Navigating the Airport Process

Today, after driving through the worst ice storm recorded in April, I dropped my mother and her friends at the airport for their Biennale “Jesus Tour” Trip. Because of work, I’ve been clocking a lot of frequent flyer miles and have become completely accustomed to the “do-it-yourself” digital atmosphere at Terminal 1. Continue reading “Navigating the Airport Process”

Branding gone wrong

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (CNW Group/Civic Theatres Toronto)

Some competitions make sense. But when they don’t, boy does the community have an opinion about it. The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts; the Toronto Centre for the Arts; and the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, currently called Civic Theatres Toronto have opened up a “national public naming competition” − with a “great prize package valued at up to $2,500.00” awarded to whoever comes up with a better name than Civic Theatres Toronto for Civic Theatres Toronto.

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Made in Canada – Shape of Water

“There are so many issues with the plot”, a friend says to me after she watches Shape of Water. I don’t have the same reaction. And after it winning Best Picture, Direction and Production Design, she may have to reconsider her comment. I really liked the dark-comedy/thriller/fantasy aspect of the movie. What I didn’t know when I watched the movie several weeks ago was that it was shot in Toronto and Hamilton. It was while I was watching it that I had to take a second look and realize that City Hall, Dofasco and the Skyway bridge, very key landmarks to the Hamilton vernacular were captured in the film.  Continue reading “Made in Canada – Shape of Water”

You don’t do a very good job at promoting yourself…

This is what the president of an advertising agency said to me as we sat with our clients at dinner. He pauses and continues, “I hope you don’t mind me speaking for you…” as he proceeds to tell the clients about a proposal I prepared for one of their other luxury brands for a potential experiential marketing exhibition. Continue reading “You don’t do a very good job at promoting yourself…”