So, this happened; Poetry In Voice. National Finals May 15th, 2013. Isabel Bader Theatre. Toronto.
One of my favorite events each year, Poetry In Voice is a charming and earnest competition, establishing it as one of the many things that make Canada special. That we elevate the importance of Poetry in this way should give us all an overwhelming sense of pride. And we have Scott Griffin of The Griffin Trust For Excellence in Poetry to thank for this tremendous gift. The Griffin Poetry Prize (also another favorite event of mine) is one of the world’s most generous awards for Poetry and I highly recommend attending the event, it will fill your heart and expand your mind.
So, This Happened; Three nights of pure bliss with Patti Smith
March 7, 2013; Patti Smith – An Evening of Words and Song at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Was the perfect balance of songs and reading from Just Kids. As I hadn’t seen her perform live for several years, my anticipation ran high and even as this was a small setting, she didn’t disappoint.
March 8, 2013 – Dream of Life film screening + Q & A at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Patti and the director Steven Sebring greeted us before things started and talked about the inception of the film. I hadn’t seen this film before so was hoping for exactly what we got – an intimate (but not overly intrusive) peek into the life of this mother, painter, poet, musician and activist.
March 9, 2013 – Patti Smith Live with Jesse Paris Smith, Jackson Smith and Tony Shanahan at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, in tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe. A sold out show that I was fortunate to have good friends go out of their way to ensure I could attend was a gift on many levels and ultimately the icing on top of an already delicious cake.
Supporting the arts can happen in many ways. Funding is usually the critical beginning, whether you are paying for it on your own, have an investor or have a company backing you. One of the burgeoning developments is crowd source funding, whether it’s for your music, film, art or a technology project platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo can help make art a reality. What remains important is YOU can easily support the arts without having to be rich. Please put your money where your heart is and remember to SPREAD THE WORD.
– Thanks Sherry
Artist: Bryn Pryor
Funding Goal: $100,000
Current Total: $80,989
How much to go: $19,011
Time remaining: 11 Days
Message from Bryn Pryor:
This film is a labor of love, and an attempt to create something completely original and visually stunning. The movie will be something we can all be proud of; a fun, exciting ride that never becomes silly or tongue-in-cheek. The script is extremely tight, with sharp dialogue and great characters. The cast is first-rate, and though the creative professionals behind the camera might not be household names, they’re a respected team capable of working miracles.
Are You Alright? New Art From Britain is now showing at MOCCA and runs until March 24. Derek Mainella and Elizabeth Eamer curate twelve young artists from Britain: Boo Saville, Caroline Achaintre, Clem Crosby, Dawn Mellor, Elizabeth Eamer, Graham Dolphin, Harry Burden, James Unsworth, Jonathan Baldock, Justin Mortimer, Laura Oldfield Ford, Tom Gidley.
SASSYTIDBITS attended the opening and here are a few of our top picks from the show.
English artist Olly Moss‘ book Silhouettes From Popular Culture, is the unique and compelling coffee table book you actually want, or possibly the welcome bathroom reader, all depending where you spend most of your time. It will be a great addition to your library and makes a remarkably interesting gift idea. Olly brings 18th century Silhouette art into today’s pop culture. The book’s addictive content reveals something new each view and guarantees every individual a different experience. Without doubt, you will find yourself picking it up whenever a friend comes to visit to deliver your own pop quiz. It’s almost like puzzle art; as you admire the art while trying to figure out who the subject is in each silhouette Plus, you have the added bonus of pattern inspiration to create, for years to come, the best Jack-o-lantern on the street. We give it a BIG thumbs up.
Part of the SASSYTIDBITS team has been enjoying some R&R this week at a lovely cottage on Grace Lake in the Haliburton district north of Toronto. Naturally, we stocked up on lots of reading to while away the time. One of the things that made it into our book bag was Lenore: Swirlies, the fourth collection of illustrated stories by Roland Dirge about a deceased little girl who just keeps on living.
Every week we ask people the same seven questions.
This week meet:
Author, music journalist, and general malcontent.
Where are you based:
I live in East Vancouver, British Columbia with my girlfriend and our son, where the high cost of living combined with almost constant rain probably has something to do with my general discontent. More likely, however, I was just born on the wrong side of the bed. I love my life, but I can always find things about it that aren’t perfect, even when they are.
SASSYTIDBITS was able to get our hands on Luke Chueh‘s book, Bearing The Unbearable 2003-2009. The book is a retrospective of his art during the first 7 years of his career. For us, the book is an introduction to the artist. For you, whether already a fan or now being introduced, the book is a fantastic way to have a lot of Luke’s work in one place. The reflection and wit in his art are spot on. We can’t seem to pick a favourite piece and suspect you will be in the same boat.
We asked Luke a few questions and he kindly answered.
1. How does one decide to create Art with Bears?
I’m pretty much a self taught painter so when I decided to pursue a career as a studio artist, my abilities were very limited. I found these animal characters easiest to create, so I started with what I was capable of. Who would have guessed it would take me this far?
This week meet:
Writer, Filmmaker, Musician
Los Angeles, CA
- Where are you?
I’m in my home office at our new house in the San Fernando Valley – it’s freakin’ hot in the valley!! But I have an office with four walls now, so I’m grateful.
- If, starting today, you could only listen to one record/cd/digital album for six months, what would it be?
I’m in love with Cobra Verde‘s Nightlife all over again lately! “Every day’s a conflict…”
- What is your ultimate couch (burn out/hangover) day entertainment?
I don’t get hangovers anymore – I have a 4 year old! But if push came to shove, I’d say watching my DVR shows. It’s always at 95% full because I watch kid’s programming with my daughter pretty much exclusively, so anything adult is like crack. And when I say adult, I don’t mean porn. We don’t have HBO anymore so I’m shamefully behind on the cool shows. But I can sing you the theme song from Word Girl.