Taxali’s Royal Canadian Mint Coins

January 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Have you seen Gary Taxali‘s new project? The Toronto-based artist was recently commissioned to create five new coins for the Royal Canadian Mint!

There’s surely going to be even more jokes about Canada’s money looking like play money, but that’s okay. How many countries out there have currency as current and good-looking as this? I can’t wait to visit my home country again so I can get my hands on some of these.

And for those of you who appreciate trivia, here’s a bit from Gary himself:

“Taxali is not my original last name.  It was changed 300 years ago to Taxali by a Maharaja in India.  My ancestor invented a coin that was difficult to counterfeit and was subsequently knighted Taxali by the Maharaja.  It means, “Maker or Steward of The Mint”.  How serendipitous!!  Here I am, 300 years later, honouring my ancestor’s achievements and mine and my sister’s family name.”

It was clearly meant to be!

Read more about his coins here.

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Shit Liz Lemon Says

January 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s about time!

Watch: Shit Liz Lemon Says

(If you ever wondered where the name for this blog came from, now you know.)

Chloe in Toronto

January 22, 2012 § 3 Comments

Nick and I spent yesterday afternoon hiding from the snow and finally watched the film Chloe.

The things that set it apart from other thrillers – besides its much talked-about intimate scene between Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried – would be its gorgeous cinematography and the fact that it’s not only shot in Toronto, but the film uses the city almost as a character. Many texts are sent in the vain of “Meet me at the Rivoli“, mentions of “he eats lunch at Cafe Diplomatico everyday”, or Chloe herself saying she loves Allan Gardens.

The house that Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson live in in the movie is a expansive modern ravine home featuring a whole lot of windows by Toronto architect Drew Mandel. (Architecture nerds can see more here.)

So many movies have been made about New York, Paris, London, we need more purposely set in Toronto! The only other movie I can think that’s taken the city for what it is and shown off some of its best destinations would be Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

Have they made a movie about your favourite city or the city you live in?

Friday the Thirteenth

January 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

This Friday, I had the most interesting, and best, Friday the 13th of my life.

It started out early with my favourite monthly appointment – Creative Mornings. The speaker was Jacob Krupnick, the creator, director, and cinematographer for dance film/NYC love letter, Girl Walk All Day.

After an upbeat lecture where he explained the makings and showed some behind-the-scenes of Girl Walk All Day, he screened the 70-minute film in its entirety. Even though it was 10 am, a dance party ensued…

It was hard not to join in – I know I was dancing with a bunch of strangers in my parka at one point!

Go here to watch Girl Walk All Day and dance at your desk.

Later that night, things got a lot spookier. Nick, Kate, Bryan, and I went to see Sleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea. This “show” is loosely based on Macbeth, but you’re wandering amongst the actors in a real live choose-your-adventure story.

Upon arrival, everyone working at the hotel is in character. You immediately surrender all coats, bags, and personality. You’re led into the lounge where you immediately feel like you’re in a David Lynch movie. A strange man calls you by group number and you’re given a white mask to wear that you can’t take off until you leave. You’re put into an elevator and dropped off on a random floor. Although it’s hard to tell at first since the hotel is so disorienting, there are 6 floors and 100 rooms to explore. Each room is different and made up with much effort and detail and they encourage you to root through papers and books, eat candy from jars, and touch what you please. You’ll pass through a graveyard, children’s rooms, bedrooms, offices, hotel lobbies, a morgue, and a ballroom.

You aren’t meant to stick with the friends you came with – it’s hard to even tell who they are with the masks on in the dark. The actors and actresses go from room to room, up and down across all floors throughout the night. Many people choose to follow one actor, but I wanted to make sure I saw every room so I just spent  my time evenly on the lower and upper floors.

I won’t say much more incase you are planning on going yourself and if you have the chance, I think you should!

Still curious? Read some excellent coverage here. Also, How to Find all the Nudity in Sleep No More.

Was your Friday the 13th as lucky as mine?

[Creative Mornings photo by Emily Gilbert, Sleep No More photos by New York Times]

Moonrise Kingdom

January 12, 2012 § 1 Comment

Exciting news alert: there’s a new Wes Anderson movie waiting in the wings!

“Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.”

Another reason you may or may not appreciate Moonrise Kingdom even more is that the titles were designed by one of my favourite artists, font creators, and fellow former co-inhabitor of the Pencil Factory in Greenpoint, Jessica Hische.

The math is easy:

Wes Anderson+ Bill Murray + Bruce Willis + Jessica Hische = what’s sure to be one of my favourite movies of 2012.

Watch the trailer.

How to make 2012 great

January 8, 2012 § 1 Comment

Do you make New Years Resolutions? I prefer to set goals for myself.

For the past three years, Nick and I have made a point to sit down on New Year’s Eve to think of what we want to accomplish in the coming year, then we share them with each other. This year, we decided to set a date in July to review our goals so we could see how we were doing half way through the year. Nothing’s worse than remembering a forgotten goal, but you’ve run out of time to do anything about it!

Here are my 2012 goals:

  1. Read 15 books
  2. See a whale
  3. Continue to practice yoga 3-4 times a week
  4. Perfect my headstand
  5. Start playing bass again
  6. Take more photos and bring that heavy DSLR out more
  7. Visit a new place with Nick
  8. Obtain three more Social Media clients
  9. File for my LLC and learn how to use it to its full potential
  10. TBA!

What will you accomplish this year?

See also: How to make 2011 great

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