Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Diamond Rings / Daytrotter

'Diamond Rings' (solo indie pop sensation) has been in the news recently for releasing his long awaited debut album, 'Special Affections'.

One of my photos of him was used this week as a template for an illustration of 'Diamond Rings' on Daytrotter (a top independent music blog). Talk about indie cred, huh? I bought his LP today on vinyl in Toronto, it sounds great.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Autumn Skyline

Take a look at some more photos in the newly improved photo section.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Maze: Jack of Hearts

Play your hand carefully...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Maze: New Love

There will be some exciting things happening with my film and theatre work in the fall, and I'll keep everyone updated on this site. For now enjoy the slow August nights and keep looking for love wherever you can find it.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

New Maze: Summer

Feel the heat.

Friday, June 25, 2010

My Prom Photos

Prom season is upon us, and I thought I'd take the opportunity to embarrass myself by posting a couple of my prom photos.

As atypical as my high school was (it was an arts school in the suburbs, with something like 80% female students) my prom night felt very traditional. I bought a corsage for my date, we took a limo to a ballroom, the graduating class danced till midnight. Then we all traveled to the University of Toronto, where the prom committee had rented a frat house for the night, and all us kids got drunk on coolers. Classic, classic.

My date was named Adrienne, we were friends. She does make quite a fetching prom date though, wouldn't you say?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

'She Done Him Wrong'...Mae West is the Best

Sure, that Mae West name gets thrown around here and there in pop culture, but if you aren't a gay man in his 50's or a film studies major, chances are you've never seen one of her films. You are missing out.

She wrote, she starred and she sang in her films. Her sexy one liners are a thing of legend. This is her first and most famous film, 1933's 'She Done Him Wrong'. Not only was it a massive success with depression addled American audiences, it was also nominated for best picture that year and celebrated as a cinematic achievement of pure entertainment. If that isn't enough it's the film that launched Cary Grant's career.

At 66 minutes, it's a lot shorter than the feature films we're used to watching now, but it sure packs a punch. Try not to fall in love with her.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Back in Toro

I'm back in Toronto from my time in London, and I'm hitting the ground running. I'm on the phone, getting things done, taking no prisoners ;-)

It's good to be back.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Wonders of Berlin

I spent last week in Berlin with my sister; we took way too many pictures. What a glorious city, it's very liberating there. So many artists, so much green space and an incredibly non-judgmental atmosphere.

The Jewish Memorial, an unforgettable monument.

There is monumental, vibrant graffiti all across the city. This is a famous piece that was created in two days by one man and a lot of paint.

A rare photograph of me where I'm not posing at all!

The airlift memorial. This is a city with constant reminders of the cold war, and divisions of the past.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Canadian War Memorial in London

In Green Park, next to Buckingham Palace.

Photo by Dan Cloake

Saturday, April 24, 2010

There's a New Rep Cinema Opening in Toronto!

The Toronto Underground Cinema (or the TUC for short) is a new rep cinema that's opening up in May in the Chinatown/Queen Street area of Toronto (186 Spadina Avenue). It's the site of the former 'Golden Classics' theatre, which was closed in 1994. The space has been sitting there empty for about sixteen years.

There have been a number of media stories about it this past week and I've been following them carefully; the new managers of the theatre are friends and old colleagues of mine.

Alex Woodside and Nigel Agnew, two of the three fellows running the new rep palace, were managers at the Bloor with me. We collaborated on three short films there the spring of 2006, titled 'The Popcorn Trilogy'. Alex was the producer and Nigel starred as a cinema manager named Nigel (eerie.)

If the new cinema is run anything like the fictional 'Bloor' was run in our trilogy, I think you should get in line at the door and submit your applications to work there immediately. With Nigel in charge, sexy & exciting things happen (watch for yourself...)

Photos courtesy of Alex Woodside

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hotel Window

This is a view from my window right now; I'm living at a hotel in London.

I've been working some new projects over here (a play, collection of songs...) and I'm trying to pick up some new things about British culture and history in the process. Of course I'm still involved in the closing stages of post-production for the Bloor Cinema feature film that I've been working on for the past few years. I know we've been holding back but you can count on a lot more information about that coming up soon, I'm very excited about it.

I hope everyone is enjoying the Spring weather. Remember you can always keep up with me and my shenanigans on twitter.

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Robin Day in Londontown

Here are some new photos of me from London.

Friday, February 26, 2010

My YouTube Favourites: Part 3

YouTube is kind of like a thrift store. You go back every week, scouring rack after rack of shoddy old videos...and every once in a while you find something incredible.

1. Raptor Devours Cheerleader
Oh no he didn't!

Timothy Dalton and Mae West in "Sextette"
Have you ever seen James Bond actor Timothy Dalton sing 70's pop hit 'Love Will Keep Us Together' to an 85-year-old Mae West? It's pretty erotic.

