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.
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.
My TIFF, 2013: 11 days, 45 events, 2 throbbing feet, 1 pair of hunched shoulders, and 1 right hand permanently shaped in a camera-holding claw.
At first I thought this chaotic gig would be a strictly red carpet, celebrity-snapping job, but luckily, I was tasked to cover the gamut of Festival offerings beyond that, including the Doc Conference and some epic industry parties, observed Deepa Mehta work with future filmmakers in the Talent Lab program, met some great photographers (particularly the chill dudes in the Midnight Madness pit), and sat in on multiple conversations and Q&As, notably one with the gushworthy Spike Jonze. Heart! Be still!
So as lovely as my sleep-in was this morning (and boy, it sure was lovely), I have to admit I'm already experiencing the subtle effects of Festival photography withdrawal. Maybe, just maybe, I'm a sucker for pain... But, you know, perhaps the pay-off was kinda worth it.
See you next year?