Archive for June, 2013

June 28, 2013

Introducing: The 2013 Fringe Club!

Straight from the e-newsletter yesterday. Seriously, for those who ask, “it’s just all plays, isn’t it?
no. no it is not. – we’ll see you there!

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In celebration of our 25th anniversary, we have given our Fringe Club a sassy new look this summer! Back at our home-base behind Honest Ed’s flagship marquee for a 4th year in a row, the 2013 Fringe Club will be more accessible, lively and fun than ever.

WHAT’S CHANGING?
1) No line ups – we have increased our bar capacity!
2) Hot and zesty new food vendors, from Fidel Gastro to ESÉ.
3) Buskers to enliven every nook and cranny of the alley.
4) Remember the sound-baffling-wall-truck from Fringe 2012? It’s SO gone this year.
5) Fringe Club programming is staying open later – ‘til 12:30am.

6) Did we mention NO LINE-UPS?!

WHAT WILL REMAIN THE SAME?
1) Delicious McAuslan brews.
2) 16 Visual Fringe artists and 6 AlleyPlays.
3) A hoppin’ late-night patio and bar.
4) Friends, Fringe Family, your favourite volunteers and of course, you!

Read on for more exciting new additions to the Fringe Club!

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SmartPhone Scavenger Hunt @ The Fringe Club

Part of our 25th anniversary programming, this scavenger hunt will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before! Created especially for Fringe 2013 by our ex-board president Randy Sabourin (creator of The Go Game) this scavenger will pit team against team in a raucous race to the finish line.

All teams will follow clues and instructions sent to their smartphones. (Each team will need to have at least one smartphone.) Teams will be asked to race around the Annex and interact with actors, local businesses and classic Fringe locations. Videos will be made. Vintage Fringe trivia will be abundant. Victory could be yours.

The Scavenger Hunt is on Saturday July 6th from 3pm-5pm, and will be followed by a hilarious awards ceremony where we will share photos and videos and pick a winner. Did we mention there are amazing prizes? First Place: $350, Second Place: $100, Third Place: $50.

To sign up a group, please read more here.

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New This Year: Fringe After Dark @ The Fringe Club

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beer and yoga

Join us every weeknight at 9pm for a sometimes titillating, frequently ridiculous, late-night series called Fringe After Dark. All events are free and will take place at the Tent Talk tent at the south end of the Fringe Club (near Lennox Ave.). Some highlights:

Thurs July 4 (9pm): Board Game Night
Board game gurus from Snakes and Lattes will lend us the hippest and hottest board games of 2013 and teach one and all how to finally win at “Settlers of Catan.” No registration required.

Fri July 5 (9pm): Adult Craft Night
Local burlesque performers will pose for a life drawing class facilitated by a local indie artist. BONUS: we will have supplies and instructions on how to make scandalous lingerie out of pipe cleaners. Oh yes.

Mon July 8 (9pm): Yoga with Beer
At long last (right?) – a yoga class where you can drink beer. A local yoga instructor will lead a free, 1 hour yoga class at the Fringe Club where beer drinking is not only welcomed, it’s encouraged.

Tues July 9 (9pm): Truth or Dare
Feeling candid? Like to live dangerously? Come on down for an old fashioned game of Truth or Dare (with a Fringe twist of course!) There will be prizes for silliness and bravery.

Wed July 10 (9pm): Awards Ceremony
Join us at the Fringe Club for late-night drinks and the announcement of Patron’s Pick, Best of Fringe Uptown, the Tosho Cutting-Edge Award, and the 25 Hour Play Contest. Could it be you…?

Thurs July 11 (8pm – note time difference): Alumni Party – OFFSITE!
Tonight we move our After Dark Series to the Tranzac for a trip down memory lane. Come celebrate 25 years of the Toronto Fringe Festival with music, stories, trivia and awards! All are welcome. No door charge.

Fri July 12 (9pm): Ghost Story Competition, hosted by Eric Woolfe
Doctor Pretorius Wuthergloom of Doc Wuthergloom’s Haunted Medicine Show and his gang of ghouls will be waiting to take you into the dark world of the supernatural. Come with a story or come to listen. There will be awesome prizes.

More info here.

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FREE Concerts @ The Fringe Club

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Every weekend at 7pm Fringe will invite a local indie artist to serenade and entertain the crowd. From sassy contemporary Motown to soothing acoustic folk, there’s something for every musical taste. All concerts are free and all-ages. Here’s the awesome and diverse line-up:

Sat July 6 (7pm): Nick Teehan
Part crooner, vaudevillian barker, warrior poet and hopeless romantic, Nick Teehan’s tuneful arrangements and haunting lyrics have entertained Toronto audiences for years.

Sun July 7 (7pm): Larra Skye
Larra Skye creates a synthesis of pop, rock and folk, anchored by her strong songwriting and winsome voice. A Toronto songstress that CBC Radio-Canada calls “full of character and nuance… charming.”

Sat July 13 (7pm): Rehan Dalal
Rehan Dalal’s music is influenced by the early 60′s soul sounds of Sam Cooke, the Motown era magic of Stevie Wonder and the modern flavors of Raphael Saadiq. There will be dancing.

Sun July 14 (7pm): Abdominal and the Obliques
Abdominal will perform his unique acoustic blues/hip-hop filled with hilarious lyrics, sampled beats, bluesy guitar licks and percussion. Co-presented by the Koffler Centre of the Arts.

Opening Day Concert: Hooded Fang!

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WANT TO SEE HOODED FANG FOR FREE!?!?
Local indie pop-rockers Hooded Fang will take the stage in the Fringe Club at 5pm on Wednesday July 3rd for an opening day extravaganza!

This Polaris Prize-nominated band has just released its third studio album to much acclaim and will be heading to the Fringe Club after a successful North American tour. Let’s welcome them home – Fringe style!

More info on Hooded Fang:
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On CBC Music
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Industry Networking @ The Fringe Club

Back by popular demand, one of our Tent Talks this summer will be called A Smorgasbord of People You Should Know. This will be a reverse pitch-session where artistic directors, cultural programmers and executive directors will be asked to pitch their organization to YOU – the indie artist and audience member.

We’re still working on populating our fantastic panel of industry experts, but here’s a sneak peak:

Bob White (Stratford Festival), Rob Kempson (Theatre Passe Muraille), Tara Beagan (Native Earth Performing Arts), Monica Esteves (Crow’s Theatre), Nigel Shawn Williams (Factory Theatre), Andrea Romaldi (Tarragon Theatre), Phil Akin (Obsidian Theatre), Nancy Webster (Young People’s Theatre), Andrew Lamb (Roseneath Theatre), Michael Rubenfeld (SummerWorks), Laura Nanni (Rhubarb Festival), Alison Wong (b-current).

Friday July 12 (5pm)
A Smorgasbord of People You Should Know.
Hosted by Matt Baram of National Theatre of the World.
Followed by an informal mix & mingle from 6-7pm.

More Tent Talk listings here.

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As Always…

Fringe has 122 amazing shows at our favourite classic main venues.

Fringe has 20 site specific shows at unexpected locations around the city.

Fringe has 8 FringeKids shows at the Palmerston Library Theatre.

Fringe has 16 Visual Fringe exhibits and 6 AlleyPlays woven throughout the Fringe Club.

Fringe has 100 emerging artists that will be networking up a storm.

Fringe has 1,000 youth who are granted free Fringe tickets, through partnerships with community organizations.

Fringe has 400+ dedicated volunteers, 45 FOH Managers, 30 Venue Technicians and 23 sensational office staff members.

Fringe has 1,100 artists!

And, of course, we have YOU! So thank you for keeping the movement alive and see you at the Fringe Club!

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June 27, 2013

The Fringe is Less than a WEEK AWAY!

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Big year this year – 25th anniversary of the Toronto Fringe Festival- super excited for everything.

Not only am I working on a show with some ridiculously talented individuals, but I’m also chairing the 25th Anniversary Committee and we’ve got some amazing things in store for this year. Besides opening ceremonies and poster sprints we’ve got  birthday cakes and bands and alumni parties and underground dance parties and scavenger hunts and video contests and more! Click here to be taken to the whole listing of superawesome stuff going on.

And plays. NEVER forget the plays. And remember to prepare for your journey. What’s in Your Fringe bag?

 

I’m off to the Mayor’s Arts Luncheon and the Toronto Arts Foundation Awards today – Expect Theatre is a finalist! And then off to the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts – The Fringe is nominated! More later.

 

June 26, 2013

Cottage Reading, a Social Media Workshop and Dancing to Eminem

534977_10152735580020721_524773827_nAnd we’re back on the grid after a week without internet or cell phone service. Oddly blissful. Somehow a relief to live life without posting, tweeting or instagramming it.

Got a big chunk or reading done, all those downloads and books you mean to read but are short on time or focus. Along with a film script (pretty good) and a novel manuscript (really good) here some of them,  in case you’re interested.

The Science of Marketing  excerpt download from Hubspot

Simon Brault – Notes for APASO, TAPA Toronto – April 12, 2012 – spectacular keynote address

B2B Social Media: A Roadmap To Revenue whitepaper from MarketWired

A few others as well but you get the picture. Things that live in a file on your desktop til you read them.

Also

How to Host a Dinner Party, by Corey Mintz loved it. easy reading, excellent ideas, confirmation of what you might already be doing right, and how to stop doing the wrong things.

Made to Stick by the Heath brothers Excellent excellent book. Why do some ideas thrive while others die?

The Lord of the Rings (first book – what? I’d never read it before. It’s pretty good). 🙂

Cooked by Michael Pollan – GREAT book – cooking via the four elements – earth, air, fire, water. I didn’t know how little I knew about barbecue til last week. Timing was excellent as I was cooking all week at the cottage and my appreciation for stinky cheese grew immeasurably.

Excellent evening last night, hosted by Dancer Transition Resource Centre – a social media 101 workshop for about 25 folks. Smart, inquisitive, not afraid of questions or answers. Had a great time – hope they did too – thanks for having me. One of the participants was telling a story about her most viral post – she’s a dancer and didn’t have a lot going on in the way of performance at one point – being 8 months pregnant and all. So she made a video of something most 8 months pregnant people don’t do, or in fact most un-pregnant people don’t do either.

Amazing.

June 21, 2013

Web 2.0, User Reviews & Ticket Sales

(As some of you may have noticed, Sue’s away this week! Thus this post was written by her Communications Coordinator, Lisa, who is writing in the third person right now… Enjoy!)

Low ticket sales and small houses? Can’t get reviewers out to your show? The solution may be in Web 2.0. …

Web 2.0., as defined by O’Reilly Media in 2004, refers to the current movement in web development and design that aims to facilitate communications, information sharing and collaboration. Today’s online culture is all about the sharing of knowledge: testimonials and reviews make up a large part of this information sharing. Online users have come to trust and make use of these reviews when they shop:

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What does this mean for ticket sales?

In a 2008 survey done by Kudzu.com, 86% of consumers said they read online business reviews before making purchasing decisions; 90% of whom say they trust these reviews.

Word of mouth is king in the buyer game, so it doesn’t really matter how many advertisements you take out in Now Magazine; the majority of consumers are looking to their peers for recommendations. As David Carlick says “Your brand isn’t your product, it’s what people say about your product”. Web 2.0 is helping to extend the reach of individual reviews and recommendations, making use of forums, reviewing sites and comment sections to gauge public opinion and help consumers make informed decisions.

We know word of mouth sells show tickets, so can we utilize Web 2.0’s penchant towards information sharing and user reviews in the theatre world? We are not, after all, trying to sell a flat screen TV or minivan; opinions on our products are far more subjective. Social Media is a good place to start: Twitter, Facebook & Google+ can be utilized to generate discussion about shows. Unfortunately, as those conversations, and the accounts that host them, are often controlled by the theatre companies themselves, they are not impartial and considered less reliable for users.

What about a dedicated site for unbiased, multi-user reviews? Most online newspapers and blogs, such as Now, The Grid & Blog T.O., have a comment section where show-goers can share their opinions, but these are underutilized and text heavy. Reviewing sites like Yelp, Amazon, FourSquare, and Epinions, provide rating systems and criteria for business and products which make for easy aggregation. While perhaps too simplistic or restricting for the arts, a rating system would make shared reviews easy to assess.

We need an accessible, unbiased, online space in which to provide theatre reviews. Individual reviewers are unable to take in all that a city of this size has to offer. A collection of multiple reviews would provide would-be-ticket-buyers a space in which to make informed decisions about the shows available to them. There is, of course, the chance that sites like these can be trolled or stacked by people hoping to destroy or hype shows, but the use of site-specific profiles or linked social networks could help avoid these problems.

After searching Google to see if I could find such a site, I came across Toronto Theatre‘s user review section. It allows users to review the shows they’ve seen using a five star system with space for commentary. Have you used this site before? Have you heard of other theatre-reviewing sites? Would you direct your audiences to them?

Or have you thought of other ways to utilize the ‘user review’ Web 2.0 phenomenon? How can we increase ‘word of mouth’ on the web? Let’s share what we know and get people talking!

June 20, 2013

From The Archives: My Thoughts on Starting a Theatre Company

This article was making the Facebook rounds yesterday:

Please, Don’t Start a Theatre Company

“Neither the field nor the next generation of artists is served by this unexamined multiplication of companies based on the same old model. The NEA’s statistics on nonprofit growth, set against its sobering reports on declining arts participation, illuminate a crucial nexus for the field, a location of both profound failure and potential transformation. The proliferation of small theater companies sits at the intersection between the necessity to imagine different structures for making theater and our field’s failure to provide career paths for the next generation of artists. Since the Ford Foundation’s investments kicked off the regional theater movement fifty years ago, there has been tremendous collective buy-in to what has become a fossilized model of a particular type of nonprofit theater. Within this structure, there is now a critical lack of opportunity for emerging artists and leaders, leaving the next generation of artists no alternative but to start companies of their own, companies that often replicate the problems of established theaters on a smaller scale. “

So it seems we know what’s wrong with the current model, but aren’t able to do anything but participate in the current (some would say broken) model because funding and expectations are geared towards the current model, namely  “a building with staff and a season, subscribers and youth programs, and a healthy mix of earned and contributed income.”


The cycle continues.

So what do we do? Go read part two of the article it’s got some interesting ideas.  I also think we have to change our picture of what success looks like – is being a venued theatre a badge of success if you can’t afford the building? Is a large subscriber base a badge of success if you’ve gone from producing edgy avant-garde work to “crowd pleasers” to keep the doors open on the unaffordable venue?

And are we a success as a community and industry if we, as some of the most creative people out there, cannot change because the current model is the only one we know?

At Clayton Lord”s presentation this week the question was raised, which is more important, economic or intrinsic impact? Why, intrinsic, of course.

Then why does only economic get a form to fill out in the grant application? Budget form, earned revenue form, subscribers vs single ticket, foundation vs government.  Economic gets a very important form in the grant application.

Where’s the form for intrinsic?

Then today a Quick Riff from Mission Paradox: “I find the whole “people should stop forming arts organizations” conversation to be interesting.  It’s interesting because people make a very logical case for not starting.  The issue is that starting an organization is an emotional issue.  It isn’t driven by logic.  By the way, this isn’t a good or bad thing . . . it is just reality.  My own point of view is that if it is in your heart to start an organization then you HAVE to do it.  The world may need it.
But if your heart isn’t in it.  If you aren’t committed.  Don’t even think about starting.”

Anyway….

 

June 19, 2013

From The Archives: #Twitter #Mistakes in the #Arts, and Something To Keep In Mind

 

This from the website From A Younger Theatre. From their About section:

A Younger Theatre is a platform for young people to express their views on theatre and performance. The site is maintained, edited and published by under 26 year olds who all have a passion for theatre.  A Younger Theatre is a resource and platform for theatre and young people.

You’d better believe I’ve got them bookmarked. Anyway from them:

Theatre Thought: Ten common mistakes that arts organisations make when using Twitter

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Also from another bookmark-worthy site – If you are not following Mission Paradox, you should be. I normally link to the post I like, but I want this one on my blog in its entirety because it’s something we all need to keep in mind.

Random thoughts on privilege, the arts and empathy

Self awareness is important.  When a leader of well respected, well resourced arts organization speaks about the “industry”, they have to be aware of the privilege they live in.

For every 1 person making a living in the “professional” arts there are 15 other people who would like to make a living but, for a variety of reasons, are not able to do so.

This matters.  It’s a source of real pain and concern for a lot of people.  It’s important to show awareness of that when discussing the field.

On the other hand, most people with privilege don’t really FEEL privileged.

