I went out to dinner last night with Ineke and Nicholas, celebrating Nicholas's High School graduation.. Nice going Nic ! We had a lovely dinner in a Toronto Life recommended Italian restaurant, a bit pricey... but alias.. what do you expect from the Toronto Life ! but it was really tasty !
Another Pride week and come and gone.. it was great fun this week with the highlight yesterday being the Pride Parade down Toronto's main street, Yonge Street. It was 2 hours long, and 1 million people attended ! The weather was amazing.. and everyone had a great time !
( in this picture, r-l, Me, Maya, and her friend Hali)
Today I had a really nice time meeting my good friend Sheila Goldman ! Girl talk and a wonderful lunch were the highlight of my day ! Good to see ya girlfriend.. in your great house and gorgeous kitchen ! I left after 3 hours of gabbing, got into my van and the skies opened up, I have never seen so much rain fall in such a short time, there where rivers of water flowing down Spadina Avenue ! and a lake of water under the train overpass at Spadina and Dupont Road ! ( you can click on the picture to enlarge view)
You know, I have never owned a new car before, and with my new van, I also felt I should and could get finally my own personized licence plate ! well.. I did.. it speaks for itself... I think it's cool :-)
On Saturday, I went down to Harborfront to view Toronto's newest park.. well beach ! It looks great, and will be a great addition to the Toronto's wonderful Style of living and enjoying the outdoors.. as I was walking along the boardwalk, I was serenaded by Live Carribean music, If I didn't look behind me to see the CN Tower, I'd swear I was really in Barbados!
click here to see a video I took at the beach with sound and all to really get what I mean...
Tonight, Ineke, Caroline and I went the Roy Thompson hall to see the premier performance of Eric Idel's " Not the Messiah" From Eric Idle and John Du Prez, the sardonic duo that unleashed Spamalot on the world, comes Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy), a comic oratorio inspired by Monty Python's Life of Brian and performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, featuring soloists and Eric Idle as both soloist and narrator. Co-commissioned by Luminato and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Not The Messiah will be conducted by Peter Oundjian, who is not only the TSOs Music Director but also Eric Idle's cousin.
( this is a picture of Idle back in the 80's at the end of the film, Life of Brian)
We had a howling time.. haven't laughed this much in a long, long time.. Ineke was crying in Laughter ! we had a great night... and boy is the festival amazing... way to go Luminato organizers !
Tonight is a special night in Toronto ! I was at the presentation of the new wing at the ROM ( Royal Ontario Museum) This extraordinary architectural wonder has been 5 years in the making. At first it looked quite unattractive with it bare metal beams exposed to the elements.. but slowly it became the jewel as it is now. This new Michael Lee-Chin Chrystal wing opened tonight with a spectacular free concert and show. With a line up of Canadian musicians and actors, to lead the way.. ending with a impressive light show and fireworks highlighting the structure of the building.
Proceeding the concert I was invited to attend the special VIP reception, where I met lots of great artists and other VIP’s but the biggest STAR of the evening was without a doubt , the Crystal ! ( Me and Jann Arden ! )
Today is The Dawn of the Crystal Age, the ROM is holding its official Architectural Opening and Building Dedication of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. As one of the most important architectural projects of our time and a distinctive new symbol of Toronto for the 21st century, the Lee-Chin Crystal marks the beginning of a new age for the ROM. The Crystal Age announces the Museum as the country’s premier cultural and social destination and is ushered in by a series of unforgettable events. This city is getting better and better.. and it's so exciting.. I look forward to seeing the new wing. soon !
Wendy has suffered from morbid Obesity all of her life. This blog contains stories from the past and present. How her weight has affected her life. With daily updates and inserts, this all attributes to her recent decision (January 1, 2008) to begin her massive weight loss project. Her goal is to lose 200 pounds by her 50th birthday, being July 23, 2009. On July 1st Wendy reached a goal of weighing 250 pounds, but there after she unfortunately went off the diet. On Jan 1, 2011 Wendy started her weight-loss journey once again. An accomplished classical horn player, Wendy has performed with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony , the Niagara Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician she has performed with the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Amici Chamber Ensemble and Network Winds. Wendy is also Executive Director of the Community Folk Arts Council of Toronto.