Posts tagged ‘Summerworks’

August 14, 2013

Excitement, Inc – Mission Paradox

From a great blog post from MP

“Why is this live?

That’s the question that Jordan Roth asked during the first TedxBroadway and I swear the question has haunted me ever since.
For those of us that work in the live entertainment/art world that is the cornerstone question.  Why is this particular experience worthy of the cost, time, energy and just plain hassle that comes with making it happen live? read more

Tonight I was at a Summerworks show, was at one last night too. Why do we do this, go to places with lots of stairs and folding chairs, with plastic drink cups and isn’t “temperature controlled for our comfort”?

Because it is here and it is now and maybe you go with friends or go alone and find friends.  But we are all there, and all there for a reason – and it’s happening in front of us and those on the stage and in the wings are there too and it’s happening for them too and we’re all in it together.

And that’s why – it’s a communal experience. It will never be the same again. Sure there are X more performances, and you might go again, or a friend of yours might see it next week – but it will never be the same again.  This was your live experience.

Go or you’ll miss it.

August 9, 2013

Couple Facebooky articles for Clients and Colleagues


Quick note – Summerworks is open! Go see something. So far I’m booked into Eating Pomegranates Naked, Murderers Confess at Christmastime and Paradises Lost.

I’ll book more as I go and let you know.

Summer seems to be the time to analyze, tidy up, re-jig all things admin, and now social media has been added to the mix. This post is for friends and folks and clients and colleagues who are doing just that these days, and may have to report stuff to EDs, CEOs and Boards. And if you aren’t already following Mashable somehow – you should be.

Facebook: Here’s How Your News Feed Works – Your Facebook News Feed is a hodgepodge of information: some of it you love, some of it you hate, and some of it may just make you scratch your head. The average user’s News Feed has around 1,500 possible stories filtered through per day, according to Lars Backstrom, engineering manager for Facebook’s News Feed ranking. But only 20% of them actually make your feed.
So how does Facebook determine which 20% you see? read more


5 Social Media Tactics to Increase ROI – Social can be one of the most challenging platforms for brands to measure return on investment. Companies that grew up on traditional advertising and metrics often have trouble making sense of the value of the online ecosystem. But with 52% of U.S. consumers using the web as their primary purchase tool, it’s an area brands can’t afford to ignore. read more

I cannot emphasize #5 enough. The people I work and play with  – we live in a sea of actual creativity. We create for a living. Thusly – we do #5 automatically, without even having to think about it. Now apply it to this.

August 7, 2012

Sunday Roundup (Long Weekend Edition=Tuesday) August 7

Summerworks opens this week! What will you see?

Hope everyone had a good long weekend – mine involved seeing bands (awesome) going to the zoo for a day (hot and awesome) and patio parties (drinking in the rain awesome!)

Last week:

#Twitter #Mistakes in the #Arts, and Something To Keep In Mind


Look What You Made Me Do – Volume Two

New Dora Rules and Where you Can Find out About Them  – if you cannot make a session, all the new rules and changes and stuff will be online in the fall.

creating social media believers and a literary triathalon

As we ramp up to fall (sorry, but it’s true) things start to get busier and busier which means more and more email. Stepcase Lifehack has a great article on 5 Gmail Filters to Get You to Inbox Zero. I’m going to try them out today. Wonder if they work on FB event invites?



August 12, 2011

PSA #2 writing, drawing, looking, listening


A few things have popped up on my radar the past few days and I thought they were worth mentioning on a sunny Friday.




Theatre Ontario is looking to create a one week residential theatre training program where participants will audition for acceptance and then live on a university campus for a week while being taught by Canada’s top theatre instructors. The program will be for high school students only who are serious about becoming professional theatre artists. Please feel free to pass this questionnaire on to any youth you might know.

The Toronto Star is  launching Speak Your Mind in early September  It`s a forum for commentary, debate and conversation around the key topics driving the fall provincial election. They`re looking for two Community Correspondents from each electoral district in Ontario to cover the political scene, the candidates and the issues that are important to their area.  You can apply here – it`s a simple application.

Nomadic Residency is seeking people to participate in the creation of a newspaper. There are a variety of ways to participate,like filling out their survey, or answering one of the questions in their poster campaign, or writing an article, or making an illustration. More information is here, and the article from BlogTO  that drew my attention to them to begin with is here.

It’s the last weekend for the 2011 Summerworks Festival – you should go see something. Click here for some promo videos I posted last week, or click  for the  top ten shows according to torontoist.

TedXToronto has announced the speakers lineup for the Sept 23rd conference. I know who my highlights are. Apply to attend!

And finally we have an Akimbo hitlist from Yuula Benivolski, a Montreal & Toronto-based artist.

I`ll be posting this entry permanently in the PSA/What`s On section of the site as well. Happy Friday!


August 7, 2011

Sunday Roundup – August 7

Am I the only one having a hard time keeping the days straight this month? I seem to be a week ahead of myself, bolted in a panic yesterday for something I have to do on the 11th and was convinced it was a lot closer than I thought.

Perhaps I’m excited about The Ex.

What went on?

Holiday Monday – a reminder that no matter what you call it, it’s a holiday and go enjoy. Also a cool article in the Globe about the amazing effect art has on sick children.

A Little Bit of Site Reno – survey results compiled and analyzed and so bits of the site went away, and new things are being added, based on what you said you’d like to see.

The Results Are In and You Are All Fabulous – survey results! Thanks again for your help, participation and comments!

Webinar PSA and Summerworks Opens Tonight! – cool FREE webinar about social media and not for profits – you might want to check it out.

Summer Fridays – a brief ode to summer Fridays.

Tomorrow is a Page Unveiling! – why that’s today!  Than god a page unveiling isn’t an outdoor event…
Click  for the new PSAs/What’s On? page. The main page has four links to various reputable ways to  find out what’s going on artistically in our fair city. The sub pages will be expansions of things that are on that I’d like to give some space to. The inaugural PSA is a collection of promo videos for a few Summerworks shows this year. Thanks to all who sent their videos!

If someone could send me a good link for visual art and also for film, I will gladly link it.

More pages are being created behind the scenes and I’ll let you know why when they go live. Have a great Sunday!


August 6, 2011

Tomorrow is a page unveiling!

In addition to the Sunday roundup the new PSAs/What’s On pages will be coming to life on the website – the first PSA is a showing of promo videos for Summerworks shows. The request has gone out for links via Facebook, Twitter, private message and now here. So if you have a Summerworks promo video link (or know someone who does!) send it to me – it will be part of the very first official inaugural PSA page – not post – PAGE. Come see your survey responses at work!

Chat tomorrow!

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