Archive for March, 2012

March 15, 2012

We Do Not Protest Enough, Methinks

Sad news about the Vancouver Playhouse. Sadder news that nobody seems to mind, or care. Or those that do are not in numbers strong enough (or influential enough) to make a difference. What if they gave a protest and nobody came?

Curtain falling on Vancouver’s Cultural Scene

With that in mind I am asking my Vancouver peeps and readers their opinion. If you’d like to be part of the next post, an “in conversation with” post about why this has happened, what might be going on, and what you think comes next you can either message me on Facebook, DM me on Twitter or email me.

March 14, 2012

Great Grandmothers and the Internet

Googled, pinned, pinged, facebooked, tweeted, favourite’d , liked, DM, LOL …all these phrases are phrases my great-grandmother would never have heard of or used in their current context.

Just a thought I had this morning. Which ones am I missing?

People have been asking why I haven’t mentioned Kony 2012. Fair enough reason – everyone else has been mentioning it. Two excellent posts from my colleague Rebecca Coleman here and here.

What do I think? I think a lot of folks jumped the gun, I think a lot of folks decided that watching a video qualified them to preach about the geo-political state of a country I’d bet sadly many of them couldn’t find on a map. And I think a lot of folks sent money to buy stickers and wristbands.

I think we need to remember that the internet is a very powerful tool, and with great power comes great responsibility. And because something is loud, or goes viral, or has celebrity endorsement (why would I care what Justin Beiber thinks about this? I don’t care what he thinks about other things) does not mean it is above question or reproach or is even correct.

I can’t judge anyone for watching, or believing. But the power of the internet lies not just in watching a viral video, but is using that same power to find out more about it. The knowledge of the world is literally at our fingertips. Take advantage of it.

March 13, 2012

A Double PSA Tuesday

A two-fold PSA today – one for Passe Muraille who’re having a rough week with the unfortunate cancellation of Mary Walsh‘s show. I hope she makes a full recovery soon. Never down, TPM has something in the works – see PSA #9 for info from the press release.

Part two is part of the same – a reading of Michael Healey’s Proud, part of the Dancing Without Mary fundraiser for Passe Muraille. Proud will be fully produced in the fall of 2012 – Info and fundraising links for the world premiere of Proud, are here – have a like on Facebook, and click here to donate to support the production of this important work – no donation too great or small!

Couple of media links as well – the Star and CBC.


March 11, 2012

Sunday Roundup – March 11


In Which I Feign Interest In Pinterest – a busy little post that got lots of activity

It’s International Women’s Day – and so it was. Lots of discussion on Facebook.

Only two blog posts last week, mostly because  I was busy working on blog posts for clients, and Facebook pages for the same. Take a like!

Proud – by Michael Healey


A reminder that the Toronto Fringe is conducting a search for a new Executive Director

I also found this article that I thought was fascinating – not sure how I will apply it, but it’s for my writer friends

How to Use Extended Metaphors for Maximum Effect (as I said – it’s a niche link)

Last week was a sad one for the Vancouver theatre community, and indeed the arts community in general. The Vancouver Playhouse closed. Read the press release and perhaps more importantly, read this article written by Max Reimer in 2011.

March 8, 2012

It’s International Women’s Day

Many wonderful quotes and thoughts and articles being shared on my Facebook wall – I present some of them to you.

“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”    Susan B. Anthony

Top 5 Reasons You Should Care About International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day: A day to recognize the power, beauty and strength that reside in the wonderful women of the world. Our Mothers, sisters, and daughters, and those of everyone, should be loved and respected the world over. With the power of women, comes the power of peace.

from the CBC: International Women’s Day: Note to your teenaged self

Happy International Women’s Day sisters!!!

from Dave Meslin: All the Council Ladies • Gender at City Hall

I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical reasoner.

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.

March 7, 2012

In Which I Feign Interest in Pinterest

I am not a fan of Pinterest. I will add “yet” as a disclaimer. Yes, I have an account – I got it last July, I think, and pinned exactly two things and then thought, “now what?” Because my thought was that I spend a great deal of time on my blog and Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn and email and in person and now I’m suppoosed to look for pictures and pin them somewhere else? No.

I know Pinterest has become an obsession for many. It’s a hot topic right now and everyone seems to be pinning like crazy, kind of like we all poked each other constantly when we got into Facebook, or forwarded jokes and Robitussin recall warnings when we first got email accounts. So I’ve been reading things on it.

Pinterest: A Beginner’s Guide to the Hot New Social Network – mashable

Pinterest: A vast city of beautiful mutes – Globe and Mail

What Pinterest needs to fix – and fast – Yahoo News

and finally – What Pinterest means for the arts.  Which was very interesting.

Tell me what you’re using it for, what you’re pinning, and more importantly, why it’s your platform of choice. I’d like to know, as am trying to wrap my head around it a bit better.

March 4, 2012

Sunday Roundup – March 4

Let’s get to it.

Meetings, Grants, Meetings and a New City – a lot of meetings last week for everyone.

Tomorrow is the 12 hour Arts Marathon – your update on what was going to happen during #12hAM.

February 29 – Arts Marathon – weather conditions, clothing conditions and equipment. For the rest of the day is was all on Twitter at #12hAM.

