BEE DAY 2013

7 Cakes and one butter tart in one week!?

7 Cakes and one butter tart in one week!?

BEE DAY 2013: Actually, to be correct I suppose I should call this BEE WEEK. Every year I celebrate my birthday doing a big bash but this year, since I was turning 50, I decided to do a week of events and I’m so glad I did! I can’t recall who sent in some of these photos but most of the best ones come from Janet Jardine and Robert Saxe…and anything a little fuzzy or shiny is likely from my iPhone. Thanks to everyone who contributed and if you remind me of a pic that’s yours I’ll get your name on it!

I met actor David Lee on Monday and then three more times last week!

I met actor David Lee on Monday and then three more times last week!

Heather Hartt-Sussman has helped me so much with my writing!

Heather Hartt-Sussman has helped me so much with my writing!

My old friend Jamie Grant designed this poster in nano seconds!

My old friend Jamie Grant designed this poster in nano seconds!

My birthday began with a perfect lunch with an old and new friend at Barberian’s. Heather and Dave enjoyed the food as much as I did and we covered a million topics! Heather has given me such great advice about my various writing project in the last two years. I should’ve been buying her the lunch as a thank you! David Lee joined us. He is here from L.A. (via South Africa) and is shooting the new TV version of Nikita. We became fast friends and ripped it up three times last week!

Sahra (on my left) has been my best friend for well over a decade and plays regularly with Andrea and Cindy (as Scarlett Jane) - now one of my favourite acts!

Sahra (on my left) has been my best friend for well over a decade and plays regularly with Andrea and Cindy (as Scarlett Jane) – now one of my favourite acts!

Monday, April 8 HUGH’S ROOM 8pm-11pm

That night I hosted a night of some of my favourite folk, roots, blues and country artists for a room of about 80 people. It kicked off with Colonel Tom Parker and members of his awesome band American Pour (including his wife, Alex Pangman) and they blew away the audience with some classic and original western folk songs. The night ended with Scarlett Jane and in between so many great singers and players soared. The evening included my good friends Heather Luckhart, Robert Priest, Roger Clown, Sam Broverman and Big Rude Jake. Joe Hall came in from Peterborough and played a wild set that included the brilliant and sweetly hiarious song “The Balloon Man And Pin Lady”. Sam Broverman was really funny too. He sang a song about kicking out the n’er do wells from Winnipeg and sending them to Toronto, called “All About The Asshole Train”. Then he sang a sweet song for me, a familiar melody with original lyrics.

Not Lindsay Lohan...it's my little buddy, Robyn...digging the music at Hugh's Room!

Not Lindsay Lohan…it’s my little buddy, Robyn…digging the music at Hugh’s Room!

The biggest star of the show was probably Tony Quarrington who sat in with almost everyone. He was positively glowing all night long! No cake at this event, but I did get the most wholesome tasty butter tart ever from The Kings Table for my B-day which I count as a cake cuz it was just as good.  (If you’ve never been to THE KING’S TABLE it’s my fave place for soup and sandwhich…outrageously delicious and extremely healthy.)  MORE PHOTOS TO COME. I didn’t take any…but know there were many who did so I’ll upload later this week! J13_8995_Overview_900_100_gray

Richard Underhill with JAZZ.FM91 President Ross Porter loving the tunes!

Richard Underhill with JAZZ.FM91 President Ross Porter loving the tunes!

Tuesday April 9 – Jaymz Bee Live To Air on JAZZ.FM91 (Jaymz and some musical pals play live on 91.1 FM andwww.jazz.fm)  at 7pm

Tony Q!

Tony Q!

WOW – this concert will stay in my mind for a long time. It meant so much to me that I could showcase a few of my friends to a Jazz Fm audience filled with generous donors.

GREAT BOB: How can this guy be so close to my ag? He looks twenty!

GREAT BOB: How can this guy be so close to my ag? He looks twenty!

The band consisted of Tony Quarrington (guitar) Robert Scott (piano) George Koller (bass) Great Bob Scott (drums) and Richard Underhill Sax.

Barbra Lica is crazy in the best way imaginable!

Barbra Lica is crazy in the best way imaginable!

Bee and Francks - what an act!

Bee and Francks – what an act!

