This past Summer in L.A I had the opportunity to shoot killer psychedelic rock band Brombones. They just released a brand new EP which you can have a listen to HERE. Take a peek through the link at all the album/EP/promotional photography as it is all by yours truly. We shot everything in one day on a dusty L.A. hill with a pile of smoke bombs and colour gels. The result is a surreal splash of colour, very much like Brombones’ music. xo
Opera Atelier’s current production of Lully’s Armide is a heart-wrenching work of passion, perfection, beauty, and theatre in its highest form. The show is an “Armide fit for Versailles,” as the Toronto Star’s rave review stated earlier this week. Opera Atelier is indeed heading back to the Palace of Versailles to perform a run of Armide immediately following the Toronto shows this week at The Elgin Theatre. What an incredible representation of Toronto on the world stage! Get your tickets while you still can HERE.
Armide Synopsis: The action concerns the Muslim Warrior Princess Armide and the Christian Knight Renaud. Although a virgin, Armide’s greatest power lies in her sexual allure, which reduces men to a state of hopeless submission. Armide herself is protected by the fact that she herself has never experienced desire. Renaud also draws his strength from an almost mystic virginity which renders him impervious to Armide’s allure.
Armide is played by soprano Peggy Kriha Dye, who has once again evolved her craft into a new and higher realm of drama and technique. Her performance had me weak at the knees and shedding tears over Armide’s inner battle with the all-consuming power and torment of Love. I have had the pleasure of shooting Peggy twice now. The first time was in the Palace of Versailles during Opera Atelier’s production of Persee last year. We shot again at The Elgin Theatre earlier this year during the opera’s production of Orpheus and Eurydice. She is a goddess of a woman; strong, fearless, and gorgeous. Take a look:
Tyler Gledhill dances the role of Cupid in this production with much grace, elegance & power. Adorned with the wings of an angel Tyler weaves the delicate yet steady thread of Love through the plot; ever-present and rapturous. Tyler dances this role as a god among men. We shot together a while back for a fashion spread featuring the bespoke designs of Toronto fashion house Northbound Leather. Take a look:
Soprano Meghan Lindsay is another incredible talent I have been so lucky to shoot who is also one of the stars of Armide. She adds her pure, silvery tones and striking looks to the supporting role of Sidonie. Her face was made for the camera. We shot her at The Elgin as well during the opera’s run of Orpheus and Eurydice earlier this year. Take a look:
I have to express my gratitude to Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, the directors of Opera Atelier, for continuing to elevate the level of theatre in the world from our fine city. Your vision is pure, passionate, and will continue to resonate. In a world full of cut corners in the name of efficiency, your company provides an anti-thesis of decadence and skill. Looking forward, xo
Virtuoso violinist Edwin Huizinga is breathing fresh air into the Toronto chapter of Classical Revolution with his Dark Horse Concert Series this month. Edwin is one of the original founders of the Classical Revolution project, which is dedicated to bringing the highest level of chamber music to non-traditional settings. As two of the four concerts in the Dark Horse Series are behind us I would encourage you to attend the remaining two. Over an expert espresso, a cold beer, or a glass of full-bodied red wine the audience can dissolve into a relaxed evening of music by some of Toronto’s most skilled musicians for free! Upcoming shows include October 28th at the Spadina location and October 29th at the Geary Avenue location. Both shows begin at 8PM. On deck are the entire cast of opera singers starring in Opera Atelier’s current production of Armide. Find out for details HERE.
Tyler Gledhill is a living, breathing embodiment of physical perfection akin to the standards of the Greek gods. Here he is dancing a piece he choreographed to Edwin’s passionate playing>>>
At the heart of Toronto’s cultural epicentre lies entertainer Pastel Supernova. In addition to being a gorgeous dancer Pastel has been the driving force behind the Love Letters Cabaret. Pastel is the artistic director and choreographer for the company that keeps downtown’s entertainment scene visceral, sexy, and ripe with human instinct. The company will be performing The Bacchanal at Lula Lounge on October 29th. The show is dinner theater set in a mythical place where magical forest creatures set a seductive spell in search of Dionysian ecstasy. Lose your inhibitions, enter an exotic and primal world where the celebration of Bacchus, the god of wine and reverie will give you a true interactive dance theater performance. Definitely not to be missed! Buy tickets HERE. Watch a little teaser of the show below>>>> xo
Shot at The Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto.
This past Summer during the Carmel Bach Festival the four brilliant members of the Diderot Quartet had me out to take their photo. We embarked upon a jam-packed shooting schedule tightly woven into their heavy festival rehearsal schedule. We got the portraits in a makeshift outdoor studio during the late afternoon with available light. Thank goodness we got some sunshine in the usually quite foggy Carmel that day. The group then executed a beautiful performance, after which we piled into the car and headed out to a late night photo adventure at the notorious Dennis the Menace Playground. I was aiming to capture the group’s youthful spirit and raw talent. I wanted to create images that would aid these four trailblazers on their mission to bring chamber music of the highest quality to audiences across generations. Their next concert will take place at the King Manor Museum in Queens, NY on Dec. 4th where they will be playing Mozart and Haydn. For details and tickets please visit www.diderotquartet.com. Also, take a moment and have a listen below>>> xo
On those sweltering hot late Summer days the best relief is found frolicking in the cool passage of a picturesque waterfall. Veronica and I hit up Hamilton, Ontario in search of our own private oasis. Upstream from Tiffany Falls we found a fall void of the public fray and captured the mermaid moment before we got guests. Check out more of Veronica from our Gemini Series HERE, HERE, and HERE. xo