By: Miki Sato

Gilda's club honours Gilda Radner of SNL fame.

Gilda’s club honours Gilda Radner of SNL fame.

The 8th annual It’s Always Something variety show took place on November 23 at the swanky Princess of Wales Theatre. The sold-out show was an evening full of comedy, music, and dance by some of the biggest names in Canadian talent.

Beloved comedian Russell Peters flew in to town especially for the event, hosting for his third consecutive year.

Entertaining the black-tied crowd with some new racial jokes, Russell introduced a stellar lineup of Canadian celebs – including Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Sean Cullen and Divine Brown – who all performed in support of Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto.

Steven Page (formerly of The Barenaked Ladies) treated the audience with “something new, something old, something borrowed, and something blue” Page told the newspaper that his new album, set to be released in Spring 2010, “will be a bit of everything – folk, alternative, rock…”

During his set, Page recalled visiting his friend, and Barenaked Ladies band member, Kevin Hearn, at Gilda’s when he had leukemia.

The performers, who all donated their time for It’s Always Something, mentioned throughout the evening that they felt honoured to be part of such a great event in support of such a great cause.

Comedian and writer, Irwin Barker, partway through his stand-up, reminded the audience that he is still fighting the disease to this day, but stated that “cancer cannot touch the spirit… humour and creativity.”

Gilda’s Club is named after late comedienne Gilda Radner, who is well-known for her sketch comedy on Saturday Night Live in the 70s. Radner’s death from ovarian cancer increased awareness of the disease and encouraged earlier detection. “It’s always something” was a catchphrase from her beloved SNL character, Roseanne Roseannadanna, and also the title of her memoirs.

Gilda’s Club provides free emotional and social support for men, women, children, teens – and their friends and families – who are living with cancer. Canadian artists in support of the non-profit organization come back year after year to lend their voices and talents to this great cause.

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