WAS IT WORTH IT?
WAS IT WORTH IT?
We were told there would be peaceful protests happening in the downtown core of Toronto ON. Of course, interest bit me and I needed to investigate…who knew, maybe there would be a protest I’d want to participate in. Wrong…wrong fucking wrong. When I approached the first protest there was nothing inspiring change. Protestors shouted: Get off our streets! The cops stood quietly and prepared to protect. The shouting and standing lasted 10 minutes before the cops felt the need to entertainment the crowd of protestors. What was the bloody point?
Walking along Queen street is usually a great experience. Store fronts with amazing window displays, coffee shops with their doors open and art every where. But this weekend, it was all destroyed. It wasn’t only the banks and corporate giant chain stores that were hit. Small business’ had their windows smashed in, sprayed painted on and robbed. This isn’t what Toronto’s about. We speak our minds to encourage change for the greater good. What I witnessed this past weekend were a punch of drunk, stoned losers taking advantage of an opportunity but having nothing proactive to say.
Why weren’t there protesters asking the questions: WHY ARE WE STILL AT WAR? After all, Obama was in town…wouldn’t it have made sense? Another question I have to ask is WHY WEREN’T PROTESTERS DEMANDING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS WERE IN? But no, what the city told the world (Because every national television station was broadcasting this) was this: Get off our streets!
I was never more embarrassed to be a Torontian and a Canadian. The world, those of us who watched all this on the news, will remember Toronto as Stupid, Cold and Spoiled. Instead, this is my protest: DON’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU’VE SEEN ABOUT OUR CITY. WE ARE INTELLIGENT. WE ARE CARING TO CAUSES. AND WE ARE CULTURED.
This is my friend Sojin while working on a Stop-Animation Project for an upcoming coming Exhibit. Machine has a video camera suspended at the center and shoots directly over a lighted based.
I’m curious to know how the Film Camera operates with computers. The machine is hooked up to a Mac G5 (I think).
There was another artist working the day I arrived at Artscapes. He too was working on his own Stop Animation but instead of photographs, he was painting directly onto glass films. When he let me see a preview of the clips I was amazed to see that the blobs of paint would swirl and dance in circles. It reminded me of schools of orange and yellow fish swimming in circles. I got nostalgic watching the preview of great chartoons like Fantasia, Dumbo, and Alice in Wonderland.
Wow, seriously I can’t believe that I haven’t written ANYTHING on here in such a long time. My summer has been one hell of an adventure and with all the highs and lows I definitely have learned a lot! First off, when in doubt trust a friend! Second, Trust yourself more than you trust anyone else. Third, never sit around and feel sorry for yourself – your future will be crappy because you haven’t prepared for it!
Monday, I find out if I get my apartment. I want it. I want sooo bad. It’s in the heart of downtown Toronto, just around the corner from Boyz town aka The Gay Village.
I’m registering for spring classes at University of Toronto. Study of interst: Creative Writing. Now, aside from my novel I need to figure out how I’ll make some cash from this degree. Any suggestions? Leave a comment!
Also, In September I’ll be launching a few more blogs but I won’t be giving anything away just yet.
Other than that, How’s your summer been?