Posts tagged ‘Edward Bond’

July 22, 2012

Sunday Roundup – July 22

And here we are again on Sunday. Last week:

Some Final Fringe Numbers and Thoughts – Fringe kicked butt again this year.

Viva Voce -A little Latin for Word Of Mouth.

He Said, She Said, We All Said – where Facebook got interesting last week, and four open letters.

Can’t See What He-She-They Said for The Words – and we took the open letters and made pictures out of them.

Other than that…

This week I’m giving a marketing workshop attended a very smart group of women in the arts. Extremely excited about working with them all.

And I’ve signed on to give a marketing workshop in the fall for Work In Culture.

The Edward Bond Festival has wrapped, Dirty Butterfly has closed, and I’m absolutely thrilled that both were such great successes.

I’m  working on marketing and PR for HOMEbody with Shannon Litzenberger, and producing Proud with Michael Healey, meeting with previous clients for new contracts, and new clients to see how we can work together.

And I’d say life is busy and awesome and good.  Happy Sunday!

 

June 24, 2012

Sunday Roundup – June 24

Continuing to get over bronchitis, but still a lot going on this week.

A Picture is Worth a K.I.S.S. – what Pinterest is doing right

I See Company X Has Updated the Event – Again – my, this was a popular post…. 😉

A Like Share Comment Infographic – I`m trying to post regular tidbits of info on improving your website/brand/online presence/what have you that does not involve a complete redesign of everything, rather just tweaks you can do on a Friday afternoon. Or, if you are intent on a complete redesign,here are opportunities to research.

On Family vs Public  

Testing Your Website in More Ways Than One

Moving forward into the week – it’s the Dora Awards tomorrow night, and the Fringe Fundraiser the night after that and then we’re heading into the long weekend and Summer I’d say is here.

A reminder that Sue Edworthy Arts Planning will be closed for the Canada Day Weekend.

Happy Sunday!


June 21, 2012

On Family vs Public

It has been a strange 48 hours.  On Wednesday night the Wrecking Ball played to a sold out house as the final of eleven encounters at the Edward Bond Festival.#wb13 focused on Bond and his work.

“For the past decade Edward Bond has focused heavily on what he calls The Third Crisis: the intensive injustice of authority in our present capitalist society. He had been investigating how language, ideas and humanity are being co-opted for rational capitalist means. Bond writes of people being “asleep” to injustices committed around them by being lulled into complacency through both apathy and the media.”
wrecking ball website

And at around the same time, Artistic Director Ken Gass was being shown the door at Factory Theatre – a door that is quite frankly there because of him.

If this were a movie, there would absolutely have been cut shots alternating between the Wrecking Ball and I assume, the Factory Theatre. This is not a movie.

Ken has spoken to the media with his side. Factory has issued a press release with theirs. It does not contain a satisfactory answer to the barbaric YAWP of WTF? that is resounding through the theatre community tonight.

I had a chat with someone about “the public’s right to know” today, an idea which  of course has increased thousandfolds in the last decade. And it’s increased at lightning speed with the advent of social media.  (Quick link –Using Social Media In A Crisis). And that’s why a press releases sometimes says nothing. I know – I’ve been the person to have to write that type of release. Not enviable work, and you do the best you can under the circumstances.  Unfortunately, saying nothing doesn’t help a situation like this for those who want to know why something so seemingly impossible has happened.

Maybe the “public” doesn’t need to know. Fair enough. But here’s my issue with that. Whether we are referred to as an “industry” a “community” a whatever – we are essentially a family. And I don’t mean cheesy Partridge style family where all is ever sunny. We see each others work and work with each other in hours and conditions most would find insane. We fight, and argue, and laugh, and drink too much and go to team softball games. We share remnant ad space and discounts, and talk to each other and learn. We know each other, we know who we should know, and let me introduce you to someone you should know.

That’s not the “public”. That’s family. And I do think a family maybe has a little more “right to know” that some random public guy who does not know Ken’s contribution to Toronto theatre, to its artists, its playwrights.  I don’t think it’s too much to ask.

