My Birthday Week 2014

Night Seven of my Birthday Week...pajama party!

Night Seven of my Birthday Week…pajama party!

I have a habit of hosting seven parties in a row. A friend says “only a narcissist would do that and I since ‘I’m twice the narcissist you are; I should hosting my own parties for a month!” Honestly, these parties aren’t really about me – well, the last one might be a bit selfish – they are just a way I can get lots of my friends in a room to enjoy music – all kinds of music!

Daniel Guerette Trio also performed on the JAZZ.FM91 Live To Air show - seriously talented young lads!

Daniel Guerette Trio also performed on the JAZZ.FM91 Live To Air show – seriously talented young lads!

Tuesday I hosted a Live To Air at JAZZ.FM91 as part of Volunteer Appreciation Week. Live performances by Barbra Lica, Carolyn Credico, Heather Bambrick, Sam Broverman and Big Rude Jake…accompanied by Mark Kieswetter, Ross MacIntyre and Alison Young. IMG_3992The audience were all friends of mine who have volunteered at Jazz Fm for a long time.

Bonzai Suzuki!

Bonzai Suzuki!

 

 

 

 

The next night was my biggest party. I opted for a night of alternative music rather than the usual jazz showcase. Bonzai Suzuki played a full set to a full house…and everyone loved all the bands!IMG_4013

Chobo...thanks to DON DIXON for all these great shots from Lula Lounge!

Chobo…thanks to DON DIXON for all these great shots from Lula Lounge!

Chobo kicked things off while people dined. Then Luxury Bob convinced the crowd to desert their desserts and hit the dance floor.JamesBeeBirthday-156

Luxury Bob

Luxury Bob

 

 

 

Maylee Todd followed and like L-Bob, also made a legion of new fans. JamesBeeBirthday-38While she performed a solo set, her gal pal did some interpretive dancing.

Mike Schramm read a poem!

Mike Schramm read a poem!

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The Great One!

The Great One!

Featherstone!

Featherstone!

Bonzai took to the stage after 11pm and played till well after midnight…and then wrapping up the show, Fitness got everybody up and moving. Some danced and many did aerobics.

Fitness...no false advertising here!

Fitness…no false advertising here! (Don Dixon had to split, hence this crappy iPhone photo from me…)

 

 

The next morning I jumped out of bed at six am and went to work without a hangover. Huh?!?

Jessica, Sheena and Kiran...having a bloomin' good time at Bloom!

Jessica, Sheena and Kiran…having a bloomin’ good time at Bloom!

IMG_4081Thursday I took a few friends to Bloom on Bloor. This is one of my favourite restaurants in the city. It’s good anytime but especially when they feature live music, which is every second Thursday. IMG_4180Luis Mario Ochoa Quartet (featuring Hilario Duran) sang and after every song the audience made as much noise as a Justin Bieber concert at the ACC. Crazy loud! My dates loved the food, music, service and ambience as much as I did. We’ll be back!

Friday afternoon Bonzai Suzuki had a photo shoot with Don Dixon. You'll see them in a few weeks!

Friday afternoon Bonzai Suzuki had a photo shoot with Don Dixon. You’ll see them in a few weeks!

Friday I sang at Lambton Golf & Country Club, along with some of “the usual suspects”.

Going to Lambton RV style with my colour-coordinated friend, Legs Mahoney.

Going to Lambton RV style with my colour-coordinated friend, Legs Mahoney.

Pam and Don

Pam and Don

The biggest treat was watching Pam Hyatt trying out all kinds of new hilarious material, and also a touching duet with Don Francks.

Barbie and the band!

Barbie and the band: Tony Quarrington, Great Bob Scott, Jacob Gorzhaltsan, Lee Hutchinson and Mark Kieswetter.

Carolyn Credico...such a sweet voice!

Carolyn Credico…such a sweet voice!

This was the second year I produced a show for Lambton on my birthday and no doubt it will become a regular event.

First to enter, last to leave?

First to enter, last to leave?

Yehuda is a regular at my Liberty Village loft.

Yehuda is a regular at my Liberty Village loft.

After the concert I raced home because my buddy Dave Gil was having his birthday bash at his loft.

Legs Mahoney came from Ottawa to stay at Chez Bee for my b-day weekend!

Legs Mahoney came from Ottawa to stay at Chez Bee for my b-day weekend!

Saturday I hosted a small party at my loft. It was very impromptu because I spent all my time promoting the Wednesday show and didn’t want to confuse friends with too many options. It turned out really cool – Tony Quarrington accompanied a dozen singers and then we blasted tunes and partied.

Pretty Penny on the silks at my loft!

Pretty Penny on the silks at my loft!

Feeling

Feeling

the

the

love!

love!

The only issue with a weekend party, and the reason I rarely throw them, is because it’s so hard to get people to leave. Also, there is a lot more broken glass and spills the later it gets. So…while it was fun, it reminded me why I love early salon nights, mid-week in my home.

and then some!

and then some!

 

 

 

 
Sunday, my pal Captain Paul picked me up in the RV and we went to Etobicoke to St. Phillips Church. IMG_4392Father Al invited me to perform on my birthday – so I invited Dave Young, Bernie Senensky and Tony Quarrington to play with Don Francks and I. What a memorable afternoon! I’ll be back there for sure!IMG_4390

sweet and surreal!

sweet and surreal!so I brought along Don Francks, Tony Quarrington, Dave Young and Bernie Senensky. It was a really memorable show and I plan to go back there and enjoy other concerts now that I’ve experienced it.

 

 

After church, we bee-lined to Jazz Bistro for another concert. Tony, Don and I did about twenty minutes and then Steve Hunter and Don Francks did a full show. So many good friends showed up – it was a perfect Sunday day and evening.

Best. Cake. Ever. Jazz Bistro's Chef Brad created the tastiest cake on earth!

Best. Cake. Ever. Jazz Bistro’s Chef Brad created the tastiest cake on earth!

Danny Greenspoon and Vezi Tayebb. Yes, some of my best friends are men!!!

Danny Greenspoon and Vezi Tayebb. Yes, some of my best friends are men!!!

 

 

 

Monday I worked in the morning, had a quick nap in the afternoon and then hosted a “girls only” pajama party. Six of my best friends came over for dinner. We had some serious conversation, some big laughs, played a game of “Cards Against Humanity” and then had a “YouTube Challenge”.

Nothing but laughs all night...honest!

Nothing but laughs all night…honest!

While some of my male friends imagine all my beautiful friends in lingerie toasting champagne in the Jacuzzi, I can assure you it was more of an OFV (Onesie Flannel Vibe). I really liked our animated conversations and decided this should be a monthly hang, not an annual one.  I took the day off so I wasn’t concerned when I saw the clock strike three.

So there it is…seven days of parties…and now tonight I prepare for yet another event to host, a jazz safari and preparations for next weeks Jazz Lives concert at Koerner Hall. Never a dull minute!

Special thanks to Sheena for coming from Quebec to spend my birthday week! xo

Special thanks to Sheena for coming from Quebec to spend my birthday week! xo

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