• Brian Gallagher

The mask of Gallagher – the sequel

Yes beautiful people, I sometimes imagine myself as a swashbuckling Antonio Banderas smoothly sashaying through the aisles of Walmart flashing my sparkling baby hazels at all the ladies as I silently swoosh by them in the ‘Party-size’ chip bag aisle. “Who was that masked man?” they would excitedly whisper to each other.

“Was that George Clooney?” they would wonder aloud.

You see, in my meandering mind, the wearing of the mask allows me to transform from sweatpants-wearing middle-aged martini-swigging frumpasaurus (It really was a prehistoric dinosaur I swear) to dashing Hollywood movie star as soon as those elastic loops hit the back of my earlobes. And it isn’t just the fact that my mask was a free branded giveaway with the purchase of a 1.5l bottle of bargain gin (I find I look quite fetching in olive green with the picture of the martini glass covering my mouth and the two olives strategically placed over my nostrils).

You see it allows me to transform my persona with confidence just like it did for Jim Carey. No one can tell if I have been shaving regularly or how many teeth I still have. I am free to be whomever I want to be; I feel so self-confident that I could be included in one of those Dove soap commercials.

Ok… maybe that one’s too much of a stretch even for this wild imagination.

Yes indeed dear readers, this summer of the mask has provided this poor version of Walter Mitty the power and confidence of anonymity and the benefit of increased exercise back and forth to the car. With any luck I should be fit, lean, younger and more popular by Thanksgiving.


Singer-songwriter Meghan Oak (@oak.Meghan.oak) will be performing this Saturday, August 15 at 7 p.m. at Cafexo Boutique (358 Ave. Saint-Charles, Vaudreuil-Dorion). Admission is free.


The Parc Historique de la Pointe du Moulin (2500 Boulevard Don-Quichotte, Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot) continues its ‘Dimanches Champêtres’ with live music every Sunday from 1to 3 p.m. as well as guided tours, craft beer tastings and much more. There is no entrance fee for the park this year so take advantage and discover this jewel at the end of Île-Perrot!


Hudson’s Greenwood Centre for Living History continues its ‘Music in the Gardens’ series again this weekend but is changing it up by having it on Saturday, August 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. This week’s featured performers are Bryan Bowser and Jean Montpetit, or ‘Martin Gibson’ because of their choice of guitars. The afternoon shows are becoming more and more popular so reserve early! Tickets are $10 each and you can reserve or get more details by calling Greenwood at (450) 458-5396 or by emailing them at history@greenwoodcentre.org.

Upcoming shows are yours truly (Gallagher) on Sunday, August 23 and Hudson duo Pagoda Starling on Sunday, August 30.


Stay well beautiful people, enjoy the sunshine and warm weather as the summer starts to wind down. But that nasty ol’ COVID-19 is still hanging out on the terrasses, parks and martini stores so please… keep up the awesome job of summering responsibly. Keep your baby blues (browns, greens, etc…) fixed on The Journal each Thursday and online (www.yourlocaljournal.ca) for all the news and events that are happening here and there, in and around the Vaudreuil-Soulanges area.