Sisters of Salome: Persephone

Persephone, the innocent maiden goddess of vegetation, frolics with her mother Demeter and other goddesses in the sunlit fields among the fragrant hyacinths and crocus blossoms. She knows only the scents and sights of pure joy and freedom. Hades becomes enchanted by Persephone and whisks her away to the Underworld where she is enticed to eat pomegranate seeds from his world. Upon consuming the seeds, she becomes bound to the Underworld unable to return to the surface or her mother. Following Persephone’s disappearance, Demeter, Goddess of Grain and Growth, casts off her worldly duties in her sadness. The world is frozen and spring cannot come.

The goddess Hecate joins Demeter to search the world for Persephone, sending her torches far and wide. Meanwhile, Hades seduces Persephone and they are wed. Persephone flourishes as the Queen of the Underworld but misses her mother terribly. A deal is struck amongst the gods that restores balance: Persephone is free to visit her mother for half of the year and during these visits nature springs back to life with bountiful blooms and rich harvests. The other half of the year Persephone reigns as Queen of the Underworld, leaving the world without bloom and wintry in her absence but always with the promise of her return. Continue reading

Sisters of Salome: Arabian Nights

This latest production by Sarah Skinner and the Sisters of Salome brings the iconic 1001 Nights to the dance stage. The tales are told by Sherehezade, the latest bride of King Shahryar during her wedding night. Her goal: to save herself from her own execution the next morning by captivating her husband with her fantastical and eccentric tales. Filled with action, mystery, jealousy, sex and romance, these stories are brought to life through the beautiful art of belly dance. A feast for the senses, Arabian Nights will transport you to exotic lands and times with enthralling music, colourful costuming, dramatic storytelling and exotic belly dance. Continue reading

Canadian Food Services

Making Your Shopping Experience Easier

At Canadian Food Services we believe that quality food should not be hard to find. Providing for your family not only costs your hard earned money but also your precious time. Instead of hopping around to speciality meat shops, grocery stores, and butchers to get the best quality meats, fish, and poultry – we wanted our families and friends to have a one stop shopping experience – right in their own home. Continue reading

Big Fog Music

Recently we created a few music videos for our friends in the band Big Fog to help support their recently released CD called “Midnight Sun”. We opted to capture a pseudo live performance during one of their sound checks before the March 17th performance at the Madison Pub, working with two cameras and rolling through two passes at each track. We kept everything looking as it did on stage that night to not distract from the ‘live’ feel of the performance, despite the lack of a true audience. Continue reading

Bert’s Last Waltz

On the evening of March 12th, 2011, a spectacular live show took place… Dubbed “Bert’s Last Waltz”, taking its name partly from the legendary live performance by The Band, this show was the culmination of more than five years in the making, featuring Bert Clarke on vocals and bass guitar, and gathering a plethora of musical guests that he had shared the stage with over his galvanizing Toronto musical experience.

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Robert Burns Tribute Celebration

In September of 1990, Mary and I moved in to our new home at 133 Major street. In the summer of 1991 I took up my pipes again after a 32 year hiatus, having stopped playing after a hassle with my father typical of the kinds of things fathers and 14 old boys have to deal with. By January 25 1992, I was organizing our first Burns Night at our new home and ever since there have been 20 such celebrations without interruption. – this one in 2012 will be are 21st Burns Night.

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Dave Sonic

In a tiny but intimate setting, the powerhouse rock & roll band Dave Sonic performed a rousing set of live music to the delight of the small but enthusiastic crowd at Lola’s in Kensington Market. These clips were shot with the Canon 7D and a 35mm f/2.0 lens, demonstrating the quality of video attainable even in extreme low light situations. The two songs (edits) shown here are “Stop Breaking Down” by Robert Johnson and “Lovin’ Cup”, by the Rolling Stones. Continue reading

GALR – Lost On The Bayou

This is one of our earlier collaborations using our new Canon 7D rigs, this was more a test of the gear than a full on music video shoot. However, the goal was to produce a live representation of the recorded track from Rory Sinclair’s new CD, “The World Through a Piper’s Fingers”, which included many classic tunes now featuring bagpipes. The performance was truly live, but we shot two cameras on two different passes during the evening, and edited the clips together to be more cohesive. Complications arose due to the timing differences between the live performance and the recorded track, which is why we kept most of the clips short and there are noticeable timing slips in places. Most notable, however, is the cutaway scenes where the bass player is playing stand-up bass in one shot and electric bass in the next – all in good fun for this test project, though. Continue reading