Posts tagged ‘BlogTO’

December 30, 2011

Top Ten Posts of 2011 and Ones I Really Liked

Something I really enjoy about the end of the calendar year are the lists. Actually, anyone who knows me knows I like a good list any time of year but the end of December marks lists in everything. It’s a sum-up of the year, what worked, what didn’t, what to do more or less of and a chance to reflect on these things.

I hit go on my website in April 2011, and so for the end of the year, I give you the most read and shared blog posts of the year.

Now then! What did you read??

10.  Data, Audiences, and my Thoughts on Margie – the most read part of this post was about Margie. I quote the last line of the post: Something interesting to note – my blog posts create automatic links to items that it has ‘heard of’. I’d like to point out  – it’s heard of Margie Gillis, Laureate of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. It’s never heard of Krista Erikson.
I repeat – Krista WHO?

9.   it’s the Dora Nominees Press Conference Today! – self-explanatory – here are the 2011 nominations.

8.  Today’s PSA: Facebook Pages and Helping Each Other Like Things – groups and pages and will it ever end? We start by liking each other.

7.   Sunday Roundup – June 5 EXTRA: TO Services Review Roundtable – I think of most importance in this post was my experience at the Toronto City Services Review Roundtable. I spent a lot of time at City Hall this year, come to think of it.

6.   The Ten Best Theatre Production Companies in Toronto – blog post on a blog post, courtesy BlogTO.

5.  The Magi Were Right – a fantastic exhibition at Pentimento Gallery – G Elliot Simpson’s Brotherhood – art and technology combined in a fantastic way.

4.  Once Upon a TIme… – a story about the Toronto Public Library, and why it matters to me. An edited version of this blog post won me a spot in the top 50 entries in the Why My Library Matters to Me contest, sponsored by the Toronto Public Library Workers Union. I get to have lunch with Michael Ondaantje at some point.

3.  OMG Why Did He Un-friend Me? – a great infographic and articles on the reasons people unfriend each other on Facebook.

2.  Sunday Roundup – July 17 – a not necessarily textbook lesson on Fringeconomics.

and the number one most read, tweeted, shared and discussed post of 2011…

1.  Fringe Plays I Apparently Should Not Have Bothered Seeing – a list of ways to avoid seeing a dud at the Toronto Fringe – a little research seemed to indicate these rules are made to be broken.

BONUS:  The Revolution will be Photographed Two friends and excellent photographers took to the street the first day of Occupy Toronto and came back with some wonderful shots of humanity.

BONUS:  Lest We Forget – A Slideshow of Loved Ones Many of you took to your memories and photo albums and shared stories and pictures with me.

Also for the end of the year list I have many companies to thank – Theatre 20, Expect Theatre, Ninja Funk Orchestra, Mighty Brave Productions, Arts Etobicoke, PACT, Creative Trust, Stratical Theatre, Magic and Mud, Little Revolutions, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Parkdale Village BIA, Art is Hard, Control Over Destiny, P. Marco Veltri. You’ve all been fantastic to work with and a big part of this year, and for this I thank you.

Thanks to everyone who reads, comments, likes, follows and shares. Am so glad you’re here. I’ll be back Tuesday, January 3rd with the answer to a frequently asked question: How much does a basic website cost?

Happy New Year. Eat well, drink well, be merry, have fun, laugh, be safe.

If you asked me for my New Year Resolution, it would be to find out who I am.
Cyril Cusack

August 12, 2011

PSA #2 writing, drawing, looking, listening

 

A few things have popped up on my radar the past few days and I thought they were worth mentioning on a sunny Friday.

 

 

 

Theatre Ontario is looking to create a one week residential theatre training program where participants will audition for acceptance and then live on a university campus for a week while being taught by Canada’s top theatre instructors. The program will be for high school students only who are serious about becoming professional theatre artists. Please feel free to pass this questionnaire on to any youth you might know.

The Toronto Star is  launching Speak Your Mind in early September  It`s a forum for commentary, debate and conversation around the key topics driving the fall provincial election. They`re looking for two Community Correspondents from each electoral district in Ontario to cover the political scene, the candidates and the issues that are important to their area.  You can apply here – it`s a simple application.

