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Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Verge, Feb 7 2018

VERGE

FEB 8-9 / 8PM

WCD’s commitment to developing young artists continues as Stephanie Ballard shares her 2 weeks of research and creation on emerging and professional dancers.  Recent graduates and graduating students of the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers get a jump start to their careers with this exciting initiative.

Click here to read the Verge 2018 Program

 

Video Artist: Kayla Jeanson is a filmmaker and dance artist who studied film at the University of Manitoba and modern dance at the School of Contemporary Dancers. Her films have been viewed at international film festivals such as Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia), Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (Illinois), and IndieCork (Cork, UK). She has created video for stage with Ming Hon, Peter Quanz, Tom Stroud, and numerous Fringe theatre productions.

Arlo Reva is a 2008 graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program. She has studied at the Banff Centre’s Indigenous Dance Residency where she performed works by Javier Dzul and Neil Ieremia. Arlo has worked with Santee Smith’s company Kaha:wi Dance Theatre in Toronto, New Mexico, Australia & Japan. She has worked with Sandra Laronde’s company Red Sky Performance in Toronto, Banff, and Vancouver. In Winnipeg, Arlo has worked with Stephanie Ballard, Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Odette Heyn, Peter Quanz, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Loa Olafson, Nina Patel, Jeff Dimitriou and Zorya Arrow. Arlo is a founding member of Winnipeg’s Drive Dance.

 

 

 

Alexandra Winters has worked with Stephanie Ballard and Dancers, Company Constance Cooke, Gearshifting Performance Works, Janelle Hacault and Kayla Jeanson through the Young Lungs Dance Exchange Research Series, and Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. She was a guest artist with GPS Dance Collective on their tour to Leon, Mexico and participated as a dancer at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity in the Creative Gesture – Collective Composition Lab for Music and Dance. She looks forward to working with choreographer Jason Martin in WCD’s spring show and has an upcoming project with @tendance/C.Medina in Austria. She is a 2015 graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program.

 

VERGE Artists:
Jennifer Bonner is a 2016 graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program. She has had the privilege to work twice in Calgary with Dancer’s Studio West’s Professional Bridging Program under the mentorship of Davida Monk. Jennifer has also performed across country in Robert Desrosier’s 50 Dancer Project: Timeframe for CDF 2016 in Ottawa, and twice in Regina’s Fire and Ice festival. In the past she has performed works by Susie Burpee, Constance Cooke, Bill Evans, Odette Heyn, Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Jennifer Mascall, Roger Sinha, and many others. She has also had the honour to work with Stephanie Ballard and Dancers, and is happy to be completing her second year with WCD’s Verge.

Allison Brooks is a 2017 graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program, and is excited to be a part of this year’s VERGE. In July, she danced with GPS Collective on a tour to Leon, Mexico, and worked with choreographer Meagan O’Shea in Newfoundland as part of Stand Up Dance: Pop up Dances for the World Dance Alliance Global Summit. She has also worked with Roger Sinha for NAfro’s Moving Inspirations Dance Festival. She will be working with Montréal choreographer Jason Martin as part of WCD’s spring show, and looks forward to working with Company Constance Cooke in 2018.

Mark Dela Cruz is in his graduating year in the School of Contemporary Dancers. He has had the privilege of performing in professional projects with Drive Dance, Stephanie Ballard and Dancers, Gearshifting Performance Works. During this season, he has an apprenticeship with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers for the Danielle Sturk project. He performed in Robert Desrosier’s 50 Dancer Project: Timeframe for CDF 2016 in Ottawa and anticipates returning to perform in CDF 2018. Mark created DWNSTRM which was performed at the MTYP for Losing Tides: A Watershed Awareness Gala, Blueprints, and for SCD’s Public School Tours. Mark is a Hip Hop Dance Instructor, Choreographer and Performer; projects he’s undertaken include BOSS Dance Company’s The Artist Within and NBS’s Sharing Dance Day.

Emma Del Monte is in her graduating year in the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers. Emma has had the opportunity of working closely with Doug Letheren, Mikaila Wallace and Dario Dinuzzi. She has had the honour of working professionally with Stephanie Ballard and Dancers as well as Sinha Danse. She will also be working with Mascall Dance in Vancouver this summer. Emma is very excited to be a part of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers’ Verge.

Neilla Hawley is in her final year of the Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers and will graduate with a BA Honours in Dance. In the fall of 2017, she performed with Sinha Danse for NAfro Dance Productions’ Moving Inspirations Dance Festival. She has also performed with Stephanie Ballard and Dancers ‘Landscape Dancing’ on several occasions. She is honoured to be working with Ms. Ballard again in WCD’s Verge.

