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Antics of the fish at Gros Morne Park

April 26th, 2009

Tonight, I met John’s cousin who’s visiting from Newfoundland. We chatted about out east, and it reminded me I want to go back to visit. It also reminded me of the video above, which I shot last summer when John and I were driving out of Gros Morne Park; we couldn’t figure out exactly what was going on here… Anyone have a clue? Please let me know if so!

Here are a few other shots I took from our maritime excursion…
Approaching Port-aux-Basques, Nfld. on the ferry from North Sydney, N.S.

The quintessential clothesline — down to a science!

Another mystery — all the doors high above the ground… with no steps leading up to them?

Yes… must definitely go back!

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Tarts n’ Crafts — the making of a look

April 24th, 2009

Above is the web version for a poster I recently put together for the Ladyfest Ottawa folks — for the Tarts n’ Crafts sale, where I’ll be partaking as a vendor. I was thrilled to have made it into the show in the first place, so when they also asked me to help out with a new look for their posters this year, I was doubly stoked. The added bonus that my logo could go on the poster and LFO website was icing on the cake (or tart, ha ha!).

This was a particularly fun project, so I thought I’d share the steps we took to get to the final piece. We started with a briefing, where I learned that they wanted a funky, hands-on look to go with their cheeky new show name, something where they could change up background colours for the different seasons.

I did all the illustration on my beloved Cintiq, and came up with:

The committee agreed that 1a worked better for them. They asked that I try it with a purple background, swap the imagery so that it read “XO” (which is, of course, more commonly written than “OX”, unless you’re talking bovine), and replace the overly-literal tart with something crafty. Once I’d done that, we ran with it, making the letters more similar in size and with a couple of different colour variations:

They went with mock up 3a — and here’s the final poster in its entirety, with a close-up:

These Ladyfest shows are definitely the most funky and hip craft sales I’ve been to. For all you Ottawa folks (or for anyone who’ll be visiting the city for Mother’s Day weekend), drop on by the Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Elgin) on Saturday May 9th, between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. I’ll be there with my jack and jill line, PLUS giclée prints and NEW shirts designs too. Can’t wait, and hope to see you there!

Visit the facebook event page for Tarts n’ Crafts (complete with product pics!) here.

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I’ve been converted to the Church of Dans

April 23rd, 2009

Ottawa is overflowing with West Coast talent these days… We’re in the midst of the staggering BC Scene festival — and last night was just one shining example of what to expect from the event’s shows. It was West-meets-East, a double Dan-M night — where Vancouver’s Dan Mangan set the scene, and Kitchener-Waterloo’s Danny Michel brought it home — and it all took place in the gorgeous First Baptist Church.

John was asked to photograph the show, and I was his second shooter. Above are some of the shots we caught, including the Dans with Amanda, who produces CBC Radio 2’s Canada Live which will be airing the show this Sunday, April 26 between 8-10 p.m (103.3 FM in Ottawa). You can also listen to the show online and see a more complete photo gallery here.

Dan Mangan is probably tired of hearing that he’s an old soul, or that he’s wise beyond his years… but with such a booming voice, artful phrasing and thoughtful words, he’s just asking for it. Here’s his finale, Robots:

I’ve seen Danny Michel, oh, a few times… and he always manages to put a big grin on my head with his humour, witty lyrics, and storytelling. No wonder Stuart McLean likes him so much. Here’s Danny with “White Lightning”:

Through the entire night, you could hear a pin drop — these guys were phenomenal. Dan Mangan was joined by spoken word performer Shane Koyczan (I know, I know, I was skeptical too, but man, this guy blew the crowd away!) for a couple of numbers, and the Dans ended the night by performing together as well. If you have the chance to see either DM or to get their CDs, it’s a big thumbs up from this heathen.

Hear more Dan Mangan here.
Hear more Danny Michel here.

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