February 10, 2017

Thread


Anytime I can combine photography with live music I'm pretty much in my element, so I was thrilled to cover my friend Mary Ann Allosserys' band Thread at The Rainbow a couple or weeks ago.

Thread are Mary Ann Allossery (the bands songwriter, drummer and lead singer), Greg Lipin on lead guitar, Eddy Benavidez on bass, and Kevin McHale on keys and sax.

Husband and wife duo Greg and Mary Ann, have been the core of the band since its inception.

Thread released their first album, In My Dreams, in 2011. Recorded and produced by Greg in Mountbatten Studios, the album is available for sale through CD baby.

The band are hard at work on a follow up due out the summer of 2017.

Upcoming shows in Ottawa include:

March 18th at Moose McGuire’s Rock this Joint, Battle of the Bands

March 25th, 4-7 pm, Rainbow Bistro

April 22nd, 4-7 pm, Rainbow Bistro

May 6, 8-11 pm, at Avant Garde

All venues are in Ottawa!



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January 25, 2017

Complexity and Empires


In a world optimized for humans to flourish, ideally, we’d want the smartest*, most brilliant minds to have the greatest influence, on the greatest amount of people. I don’t mean book smart, I think that ‘smart’ should include compassion, empathy and humility.

Whomever the smartest people on the planet are right now, ought to lead the planet.

The smartest person in your town should be mayor.

Trump offers us ample illustration that this isn’t the case, and the question that I’m posing today is why not?

Did we not put enough safeguards in place to prevent this?

Did we fail to implement those safeguards to stop the very thing they were designed for? [...]
January 21, 2017

It begins today


Obamas

Enough Americans wanted an alternative to a Clinton coronation and I don’t really blame them. One Clinton and one Bush is a good rule of thumb.

I was a Bernie Sanders man myself, and before that Howard bloody Dean.

The Republican candidate offering change this time around was a narcissistic billionaire with an orange glow not found in the natural world and a comb-over

Cable news gave him free press all through the Primaries and into the General, because the guy was ratings gold. Some of those cable channels spoke glowingly and without irony about his 'mastery of the medium’

He got a free pass on releasing his tax returns, a free pass on divesting his businesses. [...]
January 16, 2017

Music for a Monday Morning


I never get bored with this song.

Leaning to play it, slowly; Dave has a unique style where he plays the bass and the chords and there's a weird tuning - more than a handful for a gonzo guitarist like me :-)

Enjoy
January 13, 2017

Back-ups and Murphy’s Law

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This heartbreaking story about a Montreal photographer reminds me how our work as photographers is basically data, collections of bits and bytes, and easily lost.

I can imagine how it would feel to lose a single shoot, never mind a years worth of images.

It's not just client shoots either - a lot of us have huge collections of family photo's on our computers, so some sort of security is just as important to the casual photographer.

Last spring I shot a wedding and flew home with my images just on the camera’s flash cards and it totally stressed me out.[...]
January 12, 2017

Creativity over Calculation


This post is inspired from reading "a letter to my younger self" by the Brazilian Soccer Genius Ronaldinho.

If you're looking to get your child involved in physical activity and a sport for life (don't assume elementary school is providing that) there's something you should know about soccer.

It's cheap.[...]
January 9, 2017

Monday Morning Goodness


This'll make your Monday a little sweeter.

Grab a coffee and pair of headphones.

Trust me his one.


January 7, 2017

Who to read in 2017…


I've long been a fan of Matt Taibbis' work at Rolling Stone, particularly his writing on the 2008 financial meltdown.

Partly because of his journalism but also his irreverance; nobody drops the word 'horseshit' at the right time and place with as much aplomb.

My favourite writer on the Trump era, is Sarah Kendzior who writes Op-Ed pieces for the Globe and Mail among others.

I can't watch CNN, or any of the cable news networks, and Kendzior is the antidote for their complicit hackery.

How seriously screwed are we with Trump running the show, having filled his cabinet with lunatics and idealogues?

Kendzior is like a reset switch, a reminder that the mainstream media has wandered way off being able or willing to answer that for us. [...]