Monday, December 31, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Fire & Water
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
GGLA Group Photo
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean
Michael Ondaatje, O.C
GG Literary Award winning author Michael Ondaatje was one of the 33 invited participants at the Art Matters conference held at Rideau Hall 13 December 2007 in conjunction with the Governor General's Literary Awards. I am so glad I did not have to pull out my sketch book this time around.
The content of the programme's discussion revolved around three main areas: literature and commitment, literature and commerce, and finally, literature and communication. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean (and her husband, both being true to their passion for the arts) began the event by saying, "We see this institution as a place for dialogue, reflection and sharing. We want to throw its doors wide open to new ideas and current events, and for creative thought to flow through its historic hallways."
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Amy Winehouse, Tears Dry on Their Own.
When he linked to one of my photos on 6 November 2007 it drew many hundreds of hits to my website. He wrote of the photo of Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, "We will never know the woman's intent nor her inner hopes, desires, and fears. She is an enigma, frozen at the edge of time." This week (see his entry for 7 December 2007) he linked to another photo on my site, Ditch Digging, and the hits to my site rolled in again! So, I just thought I might pass on the link to the reality carnival to my readers in case you are interested getting your daily fix. And if you're here from Pickover's site, welcome.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Dave Cooper aka Hector Mumbly
Popular artist and now author, Dave Cooper (aka Hector Mumbly) appeared today, 9 December 2007, at a friendly and courteous bookstore that I am proud to say I am a regular customer.
Cooper, er... Hector Mumbly appeared for a book signing at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeebar. He graciously took a couple of minutes for a quick photo outside the store. Cooper, if you have not heard of him before, is a talented Ottawa artist who hit it big time south of the border with a gallery showing in L.A.
He related to me that he always wanted to be a children's author ever since he was kid. I bought a copy for my own son. However, one day I'll have to explain why he inscribed the book to "John" instead of Matthew...
You can see more of Dave Cooper's work on his website and on Flickr
See also David Scrimshaw's flickr photos at the pre-L.A. opening at Artguise: flickr.com/photos/davidscrimshaw/sets/72157603309298429/s...
Bret 'The Hitman' Hart hit Ottawa this afternoon 9 December 2007 with some early-bird fans showing up at 6:30am to meet their hero. He only took the stage at 2pm. That's dedication!
Hart appeared at an Ottawa store I don't really care to advertise this time. (I still find it astonishing that common politeness can fly out the window in the presence of authors when some staff go on a power trip with 'the media'.)
Feel free to purchase a print of the great wrestler, Bret Hart, here on my recent blog post, http://www.johnwmacdonald.com/blog/2009/01/bret-hart.html
Friday, December 07, 2007
Jean Chretien & Baby Tattoo
Mom got her book signed and the baby picked up a temporary ink souvenier from former Prime Minister Jean Chretien at a book signing event at Chapters in Ottawa, 7 December 2007. Chretien was a no show at the Ottawa International Writers Festival in October due to a sudden illness. He was a 'signing machine' tonight as the store was at full capacity for the appearance of the former PM.
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Shelagh Rogers & Benoit Bourque
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Dave Bidini read from a few chapters of his latest book, "Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs" (McClelland & Stewart, $32.99). The chapter on the band's China tour is worth the price of the book alone. It's been about two years since I last saw Dave read, coincidentally, at the same venue - Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeebar. He's a good shit.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards
2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
I edited these photos -- which are for sale (print and/or online use)-- to the music of T. Nile which I discovered at the ceremony on the weekend. Listen to some of her wonderful music here. Thanks goes to Thom Fountain who invited me to take the award photos backstage at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. (The studio lighting was a basic three light setup: two umbrellas at approx. 45 degrees at 1/2 power and one strobe 1/8 power from behind to provide separation from the background.)
More information on the 2007 winners are at the official Canadian Folk Music Awards web site.