Nomadic Residency is seeking people to participate in the creation of a newspaper. There are a variety of ways to participate,like filling out their survey, or answering one of the questions in their poster campaign, or writing an article, or making an illustration. More information is here, and the article from BlogTO  that drew my attention to them to begin with is here.

It’s the last weekend for the 2011 Summerworks Festival – you should go see something. Click here for some promo videos I posted last week, or click  for the  top ten shows according to torontoist.

TedXToronto has announced the speakers lineup for the Sept 23rd conference. I know who my highlights are. Apply to attend!

And finally we have an Akimbo hitlist from Yuula Benivolski, a Montreal & Toronto-based artist.

I`ll be posting this entry permanently in the PSA/What`s On section of the site as well. Happy Friday!

 

July 28, 2011

today’s the big day!

Hundreds of Toronto taxpayers are set to show up at City Hall, part of a marathon meeting on budget cuts that is expected to stretch into the wee hours of the morning and run for at least an extra day.

Apparently there are nearly 300 people registered for their five minutes. Good. As I said before, speak well, get to your (important) point, know your facts, be polite and have your say. Excellent article to peruse pre-deputation courtesy Torontoist.

Another excellent article in the Star featuring Jeff Melanson and Jacoba Knappen for those deputing on arts and culture. Facts.

Good luck everyone. You’ll be awesome I’m sure.

Speaking of having your say – the survey! Only a few days left to voice your opinion – I’ve already got some great suggestions and new ideas to implement. Let me know what you think.

May 15, 2011

Sunday Roundup – May 15

So this has been the first week of blog posting. I`ve decided Sundays might be a roundup of the week`s posts, and other news that didn`t get a post but is still cool in my circles. If you have a tidbit you think is interesting, you can send it to me here.

Customer Service: Are we Falling Down? Great article from the Creative Trust blog about Customer Service in the arts. You can spend a ton of time on marketing and PR initiatives, but if your front line isn’t in tip-top shape, it all falls apart.

So THAT’s Why We Do It… fun article by Max Read over at Gawker on how looking at art mimics falling in love. To our brains, anyway.

The Ten Best Theatre Production Companies in Toronto – repost from an article on BlogTO. This got a lot of traffic of course. I’m still not sure I agree, simply because art is subjective, and hard to compare.

Will You Be Participating In Culture Days? well? will you?

Have You Checked Out Today’s Google Doodle?  – Happy birthday Martha! One of the best Google Doodles I’ve seen, and in honour of one of the doyennes of modern dance.

Fill It Out. Shape Your City. This is a big one, folks, and the one I recommended you work on today. Since I’ve posted there has been more information sent out, including a great initiative from OneToronto, and a couple of articles indicating “Ford Nation” is more invited  to participate than the rest of the folks. Fill it out, register for a roundtable. The arts are a HUGE industry in this city, and our opinion matters.

You’ll Never Guess Where I’m Posting From!  – Thoroughly Modern Sue posts to you live from a sushi joint thanks  to the miracles of modern technology.

Painting Yourself Into A Corner – why we hire professionals to do things.

Other News

Although Bixi officially launched May 3rd, last week was the week when I really started seeing the advertising, the racks and the posts from friends about getting their Bixi keys. It’s an exciting initiative and one I’m proud Toronto is participating in.

The elephants are heading elsewhere. The Toronto Zoo pachyderms are going somewhere more appropriate to retire and enjoy the rest of their time after 30+ years in showbiz. Think warm and with space for them to roam. Perhaps they’re heading to Florida with the rest of the snowbird seniors. Either way – good.

Speaking of migrating,if you were a member of the Harold Awards group, or the Artsvote group on Facebook, new pages have been created – visit The Harold Awards or ArtsvoteTO to keep yourself in the thick of things.

Interesting piece on how we waste food from the gang over at Folks Gotta Eat. Makes you think.

A friendly reminder that if you’re wondering how to come up with the cash to initiate a bigger picture strategic marketing and communications plan for your org,  the Ontario Arts Council deadline for their Compass program is June 1.  Happy to chat about how I could help you with both the grant and as the specialist you apply to work with.

And finally since it wouldn’t be Sunday without the comics, here you go. It’s from 3eanuts by Daniel Leonard – a site I absolutely love and you should check out.
Happy Sunday!

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