Shawn MacLaine graduated from the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers in 2017. In July, he performed with GPS Collective on a tour to Leon, Mexico, and worked with choreographer Meagan O’Shea in Newfoundland as part of Stand Up Dance: Pop up Dances for the World Dance Alliance Global Summit. In the past season, Shawn performed in a work by Marie-Josée Chartier with Gearshifting Performance Works. He is honoured to have a mentorship with Gearshifting Performance Works for the 2017-2018 season and looks forward to performing in Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers’ Verge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A Charlie Brown Double Bill” Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Dec 5, 2017

A CHARLIE BROWN DOUBLE BILL An MTYP Production

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

BASED ON THE COMIC STRIP “PEANUTS” BY Charles M. Schulz

BOOK, MUSIC AND LYRICS BY Clark Gesner

ADDITIONAL DIALOGUE BY Michael Mayer

ADDITIONAL MUSIC AND LYRICS BY Andrew Lippa

ORIGINAL DIRECTION FOR THIS VERSION OF “YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN” BY Michael Mayer

ORIGINALLY PRODUCED IN NEW YORK BY Arthur Whitelaw AND Gene Persson

A Charlie Brown Christmas

BY Charles M. Schulz
BASED ON THE TELEVISION SPECIAL BY Bill Melendez AND Lee Mendelson STAGE ADAPTATION BY Eric Schaeffer
BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH Arthur Whitelaw AND Ruby Persson

A Charlie Brown Christmas IS PRESENTED BY ARRANGEMENT WITH TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022

CHARLIE BROWN Peter Fernandes

Click HERE to see the program

SALLY BROWN Julie Lumsden

 

LUCY VAN PELT Jillian Willems

 

THE ARTISTIC TEAM

DIRECTOR Pablo Felices-Luna ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Katie German
SET, PROPS AND COSTUME DESIGNER Gillian Gallow DESIGN ASSISTANT Eric Dizon

LIGHTING DESIGNER Hugh Conacher

CHOREOGRAPHER Sara Topham

MUSIC DIRECTOR Paul De Gurse
STAGE MANAGER Ali Fulmyk

APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER Zoë Leclerc-Kennedy

THE CAST:

CHARLIE BROWN Peter Fernandes
LINUS VAN PELT Nelson Bettencourt
LUCY VAN PELT Jillian Willems
SALLY BROWN Julie Lumsden
SNOOPY Ari Weinberg
SCHROEDER | PIANO Paul De Gurse
PIG PEN | PERCUSSIONIST Ryan Voth
FRIEDA | BASS | TROMBONE Marie-Josee Dandeneau

THE CREW:

INTERIM PRODUCTION MANAGER Brooklyne Alexander TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Curtis Cushnie
SCENIC CARPENTER Christian Hadley
HEAD OF PAINT | PROPS ASSISTANT Janelle Regalbuto HEAD OF WARDROBE Diane Klisko

INTERIM HEAD OF PROPERTIES Ntara Curry VENUE TECHNICIAN Eric Bosse CARPENTER | RUNNING CREW Khaeler Bautista SEWER Claire Sparling, Erika Watchorn PROPS ASSISTANT Jennifer Bahniuk

SPECIAL THANKS: IATSE Local 63, Marshall Fabrics, Rainbow Stage, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, QOne

 

 

PIG PEN | PERCUSSIONIST Ryan Voth, LINUS VAN PELT Nelson Bettencourt, CHARLIE BROWN Peter Fernandes, FRIEDA | BASS | TROMBONE Marie-Josee Dandeneau

 

 

LINUS VAN PELT Nelson Bettencourt

 

 

 

SNOOPY Ari Weinberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Dec 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sad Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

Flesh and Machine, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Nov 28, 2017

FLESH+MACHINE

NOV 30 & DEC 1-2 / 8PM*

The World Premiere of Danielle Sturk’s new full evening work created in residence at WCD on dancers Johanna Riley, Natasha Torres-Garner, Ali Robson, Zorya Arrow, and Mark Dela Cruz. Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD) is excited to launch our 2017/2018 season with this production of integrated dance and camera performance. The use of camera manipulation within the dance explores inter-relationships, intimacy and public space, shining a light into the corners of our soul, exposing desires, intentions and personality.

Flesh + Machine, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, created by Danielle Sturk

 

 

Johanna Riley, Natasha Torres-Garner, Ali Robson, Zorya Arrow, and Mark Dela Cruz, in no particular order

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Inspirations Dance Festival classes, Nov 2 2017

Nafro Dance. Moving Inspirations Dance Festival, Winnipeg, Pulford Street Studio

 

 

 

 

Michele Moss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dance Class, Winnipeg

 

 

 

 

BaKari I. Lindsay runs the dance class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BaKari I Lindsay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talking about dance with Vincent Mantsoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zulu Dance with Vincent Mantsoe

 

 

 

 

Vincent Mantsoe

 

Nafro Dance Festival, Winnipeg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charmaine Headley, COBA Toronto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charmaine Headley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Ormsby

 

Long Hair Ponytail dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Ormsby leads the masterclass in dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LuLu Sala, Chris Walker

 

 

Downtown BIZ Night Light Photo Walk, October 11 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip to Ottawa, Sept 17 2017

A quick trip to Ottawa from Winnipeg to shoot some art in Senator Pat Bovey’s office. She is turning her corner of the East Block into a kind of Manitoban Embassy where art and culture are the language of diplomacy.

