My Weekend With Marilyn and Prince !

My Name is Khan began this year to do things on it’s own terms, my life , my time, my way. So leaving the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth where once the man who wrote My Way for Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka also has resided I began the adventure of discovery my way. Through the streets of Old Montreal. I walked, on a sunny day crisscrossing tree lined avenues onto meandering footpaths, in search for the cappuccino. It’s never where is one going to have this cappuccino but what the people and the energy in the cafe or the restaurant that makes drinking a cappuccino at the selected destination more enjoyable. Curious about a restaurant with large windows allowing the morning shaft of light to gently pour in, I turned the corner to investigate further. A door opened and it forever changed the rhythm of my day. As in the film My Weekend with Marilyn a young mans life is changed with a meeting with Marilyn and for me this was no different, Nat King Cole, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, wardrobe for Prince a painting of Marilyn in the gallery window all on my way to this refuge Communion. The alluring girl appeared in the door with a delicate tone, elegantly lithe with a spirit that was artful and magical stopping me in my stride. This is the magic of the accidental discovery, people and place’s. Lydie and I stood in the doorway talking and luxuriating in the sunlight yet none of my charm was successful in my attempt to get her to say a shout out to Prince, just getting a pose for a portrait was a lot of work but enjoyable. Entering Communion, I discovered it possessed all the elements I had been looking for, light, sun, flowers, wine, character to match of Lydie, great music that took you back in time of Marilyn Monroe, and a sandwich the Monte Cristo. Lydie as if by the wave of a magic wand would later introduce me to another discovery. This other discovery you will have to wait for, it was time for me to get back to Fairmont Queen Elizabeth and get ready for the madness. The adventure never stops at My Name is Khan.

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Show Time Prince and The Queen !

The Audi arrived in flawless fashion to the Grande Dame of Montreal hotels the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth which first opened it’s doors in 1958, where the only Beatles whom I have never met John Lennon and Yoko Ono had their legendary Bed-in for Peace. Upon informing the valet of the valuable goods the Audi was transporting, he picked up the phone and three of his co-workers arrived guarding the Audi as if it was a armored car. The garments bags loaded on the rolling rack were protected by the hotel staff like Fort Knocks. Why not after all the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth had seen it’s share of rockers and actors from Bon Jovi, Kanye West, to Juliette Binoche and Anne Hataway. Prince and his bands new wardrobe from Magpie fashion was being escorted to a private gold floor to remain there till such time as it was under lock down in a car headed for the venue. Once the wardrobe was securely sent off to the venue, it was time to head off to Les Voyageurs for a bottle of Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon armed with my two iPhones fully charged.

The count down to show time neared the text message’s and the e mail’s began pouring in the most important text message had still not arrived, that is when you are thankful that the Fairmont has staff like Kate who was on duty and kept the nerves from fraying, the after party, the fittings, and show time was nearing. Kate Good kept everyone smiling and another bottle of Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon arrived with a small cheese plate and steak tartare. The bottled opened and the text arrived “wardrobe at venue”, then came the call “Tim, Prince loves it, can you text me the number for your designers he wants to call them”. The legs of the wine now began to look very good, in the comfort and sanctuary of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. The adventure never stops at My Name is Khan.

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Rag’s for That Sexy MF Prince Welcome 2 Canada

As a little boy growing up I always had the protection of my grandmother E and the Queen E II not to mention that my friend the critically acclaimed director Shekhar Kapoor directed a brilliant film with a sterling cast the Oscar winner Elizabeth. So where would one go with the most valuable commodity for any live performer, the rag’s for the stage, especially for the critically fashion aware artist the iconic Prince Welcome 2 Canada show in Montreal? To the sanctuary of the Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, off-course. After all it was at the Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth that HRH. Queen Elizabeth II came prior to her visit with my grandmother, it was at the Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth that hosted the man who’s voice you will hear in the film My Week with Marilyn, the great Nat King Cole, and it was at the Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth suite 1742 that John Lennon and Yoko Ono celebrated Bed-in for Peace.

