When I was Little

May 19, 2017 by  
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So it seems that 10 years ago today I was bold and fearless and looked pretty cute in a pair of fishnet stockings.

The talented Charles Fournier just showed me photos he took, 10 years ago today, of my comedy fire-eating routine of old.

Here I am in downtown Hamilton Ontario (if you can busk it there, you can busk it anywhere), gathering my crowd, workin’ them like nobody’s business, pulling up the most “Hamilton” volunteer you could ever find, and earning enough hat for two fancy coffees.  It would have been three coffees, but upon seeing I had change in my hand, a panhandler immediately came up to me and asked for it.  Ooooh, Hamilton.

Blogs of Buskers

August 30, 2010 by  
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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 BuskerFest, One Month Away!

July 27, 2010 by  
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Toronto Busker Festival is coming up and if you’re in the area you should probably be there!

I will.


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”.

Foto Phantastique

December 26, 2009 by  
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A great candid photo taken by Quade Hermann at the Toronto Buskerfest.  Thank you, Quade!

Never has my filthiness looked so elegant.

Photo by Quade Hermann

Photo by Quade Hermann

2D in 2Days, NFLD. Art Rocks on The Rock!

October 25, 2009 by  
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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:

FRAMED youth workshop, 2009

2D in 2Days, 2008

Bravo!FACT Presents “Nagasaki Circus”

October 14, 2009 by  
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Nagasaki Circus can now be seen (minus the beautiful, dancing credits) on Bravo!Fact’s website:


It was great to see it aired!

St. John’s Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

October 8, 2009 by  
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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.

Watch it:


Bravo!FACT Presents: The Word’s The Thing

October 7, 2009 by  
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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!

a still from "Nagasaki Circus"
a still from”Nagasaki Circus”

Festival Updates

October 5, 2009 by  
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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.

Robert’s Creek

Performance by Pierre Hébert and Stefan Smulovitz; a sudden change in the consistency of snow (2008) by Peter V. Swendson & Locavore; a survey of recent short animation work from Toronto
Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24, 8pm $15/$10 members & students
Loop Studio, Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. (2 blocks south of St. Clair Ave. W.)
See the link for more details and the other short films to be screened on those nights.
“Nagasaki Circus” has also been accepted to screen at the HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL, which came as a little surprise, since we forgot to even apply to it this year! The Artistic Director of the festival bought a copy of “Nagasaki Circus” during a busker festival, where I was performing chalk art, and decided to submit it to the festival himself! It was great news to hear.

NOVEMBER 3rd – 8th
In the mean time, I’ll be back in St. John’s Newfoundland from Oct. 16th to Oct. 25th, moderating a kids’ animation workshop and attending the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival again. Once again I’ve had the privilege of animating the festival’s signature film which leads each screening and I can’t wait to see it in action, as animation doesn’t really exist without an audience to watch it (It’s sort of like a tree falling in a forest).
I’ll be posting that short piece as soon as the 2009 festival campaign is up revealed!


August 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Events, Performing

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:

Ryan Flynn
Erin Power Granter (best name EVER)
Lindsay Kennedy
Jason King
Chris Mullett
Holly Nelson

Workshop assistants: Stephen Dunn, Karyn Dwyer


Framed Workshop Crew
Framed Workshop Crew

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