Ottawa man hole cover

 

Ghost sign in Ottawa on Bank street

 

Office blocks in Ottawa make a canyon feeling downtown

 

Ottawa pedestrian

 

Somerset House, 1896, Ottawa

 

Chamberlain House, 1894, Ottawa Victorian Mansion

 

 

Mid Century Modern Architecture, Ottawa, The Attache

 

The Rideau Canal, Ottawa

 

 

 

The Rideau Canal and The Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa

 

 

Laurier looking out over Ottawa

 

1812 war statue, Parliament Hill, Ottawa

 

 

Victorian High Gothic Architecture style, 1866, Ottawa East Block

 

 

The peace tower, Ottawa

 

Parliament Hill, Centre Block, built 196-1927. Gothic Revival style architecture

 

 

The wonderful old Library on Parliament Hill, 1876, Ottawa


 

Library of Parliament, Ottawa

 

PM Teresa May had just visited Ottawa, so there were Union Jacks all around.

 

 

Trip to Iceland, September 5, 2017

A very busy day! Skogafoss waterfall and a hike to the top of the ridge to see more rapids and waterfalls. Then we had lunch in the parking lot and marched down a rocky path to Seljavallalaug and the team had a dip in the natural waters.

And then we went to Sólheimajökull glacier just to look at it, not actually go ice climbing on it. Finally we ended up on
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach as the sun was setting. Lovely!

 

Climbing the many stairs to the top of Skogafoss, Iceland

 

You can rent cute little Renaults from Rent.Is and camp around Iceland! Breakfast in the parking lot!

 

Drones seem to be a new problem in Iceland.

 

Lots of tourists at Skogafoss. It’s a very popular spot.

 

 

Waterfalls and Rainbows. Iceland is too pretty.

 

People seem to walk all over the place and wreck the natural grass and flowers. (Tourist problems in Iceland)

 

 

Please close the gate!

 

 

Tyler seeks out a good shot.

 

There are more beautiful waterfalls above Skogafoss

 

 

 

Beautiful plants and grasses in Iceland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Leif Norman post card shot of Iceland.

 

Leif and Heather with their travelling companion, Edmund the Zebra

 

 

This is what happens when thousands of boots pass over the Icelandic turf. The mud gets folded over and the grass gets killed. This is why people need to stick to one trail, and minimize the damage.

 

 

 

 

 

Closed for Flora Protection. Iceland

 

 

 

 

Camping at Skogafoss, Iceland

 

 

 

Hiking to Seljavallalaug

 

Funky Iceland

 

 

The trail to Seljavallalaug can be a bit treacherous.

 

 

Leaky hot water pipe, Iceland

 

Seljavallalaug; 1923

 

 

The whole crew, except me, at seljavallalaug

 

 

 

 

 

The view of the mountains from seljavallalaug

 

 

 

This is another place where Elves and Huldufolk live in Iceland.

 

 

The built in HDR function in the Canon 6D mark ll can make some fun glitches if the subject moves during the exposures.

 

 

 

“In Drangshlíð by Eyjafjöll mountains there is a big rock in the field, almost the height of 20 men. On one side of it there are caves and big spaces beneath it, and the farmers kept there all of their hay and their cowsheds.” from GuidetoIceland.Is

 

 

Drangshlíð Rock and the Elves in South-Iceland

 

 

Sólheimajökull glacier

 

Sometimes there can be rockslides near sólheimajökull glacier

 

Sólheimajökull glacier shot with the Canon 6D mark ll (digital photo)

 

Sólheimajökull glacier shot on 35mm slide film. Olympus XA2

The digital photo has better detail but the film photo has a better “feel”.

Warning signs at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Sneaker waves can rush up and drag you into the North Atlantic Ocean; and then you will be very dead.

 

 

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland

 

 

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, with Puffins in their nests up on the cliffs.

 

 

 

 

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, by Vik, Iceland

 

 

 

There are so many tourists trying to take photos, that it prevents people from trying to take photos.

 

 

 

“Upon visiting the beach, travellers will immediately observe rocky sea stacks sitting off the shoreline, known as Reynisdrangar. According to local Icelandic folklore, these large basalt columns were once trolls engaged in trying to pull ships from the ocean. However, as bad luck would have it, the dawn quickly arose, turning the trolls into solid stone.” from GuidetoIceland.IS

 

 

 

 

 

Black Sand Beach Restaurant, Iceland

 

 

A nice Icelandic breakfast. Waffles, cold meats, strong coffee and home made jams.

 

Our three rental cars from SadCars. Two old Rav4’s and a new Dacia Duster.

 

 

The Icelandic Pledge

 

Picnic lunch in an Icelandic parking lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip to Iceland, Sept 3 2017

Another great day in and around Reykjavik with the help of the Purple WOW bikes.

Fabulous rocky Icelandic shoreline east of Reykjavik

 

The Reagan / Gorbachev House in Iceland.

from Wikipedia “The Reykjavík Summit was a summit meeting between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, held in Hofdi in Reykjavík, on 11–12 October 1986. The talks collapsed at the last minute, but the progress that had been achieved eventually resulted in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union.”