I’ve talked to a ton of people who make a living in the arts.  When they described their lives and the challenges they have to navigate on a daily basis, I don’t envy them at all.

I wouldn’t want their six figure paycheck.  I wouldn’t want to have to deal with the things they have to deal with.

I find myself thinking about empathy more and more.  It’s so easy for us to jump into our perspective corners:

Bloated, ego filled administrators versus underpaid, long suffering artists.

Overwhelmed administrators versus spoiled, naive artists.

It can get ugly fast.

The key to avoiding that is developing an ability to see and respect the point of view of others . . . even if you really disagree with that view.

More empathy.  More compassion.  We need that in this industry.

June 17, 2013

From the Archives: SWF Seeks Basic Website – must be attractive, clean and open to sharing…

In the past year or so, I’ve been asked a particular question, or had people ask people to ask me a question, or people tell people to ask me a question to ask other people. I hear it  by phone, in person, via Twitter and Facebook:

Does anyone know how much it costs to set up a basic website?

I have yet to answer or hear anyone else answer this question with a figure as end-of-disussion. So I pondered a bit and thought for the New Year it would be a lovely start to answer this  question by turning to colleague and local expert Avery Swartz. The answer is in here, but there’s so much more to think about.

I love working with Avery – she’s responsible for the banner at the top of this page, my business cards, my font choices, my ads in print and online. She’s awesome. So off I went and asked her. read on and be illuminated!

What exactly is a basic website – what does that phrase mean to a designer?
I like to think of websites in terms of functionality.  What do you want your website to DO?  Note: a website’s functionality shouldn’t be confused with its purpose.  The purpose of a website is to sell something, offer information about a company, give directions to an event, etc.  The functionality of a website is HOW you achieve your website’s purpose.  

For me, as a website designer and developer (I both design and build websites), a BASIC website is one that has very very limited functionality.  We’re talking about words and pictures, and that’s it.  Very few webpages (under 5), and nothing changes often (i.e. – no updates needed).  That kind of website is sometimes referred to as a “brochure website”, since its main purpose is to offer information.  There will probably be an “about” page, a “contact” page, and maybe one or two more webpages.

Also, if a client comes to me asking for a “basic website”, it means that all the content for the website (the text, the images, the client’s logo or any other graphic elements needed) will be supplied.  If I need to design a logo, any special graphics, do any photoshop work on your pictures, or help you with your copy, then it’s not “basic” any more.

So how much does a basic website cost? 

If you work with me, it’s going to be about $1000 (or less for arts groups and charities).  You can also find a student or a web designer who is just starting out, and they might charge you $300-$500.

What in your experience does that mean to a client?
Usually, a client thinks the same thing as me for a “basic website”.  Text, images, and just a few webpages.

But, if a client does have a different idea of what a “basic website” is, then it’s usually because they think a “basic website” includes more functionality.  Any time you want something beyond text, pictures, and a handful of webpages (that all have the same layout), then you’ve stepped outside the realm of “basic”.

Extra functionality can include: more than just a few webpages, the ability to update the website yourself, blog integration, e-commerce or online shopping, photo galleries, video, any kind of user interaction (forums, the ability to comment, membership areas), anything that requires enhanced security and encryption, websites that look great on mobile devices as well as desktop computers, social media integration, etc etc etc.

More often than not, when a client comes to me asking for a “basic website”, I help them understand that they probably want more than just the basics.  Most of the fun stuff on the internet can be found in the extra functionality I listed above.  And of course, all that can drive the price up.  But, I’m guessing that your company/business/show probably isn’t “basic”, so you probably don’t really want your website to be either.

If a client is just starting out and is working on a shoestring, are there free or inexpensive ways for them to create their own site?
Absolutely.  But don’t necessarily expect it to be painless.  There’s a reason why people like me are in business.  The DIY options for websites have come a long way in the last 10 years, but there is always at least a small technical hurdle or two.  If you’re not internet savvy, you might find you’re in over your head.  But, there’s no reason not to try, and you might find you can make something pretty good-looking just by rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty.

You can definitely set up your own website through WordPress.com.  You can even have your own domain name.  My suggestion with WordPress though – keep it simple.  Choose a really clean theme (aka template), and exercise restraint.  Wordpress is pretty powerful, and I’ve seen people go nuts trying to “enhance” their website, and it ends up looking like a giant mess.

