Bagels, Troupe, And Misc Thoughts


If y’all are coming up to Montréal for the blues dance event in under two weeks time, you should probably know that the two best places to get bagels in the city are St. Viateur Bagels and Fairmount Bagels. I don’t really have a preference yet, as both of them are stupendously dee-lish, but the key things to know about the two places are:

  • They are both open 24/7! Perfect for late night snacky snacks or in-between dance munchies to soak up the adult beverages.
  • If you don’t know which flavour to get, you can never go wrong with sesame.
  • St. Viateur is on 1127 Mont. Royal East or 263 St. Viateur West.
  • Fairmount Bagels is on 74 Fairmount West.
  • They are two are super close to each, just in case you wanted to do your own taste test.

The blues troupe that Gen and I have been working on this year are performing on Saturday night. Cheer them on as we are very proud of their progress! Not everything wen’t smoothly however as we actually had a lead drop-out two weeks before the performance. So… I will be doing a cameo appearance ala Quentin Tarantino. It’s a pretty neat routine set in a restaurant (you’ll see…). Check out a sample shot of the “rich people” Robyn and Alex L. up above. One day… a Firefly blues performance. Mark my words.

I’m teaching at MezzJelly! Wahoo, I’m internet famous now!


Seriously though, take my class. Papa needs a brand new set of studio lights…

A month or so ago, Caroline Rossi set up a quick routine for us to perform at a charity function. Check it out… just in case you can’t tell who I am, I’m the short asian guy on the far left… :


Year of Getting Stuff Done

So Tien and I have deemed 2012 as the year of executing and getting stuff done. We got a lot of ideas moving forward… crazy hippie ideas… but exciting never the less. What are those crazy ideas you might be asking? Well, let’s not get too carried away now. These ideas might uber-suck but let’s just say they involve more dancing, more pictures, and more coffee. Crazzzyyzyzyzyzy I know!

2011 was kind of a blur to be perfectly honest. After I wrote last year’s “in review” post, I promised I would never write one ever again (holidays + computer = sad randy cat) but if you must know, here is a quick re-cap of the year:

Randy – moved to Montreal, continued to grow the Toronto blues dance scene, joined a few dance troupes, ordered a latte for the first time en francais, danced with blindfolds on, got his own office, and is still searching for a new liver.

Tien – moved to Vancouver, competed in WCS, helped bring out Damon and Heidi to Toronto, took pictures of what he ate, and did a bunch of things called “fusion”. Also met a girl who wears abercrombie and fitch, he’d take her if he had one wish, but she’s been gone since that summer, since that summer.

This site is probably going to change within the coming weeks as well. Right now, we have it as “social dance culture” which is a bit misleading because social dance culture really means being out there and being social. You can imagine the dilemma of having a blog about social dance culture on the interwebs. Most of our deleted blog posts (the ones that never made it on the site), consisted of the following:

“Went out dancing, met a few new people, talked to some old friends – great times. Should have been there”.

So, we are looking for a new motto! Being indecisive, we have the following:

  • – Pictures and Stuff
  • – Randy and Tien’s Excellent Adventures
  • – Google “hamfats” for a Definition
  • – Not in Toronto Anymore
  • – Messin’ Around… har har har.

edit: Randy you missed an event ~Tien

Rock, Paper, Shotgun

taken with my trusty iphone

Usually I am faced with the same recurring two choices in my day to day life: dance or shoot photos? As you may already know, my default choice usually is to dance. It doesn’t really matter what situation it is to be perfectly honest. Walk by a great live band? Start dancing. Hear an awesome song at HMV? Swing outs. Being asked a question you do not have an answer for? Solo charleston. Awkward pause in the conversation? Flail arms wildly (aka wackin’).

The past year or so have seen the slight pause of my decision making process to ask myself if this would be a pristine opportunity to get some shooting time in. This decision is actually a lot easier to make because more often than not, I forget to commission my slaves to carry my behemoth of a camera to actually take a picture. Fifty percent of the time that I think I should probably take out my camera, I don’t actually have it with me (bad photographer I know) so that only leaves the other half with the possibility of actually doing something about it.

Now that I’m living in Montréal however, a surprisingly THIRD choice has sprung up – chill the eff out and enjoy myself. Maybe it’s the culture here rubbing off on me but I’ve been less inclined to flail around or be that guy sticking a huge lens in front of your face in Montréal. Don’t get me wrong, I still do those two things all the time, but having a third option has been… liberating?

Good thing I still have my iPhone though.