 

 

Looking west towards Reykjavik

 

AMC Rambler in Iceland

 

Awesome metal sculpture made from what I assume are scavenged maritime parts

 

 

Giant Poisonous Hogweed in Iceland. Don’t touch!

From Wikipedia “Heracleum mantegazzianum, commonly known as giant hogweed,[ cartwheel-flower, giant cow parsnip, hogsbane or giant cow parsley,[6] is a plant in the family Apiaceae. In New Zealand, it is also sometimes called wild parsnip,[2] or wild rhubarb.[2] It typically grows to heights of 2 to 5.5 m (6 ft 7 in to 18 ft 1 in).[7] Superficially, it resembles common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), Heracleum sosnowskyi, or garden angelica(Angelica archangelica). It is phototoxic and considered to be a noxious weed in many jurisdictions. Giant hogweed is native to the Caucasus region and Central Asia. It was introduced to Britain as an ornamental plant in the 19th century, and it has also spread to many other parts of Europe, the United States, and Canada.

The sap of giant hogweed causes phytophotodermatitis in humans, resulting in blisters and long-lasting scars. These serious reactions are due to the furocoumarin derivatives in the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds of the plant.”

 

WOW air rental bikes. Very helpful in getting around Reykjavik!

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAUTHÓLSVÍK

 

 

 

Laugavegur, Reykjavik

 

Downtown Reykjavik

 

 

There are some Icelandic sweaters for sale!

 

 

Street art by Sara Riel, Reykjavik

 

One of the many Reykjavik cats

 

Icelandic door and window design, Reykjavik

 

 

Warm water pipes built into the cement steps to melt the ice. Reykjavik Iceland

 

 

 

Reykjavik City Hall

 

 

 

 

Manitoba has a Gimli and so does Reykjavik

 

 

Fabulous Icelandic Wooden Door

 

 

Vintage and rugged Icelandic fishing boat

 

 

 

Looks like it was a good evening…

 

 

I guess the bike trail ends here…

 

Fish drying hut

 

 

 

 

 

Dried cod heads swinging in the wind, Iceland

 

 

 

Icelandic Yellow Light house

 

 

Cod drying racks

 

 

 

Fótabað í Gróttu. One of the smallest Laugs in Iceland where you can only soak your feet in the nice warm water.

 

 

 

 

 

Support your local Lesbians

 

 

 

 

Trip to Iceland, September 4, 2017

From Reykjavik to Petursey, a little tuff mountain in the south of Iceland just West of Vik. This mountain has Elves living in it, and it is said that good ones live on one side and bad ones live on the other. On the way we passed Seljalandsfoss and Steinahellir cave.

Hveragerði, Iceland from the cliff above.

 

 

Michael with his camera in Iceland

 

Information about Seljalandsfoss

 

Seljalandsfoss

 

 

 

 

 

 

There actual insects in Iceland. Here is a caterpillar.

 

Darren with his wide angle lens in Iceland

 

Looking back towards Seljalandsfoss waterfall

 

Very old Icelandic Hydroelectric power plant

 

A very old sheep watering trough? Carved from solid stone.

 

Gljúfrabúi waterfall, South Iceland. Bring a poncho. You are going to get wet!

 

Looking upward from inside Gljúfrabúi waterfall

 

 

Shooting some Super-8 Film in Iceland

 

 

 

Steinahellir Cave

 

 

Inside Steinahellir Cave

 

 

 

Mystical Icelandic Landscape

 

 

 

Icelandic Horse

 

 

 

 

 

“A peculiar mound stands out south of Pétursey – it is in the shape of a pyramid or a cone and its name is Eyjarhóll – Island Mound. This mound is covered in grass and is also the habitation of elves.” from GuidetoIceland.is

 

Small Icelandic Elf House

 

The outside hot tub at our Reykjavik Hotel that was not operational, yet.

 

SadCars messed up a on our rental a bit, so they gave us muffins!

 

SadCars Garage

 

 

Seljalandsfoss has their own roast of Coffee supplied by Kaffitar.

 

 

 

Trip to Iceland, Sept 2, 2017

We looked at Harpa, again, and because it was raining, the Art Gallery in Reykjavik.

Reykjavik, the Smoky Bay

 

HARPA

 

 

Construction in Reykjavik

 

Detour – Hjáleið

 

 

 

Ingólfur Arnarson

From Wikipedia”

“Ingólfr Arnarson (spelled with a ⟨u⟩ in Modern Icelandic: Ingólfur Arnarson [ˈiŋkoulvʏr̥ ˈartnar̥sɔn]) and his wife, Hallveig Frodesdatter and together with his brother Chiorleif, are commonly recognized as the first permanent Norse settlers of Iceland. According to tradition, they founded Reykjavík in 874.[1]

According to Landnáma (The Icelandic Book of Settlements), he built his homestead in and gave name to Reykjavík in 874. (However, archaeological finds in Iceland suggest settlement may have started somewhat earlier.) The medieval chronicler Ari Thorgilsson said Ingólfr was the first Nordic settler in Iceland, but mentioned that “Papar” – i.e. Irish monks and hermits – had been in the country before the Norsemen. He wrote that they left because they did not want to live amongst the newly arrived Norse pagans.[2]

