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January 29, 2012

Sunday Roundup – January 29

It wasn’t that long ago that we were ringing in the New Year and making resolutions and yet within this week it will be February. Too many of my besties get a case of the drears this month, so we shall try to keep therir spirits up and make some merry.

So about last week…

Video Post: Pay The Writer – excellent video story. Pay people. Pay them what they are worth. Because we love what we do does not mean we should be giving it away for free.

Creation Lab and Doc Challenges – the Fringe Creation Lab was open for an afternoon last week for folks to go and work on creative stuff with other creative folks. It’s an excellent energy. Also, HotDocs has a great contest going.

Should Art Really Be For Its Own Sake? – oh we do love this question, don’t we? Highest clickthrough rate last week.

On Attending Workshops – I really do love them.

I saw a lot of things last week from Sing A Long Grease at the Lightbox, to Golden Dragon at Tarragon and Cruel and Tender at Canadian Stage, and the afore mentioneds workshop of Walk Like an Egyptian. There is a ridiculous amount of really good stuff going on in our fair city these days. Go see some of it.

Social Media Week is just around the corner, the workshop I am doing in partnership with Parkdale Village BIA is sold out, which is amazing, and  I’ve just confirmed to be on another panel as well. Busy week.

Quick note that a colleague of mine asked me to promote this survey to artist-type people. Artscape is planning a centre for creative sector entrepreneurship called Launchpad. Click here to tell them what you’d need, folks.

And I’ve decided that the 12 hour art marathon will be happening in February. More on that later.

And finally I was at the Cameron House last night to see Little Jimmie’s Chicken Pickers which is always a fun night of friends and laughter and music. It is also a kid-friendly event and there are usually a half dozen smalls there dancing like crazy. We come to listen and sing a long, they come to dance with purpose and feeling.

The highlight for me was a little sprite named Eliana.  We had a little chat in the backroom, where we discussed her age (2)  and the age of her stuffed animal (Elliot, also age 2) and how much she had liked the music.  I said I really liked her dancing, and it looked like she was having a lot of fun. She agreed, nodding vigorously, and said, “Yes it was fun, I was doing amazing twicks.”

I hereby declare February to be the month of Amazing Twicks. Go out and do some.

January 16, 2012

Library Day!

It’s a library day today – we haven’t talked reading much lately so here we go.

Holiday reading included The Night Circus (read and already loaned to a friend); The Sisters Brothers (which I feel is going to be good) Just My Type: A Book About Fonts (which was amazing and you should read it right now) and The Memory Palace (which I liked, but wanted to be a bit more, given that I already knew about the idea of a memory palace and use it to remember things. It’s good for your brain).

The Table Comes First  – oh my lord, you need to read this book if you cook, read recipes, go to dinner you name it. I’ve already quoted it twice in this blog because it feels like it applies to everything. And made food from it – there are no recipes of the half a teaspoon variety, only the basics food, do something to the food, do one last thing to the food and there you go.

What kind of holiday reading did you get done?

Am off to the library today – I have five overdue books and to quote the  website, this  User has FINES (owing and/or accruing) so I’d best go straighten out my library reputation. BTW fines have gone up as of January 3rd:

Adult materials $0.40 per item, per day

Teen & child materials $0.20 per item, per day

Best Bets $1.00 per item, per day

Adult DVDs $1.00 per item, per day

Teen & child DVDs $0.50 per item, per day

Fines will be charged based on the type of material you borrow – adult, teen or child – not on cardholder’s age category. No getting your six year old toborrow Valley of the Dolls for you.

Something else they’re doing (from the National Post):

Library aims to attract the hip, bookish under-40 set.

Last Monday, the city’s budget committee voted to slash $7-million from the Toronto Public Library’s budget. Although the decision must first be approved by council, there was immediate concern that the largest library system in Canada, with over 19 million visitors in 2011, will have to shorten hours of operations at certain branches, cancel programs, and cut the number of new books added to its collection.
Next Thursday, they’ll try and get some of that money back. Read more…


All right – moving forward into the day – I also need to stop by the Parkdale Village BIA which is beautifully located across the street from my library. I’m doing a social media workshop in February  for their members as part of Social Media Week 2012. If you are a member of the BIA, contact them for the deets, or follow them on FB or Twitter.

Happy Monday! Go read something!


PS Next Stage sales went up a whopping 22.5% this year, bringing in $78,552.40 at the box office – congratulations to all the amazing artists, staff, volunteers and audiences involved! 132% increase overall since Year One sure ain’t bad for a 5th anniversary celebration! – via Adam Kirkham. Well done people – now THAT’S how you do a festival!



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