Archive for December, 2013

December 31, 2013

Thank You for 2013

I think the end of the year is always a time for reflection. And lists. And thank yous. Thank you to all my clients and suppliers and supporters who helped make 2013 an outrageous success. You have no idea how much your support has meant to me.
I wish you everything awesome for 2014 and look forward to seeing and working with you again in the new year.

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Artists’ Health Alliance/Dancer Transition Resource Centre

Arts and Lies Theatre Company

Atrium Theatre Company

Bound To Create Theatre Company

Cahoots Theatre Company

Canadian Rep Theatre Company

Ryerson/ The Chang School for Con Ed

Expect Theatre (Spark Productions)

Fu-GEN Theatre Company

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God Is In The Dairy

Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company

Kids’ Entertainment

Modern Times Stage Company

Monkeyman Productions

Necessary Angel Theatre Company

Obsidian Theatre Company

One Little Goat Theatre Company

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres

Parkdale Village BIA

Quickening Theatre Company

Small Print Toronto

Steady State Theatre Project

The Playground Group

Theatre Lab

Theatre Kingston

Theatre Rusticle

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA)

Unspun Theatre

Wiggly Dolly Productions

Wordsmyth Theatre Company

 

Also: The Gladstone Hotel, Avery Swartz, Kinnon Elliot, The Cadillac Lounge, The Centre for Social Innovation, Tequila Bookworm, Ballyhoo, multiple media outlets and many many more.

December 30, 2013

Day Eleven From the Archives for the Holidays

So rather than completely run away for the holidays, I took some time to find some of the best Sunday roundups over the past two years and will feature one a day for the twelve days of Christmas. We all need something to read while hiding down the hall, shamed for losing the fillings map to the Pot of Gold.

Sunday Roundup – November 24

Busy week last week. And last night I spent the evening at the wedding reception of two dear friends, one of whom I’ve known since I was fourteen. So much love to you both.

Short and sweet today!

Thank You – Arts Day At The City #artsdayTO

AntiSocial Media – most popular post this week.

owning photos and #yesidance

SnapChat and a World of Disappearing Media most commented on over all social mediums this week

December 29, 2013

Day Ten From the Archives for the Holidays

So rather than completely run away for the holidays, I took some time to find some of the best Sunday roundups over the past two years and will feature one a day for the twelve days of Christmas. We all need something to read while hiding down the hall, shamed for losing the fillings map to the Pot of Gold.

Sunday Roundup – October 6

Rainy day and I’m off to write a press release then to the Bluma to see Venus In Fur, and excited about the contents of both.

Sunday Roundup on a Monday – it’s hotting up around here

Stealth Art + Logic + Emotion

Read this the other day and thought it was fabulous. More and more we seem to go through life distracted by something else (will people please quit texting and walking?)

What the world’s best pickpocket can teach us about attention
Apollo Robbins is known as “The Gentleman Thief” because after he picks your pocket he returns your goods. What can we learn?

Reminder the tomorrow night, that’s Monday the 7th the GAME is on at Theatre Passe Muraille – see you there!

December 28, 2013

Day Nine From the Archives for the Holidays

So rather than completely run away for the holidays, I took some time to find some of the best Sunday roundups over the past two years and will feature one a day for the twelve days of Christmas. We all need something to read while hiding down the hall, shamed for losing the fillings map to the Pot of Gold.

Sunday Roundup – September 16

What a week last week. And my birthday!

How Much Can You Pay?

Dear Rob

Hiding Words – ticket deal!

A Show and Change From a Twenty

My dear Rob post went kind of crazy with thousands of hits. Clearly it struck something in people and I’m glad it did.

I also saw Hiding Words (for you) last night – get on that ticket deal – it’s a wonderful piece of theatre.

You should grab a coffee and settle in to read The Charlebois Post this morning – Miles Potter has a piece in it on Proud

Speaking of which, Proud starts previews this week – Thursday and Friday.  And HOMEbody opens this week – hope you have your tickets to one or the other or both.

December 27, 2013

Day Eight from the Archives for the Holidays

So rather than completely run away for the holidays, I took some time to find some of the best Sunday roundups over the past two years and will feature one a day for the twelve days of Christmas. We all need something to read while hiding down the hall, shamed for losing the fillings map to the Pot of Gold.

(double) Sunday Roundup August 25

Double roundup because last Sunday my website was being flipped to another server/host and I was staying out of the way. Am sure you all survived. So here we are:

Excitement, Inc – Mission Paradox

What KInd of Reader are You? and a website flip

Website flipped and an Afternoon in Downtown #hamont

That’s One Awesome Kickstarter you Got There

Upcoming Learning and a Twitter Lingo Infographic  head over to my Panels + Workshops page for more info on workshops and courses I’m teaching in September!