Landnáma (written two to three centuries after the settlement) contains a long story about Ingólfr’s settlement. The book claims he left Norwayafter becoming involved in a blood feud. He had heard about a new island which Garðar Svavarsson, Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson and others had found in the Atlantic Ocean. With his step brother Hjörleifr Hróðmarsson, he sailed for Iceland. When land was in sight, he threw his high seat pillars (a sign of his being a chieftain) overboard and promised to settle where the gods decided to bring them ashore. Two of his slaves then searched the coasts for three years before finding the pillars in the small bay which eventually became Reykjavík (located in South Western Iceland).[3]

In the meantime, Hjörleifr had been murdered by his Irish slaves because of his ill-treatment of them. Ingólfr hunted them down and killed them in Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands). The islands got their name from that event, but vestmenn (west men) is a name that Norse men at this time sometimes used for Irishmen. Ingólfr was said to have settled a large part of southwestern Iceland, but after his settlement nothing more was known of him. His son, Torstein (Þorsteinn Ingólfsson), was a major chieftain and was said to have founded the first thing, or parliament, in Iceland. It was a forerunner of the Althingi.[4]

His name Ingólfr means “aristocratic wolf”, which would be translated as “royal or kingly wolf.” ”

architecture in Iceland

 

 

Everyone’s a critic. #cockandballs

 

Icelandic Prime Minister’s Office. Built 1771. Used as a prison until 1813. This is a good example of the Icelandic sense of humour.

 

 

 

Icelandic Center Hotel. I think this used to be the newspaper building. Reykjavik

 

Amanda and Ian console a statue by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir who looks like he is having a bad day.

 

 

Pipes under the streets of Reykjavik carry warm volcanic water to melt the ice and snow.

 

 

 

Woman in E art performance at the Reykjavik Art Museum

 

 

Hafnarhúsid, Listasafn Reykjavíkur ( Harbor House Museum )Tryggvagata 17

 

 

 

 

The Flea Market down by the Harbour, Reykjavik

 

 

Yes, they do have Horse meat sausage.

 

He says we won the Bronze medal for the long jump at the Montreal Olympics. I don’t think so…

 

 

Fabulous Icelandic Illustration by Ingi Jensson. The Touristificationof the Police. Icelandic Sterotypes…

 

Stern Icelandic Police Sheep

 

Harpa from the inside

 

The whole crew (minus Walter) at the Laugardalslaug

 

This is what we did every evening. Photo editing editing editing…

 

Kjötsúpa, Icelandic Meat Soup

 

A genuine old Icelandic dude. With a coffee of course.

 

Business parking. Reykjavik

 

laugardalslaug indoor swimming pool

 

Trip to Iceland, September 1, 2017

After an overnight flight where we glimpsed the southern coast of Greenland, we landed in Keflavik Iceland and headed into Reykjavik to drink coffee.

 

Keflavik Airport

 

L hinges for little swing out lights in windows. Popular in Reykjavik.

 

View from inside Reykjavik Cathedral. Excellent Wobbly glass

 

Anno 1847. Reykjavik Cathedral

 

Another view of the Reykjavik Cathedral from a vintage photograph

 

The lovely Art Deco lobby of the Hotel Borg, Reykjavik

 

Art Deco furniture in Iceland. Hotel Borg

 

 

2017 in Reykjavik is rather full of construction and cranes.

 

Harpa

 

 

 

Amanda and Heather in Harpa

 

 

 

Interior of Harpa, Reykjavik

 

 

Little piles of rocks. Why do people pile up little stacks of rocks?

 

 

Horputorg. Do not park here!

 

 

 

Solfar. The Sun Voyager.

 

 

 

 

 

The Icelandic flavour for candy is strong black liquorice.

 

Nearly naked Icelandic Mermaid. Nordur Salt.

 

 

Reykjavik Roasters is my favourite coffee place in the city.

 

CenterHotel Midgardur

 

Photographer Ian McCausland takes a quick nap

 

KEX, very nice decor, and a good burger too.

 

Modern life in Reykjavik. Tearing down the old buildings. This one is holding out though.

 

 

Trip from Toronto to Iceland, Aug 31 2017

A day at the museum in Toronto and around Queen’s Park; then on to Iceland!

The mythical fish Makara from a Chinese tomb tile. It looks very modern for a 1400 year old design. Royal Ontario Museum.

 

 

Grand vaulted ceiling. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

 

Crystal pitcher, carved from Rock.

 

Lizard specimens floating in a jar.

 

Leif Norman self portrait

 

Makara also appears outside the ROM as a bike lock stand.

 

Garbage picking black squirrel.

 

Edward VII equestrian statue

 

Some people live in Queen’s Park

 

Ontario Legislative Building, built 1893

 

 

Art and Philosophy look dubiously toward Law and Philosophy

 

 

 

The Kajama, built in 1930 in Germany. Cargo Schooner on Lake Ontario

 

Toronto street scene

 

Underground in the subway tunnels. Toronto

 

 

Trip to Toronto then Iceland, Aug 29, 30, 2017

Heather and I went on a little jaunt to Toronto to visit my great aunt and uncle, who live near Hamilton, and see the many sights of the big city. Then on to Iceland!

