Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Don't tell anyone but tonight I may have caved and bought these adorable Steve Madden red ballet flats. I hesitate to use the word "caved" as I bought them on sale at Winners and they cost me next to nothing. My favourite kind of shoes. I might have also bought a skirt. And a sweater. And a little tan jacket at Old Navy. And new jammies.
Monday, February 25, 2008
- I love Jon Stewart and nobody else should be allowed to host ever;
- Short speeches this year. Like oddly short.....
- Marion Cotillard: Yes she stole the award from my fave Julie Christie but man is that ever okay. Her speech was really touching and you could tell she was truly moved. Also worth mentioning, the sheer gorgessity (to quote Lainey) of this girl! She is BEW-TEE-FULL! Those heavy-lidded eyes, that curly hair, the accent....man. Perfection.
- The huge suck factor of the musical numbers, "Falling Slowly" excluded obviously. Now I saw Enchanted with my nieces and while it was what it was and not my favourite movie, the live performances of those songs did not do them justice at all. The normally great Kristen Chenowith had about as much charisma as a set of salad tongs. Just awful...
- The outstanding win of Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard for "Falling Slowly". I haven't seen the movie yet but have watched the following clip of "If You Want Me" nine times since Christmas. I know it's not the winning song but it's a stunning 4 minutes of visuals not to mention the pureness of Marketa and I just haven't been able to let it go. Like everyone else watching them perform on the show, I was teary at the end. It's a perfect, perfect song that breaks your heart every time you hear it;
Julie Christie: If I look even a quarter as good as she does at that age I will be thrilled. Hell, I don't even look that good now! And don't even get me started on Cate Blanchett. That woman is a whole other kind of beautiful;
- Sarah Polley: I'm heartbroken you didn't win for Best Adapted Screenplay. It's such an important film and you undertook a huge task adapting Alice Munro you absolutely should have won.. That and I really just wanted someone I once held an umbrella over outside a Port-a-Potty to win an Oscar;
- I'm afraid of Nicole Kidman. Her un-moving face is going to come and get me in the night;
- Diablo Cody: I love you just as you are! Even though you picked the worst dress ever I still think you're great! Now go away for a bit because I'm a bit tired of hearing about you;
- Yay Coen brothers!!! Now Ethan, would it have killed you to be a bit less of an ass? It's a good thing you're so darn adorable;
- Dear Mrs. Day Lewis: Why didn't you pick the really big brooch to wear on the front of your dress? The one you chose seemed so......understated.
This mustache dresser cuz it made me smile and was the first thing I saw when we walked in the door. I don't know how makes it or really anything about it - it's just awesome and if I had a baby boy, this would be his dresser.
And here's a picture of Marc lounging in one of many Louis Ghost chairs that were around. Now call me crazy, but if I was picking chairs for big fat tourists with fanny packs to sit on, my first choice wouldn't be $400 Ghost chairs and $5000 Barcelona chairs! And there were about 5 different seating areas, all with at least 10 -15 chairs. Sounds like trouble in the making...
My lamp that I loooooooove (the big fat one on the right). I love the simple shape and the warm light in throws. I just need to make sure my dining room is big enough, which I suspect is probably is.
Petted for Kaili: the Philip Starck Louis Ghost Armchair, a Saarinen dining table and a too adorable for words Saarinen low coffee table. Darlin, if I had an extra $1900.00 I would have bought it for you in a heartbeat! On a sidenote, I did see a pair of Bertoia chairs in a junkshop on Queens for $300.
Anyway, the food was that highly stylized variety you see mostly on TV. You know, the long skinny plate with the 3 piles of food and the puddles of this and that with a swoosh of some sauce and a crazy garnish and even though you read the menu and know what you're getting you still can't identify the food on your plate? One of those but in the best way possible. Outstanding. If you go, and I highly recommend you do, I insist you order the tiramisu ice cream that they make at your table complete with dry ice -- it's the greatest thing ever! A giant bowl of dry ice is brought to your table and when you pour in the cream and spices all that lovely dry ice smoke pours over your whole table and onto the floor and the tables around you and everyone ooh's and aah's and it instantly turns into ice. You keep adding the cream and the waiter keeps stirring and before you know it you have glorious smooth ice cream. FUN! Colborne Lane really is one of the best places I've been in Toronto and I would gladly go again and eat exactly the same meal.
