canadian people are wonderful and we were excited to play for them. Toronto is a modern city with lots of attractions and plenty of things to do. In fact, I had the pleasure of visiting the Royal Ontario Museum to check out an exhibit by American sculptor Dale Chihuly.
The Chihuly Exhibit. Photo Credit Walfredo Reyes, Jr.
The Chihuly Exhibit. Photo Credit Walfredo Reyes, Jr.
When I saw the colors of this exhibit and heard its sounds it was very stimulating to the sonic part of my brain. Additionally, Toronto has some amazing restaurants. In just one day I ate Lebanese, Indian, and, Novo Modern Canadian cuisine (mix of regional foods with multi ethnic influences)!”


Here’s a shot of the amazing Dale Chihuly Exhibit (Photo Credit: Walfredo Reyes, Jr.).

Chihuly Exhibit 2

As Wally said, Toronto is indeed a beautiful city.

The beautiful Toronto skyline. Photo credit Walfredo Reyes, Jr.
The beautiful Toronto skyline. Photo credit Walfredo Reyes, Jr.
MTS Centre
The MTS Centre

After leaving Toronto the band performed its next show in Winnipeg, Manitoba, On Wednesday, November 2, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire appeared at the MTS Centre which is a 15,000 seat arena which hosts a number of major entertainment acts and it is also the home the NHL Winnipeg Jets. In talking about that show Wally told us the following:

“Nice people in Winnipeg. We do a “Meet and Greet” before the show and after the show. Earth Wind And Fire does the same thing and I was really honored to see lots of passion and enthusiasm amongst long time fans of both bands.” 
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Chicago and EWF performing at the MTS Centre

As it relates to the great City of Chicago, we also asked Wally if he was able to witness the Chicago Cubs’ historic victory in the World Series. In response, Wally said:

“Tonight [in Winnipeg] the challenge of the Chicago/EWF band and crew was to do all we needed to do, do the meet and greets, and then do the show.  We were able, in between all of this, to catch some of the World Series. In fact, EWF got off stage and the first question we heard was “who’s winning?” (Laughs) I myself want to say congratulations to the Chicago Cubs!! Chicago is special to us and in fact our manager Peter Schivarelli lives there and we all have a lot of family and friends there.  The same goes for EWF who are also originally from Chicago.  We are happy they won and it was a happy time backstage for sure. There was a lots of screaming after the show on our way to our hotel. Tomorrow we are on to Calgary!! We fly and it is a day of travel and I am looking forward to it.”

Safe travels Wally. We will catch up with you in Calgary.

Editor’s Note: To read a terrific review of the Winnipeg show, check out this glowing review from the Winnipeg Free Press here.  Good work Wally!

Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor