As a writer and photographer I travel between my life in Toronto, my life in Antigua, and anywhere else my wanderings may take me ... writing my books and enjoying local arts and adventures along the way.

Did You Miss this at Nuit Blanche? Part II: The Unique Signature of Sunny Choi

Her works display a finely tuned sense of the traces of personality in a woman

Sunny likes to capture body language. She started by taking pictures of models … taking about fifty pictures of each. Then she’d base her painting on the three or four that were somehow the most the most compelling. She found that inevitably her work conveyed some core element of the model’s personality solely through of her sensitivity to the model’s body language.

Did You Miss this at Nuit Blanche? Part I: Etobicoke School of the Arts


The depth of skill and insight in the works of these young artists was inspiring. I spoke to Alex and Margaux to learn about their work before the excitement and activity of the Nuit Blanche show started.

Russian Canadian Artist on the Edge of Nuit Blanche

Alexandre with one of his pieces inspired by the sculptures on Easter Island.

Alexandre will open the unique works in his studio to public viewing during the hours of the Nuit Blanche art festival. Located in the heart of the festival zone, he did not register so his studio won’t be listed on the official festival program guide. I asked whether, despite him being a recognized artist of some acclaim, that operating on the periphery of the festival made him an outlaw. “The artist is always an outlaw” he answered.

Vicarious Middle-Aged Skateboarding Adventures in the City

There is only one free way to get high.

I had a flashback of one night many years ago when I was out drinking with the buddies. I stopped a kid I saw with a skateboard and telling him I used to be a great skater I promised that I’d show him some old school moves. Soon afterwards I found myself laid out on my back in the street despite being dressed in a suit and tie that night. I saw that look in the young dudes eyes and I knew it was over.

Urban Adventures in High Park

An iron sculpture of a sunflower peeks out from the middle of a garden.

From my viewpoint, Toronto’s High Park fills a similar role to the city as New York’s Central Park does to the big apple. It’s an absolutely massive park in the city and it’s a hub of activity . After not having actually walked through it for years, today found us in the park recovering from the crash landings of our plane amidst Indian burial ground protests and gun brandishing film makers. A great urban adventure.

Don Valley Brickworks

The Don Valley Brickworks hosts many activies during the summer. The Saturday morning farmers market is a real treat in the heart of the city.

This weekend the kids and I went bicycling on the beautiful trails that pass through the Don Valley Brickworks and that extend through to the Toronto beaches other green spaces right across the city. Big plans are in the works for the Brickworks, and we could see the evidence of those plans all around. But it was the wildlife that captivated us.

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