My week began with a perfect afternoon of sailing with Sahra Featherstone, Captain Paul, Lyne Tremblay and Viviana; a singer I met through Randy Bachman…she’s a singer from Mexico and we’re having fun developing a new sound…tbc!
Jazz Bistro is already a great venue for jazz and food…but now they’ve opened the upstairs, called The Cellar. Half is like wine cellar, the other a rooftop patio. Joan Hunter designed it; and I’m happy to report that she was on a wine tour in California (part of the JAZZ.FM91 JAZZ SAFARI) when she had the idea of making a room in a club, look like a wine cellar.
I’m going back to Monterey and San Francisco, and will do another Cali-wine tour soon…leaving a week Monday on a Jazz Safari to The Monterey Jazz Festival. Meanwhile…I’m knee deep in film fest fun, a few movies and parties while I prepare for my trip and take care of biz at Jazz FM.
Viviana and I enjoyed the opening TIFF Gala, The Fifth Estate. At first I was disappointed Adrienne Clarkson wasn’t uncovering something naughty, but then remembered I was at a movie not watching CBC in the seventies… also, I got into the WikiLeeky-kinda-weeky story because the actors were so damn good. Benjamin Cumberbatch has been a busy boy since Sherlock hit Netflix, and he does a remarkable job as Julian Assange; but Daniel Bruhl is equally riveting. As for Laura Linney…somebody give her a bunch of trophies, will ya!?
As for TIFF parties…two doozies…Saturday afternoon Bill and Sari Marshall hosted a Who’s Who bash at Barberian’s Steakhouse. This brilliant and timeless restaurant is one of my main hangs despite the fact that I don’t eat meat. (mmmm…fish) Anyway, I took Barbra Lica and we sampled wine and hors d’ouevres and met a ton of amazing people.
The last time I was in this wine cellar it was Day 3 of my 50th B-Day bash. Dejavu!
Wine and merriment went from noon to three pm. I walked Barbie towards her place and then most of the way home. I was so grateful the rain let up after the indoor party, because I had a lot of tasty treats to “walk off”!
Speaking of great weather; we couldn’t have asked for better from Mother Natures when it comes to The Canadian Film Centre’s annual TIFF Picnic. Viviana enjoyed the party immensely and had no problems with heels on grass. We bumped into so many old friends and met some new ones…while strolling and sampling food and drink from various tents. Norman Jewison made the sweetest, most positive and hopeful speech…I don’t recall hearing more applause at this Picnic in decades. I saw Sara Waxman at the picnic and she told me she’s had a ton of people tell her they heard her earlier this week on JAZZ.FM91 on Wake Up with Heather Bambrick.