Before I get to bloggin’ … a quick note to encourage you to dress up for the big band bash at Palais Royal on Thursday, September 12th. Since this fund raising event for UNISON BENEVOLENT FUND occurs during the Toronto International Film Festival, there is a movie theme…with songs from various films being played by a big band orchestra.
Monday, Barbra Lica, A-Phil and I were still in St. Catherine’s after a bicycle trip through wine country. We had hoped to cycle right down to the falls but got caught in a storm while out for a morning stroll with Juliet and Peter, and ended up waiting for the storm to cease and then beelined to the Go Station.
I hit Second City for their latest show, WE CAN BE HEROES. My dates were Melissa Shouldice and Melissa Bourne.
I joked that if I got drunk at least I wouldn’t fuck up their names…like some alcoholeste omen I might add. I’m not sure if it was a joke or human error, but throughout the first set waitresses continued to put white wine on my table.
Nine glasses later (I shared some with my friends, donchano) it was intermission time. The crowd was the usual Who’s Who at a Second City opening (ie. everybody) and it seemed unanimous that director Kerry Griffin and his cast did a superb job making our sides split. A nice, loud crowd!
I had another fun day of sailing …it’s been rare this season. Captain Paul and I usually sail twice as often in a season but the weather has been iffy and the forecasts laughably inaccurate more oft than not. Anyway, on this blissful sail, Jessica and Bianca joined me. I was so happy to hear Bianca’s new demo with Dave Restivo on piano. Anthony Montano is going to run with it for a bit and you know what they say: If you want something done give it to a busy person. She should have a deal soon. I wish I could’ve sailed into the sunset, but I had to beeline over to Bloom Restaurant for a 7pm farewell dinner to my pal Juliana Capuleto.
She’s off to Cuba for a few weeks and I look forward to many tall tales when she gets back.
Bloom was the perfect place to meet because Luis Mario Ochoa Quartet was playing Cuban music all night. He even got her up to sing a tune and it went over really well. What a fond farewell! Oh yeah, and the foooood! Don’t get me started! If you want to go when there is live music, call way in advance…but don’t wait for that. Beeline to Bloom and as that Monk dude from TV sez, “you can thank me later”!