Friday, October 8, 2010


OK, the shows have been played, the audiences have been wonderful, and here are a few comments that people have made or emailed:

“Zoe has created a kind of contemporary opera in Zootcase, bringing the audience into an intimate moment of a young woman's life as she meets and becomes involved with the legendary Zoot Sims. There's magic in her songs, and revelation in the lovely monologues between the songs. This is really very special.” M.F., Minden

“The last two hours have flown by like a bird released from the heart; a tender, wonderful thing!” E. B., Toronto

“More moving than all of Nuit Blanche put together”. B.B., Toronto

posted Sept. 23 on Jian Ghomeshi’s Facebook page:
Jian, check this out! Don't miss this Toronto!"Zootcase" by Zoe ChilcoBancroft, Bala, Huntsville, Minden, & Toronto, Ont.This is a story in words (narration) and song (originals) about Zoe Chilco and Zoot Sims; their love affair, his influence, her growth musically and spiritually. With Norm Amadio, piano; John Deehan, sax; Ron Johnston, bass;
’one of the best shows I’ve ever seen’Lila

“Wonderfully courageous; fabulous songs. I'm so proud of you, dear friend”. S. L., Toronto

“The show was fantastic. I didn't know what to expect, but it was great – the music, the script. ....and the musicians were wonderful”. M. B., Toronto

“It is an impressive showpiece that you have put together. ...your descriptions of scenes from the late 70’s brings back a lot of memories for me. I admire your honesty and courage to mount a piece like Zootcase.” M.B., Minden

“You should make this into a movie…I could visualize all the scenes.” L.B., Bancroft

“I loved the line you had in which you said you forgave the young person you had been” S.M.,Toronto

“It was a provocative (and evocative) piece. We loved it”. A.L., Toronto

“….like a good book that you think about afterwards.” C.B., Minden

"You were fantastic! Brilliant. ....A beautiful, quality, expert performance...It was a WOW!" S.W., Minden

“I loved it, and could relate to it in so many ways”. P.A. , Huntsville

“I was so impressed. You wowed everyone with your honesty and passion. It was so nice to hear the stories and the music.... I could see several people (women AND men) wiping away tears in their eyes.” R.C. Toronto

“The incredible candour and personal content of the show...and the 'magic' and heart of 'that jazz', won me over.” C.M., Bala

“I fell in love 100 times at Zoe Chilco’s ‘Zootcase’.Wish I could be there again!” L.S., Minden

“Everything was wonderful!....Keep doing it.” B.P., Toronto

“... not just a talented musician but actress as well – wow – a beautiful story teller... I thoroughly enjoyed this ...musical theatre...a combination of a book and live theatre...a reality show with intelligence” K.G. Toronto

“A reflective evening with Zoe Chilco, jazz vocalist, and trio at Bala Bay Inn. Through narrative, music and song, Zoe speaks her heart about 'I love you…what a happy day' and
'…fear took second place to knowing you.' ” T.M., Bala

“I was very touched by the show; it was a brave story”. M.S., Minden

“It moved me very much”. S.C., Bancroft

“ wonderful it was to see your show last week. We really enjoyed it. Your natural honesty was captivating and what a treat to hear that caliber of the music!” N.C., Minden

“Thanks for bringing your show to Bancroft. We all apprecaited your performances and the fellows in the combo were exceptional. Hope you return soon.” S.S., Bancroft

A couple from Alberta : “Admirable, enjoyable and impressive.” Bala

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