A Canadian jazz concert held under a starry sky seemed to have brought out the romantic in everyone in Mississauga. For one couple in particular, who fearlessly got up to dance in front of the crowds, it was all about the music (and love).
Helen Sycamone and Frank Loiacamo said they are known for their moves, which earned them the nickname "the dancers."
It started more than 13 years ago, after Helen said her marriage broke up. Mutual friends introduced her to Frank and the couple have been dancing ever since.
"I was terrified to get out of everyone at first," Helen said about the first time she danced out in public with Frank, at a Toronto venue. "I didn't take up dancing as seriously as he did. Frank has danced since he was 9."
But they danced on during the concert, held in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee, with full encouragement from the audience.
Performances were made by Juno nominated Jill Barber, Shannon Butcher and Arlene Paculan.
All three jazz divas are also hometown girls. Barber, who is from Port Credit originally, shared a few fond memories of growing up in Mississauga. Talks of breakfast at the Apple Orchard restaurant off highway 10 sprang to mind, as did walkabouts in the mall, where Barber said she retreated into the HMV store inside Square One before her performance. Looking for her own album, she said she had a moment of quiet reflection and solace, to know her dreams of becoming a musician came true.
When Butcher came to the stage, the sultry songstress also shared from her heart. In a song from her latest album, 'Better Kisser,' Butcher explained the lyrics were about her grandparents, on their wedding day. In photos from their album, an ex-girlfriend of Butcher's grandpa showed up. As Butcher recalled the story, the woman was said to have told the grandfather, "You know Jack, you were a better kisser when you were single."
The song, Butcher then told, was for her grandmother and the lyrics were in reply to what she imagined her grandfather saying to his ex-girlfriend.