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VIDEO Post: Dissent Chill: The Chill Against Political Dissent in Indie Art – Panel Discussion

VIDEO Post: Dissent Chill: The Chill Against Political Dissent in Indie Art – Panel Discussion

By on Nov 20, 2012 in News, On The Road, Video | 0 comments

Watch directly on youtube The Chill Against Political Dissent in Art (Canadian) (recorded from the panel discussion Sat. nov 17, 2012, Vancouver BC) As the conservative government threatens art grants and rejects funding for artistic projects and centres that support projects it sees as anti-government or “glorify[ing] terrorism,” are artists and art centres afraid to create controversial works for fear of losing funding? Panelists will discuss the perceptions and realities surrounding this topic. About the Panelists: Charlie Demers Born and raised in Vancouver, this activist and comedian is a a regular performer on CBC Radio One’s The Debaters, and co-host of Citytv’s comedic panel show The Citynews List in Vancouver. In 2005, he was the judges’ choice for Vancouver’s funniest new comic; since then he has been featured on national radio, in print, as well as in festivals and live venues across Canada and the Pacific Northwest and with Paul Bae as the sketch duo “Bucket”―the act Robin Williams called “the future of comedy.” His first novel, The Prescription Errors (Insomniac Press), is out now.   Dr. Ray Hsu  Dr. Ray Hsu lectures widely on creativity, education, and leadership. He was recently invited to give a TEDx talk on “How to Live a Creative Life.” While teaching in a US prison for two years, Hsu founded the Prison Writing Workshop as a forum for incarcerated writers to develop and publish their work. He worked with a local radio host in order to showcase their work on public radio. A co-founder of Art Song Lab, Hsu’s interdisciplinary platform to create fusions across poetry, music, and performance began with a wish to make his artistic friendship available to other creators. He is the author of two award-winning books and has written for over 50 publications internationally. He also interviews regularly for television, radio, and magazines as UBC Expert in youth trends, popular culture, and diversity.     Mark Leiren-Young Mark Leiren-Young is the author of Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, winner of the 2009 Leacock Medal for Humour. He wrote, directed and produced the award-winning feature film The Green Chain and wrote and produced the EarthVision award–winning TV comedy special Greenpieces. His stage plays have been produced throughout Canada and the US...

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Occupy Love after Party :) VIFF @Vcrow @occupylove

By on Oct 5, 2012 in 2012 VIFF, On The Road, Photos | 0 comments

Occupy Love after Party 🙂 VIFF, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: Images from the Vancouver International Film Festival Party for Occupy Love the film, with Velcrow and friends. Feel free to tag yourself! Please share and support the film at www.occupylove.org See the Talkback video/write up and tune in at www.enlightenarts.com Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Taken with an IPhone 4 and evolved with Photoshop. A note about night photos. I hate flash. I want to catch natural situations, and unscripted moments when people are in the flow… and so…. these photos are taken with an IPhone 4 and evolved with Photoshop. More of an artform than a photo set really. 🙂 Stay tuned for more. Namaste. Share Is Caring 🙂Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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VIFF Photos: Occupy Love Film Premiere with Velcrow Ripper @occupylove @vcrow

By on Oct 5, 2012 in 2012 VIFF, On The Road, Photos | 0 comments

Occupy Love Film Premiere with Velcrow Ripper, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: Images from the Vancouver International Film Festival Talkback with Velcrow and friends. Feel free to tag yourself! Please share and support the film at www.occupylove.org See the Talkback video/write up and tune in at www.enlightenarts.com Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Taken with an IPhone 4 and evolved with Photoshop. Share Is Caring 🙂Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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TIFF Travel Notes and A Moment for Meditation: Saturday September 15, 2012

