October 25, 2005
Source: University of Toronto:
New Orleans says thank you to U of T for Katrina relief
Tim Laughlin Quartet performs in recognition of U of T aid efforts
by Mary Alice Thring (about) (email)
The Great Hall at Hart House will ring with the sounds of New Orleans jazz in a special "thank you" concert in recognition of the University of Toronto's efforts in hurricane Katrina relief. The free performance by the Tim Laughlin Quartet will take place Friday, Oct. 28 from noon to 2 p.m., 7 Hart House Circle.
When hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast at the end of August, the members of the Tim Laughlin Jazz Quartet were on their way to perform at a jazz festival in Asuncion, Paraguay. After the festival, the quartet flew back to the U.S. but was unable to return home following the devastating effects of the hurricane in the region.
Volunteer assistance and relief supplies arrived in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast from all over the world and Canadians were among the first to offer support. In recognition of this, and particularly of the efforts of the U of T community, the U.S. State Department is sponsoring the Tim Laughlin Jazz Quartet to bring its own unique style of New Orleans music to say thank you.
Professor David Farrar, vice-provost (students), will accept acknowledgements from Nicholas Giacobbe, acting U.S. consul general.