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, “it was fun, I was doing amazing twicks.”
I hereby declare February to be the month of Amazing Twicks. Go out and do some.