My two cents. I am sure details will continue to come out – I can’t imagine they will make this look any better, or they would have come out immediately. But I do wonder what is going on in Toronto theatre these days.

June 17, 2012

Sunday Roundup – June 17

It’s Sunday again.

A reminder that today is the Symposium featuring Edward Bond live and in person at Berkeley Street Theatre.

Another reminder that it’s Father’s Day – Happy Father’s Day to the Dads I know.

Last week – The Future of The Non-Profit Arts – check out the Mission Paradox blog and its Manifesto – or beginnings of one.

Update – lots going on last week with clients and I was thinking about my blog and what I do with it – I’ve spent some time pulling stats, looking at stats, shaking my head at stats and this week will let you know what posts all 2000+ of you seem to be most interested in, where you’re finding those posts, how you`re finding them and what you’re sharing.

Meantime I found this piece on BlogTO – I’m kind of pleased that there is enough theatre in Toronto in the summer to warrant an outdoor theatre preview. Take a look. It’s a great image too.

Later this week –  update on my stats analysis (but not too long because really – stats?), how Pinterest has it all figured out and how to actually make a decision.

 

June 10, 2012

Sunday Roundup – June 10

Still June, and it’s been a busy in and out-of-town week for my clients and for me.

I was at the OCAF Provincial Roundtable in Kingston this week – very cool being in a room of artists and arts organizations and listen to them talk about the issues, challenges and trends they are facing that are the same or different from the ones we face in a more urban setting.

And a reminder that the Edward Bond Festival starts this week – some really great readings, workshops, performances and discussions. Still a couple of spaces left for artists in the Ian Watson workshop – click here to get all registered up! And I’m really looking forward to the Symposium next weekend – you’ll want to get yourself a seat because Edward Bond himself is there, in conversation with Chris Cooper, Artistic Director of Big Brum Theatre.

I was also at a rehearsal for Bound to Create‘s Dirty Butterfly – working with them on this truly intense piece for the Fringe this year. Wander over to their Facebook page and take a look – we’ve just hit publish so stay tuned for more info!

Speaking of Fringe – it’s that time of year again – the Fringe Fundraiser! Join Fringe supporter David Mirvish for some Good Ol’ Honest Fun in support of the Toronto Fringe! Where? the Honest Ed’s Mens Wear Department, of course! When you get to the  Fringe website, click “Buy tickets and Donate” to purchase a ticket to our Rootin’ Tootin’ Fundraiser!

Here’s what else was going on:

Fringe Marketing – Meet Your Future – super excited to work with this fantastic group of up and coming entrepreneurs.

The Doras,  Show Trailers,  Facebook Pages and More

(do not) Click All The Likes

I’ve been mulling a bit lately on the purpose of this blog. It originally started as a simple traffic driver for a new website, a way to bump the site up in the Google listings and keep the content fresh. It’s just over a year later, traffic is good, tweets and retweets and reposts happen.  Even more importantly to me, people talk to me about it in person.

Many people say they like it, many people don’t even know it exists.  Some say it’s a  professional  blog, some say it’s only personal.

(Of course not to forget there are tons of blogs out there that people like or don’t like, know exist or have never heard of, heck there are people out there who I’ve never heard of or who have never heard of me. Always the danger of solipsism in a blog, I suppose. Life is always bigger than you think).

I like writing it, it’s become a way to see for myself what’s going on, what’s important in our arts and culture community, do a bit of client promo, and cheer on causes like the library and ArtsVote.

I think I will do some tweaking this month – not a website redesign or anything, but look over my stats, and see where it stands as a useful tool. I might be asking some of the folks I know about their blogs, where they stand in the blog world, and the wheres and the whys of it all. Stay tuned. (Not breathlessly, it’s going to take a little while. Please go about your business.)

Love this.

Enjoy your Sunday!

June 3, 2012

Sunday Roundup – June 3

It’s June. JUNE!

I’ll Take Director Fury’s Advice – when technology fails you, do not fail yourself.

Scriptease and Edward Bond and Artists – in which National Theatre of the World continues to be amazing, and an opportunity for my performer-director friends

Rainy Day Post – just that.

