Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Windsor’s Stars of Tomorrow Shine in Villanova’s Playful Mamma Mia!



You can also check out my review at 519 Magazine: 

It’s a trip down memory lane, as Villanova Players performed the broadway musical hit; Mamma Mia, directed by Ms M.J. Grado with musical director, Ann Marie Brunet.

So what’s the story all about? Sophie is getting married to the love of her life, Sky. Everything is perfect, except for one small little detail. She doesn’t know who her real father is. Sleuthing around in her mom’s diary, Sophie discovers that she has 3 possible fathers. Her mother, Donna, won’t divulge much of her past, so instead of playing “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” and inviting either Harry, Sam or Bill, Sophie decides she will just invite all of them! Once they arrive, she’ll know who her father is right away, right? Well that may not be the case.  The only secret she desperately needs to keep is her mom from finding out.

A few highlights of the show:

The choreographed dance sequences were so entertaining, especially one particular scene from “Lay All Your Love On Me” which had a hilarious flipper-dancing group making the audience roar with laughter.

Donna (played by Regan White) was phenomenal. A true shining star and hit every high note. She was able to command the stage with ease. Her chemistry with Sam (played by Justin Bobbie) was heartwarming and my personal favourite was their “SOS” duet.

Sophie (played by Charlotte Salisbury) is a fun role that was made easier with Charlotte’s angelic vocal chops.  Her ability to show vulnerability in the character really makes for a promising future in theatre.

The finale was full of vibrant energy from the entire cast, not to mention some snazzy glittered costume choices that you’ll probably want to parade around in while belting out Abba tunes.

I will say that I am absolutely delighted to see the blooming talent that stepped foot onto the stage. It’s not an easy thing to do at all, so a big congratulations to all the cast and thank you for the music!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Mix 96.7 - Valentine's Day disastrous date entry WINNER!

I was called by Mix 96.7 saying that my "Valentine's Day disastrous date" entry was chosen as the BIG grand prize winner!  I have had SO many crazy adventures in dating that I could write a book, but some of my worst ones have been on holidays, like Valentine's Day. There was one in particular that really stood out, so I thought it would be cathartic to write my experience and lo and behold, they loved it. :) 





Here are my prizes!


Thursday, February 14, 2019

An Alternative List of Valentine’s Movies for the Hopeful Romantics



I write for 519 Magazine, so check out my list below: 

This year instead of giving you typical lovey-dovey films that I have watched more times than I can count, such as, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and 13 Going on 30,  I decided to share some movies that I stumbled upon over the years, which may not fit into everyone’s Valentine’s Day mold, but they all contain the puzzling emotions that we like to call love.

As a hopeful romantic yet still to this day, nursing some pretty deep wounds from previous holidays, I know that love comes in so many delicate forms. It has the power to not only excite us, but it can also really blind us.

It is important to distinguish between love and lust. There’s a lot of murky waters to swim through dealing with those feelings.

Be okay with embracing singlehood until you find someone who is worthy in your eyes of changing your Facebook status for. “I’m not willing to gamble my whole life on someone who’s, well, not quite sure. It’s like you said. I’m still looking for something more extraordinary than that.” ~Bridget, Bridget Jones’s Diary

Also a detail not to overlook; promptly jump ship when the love that you’re pouring out to someone is unrequited. “I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And how it can actually ache in places you didn’t know you had inside you. And it doesn’t matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girlfriends… you still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood.” – Iris, The Holiday.

Movie List:

Love Me If You Dare: A French delight that is beautifully filmed and challenges the ways we perceive love through the ages. A childhood game of innocence trails into adulthood and spirals out of control leaving unresolved feelings mangled in confusion.



Warm Bodies: You may roll your eyes and wonder how can a zombie movie be on this list, but give it a chance and see Nicholas Hoult shine in his role as “R.”  Another quirky but well-done film that really  captures the essence of survival, companionship and the complexities of love.


