Father and son musical meeting at Toystock (3 photos)

Father and son musical meeting at Toystock (3 photos)

10-year-old Gavin Gaetano joins dad Mike on stage playing drums ten years after appearing as a newborn at the first Toystock

It’s not often that a child gets to participate in a musical performance on stage with their father, but that’s what happened to 10-year-old Gavin Gaetano of Sault Ste. Marie at Toystock, the local charity’s annual Christmas cheer event, which takes place on November 27 at The Grand Gardens.

It was a sweet sense of deja vu for Mike Gaetano, Gavin’s father and longtime local musician.

“It all started at the second Toystock. I volunteered as an elf, dancing with the kids and having fun. Gavin was 20 days old. His dad had his band and they were volunteering as one of the bands and at the end of the set Gavin’s mom brought him up on stage and we took his picture,” said Tasha Zore, Mike’s friend and Gavin’s stepmom.

Fast forward to this year’s Toystock which took place on November 27th.

Mike formed a new band – Ravencore – shortly before joining the line-up of bands for this year’s music charity event.

“His dad had the idea for Gavin to get up and play a song on the drums. 10 years later he returned to the stage to play drums. It was one of those sentimental moments,” Zore said.

“It’s been fantastic to see how he’s grown and to see him get up on stage to actually play music with his dad. That was the right moment,” Zore said.

Gavin played drums with his father and Ravencore and sang a song Beverly Hills by Weezer.

“He almost didn’t. We called him on stage and he had a bit of stage fright. So we kept playing and about two songs later he came back and wanted to do it. There were about 200 people there, so it’s a little scary,” Mike said.

“It was really exciting,” Gavin told SooToday.

“I’ve been playing drums for six months. I like the rhythm,” said Gavin, who often practices drums and recently took up the piano.

“It was too good an opportunity to pass up. I thought it would be special for him. It was something that doesn’t normally happen,” Mike said.

“He can keep time like a drummer. It’s unreal. He immediately kept time, from the first time he sat down and played the drums. He just sat down, I turned on the radio and he kept track of the time.”

“It was surreal. It was super exciting,” Mike said of the father-son performance.

“It makes you feel good. Not many people get the opportunity to do that with their sons or daughters.”

“It was really cool to see. Gavin told me he wants to be a rock star like dad one day,” said Amy Ellis, Gavin’s mother.

Mike, an interior fitter for Jobst Brothers Construction by day, plays several instruments and when he’s on stage he’s the lead singer and rhythm guitar.

“It was the first time in a long time. The last show I played before that was Rotaryfest four years ago. After COVID, we started playing instruments again.”

The annual Toystock event usually consists of several bands playing over the course of several hours, with each band on stage for one hour.

Admission is by donating a new or gently used toy, non-perishable food, or a cash donation, all for the Christmas spirit.

This year’s ninth annual Toystock — officially billed as “Rock the Cause” — featured 11 bands over 11 hours from 12 p.m.

Pasta dinners were provided for adults and children by The Grand Gardens along with pizza from Deluca’s Pizza.

Gavin’s first appearance with Mike may not be his last.

Ravencore wrote original songs and the group plans to record their first album in the spring of 2023.

“We’ll put Gavin on one of the tracks,” Mike said.

“Music opens so many doors. I met so many people in the music scene. You create these bonds with people that last a lifetime. You can connect with people through music. It removes language and racial barriers. It breaks down those walls and I want Gavin to have that opportunity,” Mike said.

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