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The Bathurst Experience Artist Date

April 5th, 2015 No comments

One of the principles of The Artist’s Way is the artist’s date, where you just go out by yourself and explore and do whatever the heck recharges you. Something I haven’t been doing enough of lately.

I wanted to get some Japanese food staples, so I decided to go down to Sanko on Queen Street West. Places like T&T have most of the stuff, and J-Town has all of the stuff, and Sanko is a bit pricier, but I am willing to forego a bit of a price premium for a huge convenience factor in getting there.

Also I wanted to go to Midoco. For some reason, I had a refill pack for a “liquid pencil”, but I didn’t have the pencil itself. Don’t ask…

So, first stop, Midoco. The staff there are great and helped me find the actual pencil that I was supposed to use. Then I stopped off at the Green Beanery to get a coffee and cookie, and try the new pencil out. Judgement: doesn’t work very well in my cheap spiral bound notebook, I will try it on all my notebooks and see if it’s a paper quality problem, or a pencil problem.

Then seeing Honest Ed’s right there, I thought I might as well go in. My fancy Alton Brown-inspired measuring tube had its seal go poof, and so I didn’t have a measuring device for cooking. Long story short, I also came out with some cool little stainless steel bowls with lids and a new pressure cooker in addition to the measuring cup.

You don’t have to spend money on artist dates, but it doesn’t hurt, either.

Then down to Queen and Bathurst. Went for lunch before shopping at Sweet Lulu’s. A bit pricey, but the shrimp and vegetables were fresh, and the Thai sauce with the ginger and lime leaf were very tasty.

Finally, off to Sanko. My main reason to go was to get some natto and see if I liked it or not. I remember having it and liking it, but then maybe it was not really natto, because apparently it is an acquired taste. So, I can say I had something that looked like natto and was all stringy like natto, but maybe it wasn’t the real deal.

Then back home to put all my frozen purchases in the freezer. A fine day and a fine artist date.

 

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Strange Bedfellows

May 30th, 2013 No comments

It’s been a fruitful rehearsal process.

My actors found me a delightful rehearsal spot (Creative Studios on Lansdowne), and worked their butts off in and out of rehearsal.

Vincent Jerad and Fortuna Kebede are the stars.

I do hope you’ll find time to see the plays at the InspiraTO Festival, and especially Strange Bedfellows, playing at the times below.

May 30th 9pm
June 1st 8 pm
June 6th 7 pm
June 8th 4 pm

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Seb’s Cappucino

June 1st, 2011 No comments

My God, I love this place.

Tucked away on east Danforth, it is the perfect place to go to get a coffee. Everything they make there coffee-wise is delicious. And they even have a take-out window.

I rediscovered it this morning taking a different route to work, and I’m glad I did. Here’s to Seb’s Cappucino, may it flourish for ten thousand years!

[Crappy photo, I know. I will try to get a better one later and upload it, but it’s the place with the red banner.]

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Cruising Down Parliament Street

February 5th, 2011 No comments

Parliament Street north of Gerrard is a freaky, amazing hodge-podge of the well-to-do and the poor. A mix of dollar stores and mildly upscale places, but take fifteen steps off in the right direction, and you are wandering past some seriously lovingly renovated Victorian houses.

When I get a theatre gig out there, I rejoice because it has three of my favourite places in town for what they do.

Sukho Thai for delicious, authentic Thai food. Jet Fuel for the essential indy coffee shop. The House on Parliament for a mix of good food, good beer selection, and an always eclectic set of interpersonal experiences.

I rarely make the trifecta on a single day, but I always try and hit one before or after rehearsals. I have to say, if I got some serious money overnight, I would start pricing homes here.

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Yonge Street

December 29th, 2010 No comments

South of Bloor, and to Dundas, Yonge Street becomes a complex mix. High end stores are neighbours to dollar stores. Fresh-faced university students mix with the terminal poor on the sidewalks. It’s always busy.

It’s a bazaar for Toronto, and I love it. I couldn’t hang out there all the time, but when I do go around there, I get an odd kind of energy. The hustle and bustle kickstarts some lower portion of my brain, and the lizard mind gets fed.

I especially love it in winter, when the holiday lighting goes up. Yonge Street. Cleaned up, but not totally respectable. I admire that.

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Jersey Boys

May 2nd, 2010 No comments

Well, here it is. I went to go see this last night, and I’m glad I did.

North York Performing Center for the Arts, night

Ordinarily hate musicals, but not this one!

On Being a Stagewhore

September 14th, 2008 No comments

Well, I’ve started this blog on this here site to document my trials and tribulations as a stagewhore in the city of Toronto. Stay tuned!

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