I sang a duet with my hero, Don Francks and other singing pals included Alex Pangman, Barbra Lica and new comer Denielle Bassels. Ross asked me some brilliant (and often hilarious) questions including why I wore drag to hitch hike from North Bay to Toronto after quitting school…and how I managed to leave a bag with $8000 in cash at a Manitoba Truckstop only to have it returned by Bus Parcel Express. Magic Radio I dare say!

Big thanks to Churchill Cellars for supplying the wine for tasting before and after the show!

Big thanks to Churchill Cellars for supplying the wine for tasting before and after the show!                                                          And special thanks to Janet Jardine for all the black and white photos of the night!

My definition of Heaven On Earth....Alex Pangman singing "Shanghai Lil" in THAT dress. Wow!

My definition of Heaven On Earth….Alex Pangman singing “Shanghai Lil” in THAT dress. Wow!

My latest MUSE is a man...not that there is anything wrong with that!

My latest MUSE is a man…not that there is anything wrong with that!

Denielle Bassels sings an original song "Cool Cool Water" which is destined to be a monster hit!

Denielle Bassels sings an original song “Cool Cool Water” which is destined to be a monster hit!

Wednesday April 10 – Dinner Party at Barberians Steak House.

Philanthropist Bruce Burgess and Ross Porter at Barberians!

Philanthropist Bruce Burgess and Ross Porter at Barberians!

I told people to be ready to drop $200 per person and we got mighty close to that! I wanted to have an option for friends who preferred something quieter than all my live concerts and it worked great.

Mary and I trying to fit in at a classy joint.

Mary and I trying to fit in at a classy joint.

19 of us congregated in the basement of my favourite haunt. While the wine cellar is fairly new the place opened in 1959 and many of the staff have been there over 3o years.

Robin Barker and his gorgeous wife Megan...I admit he cuts my hair and had the facial hair first!

Robin Barker and his gorgeous wife Megan…I admit he cuts my hair and had the facial hair first!

Another Robin...I've known Robin Payne since she was little. She's still light as a feather!

Another Robin…I’ve known Robin Payne since she was little. She’s still light as a feather!

I’m treated like family and considering I don’t eat meat, I feel right at home with their tuna, salmon on extensive wine list. My date was Mary B who never ceases to amaze and amuse…at one point a very shy man stood up and proposed a toast saying “Mary B is perfect. I just want to toast that!” We have so many laughs all night and the service and ambience was simply perfect. Being surrounded by about six million dollars worth of wine is pretty wild!

While I was tipsy I told Fonda her outfit reminded me of Michael Jackson. I meant it as a compliment!

While I was tipsy I told Fonda her outfit reminded me of Michael Jackson. I meant it as a compliment!

Nezam and Marcie: Photo Bomb!

Nezam and Marcie: Photo Bomb!

I got to see some really old friends, some of my favourite JAZZ.FM91 donors and was happy to have some non-business fun with my boss, Ross Porter.

Hail Marys! Mary Ito meets Mary Bird. Double whammy!

Hail Marys! Mary Ito meets Mary Bird. Double whammy!

After the four hour dinner we walked to Delta Chelsea Hotel to enjoy some music by Bradley & The Bouncers.

the last photo of WED. night...i have no idea what my hand is doing!

the last photo of WED. night…i have no idea what my hand is doing!

Sonya Cote doesn't wait an hour after a meal to dance! I'm most thankful for that fact!

Sonya Cote doesn’t wait an hour after a meal to dance! I’m most thankful for that fact!

Apparently I sang but I was pretty gone by then…and the hang over the next day was the biggest of the week! No complaints though – it was a night I will never forget!

Melleny Melody brought me a wild home-made cake at our Bonzai Suzuki concert. Bubz helped me carry it!

Melleny Melody brought me a wild home-made cake at our Bonzai Suzuki concert. Bubz helped me carry it!

Thursday April 11 – Bonzai Suzuki perform at Painted Lady.

OK, this is NOT the painted lady but I love the photo by Don Dixon and Shereen Mroueh.

OK, this is NOT the painted lady but I love the photo by Don Dixon and Shereen Mroueh.

One of my favourite projects ever is my pop band Bonzai Suzuki. The Painted Lady is a tiny venue but great s0und and staff and a ton of faithful regulars meant that even in the shittiest weather conditions we have a nice full house and a major party every single time!

