Day 332: Sting, Sting a song

One of the 4,000 babies delivered by the Sunnybrook stork.

One of the 4,000 babies delivered by the Sunnybrook stork.

A good deed was done on my behalf on Thursday evening when my lovely brother-in-law called with an extra ticket to the One Night Live benefit. It was a star-studded concert hosted by Chris Noth (from Sex and the City), featuring the Canadian Tenors, Sheryl Crow and … Sting! STING!!

(Okay, I’ve calmed down now.) It was part of a fundraising effort in support of the Women & Babies Program’s new high-risk birthing facility at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Before you could say “Roxaaaaaaane,” I accepted his kind offer and attended the concert with a group of five family and two friends. We stood and cheered, we danced, we sang along. Good times.

They had incubators set up to accept cash donations, but I couldn’t find one on the way out, so today I made a donation online. It was the very least I could do.

Did you know:

Sting did not wear this at Thursday's concert. Francesco Scavullo shot this photo the year “The Police” broke up. ... um... the scarf is by Halston.

Renowned photographer Francesco Scavullo shot this photo in 1984, the year “The Police” broke up. ...um... the scarf is by Halston.

Sting did not wear this outfit at Thursday’s concert.

Sting’s real name is Gordon Matthew Sumner.

He got his nickname because of the yellow-and-black striped rugby shirt he used to wear. [So he might just has easily have been called Bumblebee?]

Sting started his career playing cruise ships and cabarets.

The Police’s, “Every Breath You Take,” is officially the most requested radio song of all time, and the single still yields Sting a daily royalty of $2,000. [I was one of a few thousand back-up singers for this one on Thursday.]

P.S. Here’s Sting’s “Fields of Gold” as performed by the late Eva Cassidy. Enjoy!


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4 responses to “Day 332: Sting, Sting a song

  1. heather

    What was Chris like as a host?

  2. refnaf

    wow, so exciting GDAD!!!
    sting started out on cruise ships and cabarets??? haha, who knew.

  3. Heather, Chris Noth was a great host. He was funny and charming and the show program booklet included photos of Chris visiting the babies and parents in the Sunnybrook high-risk neonatal unit. Nice guy.

    (Turns out his wife/partner is Canadian actress Tara Lynn Wilson and they own Once Upon a Teacup shop in Windsor, Ontario.)

    [And thanks, Ref!]

  4. This is uncanny: I covered Eva on Sunday and I’m covering Sting for tomorrow :))))). Very nice

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