This past Saturday, September the 8th was this year’s Toronto Board meeting. What is this board meeting about you may ask? Not unlike Kollaboration, it is an annual event in which a group of people that share a passion for what they do, come together and display their love for their lifestyle. Now what is it they do you may be wondering? Roughly a thousand people (mostly from Ontario) ride long boards through the streets of Toronto dressed up in dress shirts and ties (get it? Board Meeting). Long boards if you haven’t seen them around are essentially long skateboards. The biggest functional difference is that they’re much more effective for getting around. Especially in the downtown area, long boards have become much more common and have been growing in popularity. Last year there were just over 900 long boarders but this year, despite the rain, a total of 1003 people made it out.
On that note, if you like seeing talented people battle it out, come out to the show because it’s going to happen rain or shine this Saturday September 15th!
Have you ever listened to a podcast? Most are kind of boring, right? A couple weeks ago while bored at work, a co-worker introduced me to a website called The Truth. They make short films without all the images – in other words, an audio drama – presented as podcasts. I was skeptical to begin listening to one, but these are all pretty short, and extremely entertaining. Even if you’re not watching anything, you will be so engaged and want to hear more.
Here’s my favourite one. Enjoy!
THE VERY NOTION THAT I AM NOT FABULOUS IS PREPOSTEROUS, AND I REFUSE TO EVEN ENTERTAIN IT.
KINDLY REMOVE YOURSELF FROM MY PRESENCE. MY PORES GET CLOGGED WHEN I’M FORCED TO SHARE AIR WITH DUNCES.
Whatever crazy idea you’ve ever had, somebody’s probably beat you to it, and posted about it on the internet. There’s a blogger whose Tumblr is dedicated to nothing but animals talking in all caps, which is where the above image and text is from. You might not think that writing from the assumed perspective of an animal (in all caps) is writing practice, but it is. Any form of writing. As long as you’re putting your pen to paper, or fingers to the keyboard to produce words and sentences, it is practice. Just, some of the product is a lot more amusing than others. Nonetheless, it’s important to try different forms of writing – prose, poetry, lyrics, even tweets. And those of us who’ve tried twitter know that it is actually really hard to compose a good, comprehensive message in 140 characters.
Check out Animals Talking In All Caps if you’re bored and need a good laugh 😛
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.
“Books are the quietest and most constant friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
— Charles William Eliot
When was the last time you picked up a book? Nowadays, most people won’t be able to remember (other than for school, at least), or they’ll say they don’t read. To me, books are like people. I have a different relationship with each and every person I meet. Each relationship is unique in its own way, with different quirks, different connecting and differing points, and varying levels of depth. Whenever I come across a mindblowingly good book, I hesitate to share it. I want to keep it all to myself because I want to protect the relationship I have with that book. On the other hand, I want to share that book with all my close friends, so that we can talk about it and all share some sort of connection with that book and with each other. Then I remember that my relationship with that book is and always will be unique, no matter how many people know about it. It is mine, and nothing can alter it.
And when a friend to whom I suggested a book finally reads it and likes it, I’m nothing but glad that I chose to share something that provoked my mind and made me happy.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King
“What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment.”
— The Remains Of The Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
There’s always room for us to improve, and more time and effort that we could’ve spent. But try your best, and don’t look back.
A year ago, I was living in California. It was a normal day and I was looking through Reddit when I stumbled across this picture:
This picture had been submitted in a griptape design contest, and he had won. This year after joining Kollaboration, I met the person in this picture: Hunter Lee (the blogger you all know and love). These kinds of awesomely random coincidences go to show how art brings people together, and to different places all around the world. Not to mention, I’m currently blogging from California while looking back at how slim the chance was for me to have made a full circle, seeing this picture here, then going to Toronto, meeting Hunter, and reflecting on this while in the states.
While he might not look like your typical artsy person, Hunter does some amazing(ly unique) artwork, some of which is shown below. After looking at the artwork he’s put up on his Facebook, one thing I notice is that most of it takes a REALLY long time and dedication to finish (i.e. spidey, pictured below). Props.
“The desire to write grows with writing”
Sometimes you’re doing something that you might not enjoy very much, but with certain things, if you invest a little more time and effort, you may grow to enjoy it. Always strive to try new things.
On Tuesday, Kollaboration Toronto launched a Facebook contest for a FREE PAIR OF TICKETS for the September 15th show (featuring Joseph Vincent, Dumbfoundead & DJ Zo, KRNFX, our Top Finalists and more).
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To many people in the GTA, the Canadian National Exhibition is an annual experience to be experienced. Taking place at Exhibition place in Toronto for 18 days each year, roughly 5.3 million people visit the CNE, and roughly 1600,000 out-of-town visitors travel to Canada for the fair. It is Canada’s largest fair, and North America’s seventh largest. The first CNE took place in 1879, mostly to promote Canada’s agriculture and technology in Canada. Over time, the CNE has come to showcase a broader spectrum of the work and talent of this nation, reflecting growth in diversity and innovation. In order to make CNE what it is each year, the equivalent of 579 full-year jobs are created in the region. The CNE puts a lot of emphasis on creating and executing new environmental initiatives, and is an important cultural and community tradition for attendees.
While the CNE might have seemed like a fun fair to enjoy, it has a lot more purposes than to entertain. Likewise, while Kollaboration seems like just a talent show, our purpose is to empower youth through entertainment, and to reach out to the community as much as we can.
We hope to see you all at our show on September 15th! Buy your tickets online here, or contact a staff member 🙂