Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Fog of Toronto

I took these a week ago on my way back after the Mike Ross photoshoot. Our fog isn't usually purple, but isn't it nicer this way? Double click to see the large versions.

Friday, November 27, 2009

blogTO Post: F--- The Internet

There's a hot new dance night going on at Clinton's Tavern in Toronto once a month called 'FUCKtheINTERNET'. They feature dance/pop/hip-hop from 1975-1995; it should be quite good. You can read more about it here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

blogTO Post: 'Toronto Portrait' of Mike Ross

This is Mike Ross; he's heading up a hot new musical at Soulpepper called 'The Civil Elegies'. It's based on a 1960's book of poetry by Dennis Lee about Toronto. You can read about him here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Trash Talk: The Art of Other People's Garbage

I'm involved in an exhibit this Saturday at Labspace studio in Toronto (the corner of Pape and Queen) called 'Trash Talk'. Basically myself and three other artists dived into people's trash in The Annex this autumn to find items that tell stories about the people of the neighbourhood.

We found some pretty lascivious things; it's amazing what kind of legal documents people will leave on the curb without thinking of shredding them. Not that we're interested in invading people's privacy of course; all intimate details have been redacted.

We took the best three objects we found and conducted interviews with regular people, asking them for their take on the trash's significance. This is a show about the voyeurism of sorting through things that strangers have thrown away.

You'll have a chance to see the objects in person, listen to the interviews we conducted and make your own judgements about why these things were thrown away and by whom.

The show runs from Saturday, November 21st to December 21st. The opening night reception is on Saturday from 8AM to 1AM; the main exhibit is called 'Monosaic' and 'Trash Talk' is an extra installation. The facebook group for 'Trash Talk' is here.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Bloor: a Documentary about a Toronto Landmark

'The Bloor', a documentary I directed with Peter Kuplowsky about the history of the Bloor Cinema in Toronto, is finally available online.

It won a couple of awards at film festivals, it got me an interview on CBC Radio with Matt Galloway; not bad considering Peter and I were teenagers when we made it.

Part 1

Part 2

Elizabeth Do at Now Magazine has just written a piece about the documentary; you can check that out here.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Canadian Talent Farm

So this new website named Canadian Talent Farm invited me to join their roster of artists; it's an initiative to help Canadian artists get more exposure for their work. I think they found me on flickr.

I'm in the Toronto section, under photography; you can check it out here.

Friday, November 6, 2009

blogTO Post: Rendezvous With Madness

The Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival started this week and I got an interview with the creative director/founder. You can read it here.