Archive for November, 2014

November 23, 2014

Busy Week Last Week and This

Carthorse Theatre opened Fishskin Trousers – see review from the Globe. Then go see it – it is a good piece of work. When we started working together, Matt and Megan told me they tell stories. Yes they do – and they do it oh, so well. Completely absorbing.

We’re getting ready for I Lost it in Kiev to open on the 25th, and the 25th is already sold out – not comped, sold out for money. Deb is a consummate storyteller – five days only for this one, so book now.

And Theatre Rusticle opens the 27th with Dinner at Seven-Thirty and I cannot wait to see what they do with it. What happens when a woman meets her husband’s mistress on Christmas Eve? We’ll find out

Had a fantastic webinar experience with Orchestras Canada on Wednesday – pleasure to work with them all

Friday was the Fringe Festival lottery for 2015, and I was live tweeting again. I’ve mentioned it’s like the running of the bulls with your fingertips, and I can’t wait to see the results of the results. Official winners list posted on the Fringe site Monday.

Reminder that Next Stage is up in January and I am delighted to be working with Caroline Azar and an amazing team on DINK for this one.

And I spent a lot of time doing course creation and prep for 2015 as I am teaching at three institutions – Ryerson Theatre Scchool, Humber College and the Chang School – all marketing/social media. They’re all nicely spread out so I have more than enough time for projects like yours – I’m looking at clients who want to start working together after February 1, so

Let’s chat!

On that note  – Charlebois Post has re-issued an article I wrote for them – thank you Gaetan and Estelle –  click the image below!



November 20, 2014

Adventures on Dovercourt

CaptureAdam and I were scheduled to do a social media chat with the cast of Kaeja d’Dance last night, we were told if we went early we could watch some rehearsal in progress.

I am so glad we did. Two pieces being created, one by Allen and one by Karen, and both incredibly beautiful each in their own way. Allen’s .0 (point zero) and Karen’s yet untitled are going to be truly stunning when fully realized. I got tons of pics and some video and once approved I will show you. And you can check out the Harbourfront website for more details.

The chat went well, lots of good questions, lots of good knowledge and a real sense of sharing in the room. I think our social media campaigns for the Kaeja season are going to be full of great stuff and I am looking forward to what we can unfold.

On the subject of Kaejas and Dovercourt, Wind Down Dance is Friday night and you should probably check it out.

Excellent end of our day and  start to our evening. Rush hour + blowy first snowfall = no cabs, so we ventured toward Bloor. I’m still on a cane so the weather and that issue had us slowly making our way down the street – about halfway to Bloor I stopped and said, “First bar we see we’re going in. We need a sign.” and I looked up and there was a sign that said “bar”.

Oh we picked right.

CNL & Yauca’s Lounge.   Go visit. If it’s Wednesday and wing special night, get them. They were the best wings I’ve ever had. They also have a rental space downstairs for meetings, conferences rehearsals and the like.

I am off to get organized for a webinar I am doing today with Orchestras Canada, and work on lesson plans  for 2015. And tonight is opening night for CartHorse Theatre’s Fishskin Trousers.

November 12, 2014

so close to being proud…

that no companies had done something incredibly stupid by using Remembrance Day to market their products. Like this.  Made it all day, then happened on a CBC article.

So close.

Pulling the chart back out. Which I shouldn’t have to.



November 11, 2014

the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

top poppy

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium


November 5, 2014

Huntsville and Shop Local and Dance

I’m off to Hunstville today to be part of a great workshop with a dozen visual artists there – Hunstville is home to a wonderful enclave of creators. I’ve never been so am looking forward to chatting about cultural tourism, social media and how both the artists and the town can engage with each other and folks looking for something great to do that they may not have thought of doing in Hunstville. They’ve got a great cultural tourism strategy on the go:

According to information from the chamber, there are four pillars to cultural tourism – historic sites; plays and concerts; museums and art galleries; and festivals and fairs.   According to the chamber, Huntsville is already a popular cultural tourism destination with attractions such as the Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville Festival of the Arts, Muskoka Museum, Muskoka Pioneer Village, Portage Flyer Train, Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery, Film North Festival, Classic and Custom Car Show, the Canada Summit Centre – including public art exhibits, many commercial art and craft centers, boutique shopping, high-quality culinary experiences, and the gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park.”  full article

I think it will be a good day.

The suggestion to “shop local” is usually at the back of people’s minds but the holidays bring it to the forefront. Here are a couple places to think of when you are making that Christmas list

Artscape Partridge and Pear – still accepting artisan submissions for their event

Toronto Christmas Market

The Stop Farmers’ Market (year round!)

Finally you must watch this. One of the best dance trailers I’ve seen, celebrating Kaeja d’Dance and their 25th anniversary season.

25 YEARS – TEASER V5 from Kaeja d’Dance on Vimeo.

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