Post meal we waddled our way over to the Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar for cocktails only to leave immediately in favour of the Pravda Russian Vodka Bar -- a huge error in judgement on our part. To be fair, this bar is gorgeous and a fantastic idea and as Brittainy said, at 2pm on a Thursday would be her favourite bar. Friday night though? Not in any lifetime. We were far too old and married to be in this bar and in comparison to the other girls there, I may as well have been in full Prairie garb. This is a place to be on the prowl and to be prey but beautiful to look at and we did appreciate the full-on Russian opera music sandwiched in between the Daft Punk and Radiohead. Needless to say we pounded back our drinks and got the heck outta dodge before anyone started pointing and singing "one of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong..."Saturday was day o'design!! Yay! Made our way to the grand opening of the Toronto Design Within Reach store and did some serious furniture oogling. So much so that it's worthy of its own post so stand by for that. In a nutshell, I visited my George Nelson lamp and petted some things for Kaili. Onwards to the Interior Design Show at the CNE (also solo-post worthy) and was more than a bit overwhelmed. I took tons of pics of all the stuff I liked so keep your eyes open for that. Possibly even later tonight depending on how ambitious I feel. Strange run-in of the day? Practically walking into friends/cousinSylvia and Randy in the Fluevog store only to find out they were staying in the same hotel as us! Wha? Crazy indeed. Even crazier, me not buying anything but shoelaces at Fluevog. Even though I tried the "but Randy's letting Sylvia buy new Fluevog boots!" argument and the "But I'm going to Austin and I need these Fluevog cowboy boots" with Marc, he was not easily swayed. I drowned my sorrows in 2 new coats from Zara so that helped -- a cuter than cute red swing coat with a wide stand-up collar and a retro floral pattern blazer with big white buttons. No pics I'm afraid cuz the website is on hold at the moment. After the shoe disappointment etc we took a trip to the Distillery District to see our pal Leif Benner who made my engagement ring and our wedding bands, to get Marc's ring sized (Leif does amazing work and here's one of his pics of my ring for curious folks). It's only been about 8 months so we figured the time was right. Then a visit to Soma, the happiest place on earth for Mayan Hot Chocolate and treat buying. Then (and I'm still mad) Marc tricked me into walking from the Distillery District all the way back to our hotel which was FAR AWAY. Unfair.
Supremely yummy and well-deserved dinner at Il Forchetta (bresaola of Arctic muskox = yum!)brought us to our Cowboy Junkies show at Massey Hall. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Massey Hall is THE best venue and my absolute favourite place to see live music in. I would rather drive to see an artist at Massey Hall than see them 5 minutes from my house in Sudbury. The sound is phenomenal and it just has that feeling of the thousands of artists who have played that space lingering in the air. It's just a place populated by people who love music and I can't get enough. Venue aside, the show was amazing, despite Ryan Adams being too ill to play the show (poor Marc). The Junkies really just keep getting better and Margot? Damn woman! She is sexy!! Still!! She looks just as good as she did 20 years ago leaning on that mic with her killer red shoes! Basically, this was a show I've been waiting my whole life to see. Trinity Session is just one of those records. I've got lovely memories attached to it and artistically it never fails to give me goosebumps and man, did they ever do it justice. Joined onstage by Sudbury's own Jaro Czerwinec on accordion, this show was them at their best. Tara had 2 hours of swaying happiness and all was right with the world.