Winnipeg airport early departure.

 

Obligatory photo of the airplane wing over Winnipeg

 

The waterfront tower in Burlington, Ontario

 

Union station train platform, Toronto

 

 

Very old letter in Icelandic in my family archives.
Toronto Union Station

 

 

Chinatown Spadina Toronto. Window Meat.

 

I love the dirty back alleys of Toronto

 

 

 

Kensington Market

 

Spadina Subway station

 

Very sleepy and tired on the subway

 

 

 

Random Toronto street dude with a Vegvisir Icelandic Sigil on the guitar

 

Experiments with the Canon 6D mark ll. It has a built in HDR blending mode which glitches on cars and people when they move. Very cool.

 

 

Dude stopped me on Queen street and asked for a quick headshot.

 

Old Honest Ed’s sign inside Mama Love You Vintage shop on Queen street, Toronto

 

 

 

The rooftops of Toronto

 

Galerie Voltaire, Toronto

 

 

200 King street West. Toronto

 

 

My old buddy Andrew at Foodbenders Ubereats, Toronto

 

 

The GO train at Aldershot station

 

Yummy beer. Hopbot IPA from HopCity.

 

Exchange BIZ, Tourism Winnipeg Photo Walk

Tourism Winnipeg, The Exchange district BIZ and Leif tour Winnipeg’s top Bloggers and Instagram stars (I think they are called Influencers now) around Winnipeg’s famous Exchange District looking for cool photos. We end up at Peg Beer Co for a lovely pint.

I was there to provide Photo inspiration, wisdom and tech support, but this crowd was very experienced and clever, so I’m not sure I added much to the proceedings.

Winnipeg’s top bloggers and Instagram Stars

 

 

Tyler and Riley from Tourism Winnipeg. Nick and Sabrina from Exchange BIZ.

 

Winnipeg’s Graffiti Alley

 

 

 

Hero Lighting on the rusty duct

 

 

 

Mike Peters and Kyle Schappert. Two excellent Winnipeg Photographers.

 

Dedicated Photographers will do anything to get the shot.

 

 

Winnipeg from the top of the Artspace building

 

An impromptu fashion shoot on the roof

 

 

Shooting against the sun at f22 makes nice flare stars

 

 

John Hirsch Alley has remnants of Edwardian loading docks. Winnipeg History

 

Noah Cormack. Winnipeg Photographer

 

Riley and Tyler
A whole bunch of photographers drinking beer. Thanks Tourism Winnipeg and Peg Beer Co.!

RM of Gimli, Centennial Marker, Aug 6 2017

Willow creek, by Highway nine. South of Gimli

 

 

 

R.M. of Gimli Centennial Marker. Historic Site.

 

Willow creek Canoe routes

 

Gimli Centennial Marker

 

RM of Gimli. Historical Highlights

 

St Regis Hotel, June 27 2017

St. Regis Hotel to close next month, ending 107-year run.

Hotel will be demolished to make way for eight-storey complex.

Read more at WinnipegFreePress.com

“One of the city’s oldest hotels — the 107-year-old St. Regis Hotel — will be closing next month as its owners prepare to demolish it and build a new parkade/retail complex on the Smith Street property.

Ontario-based Fortress Real Developments Inc. purchased the hotel and an adjacent parking lot from the city’s downtown development agency — CentreVenture Development Corp. — in 2015 with the intention of demolishing it and replacing it with an eight-storey parkade/office/retail complex.”

 

St Regis Winnipeg, Awesome vintage decorations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old bar. Where people drank and then went out into downtown Winnipeg to make trouble.

 

The Saint Regis Hotel Oak Room

 

 

The hotel has many crutches, walkers and wheelchairs that were left behind. Were the people miraculously cured?

 

Beautiful vintage wood and stained glass. St Regis Hotel, Winnipeg.

 

 

The St Regis Hotel Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old front desk, St Regis Hotel.

 

 

 

 

The messy basement. St Regis Hotel, Winnipeg

 

In case of Emergency phone City Hydro; WHitehall 6-8341

 

 

 

 

Old Compressors and motors fill the basement of the St Regis

 

Bell Refrigerator Co. Winnipeg Manitoba

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Boiler Room

 

 

The Linen Room

 

 

 

Mr Hanlon

 

 

St Regis Hotel Rooms

 

 

The Honeymoon Suite in the Saint Regis Hotel is called “The Retreat” and has a heart shaped tub with peeling red paint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can still see the old wooden moulding above the suspended ceiling

 

 

 

On the roof of the St Regis Hotel. A good view of the Winnipeg Skyline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Winnipeg from the rooftops

 

 

 

 

The wheels at the top of the elevator shaft

 

 

The St Regis elevator shaft

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old beer delivery door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage photo of the Saint Regis Hotel, Winnipeg

 

Road Trip out West, May 26, 2017

An eventful day! We woke up in Silverton, had breakfast in New Denver at the wonderful Apple Tree sandwich shop, took a quick peek at the Nikkei internment memorial centre, and met Hal and Vida in Sandon and got a very full tour of the place. Sandon is called a ghost town but Hal and Vida are bringing it back to life!

