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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Happy Pride Week! Happy Aborignal Day! And Great News!

Vacant - Acrylic on Wood - 2011
Great news! I have recently been invited to participate in the 

Woo Hoo!

So I once again, ask for you support in order to participate. The fee is $160 and the deadline is Monday. Donations in excess of that amount will be used for art supplies and equipment and business presentation.

Support me and learn more by clicking the link below:

I am incredibly excited to participate in the North Toronto Group of Artists Fall Fine Arts Show on November 8th and 9th, 2013. The deadline to register is June 24th and the cost is $150 and an additional $10 for a booth which is quite reasonable.

When I worked with a PR/Event planner to raise funds for my effort to exhibit in China, we spoke about Canadians who were in financial stress.

He showed me a picture of the long line up of people at the food bank in Toronto. The image was sobering. The line up of people spanned the street and curved around the block in his neighbourhood. That image has stayed with me until now.

It reminded me that although at times money is usually the reason that I am unable to participate in art related events, a lot of people are still in need of the basics. It makes me grateful for all that I have, but for some reason doesn't stop me from wanting more!

Here's a link to a great book that I read, by David Bach on becoming financally wealthy.
You can also buy this on Amazon, Indigo and Biblio.

Sadly, I wasn’t able to make it to China or to participate in the Shanghai Yude Exhibition Company’s programming which is pretty disappointing considering I missed a scheduled television interview. But, I'm still working my way there! Think up!

Boo hoo.

The journey to get there was filled with rises and plateaus. The fact that I was invited made me deliriously happy. Dreaming big pays off and I look forward to exhibiting in China at a later date.

Your contributions went to good use: 

art supplies, 
items used for business presentation, 
marketing and P/R
transportation costs,
business expenses.

I have yet to work out the conflict with Tyler, but I trust that the business that he is building is doing well and flourishing as he has a great talent and is smart.

Forest Hill is a great area. And guess what! They have an amazing farmer’s market! 

Thursday’s from 11-7pm. 

Great Logo!

Uptown Farmers' Market (Thursdays)

Presented by:
AppleTree Markets Group

Starts: May 16, 2013
Ends: October 10, 2013

Event Time(s):
Thursdays: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Phone: 416-899-1990

Costs: Free

Running from spring through fall, this upbeat urban market has a mouth-watering array of take-aways and lunchables, using local ingredients. A select group of small-scale farmers also bring a varied selection of Ontario’s best produce each week for residents and office-dwellers to purchase.

Canada Postal Station K
Corner of Yonge Street and Montgomery

Public Transit:
Located on Postal Station K grounds. Subway to Yonge/Eglinton and walk one city block north
TTC Trip Planner

It is located on Yonge Street North of Eglinton in front of the Post Office. Prices are reasonable and the vendors provide great fresh fruit and veggies, maple syrup, honey and loads of wonderful things to eat. Support local farmers!!

Art. A non-essential. Something that can calm someone down in an instant, make them laugh, fill them with inspiration and joy, break their heart, inform them, put them at ease.

The journey toward my effort to exhibit in China was a great learning experience filled with a few bumps along the way. I look forward to more opportunities to share my works of art with you and to show you the world through my eyes.

Today is the beginning of Pride week.  in the city of Toronto. Click on this link to check out the events.

Whispy - 2012 - Available at Art in the Village
Put on your dancing shoes and have a drink. I remember when I used to go regularly to the parade. It was so much fun. I was usually drunk by 5pm. 

Oh, how things change as we mature. My friends would usher me around to various bars and we drink and laugh. I made a lot of great friends that I still love to this day.

So to all my pals, I wish you the happiest Pride ever!

And yesterday was National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day itself officially started in 1996 when then Governor General, Roméo LeBlanc, proclaimed the day to be celebrated on June 21, the summer solstice. But even before that, in 1982, The National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of a National Aboriginal Solidarity Day to be celebrated on June 21. These thoughts were also echoed in 1995 at a national conference called The Sacred Assembly which was chaired by Elijah Harper.

As Canada’s first and only Aboriginal broadcaster, APTN quickly realized that a national television event was in order for this important day of the year. The first APTN Aboriginal Day Live broadcast took place on June 21, 2007 outside of APTN headquarters in Winnipeg.

The one-hour concert was hosted by APTN National News Host/Producer Cheryl McKenzie and radio personality, Ray St. Germain. The talent showcase featured “Fiddle Master” Donny Parenteau, the Asham Stompers, champion hoop dancer Lisa Odjig, Juno award winner Leela Gilday, Nunavut’s own Lucie Idlout, Dead Indians and the internationally renowned C-Weed Band.

Here is a list of events you can attend:


Arts and Crafts Fair
June 17, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen St. W.
Drumming and Pow Wow dancing provided by Native Canadian Centre, Women's hand drum by Native Child and Family Services

Indigenous Arts Festival
June 20, 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Blvd.
Mississauga Portraits book launch, Kaha:wi Dance sunset performance

Sunrise Ceremony and Flag Raising
June 21, 5:30 a.m.
City Hall Podium roof
100 Queen St. W.

Indigenous Arts Festival
June 21, Noon - 10 p.m
June 22, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Blvd.
Mississaugas of the New Credit storytellers and dancers, Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Métis Fiddler Quartet, Morningstar River, Kaha:wi Dance sunset performance

Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow
June 22, Grand entry at noon,
Wells Hill Park
145 Hilton Avenue (Bathurst St. and St. Clair Ave.)
416-651-6750 ext. 2233

Drumming/dancing interactive presentation by the Smoke Trail Singers
June 22, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m
Toronto Zoo, Waterside Theatre
Free admission with status card

Aboriginal History Month Celebration
June 26, Noon - 8 p.m
Yonge-Dundas Square
Sponsored by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.

And best of all, although No More Kissing Frogs has yet to be published, I'm working on a script with a fellow ACTRA member. This year is going to be amazing. I can feel it. 

Can you?

Now's here's a film that I saw that made me laugh out loud. Dinner for Schmucks! 
Check it out and tell me what you think!

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