It tasted good too!!!

It tasted good too!!!

Dave Howard, Bubz Magoo, Sarah Featherstone, Great Bob Scott and I all crammed on to the stage and did an hour plus set. We wrote a new song called “Robert Priest’ which was a homage to the great Canadian poet (using some of his stuff with his permission and adding our own chorus and music) and it was wild to see Robert in the audience smiling away.

Robert Priest is a fan of ours...ok, but we were fans of his first!

Robert Priest is a fan of ours…ok, but we were fans of his first!

Melleny Melody digs my Burl Ives tatoo...and I love her eye-liner!

Melleny Melody digs my Burl Ives tatoo…and I love her eye-liner!

After our set GIA THE UNPREDICTABLE did a power trio set. It was great fun and I managed to get home by 2am. One of my friends, trumpeter Chris Norton from NYC sat in with Gia. He played hard, dranks tons and ate five cheeseburgers on the way home. The next morn we brought him to a doctor so he could get his voice back for the show the same night. It worked…and ninety bucks later he said he loved Canada. (He ended up paying $90 for walk-in clinic and his meds.)

More cake pics...I hope someone took shots of the band and sends them to me! :-)

More cake pics…I hope someone took shots of the band and sends them to me! 🙂

Friday April 12 – Royal Jelly Orchestra at The Lambton Golf & Country Club!

I've been presenting shows at Lambton Golf Club for five years - but this was the biggest party of all!

I’ve been presenting shows at Lambton Golf Club for five years – but this was the biggest party of all!

I was looking forward to this as much as any event this past week. I’ve recorded nine albums with my Royal Jelly Orchestra band and we’ve done countless gigs including award shows, charity galas and private parties.

Roger Clown has been my emcee for decades.

Roger Clown has been my emcee for decades.

We haven’t toured or played regularly for years but still get together for one-off shows when the money is there. This was a special reunion and the audience of Lambton Gold Club members and their guests were so enthusiastic! We played an epic first set and then kicked it with an hour of duets in the second set. It was great to see Moses Znaimer in the room enjoying himself.

a pretty girl who packs a punch - Sophia Perlman adds some blues to the mix!

a pretty girl who packs a punch – Sophia Perlman adds some blues to the mix!

Tom Martin and Hugh Saunders have been working with me on this series forever and they both said it was such a hit they want me to do more events like this.

Sheena is always hilarious - and a showstopper!

Sheena is always hilarious – and a showstopper!

The band featured Waylen Miki (piano) Tony Quarrington (guitar) Artie Roth (bass) Rich Underhill (sax) and Chris Norton (trumpet and vocals) as well as a ton of great singers including Julie Michels, Sophia Perlman, Serafin LaRivere, Sheena Turcotte, Roger Clown, Amy McConnell, Don Francks, Denielle Bassels and Nathalie Kraemer.IMG_8344

The cake was delicious and I shared it with the band and the audience. We sold a record number of CD’s but I suppose that is natural when you have such a huge variety of singers with an all star band.

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Saturday April 13 – Palais Royale

At least 100 of the 500+ partiers really knew how to lindy hop!

At least 100 of the 500+ partiers really knew how to lindy hop!

Beautiful Bianca brought me a home-made cake!

Beautiful Bianca brought me a home-made cake!

Chris Norton enjoys coming up from New York to sing. Duh.

Chris Norton enjoys coming up from New York to sing. Duh.

Great Bob and Kevin Hearn worked the room.

Great Bob and Kevin Hearn worked the room.

Tim Rivers loves it!

Tim Rivers loves it!

I celebrated the big 5-0 with a swing dance party at Palais Royale! Over 500 danced all night long to the music of Alex Pangman, Terra Hazleton, Chris Norton (from NYC), Barbra Lica and special guests.

Laura Kikauka has been so supportive of my music for decades...and I of her art!

Laura Kikauka has been so supportive of my music for decades…and I of her art!

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The night wrapped up with The Shuffle Demons.

Spadina Bus by The Shuffle Demons included a stroll outside on the patio!

Spadina Bus by The Shuffle Demons included a stroll outside on the patio!

Terra Hazleton and Denielle Bassels were smokin hot on and off stage!

