chris & laura's rock 'n' roll wedding featuring rock plaza central , dave clark , jack breakfast , tony dekker , mark sasso , scott maynard , nick taylor , castlemusic and rich burnett at the Gladstone (1214 Queen West), Saturday (January 10). $5. www.rockplazacentral.com Rating: NNNNN
Almost immediately after meet-ing Laura Reinsborough two years ago, Chris Eaton knew she was the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. "My band never practises, but we had this one practice," says Eaton, a local author and guitarist/vocalist of the band Rock Plaza Central. "And I showed up and said that I had just met someone I was going to marry someday.
"I don't think I listened much to Do Make Say Think, for instance, before I met Laura. It's like I thought they were something other than what they are. But I think ours is kind of a relationship built around music, you know? If you're a music lover and you meet somebody who can tell you about music you've never heard of and whom you instantly love, that's always a good sign."
Sniff! Isn't that bee-yoo-tiful?
But when, you're all wondering, did he decide it was officially time to tie the knot?
"Well, my songs have always been really sad, and I think there's still a sad tone to the new disc, but all of a sudden my song lyrics were becoming happier. That's how I realized I was insanely happy. I started writing happier songs that were about us meeting."
Eaton is sheepishly trying to tell me about his new disc, a collection of tunes all about himself and Reinsborough falling in love.
"I know this sounds awfully sappy, and it sounds like they're crappy songs. I mean, who writes songs about being happy unless they're pop songs? But they're in minor keys, so I think they still sound sad."
The two were wed in Sackville, New Brunswick, on this past New Year's Eve, surrounded by East Coast friends and family. Now they're bringing the love to the Gladstone Hotel, and you're all invited.
A whole slew of bands and musicians are playing, including Jack Breakfast, Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers, Dave Clark, Blackeyes' Nick Taylor, Rock Plaza Central and more. Each of them has space to perform about five songs, says Eaton, all of which have to be about love in some form or another.
"I told them they could play anything they wanted - covers, originals whatever - as long as there's some interpretation of love in there. Mark Sasso from Elliott Brood told me had a song about how much he loves his banjo, so I was, like, 'Sure, go ahead, dude!'
"And all Jack (Breakfast) does is write love songs. It may be I Love Eglinton or something, but it's still about love."
Got it? The show's going to be all about love. Eaton hints that the couple may even repeat the vows they wrote themselves.
"We have a lot of good friends in Toronto who just couldn't afford the trip to New Brunswick, and I want them to experience the exact same thing that happened before. I want to get up there and declare how much Laura means to me. I can't recommend finding the person you love more highly."
Aww, isn't that just bee-yoo-tiful?