Musician plans two shows during visit home

In my work with the Victoria Order of Nurses “several” years ago, I met some of the nicest people and have remained friends with many.We often lose track of people as they pursue careers and move on to new places and endeavours. So, it is always nice when some of those friends return to the area for a visit. One such friend is James Boraski.Boraski spent a good part of his life in the Brantford and Waterford areas. He is faithful in returning to visit his mom, Caroline, to wish her a happy birthday. This year, he has a busy schedule planned for this return in early May.After spending many years in the Northwest Territories with his work, he moved to Thunder Bay, Ont., upon retiring. And he has kept himself busy with one of his true loves – his music.Boraski’s musical genres include roots, traditional blues, as well as rock ‘n’ roll. His blues music has won him accolades and awards in Canada and in Memphis, Tenn., at the International Blues Festival. He and his band, Momentary Evolution, were inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as a master blues band.True to the title of one of CD titles, Comin’ Home, Boraski will be here for two shows on Saturday at the Polish Hall, 154 Pearl St., Brantford.From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., he will be joined by Peter Melkert to present an acoustic show, featuring “some new songs, along with some standard regulars,” states Boraski.And, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Boraski returns to the hall with Momentary Evolution, and featuring Dwayne LaForme and his Boogie Blues Band.Boraski says LaForme is a “good friend and an awesome blues guitar slinger.”Special guest will be Paul James.“These are the only shows I am doing while in the area for an abbreviated family visit back home,” says Boraski.His performances will feature selections from Comin’ Home and his second CD, NVR2L8.Boraski credits his late dad, Leo, for his love of music and inspiring much of his writings.He says he hopes to pass on that same love of music to his own children.Once back in Thunder Bay, Boraski will continue to entertain people at local venues, keeping busy almost every weekend.Brenda Dredge is a freelance writer who lives in Waterford. E-mail her at brenda.dredge@sympatico.ca.

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