It has been a long time since Korah Collegiate’s Mustang Sally has been able to entertain the community through live concerts due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Teachers from the Sault High School Music and Art Department, however, plan to return with Korah Borealis – our inaugural Arts Night Gala starting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 in Korah for an evening of performances musicals and a student art exhibition.
Tuesday’s event will mark the return to live performances of Korah’s Mustang Sally, a band formed in 2003 by Korah Collegiate music teacher Greg Ryckman.
Mustang Sally’s lineup partially changes each year as Korah students graduate from high school and since its inception the band has performed extensively both locally and across Ontario.
“We’ve been doing rehearsals all week to prepare for this one,” Ryckman said, speaking to SooToday during a Mustang Sally rehearsal in Korah on Friday.
“It’s our big season finale that we always do every year, but we haven’t been allowed to do it for the last two years. It’s awesome. You don’t realize what you’re missing out on until he’s gone, and then when you do it again and see the magic that comes with it, you think it’s a shame we’ve lost the last two years.
“COVID was a total disappointment and the saddest part was that we were set to put on a gigantic show in May 2020. All the media publicity was done, all the promo was done and all that was left to do was pull the curtains and we couldn’t do it. These kids missed this and it hurts me deeply,” Ryckman said.
About 40 Korah students are taking part in Mustang Sally’s upcoming show, including singers and musicians as well as sound and lighting technicians.
Korah’s show will also feature five students from the music department’s Rising Stars program.
“The Rising Stars program is where we nurture future rock stars for the main stage,” Ryckman said.
“We’re doing 1980s hair metal,” Ryckman said of Tuesday’s Mustang Sally set list.
“The way these kids play, you’d think they were born in the 80s themselves.”
Mustang Sally Songs hair nation The set list for Tuesday’s concert includes:
- The final Countdown
- Here we go again
- Fallen Angel
- stop crying
- Cannon Rock (Instrumental)
- My hero
- live on a prayer
- Cum on the noise
- House of broken love
- Rekindle my heart
- Sweet Child O Mine
Along with Mustang Sally’s concert, Korah Collegiate will also host an art exhibit on Tuesday featuring the work of its art department students.
“Because of the pandemic, we were closed for almost three years and the children couldn’t do a lot. We usually do Mustang Sally’s Great Big Gig in the spring of each year. It is usually the second Tuesday in May. We wanted to show a bit of everything, so from the concert we grew and flourished in Kore Boreal to let the light shine on everyone and showcase all the talent we have at Korah,” said Jennifer Barbeau, Vice Principal of Korah Collegiate.
“It’s nice to see the kids coming back to do what they love to do. It’s nice to see all the smiles again. Buzz for the show has been positive. People talked about it,” Barbeau said.
Tuesday’s Korah Borealis – our inaugural artistic evening Gto the the program includes:
- Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
- Art Gallery 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Concert band 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Korahsters and singing lessons 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Rising Stars 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Intermission 8 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
- Mustang Sally 8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
There will be items for sale, including vintage yearbooks from Korah Collegiate.
Tickets will be available at the door and all funds raised from ticket sales will be reinvested into Korah’s artistic department programming.