Saturday, March 30, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
I feel that these are one of the most spectacular views of the Egyptian Pyramids I have ever seen, and this includes National Geographic photos. Raskalov and his team take it on themselves to scale monuments and buildings that are otherwise off-limits to most people. Check out Raskalov's website. It is in Russian but roll your mouse over the text until you come across the Link's text.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
A compilation of images that I hope sums up the raison d'etre of the Art Gallery at 40 Baker Street. Check out the 3 other videos that demonstrate the wonderful people who call 40 Baker Street their home, or their home away from home, or their weekend getaway.
Bob Rae at the Live Restaurant in the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga
If there is one thing I can say about Canadian politicians, it's that with few exceptions, they are accessible. Robert Keith Rae, or Bob Rae, is the 21st Premier of Ontario and the current Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He sang one of his compositions at a benefit event, in support of Brampton's Rapport Youth and Family Services. Bob Rae is a statesman and a towering intellectual with a gentle soul.
This is my first attempt at a one-man, 2-camera shoot and I see some glitches that should be avoided in future shoots.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
At the Guelph Arboretum, under tall maples, birches, poplars, and cherries are areas that are flooded in the winter and spring. I came across two U of G students, Joey and Ben enjoying a game of hockey on an unseasonably warm early February day.
The credit for the music should be: JS Bach, 23 French Suite No. 6, BWV 817, E major_ Sarabande
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
!when the time comes, as it will, eventually, you should donate your brain to science.... so they can determine the composition of the matter: fertile, grain-fed, teeming with creative cells, etc.
(another Guelph resident i'm proud to call a friend).
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Every Friday evening, when most people are going home to unwind after a week of work, and looking forward to weekend activities, Sue Potvin leaves her job in downtown Toronto.But she does not head home. Instead, every Friday evening since 2005, she gets on a bus and goes to Guelph. There she spends Saturday and Sunday afternoons running the Baker Street Art Gallery.
The Gallery is a safe space where everyone can come to paint, sculpt, draw, and enjoy some coffee, sandwiches and friendship. All the supplies are provided through donations. Sue has an incredible gift of encouraging artists to express themselves.
"It's hard to articulate the love and passion I have for this place," Sue says. "The people hare are family to me." A gifted artist herself, Sue has found that people who have difficulty sharing their feelings in words are able to do it through art. "People have the opportunity here to explore their creative side, to put their troubles, visions and dreams into all they create. I think that feeling love, acceptance and guidance enriches all of our lives".
Because of the warm, relaxed atmosphere the Gallery is a busy place! Everyone feels at home, regardless of their age or ability.
Drop by to browse or create your own work of art! Donations of cash, food, or art supplies are always needed. Sue can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sue also makes videos about the programs and artists at 40 Baker Streetwhich can be seen on YouTube at bakerstreetvids or by checking in at eitehr www.40bakerstreet.com or www.mytown.ca.
The iconic Cannon at the University of Guelph, painted with the colours for College Royal 2013. March 16th.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The 21st Premier of Ontario and the Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Robert Keith "Bob" Rae, playing his own composition, "I Wanna Spend A Little Time With You" at a small intimate fundraiser in support of Brampton's Rapport Youth and Family Services, at the Live Restaurant in the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga. March 7th.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Each of us has the duty, as well as the privilege, to share what we are fortunate to have, be it resources, time, or talent, or all of the three. On the bus commute, my wife met Sue, the resident Gallery curator/administrator/alpha-mama-with-the-shoulder-to-cry-on/shepherdress, and my wife introduced me to Sue. Sue along with a few others, volunteer their weekends to managing the Art Gallery on 40 Baker Street.
I have a philanthropic bent, sadly not of the financial kind; however, my love of photography and, more recently, videography is something I can share and so I offered to do this and other videos for 40 Baker Street. Leandra came forward to share her feelings for and about the community at 40 Baker Street. So here's my first video, with more to come.
Click here for more on 40 Baker Street.
“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”
All the grave issues facing us today, and the absence of the appropriate political will by our governments, can be traced directly to people who wait for the politically active minority to do the footwork; worse, some people choose to ignore, for example, the perils of globalization, unfettered consumption, etc.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
Robert is the well-respected and much loved eldest brother who took on the role of the father of a large family as a young teenager, helping to support his mother and his siblings. Over the years, Robert has taken on the role of a Godfather, "Ninong" in Filipino, to a large extended family, both in Canada and in the Philippines. He sacrificed his youth, as well as his own personal life for the betterment of his extended family. He has been married for the last 19 years but he continuous to provide financial support and moral guidance to all. He declares that "he wouldn't have it any other way". Robert is a typical Old World Filipino. The world could use more of his kind.
This surprise 50th Birthday Party is a celebration of his life, a testament to how much he is loved by all!
Please excuse the poor video quality. The original video is 1.5 hrs long and 4.5GB and this video vimeo has been severely compressed down to 400MB.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
For most of things in life, doing what's good for the environment, as well as giving yourself a treat, and saving money while you're at it, is a matter of stepping out of our daily routine, exposing ourselves to new ideas, and, as the Nike commercial says, "Just doing it".
Planet Bean coffee is the best that I know of, for the very reasons seen below in photos:
The price for a 340g package of this Planet Bean Yirgacheffe coffee is $13.89CDN. The price for a 464g package of Starbucks' Pike Peak Blend is $16.95CDN. Almost identical in price but miles apart in taste, a different planet altogether in environmental impact. It's up to us, it's up to you.
BTW, Planet Bean is locally roasted in Guelph, ON. Mar 2nd.