September 30, 2013
Missed yesterday’s round-up, so here you go.
Also realized that starting Monday, we have a show or event a week opening for the next month and Arts Day at the City and on the Hill coming up in November. Which is AWESOME on many levels, but consider this an apology for what might be less frequent blog postings. If you want to see what I’m working on, and the superduper shows and the people involved you can look here.
We’re halfway through our course at Ryerson on marketing for the arts and tomorrow is the last in a series of three workshops I’ve been doing with DTRC/AHA. It has been a great opportunity to work closely and consistently with some good artists doing good events. Thanks to DTRC and AHA for the opportunity.
I will write as often as I can. (that sounds very Civil War era, but you know what I mean)
Man, Is it Monday
Siminovitch Prize, the GAME and Urban Planning for Women
September 27, 2013
Many are under the impression that the Siminovitch Prize had to end in 2012. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumours of its death have been greatly exaggerated, new partnerships have been forged and it is ON for 2013 at the same prize levels. Click here to read more, and expect to hear more from me as I am doing the PR and promotions for it. Delighted.
NINE days. NINE days until the GAME takes over Theatre Passe Muraille, lots of interaction on the FB event page so we certainly expect to see you there! Website for more info on just who exactly is involved.
And finally for a Friday an interesting article about how Vienna focused its urban planning on the needs of women. “In 1999, city planners asked residents to fill out a survey about how they use public transportation, and found stark gender divides in how people spent their time—and therefore how they used the city.” Read more
Am off to the library to get this, then off to a meeting, then off to Buddies to shoot video of part of the set install for Dinner at Seven Thirty then to Tarragon to see The Best Brothers. Happy Friday!
September 26, 2013
Spent yesterday working on the road (well, the train) on my way to and from Ottawa to see a matinée of Michael Healey’s Proud. We opened it a year and four days ago at Berkeley Street and I wanted to see it, a sort of closing of the circle of all the work that went into it.
I was indeed Proud. Congratulations and thank you to GCTC, to Michael, to everyone involved. Here are some not great pictures. 🙂
My train reading BTW was The Art of Thinking Clearly, which is quite similar to You Are Not So Smart. Both are easy reads in that the chapters are short (really short) and straightforward, but they are pretty good in terms of making you think. Take a look.
Reminder The GAME is coming up on October 7th at Theatre Passe Muraille – hope to see you there!
September 23, 2013
I’ve been up since six working on schedules and who can be videoed when, what music will be used and the copy for this e-blast and the captions for those photos and a conference call at 830 and thinking about what I’m teaching tomorrow and the next day. And there’s still a stack of social media to strategize over and schedule. And think about. I do a lot of thinking.
I do love it. Somedays you feel like you’re in the midst of the running of the bulls whether you signed up or not. When I worked at Opera Atelier, after a day of too much Excel, I’d wander over to the rehearsal hall so I could watch a bit and remember exactly why I was doing this. Because I do love it, I love the organizing and the facilitating so art can happen. It is what I do. Wonderful.
Teaching again tomorrow night with DTRC – the Strategy! Looking forward to it.
Now that I work in various places, I watch the video below. It’s been making the rounds for quite a while. It inspires me every time, on so many levels along the brilliance of the artists involved onstage, off stage, in the audience.
Bookmark it and watch it.
September 19, 2013
Off to the AGO in a couple of hours for the Small Wooden Shoe unconference! Details later next week on how it was. I am super excited to see who’s there and what we’ll talk about.
In the meantime – from Seven Sentences – it’s extremely appropriate for our world, I think, and for me. This week I’ve just cleared a three-day migraine in time for the unconference which delights me. The migraine did not, as there were still clients to work with plus two nights of teaching and press releases to send out and proposals to write and ideas to dream up and execute despite the truly foul pain taking over my head. Anyway!
Why You Are Still Incredible Even When You Feel Like Poop
Incredible doesn’t always feel good.
Being incredible is often a dirty, filthy business; people don’t always understand your desire or need for excellence.
Mud will most likely be thrown at the brave soul who dares to step out of the trenches.
Boldness, bravery and courage seldom feel good at the time, we’re usually wracked with fear BUT we simply choose to do it anyway.
That’s what makes you incredible, not the “feelings” that you may or may not have, but the hard choices you make in-spite of your feelings.
Brave souls change things. Keep being incredible.
September 11, 2013
and so this space has been kind of empty. Sorry about that – I’ll show you what I’ve been working on sometime next week.
In the meantime there are two books I’ve reads in two days and I highly recommend you pick up one or the other or preferably both. Click on the images for details.