Sigh. A beautiful night bathed in the sights and sounds of Leslie Ting‘s theatrical concert, Speculation, at 918 Bathurst.
“While her mother slowly loses her vision, optometrist Leslie Ting makes a career change to pursue her dream of becoming a professional musician. After her mother dies suddenly, Leslie, now a violinist, listens to the silence to discover what she never saw before. .
Speculation is a theatrical concert with an immersive visual design based on the experience of vision loss. A monologue interweaved with live performances of Beethoven and John Cage tells a mother-daughter story of loss and listening.”
❤️ Beautiful work.
Hanging out with alumni of How to Talk to People About Things!
HTTTPAT is one of those "things to do in Toronto" I’ve been hearing about for years, a communications course led by Misha Glouberman of Trampoline Hall/The Chairs Are Where the People Go fame. Considering the most proactive and engaged people I know in this city have gone through the program and still ring its praises (I bumped into four highly intelligent acquaintances/friends this evening), I’d say that’s all the recommendation anyone would need to take it.
Pssst, the next course starts in January and, because of its popularity, will likely sell out. (Heck, I’d join myself if my schedule could commit to all six sessions.) If you want in, head to mishaglouberman.com and sign up!
Norway's Royal Couple, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit are in Canada this week, here to strengthen relations between our two countries. Their stop at MaRS Discovery District yesterday, where they met with both Canadian and Norwegian medical start-ups, promoted discussion on start-up culture and investment in the innovation sphere.
Four years ago, I spent time with the Toronto chapter of Democrats Abroad, watching nervous American expats teetering on the edge of their seats, ultimately witnessing President Obama earn his second term in office.
Interesting what can happen in four years -- a woman has finally worked her way to the top Democrat ticket, albeit with administrative scandals and a sexist backlash in tow, challenged by a self-proclaimed Republican and entrepreneurial misogynist, who lacks not only political experience but the maturity and diplomacy required for the role of President, alienating people in his own party and substantiating and promoting close-minded, backward, inhumane behaviour.
Though elections are generally nail-biting affairs anyway, the campaigns leading to Tuesday's big event have unfurled a disturbing battleground, exposing the worst sides of modern society. Antagonism reigns, tempers and nerves on fire.
Dear friends in the USA: Good luck. The world is watching.
Last night, I just spent another normal night following Kling-ons, dodging Vulcan nerve pinches, and weaving through dancing aliens at TIFF's annual fundraiser, Boombox, themed to celebrate 50 #$@%ing years of Star Trek.
Sigh. I credit Bar Volo and its annual event Cask Days for first challenging my tastebuds, introducing me to decent beer, and being consistently warm, welcoming, trusting, and fun to work with.
Alas, all nice things come to an end: Volo closes its doors for good tonight, making way for another condo development at Yonge and Dundonald. (grumble) And though it will be great to hang at the new Birreria on College and the upcoming iteration of Volo on Church, this joint is considered an institution and will be missed by many in the community.
Farewell, Volo! Wish you a good hangover tomorrow.
This marks my third year shooting for TIFF. We're only into day 4, and I'm a bit tired, but it's been a ride shooting so far -- from Cary Elwes making his return as Westley to a Skype date with Malala, to breathing the same air as Matt Damon. The big opening weekend is almost over, and I'm hoping I'll be able to get a little more sleep soon. Until then, I will continue clickin'...
I'd have to say I'm a pretty lucky photographer. So pleased to document Keanu Reeves at TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of the Canada's Top Ten Festival.
Another great edition of Treehouse Talks at the Toronto Reference Library, this time featuring Jillian Kohler (Director, Global Health, at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs), Marshall Pynkoski (Founder, Opera Atelier), and Nicholas Parker (Global Sustainability Entrepreneur and Investor).