That Christmas Spirit

A Christmas Loft Party…the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit(s) in a snow-free Toronto!

598571_10151280964637210_1161562927_nI’ve been so busy this past month I have not had anytime to put up my usual Christmas decorations but since I have Christmas lights in my loft year round, and since renting a Santa Suit at Malabar is easy…getting into the holiday spirit is a piece of (rum) cake. I began my week enjoying a concert by Diana Panton at The Old Mill Inn. 312798_451763844884121_981822217_nShe was joined by the same trio that plays on her seasonal offering, “Christmas Kiss”: Don Thompson on bass and piano (uh, at different times, natch!), Reg Schwager on guitar and Guido Basso on trumpet and flugelhorn.

Madeleine and Elizabeth are daughters of my pals Mark and Delphine...it's always a treat to see young people digging live jazz!

Madeleine and Elizabeth are daughters of my pals Mark and Delphine…it’s always a treat to see young people digging live jazz!

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The following night is was back to the Old Mill for the Jazz FM Christmas Concert featuring The Shuffle Demons. I broke out the Santa suit, danced like a maniac, and brought my little buddy Allan to dinner with my life-sized friend, Jessica Pelchat. Jessica and I spent the entire summer sailing, bowling, seeing live concerts and betting on horses at Woodbine. She also designed my new killer website JAYMZBEE.CA and is a professional special event planner. What a girl!

Dave Keymaster lives in my building and is a welcome regular to Chez Bee loft parties.

Dave Keymaster lives in my building and is a welcome regular to Chez Bee loft parties.

Wednesday I hosted a small loft party in Liberty Village. IMG_5997A couple dozen friends entertained each other…John Mason brought over a bottle of rare scotch that was enjoyed by everyone; especially Tony Quarrington who is a whiskey aficionado. By the time the party ended I had three broken glasses, love notes written in soap all over my bathroom mirror and some interesting stains on a sofa I’d rather not try to describe. It wasn’t even a full moon! Still, people had fun and the next day I awoke to a wall of leftover wine…so I’m prepared for the next bash without hitting the liquor store.

Sahra loved the loft party!

Sahra loved the loft party!

IMG_6013Thursday my buddy Jerry Jordan threw a party for his clients (he reps actors) and I was happy to drop by his bash at The Stone’s Place. I saw a bunch of old friends but missed seeing the owner, Jerry Stone…who is a person everyone should meet.

John Alcorn was at Stone's Place for a fun holiday party!

John Alcorn was at Stone’s Place for a fun holiday party!

He’s a colourful, positive character who knows pretty much everything about The Rolling Stones. His cozy venue in Parkdale is a perfect party palace, available to rent for any occasion. After a few drinks I beelined to see Mark McLean laying down some old skool funk at Painted Lady. When he started off playing some Booker T and The MG’s I knew I was in the right place.

The crazy staff at Painted Lady add to the party vibe!

The crazy staff at Painted Lady add to the party vibe!

Laura Desiree...woman of a thousand faces...and all of them stunning!

Laura Desiree…woman of a thousand faces…and all of them stunning!

Friday I went to a loft party hosted by music impresario and A440 A&R man Scott Morin. He and his gal Kitty did a fine job for a first time event. The placement of the furniture, band and mood lighting needs a bit of tweaking but nobody could possibly complain; what with Robi Botos Trio playing and a cameo from Ron Sexsmith, who was born to sing “One For My Baby And One More For The Road”.

One last party in Toronto before heading to Cuba. Thanks to Scott Morin, Kitty and the Robi Botos Trio for a great night!

One last party in Toronto before heading to Cuba. Thanks to Scott Morin, Kitty and the Robi Botos Trio for a great night!

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