Feb 19, 2010

Garnet Rogers at Hughes Room in Toronto

Garnet Rogers at Hughes RoomGarnet Rogers at Hughes Room

Saw Garnet Rogers at Hughes Room last night. What a powerful voice and haunting guitar work. That room has such a nice warm sound, and his subtle use of effects filled the space perfectly. He sang mainly his own songs, but also an excellent rendition of Stan Rogers' Make and Break Harbour ( which I think I still have on a 1/4 inch cassette ). And Night Drive. Picked up his Get a Witness Live CD and played that this evening on the 427 with the sunroof open and the radio cranked. At 11 minutes it get you most of the way from the airport into the Beach. Makes you never want to stop. A version from years ago is on Youtube

This photo was shot on a Canon 5D with 2.8 70-200 at 1/60 at ISO 1600. All while he was talking about that great musical accessory, the Sears Craftsman deep socket.

Feb 15, 2010

Toronto Auto Show 2010

Shelby Concept at Toronto Auto Show 2010Went to the Auto Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Center for Valentines. The show is much smaller this year without the Skydome ( apologies to Rogers ) remote site. No Saturn exhibit. No Saab. Last year the Saturn guys PROMISED that the brand had a future. Fool, I believed him. LOL. The lone Fiat next to the Dodge Challenger in the Chrysler booth showed just how ugly those things are. The exhibits this year are a lot lower tech than last year as well. Especially GM. Probably not unexpected for a company that was pretty well bankrupt a few months ago. In 2006 GM had a huge electronic display showing the Olympics hockey. With the CBC logo on it. This year just cars. Ford's display looked a lot like the Olympics opening show though. More on flickr

Feb 7, 2010

Tom Forrestall Artist interview at the McMichael

It is always a pleasure and satisfying to have the opportunity to interview a Canadian artist. Tom Forrestall's 2010 exhibition at the McMichael provided the setting for a micro documentary on the Nova Scotian and his work. Shot in HD, this was the first opportunity to put a new Ikan on-camera HD monitor to use. Stills of the art were shot with a Canon 5D. The 5D with a camera mounted Litepanels LED light provided enough illumination to allow natural looking photos to be taken at 1250 ISO without a flash. DSLR stills provide a much greater range of options to pan and zoom over the images than video camera still clips have on other projects.

Stephen Weir arranged the shoot. More information is on his site www.stephenweir.com and at www.mcmichael.com

Tom Smart, CEO of the McMichael had written a book about Tom Smart. My interview with Tom Smart 2 years ago about the book is on Youtube as well.