Pleased to let you know I’ll be working with Shannon Litzenberger on her new dance piece HOMEbody as well as with  Bound To Create on their Fringe production  of Dirty Butterfly.

The Edward Bond Festival is coming up soon! June 12 -20 all over Toronto – check their website for information!

Proud is still going strong, we’ve got an amazing team assembled so far and we’ll be announcing casting in the next couple of weeks.

And speaking of Fringe you MUST go check out their new website! Clean, organized and oh-so searchable, it is a Virgo dream come true. I’m going to choose my shows this afternoon – it’s coming up!

Couple more additions to the Summer Reading post as well.

Happy Sunday!

June 1, 2012

Rainy Day Post

It’s finally raining! My garden will be pleased.

The other night I was trying to figure out how to make an excel column “sticky” so it wouldn’t move when I scrolled down the page. I asked my Facebook friends – it’s called “freeze panes” and it’s under View in Microsoft Excel 2010.
I’m not really a fan of the new Microsoft layout. I can’t seem to – FIND – things.

While I was looking for freeze panes info (and how to convert table to text) I also found this article which I thought was funny and true – for everyone admin-ing in the rain today – 10 Things I can never find in Word 2007.

In social media news, an article from a colleague – Facebook Finally Lets Page Admins Schedule Posts, Have Different Roles. I tried it – it works. There’s a little set up involved (but when isn’t there in life?) but it does work.

This is NOT to say you’re going to schedule all your posts and then just LEAVE. You’re not going to do that because what if a post gets a response that requires a response? What if the post  – doesn’t? What if the post screws up? Remember Director Fury’s Advice – be the person behind the tech, not just the tech.

Finally – I’ve mentioned I’m working with Sheep No Wool Theatre Company – they’re putting on the Edward Bond Festival in less than two weeks. Great interview here from The Way I See It theatre blog – have a read!

Happy Friday – oh – if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, catch Stockholm at the Tarragon Extra Space before it closes. Some really nice stuff on that stage.

May 30, 2012

Scriptease and a PSA re Edward Bond and Artists

The past two days have been all about funding apps and funding sources and cash flow and it’s been a very – numbery – 48 hours.

For a break I went to see National Theatre of The World’s Scriptease! NTOTW are three of the best comedian/improvisers I know – Naomi , Ron and Matt. The premise behind Scriptease is that they’ve gotten several well known playwrights to pen the first two pages of a script – they cold read those pages and improvise the rest of the show. Last night Michael Healey was on deck as playwright, and we were treated to a play called “Report”, featuring Lena a bureaucrat, Steve the CIA agent and Oleg, the Minister of the Interior of Khazakstan. A great time – they’re running all week with more plays and wrights so you should definitely check it out.

It’s in the Backspace at Passe Muraille, so seating is limited. If you call to find out if there are tickets still available, just buy them when you’re on the phone, instead of being like crabby guy last night who apparently called in the afternoon and had a fit when he got there last night and it was sold out. That’s how it works in theatre, folks.  In fact, I think that’s how it works in capitalism.

The Edward Bond Festival has a great event for artists to take part in  – two great events, actually – a hands-on text workshop with acclaimed Stratford text coach and teacher Ian Watson, and a once in a lifetime chance to sit in on two rehearsal sessions with Edward Bond, director David Jansen and a team of actors as they wrestle with Bond’s play Have I None. Click here for details and registering. Like the show above space is limited, so best get on that. Don`t be crabby guy.

Over and out for today!

 

 

May 23, 2012

Brother can you spare a five?

Less than a year ago I didn’t know anyone who was raising money in small increments – the eyes were on the big prize, the large gifts, suitable for naming and framing. Over the past few months phrases like “kickstarter” “indie go go” and “go fund me” have been popping up with more and more frequency in my messages, inbox, and on my Facebook feed.

Here are some of the ones I know about. Click on the thumbnails for more info on each.