Kissed:  If there is one movie that you will always remember Molly Parker for, this Canadian film would be it.  A controversial yet sensual piece about love in a very intimate way. What line would you be willing to cross between the world of the living and beyond?



He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not: I was shocked to see Audrey Tautou (the sweetheart from Amelie!) in such a dark and provocative role, but this one really caught my attention. A dose of romantic obsession never ceases to thrill me.


Howard The Duck: Do you have a soft spot for the cheesy and quirkiness of this 80’s gem? I sure do. It grew on me, the more times I watched it. The connection between Howard and big-hair, big-dreamer, Beverly, is sweet and playful. Yes, maybe just a tad bit out of the ordinary too, which makes this a perfect choice for the list.



The Hunger: Fangs out everyone! Who doesn’t love a good vampire love triangle story? Staring the beloved David Bowie, and directed by Tony Scott, it will get you a little hot under the collar.




Get Real: A sweet coming-of-age British film that explores the topic of sexuality and dealing with the jittery, sweaty-palms, heart-pumping emotions of love. Ben Silverstone is so endearing in this role, and with a lot of funny and “a-ha” moments, you’ll see that whether you’re gay or straight, there’s no perfect way to fall in love sometimes.


So there are a handful of films that you may want to try and find on February 14th! If you are mourning the loss of a love lost or planning on hexing your ex with sage on Valentine’s Day, remember to take a moment and smile because as alone as you may feel, I believe there is someone special in this big wide world who is thinking of you. “My dearest friend, If you don’t mind, I’d like to join you by your side. Where we could gaze into the stars, and sit together, now and forever. For it is plain as anyone could see, we’re simply meant to be.”– Jack, Nightmare Before Christmas.

Have any favourites that I should check out? Send me a message and let me know! 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Our First Windsor Express Basketball Game - WFCU Centre



Our first Windsor Express basketball game experience at the WFCU CENTRE.

Thank you 519 Magazine for the awesome tickets. Loved having court-side seating to see all the action!

Windsor Express killed it against London, 121- 88. Good job boys!

Just a few photos from the game!


Shot looking down at the court
Sitting right at court side. 

Swish!

I got to hold onto the Windsor Express ring for a few minutes!

Monday, January 21, 2019

2019 Wedding Poster

Paul Reaume did an amazing job on this poster for our upcoming wedding!

-Inspired by the movie Mannequin (1987)

Check out more of his incredible artwork designs at: https://www.facebook.com/paulreaume/



Monday, December 31, 2018

Top 10 Movies of 2018!

Happy holidays to everyone!  I’d like to present you with my Top 10 Films of 2018! There were so many incredible movies to watch and so these were the ones that made me laugh the hardest, shed the most tears, brought some nostalgia to my life, and provoked a lot of great conversation afterwards. Of course, some of my choices may not mesh with yours, but that’s the beauty of having a personal opinion. :)

Whether you are keen on celebrating or actively choose to forgo the holiday festivities all together, know that the pure joy of movie-watching never goes out of style.

You can also check out my Top 10 list below that has the trailers of each film: 


Searching

An incredibly riveting thriller that leaves no stone unturned to discover the truth behind the disappearance of a 16-year old missing girl and her father’s emotional quest to find her.





Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

A touching documentary about the life and legacy of children’s TV show host, Fred Rogers. A man who always challenged the status quo in hopes of showing how kindness can truly make the world go round.



Paddington 2

A “pawfect” sequel that the whole family will love! Heart-warming, funny, witty and oh so British. Hugh Grant’s dance scene was the cherry on top.


Game Night

A hilarious and wild ride filled with thrills and chills that will leave you rolling the dice at who makes it out alive. Great ensemble cast.


BlacKkKlansman

Based on the heroic true story of Ron Stallworth, the first ever African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, who exposes the wicked ways of the Ku Klux Klan. Eye-opening, clever and passionate. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.