“In it’s heyday in the 1890s, Sandon was a city with all the modern conveniences: theatres, stores, 29 hotels, 28 saloons, factories and mills. A large red-light district thrived due to the predominance of men, and several churches did their best to bring morality to this wild boom town. Electricity was “state of the art” and Sandon became the first place in BC to have an electrical utility where every citizen could obtain electrical service. With an abundance of water and steep mountains Sandon was ideally suited to the generation of hydroelectricity. In all, eight hydroelectric systems operated in the Sandon area during the peak years. In 1897, the finest of them all, the Slocan Star plant, later renamed the Silversmith, went into operation to supply electricity and compressed air to Canada’s wealthiest mining company, ancestor of today’s global mining giant Goldcorp. It is still operating today providing 100% green, modern AC electricity for BC’s smallest regulated utility, Silversmith Power & Light.

In addition to the main generating plant, the Silversmith powerhouse also houses an Ingersol-Rand air compressor c. 1897, a Fairbanks-Morse 3-cylinder Oil Engine c. 1917, a Blackstone Diesel Engine c. 1952, a 600-cfm Holman compressor driven by a 6-cylinder GM diesel, and numerous smaller artifacts from Canada’s electrical and industrial past.” from SandonBC.ca

The New Denver area had a lot of bears around in 2016 and 2017

 

 

New Denver, BC

 

Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, New Denver, BC

“The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC)

A National Historic Site dedicated to telling the story of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians who were forcibly relocated during World War II. Located on the site of “The Orchard” internment camp, the NIMC contains original buildings, period artifacts and interpretive displays as well as the Heiwa Teien Peace Garden, designed by the renowned Japanese Canadian gardener, Tomomichi (Roy) Sumi.” from http://newdenver.ca/nikkei/

 

Sandon BC

Sandon BC and the vintage busses

 

Sandon Public School

 

 

Linotype machine in Sandon BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the Sandon Power Generating Station

 

 

Silversmith Powerhouse, Sandon BC

 

 

Vintage tools in the Powerhouse work shed

 

 

 

 

 

Sandon Generating Station, operating continuously since 1897

After Sandon we drove to Kaslo along highway 31A which is really fun. It’s like a roller coaster with lots of turns and hills. We poked around Kaslo a bit and then went to Ainsworth Hot springs, which is one of my favourite places in BC. And then after a quick fashion shoot by Coffee Creek we got on the ferry at Balfour and headed East to see Heather’s Aunt by Kootenay Bay.

 

Lyle Creek, BC

 

 

 

Kaslo BC

 

 

Kootenay Lake from Kaslo BC

 

 

Kaslo BC

 

Ainsworth Hotsprings

 

 

 

Coffee Creek BC

 

 

 

 

On the Balfour ferry

 

Coffee shop on the ferry

 

 

Road Trip out West, May 21, 2017

Apparently I was getting tired of pointing my camera at everything and today only took pictures of a nice hike we took through the British Columbia forest by Bowser on Vancouver Island with Heather and Mandolyn. Only the locals really know where the good trails are.

Still, I am fascinated endlessly by little plants, flora and mushrooms.

 

Fabulous British Columbia Forest Landscape. Moss, trees, water and logs.

 

 

Piggies! They make good bacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ants on a log.

 

 

A good challenging hike.

 

 

 

 

 

Another wonderful BC waterfall. Just like in Iceland, a photographer can not resist shooting a waterfall.

 

 

 

 

 

The trail was rather mucky and wet in parts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Road Trip out West, May 20, 2017

We went from Duncan to Chemainus where we spent a night in our friend Mandolyn’s tree house.

 

Walk this way

 

Falcon Nest Motel, Duncan BC.

 

 

The Duncan Garage Cafe. Tasty food.

 

 

Duncan Farmer’s Market. Ampersand Gin Distillery. Very tasty Gin.

 

A view of Salt Spring Island from Maple Bay

 

 

Maple Bay, Vancouver Island

 

Dutch Honey Licorice, Chemainus BC

 

Island Soda Works

 

Qualicum Beach, Tasty food at Island Soda Works

 

 

 

 

Duncan Farmer’s Market

 

 

Dean and Josh from Eclipse Farms, Duncan BC

 

 

 

Chemainus BC, Lumber Port

 

 

“Star Fuji” general cargo ship. Flag: NORWAY Home port: BERGEN

 

Steam Donkey

 

Tyee Machinery Co, Vancouver “Steam Donkey” at Ladysmith BC

 

 

Island Soda Works

 

 

 

 

A Turkey. He’s a guard Turkey and will hit you super hard with his wings when he jumps like a black belt karate master.

 

Road Trip out West, May 19, 2017

A day traipsing around Victoria, looking at historical things, getting good coffee, and generally enjoying the place.

We went from from Victoria to Duncan. We tried to find some camping west of Victoria, but didn’t realize that on the May Long Weekend everybody from Calgary and parts west of that go to the island and pitch tents. In other words, there were no campsites available at all; booked solid! So we went to Duncan and got what was possibly the last hotel room in the whole area. Phew.