Sunday we ventured down to the very end of Queen West (and I do mean the very, very end) for breakfast at Easy, one of my fave breakfast spots due to being smack in the middle of the Queen West junkshops. Scouring the junkshops is one of our favourite things to do whenever we've got time in Toronto, especially now that we have a house. Alas we didn't buy anything but saw tons of great stuff. Homeward bound with a quick stop at the Holt Renfrew Last Call store in Vaughn and Bob's your uncle. Made a quick chicken-on-a-bun stop and made it home in time to pick up Bailey from my folks and in time for the Oscars (also worth it's own post). And to think Marc did it all while sick! Poor guy. And poor Tara actually as Marc is the grumpiest sick person I know. He's off to Toronto again this week for work so I'm flying solo. Can you say workout dance party??????? I'm taking soundtrack suggestions.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
* denotes Canadian talent
italics denotes a new release
This week's show was in rememberance of one Canada's greatest songwriters who passed away last week: Willie P. Bennett. He was a consumate storyteller and a legend in the roots music world. He will be missed by us all.
- Willie P. Bennett -- Sunset Pendulum -- Heartstrings *
- Jolie Holland -- Moonshiner -- Springtime Can Kill You
- Proof of Ghosts -- Summer's Wasted on the Young -- Proof of Ghosts *
- Cowboy Junkies -- Mining For Gold -- The Trinity Session * (vinyl)
- The Silver Hearts -- Lush Love -- No Place *
- The Pickups -- Augusta -- Country Houses, City Streets *
- Jenny Whiteley -- Halls of Folsom -- Hopetown *
- Wille P. Bennett -- Last Word -- Heartstrings *
- Bill Withers -- Ain't No Sunshine -- Best of (vinyl)
- Old Man Luedecke -- Quiet Creek -- Hinterland *
- Elliott Brood -- Oh, Alberta -- Tin Type *
- Josh Rouse -- Wonderful -- Subtitulo
- The Zombies -- She's Not There -- Best of (vinyl)
- Jason Collett -- Charlyn, Angel of Kensington -- Here's to Being Here *
- Jill Barber -- Two Brown Eyes -- For All Time *
- Willie P. Bennett -- Heartstrings -- Heartstrings *
- Wilco -- Hate It Here -- Sky Blue Sky (vinyl)
- Novillero -- Abbey -- A Mint Harvest: Fall 2006 Sampler *
- Cat Power -- Blue -- Jukebox
- Cowboy Junkies -- Dreaming My Dreams With You -- The Trinity Session (vinyl) *
- Oh Susanna -- Filled With Gold -- Short Stories *
- Katie Moore -- My Old Dog -- Only Thing Worse *
- Porter Wagoner -- Late Love Like Mine -- Wagonmaster
- Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson -- It's Not Supposed to be That Way -- Waylon & Willie
- Ron Sexsmith -- Drifters -- Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot *
- Willie P. Bennett -- High Park Feeders -- Heartstrings *
Notes this week:
- The Silver Hearts were one of the best shows I've seen at the Townehouse. A spaghetti western salloon band sound, tons of fun and they picked up and played out in the street on the hoods of cars at the end of their show;
- Jenny Whiteley, it's okay that my husband has a big fat crush on you. I might too;
- Old Man Luedecke "Quiet Creek": This is what being in love in silence sounds like. My biggest disappointment of the 2007 OCFF conference was missing his showcase;
- Elliott Brood: You need to be as good on your records as you are live cuz live you're better than just about anyone;
- Go and look at a picture of The Zombies and tell me every emo-band ever didn't completely steal their look;
- Jason Collett status update: new record love affair still continuing;
- Oh Susanna, your voice is just the clearest and loveliest thing a person can hear.
...having frozen blueberries from the summer in February. It's also really all about living in a place where you can go blueberry picking at the end of your street. Forget paying $60 a basket -- sorry city folk, we got'em coming out the wazoo. My mother-in-law made the most amazing blueberry muffins this week with berries she picked this summer and then froze. It was like a bit of summer in a little wrapper. Oh blueberry, let's never be apart this long again.