Friday, July 11, 2008

Flashback Friday – Toronto edition – Sarah McLachlan “Aida”

Earlier this week one of the department heads from the movie I worked on was in town. She is traveling all over Italy with her family and boyfriend for a month. It was great to see her. We both thought it was weird that we saw each other in Rome and that I actually live here.

The same day I was meeting my former colleague; out of the blue I heard from the unit/still photographer who sent me a photo that she thought I would like. It was me and FH (aka, F*cking Hot) man sitting on a barge in Hamilton, Canada during a break in shooting. I’m still salty that some members of the crew thought it was nice to send pics from the France shoot and talk about how good the food was. We didn’t have any nice tablecloths during our crew lunches the week we shot in Hamilton.

Wow it’s been almost a year since I went to Toronto to work on the movie. The experience was great. It also lend to me quitting my job and moving to Rome. It’s one thing to go away on vacation. Of course you will have a good time and think, “oh I could live here.” But in Toronto I was working 6 days a week and very long days at that. Saturday shoots we did try to keep somewhat light.

Being in Toronto made me realize how much I missed being in a walking city. I loved the diversity of the city, the great neighborhoods and of course some amazing food. I remembered being shocked when I turned on the news and a local newscaster actually had braids!!! It was a revelation to be in a culture where having a natural, locks, braids, or twists were the norm and unlike in L.A. nobody thought you were militant because you chose not to have a blond weave down to your ass like Beyonce.

I knew I had to make a change when I would burst into tears driving to set during the last week of shooting. My immediate boss back in L.A. was worried I was going to back depressed. I pulled it together. I've always tried to be professional and didn’t think it would be fair to pull other people into my stank attitude.

I would love to go back and visit Toronto. I made some great friends there.

There are several very famous Canadian singers, the biggest one being Ms. Celine Dion. However, I felt the theme from TITANIC had been played enough. No need to post the video.

I decided to go with Sarah McLachlan because I haven’t heard a thing from her in years and I love this song.

She wrote the song about her best friend. Sarah dated and then married her friend's ex. The relationship with said friend was never the same. Sarah has a great voice and these lyrics are deep. Avril had the nerve to do a cover. Please. Remember when her record label was saying she was a “punk” singer. If she’s punk I’m Halle Berry.

Have a great weekend!


joanne at frutto della passione said...

It made me proud to read what you wrote about Toronto. For all of it's faults it will always be home for me and I'm so glad you liked it! I can't wait to get home this summer!

Milanese Masala said...

Yup, my hometown is one of the greatest cities in the world. And it will be great being there in the summer compared to the last time I was there, in February 2007. It was so cold, sheets of ice were falling from the CN Tower!
Beautiful song. Did you know her husband is also her drummer?
Hey, how come you didn't include a picture of the Hot Man?? I'd love to see him!

ninety9 said...

I haven't been to Toronto for years and I feel like it's time to visit! I like Sarah McLachlan and have a few of her CDs, but didn't know the story behind Adia. To quote Woody Allen, "The heart wants what it wants". Although in Sarah's case, it can be argued that the relationship was a little more appropriate than what he has. Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

tracey k/ohio: Toronto sounds like a breath of fresh air! Would love to see it one day. Thanks for the friday flashback. Love Sarah - the CD "Mirrorball" is still in my rotation. I didn't know the story behind Adia either. I listened to it in a whole new light. Have a great weekend!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I love this song, and Sarah McLachlan in general. I had no idea about the history of this song - I'd always wondered about it.

D and I are getting away (for the first time in three years!) and going to Toronto for walking, museums and food while C is at camp. I might write you and find out what places you don't think I should miss (and where I can find Ting!)

LuLu said...

Toronto is a great city!! :) Although I don't live in the heart of the city I do appreciate everything it has to offer...even though it took me over 20 years to finally take a ride up to the top of the CN Tower! :P

wordtryst said...

Damn. I thought the link was to a pic of you wrapped around FH guy!

Lovely song.

glamah16 said...

Ima just starting to discover Toronto, What I have seen I love.

mikeb302000 said...

I've always heard Toronto was a cool city. Rome is too. I'm glad you're here. Welcome. Whenever people move here I feel somehow supported in my own decision to live here; it says to me "You're right, that's a good move you made."

odessa said...

funny you should write about the story behind 'adia'. one of my friends married the boy that i loved a couple of years ago. not her fault, or his for that matter, its just what it is. anyways, listening to sarah's songs somehow helped me in those miserable days. thanks for sharing.

and oh, do you ever get to see the pic of you and FH? ;)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

joanne - lucky you....have a great trip.

milanese - no photo because I didn't ask him if I could post. I don't know if he even knows/knew I had a blog so I felt like I would be invading his privacy or something. My friends said he looked like Sting, from the Police years.

Yes I read that her husband is her drummer.

ninety9 - yes it's time for a visit. I was there last summer to early fall. It was so nice to see the leaves change color.

tracey k - you're welcome. Hope you had a great weekend.

jen - please do. I still have my Toronto guidebooks.

lulu - I didn't make it to the top of the Tower. I hear the views are amazing.

wordtryst - ha.

glamah16 - I'm not surprised given your culinary interests. :)

mike - thanks for the welcome. So far so good. Though I wish the darn dollar was stronger.

odessa - you're welcome. that must have been tough. I don't know what I would have done in that situation.

re: FH man pics, see the response above.

Mon said...

Hi NYC/Carrib/ragazza,

I stumbled across your blog while I was looking to purchase a copy of vougue italia on line. And then I kept reading. I am a toronto-ite from birth, and thought it was pretty cool that you dedicated a lot of posts to the city. I am also a first generation canadian of west indian descent and relate a lot to your written experiences.

You might not feel inspiring, but you are- keep blogging for those of us who feel a little more found after reading your words.

Thanks and Take Care

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

mon - thank you so much for your kind words. I really loved being in Toronto.

I had a blast meeting so many of my fellow West Indians.