TVCITY – Rock Eucharist

TVCITY is part of an effort to take wider cinematic views of city life.
For the first episode, I went to the monthly Rock Eucharist service at the Church of the Redeemer- this month featured the music of Michael Jackson.

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I thought of making TVCITY STREET STYLE 69 a more sexually themed video, spelling out provocative things by editing together shots of individual words from building signs. As funny as that would have been, I think it’s important to let the amazing creative stylish people set the tone for each video.

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Humans of Toronto- I’m talking to people on the streets now. DAN ON THE STREET.

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There’s a cuteness and elegance to Toronto Fashion Week and I think this new video captures some of that scene. It felt like the photographer to subject ratio was a bit high, but it was unseasonably cold and few people were hanging out outside.

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Post daylight savings time is great for street style- the sun is finally out after work, and the weather is nice enough so that everyone is starting to dress up a bit. The long winter has messed up my bike, so it’s been tough to bike all around the city, which is why the last few videos have been a bit Queen West-heavy. But it’s true that Queen West is where most of the innovative street fashion is happening, and its inclusion on Vogue’s (not hierarchal) list of the world’s most stylish neighbourhoods is probably accurate. Every time the temperature rises a few degrees, there’s an explosion of fashion and it’s really great to see the streets coming back to life.

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Impromptu Food Bomb- I can’t even go into a barbecue place without getting offered piles of duck heads!

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I am partnering with Torontoist to publish videos in my TVCITY Street Style series, as well as other videos (coming soon)! It might not look it, but spring has done begun. I bumped into the older gentleman punk whose picture I have asked for probably over 20 times now and he will probably never let me take his picture. But he is as bemused as he is annoyed so I will continue to ask him whenever I see him.

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Shot at the AGO First Thursdays Basquiat party!

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Blue hair is happening, but yesterday at Yonge & Eglinton I saw some purple hair and purple so easily leads to red and pink.

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Blue is the Warmest Colour- because it’s a cold winter and blue hair seems to be the thing right now. Lots of burgundy heads, but that’s from hats, often with matching burgundy boots.

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First-person trilogy.

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Listen to the video- I say I’m a video artist I guess I mean it. The story of the pizza pole is longer than be contained in this video so I might need to revisit it. I have been in my post pizza pole period for over two summers it is my greatest triumph and failure,and its lessons continue to reverberate in my mind.

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Susur’s Special Sauce Secrets!
I talked with Chef Susur Lee and tried to get him to reveal some secrets. He didn’t really give up any secrets, but it was a great discussion and herb oils are definitely a really useful thing to have in the kitchen. 2015 I WILL USE MORE HERB OIL.

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LAMB HEADCHEESE
There’s more potential to lamb heads. More aggressive Middle-Eastern flavours for the next one.

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Barely finished it before the end of the year! There have been so many inspiring and amazing people I filmed in 2014. I still don’t feel like a professional fashion photographer but I feel a bit less weird around fashion week than I used to.

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RELEASE THE QUACKEN
My latest food video for the Globe & Mail. DON’T EVER SANDWICH A DUCK BETWEEN OTHER BIRDS. The duck belongs on the outside.

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I interviewed Chef Susur Lee and had him demonstrate his ‘signature’ dish, the Singaporean Slaw.
I’m excited to have made my first professional food video after many years of making some of the world’s most unprofessional food videos.

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This could be the last Street Style video of the year, and I think many people in the city feel an extra weariness. That weariness for me disappears when I get a chance to film and be inspired by people on the street. The next videos will mark a period of expansion and adjustment, as I look back on this body of work and assess my successes and failures. A key part of this series has been consistency, but I will need to balance this with growth and some experimentation.

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Setting the world on fire with fashion week STREET STYLE.

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90 videos in- I still haven’t been able to get this awesome older German punk despite asking him well over a dozen times in the last 3 years. He finds the whole thing amusing, so it’s not like I’m actively bothering him with my persistence, but he is just too cool to participate in something so foolish.

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