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Daily Dose: Rock Art

Artists always strive to be unique. They may do this with certain techniques not commonly used with mediums or they may go as far as inventing their own thing. When they start to get really good at their own thing, you really begin to realize the level of depth one can achieve with art in the conceptual sense. You begin to realize the boundless possibilities that are only allowed through art.

Rocks are as old as the galaxy and the earth. They’ve been used for primitive cave man drawings and over time they’ve been repurposed for sculpture, etc. Taking such a heavily used commonplace material and using them as a basis for a unique type of art is by no means a simple feat. Rock balancing has been around for a while but by no means is it a simple discipline.

While walking to Queen Street I noticed a crowd around what appeared to be rock sculptures. At the center of it all was a man extremely carefully balancing a concrete block on top of some rocks. The look of focus in his eyes kept the crowd silent while the annoying sounds of traffic on the street beside became so ever more apparent. I looked into it and the man behind it goes by the name of Peter Riedel, a Torontonian Photographer. I can only wonder how he has the patience to do what he does.

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Composer and Vocalist: Kenneth Yeung

Meet Kenneth Yeung, a vocalist and composer who brings a unique, authentic spin on acapella arrangements. See him live at the Kollaboration Koffeehouse – only a few days away!

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Kenneth Yeung, I’m a singer from Toronto.  I’ve been singing and composing for various local jazz and R&B groups for many years now.  These days I’m creating acapella arrangements live, using just my voice, a microphone and a loop machine.”

2) What inspired you to become a singer?
I grew up listening to groups like Boyz II Men, and jazz greats like Bobby McFerrin and Take 6.  They inspire my music.  But my biggest inspiration is my high school music teacher.  She taught me what it means to work hard at something and about the importance of being yourself.”

3) Define success.
To me, success simply means finding something that you’re passionate about, something you love doing, and being able to use that to have a positive influence on other people.”

4) Do you have any advice for API (Asian and Pacific Islanders) youth aspiring to become artists?
My advice is the same for anyone: don’t worry about everyone else and just focus on what you do best.  Be the best at being you.”

5) Favourite song of all-time?
Too many to list!”

Enjoy drinks, food, and live music this Friday, August 3rd!

Kollaboration Toronto 2012 FINALISTS!

Introducing this year’s lineup for the show —
In no particular order:

  • Young: beatboxer
  • Silvia & Jerome: acoustic duo
  • Maybe Refuge: rock band
  • Team Sexy: dance crew
  • Intentional Accidentals: a capella group
  • Thoroughbred: hip-hop duo

Watch, get psyched, and come out to our show on September 15th at the Toronto Centre for the Arts!

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