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I remember

  Back row, centre: George Foster, my grandfather. A pivotal figure in my life. I remember every day. [Full-size scan 21MB] No. 23 Platoon, B Company, M.T.W. A21 – C.O.C.T.C Barriefield, Ont., Jan., 1944   [Full size scan 25MB] A21 … Continue reading

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The best art changes us

On Monday, I wandered through the cold, slick autumn night to hear artist Don Miller talk. The CAFKA Rewind series of talks at WPL, piquing your curiosity between biennials, brings back CAFKA alumni to talk about their work and in … Continue reading

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Toronto Maker Festival 2017 coming this weekend!

Hey WR, the very excellent Toronto Maker Festival is coming this weekend to the other end of the Waterloo Region/Toronto *maker* corridor. You should go. 9-5Sat/10-5Sun, free-no-pay, tons of hands-on making at the fantabulous Toronto Reference Library on Yonge north … Continue reading

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Community experiments in DTK

If you know me at all, you know I love experiments. Especially social experiments. Brohemus and I dropped by Goudies Lane in DTK on Thursday for what was billed as “First Thursday at Goudies Lane People-only Pocket”. The general idea … Continue reading

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Grand Porch Party 2017–coming June 11 to Uptown West

If you’re new and don’t know about The Grand Porch Party, get this in your calendar right now: Sunday, June 11, 2017 2pm-5pm in Uptown Waterloo West (more specifically: here). It’s porches + live music. It’s free-no-pay, hipster-friendly, dog-friendly, wheelchair-friendly, … Continue reading

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Another Tri-City Stopgap art popup starts today

What: 40 artists showing work in the back of ZM Cycle and FitnessWhen: today+ Tue-Sat (see facebook for hours, I will be tending the show Wed 3:30-6pm)Party: May 27, 2017, 7pmWhere: 131 Strange Street, Kitchener (map link) Really where: go … Continue reading

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Open Jam at The Jazz Room

Andriy Tikhonov (left) along with Steve Montgomery, a director with the Grand River Jazz Society and sound engineer Jeremy Bernard tried a social/musical experiment on Saturday: they hosted an open jam for jazz and blues players at The Jazz Room … Continue reading

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Melissa Doherty is the Cloud Witness

Wickedly talented painter and good friend Melissa Doherty opened her show Cloud Witness at Open Sesame on Thursday night. Notable to me is the location of Kitchener City Hall where, 20 years ago, I first saw Melissa’s work, loved it, … Continue reading

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3-cent earbud hack

Occasionally in life, a 3-cent, 33 ohm resistor is the solution to your problem. The problem, in this particular case, was that I wanted to use an old mobile phone headset as a lavalier microphone for doing some audio recording … Continue reading

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My new co-working space has hammers and fire

“How about I just work here at the bench?” I think I first met Sandra Dunn of Two Smiths on a tour of the old Double R Steel facility down on Ardelt in Kitchener. Her business, specializing in both blacksmithing … Continue reading

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