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Bringing Back RED

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In 2002 I started a performance series called RED:A Night of Live Performance at Toronto’s Lula Lounge.  It was a time when i was a dancer and an actor and knew artists from all different worlds.  I often wondered why each world lived in a bit of a silo with brilliant artists not knowing other artists, so i wanted to create an event where they could come together, perform a short piece, and meet others who might be interested in collaborating in the future.

The event ran for 5 years, and it was such an amazing time.  RED hosted over 500 theatre, dance, music, circus, spoken word, comedy and visual artists.  We had stunning solos and brilliant group pieces.  Every 2 months we would watch a stunning spectacle of talent and art.  I always left inspired and hopeful for the world.

When i first moved to Hamilton, I felt like I couldn’t do this sort of event here.  I didn’t know the arts world well enough to know what would work here.  And now, after the past 4 years I have learnt about this community, and have come to the realization that it too needs some sort of place where artists of different disciplines can meet together with themselves and audiences could come together to create stronger bonds in community.

I am starting in a small way.  Except for Kenneth is a stunning little restaurant on Ottawa St that is full of character.  The space holds about 32 audience members with an artistic team of about 8.  The first show was sold out and the response was grand.

It is my hope to feature some of Hamilton’s finest artists together with artists from surrounding communities.  I truly believe that when we meet other creatives then we too are inspired.  Come along on Thursday and let me know if you are too.

6 years, 5 months ago 3

Art Biz Blog Saves The Day

So, although i said that i would be back to posting every day, i admit that this hasn’t happened in the past month.  What to publish? What could i possible have to share that would be of benefit to my readers?

I realized that I am now in a similar spot as I was many years ago when i first started my Blogger blog (http://www.girlcancreate.blogspot.com).  Not quite sure where I am in my career, a little bit overwhelmed by it all and wanting to do a million things.  One of the ways that i was inspired to blog so many moons ago was because of other bloggers.  And so, today, as i sit in my bed with the worst cold I decided to start looking for new inspiration. Happy to say that I found it!

I have been acquainted with the work of Alyson Stanfield for many years but for some reason I have never read her blog, and today at the most perfect time, I read her most recent post, and then the one before that, and the one before that, and the one before that.  It’s amazing and full of real life solutions for being blocked.  The one thing that really struck me is the idea of writing once a week to begin and then as the momentum builds to go with it.  So here I am.

I highly recommend checking out Alyson’s wonderful blog Art Biz Blog where you can find so much to help in every aspect of your art blog. Can’t wait to get back on track!

8 years, 9 months ago 2

Music Books and Poetry

As i started in the studio yesterday, i came across a book that a priest used to keep his sermon ideas in.  It’s from 1904.  I had originally purchased this with the thought of using it in a collage, but really, it’s just too delicious to even think about cutting up.  I had a good look through and even though i can’t read much of his writing, i did find this..Keep On Keepin’ On.

It was amazing to see how he gathered his thoughts and how he started with Seed Thoughts which eventually became full sermons.  And of course, there was a fair share of Books and Poetry mentioned here. Which also happens to be one of my main sources of inspiration.  Ah, the process of creation is forever fascinating.  
If you know me, you know that i have a HUGE collection of vinyl.  It started off with my grandmother’s collection of flamenco records and then it grew and continues to grow.  I pick albums up at garage sales, antique markets all around.  The problem is that i haven’t listened to many of them.  
So, in an attempt to broaden my horizons, I will listen to 3 new albums every time i am in the studio.  If i like it it stays, if i don’t it will go in the donation pile!
My first find was Charles Aznavour.  His voice is smooth and clear, and the songs are cheesy enough and yet have enough substance for me to love! And it’s called La Mamma! How appropriate. 
What music do you listen to in your studio? Or do you prefer to create in total silence. Let us know!