Monday, July 28, 2008

Théâtre en plein air

There is something about outdoor theatre that makes it the perfect embodiment of summer. Saw the Shakespeare play As You Like It. Along Philosopher's Walk, in a sort of nook flanked by U of T buildings. The grass was humid but had that fresh summery smell that makes you feel like rolling in it and staring at the sky. We sat on a blanket and were so close to the actors we could see the slightest twitch on their faces. The acting was amazing,. It swept us into the emotional tangles of a world filled with thou, dost, hath, a world peopled with dukes, shepherds, ladies in love, courtiers, and a clown dressed in Hawaiian shirt and shorts. Laughing out loud in the open air felt as liberating as summer. I also loved it when night spread like a dark canopy above us, goading our imagination while we watched the happy dénouement of the play.

This production of Canopy Theatre runs until August 2nd.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Hot Toronto

It's hot and humid in Toronto. A few days in the countryside with its refreshingly cool breeze from the lake made it difficult to come back to a city that feels as hot as a giant cauldron. But fortunately there are enough openings in the cauldron to release the pressure. Went for a long walk through the Don River ravine, one of the many hidden ravines that weave secretly through the city. These nature trails are a welcome haven from the frenzy of city life. It's so soothing to walk along the river, let the clear rush of water drown the sound of traffic, inhale the warm smell of earth, and let the wonders of nature overwhelm all your senses. I love that about Toronto. It looks like such a staid city but it's so full of surprises.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Art Festival on St.Clair

I volunteered to help with Artwalk, the St.Clair Arts Festival and Studio Tour. And as usual it's taking much more of my time than anticipated. I thought I'd learned over the years not to offer my time when I'm already swamped, but I seem unable to resist the pull of a worthy cause. In this case, to help artists show their work, and bring a creative flair to the atmosphere of my neighbourhood.

If you're a Toronto artist, you can apply online The deadline has been extended to August 15th.

Photo taken at The Brick Works, a large expanse of nature, a little oasis within the city. I feel like this waterlily right now, keeping my head above water, but flourishing nevertheless.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Ma pensée, c'est moi

"Ma pensée, c'est moi: voilà pourquoi je ne peux pas m'arrêter. J'existe par ce que je pense ... et je ne peux pas m'empêcher de penser."

La Nausée, Jean-Paul Sartre

My thought is me: that is why I can't stop. I exist by what I think ... and I can't restrain myself from thinking.