White Night. Toronto’s annual dusk til dawn city-wide art crawl. For some people, Nuit Blanche is about experiencing culture and discovering works of wonder. For others, its just an excuse to pull an all-nighter with friends and party on the streets. If you’re lucky, you do both. If you’re crazy, you do so from the early evening to the early morning. This year, I ventured out on Sat Sept 29 at 7pm and didn’t get home until Sun Sept 30 at 7am. Not bad for someone who originally planned to “skip it” this year. I’m glad I didn’t. I tried my best to document my 12 hour journey below.
#117 – Built for ART (top left) #117 – Built for ART: Lost Audio Tapes of Jacques Tati (top right)
#117 – Built for ART: EcoTOne (bottom left + bottom right)
#147 – Fly By Night: fortune-ate (top left) #147 – Fly By Night: The Sun Turns Itself Inside Out (top right)
I ended my night (or should I say my morning) at #86 – All Night Convenience. I was ridiculously happy to take home these glowing groceries. Shout outz to my NB partners-in-crime, Rannie and Carly. Until next year, bonne nuit!
On Sunday July 1 2012, I had the opportunity to march with the NDP in the annual Toronto Pride Parade. Now I’ve been attending PrideTO events since 1999 (the summer I came out), but this year was my first time to actually walk IN the parade. Don’t get me wrong – watching the parade can be loads of fun, but there are inevitable lulls between floats and groups. When you march in it, you ARE the parade and the action is non-stop. It was quite an amazing and exciting experience. I tried my best to condense the 2 hour party into this 2 minute video. Enjoy!
Yesterday, Carly and I wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and go on a little adventure. So I grabbed my camera and we headed north to Stouffville to visit Horton Tree Farms for their annual Maple Syrup Festival. Having grown up in the country, Carly was no stranger to the wonders of freshly tapped sweet sap. But I had never been to a sugar bush before and it was quite amazing. The grounds were breathtakingly beautiful, the staff was extremely friendly and knowledgable, and the pancakes were absolutely delicious (smothered in maple syrup, of course!). It was an afternoon filled with log cabins, wagon rides, trees, sunshine, and fresh air. What a lovely way to spend a lovely day. I made this video to capture the experience. Also, the music featured here is a demo track I’m currently playing around with. I hope you enjoy them both!
On Friday, February 17, I joined John and Paulo (of RubioFilms) to check out the Sony PS Vita launch at 99 Sudbury. I was eager to get my hands on the gorgeous new handheld early (release date is February 22) and it did not disappoint. The huge LED screen is pure luxury and I found it extremely easy to lose myself in gameplay. The entire unit feels light, but it plays very big. This video (shot and edited by John) features some of my first impressions of the device as well as gameplay footage from titles like Escape Plan and Little Deviants.
On Saturday, I went to a garage sale in one of the Artscape Triangle Lofts in Parkdale. The items that lined the tiny condo first appeared in the usual order — old clothes, used books + records, miscellaneous housewares, and a few random pieces for good measure. The owners were very friendly, offering warm drinks and sweet treats while we perused through their unwanted things. I politely declined and waited patiently as CB rifled through mystery boxes. While looking around the apartment aimlessly (and somewhat disinterestedly), I spotted something silver on the end of a small table — it was a Canon GL2 digital video camcorder! I could hardly believe my eyes. I remember wanting that exact model years ago. And now, there it was… a $2000+ piece of pro equipment sitting quietly in a garage sale. I picked it up and casually inspected it. It seemed to be in good condition. It seemed too good to be true. I paced around nervously and finally asked one of the owners how much. She replied that there was a slight issue with the tape deck mechanism that she had never bothered to repair and had since replaced the camera with a new one. Since she was selling the device potentially broken, she offered it to me for $10. TEN DOLLARS. My head nearly exploded, but I tried my best to disguise my delight. Noting my interest, she began to gather some extra accessories for the unit — a power adapter, a charger, and a battery pack — as if in attempt to sweeten the already amazing deal. A mere tenner later, and I am now the proud owner of this awesome camera. Obviously, I took it on a test run (see footage below) to check the functionality. So far, so good! Best. Score. Ever.
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.
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.
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!
A few months ago, I was approached to create the music for Toronto’s World Pride 2014 bid video. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to participate. Today, it was announced that Toronto won the right to host the $10M event and I feel so proud to have played a part in this project.
I was lucky enough to spend the Labour Day long weekend with some friends at a gorgeous lake-front cottage near Saint-Jérôme, Quebec. I took these last fleeting moments of summer as my opportunity to experiment with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 a little bit.
It’s a modest edit, but I hope you enjoy it. Also, I composed the music used in this video too. If you’d like to see how it was created, check out the recording process as well.