It’s the middle of summer vacation! What went on last week?
Surveys and Blogs – I finally put together a super quick and super easy survey for my readers and asked you to fill it out. You’ve responded admirably in great numbers and I really do appreciate it. I’m going to take it down tomorrow night so it’s last call for your opinions – off you go! I’ll be analyzing and talking about the results next week, and making some additions and changes to this site – because you asked for it. I also answered a question about what blogs I follow with a short list, and there will be more of those to come.
All Aboard! – I took a side trip to get some paperwork done in another locale, and posted a list of random art around the city.
Bits of Art and Politics – My mini-vaycay did not seem to have decent internet so a short and sweet post about art, politics and outrage.
Today’s the Day! – 300 people signed up to speak at City Hall. It was a marathon session. I am so pleased with and proud of some of our citizens.
Yesterday was a Long Day – 23 hours of deputations later, I don’t know what the end result will be, but citizen’s voices were heard. Highlights included the woman who cut a cheque on the spot for the cost of a property tax increase, a puppet show, Adam Vaughan wondering if Margaret Atwood was indeed in the house, and this remarkable young lady. Props also to some other great councillors – Krysten Wong-Tam, Janet Davis, Joe Mihevc. Yes my lefty pinko bias is showing – but no more so that usual.
There’s a great big festival happening right now within blocks of my house. What do I love about it? Costumes on the streetcar in the morning – it’s rare to see feathers and glitter and sparkle and sequins at 9 am on the Dufferin Bus. Happy Caribana! And happy Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival!
And finally – a bit of summer romance, courtesy of the New Yorker…
That thunderclap this morning was the sound of heat breaking. Niiiice.
The survey is now live – super simple, super quick, less than 10 questions, click here to take it as I do want your (anonymous) opinion. I’ll put the link in each blog post this week and it’s on the main page of the site and we’ll see what we get in a few days time. Results and best suggestions will be published.
Was asked the other day at coffee which blogs I follow, thought it was a good question so here are some that I do indeed check in with regularly. Some – not all. You have a life.
Seth’s Blog – Seth Godin has written thirteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.
Stepcase Lifehack – a daily digest on productivity and life improvement
Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt is an economist. Stephen J. Dubner is a writer. They co-authored Freakonomics, a book about cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing Realtors, and crack-selling mama’s boys. They figured it would sell about 80 copies. Instead, it has sold 4 million, in 35 languages.
So there you go – some summer reading and a survey. Off you go!
I can’t believe it’s the 19th of June already – although the gorgeous weather this weekend is proving that summer is thisclose to being here. A week of fewer meetings and a lot of work getting done, which is good in my view. What went on?
Data, Audiences and My Thoughts on Margie – an interesting post from our friends at Creative Trust on how we deal with data, and a cool publication from the Australian Government on turning your data into audiences. Also included my thoughts on the Sun TV contretemps.
Impatiently Crunching Numbers – a link to the Lost Art website from the UK which is tracking the effect their arts cuts have had on the economy. It’s simple and brilliant and hopefully effective.
heh heh. Love the New Yorker.
Theatre 20, Toronto’s newest musical theatre company, takes the stage June 20 with DRIVEN TO SCORE, the second in their three-part concert series at the Panasonic Theatre. Featuring the work of Leslie Arden, Jonathan Monro and David Warrack, and directed by Alisa Palmer and hosted by Ann-Marie MacDonald,
DRIVEN TO SCORE brings together an incredible lineup of Theatre 20 Founding Artists – Louise Pitre (Mamma Mia!), Ma-Anne Dionisio (Miss Saigon) and David Keeley (Rock of Ages) – joined by Sterling Jarvis, Alana Bridgewater and Yvan Pednault. Tickets are $59 and $69 and are available in person at the Panasonic Box Office, through TicketKing by phone at 416-872-1212 (1-800-461-3333) or online at TicketKing.com. It promises to be amazing.
Toronto Fringe Festival guides are now available both in hard copy and online and tickets went on sale June 15 – visit the website for more information.