The Fringe Creation Lab  Bricks and Mortar for a Movement – One of the greatest challenges of being an artist in the city is finding a financially and physically accessible space within which to rehearse and create.  That’s why the Fringe opened the Creation Lab with subsidizes rates for as little as $5/hour. Keeping the Creation Lab space rates so low is REALLY important to the independent arts scene in our city.  By supporting the Creation Lab, you are supporting creativity, innovation, and the grass roots organizations that make our city so vibrant.

Proud by Michael Healey Donations made on this page will go towards funding the world premiere of Michael Healey’s Proud in Toronto, Fall 2012. The third in a trilogy of award-winning plays about Canadian values, Proud is about what we actually want out of our politics, and our politicians. One man devotes his entire life to moving the country several millimetres to the right on the political spectrum. Will he succeed? At what cost? A Pygmalion for a country that, until Stephen Harper came along, had no need for one.

 

The Edward Bond Festival Campaign A one-time festival celebrating the work of the internationally renowned master playwright Edward Bond. Your contribution will ensure that all eleven encounters we are programming can be carried out as planned: six workshop readings of Bond’s works, a workshop presentation of Bond’s play Have I None with the collaboration of Bond himself before a live audience, a Symposium featuring Edward Bond and UK director Chris Cooper, and an acclaimed Ryerson Theatre School remount production of Bond’s epic play The Bundle, with a festival finale political theatre cabaret The Wrecking Ball.

 

Artist with Brain Injury needs refurbished computer – I suffered a trauma-related brain injury (c-PTSD) and have been living with the support of the Ontario Disability Support Program. I am at the end of my trauma therapy at Women’s College Hospital, where i am enrolled in a visual art programme.  My work is shown at the SPEAKArt Gallery, Artscape Triangle Gallery, and I will be making art live at Roncy Rocks Festival, The Annex Patio Art show and at my official Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Installation in September. I want to use these opportunities to start a conversation about brain injury. Please help me get a refurbished Macbook Pro so I can continue to create art.

 

As today’s complete aside I was at Panamerican Routes last night to see the opening of Blue Box. A fantastic show of ups and down, laughter and knowing glances, and a throughline to make you think. And salsa! Go catch it if you can, or see something else – it’s a great festival and full of a ridiculous amount of talent. And Aislinn Rose captured one of my favourite things – when Toronto theatre spills into the streets.

 

 

 

 

April 20, 2012

What My Clients Are Working On

Fewer blog posts from me indicate that my clients are keeping me busy doing stuff with and for them. Who are they and what are they doing?

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund – is putting the final touches on a new microsite for 2012, and organizing roundtable discussions all over the province to introduce the OCAF program to folks who have not yet applied to it.

Creative Trust continues to work on PAON roundtables and e-blasting info out to you about our sector.

Some Assembly Required” is a film and photo exhibition by Lisa Wegner, opening at Artscape Triangle Gallery on April 26th.

VIsual artist Drew T. Nelson continues in his creation of amazing paper cut projects – “We Rode The Streetcar Together, Once” is a memoryscape devoted to that Toronto icon, the streetcar.

Filmmaker P. Marco Veltri is nearly done casting his latest short film and is readying to shoot.

Michael Healey’s Proud has a venue, (Berkeley St.) and a director, (Miles Potter) and fundraisers happening across Canada, and is over halfway to its fundraising goal.

Sheep No Wool Theatre Company is preparing for the Edward Bond Festival – a one time only two-week event happening in June and devoted to an investigation of his work and ideas with events all over the city. Website and Facebook page coming your way.

Pax Christi Chorale has a new Facebook page and is gearing up for their concert “The Kingdom” at Koerner Hall in May.

These are thing things I am marketing and PR-ing and building pages and sites and analyzing ticket sales and audiences and media lists and opening night invites for.

Three other companies and I are awaiting results of Compass grant applications.

And Gallery 1313 and I are doing a workshop on Social Media for Visual Artists. Details on that next post.

I feel quite privileged some days.

I’m also at things like APASO participating in fantastic sessions, and presentations like Counting New Beans and I’m off to the Small Business Arts Forum next week.

So there you go. They’re an extraordinary group of people doing extraordinary work. And it’s Friday so – well, it’s Friday. Off you go!

 

 

 

 

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