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!
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. The audience were all friends of mine who have volunteered at Jazz Fm for a long time.
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.
The next morning I jumped out of bed at six am and went to work without a hangover. Huh?!?
Thursday 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. Luis 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 I sang at Lambton Golf & Country Club, along with some of “the usual suspects”.
The biggest treat was watching Pam Hyatt trying out all kinds of new hilarious material, and also a touching duet with Don Francks.
This was the second year I produced a show for Lambton on my birthday and no doubt it will become a regular event.
After the concert I raced home because my buddy Dave Gil was having his birthday bash at his loft.
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.
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.
Sunday, my pal Captain Paul picked me up in the RV and we went to Etobicoke to St. Phillips Church. Father 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!
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.
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”.
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!