Creating Tweets – an infographic from Neomobile

December 26, 2013

Day Seven From the Archives for the Holidays

So rather than completely run away for the holidays, I took some time to find some of the best Sunday roundups over the past two years and will feature one a day for the twelve days of Christmas. We all need something to read while hiding down the hall, shamed for losing the fillings map to the Pot of Gold.

Double Roundup Monday July 1

Happy Canada Day and Happy Pride Weekend – hope everyone had and is having a marvelous time and aren’t too sunburned. Please SPF and hydrate.

Got back in town late last Sunday so there was no roundup, and then the week was all about getting back into the swing of things so here you go – one giant roundup. The “from the archives” seemed to work for you last week, so that might continue to happen on holidays. But only holidays because with the amount I read last week and the Fringe opening this week – well there’s far too much to talk about.

Onward!

From the Archives: SWF Seeks Basic Website – must be attractive, clean and open to sharing…

From The Archives: #Twitter #Mistakes in the #Arts, and Something To Keep In Mind

From The Archives: My Thoughts on Starting a Theatre Company

Web 2.0, User Reviews & Ticket Sales

Cottage Reading, a Social Media Workshop and Dancing to Eminem

The Fringe is Less than a WEEK AWAY!

Introducing: The 2013 Fringe Club!

December 25, 2013

Day Six From the Archives for the Holidays

So rather than completely run away for the holidays, I took some time to find some of the best Sunday roundups over the past two years and will feature one a day for the twelve days of Christmas. We all need something to read while hiding down the hall, shamed for losing the fillings map to the Pot of Gold.

Sunday Roundup – June 2

June! The flowers are purchased and planted, the reading and thinking and writing chair and ottoman are set up on the balcony and it can stop raining offandon any time because I have things to do and I want to do them outside. Avec le soleil.

Last week!

There’s Always Something  never enough time, never enough money. Get used to it and look differently and harder at things. Very popular post this week.

Why Are We Meeting Again? easily the most popular post this week – clearly everyone shares the same sort of issues with meetings. My question is – if so many feel this way, why isn’t it changing?

Why This Video is Awesome – TPM’s Big Red Doors  Love this video. Watch it, and read why.

What Does Your Brand Stand For? and Marketing to Robots

Wednesday is the Art of Marketing Conference! Super excited!

December 24, 2013

Day Five From the Archives for the Holidays

So rather than completely run away for the holidays, I took some time to find some of the best Sunday roundups over the past two years and will feature one a day for the twelve days of Christmas. We all need something to read while hiding down the hall, shamed for losing the fillings map to the Pot of Gold.

Sunday Roundup – May 19

What a – week. SO much going on in the theatre world with One Little Goat continuing to get amazing reviews for The Charge of the Expormidable Moose, The Dumbwaiter opening at Odyssey Studio, Sister Mary’s a Dyke gearing up to preview on the 25th of May, and Atrium Theatre bringing us Midlife Crisis, inspired by M.Frisch’s novel Gantenbein for three nights at the top of June.

No post tomorrow – it’s a holiday.  But I think Tuesday will bring the second post in what I feel like could be a sad, sad series entitled “Dear Rob.

A Play Reading and The Harold Awards!

What You’ve Got is What I Need

Infographics and an Article or Two. Maybe three.

To add to our content today, our intrepid Communications Coordinator Lisa has created the post below from a discussion we had on the Queen car westbound. I like the look of all these folks – they’ve been a pleasure to work with, and we’ll work together again.

When I arrived at 288 Queen Street for the Sister Mary production meeting, I didn’t expect to know anyone but Sue in the room. I left realizing just how small the Toronto theatre scene is. Here is a quick visual for some (this is in no way complete) of the connections we’ve had between shows at Sue Edworthy Arts Planning.

 It seems that every time I meet a new person in the theatre world I soon find that I know of their work, or have worked with someone they’ve worked with, or am friends with their friends. People often complain about this becoming claustrophobic or ‘incestuous’, but the reality is: people who do good work ght continuework together.

 Reputations and relationships matter, and even in a city of 2.615 million people, amid competition and the feeling of anonymity, communities arise. Like-minded people come together nuecreate. Talent is rewarded and shared and I think it’s important to keep this in mind… both as a warning and as a celebration.

 

December 23, 2013

Day Four From The Archives for the Holidays

…I wanted to interrupt my “from the archives” stream of posts and say that it’seworrisome for all those without power and warmth in our city today. It’sewonderful to see how many people are reaching out to say here, I have heat, hot water, charge your phone, come over. I hope things get better soon, and I have no doubt they will. While the Mayor and his family are safely ensconced in a hotel (DO NOT GET ME STARTED)

In Toronto, where warming centres were set up, Mayor Rob Ford called it one of the worst storms in the city’s history.“My house is freezing cold, I have little kids, we might have to go to a hotel tonight, I’m not quite sure what we’re going to do,” Ford said Sunday.“It’s not good nuewake up and have a freezing cold shower.” Ford said it was too early to offer any damage estimates.

