This weekend one of our favourite people in the world celebrated his 40th birthday. John is a southern belle from North Carolina via New York City who (much to our delight) moved to our fair city 4 years ago when his partner Chris took a post at one of our arts organizations. As you can imagine, leaving NYC for any reason would be a tough one, but that's the thing about John. He's nothing if not open-hearted.
In that spirit, friends and loved ones assembled to ring in John's new decade at the Flying Beaver Pubaret (a terrific and intimate live-music venue in Toronto's Cabbagetown) with musical and comedy offerings. From T.J.'s reworked version of "Taylor the Latte Boy" to a 6-minute comic retelling of crowd-favourite Steel Magnolias, it was definitely . . . super gay. (And that's glazing over Sharron Matthews' performance, monologues from Designing Women and a live-reading of John's hysterical Twitter feed.)
It was one of those warm-and-fuzzy, magical nights we hope John remembers for a long, long time.