NEW DATES ANNOUNCED!
October 13-20, 2020
The Jim Beam National Talent Search will now take place virtually October 13 - 20, 2020, with 30-minute episodes spotlighting five bands from eight Canadian cities. Hosted by Josie Dye of INDIE88, each episode will focus on one city and feature interviews and performances from five talented local bands.
Visit INDIES.CA to vote for your favourite local artist - the Grand Prize winner will perform at the 2021 INDIE AWARDS in Toronto!
This multi media exhibit was one heck of a way to experience Van Gogh's work. Maybe my having an art history degree tainted my reaction. I found myself trying to learn something new that I didn't know about Van Gogh before. No such luck. Kind of like the Ontario education system during Covid 19. Like any good student, you can seek knowledge, but it doesn't mean you're going to find it.
I did however manage to come away with some stunning visuals. Both stills and video. With respect to the stills I just kept snapping away during the presentation. When it comes to the video please keep in mind that this is just one small section of one wall of a 360 degree multi media projection. I only posted an eight minute segment of an otherwise 32 minute extravaganza.
I would most definitely encourage you to experience the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit by yourself, or, with the art lover in your life.
My brother David, who is no longer with us, introduced me to Graffiti Alley decades ago. Every now and then I wander through to see what's new. A couple weeks ago I took a client down for a photoshoot and realized I needed to make a second trip. Today was the day.
The Devil Next Door is a five part documentary series currently airing on Netflix about a grandfather that got extradited from the United States to face war crimes charges in Israel. John Demjanjuk was accused of being the Nazi death camp guard Ivan the Terrible.
Just listening to some of the vivid testimony of the victims of Ivan the Terrible should have produced a reaction of shock and/or empathy from the accused if he wasn't the Nazi death camp guard. But, John Demjanjuk sat expressionless, or smirking, until the day of the verdict. At which point he had to be carried into the courtroom.
The most telling point of the trial, for me, was when John Demjanjuk wanted the victim that was currently testifying to cross the courtroom to look him directly in the eye to accuse him to his face of being Ivan the Terrible. The man no sooner crossed the courtroom and Demjanjuk extended his hand. As if he expected the death camp survivor to shake it.
What the heck was that? A misplaced sense of good sportsmanship. A handshake across the decades to seal the notion that all's fair in love and war? Did Demjanjuk think that would give him brownie points with the judges? Or was he hoping that the death camp survivor would absolutely lose it? Thankfully, the survivor kept his composure. He just glared at Demjanjuk like he was the devil and his hand was covered in hot coals.
The Devil Next Door will keep you guessing. Not necessarily about John Demjanjuk's guilt or innocence. But whether or not he would be found guilty? Serve out the rest of his life in jail? Receive the death penalty? Or die an innocent man?
This is my favourite picture of Kaviedes that I took this past weekend. Sunday was his first trip to Graffiti Alley. Even though he had gone to school just up the street. This was my first trip downtown since Covid19 was recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
THE MICHELLE OBAMA PODCAST
Hear the first episode now.
The moment you’ve been waiting for is here: President Barack Obama joins the First Lady in her premiere episode with an open conversation about what positive change means today. Listen to the can’t miss premiere of The Michelle Obama Podcast right now.
Todays big tech CEO's Anti-Trust Hearing will co-star Jeff Bezos from Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Tim Cook from Apple and Sundar Pichai from Google's Alphabet. These companies represent 5 trillion dollars. All four CEO's will attend remotely using WEBEX. Yet, all four tech companies have competitive platforms. .
Today, Lauv releases the video for “Love Somebody,” a track off of his surprise Without You EP released last month. Since its release, “Love Somebody” has surpassed over 15 million streams. The intimate video was directed by Hunter Lyon (blackbear, Whethan) and premiered on MTV Live and MTVU.
Lauv’s Without You EP (released last month) featured 4 tracks that were all written and produced during quarantine with Amy Allen (Halsey, Selena Gomez), DallasK (Fifth Harmony) and Johnny Simpson (Christina Aguilera, Ava Max), among others. In conjunction, Lauv also released the quarantine made video for lead track “Dishes.” Click here to view.
Lauv’s debut album ~how i'm feeling~ released in March as a Top 20 album in 10 territories, including #9 in UK and #5 in AU, with over 1.5 billion streams on the album to date. ~how i’m feeling~ is now certified Gold in Canada. Other incredible Canadian certifications include his break out global hit "I Like Me Better" at 8 times Platinum, "I'm So Tired" triple Platinum and "Fuck I’m Lonely" is now Platinum.
Aug 6 at 7:30 PM EDT
Slow Ride Home
An 11 day, 6,000 km road trip full of hijinx; on scooters.
It's been described as "brave, daring, and courageous" by their friends and "stupid, dangerous, and foolish" by their parents, and they weren't totally wrong. Eight pals from the Seattle's Soldiers of Destiny scooter club ride over 5,900 kilometers of American back roads from Florida to Washington in 11 days. Slow Ride Home documents the highs and lows as the riders traverse from the white sand beaches of FL through some of the most beautiful, and sometimes most desolate, pockets of the United States before finally arriving in Washington state.
If you want to bust a gut laughing, do not want to miss this.
7:30 PM EDT - Watch the Slow Ride Home with us on our YouTube channel and join the online chat during the film.
9:00 PM EDT - Join us on YouTube for a live group chat with Director Jesse Morrow and some of the crew of the Solders of Destiney Scooter Club.
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Together at the Drive-In is a social distance friendly event series, safely bringing together families and friends this summer, for a cause.
By bringing together Toronto in an immersive and safe manner, we can help our hardest hit communities from COVID-19 & social injustice. Imagine a family friendly, art, music and entertainment spectacle at your local drive-in, featuring live performers, DJs and artists, showcasing their talent and celebrating our communities.
Proceeds from the sales go towards supporting community groups, artists and purchasing meals from our hospitality and food partners to be donated to shelters, food banks and communities in need.
ONE TICKET = 3 MEALS DONATED THROUGH SECOND HARVEST AND FOOD BANK OF YORK REGION
For more information click here.