Harlettes, Hot Box Cafe & Glee!

Yesterday was 4/20, as you probably all know.  I cut my work day short and went to meet Casie at work so we could go to the Hot Box Cafe and watch Raymi & The Harlettes perform.  It was a beautiful day and we met up with Sabrina and Alex on our way.  I was feeling so happy and inspired walking down Queen in the sun, with 3 babes.

raymi, raymi the minx, babe

We got to Hot Box and I got ID’d!  It made my day even better that I don’t look 19.  There was an awesome reggae band playing when we first got there – the guys name was Sun Ray (sp?) – and a ton of cool peeps hanging out and doing their 4/20 thing.

reggae, band, music, hotbox cafe

They had a munchies menu and servers walking around the patio with trays of drinks, sandwiches and brownies. I had the yummiest vegan sandwich – tomato, avocado, sprouts, cucumber & spicy hummus – and a pink lemonade.

burlesque, harlettes

We watched the Harlette’s perform on the rooftop (hard to get a clear photo) sans Raymi – she danced in the earlier performance which you can see on her blog HERE.  And then Chesty LaRue did a solo performance.  She is hot and a really great performer.  I love burlesque dancers and always wanted to be one.  Maybe I’ll try it out someday.

harlettes, chesty larue, burlesque

After Harlettes 2 members of The Salads performed an acoustic set, which was awesome.  We sat on the patio in the sun for a couple hours and then Shaun came in with a nice surprise before he went to get tattooed.  I love Shaun, he’s a real sweetheart and one of my favourite people.

hotbox cafe, the salads, live music, acoustic

Casie & I finally left around 6:30 and walked down to Queen to go home.  She told me about this great store where everything is $12.99 so we went to check it out and I got two cute dresses, a new spring/summer jacket and a really pretty purple shirt.  Then we went for a romantic dinner at Chez McD’s where I got my weird version of a Big Mac.  I called it the Fry Mac cause it’s a Big Mac with no meat.  You wouldn’t believe the strange looks I get from staff and other customers when I ask for no meat.  I guess it’s a pretty weird thing to get, but McDonald’s has yet to come out with a veggie burger.  It was such a great hang.  Casie you’re just a little ray of sunshine in my life :)

casie stewart, glee

After dinner I hopped on the streetcar to go home and was back in time for Glee!  The Power of Madonna episode is the best one I’ve seen all season and it really empowered and inspired me even more.  There is something about Madonna that makes you feel like you can do anything.  All the songs they covered were amazing – I loved Express Yourself, What it Feels Like for a Girl and my favourite of the night was Like A Prayer with a full choir!  That song is so powerful and it was the perfect ending to my day.  I can’t find the visual clip but here is an audio version for anyone who didn’t get to hear/see it.  Lea Michele can really sing and all of the cast are so talented.