Saturday, June 27, 2009

blogTO Post: Shuffle Demons go for a World Record

I wrote a post about the Shuffle Demons; a brass pop band famous for a song called 'Spadina Bus' in 1986.

They're still together (after 25 years) and they are trying to get 950 sax players rounded up this week to break a world record for the biggest sax ensemble.

You can read more about them here.

Bloor Cinema Maze: July Flyer

Hey y'all, I've been tied up with all this Fringe stuff for the past couple of weeks...it's only a few days away!

I did have the time to put together this maze/ad for Bloor paper though; if you solve it and send it in we'll give you two free tickets to any upcoming Bloor Cinema show.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Blue Velvet Cast Photos

We've put up a facebook event page and a Silver Stage website now as the Fringe Festival gets rolling in two weeks.

I've done portraits of the cast and added them to the facebook event; we do have some attractive people involved so take a look if you get a chance (they were all photographed in the alley behind the Bloor Cinema.) This picture is of Jo Fallak, who plays mysterious 'Dorothy Vallens' in the show.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

blogTO Post: Owen Pallett Interview

I interviewed Owen Pallett this week about a show he's doing at Dundas Square for the Luminato/North by Northwest festivals in Toronto.

He's accompanying a 90-year-old German horror film with live music; similar to the way we'll be accompanying "Blue Velvet" with live music at the Bloor.

He even told me about working with Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) and Gus Van Sant (Milk) on new film scores.

You can check it out here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My Grandfather's Portrait of John and Yoko

There's an exhibit going on in Montreal right now called 'Imagine'; it's about the 1969 'bed-in' that took place there. I saw a poster for it the other day in the window of a store and the image they chose caught my attention.

Ivor Sharp was shooting for Time Magazine when he took the photo; he hit it off with John (a fellow Englishmen) and was invited to do a private photo session with John and Yoko in their hotel room. There were thousands of pictures taken during the Montreal 'bed-in' but the intimacy of Ivor's made them stand out against the others.

Of course those 1969 portraits were only one part of a long, storied career for Ivor in this country; he eventually became the most sought after commercial photographer in Canada by the 1980's. He founded Capic, an association to protect photographer’s rights, which is still going strong today. Alas, in 1989, on the verge of selling his studio in downtown Toronto and moving to the countryside, he collapsed and died of a stroke. He was sixty-one years old.

No matter how well crafted his Coca-Cola billboards were however he'll always be remembered for that one picture. The one time he caught history by the neck for a quarter of a second.

The 'Imagine' exhibit is going on in Montreal until June 20th; admission is free.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Your first image of the Fringe Festival's 'Blue Velvet'...

Anthony Furey as Jeffrey Beaumont...Jo Fallak as Dorothy Vallens...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

blogTO Post: Fashion Tips close Pitter Patter Fest

Fashion Tips, "your new favourite band" (as their slogan goes) are a fantastic party rock group based in downtown Toronto.

I caught them last Sunday in Kensington Market as they closed the Pitter Patter Music Festival. You can read all about them (including a ridiculous interview in the back of a van) here.