By on Sep 15, 2012 in News, On The Road | 0 comments

For my Toronto Friends, come to my workshop on the 19th!!  Healing 101 will be a great experience.  Positive, powerful and with great tools to take home for how to clear blocks and activate your inner potential, or get more in tune with your inner rhythm so you can figure out what it is you do want. Learn how to get clear and remove blocks standing in your way. Whether you are dealing with chronic pain, illness, or looking to release emotion, reach a new level or break an old pattern, healing work can benefit you. Awareness is the first step towards change.  You are powerful!  Here’s a link to the info.  The workshop is limited to  35 people, so please RSVP to make sure you have a seat. At Origo Books Website On Facebook If you attend I am also giving a 10% off discount on sessions the day of the event.  So don’t miss out!  I offer online/video chat sessions as well as in person ones.  If you are ready to make changes in your life, I am here to support real meaningful growth and shifts.   Meditation: Now having said that, I’d love to share a beautiful and powerful meditation with you.  You can watch the meditation here: And Now On To TIFF: I’ll be back with more news from TIFF, photos and stories about my adventures on Monday. Topics to be covered include: Midnight’s Children, God Loves Caviar, Revolution Save the Humans Party and film, Films I want to see but couldn’t get tickets to, Parties Where My Name Was Actually on the Guest List 😉  Amazing Photos and Videos to come. As it happens, I’ll be continuing on to VIFF (the Vancouver International Film Festival) next, as well as at the Opening of Proud in Toronto, so there will be much more to cover. Today I just want to give a heartfelt and loving HEY to every Barrista and “customer service” pro working in downtown Toronto during TIFF. First of all, for everyone else-  leave more Tips.  Please.  These guys might seem stressed, or be rushed right now, but they have good reason.  And most of them are busy working, so they’re not even...

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Tav’s Travel Notes: TIFF Talkback for “Love is All You Need” and thoughts on when love is not enough…..

By on Sep 13, 2012 in News, On The Road | 0 comments

Technically this post “should” be about the amazing Gala for Love is All You Need.  But another situation has come up as I have been writing, which speaks to such a fundamental lacking of love, that I feel I must comment on it.  Namaste ———————————————— In Response to tragedy this week: At this moment, I am thinking that in Lybia, more than love may be required. A comment on the death of the US Ambassador in Lybia.  I am sending Reiki energy and wishes for peace, and comfort and caring for the families of the three individuals who died. I feel such sadness about this event, that we still live in a world where these things are possible. I believe with all of my heart that ultimately we are all connected by the same force- that we have different ways/languages of expressing this, of explaining it and of achieving it, but that we are all reaching for the same mountaintop.   There are many many paths to get there.  When differences in opinion lead to death, I feel great sadness.  Because we are capable of so much more than this, both individually and collectively.  We are capable of miracles and of transcending our limitations and our differences in ways that are not only ingenious and brilliant and creative, but which solve problems we haven’t even thought of yet at the same time.  But having a seed of potential is not enough.  We must also grow, not only as individuals, but as cultures and people of the world —- together. There are no “right” or “good” words to speak about this event.  There is only sadness, and empathy and a profound and deep deep hope for healing.  There are no words of judgement that I can, or want to give about who was right or who caused this….. just a deep acknowledgement that several extreme religious groups have collided in their desire to attack or prove a point and that now three people who had nothing to do with these extreme ideas are dead because of it.  That in our media I am seeing that these extremists are not only from far away, but also close- here at home.  There is...

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Tav’s Travel Notes: TIFF NOTE #2, Mon Sept 10, 2012. @TIFF_NET

By on Sep 11, 2012 in News, On The Road, Uncategorized | 0 comments

**Note: There is a bit of a time delay for posting at the moment due to needing spaces where I can upload video to the web.  Love and aloha xo There is a funny but all too true joke with media professionals at the festival, that I heard again the other night at a party “well, I guess I should try to see some movies or something.  There are movies here right?”  The tiff whilrwind often means a lot of writing about and chatting up, and partying til it’s 1999 again.  Fitting in the actual watching of films can be a challenge when you’re chasing Johnny Depp or Pierce Brosnan across a red carpet, (or jumping out of their toilet etc etc for a photo op) On that note, I have resolved this year to see more movies (and still go to many parties).   Saturday night I saw my first film of the festival.  A documentary called “Lunarcy!”. Entertaining and thoughtful, this documentary is a must see for those out there who love the stars and are also wondering just why we haven’t made it to the moon yet. TIFF Says:  In this irresistibly zany, sharp-witted documentary, director Simon Ennis introduces us to an unforgettable group of characters whose obsession with the moon and lunar colonization has given birth to utopian dreams of truly galactic proportions.  http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2012/lunarcy The  most unforgettable character of them all is Christopher Carson.  Chris wants to live on the moon. He is also sweet, definitely a geek, and genuinely knowledgable and versed in what it would take to make his dream happen.  There’s a beautiful moment in the film where Chris is asked what’s wrong with our reality here, now, and he replies with such a beautiful, succinct and scathing comment on our coffee fuelled, mcdonald’s driven society.  “when you’re holding that big mac in your hands you don’t need to ask what’s wrong.  You are holding it in your hands.” (excuse the terrible paraphrase, Chris…. I didn’t have the direct quote) As a Cancerian (ie: someone born in July), and someone with a powerful creative streak, and a passion for feminine archetypes and lunar goddess mythology, I have a personal affinity with the...

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