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Around a decade ago, Toronto’s John Rahme was introduced to Killarney by some good friends, and he fell in love.
“We try to visit as often as we can now,” said Rahme, a father of three who loves nothing better than packing up the fam for a sojourn in Killarney Provincial Park or eating fish and chips at Herbert Fisheries.
“We’re heading up August 1 for the week. The natural beauty is overwhelming and inspiring beyond words. It’s just jaw-dropping beautiful.”
A musician in his free time, Rahme has expressed his feelings about Killarney in song, with a single called “Killarney.” It’s available now on all the major streaming platforms. Check out the YouTube video below:
“I wrote the song as a tribute to Killarney Provincial Park,” Rahme said. “It’s a place I love and I dream about it constantly.
“I want this song to be a reminder of how the actual world used to look everywhere. and how we need to protect these natural environment and take a pledge for a role as caretakers of the place, and remind everybody to enjoy and respect the natural world we live in.”
Rahme, who is recently retired, used to belong to a band called Pieces of Train (funny story - the band was originally called Peace Train, but they changed their name after a humorous mispronunciation at a gig in Turkey during a European busking tour).
But those days are behind the Pieces of Train members, other than getting together for a yearly jam session.
More recently, Rahme has been putting out singer-songwriter pieces. Other songs include COVID Christmas (about the strangeness that was Christmas 2020) and The Beast of Fort McMurray (about the devastating 2016 Fort McMurray, Alberta forest fire).
You can check out more of Rahme’s work on his YouTube channel.