Pulling back the curtain

Pulling back the curtain

Shawn Watson, Nick Beach and Steph Link at the whiteboard In the days before the start of a new season of plays and concerts, the staff of Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre is focused on the present, but ever so mindful of the future. In this world, they plan more than a year out, marrying
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Mystique of Mindcamp

Mystique of Mindcamp

The moon sat high above the trees, dipping its toes and its light in the waters of Lake Couchiching and on YMCA Geneva Park, the site for MindcampX, the tenth annual gathering of creative thought leaders from 14 different countries.  The remaining few, remnants of over 250 souls who spent the last three days together
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Discover LeAnn Rimes

Discover LeAnn Rimes

On November 3rd, LeAnn Rimes will headline the annual Keyano College Foundation Gala, the black-tie event of the year presented by ATB Financial.  Moe Farhat, Co-Chair of the Gala organizing committee spilled the beans during a media conference this morning at Keyano College. This annual fundraising adventure and unparalleled night on the town has featured
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10,000 hours

10,000 hours

You’ve likely heard of the 10,000 hour theory espoused by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers – The Story of Success.  As we sat in the back of the house at Keyano Theatre waiting for the start of the 2012 National Music Festival Grand Award Competition, I thought we were about to experience something special. I would
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Escape from genocide

Escape from genocide

Conversations with strangers while sitting along the shore of the Clearwater River usually start with a question about what kind of fish we catch. “We’ve been getting a lot of small walleye the last couple of days,” I said. “Walleye, really?” said the tall black man, framed in the hazy light of the early evening
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You are comparing us to what?

You are comparing us to what?

I don’t get over excited when I run into salacious media articles that decidedly toss large chunks of steaming poo in our general direction.  It happens so often, I fear that if I acquiesced to the simmering anger they could inspire, I would end up in the loony bin, or at the very least, in
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Dutch auction

Dutch auction

I got to hang out with the delegates of the 41st National Music Festival as they enjoyed “Host Night” at Keyano College – the social event in their week long stay put on by the community hosting the next iteration of the penultimate student music competition in the country.  I had been invited by the
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Colonoscopy Adventures

Colonoscopy Adventures

There are some topics that inspire pause before diving into writing a blog post.  Some deal with politically sensitive issues like the twinning (or not) of a local highway or funding changes at a local educational institution.  Others contain subject matter that is very personal, like the story of how a homeless man’s girlfriend died
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interPLAY as a barometer

interPLAY as a barometer

One of the thoughts that kept going through my mind this weekend, as I watched the goings on at the interPLAY Festival was that the event has always been a barometer for the state of the arts and cultural community.  The energy and connectivity that we built up over the years was so dependent on
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In praise of interPLAY

In praise of interPLAY

One would think that it would be easier to write about that which you know a lot, compared to that which you know a little.  It’s not though.  When it comes to interPLAY, there are few things I know more intimately, having served as president of the organization that produced the annual event for 15
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