Like my grandmother and HRH Elizabeth II the two ladies the cutting edge designers of Magpie fashion house of Toronto’s hippest area Queen Street West are the most amazing women. However much was happening at Magpie fashion the day I went to pick-up the garments for Prince and his band. The ladies of Magpie fashion were busy with last minute alterations for garments being prepared for Canada’s Got Talent Show and everything at Magpie that day was so very Canadian. The rolling rack was being readied for Prince Welcome 2 Canada Tour while Kevin Hearn of the Canadian band Barenaked Ladies was considering a jacket for his show at the Great Hall on Queen Street. The garment bags where ready for the Transporter the Audi waiting to zip the valuable’s to Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth Montreal till they could be securely placed in the hands of the legendary rocker, the king of funk, the master musician Prince. It was a day of Queen, Prince and everything Canadian. The adventure never stops for My Name is Khan.

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Prince ! That Sexy Mother——!

Under the Red Maple Leaf, after five! let me say it again, five! encores ! Prince kicked off his Welcome 2 Canada Tour leaving you feeling as if you were on the precipice with wings spread ready to take flight. It had been a long day for everyone from security team that arrived at five in the morning and was pulling a fifteen hour shift, to the guys setting up this stage who finished at half past two then came the sound check and then came showtime! Live Nation Entertainment brings the pop-funkster but to me this is just rock and roll, and Prince is here in Canada to deliver. For those who have tickets to see Prince roll his tour across Canada let me say without a doubt you are in for a treat. If you don’t like to have fun, don’t like to dance, please stay home, this is not for you. Accompanied by his entourage of ladies the back up singers, his bass, lead guitarist and drummer, Prince blew the roof off Air Canada Center. If you are inclined to head off to the exist early, don’t do it!!! you’ll miss the best part as Prince leaves plenty in reserve to bring the night to a close with music and dance in true showmen-ship of a pure live performing artist. This dude is one sexy mother——!. You are gonna love the show! Prince get’s a shout out from fashion house Magpie on Queen Street West, R Squared Cafe on Queen Street, and Lisa at Fairground Coffee House who was all excited to go to the show.

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“Welcome 2 Canada” Prince Hits the Road

The multifaceted recording artist Prince and his crew arrived in Toronto to commence a tour of Canada and let me tell you the folks in Toronto this Thanksgiving weekend are very excited. If there is one thing that people in Canada know about it is their music. Prince is not only respected and loved his talent is appreciated by the educated and sophisticated musicitizens of Canada. As this was Thanksgiving day in the United States, Toronto made certain to give the artist inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, voted the 28th greatest Rock & Roll artist of all time by “Rolling Stone” magazine a warm welcome, and on Thanksgiving Day did not want anyone to go hungry.

Here are some of the best of Toronto and what they cooked up for the man of style, the one and only Prince “Welcome 2 Canada”!!

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Sting’s Back With Bass !

As he’s done with past configurations, he’s reinvented his songs to encompass whatever style he feels at the moment, and been very good at treating his audiences to new experiences every time out with imaginative arrangements that always inject new, unexpected twists. Sting is not afraid to try anything new, in his view nothing in life is worthwhile if it does not have some risk. So many people I know are one degree of separation from this extraordinary talented man who’s music and lyric’s I have enjoyed over the years and the man who’s given so much back with his music. Sting move’s the audience with his awe-inspiring bass playing which is the central focus of the show. It is worth it, and you are spellbound by the magic the gift that this man was given and the generosity with which he share it with the ever appreciative audience. The band is made up of Vinnie Colaiuta, whom Sting referred to as “a drummer’s drummer,” father-son guitarists Dominic and Rufus Miller, Jo Lawrie on violin and backup vocals and Peter Tickell on violin and mandolin. This is what I like and love about Sting he is not afraid to mix it up and see what happens. At the core of any great musician is the ability that without effort everything blends into acoustic harmony. I personally would have loved to have seen what Sting would have done with two sitars on stage with him but then that is me when it comes to music wondering what if. Sting also can make you wonder about yourself and took me back to a film I had just seen The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard written and directed by Jeremy Lalonde about something Sting brought up “emotional annihilation” as the root behind the male fear of commitment, and while I listen to the music my mind wonders about what Sting just said and all of a sudden you are left measuring yourself with the man on the stage who it seems is always giving, growing, experimenting, caring and who’s no ordinary rocker. Later in the evening I shared some ideas about Sting with a friend and he responded “I know Sting and his family well they are great people”. The world is small and yet again I find myself one degree of separation from Sting. The adventure of discovery never ends for Sting and My Name is Khan.

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