Casa Bacardi At The Ritz Carlton – Toronto

This was a special night for me at The Ritz Carlton as it unveiled it’s Casa Bacardi.

It was at the Foundation Room of The House of Blue in Las Vegas that I sat down one evening to have dinner with Sergio Danguillecourt a member of the board of Bacardi and the great-great-grandson of the rum company’s founder Facundo Bacardi, who died with his wife in the fateful crash of December 19, 2005 of Chalk’s Ocean Airways Flight 101 which crashed off Miami Beach, Florida. There were no survivors.

Sergio was a fun guy. The dinner was fun. Sergio and all of us at dinner had lots of laughs and the stories we shared one could write a hit film script about. I did start on such a script set in Cuba, and Sicily and yes it involves rum. I never forgot Sergio. His smile. His easy manner.

When I started my own drinks company Merlins, I started to pair my non-alcoholic drink with various Bacardi brands in some markets of the United States. I will never forget the call I received from my distributor Southern Wine and Spirits of California, it went like this, “Tim, I just heard a rumor, tell me it is not so, that you are working with Bacardi?”, to which I replied “Well I would not do that to you, it would not happen in the State of California”.

When the Ritz Carlton took the wraps of Casa Bacardi, naturally I was curious. After all the drink menu that the Ritz Carlton showed me already had wet my appetite for the various mojito’s that Casa Bacardi would be serving up throughout the summer.

If you are going to have a refreshing drink of mojito then the patio deck of the Ritz Carlton in the summer is the best place to relax, and have a multitude of cocktails created by the team of Ritz Carlton in Toronto. The Bacardi Bar is also very alluring and inviting. It cast’s it’s spell on you inviting you to just come and have one drink after another under the stars, all the while towering above you is the national marvel of Canada lighting up with colorful lights the CN-Tower.

With the music, the stars, warm summer air sitting in the lap of luxury of the Ritz Carlton drinking at Casa Bacardi is just one magical moment.

For me this was a super special moment, because for me it was another evening with my friend. The man with his easy going casual manner, that Hollywood smile, Sergio Danguillecourt, who was looking down from somewhere higher then the CN-Tower.

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Ferrariiiii !! No It’s FARAHRI – America’s Next Top Model Live

Farahri the performer, singer, super-fun loving, who can make anyone’s body shake is have one hell of a ball at America’s Next Top Model Live. Yes, Lady Gaga, your not the only one having a ball.

I have been with Farahri and her manager the very cool Roy of Sugga-I Music Group following the adventure of a lady who leave all her soul on the stage, and re-charges herself with super-fast the give some of her dazzle to her fans.

At America’s Next Top Model Live I have seen Farahri hang off the tallest catwalk in the sky at CN Towers EdgeWalk, walk in shoes all day that are as tall as the tower itself, and rock the Pandora catwalk with her sizzling performance and dancers.

Farahri and her crew you don’t want to miss. Here is Farahri from the catwalk in the sky the EdgeWalk to rocking it on Pandora’s Open Catwalk at America’s Next Top Model Live.

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From Models to Ferrari it’s all about Red and Canada!

A red Ferrari, and models are inseparable. They are interchangeable, models and red Ferrari, Ferrari and models. They have remained over time, grafted as one.

A women’s body might as well have been designed by Pininfarina.

Walking into the CN Tower towards the EdgeWalk reception the very first visual that stopped me in my tracks was a fashion editor with legs in red shoes. These where not just legs, these where legs like those of a fine wine.

This was followed by the models of America’s Next Top Model Live Canada Olivia Singh, Evelyn Li, Carol Brantnell, Heather Kelsall the supreme performer Farahri, and Lisa D’Amato all slipping intoCarol Brantnell, Heather Kelsall something more comfortable, red jumpsuits.

So here I was with models in red jumpsuits, a fashion editor in a short mini black trench with long legs in red shoes and dynamo performer who can make anyone’s body shake with a name Farahri, it was no surprise that my mind drifted to Ferrari.

My first time visiting the Fiorano circuit in Italy it was brought to my attention that painted on the track was a very large red maple leaf to honour the infamous, talented, fearless Canadian formula one driver Gilles Villeneuve.

My plan, and I usually don’t have a plan was to discover all the talent at America’s Next Top Models Live and then jump on the plane to Fiorano to watch Jacque Villinuve drive his father’s 1979 Formula One car at Fiorano on May 8, to mark the 30th anniversary of Gilles Villeneuve’s death.

The Canadian driver was regarded by many as one of the fastest drivers ever to compete in Formula One, Gilles Villeneuve earned legendary status for his heroic driving style behind the wheel of his Ferrari. He may only have won six grand prix in his tragically short career, but Gilles’ talent, speed and bravery ensured that his memory remains alive and vivid today in the minds of race fans worldwide.

Then there was the awesome moment and I use the word awesome for what it is intended for, not causally thrown about frivolously, when the great one gave me a ride in his red Ferrari. Wow! you say. Yes, it was wow! No I tell a lie, it was freek’n awesome!

