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Jim Foster to entertain next gathering of club Feb. 13 0

Well-known local columnist and humourist Jim Foster will be the guest speaker at the Orillia Canadian Club gathering Feb. 13.

The event will take place at St. Paul’s United Church, at the corner of Coldwater and Peter streets, at 2 p.m.

Foster has been a columnist with The Packet & Times since 1955. His column appears weekly in The Packet & Times as well as the Barrie Examiner, Midland Free Press and North Bay Nugget.

He is a two-time winner of the Western Ontario Newspaper Association’s humour columnist award and has also won an Ontario Newspaper Award in the same category.

His columns have been reproduced in two books by Dundurn Press in Toronto, I Hate to Complain, but... in 1999 and Still Complaining in 2001.

Foster has written for well-known Canadian comedian Dave Broadfoot and was a contributing writer for three of his TV specials.

For several years, he has also been a gag writer for cartoonist Doug Sneyd of Playboy magazine and other cartoonists for the same publication.

He was a founding member of and contributing writer for Oh Really, Orillia, a highly successful musical and satirical revue that ran for 16 years in the city. The troupe finally packed it in when the writers and actors decided “they were too damned old to be singing, dancing and acting the fool.” Not only that, the show ran until long past their bedtime.

As a part of the club’s gathering, young pianist Thomas Torok (born in 1998) will also be performing.

Born in Hungary to a long line of talented musicians, he began playing his own compositions by ear at age four and is now the winner of the TD Canada Trust Award for Outstanding Composition. This year, he will be performing his own composition, Summer Solace, at a number of music festivals.

Torok is currently preparing for his Grade 10 exam while also studying violin and recently received the Royal Conservatory gold medal with the highest exam mark in the province.

He has also won numerous awards including the Barrie Kiwanis Junior and Senior Rose Bowl awards, was first in both the Orillia and South Simcoe music festivals in senior piano and placed second overall in Ontario.

Cost for the speaker, music and social for non-members is $7 per person and all are welcome.

For more information, call Sara Jenkins at 705-326-1927.

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