Putting the Ritz into the Ritz Carlton with McLaren – MP4-12C Spyder

If there where two brand in luxury that are meant to be paired then Ritz Carlton and McLaren are meant to be a global force of luxury where living meet the luxury of speed and elegance.

Ritz Carlton for me and McLaren have also allowed me the luxury to participate in magic.

There was the stay at Ritz Carlton Montreal, and my weekend with McLaren when it was launched in Canada by the sterling team of Chris Pfaff’s, Pfaff Auto in partnership with Ron Dennis.

That weekend of mine with Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger (who with A.R. Rahman, and The Pussycat Dolls performed Jai Ho in 2009 the selected video for My Name Is Khan), provided for a victory for Lewis Hamilton, thus becoming the King of Montreal at the Canadian Grand Prix 2012. It was a splendid weekend with Chris Pfaff’s team all of whom are the greatest people you will meet, where service is the key element, and most importantly for me they are all fun.

Keeping in the flow of things the teams that of the Ritz Carlton Toronto, and Pfaff McLaren came together last night to make for a mind blowing ( it was really windy ), for the launch of the McLaren MP4-12C Spyder.

Guess what folks, I gave the word this morning to my guys in Europe “we need to get this baby”. The McLaren MP4 – 12C Spyder is one sweet, fast, and most important for me sexy car.

I cannot wait to drive it from Monte Carlo on my favorite route, Monaco to Milan, Como , Geneva, Berlin, that folks you can do in this car because it is very comfortable. Hey, if Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button can do in spell-bounding speeds then this drive would be nothing.

Top up or top down, the car is a super-charged erotic performer and should have no trouble keeping up but then again who wants to keep up, what’s behind you does not matter. How much of a performer? McLaren promises 0-60 mph acceleration in just 3.1 seconds and a quarter mile elapsed time of 10.8 seconds at a speed of 134 mph.

That performance is courtesy of a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque chassis, which houses a potent twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 engine tuned to deliver 616 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Come of folks that should already get you salivating.

In preparing for the launch the Ritz Carlton did a massive overhaul of the bar now the very warm inviting space knighted the ‘Ritz Bar’ day before the McLaren MP4 – 12C Spyder launch, the Ritz Carlton Toronto team of Nathaniel, Christian, Duncan, and crew where like the McLaren pit crew, in a race to get the bar up and running, while Daniel was working on all the other logistic’s, the team was humming. Resulting in producing tables that are the right height for cocktails, ( I learned about this from Arrigo Cipriani and son Giuseppe Cipriani of Harry’s Bar ) who are very particular about table heights, and the Ritz Toronto got this spot-on. The seating is now cozy, comfortable, and ideal for conversation, with the addition of the improvement’s to the outdoor deck it has created a new dimension previously not available to the Ritz Carlton Toronto.

The evening was how can I say it “scintillating”!.

Two teams, Pfaff Auto McLaren, and Ritz Carlton bravo!

Now bring on Hollywood and the Toronto International Film Festival 2012. The McLaren’s will be waiting as will the team of the Ritz Carlton Toronto, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Madonna, Megan Ellison, Johnny Depp discover the city like real rock stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in a McLaren.

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Bold People Make Bold Moves On BlackBerry At Canadian Grand Prix

Nicole Scherzinger is busy at work she is on her BlackBerry Bold and she is multi-tasking. Nicole told me she is always on her BlackBerry Bold, sending e-mails, and in constant communication and she love’s it.

Lewis Hamilton’s best friend since high school, is nearby sitting and also with his command center in his palm his BlackBerry Bold.

Mark Perkins the manger for formula one driver Narain Karthikeyan is in communication with Monaco where he resides also on race day checking his e-mails as well as sending text messages out keeping in communication with the team principal in Spain on his BlackBerry Bold.

Here in the paddocks of the Canadian Grand Prix 2012, it was Canadian technology of RIM Corporations, BlackBerry Bold, in full use and in demand. This is the ultimate sport for technology, formula one racing and BlackBerry Bold was every present keeping those who need to stay informed with the world connected.

Have a look at some of the bold people in the paddocks in full command with BlackBerry Bold.

