Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche was originally conceived in Paris, France in 2002, in an attempt to bring contemporary art to the masses in public spaces. Now universally translated as ‘Sleepless Night’, Nuit Blanche brings more than a million people to the streets of Paris every year.

Toronto was the first North American city to fully replicate the Paris model, and has inspired similar celebrations throughout North America, including San Francisco, New York, Miami and Chicago.

Nuit Blanche is one long night starting at 7:00pm to early sunrise. Yesterday I went with my friend Taylor. We walked along the streets of Toronto with giant balloon hats on our heads and our cameras around our necks hoping to see something magical. There were more people downtown then I had ever seen before in my life. The sidewalks were full of drunken teens and huge families wanting a long night out. They may not have been there to see the art work at all. I originally thought of using Nuit Blanche for my Photo Montage project for school but chose again after getting aggravated at every single piece of art being more lights.

My favourite place of the night was the All Night Convenience store. The artists created a common corner store filled with two thousand small lanterns inside which were offered for free after waiting in line. You could get anything from a can of pop, to bandaids, to crayola crayons, to matches. During the evening as more people come and go the store will begin to darken until there are no lanterns left.

I just wish the art festival lasted longer then one night, it’s impossible to see it all this way.

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Studio Parking, 2012, The NOTtenartist

Outsiders2012, 2012, Rume Luminaire, Judith Mason, Micky Renders, Anne Renouf & Kim Renders

Flat Space, 2012, Peter Bowyer

World Without Sun, 2012, Christine Davis

Green Invaders, 2012, Yves Caizergues

Invisible Streams: As Above, So Below, 2012, Alfred Engerer

You can even find a photograph of myself and Taylor in NOW Magazine taking pictures last night in the Eaton’s Centre:

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We Day

Every year Free the Children has an event known as We Day across Canada (Toronto, Vancouver, Alberta, Manitoba, Waterloo, Montreal, Halifax, Saskatchewan and Ottawa). I fortunately for the third year in a row got to attend the one in Toronto. The first year I attended with my high school, last year I volunteered as a member on the Booths Team and this year I volunteered with Me to We Style.

We Day is a day to celebrate all of last years initiatives and is the kickoff to the start of another year. If you ever have the chance to attend DO IT. It will be the most inspirational day of your life and if it’s too late for you to attend why not volunteer? Either way it’s a fun-filled day with people just like you who want to make a difference.

You can check out my We Day encounter with Joe Jonas from last year here.

Below you’ll find pictures of:
The dressing rooms of Nelly Furtado, K’naan, Jennifer Hudson and Shawn Desman
Nelly Furtado performing on the We Day stage
My friends and myself with Martin Sheen, Shawn Desman and Nelly Furtado
Myself with my favourite Much Music VJ Liz Trinnear

The House At The End of The Street: Movie Review


Jennifer Lawrence plays a 17 year old girl named Elissa who with her mother (Elisabeth Shue) moves into a new town where they find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl named Carrie Ann (Eva Link) murdered both of her parents. The surviving son Ryan (Max Thieriot) continues to live in the house and when Elissa decides to befriend him it’s not long before you learn that the story is far from over.

The movie is more of a thriller then a horror film in my opinion. There are many unexpected twists and turns that leave you on the tip of your toes until the very end and then do you finally begin to realize everything that unfolded as the credits roll on screen. Jennifer Lawrence definitely makes this movie, I don’t know if I would’ve liked it if it were another actor playing the part. Then again I probably wouldn’t even set foot into the theatre if it hadn’t been for her. Max catches your heart. His character seems so heartbreakingly broken that you can’t help but feel for him.

In the beginning you’ll find the movie draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaags on. But after you get past the scenes that may seem pointless it gets intense. I originally worried that the movie wouldn’t be very good since there were no advance screenings open to the public and it took a while to hit theatres (it was filmed in Ottawa, Ontario back in 2010 before The Hunger Games). It was released at a time where they so obviously were working off of Jennifer’s newly found popularity. The movie was much better then I expected. I loved it! I hope you choose to go see it yourselves.

I do have to say that I found myself slighty freaked out walking into my dark house alone afterwards…

The House At The End of The Street hit theatres today; September 21st, 2012.

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Kick-Ass 2 Filming

Today after class I went to watch them film Kick-Ass 2 in Toronto. I walked about 5km to get there because it was a LOT farther then I originally thought. I did get to see Chloë Grace Moretz (Mindy/Hit Girl), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass) and Clark Duke (Marty). The picture I posted above it from the top of the call sheet which a production crew member left on the table “by accident.” He also gave us Aaron’s script and made sure we knew were filming would be taking place Friday night! I won’t be there but I wish luck to all who go.

Please don’t ask me for locations it’s not my job to tell you where things are.

Silver Linings Playbook: Top 10 Favourite Scenes with SPOILERS

This is your warning, there are SPOILERS below.

Sidenote: This is more me talking about my favourite parts then a review… for my review that won’t ruin any part of the movie and to see pictures of the cast members on the red carpet go here. To see pictures of Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet go here.

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BlackBerry People’s Choice Award Winner: Silver Linings Playbook

As predicted by myself and various others who had the chance to see David O’Russel’s Silver Linings Playbook (in some cases twice) at the Toronto International Film Festival it won Blackberry’s People’s Choice Award this year making it a a serious Oscar contender for Best Picture. Films that have won this award in the past have been Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in the film leaves your jaw locked open way after the lights have turned on. People are quickly realizing that by February we may be able to refer to Jennifer Lawrence as Oscar winner. For those unaware Lawrence was Academy Award nominated back in 2010 for her role in Winter’s Bone. In fact she was the second youngest actress to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. While Bradley Cooper’s performance may not be Oscar worthy it’s definitely one of his best, if not the best.

