Amazing Parties and Great Music!

Lou Pomanti tickled the ivories at Jazz Fm last Saturday!

Lou Pomanti tickled the ivories at Jazz Fm last Saturday!

My week began with a concert at The Old Mill by one of the worlds greatest living pianists; IMG_9332Dick Hyman. Earlier that day he was coming into Jazz FM for an interview in the afternoon. The boys in Fiddle Fire were setting up in the Long & McQuade Performance Hall for a kids show…as our promotions director walked by I yelled “you’re going to slide dick in the back door, right?” I honestly didn’t intend the double entendre! Just before the concert I sat with Dick and another great pianist, Gene DiNovi. IMG_9337They kidded me about my playing “Jazz Kazoo”…as did Gord Sheard, Amanda Martinez and Liona Boyd. IMG_9348I emceed a concert by Amanda who has a new CD out called “Manana”. IMG_9349October 22nd at noon you can enjoy Florence K. by the Waterfall Stage at First Canadian Place and pick up her new CD, IF you can wait that long. “I’m Leaving You” (has nothing to do withe me – yay!) hits stores and iTunes tomoorrow!

Wednesday I finally got a chance to hang with my pal Heather Luckhart. IMG_9372Captain Paul and I still hope for a few more days this month but we also have to admit every day we go out might be our last of the season. That made the seven hour sail extra sweet!

Thursday it was back to McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg for a solo piano concert by 14 year-old Anastasia Rizikof.

p-r-o-d-i-g-y...prodigy!

p-r-o-d-i-g-y…prodigy!

She played all styles of classical music and introduced each piece like a little adult. The crowd was amazed and the gang at McMichael said they would love to have her back. Coming up this Thursday…Kevin Breit’s band, Stretch Orchestra!

You concert ticket at McMichael also gives you access to the grounds and the gallery so come early on Thursday!

You concert ticket at McMichael also gives you access to the grounds and the gallery so come early on Thursday!

All the info is at http://www.McMichael.com Vivianna and I also had dinner there and while the ambience is a bit cafeteria-like, the salmon and wine went down just fine!

Gil knows how to stock a bar!

Gil knows how to stock a bar!

Friday night Gil Blutrich and I invited friends to his Comso Penthouse for an impromptu party.

Barbra Lica was stylin!

Barbra Lica was stylin!

Robert Scott backed up a bunch of great singers and Tom Walsh was in from Montreal and jammed along on his trombone.IMG_9485

Jenica loved this party!

Jenica loved this party!

They did a wicked instrumental version of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”. Barbra Lica finds new fans every time she sings and this night was no exception. So much talent in one room! Also so much booze, so much food and so much love. IMG_9461Several BFF’s including Melissa Shouldice and Jessica Pelchat attended, as well as new friends “V” and “Z”.

Love in an elevator...more than just a song!

Love in an elevator…more than just a song!

There was a chef on hand serving up the finest hors d’oeuvres including ceviche with tempura pop rocks…after eating the scallop and scallions, sweet little pops erupted.

The chef told me he wasn’t high but I don’t think anyone but a stoner could come up with that snack. Gil and I have hosted many parties together but I think this one might have been the most magical yet!

COMING UP…ANY SHOT THAT LOOKS AMAZING IS BY JANET JARDINE. (not me!)

I Love Florence K.

I Love Florence K.

On Saturday I should’ve chilled but no! I had to set up for my JAZZ.FM91 Loft Party for 60 donors, 20 staff and 20 performers.

Jacob and Ted1

Jacob and Ted1

All these great shots come from JANET JARDINE, a JAZZ.FM91 donor and very talented photographer!

Florence K. – a personal fave!

Don Francks IS jazz!

Don Francks IS jazz!

There was performances in two different rooms, a theatre with silent movies, body painting, a mentalist and Robert Westall returned to do free caricatures…man, that guy is good…and fast!1380566_595057977221373_1948107223_n

Bobby Motta was reading minds and Juliana has a very positive mind to read!

Bobby Motta was reading minds and Juliana has a very positive mind to read!

Lou Pomanti put together a stellar band for the show including Scott Alexander (bass) Mark Kelso (drums) Ted Quinlan (guitar) and I invited a new kid on the scene Jacob Gorzhaltsan (clarinet and tenor sax).  AND NOW…SOME OF MY iPHONE PHOTOS…

Vivianna and Florence K, made my day.

Vivianna and Florence K, made my day.

Laura Landauer enjoyed singing at Jazz FM too!

Laura Landauer enjoyed singing at Jazz FM too!

Steve Hunter and Don Francks held court in the front room…and later Jacob sat in with Big Rude Jake.

Pam Hyatt was great!

Pam Hyatt was great!

My next event like this for the station will be February 22 and I’ll keep all the performers in one room. I really didn’t want to miss anything!

...and after being patined, she's a wild party girl!

…and after being patined, she’s a wild party girl, hanging with our newsman at 91.1, Tim Keele!

One minute she's a nice girl...

One minute she’s a nice girl…

Sunday was finally a day of rest…once a week I can relax…and I did!

Family and Friend for Brunch Sunday...nice and mellow!

Family and friends for brunch on Sunday…nice and mellow!

Time to chill Jaymz Bee...drinking officially ended 4:20am Sunday!

Time to chill Jaymz Bee…drinking officially ended 4:20am Sunday!

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