It may feel too hot to work out in the summer, but these kitties recognize the importance of staying active. Thanks to director Andreas Nilsson you can prepare your cats for fun & fitness! If nothing else, you must watch it for the tiny sweatbands.
I was SO excited that Awna Teixeira was booked for a gig in the Melody Bar. I’ve seen her perform many many times, first in Victoria, BC as part of the Derby, then with Barley Wik, and finally with Po’ Girl (where they sold out venues around the world). She’s the kind of dynamic performer and talented musician that always has people asking afterwards “Who was that singer with the big blue eyes?”. It helps that she plays nearly every instrument possible and has a voice that makes you want to close your eyes and drift away.
Now she’s finally released a solo album and playing a gig in Toronto where much of her Portuguese family live. Since she’s always touring we didn’t have time to sit down & chat but she did answer some questions while using the free McDonald’s wifi off the highway in Michigan!
Kaleb: Besides all your family connections in town, what else do you love about visiting Toronto?
Awna: I actually miss eating chocolate popsicles on the edge of a curb in my sneakers in Toronto. So if I am coming there in the summer I make sure that happens to me at least a few times.
Kaleb: You’ve been all over the world, what are a couple things you always pack with you?
Awna: Besides the necessary things to stay clothed and clean, I always pack my flash light, some rope and my sling shot. On top of that my bikini and either my stuffed monkey Albert or my little plastic paint pony Chester. I like to be prepared for anything!
Kaleb: Have you met Dolly Parton? We love her. (and have a 12 foot cutout of her in our office)
Awna: Sadly I have not yet met Dolly Parton. She is one of my favourites though. Oddly enough she is the artist people most think I sound like. I don’t hear it, but she is the most common reference, Which makes me squeal in delight every time.
Awna plays here Thursday July 11th for a free show starting at 9pm.
Dear Jiggly Cliente,
Thank you SO MUCH for being here as part of Pride at the Gaystone. You are so much more than Brooklyn’s Plus-sized Barbie Doll. You are a gorgeous, sweet, inspirational and talented performer. We knew you would be the perfect fit for the Gladstone Hotel, and all our gayest dreams were met by having you here.
Never shall I forget the best birthday of my life with you as my cake eating partner.
The next night you rocked the stage multiple times celebrating at Pinky’s Nails Birthday Bash (your nails were looking especially fine thanks to cutie Justin!). Never has Missy Elliot been done better besides the queen herself.
Here’s your other glam look (from She Does the City):
If you ever come back to Toronto (and I hope you do!), we NEED to reconnect and go for poutine. You’ll always have the Gladstone as your home away from home.
Our new menu items will make you much happier than this guy! With some new veggie items, tasty salads and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We’ll be featuring new items on the blog so keep watching out for pictures and details!
We’ll have you happily eating like this guy:
Lost Toronto dug up some hand tinted postcards from 1910 that show off the Melody Bar! (originally from the Chuckman Collection) While so much has changed it’s exciting to see how familiar it is as well. We still have a couple of the chairs with a “G” engraved in the back. And the pillars seem so much more special when you see them back in the day!
On this drizzly day we’re thinking about other things we like to do around town. One of our favorites is checking out great films at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. It’s a beautiful space that features films that are right up our alley. If you’re in town make sure to put it on your to-do list!
Coming up on the schedule is a film called UPSTREAM COLOR. It’s a mindbending new sci-fi thriller from acclaimed writer-director Shane Carruth (Primer) and is one of the most provocative and daring American independent films of the year. Check out the film and a live Skype Q&A with director Shane Carruth at the 7:40pm screening on Saturday April 13th! Tickets on sale now!
Grab your popcorn, we’ll see you at the movies!
We’re sad to announce that Celina Carroll, our Human Resources manager is moving on after TEN years of employment here. However, we’re excited for her future endeavors as a massage therapist, and can’t wait to see her put her positive energy in helping people.
“I first tricked Celina into working at the Gladstone by asking her to help me mail our our first ‘Gladstone Bag’ newsletter in 2003. Over the next ten years Celina helped with so much more, she developed our entire Human Resources department. It takes a village to create something as special as the Gladstone Hotel. Celina helped build the dream from the ground up.” - Christina Zeidler, owner
Celina is also an accomplished musician, playing with her band Mother Tongue (along with fellow staff members Chip Yarwood & Conny Nowe), and accompanying many of the best World musicians in town such as Donne Roberts & Njacko Backo.
We’ll miss her smile around the building but know she’s got exciting things in her future!
Here’s Celina playing on CBC Kids with Njacko:
Since rumour rumblings appeared in the National Post last week:
“So, Scott Speedman crashed a Seinfeld-centred trivia night, held here at The Gladstone, on Queen, earlier this week? It cannot not be true.”
We decided to make a formal confirmation. Indeed, last Tuesday during the Seinfeld edition of our monthly TV Trivia Night, Scott Speedman, the handsome devil himself, was spotted peeking in the the windows of the Melody Bar while 5 people competed in our “Dance Like Elaine” challenge.
According to Twitter, he even came inside to get a closer look:
Thanks for coming by Scott Speedman, we’ll let you know when Felicity Trivia Night happens!