Click here to read my review and to see pictures from the Silver Linings Playbook red carpet.
Click here to see pictures of Jennifer Lawrence on the Silver Linings Playbook red carpet.

Silver Linings Playbook has a release date of November 21st 2012.

It’s a movie you don’t want to miss!

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“You have to do everything you can. And if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.”

TIFF Day #4 & #5

Yesterday was more of a movie day rather then a searching for celebrity one. As you can tell by my previous post I saw Silver Linings Playbook but I did get a quick glance of Bradley Cooper and Chris Tucker (both actors from the same movie) leaving their hotel.

Today I spent about 3 hours in Yorkville when I went out for lunch with my mom. When I was outside one of the hotels I saw someone who looked very familiar step on the driveway for a smoke break with a friend. I quickly recognized him as Chris O’Dowd. He’s officer Rhodes in Bridesmaids for those of you who don’t know. Right before he walked back inside I called his name and he walked over and asked if we wanted pictures. Of course we said “yes!” He was really sweet and his accent is to die for in person. It made me swoon.

Chris O’Dowd is in town for his film The Sapphires.

Silver Linings Playbook: Movie Review

Yesterday I went to the red carpet event of Silver Linings Playbook.  I will be posting pictures of the cast at the end of this post except of Jennifer Lawrence for photos of  her please go here (she has her own post). Fortunately I got tickets for the movie this morning at 7am so I got to see the movie at 11:00am. Here comes the review but remember that I don’t give out any specific details as to not spoil any of it for yourself.

Silver Linings Playbook is an upcoming comedy-drama film directed by David O Russell adapted off of the novel of the same name written by Matthew Quick. For those who don’t know what the story’s about this what IMDB says, “After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.”  The world premiere was last night at Roy Thomson hall where some of the cast was in attendance; Bradley Cooper (who plays Pat Solitano), Jennifer Lawrence (who plays Tiffany), Robert De Niro (who plays Pat Solitano Sr.) and Chris Tucker (who plays Danny).

Let me start off by saying that the Academy better give Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar for her role in this movie. I am in awe at how amazing of an actress she really is. In the film Lawrence gives off many natural comedic chops which may seem like unfamiliar territory for her to those who have never seen The Bill Engvall Show (2007). Believe me when I say the girl can do it all from comedy to drama to serious to horror.

The chemistry is undeniable between Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper making them a delight to watch on screen. Cooper himself brings so much heart to his role that you can’t help but root for him to get over his mental illness the entire movie. For me, I was rooting for his character to end up with Tiffany rather then his ex-wife’s.

This has quickly become my new favourite film giving it a perfect 5/5. That’s right, perfect! I definitely recommend that you see this movie when you can, the day it comes out.

Silver Linings Playbook has a release date of November 21st 2012.

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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper will once again co-star with each other in Serena (2013).

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TIFF Day #3: Jennifer Lawrence at the Silver Linings Playbook Movie Premiere

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Jennifer Lawrence

As seen above today I got to see the lovely Jennifer Lawrence at her movie premiere for Silver Linings Playbook. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to see the movie tonight but i’m hoping to do so tomorrow morning at 11am. That’s right, i’ll be in the rush line. Anyway, I met Jennifer Lawrence! She was really sweet! Although she didn’t take any pictures with fans she signed autographs for as many as possible. When she was in front of me I asked if she was doing pictures and she replied saying “No i’m not, i’m so sorry. I don’t have time for everyone so i’m only doing autographs.” You can’t be mad at her for that. At least I got her autograph on my copy of Rolling Stones with her on the cover. And I did manage to get a picture with her behind me… (;

Many people are saying that Jennifer Lawrence’s performance alongside her co-star Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook could very well get her a second Oscar nomination following her 2010 film Winter’s Bone that gave her an Academy Award nomination.

On The Road: Movie Review

Two nights ago I had the opportunity to be at movie premiere of On The Road at TIFF. As mentioned in my previous post on this event I stood around the red carpet for as long as I could snapping shots before I had to head inside for the show. I will be posting pictures of the cast at the end of this post except of Kristen Stewart for photos of  her please go here.

I went into this movie knowing nothing about it besides the fact that Kristen Stewart was in it. I had no idea it was a book, I had never seen the trailer and I had no idea what to expect whatsoever.

On the Road is a 2012 film adaptation of the Jack Kerouac cult classic novel of the same name. It is a Brazilian-French-UK-US co-production, directed by Walter Salles and starring Sam Riley as Sal Paradise and Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty.” Sal, a writer, has found himself suffering from writer’s block and is unable to write anything he believes worthy of an author. Everything starts to change when he meets Dean who introduces Sal to a life full of women, sex and drugs. The two embark on a journey with Mary Lou (Dean’s ex-wife played by Kristen Stewart) and meet various people and experience many new things while on the road. Hence the title of the book/movie.

I’m not going to lie, for me I felt like the movie was a little too long. There were two parts where I thought it was ending cause the screen was black but then another scene appeared. And another. And another. It dragged on. Maybe because it was really late or maybe because I wasn’t all that interested. This isn’t me hating on the book or movie. I think the acting was absolutely phenomenal but and that the book is very well written but it’s not the sort of movie I would normally go to. You’d probably read something entirely different from a fan.

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