Having befriended the CEO of Labatt’s beer I was introduce to Gilles. The CEO of Labatt’s and I had the similar passion for formula one racing. Labatt’s sponsored the greatest race car driver ever to come out of Canada, the infamous Gilles Villeneuve.

It was Gilles who gave me a valuable lesson about life. He had imparted this wisdom to me. Life he had told me was like driving a Ferrari, you don’t need a rear-view mirror, because what is behind you doesn’t matter. You never look back. Just keep going forward. It was also the manner in which Gilles drove.

The 1979 Ferrari 312 T4 was the most competitive car of Gilles Villeneuve’s career, and Jacques will drive the car at Fiorano on 8 May, 30 years on from the day that his father lost his life in a crash in qualifying for the Belgian GP at Zolder.

A Ferrari statement said Jacques Villeneuve’s outing in the 312 T4 would be “a fitting occasion to evoke the memory of a man who has and always will have a place of honour in the history of Ferrari.”

It is absolutely magical how Ferrari, red, models, red jumpsuits, all intersected for me at America’s Next Top Model Live. It was a natural, just like Ferrari and models go hand in hand so does Ferrari, Italy and fashion. Those are words that can drop with easy from ones lips like apples fall from trees.

My iPhone was about to die from the tweeting, tumbling, photography, video recording and editing at the America’s Next Top Model Live kick-off at the CN Tower so I stopped into a friends coffee shop to have it charged up. I could hear Swedish being spoken, which is not something you hear often in Toronto. After the girl on the phone had finished her conversation I asked her, “so where in Sweden are you from ?”, she seemed pleasantly stunned and told me “Uppasla”. My conversation was as easy as a hot knife going through butter. After all she was Swedish, and one of my most trusted best friend is Swedish. When the nasty vicissitudes of life fell upon me it was Swedes who came to my rescue. It was like being with family. The girl in question is studying mathematics’s, speaks three languages, and occasionally models. I told her that I have a race car driver friend who is Swedish, Stefan Johansson who drove formula one for Ferrari.

This was a day of red, Ferrari, models and talent of Canada. The legendary Canadian driver to the performer Farahri on the tallest catwalk in Toronto, the talented Canadian models to the 1979 Ferrari in Fiorano where on the track is the red Canadian maple leaf.

Life is magic, and magic is real and dreams come true.



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My Date With Four Model’s In The Sky – America’s Next Top Model Live

Evelyn Li, Carol Brantnell, Olivia Singh, Heather Kelsall

If someone had told me I would have a date with four tall future supermodels, I would have said “come on they are all tall”. This date was at 1,815 feet, 5 inches above the city of Toronto and that is just another level. That’s what I call tall.

Four finalist’s from Sutherland Model Supermodel Search 2012 , Olivia Singh, Evelyn Li, Carol Brantnell, Heather Kelsall, where joined by the lady who can make anyone rock their body the bombshell performer Farahri,and Lisa D’Amato winner of ANTM All-Star series 2011, to walk the EdgeWalk at Toronto’s CN Tower.

It was clear to me that the girls had come to play in the clouds making this the a catwalk that they will never forget. Yes they could walk for Dior, Chanel, do New York, Milan, and Paris but there is nothing like being above everyone else. Lady Gaga you may be rocking Hong Kong but these girls really know how to have a ball, they really are girls who where born this way to have a ball.

Trust me when I tell you this. Don’t miss the America’s Next Top Model Live it’s loaded with fun, fashion, style, music and beautiful girls. Now that is what I call a party.

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Future Supermodels Who Will Play In The Sky! ANTMLive

“We are thrilled to be kicking off America’s Next Top Model Live at Toronto’s most famous landmark. We look forward to welcoming fans of the show, as well as shopping, fashion and beauty enthusiasts to this incredible event.” – Stacey Evans, Show Manager America’s Next Top Model Live

Defining the Toronto skyline, at a height of 553.33m (1,815 ft., 5 inches), the CN Tower is Canada’s National Tower, an engineering Wonder and Toronto’s must see attraction visited by over 1.5 million people each year.

To introduce this exciting celebrity packed event, ANTM 2011 All-Star winner LISA D’AMATO will be joined by Degrassi TV star Alicia Josipovic (Bianca DeSousa) and finalists from the nation-wide Sutherland Supermodel Search who will defy fashion gravity by walking a catwalk high above the city of Toronto at EdgeWalk at the CN Tower.

The four models Olivia Singh, Evelyn Li, Carol Brantnell, and Heather Kelsall will do the world’s highest hands-free walk on a building, EdgeWalk providing a thrilling “catwalk” along the edge of one of the world’s greatest manmade wonders as they play in the sky above the clouds.

No Supermodel in the world can say she’s done a catwalk in the sky above the clouds. This is the very first. So what do you think these models will do to the catwalk? They are going to make it sizzle with fashion dynamite.

Here are the four amazingly brave and beautiful models who make history in the world of fashion.

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