Friday, January 12, 2007

Here he comes, the boy in the bright white sports car

Sorry, that's the best I can do when trying to make my arrival at a convention for anglophiles sound cool.

But all that to say that I have made my reservations at the suggested hotel so the missus and I will be in Toronto for the British Isles Show, to bring a little Montreal heat to cold Toronto. We will buy McVities biscuits, Corrie souveniers (well, I will anyway), and meet Fizz. And go to the pub afterward. And maybe get Fizz to come with us as well.

And I will not be driving my bright white sports car. I will be flying.

And by bright white sports car, I mean Toyota Corolla.

See you then!


Jacqueline said...

Now that John's coming, that's even MORE incentive for everyone else to come.

Yeah, bring that Montreal warmth to Toronto....cause you know how much colder Toronto is than la belle province.

John said...

Well, by heat I mean that as Montrealers, we're HOT!

Even though I lived in New Brunswick for 31 years. And I live in the Montreal equivalent of Port Credit. And this missus was born in England.

We're still going to live up to the stereotype of HOT Montrealers. In our fashions from Zeller's!

The Big Seester said...


I really want to come. I'm a little wary about getting lost in the Big City (especially since, unlike Detroit, you seem to have a lot of gun violence)...grin.

I don't want to drive if I don't have to. I'd rather take the handy-dandy Via Rail from Windsor. Where is the train station in relation to the hotels you recommend and the BIS?

And tips you can provide for me would be great.

Michigander Fan

Jacqueline said...

Okay, the Via train station is about a 6 minute cab ride to the Travellodge ($8 - 10 at MOST) and about a 2 minute ride to the Radisson.

The Travellodge is much closer to the BIS show, you could walk there in 20 minutes, or grab a cab and be there in 3.

(Sorry, I rely heavily on cabs.)

I also live a 8 minute walk away from the Travellodge and the Banknote (pub next to the Travellodge where I want to hold the pub nights).

I have no problem meeting you at the Via train station and getting you to the hotel.

Also, Mr.Glacia has agreed to provide kevlar vests for anyone worried about being a possible shooting victim in T.O.

John, are you flying into the island airport or Pearson?

John said...

Pearson, unfortunately. The airline I work for doesn't do the Island. Yet.

Does the Airporter shuttle go anywhere near the hotel?

The Big Seester said...

You know, it would really suck if I grew up in Detroit (the murder capital of the world) and then got shot in Toronto!

It would be just the sort of thing that would happen to me though.

Michigander Fan

(London) Rob said...

Hey Michigander Fan, I'm going to be driving from London, so if you wanted to drive this far, you could ride with me into 'TBS' (The Big Smoke) - I could deliver you to your hotel - and do the same thing on the way home.

Just a thought - I think in one of your posts you mentioned having a friend here in London.

The train from Windsor might be more straightforward, but if you're interested, e-mail me at

Jacqueline said...


Definately! The airport shuttle goes to the Holiday Inn on King street, which is about 3 blocks east of the Travellodge. You can walk it in about 6 minutes or grab a cab.

Again, I'm happy to meet you if you want an escort to the hotel.

I think for two people the airport bus is like $28 and it's a nice bus. For $15 - 20 more you could get a limo to take you straight to your hotel. Check with the limo driver for a flat rate. The advantage of the limo is time and just a bit of added comfort.

John said...

Cool! I've taken the Airporter before but I couldn't remember the hotels it stopped at. Heck, I may even take the TTC if I have time. I enjoy your subway, it is clean and does not smell of pee, unlike Montreal's, where we no longer even break into synchronised dance like in the old days.

We'll figure meet-ups when we get closer to the date.

Jacqueline said...

Sorry love, we got dancing on the TTC too.

Okay, very, very safe short dancing, but but dancing nonetheless.

Anonymous said...

Hey! I live in Montreal!

Also, I am from Toronto and I have to say Montrealers is just as cold as Torontonians.

I have to say, and this will be controversial, Torontonians are better looking.

The idea that Montrealers are better looking is a myth repeated by people who only lived here when they were 20.

Anonymous said...

BTW, this British Isles show will be fun!

John, we could have driven together. Although, I only know my way around the Mile End and Centreville (and not all that well).

I plan to convice Fiz that I deserve a very small role as Kelly's smart, sexy, and successful cousin from Canada.

What do you think the chances are?

John said...

Debbie, I consider driving briefly but really it's cheaper for me to fly as I work for an airline. The one everyone hates.

I like to joke around about the Montreal vs. Toronto thing but to be honest, I don't really care. I'll marry both cities.

I just want to give our blog's address to Fizz as part of my mission to get people from the show reading this site.

That, and get drunk with Fizz and the Corrie Canuck gang. So YOU ALL SHOULD COME.

missusmac said...

John, I love your mission to have people from the show reading this site.

To think -- Charlie could be reading what I write about him. Swoon! Swoon!

(Ok, I write that he's a pig, but SUCH a good looking pig....)

Anonymous said...

I think it is important that the guy who plays Adam Barlow know that I love him despite his hair. Also, that he and the guy who plays Jamie could be part of my perfect storm... if you know what I mean by that. But, I'd swap Jamie for Jason Grimshaw. Yes please!

John, I'd marry Toronto but have an affair with Montreal.

John said...

Actually, come to think of it, I'd marry Montreal but be good friends with Toronto as I just couldn't afford her.