With a mission to introduce good, primarily Canadian jazz, in a non-exclusionary and culturally inclusive fashion and drawing more than 1 million people annually, the Beaches JazzFest encourages Torontonians, Canadians and visitors from abroad to reach out and enjoy Canadian and international jazz talent and innovation. Rather than having Canadian talent first being recognized abroad before being accepted locally – JazzFest legitimizes local talent and continues to provide a springboard for artists to catapult into the world music scene. All for free and within easy walking distance of Lake Ontario..
I shoot every weekend with some close friends and we recently went to The Brick Works, a dynamic public space in the heart of Toronto’s Don Valley. Transformed from a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into a global showcase for green design and urban sustainability, Evergreen Brick Works was named one of the top 10 geotourism destinations in the world by National Geographic in 2010.
Jojo (Joanne) Morra is a versatile and extremely talented jazz performer from Toronto. I thoroughly enjoyed shooting her and the band-Jeff Hewer on guitar, John Pagnotta on sax, Rachel Melas on bass and Philip Myers on skins. So much fun, so much talent.
It’s been a long, cold and dreary winter in Toronto. I decided to visit Allan Gardens, an indoor conservatory which features numerous interesting and colourful plants. As an added bonus, it’s also very warm….
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), also known as The Ex, is an annual event that has taken place during the last days of summer each year since 1879. With approximately 1.4 million visitors each year, the CNE is Canada’s largest annual fair and the seventh largest in North America.
I love going to the Ex, the smells, the sites, the sounds…. it makes me feel like I’m 10 years old!!
I love macro photography for 2 reasons: First, I love the artistic challenge of photographing the unseen beauty of nature. Second, the process forces me to think outside the box and to realize how truly interconnected and beautiful life really … Continue reading →
I love fireworks-it always brings out my inner child. This year for Canada Day, I went to Port Credit which is on the shores of Lake Ontario immediately west of Toronto. In an effort to include Port Credit’s iconic Lighthouse in the foreground, I set up my gear in the back of a parking lot. I stood on a platform built for the disposal of fish guts from the fishing tour boats which were moored adjacent to the parking lot. Not surprisingly, I had no problems getting a seat on the bus on the way home !!
Every year the Tall Ships visit Toronto providing the spectators with a glimpse of what it must have been like in centuries past. Every time I see them, I always think about pirate ships and Jack Sparrow, Captains Kidd, Blackbeard etc……
I recently went on a photo shoot to Webster’s Falls with one of Canada’s leading professional photographers, Iden Ford (see photo below). Located approximately 60 km northwest of Toronto, I enjoyed an incredible (if somewhat damp) day -not only because of the photography, but also because of Iden’s company and his willingness to share his expertise.