We need an arts hero!

arts hero

See my Op-ed contribution to OISE News. Would like to hear your thoughts!

“The precarious world of the arts never seems to be a front-burner issue for governments. Federally speaking, it seems like we have to go back to the 1960s when investments made during the Pierre Trudeau era were aimed at fostering a Canadian identity through the growth of the arts and cultural sector. Will the son continue his father’s legacy?”

Full article is available here!

Sunset to Sunrise, Nuit Blanche 2015

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche—a free all-night contemporary art event—was first unleashed in 2006. From sunset to sunrise, Torontonians venture out with excitement onto the city’s streets looking for art, entertainment, and visual encounters.

The 10th annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche took over city streets on Saturday, October 3rd in downtown Toronto. The city was once again transformed into a living art galleria. This year, fortunately, the rain let up early in the evening, but left behind gusty winds. After scouring the downtown core for hours, I was faced with longer lines and larger crowds than past years, missing several of the exhibitions that I would have liked to experience. Later, I went to Toronto’s Waterfront! There the winds were more intense—belligerent gust pushed me forward a bit, but I kept going towards my destination: the visual arts encounter. I was delighted to run into a range of contemporary art works, which I enjoyed the most; the slideshow below displays some of the treasure trove of visual encounters.

For me, one of the winners of the night was “Beaufort 3: Glaciology, 2013/2015”—a performance installation. Artists were rolling on the ground hugging each other, using the movements of glaciers through the city for 12 hours. This is what artists do for the love of art and their cause!

I would love to hear your thoughts about your experience at Nuit Blanche.

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The Film: “Chase: Tony Takes on the World”


Founded in 2002 by Bradford Stevens and Stacey Carpenter, Land of Misery Productions is throwing its hat into the rough and tumble world of crowdfunding with its first feature film, Chase: Tony Takes on the World. ‘Chase’–written and directed by Stacey Carpenter–is an offbeat and hilarious comedy about a struggling actor striving for the bright lights of New York City. It is based loosely on their lives as actors in the windy city, Chicago, Illinois.

Stevens explains how their life experiences inform their passion for art-making, “the concept of writing what you know has always been big with us. I actually did live in a transient hotel by Midway airport while attending Second City. We both have actually crashed auditions, and written to Saturday Night Live on the regular, trying to convince them to let two talented unknowns host the show.” There is no telling how many miles one will have to run while chasing artistic aspirations.

Carpenter and Stevens need your support to realize this  state-of-the-art and uproarious film. They are working very hard and are launching their Indiegogo campaign in late September/early October 2015.

Please stay tuned for more information by visiting their website. Carpenter and Stevens can also be reached via e-mail at Landofmiseryfilms@gmail.com

I can’t wait to watch it!

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