Le Swing du Businessman Trailer


Get the whole show on video at http://www.swingdubusinessman.com/buy …, and look up future show dates !

Procurez-vous le spectacle complet sur vidéo et consultez le calendrier des futures représentations à http://www.swingdubusinessman.com/buy… !

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A distracted and penniless businessman gets ready to get to his new job. But the task will be harder than it seems…

Join the team of Swing ConneXion in their first long stage show: le Swing du Businessman. Relive with them the fun and elation of the dances and atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties, in an imaginative story where you’ll meet all sorts of colorful character who revisit the style of silent comedy from Chaplin’s time!

Les Projections Libres offer us a unique camera play full of surprises, in this representation filmed at the beautiful Rialto Theater on February 16th 2013.


  • Zack Richard
  • Lunou Samson-Poirot
  • Dany Plouffe
  • Geneviève St-Laurent
  • Aimee Mannella
  • Alexandre Hétu-Rivard
  • Nadine Gagnon
  • Michel Mazerolle
  • Randy Panté
  • Myriam Baril

and special guest Jon Tigert

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Un businessman distrait et sans le sou s’apprête à rejoindre son nouveau travail. Cependant, la tâche risque d’être plus ardue qu’il ne le pense…

Rejoignez l’équipe de Swing ConneXion dans leur tout premier spectacle longue durée, le SWing du Businessman. Revivez avec eux la folie des danses et de l’ambiance des Années Folles, à travers une histoire rocambolesque où vous rencontrerez des personnages colorés qui revisitent le style des comédies muettes de l’époque de Chaplin!

Les Projections Libres nous offrent un jeu de caméras unique et plein de surprises, dans cette représentation capturée au magnifique Théâtre Rialto le 16 février 2013.


  • Zack Richard
  • Lunou Samson-Poirot
  • Dany Plouffe
  • Geneviève St-Laurent
  • Aimee Mannella
  • Alexandre Hétu-Rivard
  • Nadine Gagnon
  • Michel Mazerolle
  • Randy Panté
  • Myriam Baril

et notre invité spécial Jon Tigert.

Hobos and Vagabonds


“Swing du businessman” preview show by Swing Connexion at the event “Dig Tha Feet 2013”, featuring Myriam Baril, Randy Panté & Zack Richard – “the Hobo Routine”.

Working on this routine with Zack and Myriam as one piece of of our show was a real joy simply because we got to work on our hobo characters as well as our dance choreography. Growing up, I was never one of those artsy students who did drama or music. Computers, video games, and ninjas were pretty much all I ever thought about until I started dancing in university. So it was painful at first trying to come up with this routine because I didn’t really get what I was supposed to be doing versus what I already do anyways. Am I a dancer playing a hobo or a a real life vagabond playing a dancer?

I guess a little bit of both?

Profoto D1 Air 500/500 Kit Mini Review


If I had a few spare Gs to throw around I would totally buy the Profoto D1 Air Kit. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my wallet) right now, I can only rent it for gigs but each time I do, I’m always calculating how many jobs until I can pay this off. Heh.

Here’s a quick run down of my thoughts of these bad boys:


  • It’s way too much fun to use! Knobs to increase or decrease light intensity quickly! Wowzers. A wireless controller! Yippeeee. Various types of light shaping tools by profoto. Too much potential nerding…ahhhhhhh *brain explodes*
  • The light quality is much better and more consistent than hot shoe flashes.
  • No miss-fires. Okay maybe 1/100 if you are a bit trigger happy.
  • The air controller, which is part of the kit is super useful. No need to buy separate (and expensive) pocket wizards to trigger the monolights, simply attach the controller to the hot shoe of your camera and you have full wireless controls over the lights.
  • You look like a pro! These lights are compact but have the presence of looking like you know what your doing which allows you more time during shoots to fiddle around with settings without the subjects getting too antsy/bored.
  • Everything fits nice and tidy in the included bag.
  • The lights are able to be rotate almost all the way around (except straight up it seems like) which is super useful for dance photography.
  • There is a mode called “model light” which allows you to have a consistent light on your subject. Great for testing and positioning the lights as it cuts down on the trial and error.


  • Expensive.
  • It’s fun to use! So you end up wanting to buy one.
  • The wireless controller is a bit big.
  • The kit umbrellas are pretty much next to useless. Use other profoto lightshaping tools instead such as the beauty dish.
  • It’s pretty darn heavy so you’ll need a car to drive it around places.
  • The included stands aren’t the sturdiest I’ve ever used so there were some close calls with people falling into the stands (don’t ask) and tipping it over. Make sure to sandbag the stands so it stays rooted or in a pinch, everyone’s dance bags ;-)
  • What the heck is that high pitched sound emanating from the lights? Maybe it was just the one I rented from Vistek but it was a bit annoying when you don’t have background music/noise.
  • Pretty darn expensive. Did I say that one yet?

The Profoto D1 Air is a really expensive toy, unless of course you can figure out how to make money with it. Then it’s definitely worth it. I’m not there yet myself, but let me know if you think it’s worth it (or not) if you are using it. Maybe there are better lights out there?

Right now I can’t justify the costs but there is a stark difference in light quality of the pictures I have taken with this versus my small flash SBs from Nikon. I’ll have to do some excel benefit/cost analysis tracking this year as this potential purchase doesn’t fall underneath the “impulse camera toys” category. :-)

Blues Dancing in Canada – February 2013


Blues dancing information and events at a glance for February 2013 in Montreal and Toronto! For a complete list (including the other cities), check out the blues calendar on: http://hamfats.ca/bluesdance . I do the Facebook searching so you don’t have to!


  • Damon Stone workshop at Cats Corner February 16th and 17th!
  • Les Lundi Blues on February 11th and 25th. Remember that it’s held at Petite Medley now, not at Gainzbar. Hint: it’s across the street from one another!
  • Cats Corner late night February 1st and 15th.
    • Also, I believe there will be a drop-in lesson on February 15th at Cats for blues for the very first time. Genial!
  • Pub Brouhaha on Sunday February 17th.
  • L’artere Blues Friday February 22nd.


  • Workshops with John Lozano on February 9th and 10th. 
  • The Dance Annex on February 8th.
  • anddd Dovercourt Basement on February 14th. Valentine’s day massacre blues?

Other Canadian Cities

There are other Canadian cities? Har I’m a kidder. Check out the calendar blues dance fans.