Thursday, November 5, 2009

Palm party postponed

Hey Fanz!

OK, I've had a couple of bars shut down right after I played there. But this is the first time a restaurant has closed up just before I arrived. Apparently the mere prospect of my appearing there was enough to make them throw in the towel and go out of business.

Well, not exactly. However, in a sudden development, Sage West Restaurant is now under new ownership.

It is also under renovation for the next month, which is why the breathlessly anticipated debut of the ROYAL PALM ORCHESTRA is POSTPONED until an indefinite time in the not-too-distant future.

Sorry for the inconvenience. I know some of you have been trying to call the restaurant for reservations. Put away your tiara and await developments.

However, you needn't be without entertainment in the meantime!

Start making plans to attend the Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble Christmas Concert, 7 pm on Sunday, December 6 at the Cooksville United Church, 2500 Mimosa Row, in Mississauga near Dundas and Hurontario, to see if reindeer really know how to swing!

And come and hear me make music with these bands (count 'em!) in these places at these times:

Saturday, November 14, 8 pm
The Axes of Evil
Annex Live, 296 Brunswick Avenue (just south of Bloor)
Kevin & Deborah Go Coastal!
(RSVP to

Sunday, November 15, 8-11 pm
Gordon's Acoustic Living Room
The Free Times Café
320 College Street (west of Spadina)
(new tunes every month!)

Friday, November 20, nineish
Patio Dave & The Lanterns
The Brig, Norfolk Hotel, Port Dover ON
(Private Party)

Tuesday, November 24, 8-10 pm
Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble
Arnold's Sports Bar
485 Morden Road, Oakville, 905-844-2613,
Cover charge $5
(Regular monthly gig — handy to Burlington and points west!)

Thursday, December 3
The Big Trouble Band
Mitzi's Sister
1554 Queen Street West (at Sorauren)

Saturday, December 5, 9pm-1am
The Wee Stinky Band
Sticky Fingers Bar & Grill
199 Essa Road, Barrie ON

Sunday, December 6, 7pm
Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble
Annual Christmas Concert
Cooksville United Church
2500 Mimosa Row
in Mississauga near Dundas and Hurontario
Tickets $20

Sunday, December 13
Gordon's Acoustic Living Room
The Free Times Café
320 College Street (west of Spadina)
Fifth Annual All-request Night!

And every Tuesday, get Rambunctious at 11 pm at the Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Avenue just south of College,

Of course, January is just around the corner, and that can only mean — yes, haggis! Can't wait!

Speaking of tiaras, I was on my way to Sage Restaurant after school today, sitting on a westbound Carlton car at Queen's Park watching the OCAP demo in front of the Legislature. Screaming sirens approached from the south. Instead of an ambulance, a flurry of motorcycle cops took over the intersection. I was wondering if the demo was about to get rough, when a couple of flagged limos went by. Hmmm, I thought, what visiting dignitaries are in the neighbourhood? Aha! The Prince of Wales!

Yes, I was that close to him. And no doubt to the Duchess of Cornwall as well. Probably just had their flu shots down the street.

What a day!

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