If you’re a visual artist, you really need to have a Behance.net account.  If you put in the time to make it really nice, you can even have that as your website.  Consider getting a Behance Pro account.  It will make your Behance profile into a portfolio website, without the logos and branding from Behance.  No one will be the wiser, and it looks great.  Check out these examples:

You can do the same thing with Cargo:

If you make something handmade, there’s no excuse for you to not be on Etsy.  Even if you have your own website, you should still be on Etsy.  There are people who are actively looking for handmade goods, searching on that website, who would never find you otherwise.  It’s worth the slight fee it costs to put your products up.

And finally, more and more people are making Facebook pages for their businesses, and skipping a professional website altogether.  I don’t recommend this, mostly because Facebook business pages aren’t search engine-optimized (i.e. – it’s going to be harder to find your Facebook page on Google than it is to find your business website), but I don’t think there’s any harm in doing both (a website plus a Facebook page for your business).

Oh, one more note.  Don’t try and build a website using some silly program on your computer.  Microsoft Word is for writing a letter or a grant application – it’s not for building a website.  Even iWeb, the program on your Mac, is a mess.  It writes bad code that isn’t cross–browser compatible (i.e. It’s not going to look good in every web browser that people use).  If you’re going to try the DIY route, go with something mainstream, contemporary, and web-based.

is there anything a client forgets or might not think about including in their basic website that are essential?
The basics are the basics.  Good, clean layout. Readability.  Easy to navigate. Contact information up front (no one wants to search for your phone number or your address).  When in doubt, keep things simple.

So for the sake of comparison – is my website basic?
Nope! You have lots of fun extra functionality. Blogging (and everything that goes with that, including comments), the ability to update the site yourself, social media integration, contact form, and a flexible mobile version.

I know WordPress did most of that for you. So there are DIY options for people that want even more than a “basic” website.

Any other thoughts?
Whether you’re using a DIY website option, or working with a web designer, make sure your website accurately reflects your business and your level of professionalism.  Just like it’s simply unacceptable in this day and age to not have a website for your business, it’s also unacceptable for that website to look like junk.  Think of how you behave when you’re online.  If you check out a website for a shop, or a restaurant, or a newspaper, do you judge the business by the way their website looks or behaves?  Of course you do.  We all do.  So just remember that people are judging you too.  Sometimes you get what you pay for.

I think people often confuse the idea of a “basic website” with a “clean website”. Basic = very little functionally. Clean = good design. Clean does not necessarily mean basic. There are oodles of very attractive (and very complex) websites out there that are clean, but definitely not basic.

 

Think of Twitter. Google. Apple. All very clean (design), but definitely not basic (functionality).

 

Somehow people have a kooky idea that clean design is easy, so it should be cheap. Clean design is NOT easy. It’s often the most difficult thing to do, because it requires great vision, clarity, and restraint. If clean design was easy, there wouldn’t be so much crap out there.

What are you up to next?
I’m returning to work after 9 months of maternity leave, so I’m ready to take on new clients and new projects.  I’m always working on professional development, and studying up on the latest web trends.  Right now I’m kind of obsessed with “responsive web design”, which is a technique for making websites look fantastic on mobile devices AND desktop computers (without sacrificing one for the other)

Thanks Avery! I repeat – you are awesome.

About Avery – Avery Swartz is a Toronto-based award-winning web designer.  A self-described design geek, she helps to demystify the web for small business owners, charities, and arts organizations.  Avery believes that designing websites should be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.  She offers a friendly, casual approach and promises to use as little technical mumbo-jumbo as possible.  You can contact Avery and view her portfolio online at www.averyswartz.com.

When she’s not making websites, Avery writes the blog Stuff Avery Likes, featuring news and info on design, travel, internet trends, and living in Leslieville with her husband, dog, and baby girl.  Check it out at www.stuffaverylikes.com.

