A True Story
Two fans of mine (who have become friends in the past few years) had a Jaymz Bee bobblehead doll made for me as a gift for my 50th birthday. It was one-of-a-kind and not at all inexpensive: a very thoughtful gift. This couple, who I’ll call Norm and Helene (because that’s their names) suggested that my beloved radio station, JAZZ.FM91, use some as incentives for high-end donors. Last Saturday I gave people four hours to make a donation of $1,000 or more and receive a bobblehead of me – as well as other incentives – and three went out the door. The last one was from a man known as King Arthur. He donated $25,000 and didn’t want a trip to Monterey or any other incentive – just a bobblehead of yours truly. This means it’s far surpassed Mickey Mantel (which apparently sold for $900 once) as the most expensive bobblehead in history! We’ll be putting the very last one up on-line soon to see how much it can raise! Sounds crazy – but I’m always up to do pretty much anything if it raises money for a worthy cause!
The past two weeks I’ve focused on raising money for Canada’s premiere jazz radio station, JAZZ.FM91. This has been my main gig for a decade now (time truly does fly when you are having fun) and asking for donation during the Spring Jazz
Appeal was actually great fun. The phones rang, people donated on-line and we raised a bit more than we needed, which helps to start new projects, or give us a wee cushion…This work is equal parts rewarding and exhausting but I had several events to emcee.
I introduced Jill Barbers at her concert at The Winter Garden Theatre and then bee-lined back to my loft to see Amanada Martinez at a friends private party.
The show is still on and I urge you to go see it. In fact, tell me which piece is your favourite (and why) and you can win a bag of swag. (A dozen really good CDs goes to the winning artist and a person who votes whose name is drawn.) This is a kind-of unofficial Jaymz Bee contest that I’m doing via FB, my blog and on 91.1fm. (I just want to do my bit to get people to see this exhibit!)
I had a blast at The Golden Age Gala in Mississauga where Barbra Lica and I emceed a party room full of Czechs and Slovaks.
As always, I ended up spending money on silent auction items and the next morning discovered a violin, kalimba and totem pole in my living room!
It was great fun meeting all the friendly Czechs and Slovaks at the party. When I asked Ludmilla to make a face…to look embarrassed standing beside me she said “oh, no sorry, I don’t like to make fun of people”. (I melted. I don’t know any teens who don’t relish in irony – what a refreshing concept.)
I attended Scrabble With The Stars last week and enjoyed seeing some of my favourite Canadian celebrities including: Sean Cullen, Leah and Gordon Pinsent, Ron James, Rick Miller, Tova and Jane Eastwood. Jane won the silent auction for a Jazz Safari and I’m so excited to paint the town with her soon! Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath were the perfect hosts for this party! My table were all really good – I didn’t stand a chance of winning!
On May 5th I hosted a walking tour of Liberty Village for the third year in a row. It’s part of “Jane’s Walk” and as usual, about 50 showed up.
By the end I was convinced it was the best tour, quickest pace and perfect blend of history and jokes so far! We ended with a tour of the Fraser Street film studios…something very few people ever get to see!
My 50th birthday party antics continues (three weeks later) by spending quality time with some close friends. Twilight wine with Afrah Gouda, healthy dinner with Glenn and Therese, big laughs with Jessica Pelchat, and visits from Jason Carlisle, Dave Howard and Legs MaHoney. Good times! Also big thanks to Peter Laywine for the gift of my new favourite pen and Robin Barker for the haircut. C’mon spring…heat up, will ya?