Finally going to be in Toronto for an extended period for the rest of May and June. The past month and a bit has been pretty busy for me in terms of travel: Austin, Ottawa, Montreal, and Amsterdam. It’ll be good to be back at home and the studio to work on some ideas stewing around in my head. I also have a bunch of blog posts that I should have written while traveling but I have this uncanny ability slash weakness to fall asleep as soon as I get on a plane. In lieu, here are a few quick notes.
Our blues dance at Yonge & Bloor Blues is still a work in progress. We finally cemented a consistent date for our dance – the “first friday” of the month. It was quite a bit of effort trying to collaborate and meet with the various dance organizations and factions in Toronto but it looks like things are settling in. Toronto Swing/Simon/Dovercourt now hosts monthly blues dances on the “third friday” so now it looks like we have blues dances twice a month on fridays in Toronto. Huzzah. \o/
For our May blues dance, we held a solo blues jam mini competition at our last dance. I’ll let Kevin “Fats” Temple write more about it at a future blog post but it looks like (from the photos the other Kevin took) people were receptive to the idea of solo blues dancing. Excellent…
Across the highway in the cities of Hamilton/Waterloo, David Trinh and Martha (‘Pa and ‘Ma) are inspiring me to work even smarter in being part of my own scene here. They are pushing to bring musicians and dancers closer together which is a win-win situation any way you look at it. It’s exciting to see other people excited about dancing and building their respective dance community. I can already see, as our two scenes grow, we’ll be feeding off each other’s enthusiasm (and ideas).
Heard a great band trio last night with Roberta Hunt and Toby Hughes in Hamilton. Very danceable! Highly recommended band!
(picture of a bike I took in Alkmaar, Netherlands).
I’ve always lived in a big city yet I’ve never used bicycles as a mode of transportation. I think this summer I’m going to purchase a bike. Recommendations? I don’t know the first thing about owning a bike in the city and I have fears of breaking my face on concrete but I think this should work out. haha.
Amsterdam is great. I will be back (thanks Gen <3).