The Centre In The Square sends it thoughts and best wishes to all and especially for Stuart.
Some unexpected and disappointing news.
We have to call off the Vinyl Cafe Christmas Tour as of Monday November 23rd – the day after the concert in Thunder Bay.
I have just learned that I have melanoma. I begin therapy next week.
This is not quite as ominous as it sounds (or not as ominous as it sounded to me). Melanoma, which was once a deadly diagnosis, has, over the last couple of years, become eminently treatable. The treatment is, as my wonderful doctor describes it, the poster child of cancer therapy. He tells me a positive outcome for the immunotherapy I will be receiving should be in the neighbourhood of 85%. So I expect we will be able to reconvene next Christmas, as we would have this year had it not been for my extraordinarily bad timing.
We wondered about the option of doing both – the tour and the therapy – but there is the possibility of side effects from the treatment and I don’t want to be doing shows if I can’t be my best self. Nor do I want to be doing therapy if I can’t bring my best self there.
I know this is a disappointment to those of you who are looking forward to the show. It is a disappointment to me too. It feels like I invited everyone to dinner and am calling to say the party’s off. I don’t know what to say except, I am sorry.
If you do have a ticket to one of our Christmas Concerts (after our Thunder Bay show) you should contact the ticket outlet where you purchased them. You will receive a refund. Ticket refunds will be available beginning Tuesday November 24th, 2015. You obtain your refund at the point of purchase (if you purchased online, call the phone number of the ticket seller).
If you are looking for a Ticketmaster or theatre phone number, you can check our website.
We will announce next year’s concerts in the usual way and if you want to make sure you don't miss them, the best thing to do is subscribe to our newsletter. You can do that here.
Finally, I don’t want you worrying. I am otherwise healthy and, as I said, the likelihood of this being a bump in the road rather than the end of the road is by far the most expected outcome. There are many, many people who are much sicker than I am, who both need and deserve your concern.
My apologies for the disruption and my best wishes to you and your loved ones for the holidays and the year ahead.
Presented by Don Jones Productions