Archive for November, 2011
Somehow, it seemed appropriate that this chalk rainbow on the sidewalk of my street was the first piece of “graffiti” I saw. I felt like it set the tone for the rest of the day. On July 10, 2011, CB and I went on a walking tour led by Graeme Parry of Toronto Laneways. Starting at Graffiti Alley and ending near Dundas and Ossington, we ventured through three main areas downtown — Queen West, Trinity-Bellwoods, and Little Portugal.
I was awestruck for most of the tour. When I wasn’t shooting photos (or running to catch up with the group), I spent a lot of time standing and staring and smiling. It’s likely the kind of thing I’d like to do again when I’d have more time to move at my own pace. Still, I managed to get some really great shots. Here are some of my favourites.
All those hidden alleys and laneways held so much visual treasure. Quaint little homes and even small businesses resided alongside all the free street art. It’s certainly a side of the city most people haven’t seen, though I highly recommend it. Feel free to check out the rest of my set from that day here.
One of my besties runs a fashion blog – KlickClash. Sometimes, she writes about her own personal tips and tricks or maybe she’ll share her experience at some swanky event. But mostly, she posts everyday outfits from her own closet with a focus on simple and classic looks that anyone can emulate on any budget. To keep things fresh and inspiring, she always works with different photographers and friends. So I was pleased as punch when she asked me to take a few photos of her for her site. There’s a small sample of shots here, but be sure to check out the whole set too. As always, she’s rocking some sweet steeze!
There is a new Goodwill about a 10-15 minute drive away from my place and I finally had a chance to browse through the store on my lazy Sunday. I found this eye catching purple / magenta / cerulean striped necktie (which I just learned how to tie myself) and this grey sweater that is part blazer, part cardigan, and totally awesome. You see, I’ve been looking for some sharper clothes lately… something I can wear to my new job! For the past 10 years, I have worked in the broadcast industry. Today, I leave that all behind and start fresh with a new position in digital media / publishing. It’s been a long and interesting journey with television, one that I am grateful for. But after a decade of the same, I’m ready and excited for something new. I think I can get used to this.
Marshall McLuhan, “Oracle of the Electric Age”. He was a man ahead of his time. It seems many of his concepts still remain relevant today and I attempted to illustrate this here. This video is my entry for the CBC’s Demystifying McLuhan Mashup Challenge contest. All the video clips were provided by the CBC and the music, of course, is one of my own compositions. Whether you agree or disagree with the professor, there is no denying his impact on the way we think about media.
After months of researching and pining, I finally picked up a portable midi controller – the Akai MPK Mini. It has a surprising amount of features given the size (i.e. MPC-style pads, rotary knobs, built-in arpeggiator, sustain button) and there is a good weight and sturdy feel to the unit overall. Also, I have an odd affinity for mini-keys.
So in my usual impromptu fashion, I decided to put it through a test run last night. And 4 hours later, I finally finished a track I had first started 4 years ago. I’m really good at getting lost in space. In time, I find my way back. At any rate, I’m happy to be able to share it now. Sit back, relax… it’s that kind of tune.
On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, my friends Joan (fashion blogger, KlickClash) and Paulo (documentary-style videographer, Rubio Films) attended the Canada Goose launch party at The Spoke Club in Toronto. This video features the company’s 2011 Fall / Winter Collection, including a collaborative line with Drake. It also happens to feature the track Baby House by Fake Date (my electronic side project with CarlyRhiannon). The coverage looks and sounds amazing – super funny and informative! And I’m so pleased to be in the company of such talented people. Feel free to check out the full track below.
On Sunday, October 30th, 2011, Digifest held a Sunday Funday at Yonge Dundas Square. The event included live bands, food trucks and karaoke. I cut a short video of the day using footage shot by my brother. Props to all those brave souls who sang on one of downtown Toronto’s busiest corners.
I found this Christmas-coloured cardigan and this pastel-palette pullover at my local Value Village today. Together, I think they have a great “his-and-hers” quality to them. Initially, I grinned but hesitated.
Inevitably Eventually, I gave in and brought them home with me. I think I’m going to have to throw an ugly sweater party this holiday season.
Halloween on Church Street (Toronto’s Gay Village) is unlike anything else you’ve ever seen before. The street is closed off for several blocks and everyone just roams around in their costumes, taking in the sights and sounds of the night. It’s truly an experience and always a great time. This year, my brother headed down to check out the spectacle and captured some really great clips on his new Canon 5D Mark II. Since I was unable to join him, I figured editing his footage would be the next best thing. Watching this video, I almost feel like I was there with him. I hope you feel that way too. Enjoy!