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Lewis Hamilton King of Montreal – Canadian Grand Prix


Do you believe in dreams? Do you believe in magic? You should as that is what was happening in Montreal at the Canadian Grand Prix 2012.

Magic was all around and at play it was as if Merlin himself had waved his magic wand and said “McLaren shall win and Lewis Hamilton this time shall be crowned King of Montreal.”

My weekend with McLaren could not have started on a better note with Ron Dennis in Toronto and translated into the magic that was took place in Montreal. I told Ron Dennis that many were rooting for McLaren and he said, “I certainly am”.

Lewis Hamilton was cool and calm, and through the race he kept it cool even when the McLaren pit crew messed up. The call’s started coming on the radio “Push it”, and Lewis Hamilton did just that. He pushed his car, he did his slide which he loves to do and he won in Canada where he won his very first Grand Prix.

Yes magic was at play, and it was great for everyone including his friends who had come to watch him in Canada.

Last time I came to Montreal I was with the master of funk Prince, and this time it was with the King of Montreal.

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Magic At The Ritz Montreal – Canadian Grand Prix

My Weekend with McLaren, continued with the hospitality of the luxurious and friendly Ritz Carlton Montreal.

The Ritz Carlton has always been my favorite hotel in Montreal ever since I was growing up. It recently opened a week prior to the Canadian Grand Prix and this is perhaps the best time to see the hotel at work. The pressure is on.

Jetting in early I was given a warm welcome from the hotel team and in desperate need for a coffee I was escorted into what I call the magical kingdom managed by the renowned Executive Chef Daniel Boulud and his restaurant Maison Boulud and introduced to Rachid Mallis. Rachid greeted me with a big smile and assured me he will make for me a coffee “strong” personally.

It was quite when I arrived the coffee was yes, strong, and every detail was looked after by Rachid, the basket of breads, to the amazingly light and so good french toast. Cafe after cafe, slowly the beat picks the chefs arrive, the Executive Chef himself in arrives, and the pace starts to pick up. The team in the kitchen starts to move as if in a ballet. The very petite sommelier, she now busy carrying cases of wine and checking her inventory.

Monday after the Canadian Grad Prix and still on a high from the win by Lewis Hamilton and late night of parties I returned for more strong coffee, and this time Joe, and Rachid looked after me it was a day when Lewis Hamilton was pronounced King of Montreal and trust me the King will be staying at the Ritz in Montreal because I will tell him so. The Ritz delivers, for me they made the impossible happen. That alone speaks volumes for a hotel and it’s team.

King of Montreal the Ritz.

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Deanna – She Is The Queen Of The King – Talent at Canadian Grand Prix

Deanna, she is a singer, songwriter,performer and Canadian. This girl is fly.

Deanna derives her musical inspiration from her life experiences. She digs down deep, she knows what hurts her, what makes her happy, the light and the dark from these memories she put’s them to a beat and refines them and lays down the tracks, that would make you just dance or feel mellow.

Having grown up in a large family this young talented Canadian is working hard to finish her album, and then break it in the United Kingdom where she feels she will get good support for her work she may change her mind once she completes her album as with any music you never know when or where your break will come from.

Deanna, is also adapting, she is learning her trade and open to all the possibilities, willing to experiment, a good sign of a musician who you know will only develop and mature while perfecting her craft.

I sat down with Deanna at the Ritz Carlton Toronto Patio Casa Bacardi to chat about her album and this conversation straight up talk from Deanna, who played an adult while still a young girl. What truly is refreshing is that none of her hardships have darkened her spirit, look into her eyes and all you see is light, and life. This is an artist who knows that everything in life is a lesson to learn and grow from and translate these experiences into something beautiful in the form of music to share with the world.

Here is a track of Deanna’s work and I think you will agree with me this girl makes you smile and you just want to bust out your dance moves.

Will be keeping a close eye on Deanna as she develops.  You are discovering her the weekend of the Canadian Grand Prix when the world will focus on Canada, so world here is a young Canadian for you. Deanna. Here is her interview and the track ‘Work It’.  Welcome to Canada.

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