at the Canadiana Backpackers Hostel, Toronto?
Do you know what “Karaoke” means? Well, “Kara” in Japanese means “empty”. Like “Karate” which translates as “Empty Hand”; hence, fighting without weapons. “Oke” is the way the Japanese shorten the word “Orchestra”;? therefore, Karaoke is singing without an orchestra.
We have a regularly scheduled event every Monday when we go as a group to our local pub – located exactly one block from our front door – for “Karaoke Night”! It’s actually a lot of fun!
There are three types of singers at Karaoke. There are those who can’t sing (and know it) but just want to sing somewhere other than in the shower. It’s all in fun and they know that too. The second type? consists of the seriously deluded. They can’t sing to save their lives? but they don’t know it! The sounds that comes out of their mouths often falls somewhere between nails on a chalkboard and a cat with its’ tail caught in a door! It’s just dreadful – but funny!
We’ve got an old friend (read; repeat client)? from Detroit? staying with us at the hostel right now. Her name is Ruthie and she’s spending her reading week with us up here in Toronto. She’s not actually from Detroit. She’s from the suburbs of that city which are really quite lovely. Ruthie is the third type of singer at Karaoke – she can actually sing! (Not to mention that she’s also easy on the eyes!) That combination would normally make her a tough act to follow – but not at Karaoke! This is where the delusional singers come in to the picture. They could follow Pavarotti or Barbra Striesand and think they were better singers!
So you can join us on Monday nights at 10 PM for half-priced pitchers of beer; half-priced chicken wings and full-on laughs. And? you’re welcome whether? you can sing or not!
Ruthie, who is from Detroit,? visiting us for a second time.? She is studying law and on March break. Instead of going to sunny Florida like many American students, she came to visit us (we’re flattered).? She has a voice to kill for.?