Whoever thought I'd end up here! I've got to say it was an incredible experience. Years after his death, Elvis Presley is still an inspiration to many and his popularity crosses generations. It was a big surprise having Priscilla, his former wife, next to me at dinner. However the real highlight was Vaughan's very own Bruno Nesci who, out of 250 Elvises worldwide, was the best ever!
July 24 AC Milan at BMO Field
A JUVENTUS jersey at an AC MILAN game?! The fact that AC MILAN lost terribly 3 - 0 could have a lot to do with Deejay Danny D of Z103.5 FM wearing .....oooooops...THE WRONG SHIRT!!!!
July 20 Rev it Up for Sick Kids
Over $50,000 was raised for Sick Children's Hospital at the 3rd Annual Rev It Up For Sickkids. Congratulations to Salvatore & Loredana Oliveti, Alessandra Lombardi and the rest of the team. 100% of proceeds go to the purchase of NIRS machines and Camp Oki, a summer camp for Sick Kids cardiac patients
Learn more at www.revitupforsickkids.com
|Mike Wixson and Rosie Ferguson of 105.9 FM The Region|
|Alex Lombardi, Loredana and Salvatore Oliveti|
|Alex Lombardi and Patricia Curto|
July 15 Universal EventSpace Ground Breaking Ceremony
Here we GROW again! I was happy to be invited to the groundbreaking of this 85,000 sq ft. venue - to be the largest in Vaughan!! Spearheaded by the byPeterandPauls.com Hospitality & Entertainment Group with completion set for August 2015, UNIVERSAL EventSpace will feature outdoor screens Las Vegas/Hollywood style and 6 ballrooms (the main room accommodating 1500 people). If you’re considering this venue you’d better call fast….they are already booking up for the fall of 2015.
*For the last 33 years byPeterandPauls.com have mastered the art of hospitality. From gift baskets, catering, deejay services to event planning and exceptional venues. For more info visit: http://bypeterandpauls.com/
|Owners of Peter & Paul's, Peter and Anna Eliopoulos digging it up with members of Vaughan City Council|
|It is said, "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life". I guess Peter Eliopoulos has never WORKED a day in his life. He represents for me what it means to live passionately and with purpose. Watching him stand proudly at the groundbreaking of his latest passion project, UNIVERSAL EventSpace really affected me...especially after witnessing the growth and evolution of his company byPeterandPauls.com since my early 20's. Congratulations Peter, Anna and the entire Eliopoulos family on your newest and most exciting endeavour!!!|
|Peter Eliopolous with Mayor Bevilacqua|
|Councillors Marilyn Iafrate, Deb Schulte, Rossana DeFrancesca and Sandra Yeung Racco with Anna Eliopolous|
|Seawead salad! YUM!|
|Longtime colleagues Peter and Tony|
|Peter Eliopolous and Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua|
July 11 Men of the Cloth Screening @ Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Although Italian Heritage Month was officially over the Italian Contemporary Film Festival wasn't quite done presenting exceptional films! Featured at the Boor Hot Docs Cinema is the Canadian premiere of "MEN OF THE CLOTH", a portrait of 3 Italian master tailors confronting the challenges of a new era.
|John De Laurentiis of Bespokesmen and Director of "Men of the Cloth," Vicki Vasilopoulos|
|Bruna Rottaghi (MICBA) and Fabio Gesufatto (NCIC)|
|Laura Tonelli (Caritas) and Carmela Liparoti (MICBA)|
|Melina Zeppieri (NCIC), Paolo and Feren Calderwood (ICFF)|
July 4 Vaughan's Future Downtown - Expo City!
On July 4th Mayor Bevilacqua and Members of Council officially recognized the first residential tower of “Expo City” as THE TALLEST BUILDING in Vaughan. It’s also the tallest in York Region!!
Designed and developed by the Cortel Group, Expo City is an essential component of Vaughan’s future downtown core. Known as the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, this central urban area will feature 5 of these towers. And what an AMAZING view! Standing on its rooftop, I must have asked a hundred questions to the project management team who kindly explained important facets of city building. A heartfelt thank-you to Mario Cortellucci, the visionary behind this extraordinary initiative, and his wife Ginesia for giving me this amazing opportunity.
Here are just a few facts about VMC and its Expo City: *With completion set for November 2014, the first Expo is also the tallest building in York Region - rising 37 stories and featuring 356 residential units. Other features include green rooftops, state-of-the-art rainwater management systems, urban square, pedestrian and bike-friendly boulevards, retail galleria, 20,000 sq ft of amenity space… just to name but a few!
*the entire VMC, which will also house a convention centre, will take approximately 25 years to complete.
*VMC central location at the new Toronto-York Spadina subway extension on Millway Ave./Highway 7 will reach as far as south as Hwy 407 and as far north as Rutherford Rd. – an area totaling 442 acres
For more info on this exciting project visit:
|33 stories high and remembering that old Carpenter's song, "I'm at the top of creation...." !!|
|Thanks for the informative tour, Lou|
|Construction zone on main ground level|
|Mario Cortellucci, Peter Cortellucci, David Braley, Maurizio Bevilacqua and Alan Tregebov|
|Visionary and creator of Vaughan's future downtown core, Mario Cortellucci|
|Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco and Mayor Bevilacqua|
|Getting the tour|
|Tony Monaco and BC Lions and Toronto Argonauts owner, David Braley|
July 2 Thank You, Bisogno Jewellers
I have to thank Tony Bisogno of Bisogno Jewellers for introducing me to my new "Monaco Gold" Marc Coblen timepiece. "Ro on the Go" will never be late again!
FB link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bisogno-Jewellers-ltd/121209647907919
July 1 Honeymoon Suite comes to Vaughan
It was great meeting John DeGiuli, a.k.a Johnnie Dee, lead singer and guitarist of Honeymoon Suite at Vaughan's Canada Day celebrations. A band with groundbreaking hits such as New Girl Now, Feel It Again and Stay in the Light, there's no question that they're masters at pumping the crowd and rocking the stage! Not only have they entertained audiences with their timeless music for almost three decades, they've also collaborated with some of the greats of the music business - their single "Lethal Weapon", title to the Hollywood film, was co-written by Eric Clapton. My favourites? Love Changes Everything and Burning in Love. Hoping to hear some new tracks by this legendary Canadian band.
|John DeGiuli a.k.a Johnnie Dee of Honeymoon Suite|
July 1 Canada Day Celebrations - Vaughan
The City of Vaughan really knows how to throw a party!! Over 6000 people came together at Mackenzie Glen District Park in Maple to celebrate Canada Day. Other than food, drink and activities for kids there were incredible performances by Canadian greats, Honeymoon Suite and Glass Tiger. As a child of the '80's it was oh so nice to "Feel it Again" and sing along to all the tunes I love.
|My best friend , Zoe Willis all the from Barbados!|
|Nadia Cerelli (Savour York Region and Plan B Promotions)|
|Jenny Arena (City of Vaughan), Nadia and Massimo Fiore (and munchkins), Tony|
|Strangely enough this was Tony Monaco's first time meeting Alan Frew of Glass Tiger|
|No question...kids love firetrucks!|
|...but the Vaughan fans are loving Glass Tiger|