Bows and Arrows Coffee in Victoria BC. Nummy…

 

 

“Here there are Monitoring” Surveillance Cameras in Chinatown Victoria BC

 

Nissan Micra brothers. Leif and Bruce.

 

jam cafe patrons mug for the camera. Victoria BC

 

Yen-Wo Society, Victoria BC

“The Yen Wo Society, a dialect association which was founded by Hakka speakers in Victoria in 1905, is custodian of the oldest Chinese temple in Canada, the Tam Kung Temple. The Hakka are a Chinese ethnic group originating in the north of China that moved south in successive migrations, the last one in the thirteenth century. In South China, the Hakka maintained a distinct language and identity. Geographer David Chuenyan Lai explains that the deity Tam Kung has several possible origin stories. One stated that he was an orphaned child with miraculous powers to calm storms at sea, heal diseases and bring rain. A second legend maintains that Tam Kung was an energetic Hakka elder who helped the eight-year-old Emperor Bing of the Song Dynasty escape from Mongolian forces in 1278. A third story states that Tam Kung was a fictitious name for the young Emperor Bing himself, who was deified after his death.” from http://chinatown.library.uvic.ca/yen_wo_society

 

Don Mee Restaurant, Victoria BC

 

 

habit coffee, Victoria BC

 

Market Square’s Main Gate Fountain, Victoria BC

 

 

Waddington Alley, Victoria BC. It’s made of wood!

“Waddington Alley is a small pocket of history within Victoria. It’s been well covered by other serious and amateur historians because of its status as a peculiar portal to the interesting past of the city.

You’d be forgiven for walking past the alleyway without a second thought. The nondescript passage that links Yates and Johnson Street is unremarkable at first glance.

A closer inspection reveals the alley’s most interesting feature below your feet. Instead of the usual asphalt, the alley is actually made up of small wooden bricks set into the road. ” from http://www.thevictoriaexperience.com/waddington-alley/

 

The Wonderful Victorian Buildings of Victoria BC

 

Small purple cubes of square glass inserted into the sidewalk. and Fluevog shoes.

 

Vintage “Point of Interest” sign, Victoria BC

 

Craigdarroch Castle

“Craigdarroch Castle is a definitively Victorian experience. It is a shining example of a “bonanza castle” — massive houses built for entrepreneurs who became wealthy during the industrial age. In this case, the industrialist was Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal.

This legendary Victorian mansion, built between 1887 and 1890 on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria, announced to the world that Robert Dunsmuir was the richest and most important man in Western Canada.” from https://thecastle.ca/pages/about-the-castle

 

 

Road Trip out West, May 18, 2017

All we did today was get on the Ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay and then look around Sidney BC. Lots of good book stores in Sidney.

The Gluten Free Epicurean, Vancouver BC

 

On the Ferry to Vancouver Island

 

 

Thrift shop golf clubs in Sidney BC

 

View of Burrard Inlet from Burnaby

 

iPad photography on the Ferry!

 

 

 

 

On the car deck of the Ferry

 

Road Trip out West, May 17, 2017

A day in Vancouver where we mostly went to bookstores, but also discovered bikes to rent, so we went for a ride! I love photographing the gritty streets of Chinatown and trying to capture the feeling of being there on the sidewalk, with some sketchy people lurking around.

One of our favourite places in Vancouver. The Fluevog shoe store!

 

In Vancouver, one must get good coffee at Revolver Coffee.

 

Looking out into English Bay, Vancouver

 

The Burrard Street bridge, Vancouver, BC

 

Bendy Bus, Vancouver

 

Commercial Drive vegetable stand, Vancouver

 

 

 

 

Prado Cafe, Vancouver

 

Dragon Boat BC

 

 

Gas Town Vancouver

 

Kam Gok Yuen is being rebuilt; or at least something is being built there after the fire in 2015, Vancouver Chinatown

 

 

Vancouver Street Scene

 

 

Cut the Crap. Respect Culture. Social tension in Vancouver. Rezoning Application

 

New Sun Ah Hotel, Vancouver

 

Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee

 

The famous Macleods Books in Vancouver

 

You have to ask nice and be a civilized human and Macleod’s Books may allow you to take a photo inside the bookstore. Other photographers give this photographer a bad name.

 

Vancouver back alley graffiti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vancouver’s expanding skyline

 

HELP? Living on the street can be tough, and messy.

 

 

 

 

Road Trip out West, May 16, 2017

Heading south from Lilooet towards Vancouver, we encountered an old avalanche that had gone across the highway north of Whistler, and a wooden bridge built by, a woodsman?

At the North End of Duffey Lake, Highway 99, an avalanche had shut down the highway.

 

 

Public Art in Whistler, BC. 1998. Kip Jones and Jennifer Macklem

 

Possibly Canada’s smallest Tim Hortons. Whistler BC

 

 

Beautiful mountains and clouds on highway 99, BC

 

 

Cayoosh Creek going along next to Highway 99, BC

 

 

Beautiful BC rocks, Geology