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Spadina Ave, Toronto

Commute

I recently answered a question about the length of my previous commute (3 kms, 25 min), and I remembered this photo set I did on my commute home. It was done for our short-lived Nurun Toronto pho.to.club around the time I knew I was leaving Toronto.

It was bitter-sweet – over the years I made variations of this walk through the Trinity Spadina area of Toronto. Normally I’d cut through Trinity Bellwoods Park, but on this day I stuck to the streets.

Video

Ghost Peloton

Astonishing…

Mark Huskisson

I shot and directed this short film which was created as part of the Ghost Peloton live event. The filming took place around the Dales in Yorkshire in the lead up to the TDF. The work created for the film was used as part of the live event and also in it’s own right. I’m not quite sure how I would describe the film – have a look and make up your own mind. It was also a staff pick at Vimeo.

A monumental public artwork created in response to the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014, Ghost Peloton fused performance cycling with athletic choreography within the varied landscapes of the race route through Yorkshire, in the UK. Each rider, bike and performer was illuminated using bespoke LED light suits, which can be controlled remotely to instantaneously change colour, flash-rate and luminosity. –

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Ariel View of Muskoka River

Victoria Day, 2015

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention I was fortunate to have an interview today. Normally before an interview, I’d be nervously checking myself in an elevator mirror; instead, I found myself nervously picking lint off of my office chair. A different kind of interview by a different kind of company!

Carolyn and I went for lunch at On The Docks Pub before she headed back to the city for another week of work. Next Saturday night we’ll meet in Toronto for a going away party – my former workmate, Michael, and his wife, Eu, are moving back to Seoul. They’ll be there for at least a year, so I’m really hoping we can visit them. We’ll see how things play out.

Yesterday, another former Nurun workmate, Anna, and her partner, Michal, came by for a visit on their way back from Algonquin Park. I was really happy they stopped by and the weather was perfect. It means a lot to me to have friends and colleagues see where I’m living and what I’m up to.

Tomorrow, Elaine and I start a new project which I’m looking forward to. Now I have to get outside again – it’s sunny and 28C! Did I mention the bugs are just starting to bite?

A True Story That Never Happened

I’m not sure why, but today is the first day I feel regret for a decision I made over 20 years ago. Actually, I do know why. It’s because of a song I heard on the radio yesterday. It just took a day to kick in.

Back then a Scottish friend, who was also living in Toronto, called one evening to tell me that he was with Joe Elliott, the lead singer of Def Leppard. Joe wanted to go see Ian Hunter in concert in Oshawa, a small city about 60 kms east of Toronto. My friend knew I had a car (I use that term loosely) and wondered if I’d drive.

I’d never been a fan of Def Leppard, and felt it would be kind of awkward meeting a rockstar whose music I really didn’t like. On the other hand, I was a fan of Ian Hunter, but felt his best musicical years were behind him.

I was pretty sure someone of Joe Elliott’s stature would be invited backstage after the show. But in my mind, those guys would be partying it up to all hours of the morning, and I would be stone cold sober, keys in hand, waiting to chauffeur them back home. Just imagine how much more interesting this story would be had I said, “Hell, yes!”. Or better yet, suggested that we all grab a cab!

Without further adieu, here is the song that brought it home for me yesterday, “The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Mott the Hoople, with, of course, Ian Hunter on lead vocals.

Joe Elliott may arguably have been a bigger star than Ian Hunter.  I still don’t like Def Leppard’s music, but hey, if he’s a nice guy, it would have been cool to meet him too.

 

Spring Flora

Spring has arrived in full force. I first noticed the Spring Peepers’ chorus about a week ago, and the forest is just beginning to exchange its dull brown for green.

We’re fortunate to be surrounded by forest, so I did some exploring to document the first signs of plant life on the forest floor. This is my unscientific attempt at identifying them with Andy’s Northern Ontario Wildflowers. If you recognize any or have any corrections, please let me know.