Monthly Archives: October 2011

BEING A FLÂNEUR IS ALWAYS FREE!

An exquisite fall Sunday spent strolling down Queen West to head to MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) to see the exhibit ¡Patria o Libertad! before it closes today.  Among other things, I tried to make friends with a black cat who ignored my pecking on the glass. Regardless, she struck the perfect pose. All [...]

NEED INSPIRATION?

Harbourfront is hosting The International Festival of Authors. Attend readings and round tables around who is current in literature. Along with great local galleries, Toronto International Art Fair (Art Toronto) “presents a dynamic series of presentations, panels and discussions featuring artists, curators, collectors and gallerists.” “Changing Stakes: Contemporary Art Dialogues with Dubai” at Mercer Union [...]

BIG CITY BIG IDEAS

The CN Tower, Toronto as seen from beyond Humber Bridge. Photo by Leah Snyder. Yesterday I attended the first of what promises to be a great lecture series presented by Urban Strategies Inc. and hosted by University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy & Governance. The speaker was the lovely and thoughtful Ricky Burdett, Professor [...]

AGO’S GRANGE PRIZE – CAST YOUR VOTE TODAY!

On Wednesday, I finally made it out to the last of the Grange Prize Gallery Talks. Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Windsor (formerly Programming Co-ordinator at SAVAC) was speaking about each of the photographers (Gauri Gill, Elaine Stocki, Althea Thauberger and Nandini Valli) and giving her insight as a [...]

INTO THE VOID

October 19, 2011 – 10:09 pm

Billboard outside Mercer Union for exhibit “Changing Stakes: Contemporary Art Dialogues with Dubai”. On bright September afternoon I stepped into artist centre, Mercer Union, for the first time. I have had a desire to go there since I saw Sarah Robayo Sheridan, Director of Exhibitions at Mercer, interview Edgar B. Howard of Checkboard Films after [...]

MY MARRAKESH

October 17, 2011 – 3:30 am

Image of Djellabar, Marrakesh, Morocco. Images © Maryam Montague, My Marrakesh. Back in the day before blogs were a virtual dime a dozen and the cyberspace information highway got jammed, there was this enchanting woman, Maryam Montague, who had a simple but lovely plan to start sharing with us about her life in Marrakesh. I [...]

WHAT ARE YOUR ASSETS? DESIGN WITH DIALOGUE PT 2

October 15, 2011 – 1:10 am

Another successful self-referencing session at DwD! Tuesday evening’s facilitator was Eric Rosenberg of www.healthymoney.ca. Through a series of exercises where we broke in and out of collectives, Eric had us all revision and then refine what we each have as assets in our personal toolkit that expands our worth beyond our value as consumers. It’s [...]

DO WE HAVE AN ANSWER? DESIGN WITH DIALOGUE PT 1.

October 12, 2011 – 7:49 pm

Design with Dialogue, September 2011 at OCAD, Toronto.   Last month I stumbled across a get together advertised on the ever so helpful Eventbrite. Design with Dialogue is a group that meets the second Wednesday of each month at OCAD. Design with Dialogue (DwD) is a Toronto-based community of practice that develops leadership and facility [...]

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

October 11, 2011 – 2:54 am

Pumpkin pie & apple. The only thing that would have made Sunday better would be if I was on that sailboat in the picture. Envious of anyone who was out on the water to watch the sun set and the moon rise. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share [...]

DOORS OPEN 2011 AND A CASE FOR USING LOCAL DESIGNERS

October 6, 2011 – 3:59 am

Condo Complex at 25 Ritchie Avenue, Toronto by architect David Anand Peterson. Part of Doors Open 2011. Doors Open is an organization that allows you to be a fly on the wall at some of the most interesting architecture sites in Toronto. During Doors Open 2011 I took my legs out for two days around [...]