Halloween? More like Hallo-week! So many theme parties and me, with nary a costume! I was so busy this week I just grabbed a mask as I ran out the door – that’s a first. Now I have had some pretty lame costumes in the past – I’m never an award winning Zombie – but this year was a new low when it came to not dressing up.
Regardless, I had tons of fun this week…I got back from New York late Monday and hosted my first wee loft party of the “season” on Wednesday.
Astro Nerds was the theme…some came as Spacemen and most came dressed as Nerds.
It was an easy theme (many friends didn’t need to do anything as they have mastered the nerd look) and saved me from sweeping up body parts from Zombies and having blue make-up from Avatars on my sofas.
What a bash it was – about forty friends and half of them performed. I need to switch up the guest list regularly as I have hundreds of friends I want to invite over but only have limited space. Brigham Phillips played piano, Tony Quarrington and Mike Francis on guitar and Jacob Gorzhaltsan played clarinet and sax.
Thursday I enjoyed a concert by Kevin Laliberte at McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg.
It was the last show of their series but based on its success they will offer more jazz concerts at my favourite gallery in the spring!
Friday I hosted NEWZAPALOOZA which is a benefit for The Children’s Aid Foundation. Bands made up of employees from Toronto Sun, Star, Globe & Mail, Rueters, etc. vie for a trophy and bragging rights. For the first time ever (I’ve emceed this thing for years) there was a tie!
Kudos to Dave Bidini (a judge) who insisted we didn’t flip a coin to pick one winner. He said both bands deserved to win so I suggested that I just go create another trophy (donated by Ace Awards on The Danforth and then gussied-up by yours truly) and deliver it to the other winner.
They raised over $7000 for the charity so the whopping total after many years is close to 80 grand!
I got home Friday in time to party at my loft – everyone in my warehouse is brilliant when it comes to party planning and this night included strobe lights, a lazer show and theme rooms…Day of The Dead Shrine, Dead Poets Society, etc.
Saturday was Great Bob Scott’s 50th Birthday. A few close friends gathered at my loft (three parties in one week – I’ve got some mega cleaning to do) and we had dinner and drinks…then Captain Paul took us in his RV to Danforth Bowl for some seriously drunk bowling. Great Bob won and suggested we “let him win” cuz it was his birthday.
I explained that nobody has a button to make the pins go down and that he had two strikes and two spares…way better than anyone else in the room that night!
Finally, on Sunday I hit 25 LIBERTY for a hangover brunch. This place used to be Liberty Bistro and I miss the original owner, Nezam, very much. I’m pleased to announce though, that if you go in and ask for a Swiss Farmer’s Breakfast (not on the menu) you will eat like a King for twenty bucks including taxes, tip and a great cup of coffee. The breakfast is half a rosti potato pancake with a couple fried eggs smothered in Swiss Cheese and wee side salad. It’s now officially my favourite breakfast but I only go once a week or two…not exactly health food!
In the afternoon I hooked up with Barbra Lica and we went to our pal Feisal’s birthday bash at Reservoir Lounge.
Mary McKay blew our minds with her brilliant set list and we drank way too much tequila. Then off to Lula Lounge to emcee the Ron Davis show…only one more to go (THIS SUNDAY, SHOW AT 8pm) and I highly recommend this as a date night. Doors at 7 for dinner, one set at 8pm with Ron Davis Quartet (Blue Modules) and a string section. His new CD “SymphRONica” is out now!
COMING UP: I know it’s over a month away but please get your tix now for the next big swing dance party at Palais Royale. It makes the band excited to know tickets sell out in advance! CLICK HERE to order your tickets now!