One of the themes of the summer of 2016 was art & my appreciation for modern & installation art grew & this Throwback Thursday post is dedicated to in/future the art festival put on by Art Spin & Small World Music in the now closed Ontario Place.
Living this summer on a budget I have learned that being outdoors & walking are key ingredients to finding plenty of free or really cheap entertainment. I’ve walked to & around a lot of places this summer just to get out & occupy my mind.
Embracing the life change that came this year, my summer of 2016 bucket list consists of things that don’t require me to spend any money, or very little money. Truth time – having to fill my time to avoid the monotony of the job search has made me get creative in ways I never bothered to in the past. Patio drinks & shopping every weekend are just not an option for me.
So when a friend invited me to join her at on a trip to the Aberfoyle Antique Market a few weeks ago, I naturally said yes. It is on my summer bucket list!
If I can share one piece of life wisdom with you today it is this:
Spend your time & money on experiences that you love.
It doesn’t matter how much money you make (well it does obviously, but stay with me), what is the point of making money if you can never enjoy it? So if you can do one thing with your budget this summer – pick one experience you REALLY want & spend it on that.
I have never regretted the time & money I spent on a trip or a concert. I do however regret the time I spent working myself to exhaustion & the money I spent on too many pair of shoes that I don’t wear. Even thought I may have been as poor as a church mouse after my first trip to London I have never regretted the trip.
A summer tradition that Klara & I started accidentally a few years ago, is attending at least one outdoor concert or festival in the Summer. Because, we only get so many months of summer in Toronto & we love music. It started with the Kings of Leon concert we attended in 2014, then continued with Edgefest in 2015 to see Milky Chance & in 2016 we went to Bestival Toronto!
You know that thing you like to do but never do enough of?
Going to Toronto Island was that thing for me. My schedule never allowed me to plan an Island day too frequently & I think I use to think it was “too far” to go by myself. I had to cross water, which clearly that was not a thing one did by themselves.
Strange, the things you tell yourself that limit your joy of life.
Well, as 2016 is a NEW year for me. It is a year in which I find myself in totally unchartered territory, but in a very good way, & so going to the Island after work on Sunday was my plan.
Toronto was lucky this past weekend. Summer came early in 2016. It came with cloudless skies, 30 degree temperatures & balmy breezes. Kensington Market’s first Pedestrian Sunday was the icing on the cities cake.
Lately, I’ve been feeling uninspired, uncreative & a bit lazy. There are things I need to do & things I want to & can do, but sometimes it is hard to find the motivation. And I am out of practice with in applying my creative talents to artistic or experimental or even just purely creative endeavors.
Still, all excuses. So last Wednesday I biked my butt down to the AGO for an afternoon of free art to get some inspiration.
Bonus life points: the AGO has free general admission on Wednesday nights.
Double Bonus life points: I can bike down to the AGO in 15 minutes from my house. Continue reading
Children of the 80’s Beware
Did you hear that they re-made the 1980’s classic Adventures in Babysitting? No? Me neither, that is until I checked IMDB’s new trailers section.
Did you watch the Grammy’s this year? I stopped watching the Grammy’s a few years back when I discovered that I enjoyed the experience of catching up on the news & gossip after the Grammy’s versus watching them live.
So while I may not be able to speak to the entertainment value of the Grammy’s as an event, I can certainly talk about the thing you really care about – the controversy & the gossip. Although anything that is 3 hours long with commercials’ cannot be that entertaining.
This past Sunday our talented friend Noah Pascoe celebrated the release of his debut solo album, “There Goes My Head“, and his impending life altering move to Thailand.
Pascoe’s Last Waltz
The album release party was held at Kicking Tire Studio and had a chill, celebratory vibe that comes about when one brings together ones various groups of friends to celebrate an achievement.
“I thought we were winning?”
A totally “slight too late to take opportunity of the organic search traffic” post, but a total “I don’t care because I like to write about this show” post.
The finale of the first season of Fear the Walking Dead, did not disappoint me. It had the zombie killing action, character surprises & revelation, & societal destruction that I wanted to see.
So how far off was I with my predictions at the end of Coblat? Lets discuss shall we?
*SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE 6TH EPISODE OR THE WHOLE SEASON.