Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and the creative industries

Toronto

The walk after we arrived at the Toronto Central Station was possibly the best that I’ve ever had.  It’s a bit surreal having spent the last few days in the Prairies in a train carriage and the following morning walking in the busy financial district in Canada’s largest city.  The bagel and cream cheese that I had was heaven as well… Continue reading Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and the creative industries

BF10 Day 9: Shutter Speed, Jazz On Sunday, Symphony At Sunset and Old Man River

I knew that the Festival Conversations series with Douglas Kirkland, Shutter Speed, was going to be really fascinating knowing his celebrity subjects.  To read my thoughts on this talk, please check out the entry on Brisbane Creative Industries. Continue reading BF10 Day 9: Shutter Speed, Jazz On Sunday, Symphony At Sunset and Old Man River

#BF10 Day 8 Part 1: Pointe to Pointe, Douglas Kirkland: A Life In Pictures, Nostalgia, Smudged

September 11 was the first Festival Conversations event, Pointe to Pointe, with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (choreographer of Sutra) and Rafael Bonachela (choreographer of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba). Here we delve into the minds of the two choreographers – what is the landscape like for their pieces (socio-political), what inspires them personally and artistically, what was their personal journey in the creation of their works? Continue reading #BF10 Day 8 Part 1: Pointe to Pointe, Douglas Kirkland: A Life In Pictures, Nostalgia, Smudged

BF10 Day 4: Baroque Tarantella

Me, a Critical Mass blogger Toby and many of his friends/colleagues attended Baroque Tarantella, a special performance by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and L’Arpeggiata from Paris.  Had a brief chat with Toby before the performance and he was very excited to see the event – well, considering that he runs and owns a business called Simply for Strings (a full service violin shop!).  I have not seen ABO perform by themselves before and it has been 2-3 years since I last saw an orchestra at QPAC.  Actually the last event that I want to in that venue was Brisbane Festival’s Mariza and enjoyed my first taste of fado. Continue reading BF10 Day 4: Baroque Tarantella

Lessons from Flying

I couldn’t help but compared what it was like to fly the aircraft to other situations in life – situations where you are pushed to the deep end, situations where you really do need to pilot yourself across whatever it is you are up against. I was going to write an entry about the similarities between flying and entrepreneurship but feel that this is the case in other areas of life. Continue reading Lessons from Flying