Christmas 2013

Pretty Penny, Tim Tamashiro, Joey O'Neill and I at Palais Royal for Holiday Swing Time!

Pretty Penny, Tim Tamashiro, Joey O’Neill and I at Palais Royal for Holiday Swing Time!

The holidays have been chock-full of salon nights at my loft, great Christmas concerts and a trip to North Bay to see my family. Good stuff!

Jackie Richardson was brilliant as always!

Jackie Richardson was brilliant as always!

Parties included two concerts at The Old Mill Inn, a swing party at Dovercourt House and a big bash at Palais Royale that featured Alex Pangman and her Alley Cats on a Friday night!

Tia Brazda keeps them dancing at Dovercourt.

Tia Brazda keeps them dancing at Dovercourt.

When Alex wasn’t singing with her killer swing band she was on the dance floor enjoying some of the specials guests who included: Roger Clown, Tim Tamashiro, Barbra Lica, Tom Parker & Drew Jurecka.

Tony and Roger enjoy a quiet moment between sound check and party time!

Tony and Roger enjoy a quiet moment between sound check and party time!

Over two hundred well-dressed dancers took over the dance floor for three hours of non-stop Lindy hoppin’!

Alex post-party...ready to hit Chez Bee for round two!

Alex post-party…ready to hit Chez Bee for round two!

 

 

Alex and Tom swingin' at The Palais!

Alex and Tom swingin’ at The Palais!

The staff at The Palais are always excited to have the young and old swing dancers invade their vintage venue and the ambience is second to none in Toronto.

Impromptu Party into the wee hours...amazing vibe!

Impromptu Party into the wee hours…amazing vibe!

After the party I invited a few band members back to my place along with a couple friends.

Pretty Penny dazzles!

Pretty Penny dazzles!

In no time, we had a party! The feel good jam covered all styles of music and included Tim Tamashiro crooning “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” with Tony Quarrington on guitar. Tom Parker and Alex joined Tony in a country tune that was timeless. The night ended with a show on the silks by Pretty Penny. 

Glen Gary Cottages in North Bay. My home away from home.

Glen Gary Cottages in North Bay. My home away from home.

Tim Rivers and I drove up to North Bay and I rented a cabin in the usual place.  I had so much fun at my parents party I forgot to take pictures! (That’s happened to me a lot lately!)

a quick but awesome few days at home!

It was a quick but awesome few days in North Bay!

 

Next up…a couple loft parties. 

Jeanne Becker and kin stopped by my wee holiday salon.

Jeanne Becker and kin stopped by my wee holiday salon.

I only took a few photographs during my bash but luckily Amy McConnell got some killer shots that captured the night so much better than I ever could have with my iPhone. 

Sam and Sophia - WOW!

Sam and Sophia – WOW!

Bruce Cassidy and George Koller having a blast!

Bruce Cassidy and George Koller having a blast!

As you can see I capture some night moments with this little pics.

King Arthur loved meeting Jessica and Nicki Mike-Stand...who wouldn't!

King Arthur loved meeting Jessica and Nicki Mike-Stand…who wouldn’t!

But it doesn’t compare to… This shot of Penny by Amy!

Pretty Penny shot by Amy McConnell

Pretty Penny shot by Amy McConnell

Thanks to Chris Norton for suggesting I try trumpet and Amy for the shot! I am learning slowly and will not be performing live in clubs...just at home for fun!

Thanks to Chris Norton for suggesting I try trumpet and Amy for the shot!                                                                                     I am learning slowly and will not be performing live in clubs…just at home for fun!

 

 

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