Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
As a side note, I filled in a newcomer on all the jazz venues and possibilities...for this she dubbed me the "Jazz Fairy"...well, I like fairies....though can you worship a fairy? :)
I could be the Jazz Fairy Goddess..hmmm...or Fairy Godmother?
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Neither sleet nor snow nor mix thereof shall keep this jazz babe from her appointed rounds.I ventured out to hear Daniel Jamieson, a wonderful young alto sax player who is back in town for a few days. He is currently living in New York and going to the Manhattan School of Music. Daniel was joined by Hadley Card on guitar, the esteemed Dave Young on bass and Ethan Ardelli on drums. The group performed enthusiastically for a small, brave crowd, playing both standards and a few of Daniel's own compositions. Also sitting in were a few other young talents - Dan Easty and Bobby Hsu on alto saxes and Dean Yeats added beautiful and warm trombone. Mr Jamieson will be back in town for the holidays so I hope to hear him again and with a bigger crowd...
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This lovely image of balloons is from last night's "newmindspace" event at U of T - Night Lights higher than the CN tower...these balloons were being inflated around 7 p.m.
Unfortunately, other than receiving a glowstick and milling about watching other people do things an hour was about all I was interested in as it was -8 degrees C (or possibly -13 with windchill). Needless to say I will have to update you as to what transpired up to 3 hours later when LED lights were attached and the balloons were aloft...I did give it the old college try..
It makes me feel unCanadian though especially since I spent many times outdoors in -30 or more in Alberta!! (Yes, but at least it's a dry cold, as we say on the Prairies :))
A tiny spider outside the condo window this afternoon put me to shame...still alive and moving, albeit sluggish....power to the arachnids!
I am reading Barbara Walter's "Audition" which is fascinating...hard to believe arguably the most famous interviewer on the planet is a self confessed introvert. Comforting...
HopefullyI will be out jazzing this week or I may have to change the name of this blog...
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
One of the beautiful beaches north of Santa Monica en route to Santa Barbara....
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Justin with Adrean....
They played a number of originals of Justin's : "Disclaimer" which he wrote after his Humber recital...:) "For Grandma" in honour of his grandmother helping him finance the purchase of his lovely new bass and "Through the Pane"....not about a girlfriend as he joking said but looking out the window at the beauty of the mountains when he was at the Banff Centre.
I am so thrilled to hear these musicians every time, it gives me such joy!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Yes, it's time for Thanksgiving. I am in charge of dessert for the family dinner and as pictured have made a Carrot Pie on the left and a Pumpkin Pie.
My friend Richard swears by Carrot Pie, more orange and uses less sugar. We shall see which pie people will choose as I'm sure they're both yummy. Also as a topping, Cashew "Creem" made with raw cashews and all vegan....
Speaking of vegan...the Farm Sanctuary fundraiser at the Rivoli was fun last night. Lots of great raffle prizes and music. Yvette et al (our pet sitter) of tailblazers.ca did a wonderful job. Check out http://www.moove.ca/ which raises fund to help out abandoned neglected and abused animals also, Farm Sanctuary's website (http://www.farmsanctuary.org/) which " works to end cruelty to farm animals through rescue, promotes compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy" (from their website). Both well worth your attention and support!!
Again, forgot my camera to take in visually the haunting vocals of the talented Miwa Gemini from New York and the energetic and captivating band from Vesta Varro. All acts waived their fees as part of the fundraiser and were previous winners of Indie Week in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am thankful for health, joy, love of friends and family, music, a peaceful country, being literate, being able to vote and speak my mind, enough to eat, a roof over my head and a sense of wonder and magic at what each new day will bring, and finally but not least laughter. I could go on endlessly with my list as I truly feel blessed.