Brunch, Kitties and Choir!Choir!Choir! with Rufus Wainwright

Friday felt like the longest day of my life. I was DYING to get home to see the kitty, so the day really dragged. Evan was doing a reno in our condo building so he was in and out all day checking on Tilly and was sending me updates — he sent the video in my last post and I nearly left work right then when I received it. I just wanted to be home snuggling with the Tilster.

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What a creature. She kills me.

In the evening Evan and I ran some errands together and hit up our favourite Vietnamese restaurant for our (nearly) weekly pho date. We spent the rest of the evening watching Game of Thrones and cuddling with Tilly cat.

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All cuddles, all the time (when she’s not being a little psycho, which is also often).

On Saturday morning I had a brunch date downtown with my buds Liz and Casey. I almost wrote blog buds but they are more than just blog buds now, they’re bud buds! Making friends is the best thing about blogging.

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Initially we wanted a bit of a broozy brunch so we planned to go to Whippoorwill on Bloor West. Apparently it’s an old timey hip spot known for burgers, brunch and clever cocktails. I found it in a BlogTO best boozy brunch in the city article and it sounded like a dream. But apparently as of recently they stopped serving brunch, so when we arrived they weren’t open. Boo. Oh well, there were tons of restaurants in the area so we walked up Lansdowne to Hello Darling, a super cute hipster-type place. It didn’t serve alcohol so there was no booze in the brunch, basically just a late breakfast, but I can live with coffee. Especially when it comes in a mug like this.

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Serious mug goals.

Casey and I both ordered the pancake sandwich. Hello Darling has a small menu that changes frequently, but I think this is a staple. It was pretty awesome.

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It was reeeeeeal good. No regrets.

After brunch Evan and I took Tilly over to his aunt’s house where his nana is staying for a week. Some other family dropped by, including Brotherman and Kelly and our little nephew Landon, and I was so excited for them all to meet Tilly, especially Evan’s nana. She is definitely a cat enthusiast. Tilly did really well, it was a bit chaotic with all the people there and she handled it like a champ. She was really good in the car, too. We’re trying to get her used to going in the car now while she’s young so that she doesn’t freak out and meow like she is dying when we need to take her to the vet in the future.

Evan’s nana made curry for lunch. I was pretty excited for that.

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It was a good day of eating.

That evening I headed to the east end with my friend Rachel to an event with Choir! Choir! Choir! at the Luminato Festival. We have had tickets for about a month now and I have been especially looking forward to it because we were singing Hallelujah, backup for Rufus Wainwright!

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The event took place at the Hearn, which is a former power generating station in the city. They are refurbishing it into an actual venue and it was maybe one of the coolest places I’ve eve been in.

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Ok, I won’t

The inside was even cooler, I was legimately speechless when we walked inside. I love that they are refurbishing this place.

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It’s still very industrial but they had all these fun art installations around.

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The event was sold out and there were hundreds of people there.

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We were lucky and got up pretty close!

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We were split into three sections, low, mid and high (typical for Choir!Choir!Choir!) so we practiced for an hour with the dads, Daveed and Nobu, and then Rufus came out to sing the lead!

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He is an interesting chap that Rufus Wainwright.

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It was an amazing experience and Rachel and I left on a total high. I’m still on a high. The arrangement is so beautiful and there really is something about that many people coming together to sing. I can’t describe the feeling. They made a video of the whole thing so once that’s ready I will post it!

Afterwards we met Evan and his friend Jeff for a drink downtown. But speaking of Choir!Choir!Choir!, last night Rachel and I went to the usual Wednesday edition at Clinton’s and we sang A Little Respect by Erasure, as a tribute to what happened in Orlando.

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It was also an amazing experience, and I am also still on a high from it. I feel very lucky to be able to be a part of something like this, and grateful to have a safe, inclusive space to just go and sing with a bunch of strangers. It’s heartwarming and honestly it’s quite the stress reliever.

After practicing the parts and singing in the bar, we took it to the street to spread the love.

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As for Orlando, I don’t know what to say that hasn’t been said. It’s heartbreaking and devastating. And I wish this surprised me but some of the comments and conversations on Facebook that I’ve seen are just mind blowingly offensive and ignorant, I had to take a break for my own sanity. Not to make this about me, but sometimes I can’t understand how my opinion can be so incredibly different from someone else’s. I can’t go on about it or I’m going to start rambling about gun control and this is not the space for that, so for now I will just say:

We can make love, not war
And live at peace with our hearts

Love is love is love.

Click here for a Periscope of our singing last night (actual singing starts at 2:20, you can catch me right up front with the glasses! it’s blurry though).

And an official video of Tuesday night’s choir group, same song but I unfortunately had to miss it (they always do the videos on Tuesdays, I usually go Wednesday – I may have to switch that up).

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4 responses to “Brunch, Kitties and Choir!Choir!Choir! with Rufus Wainwright

  1. Man, you were on the verge of a “bad brunch,” I could feel it. I don’t know how you could pick a place without alcohol. It’s like I don’t even know you!

    I’m so glad you found your snuggle kitty!

  2. I really want to meet miss Tilly.

    Also, my FB has been full of nothing but love for Orlando and support for the LGTB community. Makes me confident I am friends with the right kind of people.

    and we shall redo brunch soon- this time with mimosas! Though I still think fondly of that pancake sandwich. I went for brunch on Sunday and it was not nearly as good.

    • Ah it’s more the comments on news articles, not things friends are posting. Though a friend of a friend is in the american south and was posting hateful rhetoric on my friends comments, so that was annoying.
      And yep we need a boozy brunch!

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