Mamma Mia 2

A musical celebration of life, love and friendship that warrants a box of tissue to be near by! Great performances and a bonus to hear so many other Abba songs that weren’t played in the first one.  Andante, Andante is a personal favourite.


Bohemian Rhapsody

Long live Queen! Freddie Mercury’s spirit comes alive on-screen, portrayed by the multi-talented Remi Malic.  A captivating story of life in the fast lane that sometimes makes us all want to Break Free.

Instant Family

A film that shines a light on the complexities of adoption and the fostering system in a way that tugs at your heart strings yet still manages to have plenty of quirky humour. Mark Wahlberg continues to impress in whatever role he takes on.



Green Book

An unlikely friendship blooms in the midst of racial tension during the 1960’s. The chemistry between Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali is one you don’t want to miss.



Bumblebee

The Transformers movie that we’ve all been waiting for! Filled with action, comedy, and “Don’t You Forget About Me” moments that pack an emotional punch. Hailee Steinfeld was casted perfectly for this role. All the 80’s references, including a fantastic soundtrack (from A-Ha to The Smiths) make this a total favourite.



Honourable mention to: Mary Poppins Returns

The visual style of the movie  was so beautifully done. Emily Blunt made me proud, she WAS Mary Poppins. Julie Walters was hilarious and Lin-Manuel Miranda, as Jack…what a spectacular performance! All the singing, dancing and those adorable Banks children truly melted my heart! Go see it!


Friday, December 28, 2018

Bright Lights Windsor 2018

Another holiday highlight was going down to Bright Lights Windsor! It was fun seeing all the beautiful displays and checking out the vendors! It was twice as big as last year so there was a lot of walking to do around Jackson Park.

A great tourist attraction and definitely a wonderful event for our community, especially with our growing need to support local talent here in Windsor, Ontario. Very happy that they Bill had a few performance dates booked there. He loved seeing all the smiling faces and received a lot of compliments.

Here are some photos taken below, so enjoy!

Me and the Nutcracker
A new Snow friend!



Gorgeous display

Bill and I

X-Mas Tree all lit up - so pretty!

Me in the sparkly tunnel!

Bill Nuvo doing some awesome LED juggling for the crowds.
Thanks Sergio for the photos!






Sunday, December 23, 2018

Happy Holidays 2018!

Honouring the memory of Bill's grandma, our holiday tree is up!

We always add our little touches too that you can see in the photo that makes this tree uniquely ours!


Wishing all my readers a happy holiday!

Stay tuned for my "Top 10 Movies of 2018!" blog soon. :)

Monday, December 17, 2018

Getting Into The Spirit, Eh? 12 Days of Canadian Christmas – Toldo Holiday Pops


Check out my review below of Toldo Holiday Pops - 12 Days of Canadian Christmas:

This time of year carries a mix of emotions for people, myself included.  It is meant to be a time of love but it also filled with a season of loss. However, there is something magically soothing just hearing violins playing in unison and the harmony of a choir that can really lift your spirits. Going to The Capitol Theatre here in Windsor, Ontario to see Toldo Holiday Pops – 12 Days of Canadian Christmas, presented by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO), feels like that hot cup of cocoa in your belly on a cold winter’s day – especially with tiny marshmallows on top!

With his sixth season as WSO’s Musical Director, Robert Franz is truly a sight to see! His contagious spirit radiates when he is conducting. His discipline and poise really bring something very special to this show that is definitely a crowd-pleaser for all ages. With a flounce in his step, Robert’s passion is undeniable. He is a musical marvel with a cheeky humour, complete with colourful and deliberate mismatched socks.

On vocals, Sara Fontaine steps onto the stage. With an extensive background in music, teaching and owning her own studio here in Windsor-Essex County, Sara’s voice can stop you in your tracks.  Singing “Joy To The World” in a jazzy/gospel style and hitting the high note in “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” will melt your heart. She is a powerhouse of sound and those were my two favourite sung by her.

