TALK: The parallels between Toronto & London’s music scenes

It was a full house at Dais in Toronto on Wednesday night; fostering connections between Toronto and London’s music scenes was the topic of discussion.

The talk was hosted by New Currency and moderated by music journalist Samantha O’Connor.

The panelists included JayemKayem, Freeza Chin, Drew Hale and Plain English.

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Winter Stations 2017: BuoyBuoyBuoy

Lifeguard stands at the Beaches have been transformed into art installations for the third consecutive year. BuoyBuoyBuoy was one of the competition’s winning designs.

‘BuoyBuoyBuoy’ was designed by a team of artists from Toronto.

Today marked the launch of Winter Stations, a public art exhibition in Toronto’s east end. Over 350 designs were submitted from Canada and abroad, but only eight made the winning cut.

I’ve been speaking to the artists who designed BuoyBuoyBuoy – Dakota Wares-TaniDionisios Vriniotis, and Rob Shostak – to find out more about their installation…

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“I think the best part is seeing it enlivened with people interacting with it,” said Wares-Tani.

BuoyBuoyBuoy is made up of hundreds of separate units. Cut into the shape of buoys, each unit is either transparent, opaque or reflective. It took the team two days to put the structure together.

“We wanted people to look at this, experience it and think about their memories of water,” said Shostak.

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Homebound for the hols

I’m flying home for the hols tomorrow, and this time, it isn’t a surprise (three years ago, I showed up at my parents’ doorstep at 2 am in the middle of a snowstorm). Though I’m looking forward to it, I wish I were as ecstatic as I usually am when I go home, especially since I only see all my fam and friends on average once a year. But I’ve had a lot on my mind these past few months.

One Year Ago Today

How has the course and student life in general been going? And what’s the plan after the course ends in a few months?

People always say that time flies. But when I reflect back on the past year, I don’t feel time has flown. I had anticipated studying on the International Journalism MA course so much so, that once it actually started, I savoured every moment of it. And now, here we are with less than two weeks left of classes (all of which are held in the building pictured above, by the way).