Archive for July, 2011

July 6, 2011

A Canadian student’s life in Paris

Will Inrig knows how to set a table in Paris.

Will Inrig knows how to host a party. And he's only 20!

PARIS — Will Inrig greets me wearing an ascot and a grin. The grin fits. He’s 20 and living in Paris and should be smiling wide. Will, though, isn’t so much spending his university days in the City of Light as immersing himself in Paris and Parisian culture. Hence the ascot. And the bottle of sparkling wine he has ready for us, and the foie gras, cheese (blue and brie, of course), dates and rich, dark chocolate. Starving student he’s not. Nor does he possess a 20-year-old’s demeanour.

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July 5, 2011

NATASHA SUTTON REPORTS: Blue Rodeo, Mike Myers wow at Canada Day in London

Mike Myers in Trafalgar Square

Mike Myers made a surprise appearance in Trafalgar Square on Friday. (Natasha Sutton photo)

[We’ve got Will and Kate over here, so what do we give England in return? Blue Rodeo! Pretty fair deal, no? Plus, there was a surprise appearance from the world’s most insatiable spy — an added treated at the hugely successful Canada Day celebration in London. Here’s Street Party Correspondent Natasha Sutton’s report, with some exclusive pics.]

LONDON — An estimated 60,000 people stopped in their tracks at Trafalgar Square in the mid-heat of London to be part of Canada Day. Yes, London celebrated Canada Day.

Natasha Sutton

Natasha Sutton

And did it rambunctiously too, with such gusto the nearby Tim Horton’s sold out of coffee and doughnuts by late afternoon on Friday.

While that shortage may have disappointed many of the revelers, bars kept spirits up with Canadian beer on tap and the organizers lined up a long roster of bands to keep the Canadians in London — or those who wanted to be Canadian for the day — thrilled with a taste of home.

Headliners Blue Rodeo stole the show as the crowd sang their hearts out to the band’s classics like “Hasn’t Hit Me Yet” and “Lost Together.” The loudest ovation, though, was prompted by the appearance of a surprise guest.

This reporter had refrain herself from saying in my Austin Powers’ accent, “You rock my world baby, yer, baby yer” when Mike Myers showed up. Instead, I got a quick snap of the Torontonian backstage before he swiftly exited to the VIP lounge.

Blue Rodeo in Trafalgar Square for Canada Day 2011

The boys from Blue Rodeo got lost together in London. (Natasha Sutton photo)

“The success of this event illustrates how strongly Canadian culture and the business community are embraced in London. Rainmaker is proud to produce such a high calibre event,” said Chad Molleken, UK Managing Director, Rainmaker Global Business Development.

Other musical acts during the fifth annual Canada Day in London celebrations included Karkwa, the charismatic Alex Cuba, Lennie Gallant, Devon Sproule, the energetic Oh My Darling, the Mahones, Justin Hines, and the sensational Tammy Weis with James Bryan.

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July 3, 2011

Canada Day weekend explodes with sunshine and celebrations

Canada Day fireworks

Canada Day fireworks over Ontario Place. (Julia Pelish photo)

The only people who may have had a better time than Torontonians during the Canada Day weekend were the many dozens of visitors from Philadelphia who arrived to see their hometown heroes: the Phillies and the Roots.

The Roots raised the roof at the 2011 Toronto Jazz Fest, thrilling about 5,000 fans who congregated under the tent at Metro Square and spread out on the lawn on a cloudless Canada Day night on Friday. Black Thought (Tariq Trotter), ?uestlove (Ahmir Thompson) and crew scorched through their set that began a few hours after the Phillies rallied to beat the Blue Jays 7-6 at the ’Dome. Roy Halladay won on Saturday, of course, and the Phillies took the first two games of the series.

Along with the Philly flavour, lots of other Americans arrived in town to take in the activities, which included the Pride events and the big show at Downsview Park, where L.A. band Weezer was one of four acts that opened things up for the Tragically Hip. Broken Social Scene, Hey Rosetta! and Buck 65 also played in front of 25,000.

Canada Day festivities ended, as usual, with fireworks from Ontario Place, with hundreds of boats surrounding the barge as the lights shot to the sky. Rooftops and balconies on Queens Quay were filled with spectators who also got to glimpse the fireworks taking place in Port Credit and Hamilton.

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