Guaranteed to deliver at least 150 belly-laughs, GLEN FOSTER (a.k.a. That Canadian Guy) headlines at the Absolute Comedy Club, 2335 Yonge St, Toronto, on Canada Day Saturday July 1st. And with an early 8pm showtime, you’ll still be able to catch the big fireworks displays around the city afterwards.Glen (pictured above) has been one of Canada’s top comedians for over thirty years – I’ve known him ever since his first set at Yuk Yuk’s back in the 80’s where I was the comedy agent and business manager. Since then, Glen’s become a mainstay on the Canadian comedy circuit -he didn’t just work the road, he’s one of the comics who built it! His comedy is clever and intelligent, combining reflections on his own personal experiences with razor sharp commentary on current events and popular culture.
Glen has appeared many times at the world-renowned Just For Laughs festival, had his own TV specials on the Comedy Network and can be heard frequently on CBC Radio’s “The Debaters”. He has also released his own comedy DVDs and is a club favourite across the country. That Canadian Guy is a reference to Glen’s first network comedy special during which he joked about the fact people could call him “that Canadian guy” if they couldn’t remember his name. Sure enough, after the show aired, Glen received a flood of e-mails from viewers who said, “I couldn’t remember your name but I remembered “that Canadian guy.”Glen headlines at the Absolute Comedy club June 28 through July 2 and you can purchase tickets for all of Glen’s performances and his special Canada Day July 1st show here: https://www.absolutecomedy.ca/toronto
I was thrilled to attend the annual “Up and Down” special events industry soiree last Tuesday at the elegantly appointed multi-purpose dining and party venue THE FIFTHINC. located in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district (225 Richmond St West). They always put on a fabulous tasting menu whenever they host such events and I would certainly encourage anyone to visit the various spaces in the huge building for casual dining, social meet-ups, corporate events or weddings and other celebrations – they have a room and ambiance to suit every occasion!
Accompanied by my fabulous hairstylist and friend, Cathie D. (who played peek-a-book with one of the bar plants!!), we first entered their Fifth Social Club on the main floor where the airy light space offered numerous comfy seating nooks, large stand-up bars and on that night, a great oyster bar!We then moved through to Cabin 5, the rustic Canadian-eh style bar for casual drinks and the bartender was working so hard making smart cocktails for us all that it was hard to snap her without the blur of the drink shaker..LOL….and I loved the kitschy picture on the wall over the DJ booth….happy kitties!!Cathie and I then went upstairs to the FifthTerrace on the roof which is open year-round and offers great views across the city. I’ve snapped the CN Tower on previous occasions and although it was a bit overcast on this evening, I still had to take a quick pic of it, along with the deelish sweet treats on offer. Yummmmm….pink macaroons!!!!The Fifth Grill Dining Room is also up top and the place looked awesome, fully dressed to kill!To end our visit, we enjoyed a great nosh downstairs in The Fifth Gastropub where we indulged ourselves with complimentary fish & chips and a frosty beer….Big thank you to the management & staff of The Fifth for their warm hospitality and deelish catering – definitely a great place to visit or hold a swanky do. www.thefifth.com
Yesterday (Wed. March 30), my fabulous assistant Gabriella and I visited the annual Cdn Special Events expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, meeting old friends and making new biz connections. I’d like to intro you to some of the great suppliers of entertainment, edible goodies and services to the events industry. One of the first exhibits was this beautiful display of event furnishings…lovely, dontcha think?Then on we went to say hello to the lovely ladies of IGNITE Magazine (below) www.ignitemag.ca/ a great trade magazine offering advice and solutions for event planners.Next door was the super deelish booth of SUCCULENT CHOCOLATES (below) who tickled eveyone’s tastebuds with their samples. www.succulentchocolates.com/confections/We then chilled out at the GLISSE ON ICE display which showcased the beautiful and artistic skating prowess of two lovely ice dancers (below). The shows tour the world and I was thrilled to reconnect with founder, Chantal Fry (bottom pic) who was once a star herself of the Stars on Ice shows www.glisseonice.com
After watching the pretty ice ballerinas, Gabriella and I joined the chilly festivities over at ICE CULTURE INC. who were taking cute pics thru a carved block of ice, so of course we obliged! www.iceculture.com…and I was so happy to meet up with my previous intern/assistant, Nicole Green (below) who has just started building her own PR/Mkt’g business. Bravo, Nicole.Next, we had fun with the fellas from CREATIVE CLUB CORPORATE at their Lego booth…oooh, look – Minions! www.creativeclubcorp.comGabriella had so many great photo opps, including this one with giant chess pieces!!And of course, any opportunity for silly snaps were not ignored….We loved the display of food and furnishings at ECLECTIC EVENTS INT’L – they always deliver innovative and exciting booth displays. This year, they had an intergalactic theme and we enjoyed the space treats and the spacey floor and wall coverings. www.eclecticeventsintl.com I loved this Moroccan-themed showcase…where’s the camel?One of the scarier booths was this wildlife encounter company. I was thinking about posing with the ‘gator or one of their snakes (which I’ve done in the past) but there was such a long line-up I decided to keep walking. I hope this poor little critter was enjoying itself but I’m not so sure.We then stopped in to say hi to Joni DeAngelis at the DeANEGELIS ENTERTAINMENT booth where this lovely aerial artist was contorting herself while Joni’s husband, the incomparable Bob DeAngelis, played his groovy clarinet. www.deangelisentertainment.com
We dropped in on the wacky folks of BANGER BINGO, a corporate events & team building group who obviously embrace the weird and wonderful! Such nice people and we had such a blast at their booth. www.bangerbingo.com All in all, it was a far smaller event than last year but Gabriella and I enjoyed chatting with the vendors and snappin’ saucy pics at their booths. Hope you enjoyed this virtual visit to the Canadian Special Events showcase in Toronto.