December was full of birthday, wedding, seasonal holiday events, and then family congregated in town to share time together.
Toronto, Ontario; Mississauga, Ontario
Bliss Chinese Cuisine: Entrance of bride MY and groom JL in traditional Chinese attire, followed by dancing lions and drummers, halfway through banquet. City hall wedding in the morning, gathering with family and friends in the afternoon to share festivities. Event was put on the calendar only 5 weeks prior, lots of support gained by the circle of friends. (Bliss Chinese Cuisine, Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario) 20221210
Riverdale Farm: The sheep in the paddocks on Residence Road don’t recognize Christmas Day, so the City of Toronto Parks employees treat this as a regular day. With the sun setting, the sheep’s started bleating together, and moving towards the west fence. Attentions may have be drawn to movements over in the horses being moved indoors for the evenings, with an expectation by the sheep for equal privileges. (Riverdale Farm, Winchester Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20221225
Scotiabank Arena: Family arrived into 9 seats, just in time to rise for the singing of O Canada. Boxing Day afternoon game between Toronto Marlies and Belleville Senators. Many more sports fans came with children, later waving to the roaming cameras to get their faces on the big screen. (Scotiabank Arena, Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20221226
With Jennifer and Gary in town, we saw Brownman Ali lead a tribute to Randy Brecker at Lula Lounge, and Tazed and Confused at Second City.
Gary and Jennifer live in small towns, so while they were in Toronto, I scheduled some big city entertainment. In conjunction with the IAJE convention, Nick Brownman Ali led a band in tribute to his former teacher, Randy Brecker at Lula Lounge. The venue was standing-room-only, but we were fortunate to snag a few bar stools until the VIPs showed up 3/4 of the way through the concert.
Jennifer was in Toronto for two days, so she got the express tour.
On her round-the-world ticket, Toronto is on the way from Tokyo back to the U.K., so Jennifer stopped over for a quick visit. August is a busy time in Toronto, so took great advantage of tourist opportunities. Within hours of her arrival, the time lined up with the 10 p.m. free improvisation session at the Second City Theatre.
The next day, the family took the opportunity to have dim sum at Yiu Wah in Chinatown on Dundas near Spadina.
We had an extremely informal dinner at Saigon Palace with Jeanne’s family in town, and then went to Second City for comedy.
This past summer was extremely busy for our family. Adam returned from Beijing just before Diana and I left for Japan. When Diana (via Vancouver) and I (direct from Tokyo) returned home, we managed to link up the extended family with Jeanne and her kids coming in from Houston. Pearl and Arthur’s family also joined us in an extremely informal dinner at Saigon Palace.
We were so informal that we started dinner before Noah arrived, since he was working a shift at the CNE. After Noah and his friend had dinner, we brought out a cake for Adam.
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