The evening started out with a beautiful Overture on French Carols, and you could hear many favourites throughout the 2-hour show, such as: Little Drummer Boy, Feliz Navidad, Waltz of the Flowers, and a medley from the Polar Express film. The WSO orchestra chorus raised the bar with a chilling rendition of O’Holy Night that deserved a standing ovation.

The highlight of the evening was bringing best-selling book, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, written by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Werner Zimmermann, to life with music.  A hilarious tribute to all things Canadian, including beaver tails, caribous, and of course, The Stanley Cup.

Not forgetting our Jewish friends, several Hanukkah songs were played, with the adorable Music Moves Kids choir from Director, Erin Armstrong and Windsor Essex Youth Choir from Danielle Sirek.

Of course, you cannot forget the big jolly guy who made a special appearance and made all the kids eyes light up. Some children wanted slime, others asked for an Elf on the Shelf. However, the best reply to “What would you like for Christmas?” had to be a little girl name Grace, who responded with, “I want a horse!” Clearly some planning went into that gift request!

Not surprising, it was announced that the Toldo Holiday Pops had a sold-out performance. If you’ve never been to the symphony before, I would recommend dipping your toes into this holiday show in the future and experiencing Maestro Franz and his exceptional team.  After all,  “without music, life would be a mistake” ― Friedrich Nietzsche.

The WSO returns on January 26 with French Connections, a journey of musical colours and textures by French composers. The program features a traditional French song, and Claude Debussy’s impressionistic suite Printemps. Members of the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra will join the WSO on stage and perform Faure’s Masques et Bergamasques.

The performance also showcases the World Premiere of Toronto-based composer Jordan Pal’s Trombone Concerto and Saint SaĆ«ns innovative Symphony No. 2 in A minor.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Are We Dead Yet?: Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) Movie Review




Check out my review below of Dead in a Week:

Meet William (Aneurin Barnard) a forlorn writer who is convinced that his life has no purpose and dying is the only way out. After yet another failed attempt at suicide, he crosses paths with an “Angel of Death” assassin,  Leslie (Tom Wilkinson), who promises to fulfill his wish once and for all.

There are odd moments in Dead in a Week, directed by Tom Edmunds, where Leslie and William are sitting down to discuss the details of the contract, complete with a brochure titled “Your Death, Your Way.” The pamphlet has various options of death that you can choose from, including pictures.  If you haven’t guessed by now, dark humour is rampant in this British film and there is no shortage of mockery on such a grim topic.

With some pretty off-the-wall humour and morbid scenes, I was reminded a bit of filmmakers; the Cohen Brothers, who seem to delight or disturb their audiences.  At times, it’s hard not to laugh because although William continues to muster up the courage to die, it doesn’t seem like he can even do that properly. There is a short little montage of all his suicide attempts, including the most ridiculous one, where he sticks his head in the oven, but the gas suddenly turns off. In the background, “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany is playing.

William has lovable qualities and who can resist those puppy-dog eyes, but his preoccupation with dying seems unconvincing. After making all necessary arrangements, out of the blue, William gets a call from Ellie (Freya Mavor), who is a publisher’s assistant and seems very keen on his book.  A romantic love connection forms between them, making William realize that he may just want to live.  Unfortunately, a signed contract is taken very seriously for Leslie, who is teetering on forced retirement if he doesn’t fulfill his quota for “kills” during the week. He is less than impressed with William’s sudden revelation.

Things that could go wrong, go wrong, oh so very wrong. People are accidentally killed and William is once again escaping death, this time hand-in-hand with Ellie. The dark humour really comes into play during one scene between Leslie and his boss, Harvey, (played by the eccentric Christopher Eccleston). The interaction has funny elements, but seems to trail off into a zone where the initial joke gets lost in the banter.

Despite some flaws, I found this film oddly sentimental in very unexpected ways. The obscurity of how suicide is portrayed might not sit well with everyone, but sometimes it reminds us not to take life too seriously after all.