The First Bee Blog Post Of 2014!

Bonzai Suzuki live at Massey Hall New Years Eve!

Bonzai Suzuki live at Massey Hall New Years Eve!

Happy New Year Indeed! The end of 2013 was brilliant and 2014 has certainly started off with a bang! A few days before New Years Eve I hosted a salon night at my Liberty Village loft and it was a memorable night with tons of phenomenal musicians and wonderful singers.1558467_10201190726803527_636338222_n

Barbie reads some new, hilarious poetry!

Barbie reads some new, hilarious poetry!

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Thanks to Tiberias (Tibi) for the amazing shots from my loft party!

Thanks to Tiberias (Tibi) for the amazing shots from my loft party!

Many friends are either entertainers or are working on New Years Eve so this was like a rehearsal…in many ways it was just as fun as the actual night!

 

IMG_1972I enjoyed a long lunch with Jessica Pelchat to end the year. She designed my website http://www.jaymzbee.ca and I recently discovered she can sing and act too. What a girl! Adventures in February to follow!

On December 31st I acted as musical director (my ninth year) of the Massey Hall Comedy Extravaganza, hosted by Jeremy Hotz.

 

Auld Lang Syne...I had no idea Jeremy Hotz could sing!

Auld Lang Syne…I had no idea Jeremy Hotz could sing!

This was the fourth year in a row that Bonzai Suzuki provided some warm-up tunes, stings for the comics and Auld Lang Syne at the end. IMG_1977Dave Howard, Sahra Featherstone, Barbra Lica and Great Bob Scott were all in stitches enjoying the stand-up; sitting on stage throughout the night…and our special guest, tuxed0-clad Roger Clown recited “Miss Jackson”, originally by Outkast and featured on an old CD I did with Dave Howard from the turn of the century called “Sub Urban” by Jaymz Bee & The Deep Lounge Coalition.

this old gem is still available on iTunes!

this old gem is still available on iTunes!

As usual, every comic killed…Mark Breslin (founder of Yuk Yuk’s) really knows how to pick ’em. After the packed Massey Hall show (which ended at 10:30) a bunch of us bee-lined to my loft for countdown. It wasn’t a party per se, just a dozen friends drinking champagne for a couple hours…but it was a perfect mellow way to ring in the New Year.

Don Francks joined me for a New Years Eve toast...his new CD is out in February...watch for it!

Don Francks joined me for a New Years Eve toast…his new CD is out in February…watch for it!

 

 

 

Panama!

Panama!

After a few very cold days, it was time to get on a SUNWING plane and hit Panama City for their 11th annual jazz festival. Ross Porter (Prez and CEO of JAZZ.FM91) joined me and 26 donors for a week in this exciting, friendly city.

Danilo Perez is the MD of Panama Jazz Festival and also runs a school and a nightclub. And what a phenomenal musician!

Danilo Perez is the MD of Panama Jazz Festival and also runs a school and a nightclub. And what a phenomenal musician!

We checked out some great jazz concerts while making sure to take time to do some sight-seeing. A tour of the Panama Canal was fascinating and relaxing…we partied in the Old Town at night and all of us were invited to the opening night VIP Party of the jazz fest which featured a huge group of young dancers, percussionists and singers.IMG_2322

Jane Bunnett jams with the locals.

Jane Bunnett jams with the locals.

 

Probably my favourite moment of the trip musically was the group of students from Berklee who showcased three times during the fest.

The cool kids of Berklee!

The cool kids of Berklee!

The show at Danillo’s Jazz Bar was like cinematic bebop…and I saw the club two days earlier and it was still full of sawdust and drywall…amazing how fast it was completed! The people of Panama are very sweet and the temperature ranged from 23 to 30 degrees for our entire stay. IMG_2133

I love the Jazz FM Donors!

I love the Jazz FM Donors!

I had invited Sahra Featherstone to join me in Costa Rica (our third year in a row in paradise) – and then realized she could just do both, a week in Panama and a week in CR.  Two-weeks-in-the-sun might seem like an extravagant birthday present, but after almost two decades of best-friend-ed-ness, she deserves it! We travel so well together!

 

 

Henk founded The Panama Film Festival and was one of the founders of TIFF too. He and his awesome wife Yanka gave us a tour of the old town!

Henk founded The Panama Film Festival and was one of the founders of TIFF too. He and his awesome wife Yanka gave us a tour of the old town!

IMG_2375Sahra and I loved our time in Panama but as we were in the city the entire time, we are now really looking forward to time in Costa Rica. 800px-Donnely_Rhodes_at_the_CFC_Annual_BBQ_2012Our mutual pal, Melissa Shouldice, is coming to join us for a few days and we’ll get down to Jaco Beach to party with Lalena who we make sure to hang with every year when we hit CR.

Lalena...Queen of Jaco Beach!

Lalena…Queen of Jaco Beach!

Mel Shouldice!

Mel Shouldice!

Next blog…way more photos from our adventures in Panama (the best shots were taken by OPC’s…Other People’s Cameras) and a whack of Costa Rica pics.

If there is one thing about the beginning of 2014 I can say: I am grateful. Having such memorable adventures with my best friend is not something I take for granted. IMG_7328Time slows right down here and Sahra and I are having a ton of laughs, eating healthy and doing a lot of hiking and swimming. More stories to follow! 543897_562977317062957_1582985529_n

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One Response to The First Bee Blog Post Of 2014!

  1. Wayne says:

    Welcome back I was missing your post!
    Wayne

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