3. Siskel & Ebert '80s Outtakes
They are so nasty to each other...more barbs than a mall in Florida. It was a bizarre love/hate relationship between hosts that will confound and amaze for millennia.

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my YouTube Favourites.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The New Design

You've probably noticed some design changes to the site recently; it's the work of the talented Victoria Dobbs (follow her on twitter, yo.) I think the new layout is a lot easier to navigate.

You should also check out the newly updated journalism and press sections. The journalism section has all the 'Toronto Portraits' columns and various posts I've written for blogTO over the years. The press section features some TV, newspaper and radio coverage of my film and theatre productions.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

25 Things You Should Know About London

• It's a fashion capital; you better step up your style the second you get off the plane.

• People will be friendly because they like your shirt or cold because they don't like your hat.

• Nobody has basements here.

• "Are you going on?" means "are you going to another pub after this one?"

• "To be honest with you..." means absolutely nothing, because people say it before everything.

• "Bits and bobs" means a collection of insignificant objects, as in "her place is a mess; she's got bits and bobs all over her floor."

• To "nick" something means to steal something, and people steal often enough. Keep your friends close and your wallet closer.

• Everyone drinks twice as much as in North America.

• Everyone eats twice as much chocolate as they do in North America.

• Someone could make a fortune selling something called 'Cadbury Lager'.

• Always sit on the second floor of the double decker buses, at the front. It's a lot like a ride.

• The sun is rarely seen. It's like Bespin: a cloud city.

• It's somewhat class obsessed. The Queen is the poshest of them all; the structure starts at her and moves it ways down.

• You can tell someones class from just about anything; like what grocery store they go to. 'Waitrose' is posh, 'Iceland' is not.

• Xenophobia is institutionalized here. It seems like you need proof of residence and a UK passport to buy a loaf of bread.

• Michael Jackson is alive and well in every Londoners heart.

• You can drink in public. On the streets, in the park.

• There are casinos and casino games all over the place. Like a wet Nevada.

• You don't tip bartenders here, which I find odd. With the binge drinkers they have a lot to deal with.

• Remember, there's no such thing as a bathroom or a restroom over here. A toilet is called a toilet.

• All the shops close at 6pm. Most pubs close at 11pm. People tend to fall asleep at about 11:30. A night city London is not.

• No one can afford to eat in restaurants, so to replace them they have grocery stores everywhere selling pre-made sandwiches.

• Everyone is about three years behind, internet wise (which is surely a good thing.) People are still excited about facebook here.

• There are hardly any public trash cans due to bombing fears, though I don't see garbage littered everywhere. I don't really understand where it all goes.

• Above all else, people are scared of snow. Even an inch.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Signs of London (Missing Letters...)

Alright, here's my new hobby: photoshopping letters out of public signs. I probably have too much time on my hands...

Everyone gets worn out.

Thanks for reminding me.

They're so open minded in Britain.

Short fuse.

That sounds tricky.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Annex Gleaner interview about 'The Bloor'

I sat down with Matt James from The Gleaner recently to talk about the Bloor Cinema and the documentary Peter Kuplowsky and I made about the theatre in 2005. I've been reading the Gleaner since I was a kid so I was really flattered when they gave me a call.

You can find the article in the winter edition of the paper or check it out online here.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Water Main Bursts; London Canal Now Rivals Venice

A water main burst next to the building I'm staying in on Saturday and we didn't have cold water for a while (better then missing hot water by a mile though, right?) I can't say I've ever actually seen one of these go so it was kind of interesting, the opposite of that fire I saw two weeks ago.

I walked by at around 1pm on Saturday just after it broke...I strolled by again at 6pm the situation hadn't changed. There were plenty of elderly British people standing by the new shoreline, going on about the 'cheek' the municipal services.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wonders of London

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Trash Talk: Photos from the Exhibit

The inaugural 'Trash Talk' exhibit, presented by Created Independently, was on from November 21st to December 21st, 2009.

Basically myself and three other people sifted through other peoples trash and presented the best stuff as an art exhibit, with recorded interviews on headsets as well (not pictured.)

If you missed it, here's a look...

A Will and a wedding invitation.

A whole lot of fake money (I think it's fake, anyway...unless late nineties rappers had their own mints.)

Jessica Chan, an arts blogger, also took a choice photo of the exhibit that's on her flickr photostream.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sights of London

My blog has suddenly gone international.

I'm staying in London for a while to trade a Canadian winter with a balmy, though constantly raining, one in England. I'm going to be working on some new writing projects over here.

I had a walk around town this afternoon and I thought I'd share some photos.

They don't beat around the bush with business names over here.

See what I mean?

Who's Frank?

What's he doing to that little person?

Gangster rap is hot over here too.

Some shoe, huh? I can't wait to see this 'Priscilla' woman on display. I wonder if she's chained up like Kong...