June 16, 2013

Sunday Roundup – June 16

It's Always You-poster v1-11x17What kind of a week was it last week? Fringe Fundraisers, shows closing with Atrium and Sister Mary’s a Dyke, getting into the thick of rehearsals for Fringe with It’s Always You: A Musical

Working with Wiggly Dolly Productions and a stellar cast and creative team:  Writer:Dan Redican, Music: Scott White, Director: Sandra Balcovske, Cast: Sheila McCarthy, Dan Redican, Shawn Thompson, Madeleine Redican. Great group of fun talented folks and I’m enjoying working with them.

3 people. Bill, Elaine and Ted. Elaine married Bill and they now have a grown child. Or not. Elaine married Ted and Ted lost his friendship to Bill. Or Bill and Ted stayed friends and both lost Elaine.  Surely there’s one reality where all three managed to live happily ever after?

We’re at the Helen Gardiner, 79 St George Street
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 – 10:00pm -11:30pm
Friday, July 5, 2013 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Sunday, July 7, 2013 – 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Monday, July 8, 2013 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – 8:15pm – 9:45pm
Thursday, July 11, 2013 – 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Friday, July 12, 2013 – 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Value packs for the Fringe are already on sale, and single tickets go on sale the 17th! visit fringetoronto.com!

Anyway – about last week…

Creativity in Oklahoma, Budgets and Breaks

The Shape of Rex, 25 second film contest and a Social Media Workshop

Fringe Fundraiser, Canadian Rep, Cahoots and Saying No

I’m out of the office this week, and so rather than leave you post-less, I dug through the archives for things people really liked when they were originally posted and scheduled them all up for you. Enjoy!

June 14, 2013

Fringe Fundraiser, Canadian Rep, Cahoots and Saying No

Toronto Fringe Kitchen Party last night, and the back room of CSI Annex got all spiffed up and so did we. Amazing food by Fidel Gastro, adorable entertainment by Liza Live! super cool auction items and 70+ guests. Fantastically fun evening congrats to the Fringe on having something that was just the right amount of elegant, and just the right amount of Fringe.

Very pleased to be working with Canadian Rep Theatre now, we’re doing a little online presence, a little social media, so take a wander over to their Facebook page and give us a like so we can start sharing  a little content with you.

Last weekend to catch the adventures of Abby is Cahoots’ production of Sister Mary’s a Dyke?! over at the Aki Studios. Off you go!

Wandering around Facebook the other day (like you do) and a friend had posted this amazing article – Creative People Say No.  Love this:

Time is the raw material of creation. Wipe away the magic and myth of creating and all that remains is work: the work of becoming expert through study and practice, the work of finding solutions to problems and problems with those solutions, the work of trial and error, the work of thinking and perfecting, the work of creating. Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when we feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation. The common thread that links creators is how they spend their time. No matter what you read, no matter what they claim, nearly all creators spend nearly all their time on the work of creation. There are few overnight successes and many up-all-night successes.

I’m out of the office next week so rather than leave you blog-post-less, I’ve combed the archives for useful posts people really liked at the time and those will be going up instead – enjoy!

 

June 12, 2013

The Shape of Rex, 25 second film contest and a Social Media Workshop

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At the Royal last night to see The Shape of Rex – here’s Brian Johnson’s take on it.

Me?

Loved it – and I know so much of the talent involved it was like coming home.  Ryan Hollyman and Monica Dottor and Aviva Armour-Ostroff  and Brett Donohue and Jack Nicholsen and Lorne Cardinal and Layne Coleman at the helm. Wonderful work and I am impressed to my toes with the talent in that movie – heart-wrenching moments and teenagers making you laugh and love and anguish and   – just wonderful work. I agree completely and utterly with Brian’s question not understanding why this film is not being paid the attention it deserves.

I’ve worked with almost all the people I listed up there – and I’ve see numerous pieces Layne has directed. Seeing a film of his is different than a play – with a play you can look at anything happening on stage (including the LX cues) but with this – I felt like with every single shot was Layne telling me personally exactly what he wanted me to look at, and it was beautiful. My heart is happy and full.  It’s only playing for  a couple more nights, best get a ticket and go. Click here for showtimes and info.

Speaking of films – well, videos – got what it takes to tell a Fringe story in 25 seconds?

go ahead and submit – full contest details are here – and take a look at some of the videos already in!

Also I have a workshop coming up in a couple of weeks with Dancer Transition Resource Centre –  ninety minutes of questions and answers and learning about the why and the how of social media for artists. You should maybe come by.

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