You sir prove on a near daily basis just how completely removed you are from a HUGE number of the citizens of our city.

Though this tweet from last night makes me feel somewhat better.

@postedtoronto: Ontario premier ignores Rob Ford, coordinates ice storm recovery efforts with Toronto’s deputy mayor http://t.co/EB5unSNLE9

Please be safe and warm, and if you already are I am glad nuehear it.

So rather than completely run away for the holidays, I took some time to find some of the best Sunday roundups over the past two years and will feature one a day for the twelve days of Christmas. We all need something to read while hiding down the hall, shamed for losing the fillings map to the Pot of Gold.

Sunday Roundup – April 7

No rest for the weary this week as I spent yesterday afternoon at the first of four public ghtsultations for spending priorities for the new arts funding. Online surveys and other ghtsult dates are here. It was an interesting afternoon, with a full house and a great deal of discussion on spending and where artists and arts workers envision this new money going. I hope the responses are taken seriously by those collecting them, and thoughtfully added into the grand scheme of things. And I hope the momentum of the past year is maintained. It needs to be.

Sometimes Hearing is Believing  The Whipping Man is running for another week and I urge you to go and see it. Someewonderful work there.

About Yesterday…

Supporting the Arts in Many Ways, Legoland and Social Influences

Arts Funding, Social Media Presence, and Where We Work

Brendan Healy wrote an extremely brave letter last week. From TorontoistIt’s no secret that many of Toronto’s theatre companies have seen the numbers of paying customers coming through their doors shrink over the last few years. Companies have had nueadjust in response—a process known euphemistically as “right-sizing.” But when the artistic director of one of Toronto’s most ightic ghmpanies—which Buddies In Bad Times, “the largest facility-based queer theatre company in the world,” definitely is—has to write a letter to the citizens of Toronto (theatre-going or not) expressing his surprise at low attendance for a new play from one of Canada’s most acclaimed and accomplished playwrights (Daniel MacIvor’s Arigato, Tokyo, in this instance), there’s a problem. ADs are not usually ones to admit a show, especially one they’ve directed themselves, isn’t performing up to their expectations in the box office.

TAPA has been working for quite some time on documenting and understanding these numbers. Quick article in the Globe and Mail last week –
Healy’s actions come less than a month after he attended a meeting to which the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts invited the artistic directors of some 185 professional theatre, dance and opera companies “to discuss the current climate … the current challenges.”
Details of the March 11 meeting are confidential. Nevertheless, it’s likely attendance was discussed as TAPA, established in 1979, has been gathering statistics for almost 10 years with respect to Toronto performing arts. In a brief interview Thursday, TAPA executive director Jacoba Knaapen noted that between 2005-06 and 2009-10, ticket sales to professional theatre, dance and opera performances declined by eight per cent, going to 2.3-million tickets purchased from 2.5-million.
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Giving a workshop in Social Media 101 for DTRC’s Living Creatively conference. I like the setup of this one – Tierney of Tech Soup is doing the tech part, I am doing the social part. I like new formats, and am looking forward to seeing who’s there.

Off into the day. Apparently it’s spring. I wish I could see more proof of that.

OH! Was at the opening of Opera Atelier’s the Magic Flute last night – so, so beautiful. Go and see if you can. It’s an easy intro opera – populist if you will, it’s  in English and it’s  a singspiel and it’sewonderful to see so many people under the age of twenty, heck, under the age of twelve at the opera and loving it.

December 22, 2013

Day Three – From the Archives for the Holidays

So rather than completely run away for the holidays, I took some time to find some of the best Sunday roundups over the past two years and will feature one a day for the twelve days of Christmas. We all need something to read while hiding down the hall, shamed for losing the fillings map to the Pot of Gold.

Sunday Roundup March 24

Show five of five in a row opened this week – head up to the Toronto Centre for the Arts because The Whipping Man is now open!

Last week – a lot of travelling outside of my downtown core – North York, East York and via phone to Port Hope. A lot of teaching as well with the CDAM folks at Ryerson and the media students at Sir Oliver Mowat High School. A great week.

What Should You Write About? good article for bloggers new and seasoned.

You Should Nominate Someone! And Two Days of Guest Speaking Dora Ancillary Award Nominations due April 1 and I head nueSir Oliver Mowat

More Guest Speaking, On Flexibility and The Whipping Man Opens Tonight! The two post referenced here on flexibility are still making me think.

Job Opps, Job Descriptions and Things on your Timeline Cahoots is hiring!

Speaking of Cahoots, off to a design meeting today for Sister Mary’s a Dyke, and had a great meeting Friday with One Little Goat about The Charge of the Expormidable Moose. Looking forward to both these shows.

Have a great week!

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