Job Posting: Executive Director, Toronto Fringe -self explanatory.

Art Is Too Expensive and There’s Nothing to Do Anyway. – the culmination of #12hAM – with pictures!

Blog Post from Mission Paradox – Is Admin an Art? Good article. Good question. And I agree with the final answer.

Today is an admin day, no doubt about that. And some of it consists of government forms and try as I might, there is no art in them.I cannot find it for the life of me. But as in life, some things have to be done.

But after than I’m doing a social media plan for one new client, and reading the play of another, then figuring out a marketing nad PR plan for that play,  and figuring out a VIP list of just who needs to see the art of another client. And I’m also going to start thinking of visual ideas for some online advertising for someone else.

Three pages of government forms ain’t nothin’ compared to doing the rest of it. Have a good day.

March 2, 2012

Art Is Too Expensive and There’s Nothing to Do Anyway

it also takes too long and is hard to get to.

Don’t count on it. I have proved that statement wrong.

Wednesday, February 29th was the 12 hour Arts Marathon #12hAM. I left the house at 10:50 am, and returned to it just under 12 hours later at 10:37 pm, having spent my day in search of all the genres of art in one day, in one section of our city.

My rules were easy – transportation by TTC, and no comps or deals that an average person couldn’t find.

Here we go.

LiteratureToronto Public Library, Parkdale Branch – a book came in that I had on hold. Am almost finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and I recommend.

Cost: FREE. We`re at $0.

Visual Art – Off to MOCCA, somewhere I pass every day and had never been in. Three exhibitions: Tasman Richardson, Necropolis; Spectral Landscape Peter Doig, Tim Gardner, Sarah Anne Johnson; Daisuke Takeya .GOD Loves Japan. Loved Necropolis as it’s interactive and you walk through the art and it makes you face a primal fear – the dark. Admission is by donation.  I looked to see what most people had put in the box.

Cost: $5. We’re at $5 total for a work of literature and three art exhibits.

Dance: Down to the St. Lawrence Centre for a Canadian Stage Matinee of Crystal Pite/Kidd Pivot’s Dark Matters. Get a ticket now. It was incredible. Full house, BTW.

Cost: $39. We’re up to $44. Note: I expected this ticket to be a bit more, it’s a full-fledged production. I did find a deal on Canadian Stage’s website or Facebook page, so my $39 ticket was about a 30% discount. I was also sixth row centre. If you think $39 is still too much, I also could have gotten a ticket from the TAPA ticket wiki – Arts Worker price of $22.

Film – over to the Bell Lightbox for a screening of Monsieur Lazhar. Great movie. See it.

Cost: $12. We’re at $56.

Theatre – Factory Studio for The Big Smoke. The actor – she has a helluva set of pipes.

Cost: $25. We’re at $81.

Music – long day means heading home – or rather your second home. To the Cameron House – live music seven days a week.

Cost: $5. We’re up to $86.

Factor in service charges: add $8.50.


For less than one hundred dollars, in less than 12 hours I experienced a sampler of every major genre of art. On a WEDNESDAY. Mid week, mid day.

If I had a bucket list, I’d put this on it so I could cross it off. I had an amazing day of art and experience and talking to people who were also there to experience art. Totally worth it. You should try it sometime.

Behold my usual selection of blackberry pix of my journey. You may notice some production stills filling things out – I will credit them asap.

Thanks to everyone who helped! An excellent end to February, the month of Amazing Twicks. This was the most amazing yet.

March 1, 2012

Job Posting: Executive Director, The Toronto Fringe

The Toronto Fringe Board of Directors announces their search for a new Executive Director. After five years of dedicated service, current Executive Director Gideon Arthurs will be moving to Tarragon Theatre as their General Manager. Under Gideon’s leadership, the Fringe Festival has quickly become one of the leading independent arts organizations in Toronto, and the Fringe is looking for the best and brightest to continue to nurture and develop the incredible strength of the Fringe movement.

Entering its 25th season next year, the Toronto Fringe is at a vital moment in its history as it completes a transformation from a single event producer to a year-round organization dedicated to facilitating access to creative opportunities for artists, youth and audiences. The successful candidate will be a leader in the arts community with vision, creativity, and a lot of energy. He or she will also need to have a complex understanding of the arts ecology and its various communities.

The Fringe’s flagship event, the Toronto Fringe Festival, presents 150 productions at 30 venues across Toronto over 12 days in July. The festival welcomes 90,000+ visitors and includes an expanded Fringe Club at Honest Ed’s, various workshops, contests and parties. The Toronto Fringe’s winter festival, the Next Stage Theatre Festival, presents up to 10 productions by artists ready to move beyond the summer festival model. Next Stage audiences have grown more than 135% over the past four years to over 7,200 patrons every January. In addition to the festivals, the home of the Toronto Fringe, called the Fringe Creation Lab, is a new facility that includes administration offices as well as two studios available to independent artists at highly subsidized rates. The organization is run by four full time staff, 115-120 contract staff and 600+ volunteers.

For more information about the position, inquiries can be made by telephone to 416-966-1062.
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5pm
Start Date: late May/early June, 2012

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