I just received an email from Peter & Christine Finnie of Biff Spandex Blog, pointing me to their great photographic overview of this year’s Toronto Busker Festival.
Toronto Busker Festival is coming up and if you’re in the area you should probably be there!
Visit the website and check out the acts.
Come see me draw my latest piece, “Lonely Elephant Parade” and maybe drop a toonie in the bucket! Because as the old adage goes, every time you don’t put money in a chalk artist’s bucket, somewhere in the world a fairy goes into a deep and irreversible coma.
A glimpse of last year’s piece, “Project Grizzly”.
A great candid photo taken by Quade Hermann at the Toronto Buskerfest. Thank you, Quade!
Never has my filthiness looked so elegant.
I’ve just returned from Newfoundland once again and I’m excited to show off the latest masterpiece of the 2009 “2D in 2Days” kids’ workshop!
This year we had 8 participants, ages 12 and 13.
2 Days of animation began with flipbooks and learning the basic concepts of animation. After lunch we split up into two groups and brainstormed short story ideas for our stop-motion films! We built characters and sets by the end of day 1, and day 2 was full of animating and problem solving!
During all of that there were many bouncing super balls, balloons, bubbles and cartoons to watch.
These guys did a really great job.
To see more workshop masterpieces, click here:
Nagasaki Circus can now be seen (minus the beautiful, dancing credits) on Bravo!Fact’s website:
It was great to see it aired!
I’ll soon be off to Newfoundland for the 20th St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.
This year I’ll be moderating another kids’ workshop and I’ve created another opening “signature film” for the 2009 festival screenings.
This Friday, October 9th 2009, at 8PM
Saturday, October 10th 2009, 8AM
on Bravo!FACT Presents, watch my “Nagasaki Circus”!
“ Bravo!FACT Presents EP: 505 The Word’s The Thing 2009
The Word’s the thing in this week’s episode of Bravo!FACT Presents, with 5 new shorts celebrating the literary arts. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s acclaimed production of Bartholomew Fair features music by ex-Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page; Jordan Scott’s verbal tic informs his poetry in Stutter; puppets bring the words of author Martin Ewen to life in Nagasaki Circus; and writing meets animation in Tanya Davis’ How to Be Alone and John Robert Colombo’s Recipe for a Canadian Novel.”
Follow the link for Bravo’s schedule:
Put on your Sunday best, get out a lawn chair and a giant foam finger! It’s a special event!
First and foremost, I’d like to announce that “Nagasaki Circus” aired on BRAVO last night, Oct. 4th, 2009. I didn’t, myself, see it, but I’ve been told. Happy day for “Nagasaki Circus”! Sad day for the cast and I missing it.
For those wishing to watch “Nagasaki Circus” on the big screen, it’ll be showing up in a couple new venues this fall.
First, check out the Pleasure Dome screening in Toronto.
In the merry month of July I had the privilege of running another animation workshop with the St. John’s Int. Women’s Film Festival’s FRAMED Workshops and “For The Love of Learning”. Over four days, this group of young adults practiced flip books, took turns at experiencing animating and flipping pages on light tables, watched some classic films, and then created a group film in stop-motion animation.
Our animation directors included:
Erin Power Granter (best name EVER)
Workshop assistants: Stephen Dunn, Karyn Dwyer
My latest piece, from St. John New Brunswick.
Once again, I’ve had a precious time with old and new friends during fest time.
…I could make money anywhere. But I couldn’t meet these people anywhere. This is why I love festivals.
My latest piece is one I plan to recreate when I do this year’s Toronto Festival. It’ll be my first repeat.
This is my fan art response to one of my favourite documentaries, Peter Lynch’s “Project Grizzly”, the story of Troy Hurtubise and his bear-proof suit.
I saw the suit for myself in an ‘inspired by’ art exhibit last year and knew I needed to have a turn in making my own homage. The suit has evolved into a stove robot with a butterfly net, riding a robotic fish, and the bear has developed some circus skills, but otherwise, I’d say it’s pretty accurate depiction of the film.
Not many of the folks coming off the cruise ship in St. John knew of the film, but I’m pretty certain the response in downtown Toronto will be different. Regardless, the chalk piece was enjoyed by all. …Well, at least the ones who hated it didn’t tell me.
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