Randy Bachman considers returning to Winnipeg
WINNIPEG – Randy Bachman took to the stage in Shaw Park with Burton Cummings for the Unite 150 concert on Saturday night.
But apart from playing a host of hits from his storied career as a founding member of Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the Winnipeg-born singer and guitarist used the trip to relive his days in the city.
Last Friday, Bachman published a video on Twitter in which he and his son Tal visited the witch’s hut in Kildonan Park.
In an email to CTV News, Bachman reported on visits to the park in the 1970s.
“I would take it every day [Tal] for a bike tour of Scotia and Kildonan Park, ”wrote Bachman.
Bachman stated that after leaving The Guess Who and recovering from a gallbladder problem, he spent a lot of time at home with his wife and Tal. He set up a seat for Tal on his bike and the two would take an apple to share their daily adventure.
“We drove [through] the park, the monkey trails near the water and ended in the witch’s hut for our apple festival, ”said Bachman.
Then Randy and Tal went to the McDonald’s restaurant on Main Street across from Edmund Partridge Community School and bought a small portion of french fries. Bachman said that was all he could afford at the time. Father and son ate the snack on their bike ride home.
“We did this every day for years, rain or shine and even light snow.”
When the family first visited Kildonan Park last week, they passed the witch hut.
“To my amazement, Tal remembered it and said, ‘I wish we could go in like we used to!'”
The next day, Tal’s wish came true.
Bachman’s friend contacted the key holder of the witch’s hut, who agreed to meet her in the park for a tour of the hut, which was inspired by the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.
“It was amazing and nothing had changed,” said Bachman. “I really appreciate the park people who have come to supervise.”
He said he started getting emails and text messages from other people who wanted to show their families the witch’s hut.
“I think if they opened this every Saturday or Sunday … they would make a lot of parents and their children happy.”
Bachman said the Saturday night show was “a fantastic celebration and a success”.
Bachman Cummings directed the concert, which also included performances by Tal, Chantal Kreviazuk, Tom Cochrane and Fred Penner.