Big news for artist, Bruce K. Lawes, whose stunning historic portrait of a young George Armstrong Custer went under the hammer at this past Saturday’s Coeur d’Alene auction in Reno, NV. The 6ft x 3 1/2 ft painting exceeded the reserve and Custer is now on his way to an American collector’s home. Here’s Bruce just before the auction started with Trailside Galleries owner Maryvonne Leshe & Trailside Mkt’g Director Kimberly Fletcher, who now represent Bruce in the S.W. Bravo and congrats, Bruce, glad to see you relaxing by the pool afterwards! http://www.bklawesart.com
Our favourite mustard man, Dan Gordon from WHISKY & SPICE presented a sampling event at McEwan’s at The Shops at Don Mills (Toronto) yesterday and he reports he got lots of thumbs-up from the discerning shoppers. He’ll be back with more tasting opps throughout August but you can find the 3 flavoured W&S mustards on the shelves already. http://www.whiskyandspice.ca
So happy to reconnect with old pal, Sandy Graham, who used to run Toronto’s hottest 50’s&60’s live music venue, Route 66, way back when. I ran Ollie’s at the old Ports of Call on Yonge @ Summerhill during the same period and we had a friendly rivalry. I used to date one of her cute waiters – Danny – and I would often make it down to the Route before closing time, drop a qtr in the old jukebox, and Danny & I would dance to Rum & CocaCola by the Andrews Sisters, clearing the floor and getting rounds of applause for our Fred’n’Ginger style dancing. Aaaaah, good times! 11 years ago, Sandy founded the annual Beach Celtic Festival which takes place this year on Sept 6 & 7 and she’s asked me to undertake the promotions and publicity for the fest. http://www.thecelticfestival.com So watch for updates and news over the coming weeks.
The Canadian Comedy Awards have a couple more weeks of voting so make sure you log on and cast your vote for the best stand-up, sketch troupe, etc. http://www.canadiancomedy.ca If you’re planning on attending the Awards this year in Ottawa (Sept.10-14), keep checking the site for news and updates.
I’m busy writing book reviews for my fave Canadian horse newspaper, The Rider (http://www.TheRider.com) for the August issue. Did you know that Harlequin has a cowboy-themed series of romance novels? I’m enjoying one book, Invincible, due for release next month. And being a lifelong Monkees fan, I’m thrilled to be able to write about the new cookbook, Written in Our Hearts, created as a fundraiser for the late Davy Jones’ horse charity http://www.Facebook.com/writteninourhearts Watch for the reviews on The Rider’s website around Aug. 15.
If you’re looking for something hot’n’sexy to do this coming Saturday night, why not drop by piano lounge Salute on Bellair in Yorkville to see/listen to Deena who will be presenting her sultry song stylin’s from 9pm onwards. http://www.DeenatheArtist.com
So lots of stuff happening this week….time to grab another mug of coffee and get my head down. In the words of my patron saint of PR, “grace and decorum…grace and decorum” !