Monday, February 22, 2016

It's My Party & I'll Cry If I Want To*

*AKA Event Planning 101

There were certainly tears shed all over the world when David Bowie died.  New York declared a "David Bowie Day", Arcade Fire and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band held a Second Line for Bowie in New Orleans, and Toronto's Choir!Choir!Choir! sang their arrangement of Space Oddity at the Art Gallery of Ontario (you can watch the video here)  I wanted to do something here in London, Ontario that would bring local Bowie fans together to celebrate his life and music.

In the four weeks since I made the decision to do this event, I've learned a lot about successful event planning.  I'm sure there are books, websites, etc. dedicated to this subject, but for me, I just went with my instincts, and it went like this...

1.  Get an idea
2.  Tell yourself it's a great idea, and there is no reason why you can't pull it off.
3.  Make a list of everything you have to do, buy, etc.
4.  Be surprised and grateful when all the people you ask for help say yes.
5.  Spend a lot of time and money
6.  Promote, Promote, Promote
7.  Pray to whatever deity you believe in that enough people show up so you can cover your costs.
8.  Hope everyone has a good time

And that's where I'm at today, after spending last night cutting out giant paper stars to decorate the wall of the venue, and still have to put together my own costume.

I wish all of my blogging friends could be here to join in the fun.  If you're in London, Ontario, come out and dance, and try a Bowie Black Star Banana Brownies (I'm not kidding).   Of course I will take photos and there will be a blog post once I recover (and hopefully there won't be any tears).


  1. good luck with your event. Sounds like it'll be fun

  2. Oh, OH, that is the coolest thing! Let's dance.

  3. Awesome, Shelley!!! This will be the most stellar event London has seen in years. You will be the Susanne Bartsch of London, an impressario extraordinaire. Wild success to you. Wish I could be there. I'd dance like a fool all night long.

  4. Oh, man, I would be all over that party! I was *this* close to doing Bowie (Ziggy Stardust) for the VFF recently. I do a lot of event planning and a huge portion of it is chutzpah! Go for it, Shelley! Can't wait to hear all about it! I am there in spirit!

  5. What an amazing idea. And to go ahead with it!
    I know it will all go well and people will have a blast. Hope you do too!
    All the best,
    Jazzy Jack

  6. I'm cheering you on from the sidelines! Go, Shelley!
    I'm responsible for introducing Bowie to Agonda in South Goa, when we heard he'd died we asked the boss of our favourite bar to play some tracks via You Tube. He loved it and his regulars did, too. xxx

  7. What a wonderful party! I wish I could be there. Can't wait to see the pictures!

  8. Wow! Good for you. I hope is a huge success.

    Can't wait to see the photos. Have a great time!


  9. So awesome! I hope a thousand people turn up! And cheers to you for making it a reality. xox


    1. A thousand would be terrifying - I would settle for 100, but thanks for the good wishes!

  10. I'm impressed. I love a great dance party and would love to be there if I could. Looking forward to the photos and news of your outstanding success!

  11. What a brilliant idea!

    I hope it goes swimmingly!! I look forward to the photos and the post.


  12. Can't wait to see the pictures! Will you be dressing as a China Girl, or Major Tom?

  13. The places I saw here are really wonderful, celebrating a special event like this with the beauty of nature is really cool. When you are in this venue NYC, there's nothing you can do than to be happy. I really liked it here.

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  16. It sounds like a lovely tribute, and get together, and size does not matter! You worked your heart out and some fellow Bowie believers joined in - hooray for you all! And I still miss him, so bad. xox


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