Even though I've been clean and sober now for almost 18 years, without a doubt, I continue to move through life with the mind of an addict. For me, learning how to "soften into things" means learning how to quiet my ego, the presence that convinces me that in order to build myself up, I need to tear someone else down.
Art and I get on the dance floor as often as we can, whenever there is a musician here to play for us. And even when we're not dancing, I try to keep moving every day. I'll be the first to tell you it's such an important part of living a happy life (that, and always telling the truth. I never lie; my father said if you lie you need to remember all your lies which is too difficult, especially at my age.)
Summer is almost behind us and it's been anything but a boring one for electronic music fans, from torrential rain at Burning Man to drug deaths at VELD. With festival season drawing to a close we're bringing you our report from Shambhala on the Bundschuh's farm in the Kootenay Rockies. HuffPost Canada made the trek to the property near Salmo, B.C. with 13,000 or so others to take in the 17th edition of this innovative spectacle. The breathtaking setting provided the foundation for encounters with musicians such as Moby, Andy C and A Tribe Called Red, as well as the backdrop for a collection of life-changing moments -- literally.
These past couple of years, my journey as a woman has been isolating and painful due to an illness. I continue on the journey of bleak medical hallways that offer little solace for what seems like a lonely affliction. But being in this dance class and seeing my instructor with a hospital patch on her chest and buzzed hair; I realize that in our weaknesses we are strong.
The question of inclusion, integration and segregation has been an important one in shaping their program to what it is today. So what is best for individuals with special needs when looking at community programming? Is it a segregated specialized program just for them? A program where they are integrated into a "regular" class? Or complete inclusion? And what is the difference?
A heist is going down in Toronto and you're invited to infiltrate a secret world of operatives, agents and radicals. All you need is your iPhone. F/, a Toronto-based dance company, has created Jacqueries; a promenade-style dance/theatre hybrid layered with digital elements that audiences experience via an iPhone app.
Fringe festivals are all about providing an accessible avenue for independent theatre artists to produce and perform their work in front of an audience. The Fringe is really the essence of theatre; virtually anybody can submit a show to the Fringe and the festivals place no limits on content so shows can be bold, raw and uncensored.
If there's one rule every one of the scores of broadcast journalists I've ever coached -- in Canada or overseas -- agrees with (at least in theory) it's this: the best broadcaster talks to one person, and only one person, at a time. And shares information with that person. Here some ideas on anchoring.
Jorn Weisbrodt, the new artistic director for Luminato, which runs from June 8 until June 17, sat down with me for lunch. As a new Torontonian, Jorn had almost as many questions for me as I did for him, but somehow, I left wondering more and more about this great city we live in, and what will happen when Luminato opens its doors this month...