Terra Hazleton and Denielle Bassels were smokin hot on and off stage!

What a serious party…thousands was raised for Unison Benevolent Fund and everyone had a blast!

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Another BFF: Sheena!

Another BFF: Sheena!

Melissa was one of the belles of the ball!

Melissa was one of the belles of the ball!

Rick Miller blew the roof off the joint with his Bohemian Rhapsody. "I retired this song years ago but I'll pull anything out of my ass for Jaymz Bee" he said. Love that man!!!

Rick Miller blew the roof off the joint with his Bohemian Rhapsody. “I retired this song years ago but I’ll pull anything out of my ass for Jaymz Bee” he said. Love that man!!!

Note to self: After taking an awkward family photo, check it. The only shot of my kin is blinded by the light!

Note to self: After taking an awkward family photo, check it. The only shot of my kin is blinded by the light!

Laura Landauer played Celine and Cher...her cameos were a riot!

Laura Landauer played Celine and Cher…her cameos were a riot!

My pal, King Arthur made it to five of my seven parties last week! He loves my taste in friends!

My pal, King Arthur made it to five of my seven parties last week! He loves my taste in friends!

Palais Royale in the 21st Century? Yes please!

Palais Royale in the 21st Century? Yes please!

So many good friends in one room it was not possible to spend much time with many of my favourite people. C’est la Bee!  

Barbra Lica Superstar!

Barbra Lica Superstar!

My family came  from North Bay and my bro from Ottawa hosted Karaoke in the lower lounge. Christopher Dog of Dog & Pony Sound did a great job – some hilarious moments!

Tibi Hegyesi is a great artist...he gave me this painting as a gift. My mom and dad love it too!

Tibi Hegyesi is a great artist…he gave me this painting as a gift. My mom and dad love it too!

Yehuda drew the party.

Yehuda drew the party.

My dad says "this is the ugliest suit I could find in Florida - and it sure was a bit hit in Toronto!"

My dad says “this is the ugliest suit I could find in Florida – and it sure was a bit hit in Toronto!”

the joint was jumpin!

the joint was jumpin!

Life of the party: Hat by Laura Kikauka and my new MYTIE suit from Churla Burla!

Life of the party: Hat by Laura Kikauka and my new MYTIE suit from Churla Burla!

Archer and I...kinda tipsy after five hours of drinking and dancing!

Archer and I…kinda tipsy after five hours of drinking and dancing!

IMG_8504I have to admit by the time four am rolled around I was wondering if maybe I didn’t book one party too many. Luckily the next morn my house guests awoke just fine, we hung for a bit and then it was off to McMichael Galleryto enjoy Tony Quarrington for a matinee performance of his Juno Award winning CD “The Group Of Seven Suite”.

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More cake!

More cake!

JEH-MacDonald-Algoma-Waterfall-1920In 2001, Tony Quarrington fulfilled a ten-year dream when he recorded his Group of Seven Suite, performed at McMichael which is home to some of the paintings he’s based his compositions on.

Eleven years later, he returned for another performance of his Juno Award winning CD, with his all-star band including Jane Bunnett, Brian Dickinson, Jeff Bird, Neil Swainson, Larry Kramer and Michael McLelland. The concert was brilliant and I saw a bunch of friends (Peter Laywine, Joanne Smale and at least half a dozen others) that drove up from Toronto. Even a bunch of my mates from Liberty Village made the pilgrimage. I suggested this show to McMichael and said I’m emcee if they booked Tony and his crew. It was a wonderful time and I hope to present more shows for them!

Some favourite gifts...a bobble head doll of me, a gold necklace, stained glass art and a huge painting. Oh yeah, and tons of booze!!!

Some favourite gifts…a bobble head doll of me, a gold necklace, stained glass art and a wonderful painting!   In seven days these events combined raised over  $10,000 for charities, another $10K plus for musicians and over 40 grand made for the venues. That’s a major cash flow so I’m ok with accept all the gifts bestowed on me. 12 single malts, 9 red wine, 4 white, 3 champagne, 1 absinthe, rum vodka and Chambord. What no beer? Ha! Thanks to everyone who came out to the various parties especially King Arthur (5 events) Dave Gil and Peter Laywine (4 events) and Paul Barbour (supplied the RV for the last three parties!) FUN!!!

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